Professional conveyancing services versus DIY

By | 2017-11-22T12:00:50+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Penny's blog|

If you have never bought or sold property, you could be forgiven for assuming that legally transferring the ownership of a property from a seller to a buyer would be straightforward. And it is true that simple residential property transactions are unlikely to involve legal or financial complications. The majority of transactions, however, require the [...]

E-conveyancing in South Australia celebrates 1st year anniversary

By | 2017-07-14T22:35:32+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Penny's blog|

Pexa commenced in South Australia on July 4th 2016, and our team at Conveyancing Matters were privileged to be the first practitioners to lodge a caveat via the PEXA platform and also one the first practitioners to complete South Australia's first electronic settlement.  Electronic settlements have progressed in South Australia at a momentous rate together [...]

Risk management and real estate: Protecting your property purchase

By | 2017-06-05T20:29:05+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Penny's blog|

When you’ve finally found the perfect property, don’t let excitement take over. Take a step back and consider the potential risks involved in the purchase transaction and work with your conveyancer to ensure that those risks are minimised and/or that you are protected against them.   The principle of caveat emptor—let the buyer beware—applies to [...]

Land Titles Office announce 2017/18 fees

By | 2017-05-29T16:09:17+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Penny's blog|

As we near the end of the financial year, it's time to upload the latest Lands Titles Registration fees to your systems. The base registration fee will be $160 ( for example, used to register a discharge of mortgage and register a new mortgage), a Title Search $28.25 and Property Interest Report $290 (ex GST). [...]

Buying or selling a property with a price greater than $750,000

By | 2017-05-29T09:20:24+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Penny's blog|

  Capital gains withholding: Impacts for foreign and Australian residents On 9 May 2017 the Federal Government announced proposed changes to the foreign resident capital gains withholding rate and threshold.  The changes will apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017. for real property disposals where the contract price is $750,000 and [...]

Effects of 2017/18 Federal Budget on the Property Industry

By | 2017-05-29T09:20:24+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Penny's blog|

On 9 May 2017 the Federal Government released the 2017 / 2018 Federal Budget. To further the aim of, ‘improving Australians’ access to secure and affordable housing across the housing spectrum’, a number of changes were introduced in this budget that are of particular interest to the property industry. On the face of it, if [...]

Acquiring the keys to your kingdom

By | 2017-05-29T09:20:24+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Penny's blog|

If you’ve ever been between homes, perhaps when heading overseas for an extended period, you may have experienced the strange feeling of being keyless. While that sensation can be partly one of freedom, it can also be one of loss and feeling adrift. In addition to their practical purpose, keys symbolise that which they unlock—a [...]

Values unshakeable equal mission achievable

By | 2017-05-29T09:20:24+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Penny's blog|

It’s no coincidence that our business name has dual meanings. Naturally, we deal with conveyancing matters but, more importantly, the practice of conveyancing matters very much to us and, of course, to our clients. The play on words is clever because it is accurate and appropriate. Any business seeking to improve and grow must encourage [...]