Categories for Inspection

Prior possession- Certainty of property access & move in date, but at what cost?

9/3/2018
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“Buyers can generally move into the property once settlement has taken place, unless the O̶ ̶&̶ ̶A̶ ̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶w̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶s̶p̶e̶c̶i̶f̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶h̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶l̶l̶e̶r̶’̶s̶ ̶r̶e̶s̶i̶d̶e̶n̶c̶e̶  Seller occupied as their ‘principal place of residence’ immediately prior to Settlement. If this is the case the seller may remain until noon on the day after settlement.However, buyers sometimes reach agreement with the seller to move into the property earlier than the settlement date. Buyers who are considering taking possession of a property...

Changes to REIWA General Conditions in 2018

21/2/2018
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Some highlighted changes to the 2018 version of Joint Form of General Conditions (JFGC), might mean that you could see some differences to the 2011 JFGC. Please note, we are not lawyers and are merely relaying some discussions as generically covered in an industry forum. The biggest concern was the ‘Lawyers picnic’ referenced as clause 9.3, where opposing lawyers could argue just about any outcome they desired, for a breach of warranty. Service by email still needed to be ‘signed’...

Suspect a water leak, How to detect it & what to do…

11/8/2017
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Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly. Regularly checking taps, pipes and fittings around your property could save precious water and precious money! How can I detect a leak?To conduct a leak detection test yourself, follow these simple steps:Step 1: Ensure no water is being used in your house (turn off all water appliances, such as washing machines and evaporative air conditioners).Step 2: Read the black and red numbers on your meter. Record the black numbers from left to right. The black...

Smoke Alarms 2018 Important Update

14/7/2017
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Is a Hard Wired Smoke Alarm Enough?We have written on the important topic of smoke alarms on numerous times in the past and it has always generated considerable interest. Key issues have included: What are the rules? When do they apply? Does it matter when the property was built? Battery or Hardwired? Interconnected? Transition Rules and compliance with which Australian Standard? Our previous blog dealt with the above issues so we are not going to cover them again here. You...

What do I do: Issues discovered at final inspection?

23/5/2017
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Immanent Settlement; Have you discovered an issue, like damage or some defect that IS covered under your contract at the final inspection?After recommending Legal Advice (since we are not lawyers). Often the quickest & cleanest way forward with a pending settlement is to arrange a “Payment in lieu” variation. Something along the lines of; “Seller:Buyer:Property address:Contract dated:______________________________________________________ The Seller and Buyer AGREE to vary the Contract as follows:- The Buyer accepts the listed item(s) {list or see attached} as discovered...

MORTGAGEE SALES – AN EXPERIENCED AGENT EXPLAINS THE PROCESS AND THE PROS & CONS

2/1/2017
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When a potential investor or buyer hears the term “mortgagee sale” or “repossession” you can often see the dollar signs in their eyes. There is a common view that mortgagee sales come with a lower than market value price. This can be correct in some cases, however thorough due diligence should be conducted before purchasing this type of property. Below we will look into the usual process in WA for mortgagee sales, as well as the pros and cons of...