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Buying off-the-plan risk#2: To rent or not to rent?

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So, you are about to sign a contract for an off-the-plan investment property. You’ve found the perfect rental property! Or, so you think. How well do you know the market? If your dream is to rent out a city apartment, think carefully. Across Australia, vacancy rates for inner-city apartments have risen, with Perth currently leading the pack at around 7%.  […]

Buying off-the-plan risk#1 – that’s not my home!

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Imagine a world where you could safely assume that a property bought off-the-plan would be worth more at settlement, than when you signed up for it. There’s the lure of an upfront deposit of 5-10%, while you save your pennies for a couple of years in preparation for the final payment. And then, when the big day arrives, […]

Vale the Settlements Scale? Good riddance, actually!

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The Attorney General and Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin has today announced the abolition of the Settlement Agents Act Scale following a review by the Department of Commerce. From 3 February 2016, fees charged by settlement agents will no longer be capped by the State Government. According to the Minister, competition and market forces will […]

Title Insurance: worth the investment?

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If you are thinking of buying a property, taking out title insurance may be a valuable option to consider. There are many risks involved in buying a property, including illegal building works, boundary defects and non-compliance with development laws, to name just a few. Title insurance may protect you against these risks. Doesn’t my settlement […]

Auditor-General: Low risk of property fraud in WA

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Western Australia’s auditor-general Colin Murphy is confident new measures to reduce the risk of fraudulent property sales are strong. Sound oversight In February 2015, the auditor-general released his report into the regulation of the state’s real estate agents and settlement agents and found the state has sound oversight in place, and the risk of direct […]

Do I need a settlement representative?

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You’ve signed a contract to buy or sell a house and the real estate agent asks you to appoint a settlement representative. What is a settlement representative? Read our blog post to find out. What do they do? A settlement representative arranges to transfer the legal ownership of the property from the seller to the […]