Danielle Person is the owner of Sapphire Conveyancing, having purchased the business from Kathey Madden in December 2017.The business has been operating in Merimbula since 2004. Danielle has a ten year career in conveyancing, after moving from general law due to her passion for property and real estate and the satisfaction she gains from helping people move into their dream home.
Sails Real Estate spoke with her recently and she kindly shared some tips for vendors and purchasers to help make their sale or purchase easier with less hassles.
Tip No. 1 – Vendors
Have documentation available, such as council approvals for extensions, building certificates, final occupation certificates, septic tank approvals or survey reports. This will help speed up the selling process.
Tip No. 2 – Vendors
If you don’t have a mortgage make sure you know where your title deed is located.
Tip No. 3– Vendors & Purchasers
Have your identity documents on hand. Level 1 = Passport and driver’s licence. If not available you will need Level 2 = Birth certificate plus driver’s licence or photo ID document and Medicare card.
Tip No. 4 – Vendors & Purchasers
Carefully choose who you want to represent you. When selecting a conveyancer or solicitor make sure they have an unrestricted licence, you have recommendations and have seen positive testimonials. Also check what is included in their fee. Is it a fixed fee that includes GST, costs and disbursements or a fee plus GST, costs & disbursements? Consider if you prefer to deal with them online or would like to use a local and have face to face meetings.
Tip No. 5 – Purchasers
Before looking at property or putting in an offer make sure you speak to your financier or banker to obtain a pre-approval for finance. That way you will know your budget and avoid disappointment.
Tip No. 6 – Purchasers
Beware of hackers. Before transferring settlement funds call on the phone to verify you have the correct bank details. There have been scams where purchasers’ funds have gone to the wrong account.
Tip No. 7 – Purchasers
If you are purchasing on behalf of a family trust or super fund make sure you check with your Accountant to obtain the correct name of the purchasing entity.
Tip No. 8 – Purchasers
Register with real estate agents and let them know exactly what you are looking for. The market is moving so fast right now that many properties are sold before they are even advertised. So if you rely entirely on looking online at properties you may well miss out.
If you are wondering what the difference is between a conveyancer and a solicitor, a conveyancer’s focus is
exclusively on property, specialising in that area of law whereas solicitors deal with general matters, including property law.