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Purchasing a Property

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If you have found a property that you wish to buy, then make sure you arrange for a contract review by Palmieri Legal Chambers Conveyancing Team before you put in an offer or before you attend an auction.

Buying Property

Understanding conveyance and legal costs when buying


Buying a house or commercial property is very exciting and also comes with very big decisions.  

Palmieri Legal Chambers brings extensive experience giving you comfort and peace of mind throughout the process.  The legalities around contracts, the sale of land and grants may seem overwhelming. Palmieri Legal Chambers will read through the contract thoroughly to make sure there are no hidden conditions that will act against your interests.  We will negotiate to make sure the contract is fair and suits your needs throughout the property transaction.


If you have found a property that you wish to purchase (whether by auction or private treaty), it is essential that you have the contract reviewed and, if possible, the terms negotiated. Our team at Palmieri Legal Chambers are experts at reviewing the contract, providing urgent advice to you, and negotiating the terms of the contract, so that you do not miss out on the opportunity to purchase the property. This review should be completed before you put in an offer to purchase the property, or before you attend an auction.


Generally, where a Real Estate Agent is involved, they will have an obligation to submit any offer you wish to make to the vendor. Once the vendor has verbally accepted the offer, it is essential that the contract be signed and exchanged by both the vendor and you as purchaser. The contract to purchase will only be binding once the contract has been signed and exchanged. Our team are experts at ensuring the contract is exchanged at the earliest opportunity.


Typically, 10% of the purchase price if the deposit paid on exchange of contracts. However, this can be negotiated, including by reducing the amount of the deposit. Our team are experts at negotiating the terms of the contract on your behalf.


All private treaty contracts for sale of land for residential property in New South Wales includes a 5 business day cooling off period, starting the day contracts are exchanged. However, most vendors require the contract to be binding as soon as it is exchanged, and require you as purchaser to give up your rights to a cooling-off period. This requires a solicitor or conveyancer to provide a certificate certifying that they have explained to you that you are giving up your right to a cooling-off period. Our team can negotiate this requirement on your behalf, and can provide the certificate required, to ensure there is a binding contract.


Once you have secured the property by exchanging contract, it is prudent to ask questions of the vendor about the property, and to obtain searches of government and other statutory entities, regarding any interest or proposal they may have about the property. Making these enquiries on your behalf is a standard part of the service we provide to you, and we can assist you step-by-step through this process.


Settlement, otherwise known as completion, is the date that your purchase of the property will finalise and the legal title will transfer to you. This is also the day you can collect the keys and take possession of the property. Settlements are now completed electronically, on the PEXA platform, which provides a seamless settlement process involving your bank, if you are taking a loan, your conveyancer, and the vendor’s conveyancer and bank.

We can also offer assistance in all other areas of property law, including:

  • Buying or selling any interests in property by private treaty or at public auction

  • Duty and tax implications of acquiring or disposing of property involved

  • Strata, precinct and community title

  • Rural land and water licences

  • Title searches and land enquiries

  • Subdivisions, partitioning of land and property developments

  • Building contracts

  • Neighbourhood disputes including dividing fence disputes

5 steps to guide you through the conveyancing process

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