Real estate settlements

Choose us for our price, love us for our service.

Buying or selling your house is one of the most important transactions in life. You need a settlement agent you can trust. 

One of our friendly and experienced legal executives will manage your settlement from start to finish. 

our services

How we can help you

Our flat rate settlement fees are based on the cost of our service, not the value of your property.

Buyer settlement

$950

All of the services usually required to complete settlement under REIWA’s standard contract.

Our fixed fee includes:

  • verification of identity check in person at our office;
  • postage within Australia, petties, photocopying, telephone calls, faxes and settlement attendance.

Our fixed fee excludes:

  • disbursements – these are government, bank and strata fees only, which we pay and you must reimburse us.  All disbursements are charged at cost.

For full terms refer to our Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

Seller settlement

$750

All of the services usually required to complete settlement under REIWA’s standard contract.

Our fixed fee includes:

  • verification of identity check in person at our office;
  • postage within Australia, petties, photocopying, telephone calls, faxes and settlement attendance.

Our fixed fee excludes:

  • disbursements – these are government, bank and strata fees only, which we pay and you must reimburse us.  All disbursements are charged at cost.

For full terms refer to our Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

Instant quote

Our service guarantee

We provide exceptional service at competitive prices. 

Our number one priority is settling on time, which means we stand by our service, no matter what. If you have a problem with our service, we will solve it.

Why choose us

We provide great service at competitive prices.
01.
Friendly and efficient service
We’ll anticipate your needs and exceed your expectations Read what our clients say.
02.
Excellent value for money

We charge a fixed fee plus disbursements at cost. We’ll beat any competitor’s genuine quote.

03.
Industry game changers

Our flat rate pricing model has brought real competition to the industry. Chances are that wherever you go, thanks to us you’ll now be paying less.

How to get started with us

  • 01. Download your quote at any time
  • 02. Contact us and we'll get started straight away
  • 03. We'll guide you each step of the way

Download your instant, personalised quote from our web site at any time. 

Alternatively, telephone us on (08) 9220 4430 and we’ll email your personalised quote.

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 settlements@nullflatratesettlements.com.au.

When you are happy to proceed, simply appoint us or telephone us on (08) 9220 4430. We’ll take some information from you and get started pronto. 

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.

Meet our team

We’re a law firm with more than 30 years’ experience in property law. As lawyers we can offer you so much more than a settlement agent. If there’s a problem with your settlement, it’s good to know that we, your settlement lawyers, can advise you of your rights and tackle the difficulty on the spot.

Legal Practitioner Director
Michael has been practising law in Western Australia since 1997 and is an experienced lawyer in property law, family law and succession law. Michael has a strong base of knowledge and experience from assisting hundreds of clients in these……
Senior Associate
Lucy is a talented lawyer, business administrator and manager. In her nine years with Birman & Ride she has developed her skills in various roles including lawyer, team leader, HR manager, business analyst, salesperson and marketing manager. In the……
Settlements team leader
Laura’s dedication to the craft of real estate settlements, combined with her innate administrative and analytical talents, has seen her rise quickly to the ranks of an experienced and highly respected property conveyancer in Western Australia. Laura’s many clients……
Legal Executive
Thomas joined Birman & Ride in 2017 and is an integral member of the Flat Rate Settlements and Resolution Family Law teams. Thomas is an experienced real estate conveyancer and he excels at solving problems and working under pressure…….
Accountant and analyst
Hayes is an enterprising and technically skilled accountant and financial analyst. He joined the Birman & Ride team in 2019. Hayes brings many years’ experience in these roles across the professional services, agriculture, engineering and telecommunications industries. Hayes describes……
Administration Manager
Chris joined the team in 2020 bringing with him an extensive background in business administration, customer service and systems administration. As well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office, Chris provides support to the different business units and……

FAQs

Settlement is the process by which a contract to buy and sell real estate is completed. Settlement representatives ensure that legal title to real estate is transferred from sellers to buyers, rates are adjusted and the purchase price is paid. 

The seller and the buyer each need a settlement representative. It is permissible for both parties to have the same representative however it is usually preferable for the parties to be separately represented.

Want more information? Read our post – What does a settlement agent do?

