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Stamp Duty Calculator

Use this calculator to find out the estimate of land transfer (stamp) duty when you purchase a property.

The liability is calculated based on the:

  • Contract date
  • Stated value of your property

Buying

The process of buying in mainland Australia comes as following:

This is the process adhered to between both the buying and selling parties in which all negotiations and dealing are done privately making it the most flexible in practice. Potential buyers can enquire or offer for any property on sale from the listings and can propose custom conditions and/or negotiate the price and purchasing process. Once an offer is accepted the financing process can take off as the property is set aside for the cooling, during this period all kinds of inspections of the interiors, pest situation, and layout are done. Agents of GF Trinity Real Estate for both buying and selling parties can easily navigate one through the process resulting in a smooth and satiating purchase of your dream home

Auctions are a popular way of securing a good property at low-interest rates and prices especially when the competition is low and bidders are few. Always read clauses and policies beforehand to make sure you have settled all claims before-hand and have all the necessary funds in place. In some lucky cases, if a reserve price (the minimum price the seller has set for a property) is not met and the property is idle, you can discuss and negotiate with the buyer. You may also make offers before the bid takes place.

These methods are rare and limited to posh properties. Both processes will require you to draft and send a proposal through the seller’s agent before the stipulated deadline. In tender, you are usually responding to market-rate put out for the property whereas, in Expression of Interest, price is not always disclosed. In both cases, the highest bidder in this supposed silent bid acquires the estate.

You may also opt for an express sale method without initially declaring the price of the property whilst marketing for it and then come in contact with potential buyers.

Selling

Selling is just as intricate a process as buying. For this, the maiden step is to choose a trusted agent and getting your property listed. A listing agreement is a contract between the seller and real estate agent that gives permissions on the method of sale, promotional plan, marketing strategy, the sorted price range for advertising, etc. for the property.

Be very precise when it comes to selecting an agent, see if the comfort level matches as the rapport will greatly determine the deal. Further, sit down with your agent and determine the value of your property as per the location, maintenance costs, amenities, common sentiments of potential buyers in the area, and desirability quotient as per the ongoing market trends.

Most importantly is the method of sale you would want to opt depending on your requirements:

Auctions attract more buyers and better rates to your property as potential buyers are not eliminated with the pricing bracket. They create a fear of missing out on a great deal and make the competition fiercer reinforcing a quick and serious decision. A base price ensures your property value is not underestimated and you also have the opportunity to go beyond your expectation as there is no upper limit. They provide a settlement date with an unconditional clause.

This method of sale is the most proven and classic style of marketing. A fixed price tag makes it easier for interested buyers to align themselves seriously. With time in hand price and other conditions can be negotiated through the dealings and marketing stages. You can come on a consensus with prospective buyers individually depending upon the market conditions and reviews and achieve the best rate for your property. It is important to enquire with your GF Trinity agent for assistance when deciding on a quote you are asking. They are highly experienced experts in the local arena analyzing demographics, market graphs, and commercials.

Since this method of sale requires buyers to write to you, it establishes how you are confident about your asset and its value. Tenders grant you time with the same competency as of an auction whilst keeping your price confidential allowing markets to determine it, acting as a feedback at the same time. A tender has a last date that adds urgency to the already competitive pricing that’s unknown.

Settlement Process And Conveyancers Role

The settlement process is a nuanced one that differs greatly for the seller and buyer. The real estate agent is actively involved in navigating both through the process until the ownership and finally, keys of the house are transferred.

Most of the documentation and contract-based work have been sorted in the initial stages. All titles, cross-checking, and specific requirements, finances, and deposits have been ticked. Mainly now you have to make sure that both, your solicitor and mortgage financer are available and equipped to seal the deal. Keep all your financial documentation ready and in place so that the transfer can be green-flagged smoothly. Apart from that, basic things would include getting your belongings shifted and be welcoming to the final inspections by buyers to cross-check the property with the listings in the contract.

It is a fresh new start for you which is why you should be well equipped and prepared. Firstly, be sure to inspect and match the things described in the contract with the property physically and in case of any discrepancies, ask for clarifications from the sellers. Further, sort an insurance plan with your financer that matches your property stature and belongings in it.

Once both your teams have met, a mortgage will be issued in your name linked to the property, minus the agreed deposit. The documented ownership will be corrected to authorize you as the new owner. Once the settlement occurs, the keys will be handed over and the home will be under new ownership.

Role of a Conveyancer

Having a conveyancer guide to yourself adds to the process of the settlement being hassle-free and faster. They are qualified professionals well-equipped with the necessary knowledge of market patterns and government policies. They guide you with stamp duty, taxes, and other necessary policies.

They meet with your financer in making sure the process of transferring the ownership of the property from one person to another is done through the legal routes with the necessary documentation.

Some of the tasks they are well-equipped to do include: Searching the certificate of title, calculating rates and taxes, liaising with the buyer’s conveyancer for settlement, and with banks regarding funds required to proceed to settlement and finally to prepare and attend the settlement on your behalf.