How do you choose a settlement agent aka conveyancer?

So it is time to partake of settlement and buy your first or next piece of real estate…

Having found your ideal home or investment property, your real estate agent is engaged.

What next? …do you need to use the settlement agent provided or is it better to engage your own conveyancer?

Do your research of 3 or 4 settlement agents and ensure you engage a conveyancer who has your best interests at heart. The one you feel comfortable with is probably your best choice. They will be up-front about fees (which is another rule in play) and care about your situation.

As an example, Supreme Settlements will assign you a Settlement Agent. They will work with you and get to know your personal circumstances. They represent the one party in the transaction, and help them navigate the sales process, decode the jargon, and manage any risks.

What is the role of a Settlement Agent?

Conveyancing is the process of transferring ownership of a legal title of land (property) from one person or entity to another.

A conveyancer is a licensed, qualified professional who provides information about the sale of a property, prepares the documentation and conducts the settlement process.

We are commonly engaged when you are;

  1. Buying a property
  2. Selling a property
  3. Subdividing land
  4. Updating a title (i.e. registering a death, or name change)

Who does a Settlement Agent represent?

We work with the buyer or seller, but never both.

For the buyer – a Conveyancer will:

  • Prepare, clarify and lodge legal documents – e.g. contract of sale or transfer of land
  • Research the property and its certificate of title
  • Put the deposit money in a trust account
  • Calculate the adjustment of rates and taxes
  • Settle the property – including communication between all parties such as real estate agents, seller’s settlement agent, banks or financial institutions

For the seller – a Conveyancer will:

  • Complete the legal documents
  • Represent you and communication with all parties

How do you choose a settlement agent aka conveyancer?

Do your homework whether you are engaging us or comparing us with other settlements agents.

Here are some things to look for;

  1. Are they a member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers?
  2. Do they offer one contact person for the transaction?
  3. How much experience does the agent have? (Check their website, bio and LinkedIn profile)
  4. Recommendations and testimonials?
  5. Good reputation (Google them)?
  6. Do they specialise in particular types of properties?
  7. What are your fees and charges?
  8. Are there any hidden costs?
  9. How will they communicate with you and how often?
  10. What are the time frames for your settlement?
  11. How do they make you feel?
  12. Do your homework, most importantly, trust your instincts.


When you choose Supreme Settlements

Supreme Settlements aim to make the property transaction process as stress-free and straightforward as possible, through open communication, personalised services and truly caring about our clients. Our role is more than making sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.

We will decipher the fine print on legal documents, while you look after other matters. We take care of the greater details to give our clients more time and energy, and less stress.

Call us on (08) 9417 2322, or contact us today with details.

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Are You Buying?

We know when you buy a property it is an exciting yet stressful time. We take care of the settlement process. Allowing you time to look to other matters whilst we get on with the settlement in question. Begin by requesting a free quote today…

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Are You Selling?

We know selling can be a stressful time. Supreme Settlements priority as your Settlement Agent in Perth is to meet your needs. Our conveyancing team will keep you informed as the settlement process proceeds. Our professionalism ensures a satisfactory completion. Begin by requesting a free quote to start the process…

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