For both buyers & sellers:-
Why should I use a Settlement Agent?
By having a licensed Settlement Agent, such as Apple Settlements, take care of your settlement, you can rest easy, knowing that your experienced Conveyancer will manage your transaction efficiently and effectively.
I want to nominate Apple Settlements to handle my settlement – what do I need to do?
Do I have to attend settlement?
What happens if I’m not ready to settle on the due date?
If you think there is a possibility that you won’t be ready to settle on the contracted Settlement Date, please speak to your conveyancer, to discuss the options available to you.
What actually happens at settlement?
At the settlement, the buyer’s bank will hand over the bank cheques to the seller’s settlement agent & their bank in return, receive the Certificate of Title, Discharge of Mortgage and Transfer of Land.
Once the settlement has ‘gone through’ your conveyancer will call you with the good news, and then you can contact the Real Estate Agent to arrange handover of the keys!
Can Apple Settlements act for me, in the sale or purchase of a property in another state?
No, we are only licensed to carry out settlements in Western Australia. For interstate properties you will need to appoint a Solicitor or Conveyancer based in that particular State or Territory.
What do I have to do in regards to RCDs and Smoke Alarms?
As of 1 October 2009, it is also compulsory that mains powered smoke alarms are installed in residential properties prior to settlement. All smoke alarms should be installed by a licensed electrical contractor and must be changed every 10 years.
Prior to settlement, we ask that the seller confirm to the buyer that RCD’s and smoke alarms are installed in accordance with the legislative requirements.
When do I need to vacate the property?
What is ‘VOI’ and why do I need to do it?
The most common form of Identification is either your ‘passport and drivers licence’ or ‘birth certificate and drivers licence’. You can complete your VOI in our office, or at your local Australia Post outlet.
Please ask your conveyancer for more information about your preferred VOI option.
When do I get the keys to the property?
Can I re-inspect the property?
Who do I need to notify about the change of ownership?
Take a look through our checklist for a full list of places to notify of your new address.
Who do I speak to about my First Home Owners Grant?
I’m not a Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia – am I still able to purchase a property?
They have a helpful FAQ section on their website, too – http://www.firb.gov.au/content/faq.asp