Buying or Selling a House

When buying a house, Sweeney Tiggemann has conveyancing solicitors and support staff who will guide you through the process. They will help you deal with any issues that may arise. We also have a FAQ section on this website that you will find useful. Please see our FAQ page.

Once you have found your property and agreed a price, the first thing you should do is obtain a copy of the contract. Once you have done that we will get your matter under way immediately.

The Contract contains legal obligations that you are being asked to commit to. It often discloses problems the property may have. It is our job, as conveyancing solicitors, to advise you about the contract, in relation to conveyancing law in NSW. We will, if needs be, recommend changes to the Contract.

As we are a legal practice which practises in conveyancing, you can be assured that you will receive the best conveyancing representation for your house purchase.

We will guide and assist you with:

  • arranging building and pest inspections
  • arranging finance if necessary
  • examining and exchanging the contract of sale – including recommending any changes to your contract prior to exchange
  • paying the deposit
  • arranging payment of stamp duty, and mortgage duty, if required
  • completing any application for exemption from stamp duty, if applicable, please see:- http://www.apps05.osr.nsw.gov.au/erevenue/calculators/fhpsimple.php
  • liaising with your incoming mortgagee, and assisting as required
  • checking if there are outstanding arrears or land tax obligations
  • finding out if any government authority has a vested interest in the land or if any planned development could impact on the property (eg. developments by the local council, Sydney Water, Roads and Traffic Authority, etc)
  • finding out any information that may not have been previously disclosed such as information in relation to a fence dispute or illegal building work
  • calculating adjustments, including council and water rates for the property settlement
  • completing any final checks prior to settlement
  • overseeing the change of title
  • attending settlement
  • reporting after settlement and follow up, as needs be

For more information about buying a house, visit our FAQ information page. It will also help to guide you through the conveyancing process in NSW.