Wills on the spot. Your Will, done and dusted in 30 minutes!

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How long have you put off making your Will? Chances are, that monkey’s been on your back for years! Would you believe that 30 minutes is all the time you need to make a straightforward Will at Birman & Ride? Wills on the spot At Birman & Ride, making your Will is easy and convenient and usually takes only one short […]

Bank authority an important first step for sellers

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You’ve sold your home. The ink on the contract is dry. Congratulations! What’s next? Appoint Flat Rate Settlements, as your settlement representative of course! And then? Once the buyer’s finance is approved you should contact any bank or financier with a secured loan over the property and advise them you have sold your property. Discharge […]

Hope for the best; prepare for the worst – make an Enduring Power of Attorney

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You may not be able to predict the future, but you can prepare for it. What would happen if: you lose capacity to make decisions for yourself; or you become physically unable to manage your affairs? If your answer to either of these questions is, “um…I  don’t know!” then consider making an Enduring Power of Attorney. What is an Enduring Power […]

Join our busy team of talented professionals!

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Now hiring: Graduate Executive – Settlements We need an aspiring business professional with a flair for customer service and business administration to join our tight-knit real estate settlements team. Permanent full-time position Up to $60k pa + super Applications close 28 November 2014. Visit our web page for more information about the position, selection criteria, […]

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 […]

What is a settlement?

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It’s not a silly question. We’re often asked “what is a settlement?“. Settlement Settlement is the process by which a contract to buy and sell real estate is completed.  At settlement, legal title to the property is transferred from seller to buyer in exchange for the balance of the purchase price. Settlement is also the name […]

Install RCD’s and smoke alarms or face hefty fines

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The Electricity Regulations 1947 (WA) require a seller of residential property to install at least 2 residual current devices (RCD’s) in the property before the sale is completed (settlement).  If you settle without RCD’s you may be fined up $15,000 as an individual or $100,000 as a company. A seller of residential property must also install […]

Five things to do before your purchase settlement date

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Arrange for the seller’s real estate agent to give you the house keys immediately after the settlement is complete. If the property is the seller’s principal place of residence, the seller may stay in possession until noon on the day following settlement. Ensure the property is adequately insured from date of possession or settlement, whichever is […]