Tips for Buying

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Purchasing Townsville Real Estate by Private Treaty

Purchasing residential real estate can be a very exciting process; however it can also be a confusing time for the prospective buyer.

As you may already be aware, different agencies usually have different sets of rules and standards, so we would like to inform you of the buying process should you decide to purchase a property through Graham Lynham Real Estate.

The following information is designed to assist you with some key points in the process; however we have also included a link to the Office of Fair Trade Queensland web page which covers Queensland’s legislation surrounding the purchase of property.

https://www.qld.gov.au/law/housing-and-neighbours/buying-and-selling-a-property/buying-a-home/ 

STEP 1: Before making an offer

If you want to make an offer, be certain that you can follow through by having the following items confirmed:

  1. A pre-approval of finance from your bank or lending institution.
  2. Your own property sold, or at least assessed for value and possible sale time.
  3. You have a solicitor or conveyancer selected. (They will be required to supply any legal clauses for any special conditions such as a contract being subject to sale of another home etc.).
  4. Determine how you will be paying the deposit if your offer is accepted.
  5. An idea of time required for finance approval, building and pest inspections and the actual settlement. Most agencies allow 1 days fro building and pest inspection to be undertaken, 14 days for finance approval and 28 days until the day you take ownership.
  6. You have obtained a Buildings insurance quote so that in event your offer is accepted you can arrange insurance on the property you are purchasing. (This applies in Queensland only).

You can ask for a copy of the contract document, known as Form 8 in Queensland, to be provided for either yourself or solicitor to peruse prior to making the offer.

All offers are submitted in writing on contracts (Form 6) which are prepared in terms of Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading guidelines. This protects all parties.

STEP 2: Once your offer is accepted

Once the price, terms and conditions of the offer have been agreed upon and all parties have signed you have legally binding albeit conditional contract for sale.

The agency will forward copies to all parties involved (buyer, seller, bank, and solicitors).

A “cooling off” period applies to all contracts.

The standard contract for buying a home comes with a cooling-off period of 5 business days.

This means if you’re not totally happy, you can cancel the contract during this time.

The cooling-off period starts the day you get a copy of the signed contract (signed by both parties).

  • If you get it on a weekend or a public holiday, the cooling-off period starts on the next business day. The cooling-off period still begins if a representative takes the signed contract on your behalf.
  • If there’s a dispute over when you got the contract, the seller will need to prove they got it to you.
    The cooling-off period ends at 5pm on the final (5th) day of the cooling-off period.

Insurance

In most cases, you will become responsible for the property from 5pm the next business day after the contract date.

Building and Pest Reports

Before you complete the purchase of any property it is important that you obtain a Building and Pest Report from a qualified inspector. The contract will allow a set time frame for this to be completed.

Please note that this report is a complete list of defects of the home. Buyers can be confused with the report they receive on the home, and most of the time misinterpret the report. The point to remember here is that all homes sold maintenance, and the building and pest inspector will usually walk you through the report. If there are major defects these may points for negotiation prior to the contract being unconditional. Buyers should make sure your building and pest inspector communicates the details of the report to you in person and explaining any issues I layman terms.

Bank Valuation 

Don’t be alarmed if your bank or lending Institution requests a valuation by a registered property valuer. This is normal practice of lending institutions, and serves as confirmation of the agreed sale price represents fair market value.

STEP 3: An Unconditional Contract

Once unconditional your solicitor will advise all parties that the terms of the contact have been met and then it’s time to

  1. Organise signing of your loan documents with your Bank
  2. Organise signing of your legal documents with your solicitor
  3. Arranging removalists
  4. Arranging connection of services including phone gas and electricity and diverting any mail to you new address

Pre settlement inspection

As a buyer you are entitled to pre-settlement inspection to confirm the property is to reasonable standard and presented to your satisfaction to prior to you handing over your funds for the completion of the purchase. One of our team will meet you at the property to conduct the inspection.

Settlement

On the day of settlement your solicitor and bank will have organised a time to exchange funds and hand over the legal paperwork. Congratulations! Welcome to your new home. One of our team will organise hand over of keys.