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I wasn’t happy with the first inspection! Can I inspect again?

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Technically, no. Under the the standard-form contract for sale of land in Western Australia, known as the Contract for Sale of Land or Strata Title by Offer and Acceptance, you are entitled to one inspection of the property at a mutually-agreeable time during the week before settlement. If you identify problems that need fixing, you can request […]

Hiring a real estate agent

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Making some simple enquiries before you engage a real estate agent to sell your home (or assist you to buy one) will ensure you choose the best agent for the job. Licence check Contact the Department of Commerce of Western Australia and check that the agent is licensed. Real estate agents must be licensed by […]

Non-compliant RCD’s and smoke alarms – your rights explained

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Recovering costs from the seller after settlement The Electricity Regulations 1947 (WA) require a seller of residential property to install at least 2 residual current devices (RCD’s) and hard-wired smoke alarms in the property before the sale is completed (settlement).  Sellers face hefty fines for non-compliance. Buyers should check that the property is fitted with RCD’s […]

Landgate’s Verification of Identity (VOI) requirements

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Why VOI? In 2010 and 2011, two Western Australian properties were fraudulently sold without the consent of the owners in high-profile scams. The problem of identity theft was suddenly a pressing concern for WA regulators and businesses. In response, Landgate and other government agencies introduced strong Verification Of Identity (VOI) checks for anyone wanting to […]

How to compare quotes. Beware of scams!

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Congratulations on buying / selling your home! You need a settlement agent. Your real estate agent can suggest someone, but you’re a savvy shopper – you want an excellent price, with service to match. Quote time! What’s in a settlement quote? Put simply, whether you’re buying or selling, your quote will be made up of: A  professional fee – the fee […]

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%.  […]

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 […]

Don’t get stung by the duty lodgement deadline

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What is transfer duty? Transfer duty is a state government tax imposed on all dutiable transactions over dutiable property in Western Australia. Most transfers of real estate attract transfer duty at ad valorem rates – ie according to the value of the transaction.  A transaction becomes dutiable and an obligation to lodge it for assessment […]