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.
Very professional and efficient settlement conducted by Sara.
Sara and Laura, Thank you both so much for all your work over the past few months helping us through all our settlement dramas as we bought a house and then sold our unit. You answered my dumb questions with patience and kept us up to date with what was – and often – what wasn’t happening. I’m not sure we’d have gotten through without your assistance. I couldn’t recommend your or your firm more highly. You both went above and beyond. Cheers for everything.
Laura and Flat Rate Settlements were highly professional, efficient and incredibly organised. Would recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone seeking a Settlement Agent.
Thanks for your help with settlement. The process was smooth and handled professionally.
Thank you for your assistance in our settlement transaction. We were very happy with your service and we have already referred you to two other people that may need your service . Thank you.
Thank you so much for the ease of settlement and your assistance. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone needing a competent and efficient settlement agent.
We have used Flat rate settlements several times over the years and have found them to be very professional and very well priced. Using Flat rate settlements this time, we received the same excellent service and even though the settlement was delayed due to ongoing problems with the seller of the house, we still received their flat rate price. Thank you Sara Thornton, it was a massive drama but you helped us all the way and got the job done!
I engaged Flat Rate Settlement for my settlement needs when selling my home. They were outstanding, always kept you in the loop as to what is happening and a special mention to Laura Gaunt who was my agent. Thank you.
Laura, Tom and the Flat Rate settlements team in the Perth CBD did an excellent job in ensuring all documentation was ready. They were professional, quick, communicated clearly, and were responsive to emails and calls. They were first class, especially for the comparatively very low price they charge. I was able to read and understand the paperwork myself, so I didn’t have any issues or need to ask many questions. Their quotes, information and instructions were thorough and fairly easy to understand.
Thank you for a very efficient service, much cheaper than we expected.
Excellent service from start to finish. No fuss, no complications through each step of the process. Was always up to date with the progress and provided with precise details to all my queries.
I was very happy with the service provided by Thomas. Emailed questions were answered promptly, money from the settlement appeared in my account the day of settlement and the settlement statement was also available that day. I recently had settlements on two properties and the service provided by Flat Rate was far superior to that of the other settlement agency.
I have used your company a number of times for myself and also my adult children. I recommend you to my friends when asked who do I use – you are very professional and thorough.
My settlement had to be completed in 21 days or sooner. Tom confidently said no worries and everything was ready ahead of the settlement date. I am a first home buyer and phoned many times asking questions which were happily answered.
Timely and professional services. Thank you Sara & Thomas.
Helpful and timely, very happy with attention to detail and settlement on time, good job.
My husband and I have had very good service from Flat Rate Settlements over a period of years for drawing up our wills and settling two properties. We would recommend them to friends and family.
Fabulous service, easy and cost effective. I would have no hesitation in recommending Flat Rate Settlements and intend to use them for any future house purchases.
I was very pleased with the service provided by Sarah Thornton regarding our property settlement, she explained everything beforehand and guided us through the process very easily. I would not hesitate to recommend Flat Rate Settlements to anyone who was about to go through the same thing, indeed she was recommended to me from a friend who had used her as well.
Laura was easy to deal with and very thorough. I will recommend Flat Rate Settlements to others. Thank you.
Everything went smoothly and Laura sent updates all the time. As we live in the country it was all done via email and we were able to do our Identify Verification at the local Post Office.
Excellent services provided by Ms. Laura Gaunt!
Excellent service Sara was so nice to deal with an made everything so easy I’d recommend flat rate settlements to anyone
We have found Flat Rate Settlements very professional, and they couldn’t be easier to deal with.
Thank you for your excellent service!
Excellent service. Very professional.
I’ve used Flat Rate Settlements twice – and both times they’ve been excellent. Quick response time to any email/ message , clear instructions or information , efficient and professional at all times – just can’t fault them!
It was very convenient to be able to deal with all Estate matters with the same team. Cost was fair and reasonable and advice provided along the way made the whole process much easier to deal with. Thank you for 5 star service.
We were very happy with the service Flat Rate Settlements offered. Everything was completed in a timely and efficient manner and they really looked after us. Thank you again.
Sara Thornton was very good. A difficult sale due to the buyers. Reassured me and kept me up to date with everything. The second time using her now and would do it again.
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.
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 statementRead more "What happens after settlement?"
No, we attend your settlement for you either in person or via PEXA (e-conveyancing). Once settlement is complete, we’ll let you know by email and text message. You can then contact your real estate agent to arrange to hand over or collect the keys.
The standard O&A provides that if for any rea Most contracts allow each party 3 business days grace after the settlement date during which they can complete settlement without penalty. If settlement is delayed beyond this, the other party can charge penalty interest calculated: at the rate of 9% per annum on the amount due at settlementRead more "What is penalty interest?"