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Buying and selling a home is among the most important financial decisions anyone will make. By sharing our insights over a decade of experience, having assisted thousands of clients, we aim to make the process empowering and stress-free.

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Tips, FAQs and pearls of wisdom from 20 years of legal experience. Be empowered to buy, sell and transfer property with confidence.

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Insurance: what buyers and sellers need to know

Insurance - in particular: when to get it, and when to cancel it - is an important consideration when buying and selling a property.

A buyer's advocate can provide invaluable assistance to a prospective purchaser.
What is a buyer's advocate?

What does a buyer's advocate do and how can they assist a purchaser?

Understanding what a cooling off period is and when it does (and doesn't apply) is essential knowledge for prospective home buyers.
What does cooling off mean?

If you quickly change your mind about the property you just bought, you can sometimes terminate the contract by cooling off.

Buying a "lemon" property can be a financial, logistical and emotional disaster. There are easy ways to avoid buying a dodgy property.
How to avoid buying a bad property

There is no law that requires the vendor to sell you a perfect property: buyer beware!

Not all poperties available to purchase are advertised. How can savvy buyers find opportunities to buy "off market"?
What does buying a property "off market" mean?

Not all properties for sale are advertised - the ones that don't get officially listed for sale are known as off market opportunities, and there are lots of those at the moment!

Stamp duty is a hugely important aspect of buying a property. It is important to understand how much it is and when it is paid.
What is stamp duty and when do I pay it?

Stamp duty (also known as land transfer duty) is a tax payable to the Victorian government, when ownership of a property changes hands at settlement.

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What's the difference between buying a property at auction, or buying via private sale?

There are significant legal and practical differences between buying a property at an auction, or via private sale / Expressions of Interest.

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2023: A Buyer's Market

With property prices falling, more stock on the market and interest rate rises peaking, 2023 promises to be an historic sweet spot year to buy a property.

Purchasing a vacant block of land involves unique and important considerations, and requires a careful legal review to help determine what can be built on the land.
Top three legal tips for buying vacant land

Buying a vacant block of land to build your forever home on?

Ashmor Legal is backed by twenty years of legal experience, thousands of successful conveyancing transactions and 150+ five-star client reviews.
FAQ: Does that fixture come with the property?

What comes with the property you are buying, and what doesn't? It depends if it's a fixture and if it's written into the contract.

Buying a property is the most important financial and personal decision many people will ever make. Getting a legal review, before signing a contract, is crucial.
Top three legal tips for buying property

It’s easy to get swept up in emotions when you think you’ve found your forever home, especially when you’re a first home buyer or you’ve been searching for ages.

Ashmor Legal is backed by twenty years of legal experience, thousands of successful conveyancing transactions and 150+ five-star client reviews.
FAQ: Should I get a building and pest inspection?

Getting an independent building and pest inspection report could save you from buying a lemon (= a financial disaster!).

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