If you are buying or selling real estate you will need a settlement agent or a property lawyer to complete your contract. Either will get the job done.
But only a lawyer can offer you professional legal advice if issues arise. Even in straightforward dealings, issues can arise. For example, see our blog posts on unlawful buildings, penalties for late settlement, early possession and switching buyers before settlement.
And only a lawyer is professionally qualified to draft any necessary contract variations or Notices you may need to give the other party.
Standard real estate contracts in Western Australia are a two-page Offer & Acceptance and the 21-page General Conditions for the Sale of Land. You need to understand both – or at least have access to a professional who does.
Choose us for our price, love us for our service, and rest easy that professional legal support is at hand.
Laura Gaunt is a star! She took over a very difficult settlement that was initially with another agent and handled a nightmare situation like a pro. I could not recommend highly enough and would only use Flat Rate Settlements in the future.
Laura was incredible. She made the process so streamlined and was always just a phone call away. Her replies were always prompt and she assisted us in dealing with the bank’s disorganisation. I rarely find any service in any industry performed as well as the service we got from Laura. I would highly recommend and thanks to Laura!!
Outstanding service on every occasion. Pleasure to deal with Laura. Don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. FRS – Simply brilliant.
Excellent and courteous service by Thomas and Laura. I find them very easy to deal with. They provided good information and orientation on may new purchase.
Every so often outstanding service crosses ones path and when it does, I believe it needs to be acknowledged. In the last few months Laura has carried out the conveyancing of three properties for us, and each time she has gone above and beyond in her attention to detail, great attitude, efficiency and absolute professionalism. Indeed you have a great asset in this young lady, and we will be highly recommending her to anyone we know is looking for someone with the skills and dedication to her work as Laura demonstrates.
I was very satisfied with the service provided by Flat Rate Settlements, during the purchase of my property. Thanks Tom. Best Regards
Hi fantastic job by Laura Gaunt, made settlement so easy. We will always be contacting Laura for all our future settlements. Thank you again – five stars.
Hi Michael, we have just completed a property sale settlement with Laura as our key point of contact. Thought you might like to know, I thought she was excellent. Very good attention to detail and very good communications keeping everyone up to speed.
We are VERY happy with the consistently high level of work produced by your Laura Ganut. Laura’s efficient yet ‘no fuss’ approach to any and all tasks that we send her way is evident of a maturity beyond her years. Our business has been in operation in Perth since the late 1970s, and accordingly we have dealt with many people in this role over many law firms. You are lucky to have Laura Gaunt!
FRS was professional and efficient from start to finish. Laura Gaunt in particular made the transfer and settlement of our property easy and smooth. Thank you for the wonderful service.
Smooth sailing with Laura Gaunt. Laura handled the settlement on our land sale. She was thorough, professional, efficient and friendly throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend her and would happily deal with her in the future.
I have engaged Flat Rate Settlements on 5 occasions now and each time Flat Rate Settlements have done a great job, on this occasion with the settlement of sale of my mum’s house. Laura Gaunt has been professional and polite through the whole experience, thanks. I have no hesitation in recommending Flat Rate Settlements.
Efficient as always. The process has been quite long over the emails (due to virus – no contact). Liked the old face-to-face where most of the process could be done in a sitting.
Good stuff Nigel and Thomas, I can’t thank you enough for all your help. Have a great day… we had a win!
Laura provided excellent service during our recent home sale & purchase. Fortunately for us, Laura was efficient and courteous and matters were resolved in a timely manner. I would recommend Flat Rate Settlements to any person we know seeking a settlement agent. Thank you.
Outstanding Service Laura. What a seamless settlement. Thank you
Thanks again Flat Rate and Thomas for a very successful and efficient handling of our recent home purchase in Sorrento. Have always relied on them for past settlements and expect to continue so.
I have recently engaged the services of Flat Rate settlements (Birman & Ride) to handle the Settlement of a Commercial Property. I was impressed with the professional, prompt, informed and friendly service we received from Laura. We were constantly given regular updates and were always helpful. I would recommend Flat Rate Settlements – thank you!
All very smooth and professional, settlement went as per plan. Good communication and advice from Flat rate settlements, hence no surprises. Have used them often in the past and will continue to do so.
Flat Rate Settlements dealt efficiently with our settlement, provided clear answers to our queries and kept us informed throughout the process. No surprises and at less cost than other agents. Was a pleasure to do business with them.
Friendly and efficient service. Thomas was always happy to answer my questions and talk me through the process. Would recommend!
Laura and Tom provided top rate professional and well informed settlement services to me when selling and buying property in the last couple of months. As a newbie to the property market I really had no idea what to expect, yet the FRS team guided me and advised through the process.
Thank you so much for your help and expertise. A great relief to my family.
Excellent thorough service at a very reasonable price.
Thanks for your excellent service throughout this whole process. It has been a near-perfect experience and I will definitely use your company again in the future.
Larua – Thanks a lot for all your valued assistance with our recent settlement. We truly appreciate how smoothly you ensured everything went – you made it super easy for us. Keep up the professional and friendly service, as we’ll be sure to recommend you.
We were extremely impressed with the professional, prompt, informed and friendly service we received from Laura and Thomas. They provided regular, clear updates and were very helpful, installing us with great confidence of their abilities. We couldn’t recommend Flat Rate Settlements more highly – thank you!
Great efficient service and very competitively priced. Would use again and recommend.
Telephone us on (08) 9220 4430 (seven days) and we’ll email your personalised quote showing our settlement fees and disbursements.
Alternatively, you may download your instant, personalised quote from our web site at any time.
We’re confident you won’t find a better deal, but prove us wrong and we’ll beat any competitor’s genuine quote. Please send a copy of the competitor’s quote to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll immediately contact the real estate agent by email (cc you) to let them know you’ve appointed us and ask them for a copy of your contract. Once we receive the contract, we’ll contact you again.
You may write “Flat Rate Settlements 92204430” in the panel provided at the foot of the Offer and Acceptance Contract form, but this is not essential.
One of our bright and highly trained legal executives will manage your settlement from start to finish. We will give you their name, direct line telephone number and email shortly.
Rest assured that we will contact you in good time and ask you to attend to matters, such as signing documents, requiring your attention.
Contact your file manager at any time if you have queries about your settlement.
Our bright and highly trained legal executives will anticipate your needs and exceed your expectations.
Our plain-English guide helps property buyers to be well prepared, make good decisions and avoid expensive mistakes.
We have introduced measures to ensure the safety of our team, clients and the community. All of our usual services will continue, with modified delivery in some situations.
When you complete your identification check you must produce original and current identification documents in one of the following categories.
If you are the buyer Congratulations! Contact the real estate agent to collect the keys. If the seller lived in the property, you can collect the keys from 12 noon on the day after settlement. If the seller didn’t live in the property, you can collect the keys immediately. We’ll send you a final settlement statement that sets out the disbursement of funds at settlement. If you are the seller Congratulations! Contact your real estate agent to arrange to hand over the keys. If you lived in the property, you have until 12 noon on the day after settlement to move out and give the keys to the buyer. If you didn’t live in the property, you must give the keys to the buyer immediately. We’ll send you a final settlement statement that sets out the disbursement of funds at settlement.