What classifies a default under the Contract of Sale? 

Sometimes things don’t go to plan when purchasing a property. Here are the most common scenarios where a Purchaser may find themselves in default of a Contract of Sale. What is a default?  A default is a failure to follow your obligations, or a breach of conditions, under the signed Contract.   What is a Default … Read more

What should you be looking out for before signing an off the plan contract?  

Recent incentives provided by the Federal Budget have generated more interest in off the plan properties. However, buyers should keep in mind certain contract conditions before signing on.   Subject Clauses   Off the plan contracts are usually subject to either or both of the following conditions being satisfied:  the registration of the proposed plan of … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Buying Off-The-Plan

Entering the property market can be challenging. Additionally, it can be overwhelming having to also consider factors such as affordability, stamp duty, and property age. Buying an off-the-plan property can be an attractive solution as they are often more affordable, come with stamp duty savings, and are brand new. What is an Off-The-Plan Property? An … Read more

What is a caveat? Do I need one? 

What is a caveat?  Under Section 89 of the Transfer of Land Act 1958, a caveat can prevent the transfer of a land title without the consent of the caveat holder. When a caveat is registered it will appear on a property’s title unless withdrawn by permission of the caveator.  When you purchase a property, you may … Read more

What is a “covenant”? How does it affect my property?

You may have heard this term ‘covenant’ or ‘restrictive covenant’ when looking into property. But what exactly is it? And why is it important for property buyers and sellers?   What is a restrictive covenant?  A restrictive covenant, or more commonly known as just a covenant, is a private agreement or contract between neighbouring landowners. … Read more

What does “subject to Building and Pest Inspection” mean?

Building and Pest Inspections identify any defects within a property and the risks that may evolve from those defects. They are useful for identifying the condition of the property, which provide insight on the desirability and value of the property being purchased.  Why should I include a “subject to a Building and Pest Inspection” clause?  … Read more

Federal Budget 2022-2023

To address the continuing challenges faced by first home buyer Australians breaking into the property market, the Federal Government has announced in its Federal Budget 2022-2023 several measures to ease entry barriers.    Continued Incentives Family Home Guarantee The scheme aims to support single parents with dependent children in purchasing a family home. Eligible buyers will … Read more

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Looking to develop your land? Here are 4 things to look out for 

Purchasing a block of land is an exciting process to bring to life your dream home on a blank canvas. However, we have seen mistakes you can try to avoid. In addition to planning permit requirements and specific regulations, there are various other means by which property development can be restricted, including the following:   Easements   … Read more

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How the Homebuyer Fund can help you purchase your home  

Saving for a 10-20% deposit is challenging with increasing property prices. To address this issue and create more opportunities for home ownership for low to medium income earners, the Victorian Government launched the Homebuyer Fund in October 2021.   What is the Homebuyer Fund?   The Homebuyer Fund is a shared equity scheme that permits the Victorian … Read more

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Do I attend settlement myself? What is PEXA? 

There was a time when Australian settlements had to be conducted in person at a set location. This usually involved long hours sorting through numerous papers to finalise documents. Now, legal representatives and financial institutions are able to attend virtually to complete all types of settlements. This is done through the digital property platform PEXA. … Read more

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How the new regulations on swimming pools and spas may affect you 

Since 01 December 2019, there are new laws requiring all property owners to erect safety barriers for their pool and spa. Here are some important things you need to know:  Victorian Building Authority (VBA) requirements  By 01 November 2020, all pools and spas must be registered with the local council.  Complete the inspection of the … Read more

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5 contractual terms you should know about before signing a written offer 

So you’ve found a property perfect for you after spending countless hours scouring the market. A contract was given to you but it’s long, confusing and filled with legal words that don’t make sense. We recommend looking out for these 5 terms that can help your decision-making.  “I can end the contract if I want… … Read more