Categories for Selling

Finance Formally Approved, or Contract now unconditional – what is next?

27/12/2018
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We usually send our clients ALL the required ‘wet-ink’ paperwork with our initial postal package. Sometimes we need to allow for the other party to complete certain forms first, so thanks for your patience and understanding if you receive more than one form requiring ‘wet-ink’ execution. Buyers;That Loan Amount on the Unconditional/Formal approval is usually NOT the exact amount your lender will make Available as Funds (aka funds your lender will bring) for Settlement.The Lender will usually take their fees...

New Joint Form of General Conditions-2018

2/12/2018
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REIWA are updating their 2011 Standard General Conditions that accompany their Offer and Acceptance Contracts. As of 13/2/18 we are advised the New 2018 Joint Form of General Conditions will be made available from their REIWA office or by license from PrintForce. REIWA are offering courses for the Real Estate industry to update themselves on the changes; Understand how the changes to JFGC will impact the following: Final inspections, the rectification of defects before settlement and the ramifications of unrepaired...

Paper has been superseded with higher security for ELN(e-Settlement)

8/6/2018
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Imagine you are in the biggest city you know, on the busiest street, outside the biggest bank which you notice is surrounded with cameras and not just armed, but heavily armed security guards and some restrained but excited & vicious looking dogs.The Bank doors open, a few moments later, from the secure confines of the building, out walks a petite and cheerful person pushing in front of them a wheelbarrow full of money, out on to the street. You immediately...

GST and Residential contract

8/6/2018
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Just a reminder that GST is now a query of every Residential contract dated on & post 1/7/18. Not just the obvious ‘new land or new builds’, since ‘New Residential Premises’ under the Taxation administration act, may still be quite aged properties!“The term ‘new residential premises’ is defined in s 40-75 of the GST Act:Residential premises are new residential premises if they:a. have not previously been sold as residential premises and have not previously been the subject of a long-term lease; orb. have...

Cyber thieves are clever. They target lawyers because we direct transfers of money and they want to steal it.

25/5/2018
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DON’T FALL FOR IT!Be suspicious of email instructions.Cyber fraudsters will get in any way they can. Make sure it’s not through you.Five steps to protect yourself.Identify – Don’t accept email requests on face value. The email asking you to re-direct money might look genuine, but it could have been sent by a hacker.Verify – Call the sender personally to check authenticity. Use a number you know, not one suggested in the email. Ask for the account number, write it down, then compare...

GST Remittance – Withholding weighted on Buyer

17/5/2018
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On or after 1 July 2018, certain purchasers of new residential premises or potential residential land will be required to withhold an amount from the price of the supply for payment to us. Note: When we refer to purchasers we are also referring to lessees under long-term leases. The withholding amount is due on or before the day that consideration for the supply (other than a deposit) is first provided. If the contract is an instalment contract that will be...