Posted by: Jozefina Ndoci | Date: 2 August 2016
Buying a property, whether as your home or as an investment, is exciting times. However as settlement gets closer, clients often start wondering – what do they need to do? Do they need to turn up to settlement? Below are a few answers to key questions regarding settlements.
Unless very unusual circumstances exist for your sale or purchase, there is very little for you to do on the day of settlement.
Your solicitor will attend settlement on your behalf and will let you know soon as settlement is complete.
If you are buying, you can arrange with the sales agent to complete a pre-settlement inspection. This is usually done the day before settlement or on the morning of settlement.
We strongly recommend that buyers arrange a pre-settlement inspection to go into the property to satisfy yourself that nothing has drastically changed since you last saw the property.
You may want to check that the seller has moved out completely, hasn’t damaged the house or unit when moving, has left anything that you agreed to buy with the property and everything that you are relying on getting, is there.
After settlement, both solicitors will notify the sales agent. Once the sales agent has received confirmation of settlement from both the buyer’s and seller’s solicitor, they will release the deposit to the seller and release the keys to the buyer.
If you are selling, you need to ensure that any mortgage on the property is released. This will generally require you to get in contact if your bank to lodge a Discharge Authority. At settlement, your bank will provide us with a release of mortgage based on the information in the Discharge Authority. If you are selling, please ensure that you have lodged a Discharge Authority as soon as possible.
If there is a paper Certificate of Title, you will need to locate it and give it to your Solicitor as soon as possible.
Settlement cannot go ahead without any Certificate of Title or without your bank providing a release of the mortgage at settlement.
If you are buying, you need to make sure that –
This is an exciting time for buyers and sellers alike.
If you have concerns about settlements and what you need to do, please contact our office to discuss. Our team have assisted thousands through the settlements process and can provide you with piece of mind when it comes to your property settlements.