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We’ve compiled a list of the five most popular conveyancing articles of 2019 in South Australia. Please feel free to share any of these links with friends and family who might soon be needing a conveyancer. The mystery and misery of Moiety titles Moiety Titles are...
In South Australia, contracts for sale of property don’t need to include “and/or nominee(s)”. For decades, Revenue SA and its predecessors were pedantic whenever the Transferee on our Transfer was different from the Purchaser named on the Contract. However a ruling...
Are you looking to enter the housing market for the first time time or know of someone who is? The Federal Government has announced the introduction of a First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to support eligible first home buyers. The initiative The First Home Loan...
There has been some confusion and contention in real estate and conveyancing circles over interpretation of the rules governing how agents and conveyancers can and cannot interact with each other in the marketplace. It is an important area to get clarity on because...
It’s hard to get tired of classic tales and for us, our favourite is the Conveyancer’s Christmas Carol. It seems that every year, despite Christmas and New Year falling in summer in Australia, a chill goes down the spine of real estate agents working over the...
As an agent, you are holding the deposit as stakeholder for both the Vendor and Purchaser. A stakeholder is a person or entity having in their possession (holding) money or property in which they have no interest, right or title, awaiting the outcome of a dispute...
Spring is here and the real estate market has well and truly sprung into gear! - and the good news is that we’re on hand to support real estate agents, buyers and sellers through the important components of the buying and selling process. Even if you, (or your'e an...
The latest SA Conveyancing Information Pack, created specifically for real estate agents and for vendors and purchasers is available now. The guide is a comprehensive collection of information for anyone involved in real estate, or for anyone about to embark upon...
Help when you need it – yes, even outside business hours! We understand Real Estate isn’t a 9-5 industry and that agents, vendors and purchasers have questions outside of traditional working hours. We want to ensure the buying and selling process is as smooth and...
You’ll typically find that the average person requires finance from a bank or lender to purchase property. If finance is not approved at the time the contract is signed or the purchaser is not a cash buyer, a finance condition, stating that the contract is...
It seems that not a quarter goes by without some change or tweak to regulations and charges relating to real estate and now we have EOFY tax planning decisions needed re stamp duty changes that take effect on July 1, 2018. While we're sure you have your tax planning...read more
Just as we get settled into new rules surrounding Foreign Ownership surcharges, the government is applying new GST withholding rules for residential premises and land. These new rules apply to specific real estate types, namely ‘new residential premises’ or ‘potential...read more
When you have personnel with names like, March, April, Mei, and June, you know 'tis the season for choosing Eckermann Conveyancers. Given that we spend our lives plotting conveyancing by months, weeks, days, and even hours, we've noticed something quirky that we had...read more
Did you know there are different types of property ownership in South Australia? An important question your conveyancer will raise with you before you buy real estate with another person (or group of people) is to consider how you'd like to be registered on the...read more
Another of the most popular articles we have ever written is the one answering the question, how long does settlement take? Back in 2014, we created an overview of the real estate settlement process, entitled, Why does the settlement process take so long? A...read more
In the world of Real Estate and Conveyancing, there are many terms used like Memorandum Of Transfer, that people find vague or ambiguous. In this case, the Memorandum Of Transfer seems straightforward on the surface but in fact it does have a specific and limited...read more
In November last year, I wrote about cybercrime affecting some conveyancers and now we have the headline, SA Police raise real estate scam alert. In the article, Scammers hit Adelaide Conveyancers as Eckermann introduces new anti-cybercrime measures, I outlined how...read more
Most of us have at least a vague sense we need conveyancing help when buying or selling real estate but here are 3 unexpected things your conveyancer can assist you with that you might not have realised. These are the items we will focus on in this article: Changing...read more
Here are the 5 most read conveyancing articles of 2017 in South Australia. As you'll see, the topics covered range from new changes to government regulations and statutory fees to helpful insights into some of the quirks of real estate law. Transferring your house to...read more
The last thing you really want to read about on New Year's Day is a new Real Estate surcharge but South Australia now has one for foreign persons. Last year, I wrote about the Federal Government's Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Tax in the article, How will...read more
There is a common theme in conversations when remembering Bob Foord. Since his death last week, we have not been surprised by how many people refer to Bob's principles, his warmth, and his ability to ask probing questions that cut to the heart of an issue. Indeed,...read more
It's hard to get tired of classic tales and for us, our favourite is the Conveyancer's Christmas Carol. It seems that every year, despite Christmas falling in summer in Australia, a chill goes down the spine of Real Estate agents working over the holiday season when...read more
The Commissioner of Consumer and Business Services in South Australia has issued an important alert about the risk of defective Form 1's in cases where Real Estate Agents have the wrong person signing Part D Certificate of Vendor Statements. Defective Form 1's can be...read more
Three, local property buyers have been fleeced of up to $1.3 million as scammers hit Adelaide conveyancers. This has prompted the conveyancing sector to reflect on new cybercrime risks and, in response, Eckermann Conveyancers has introduced more anti-cybercrime...read more
Big brother or little brother? Explaining Commonwealth reporting requirements for property transactions
Australians are sensitive to governments and conveyancers asking them for personal information but Commonwealth reporting requirements for property transactions demand that we have no choice if we're buying or selling real estate. Whether you believe the requirements...read more
11We have made a short video entitled, How to find a conveyancer in South Australia. Although the video is novel, it does cover the main ways people search for a conveyancer. Naturally, the video covers searching online using search engines such as Google but given...read more
One of the most exciting life achievements is buying a home with your loved one but what happens when you need to transfer property ownership to or from your spouse? There are many reasons you might need to do this, including: Wanting to add your spouse to your...read more
We've been surprised to learn how popular our explanatory article about understanding Moiety Titles has been, entitled, The mystery and misery of Moiety titles. Given that this archaic form of land title is primarily applied against maisonettes and attached cottages,...read more
Jolly good Fellows! Brad and Keith Eckermann honoured by the SA Division of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers
The Australian Institute of Conveyancers in South Australia has honoured Brad and Keith Eckermann by appointing them as Fellows. To be a Fellow of the AICSA, you must be a person who the Division Council believes is "a fit and proper person to hold such...read more
Here is the Eckermann Conveyancers' summary of the changes for you if you are buying or selling property, and for real estate agents in South Australia. Why do we have a Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Tax? In short, this tax was created to hold a...read more