As buyer, you should attend to the following matters, where applicable, before the settlement date:

  • Arrange for the real estate agent to give you the keys to the property on the date of possession.
  • Ensure the property is adequately insured from date of possession or on the settlement date (whichever date is the earlier).
  • Have the electricity service and any gas service transferred into your name from the date of possession. Any outstanding electricity or gas account is the seller’s responsibility and will not be apportioned at settlement.
  • Arrange for any telephone, internet, pay television and other telecommunications services you require to be installed or transfer your existing services to the property.
  • Inspect the property a few days before the settlement date.

As seller, you should attend to the following matters, where applicable, before the settlement date:

  • Arrange for the real estate agent to give the keys to the property to the buyer on the date of possession or, if you occupy the premises as your principal place of residence, at noon on the day following settlement.
  • Cancel your insurance on the property no sooner than the day after the buyer takes possession or settlement (whichever occurs first).
  • Cancel the electricity and gas services. Any amount for electricity or gas consumed by you up to the date of possession or settlement is your responsibility and will not be apportioned at settlement.
  • Cancel your telephone, internet, pay television and any other telecommunications services or transfer them to your new residence.

The standard REIWA contract provides that if for any reason attributable to the other party, settlement is not completed within 3 business days after the settlement date, you may demand compensation at the rate of 9% per annum on the balance of the purchase price payable (penalty interest). Penalty interest is calculated from the settlement date to the date upon which settlement is completed and must be paid at settlement. Your right to compensation is subject to you and your lender (if any) being ready, willing and able to complete settlement on the settlement date. If you are not ready, willing and able to settle on the settlement date, then your right to compensation begins from the date upon which you give written notice to the other party that you are ready, willing and able to complete the settlement. We will only claim penalty interest on your behalf if we receive your written instructions to do so. We will advise you should there be any delay in settlement. For more information, read out blog post Penalties for late settlement.

As of 9 August 2009 the Electricity Regulations 1947 (WA) require sellers of residential properties built after 1 January 2000 to install at least 2 residual current devices (RCD’s) in the premises before the sale is completed. As of 1 October 2009 it is compulsory that mains powered smoke alarms are installed in residential properties prior to sale.

Prior to settlement, the seller should provide the buyer with a certificate certifying that RCD’s and smoke alarms are installed in accordance with the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991.

For more information, please see the RCD’s fact sheet or the Smoke alarms fact sheet.

Unless stated in the contract, the property is sold free of all encumbrances. This means that, at settlement, any mortgages, caveats and other encumbrances must be discharged so that the buyer receives a clear title.

If there is a mortgage or other encumbrance on the title, the seller must contact the relevant financial institution or other persons and request that the encumbrance be removed at settlement.

The most common reason that settlement is delayed by a seller is that the discharging financier is not ready to settle. If settlement is delayed for this reason the seller may be liable to pay penalty interest to the buyer.

All local authority rates, Water Corporation rates, strata levies and land tax (outgoings) for the current year will be apportioned between the buyer and seller with the effect that:

  • the seller pays the outgoings up to and including the settlement date or possession date (whichever is earlier); and
  • the buyer pays the outgoings from the day after the settlement date or possession date (whichever is earlier).

We will notify those authorities of the change of ownership.

If land tax is payable by the seller in respect of the property, it will not be apportioned where:

  • the property is a residence which is capable of being used as a residence and for no other purpose; or
  • the property includes a residence which is capable of being used as a residence and:
    • the land is less than 2 hectares; and
    • that part of the land on which the residence is not constructed is used solely for an agricultural purpose.

Transfer duty (formerly known as stamp duty) is a State Government tax calculated on the value of the property. You can calculate transfer duty using our settlement calculator.

The buyer is liable to pay transfer duty on the contract and transfer. You may be eligible for a reduced rate of transfer duty if you are a first home buyer or you are buying a residence for owner occupation.

You must lodge your contract at the Office of State Revenue for assessment within 2 months of the contract date. If you fail to do so you may be liable to pay a fine or late lodgement penalties.

Testimonials

What our clients say

Thanks again Thomas, the whole settlement was seamlessly executed from our perspective.
Mr Hawley
January 16, 2021
Thomas did a great job on our settlement. Appreciate all the work you did for us.
Mr T
January 16, 2021
Thank you Tom for all your work on this. Much appreciated.
Mr Kelley
January 16, 2021
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…
Ms Armstrong
August 30, 2020
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…
Mr A
August 22, 2020
Outstanding service on every occasion. Pleasure to deal with Laura. Don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. FRS – Simply brilliant.
Mr Halliday
August 18, 2020

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