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Granny-flats – things you should know

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Using existing land, granny-flats may be a home extension or a self-contained dwelling.  A granny-flat may be a convenient and cost effective option, striking a good balance between close access to family and independent living. As no property transfer is required for granny flats, there is no transfer duty or real estate agent fee, and […]

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 […]

Benefits of buying off-the-plan

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What does it mean to buy “off the plan”? Explore our previous article to find out. This article aims to summarise some of the many perceived benefits in buying off the plan. Lower purchase price Real estate property developers are often keen to sell as many properties as early as possible, and so prices are […]

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 […]

Switching buyers before settlement

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Have you found a beautiful house with a deal too hard to walk away from? If it’s not exactly the right home for you, it may be the right one for someone in your family. Or in other instances, you may want to add your partner’s name onto the title. Be careful!  Most property transfers […]