Nothing feels better than finally feeling at home in your new place. Once the legal conveyancing process is finished and the removalists are booked, there is still some work to do before you can settle in. Here are some of our tips for a successful move in. Deep clean the ...
Thanks to mobile phones and wireless internet, you can access almost anything from the palm of your hand. However until very recently the property conveyancing process has hardly changed in a hundred years. Now you can buy and sell a property and complete the conveyancing process from the comfort of ...
Whether you’re moving in to a new home, or changing the one you are currently in, we would all love to see our energy consumption go down. Some of us do it to save some money, others to become ‘greener’. But actually, you may be doing both! Here are some t...
Who will you trust to do your conveyancing when you buy or sell your home, one of the biggest transactions in your life? Hiring a dodgy conveyancer who promises cheap conveyancing could be the most expensive mistake you make. Some home buyers and sellers have even been victims of theft ...
Hours of daydreaming over the years have shaped the perfect image of what your house should look like. But be prepared.. Our Conveyancing Manager Jodi gives advice on what not to do during the house hunt so you don't end up with a nightmare of a house!
Stamp duty for a property is always a bit of a pill to swallow. Especially for first home buyers when you never heard of stamp duty before. Luckily there are some bright plans for the future! But what does it all mean? Our Legal Advisor Simon Allington-Lodge gives the scoop!
Buying a home can be emotional and stressful. Sometimes buyers make the wrong decision in the heat of the moment or their circumstances change after signing a contract to purchase a home. If a buyer changes their mind and wants to cancel a contract for a residential property, they may ...
Not long after my baby started crawling my excitement quickly turned to panic as he turned into a tiny investigator that had to grab everything. It is then I realised how many everyday household items pose a risk to a baby. So I looked around my home and the following ...
Buying a home, especially for the first time, can leave you counting your costs! Make sure you understand what costs are involved in your purchase to ensure you are not left short or over budget.
So, what costs other than the purchase price do you need to budget for?
First home buyers in Western Australia: Did you know you may be able to get your conveyancing costs refunded?
The Western Australian Home Buyers Assistance Account is a grant that reimburses eligible first home buyers up to $2,000 for incidental expenses incurred when purchasing their first home.
Rentvesters who have bought a residential investment property after 1 July 2000 and have not received the First Home Owner Grant before may still be eligible for the First Home Owner Grant. However they must not have occupied the investment property. The rules regarding occupation of the property differ between the states and territories.
Real Estate Investar found an investment property for a busy client and provided a complete property investment solution, which included a convenient single-view of the legal and finance service, all delivered to their phone.
Housing affordability has been a hot topic over the past year. Lawlab summarises some of the federal, state and territory policies that benefit first home buyers, with recent budget announcements highlighted and more to come.
Foreign Resident Capital Gains Tax Withholding Scheme – changes to the conveyancing process from 1 July 2017?
Last month, the Commonwealth Government introduced significant changes to the current scheme, so that from 1 July 2017 the scheme will apply to the sale of all real estate over the lower market threshold of $750,000. Further purchasers will be required to withhold an increased amount of 12.5% of the purchase price and remit that to the ATO unless the seller provides a clearance certificate.
First home buyers will pay no stamp duty on properties valued below $600,000 that they intend to use as their principal place of residence. As an example, first time buyers could save as much as $15,535 in stamp duty on a property valued up to $600,000.
When you get to an age where you don’t want roommates anymore, hang a picture anywhere you please and have your money go towards your own investment – not someone else’s – you start thinking about buying your own home.
From 15 August 2016 NSW Real Estate Agents have new responsibilities relating to property inspection reports.
What does this mean for Agents?
Foreign Resident Capital Gains Tax Withholding Scheme – What are the changes to the conveyancing process?
What is it?
With effect from 1 July 2016 new legislation has come into operation, whereby when a foreign resident disposes of certain taxable assets, the buyer of that asset will be required to withhold 10% of the purchase price and pay that amount to the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
Recent and upcoming state budgets are bad news for foreign buyers but better news for some first home buyers.
All Conveyancing senior legal advisor Jodie Romanes discusses the new incentives announced last week.
A recent survey of REIV members found more than 70 per cent of agents indicated underquoting laws require change. Consumer Affairs Minister, Jane Garrett, has proposed significant reforms to the Estate Agents Act 1980 (‘EAA’) to address this sentiment and tackle rogue operators within the industry.
To conclude our three part educational blog series on conveyancing, lawlab legal director Richie Muir explains tips for a stress free conveyancing experience. Regardless of whether you’ve sold the family home, found a new dream apartment or just negotiated a great price on a new interstate investment property – there is a...
Welcome to part two of our three part educational blog series by lawlab Legal Director Richie Muir who explained last week the fundamentals of conveyancing. This week Richie looks at five questions you should ask your conveyancing lawyer, and will next week offer tips for a stress free conveyancing process. ...
A new VOI regime started in Victoria on 9 November 2015. This regime aligns all conveyancing transactions in Victoria with the VOI requirements for e-settlements. This means that all lawyers, conveyancers and financial institutions must take reasonable steps to verify the identity of their clients and customers. Reasonable steps includes a face to ...
When you’ve made the decision to sell you want the process to be as easy as possible. You want to avoid lengthy delays, unexpected costs and uncertainty. Seek advice from us at lawlab before you sign any contract. In Victoria, a contract must be accompanied by a vendor statement, wh...
When you’ve made the decision to sell you want the process to be as easy as possible. You want to avoid lengthy delays, unexpected costs and uncertainty. Seek advice from us at lawlab before you sign any contract. A sale contract must be prepared before you can advertise your re...
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If you are engaged in a transaction that involves real property in Australia, it pays to have a good conveyancer on hand. The right person will help to make the process as smooth, streamlined and headache-free as possible. The wrong person however can make an already complicated process even worse.
Buying or selling a property is never an easy task; after all it involves numerous activities and legal tasks that not every individual is aware of. A potential seller will always desire to get great deal for his house while the potential buyer would be looking out for nothing but a lucrative property deal to invest into and both of these parties are in dire need of a specialist that commands an expertise on handling such deals.
In the age of technological advancement in web media conveyancing firms are somewhat lagging behind when it comes to adopting digital marketing for the promotion their services. Herein are some approaches that conveyancers should look to in order to widen the scope of prospective clients.
eConveyancing is an ability to perform lodgments and property settlements online through a special electronic workspace. The system has been on the horizon in Australia for a number of years, gaining momentum to grow and prosper.