The most exciting part of any property purchase is the settlement day. This is the day that buyer finally gets the keys to their new property and sellers are paid the amount that is owing. But there’s a lot more involved in the land settlement process than meets the eye. What is a settlement? Real estate settlement happens when the land is transferred over to the buyer. Settlement day usually marks the end of the transaction. Aside from handing over… Continue reading

Conveyancing is full of legal jargon. Whether purchasing your first property or selling your home, the technical jargon can be overwhelming. At Provey, we make the conveyancing process as simple and stress-free for our clients as possible. We have compiled a short list of property terms below to help. The list is by no means a full list of all the jargon used, so feel free list out any other terms you wish to have clarified in the comments section… Continue reading

An off the plan purchase is a purchase of a dwelling (house, apartment or townhouse) or land prior to its construction or subdivision. Purchasing off-the-plan can sometimes enable you to enter the property market at a lower price (albeit not always the case). This is possible as developers offer lower prices and financial incentives (such as rebates) in order to secure enough pre-sales to start the project. Thus, providing a great opportunity for both investors and home buyers. Whilst there… Continue reading

Buying and selling property is expensive. There’s stamp duty, bank fees and conveyancing costs to consider. It’s understandable why you may contemplate whether you can do your own Conveyancing to save some money. But before you decide to DIY conveyancing, it’s worth asking yourself two questions: Can I do my own conveyancing? Should I DIY conveyancing? Can you DIY conveyancing? The short answer is yes. It is possible to do your own conveyancing in Victoria, at least for the moment.… Continue reading

If you’re buying or selling a property you will need conveyancing. Conveyancing involves the preparation and lodgement of all the necessary paperwork to transfer the title of your property. When you buy or sell property there are several other important things to consider as well as the property law related paperwork. They include forms for the titles office, taxation matters, your bank loan and mortgage documents. To help you complete the conveyancing you can use either a solicitor or a… Continue reading

While home ownership gives people a lot of security, it doesn’t mean they can do anything they want on their property. In Victoria, section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 allows a local Council and landowner to make an agreement that restricts how the land can be used. Commonly called a section 173 agreement, these may prevent land from being subdivided, used for staged developments, or may require particular characteristics of the land to be retained. While anyone… Continue reading

You may have heard of the term electronic conveyancing or e-conveyancing before but perhaps don’t really understand how it affects you. In this article, we’ll explain what PEXA, e-conveyancing and electronic settlements are and how they work in Victoria. So, what is e-conveyancing? E-conveyancing means that you can sell or buy a property completely online. In the past, a lot of paper documents needed to be signed and transferred between law firms, banks, the State Revenue Office (SRO) and the… Continue reading

Buying a property can be a stressful experience, not only for first time buyers but also for seasoned buyers and sellers. When moving or investing in residential or commercial property the many steps involved in the process can be overwhelming particularly in major cities like Melbourne, Victoria. During the different stages in a purchase transaction, buyers may be required to complete tasks urgently. This is due to actual imminent tasks as well as those which are ‘hyped-up’. For example, selling… Continue reading

It is 2018 and believe it or not, there is still confusion about whether or not contracts and agreements can be signed electronically (and rightfully so). There are a number of Acts and legislation which govern this area (the most noteable being the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000) but despite this, not all stakeholders in real estate transactions recognise the use of electronic signatures due to uncertainty. The law recognises the enforcaebility of contracts entered into using electronic signatures instead… Continue reading