Buying Residential Property

Newhouse & Arnold Solicitors will provide you with quality service for your conveyance at a competitive fixed price and offers same day reply to any need. We have an experienced team of lawyers who can provide specialist conveyancing advice.

Buying a property is by far the single largest financial decision that you will make. It is a decision that requires careful consideration, research and advice from many different people – your solicitor, your accountant, your bank or financial institution, real estate agent, property inspection specialist to friends and family. It is essential that you can trust your advisors and can access them at any time to ensure that they provide you with quality advice when you need it.

Newhouse & Arnold Solicitors will provide you with quality service for your conveyance at a competitive fixed price and offers same day reply to any need.

Our conveyancing team will work with you to secure your property by turning your contract around as fast as possible, provide you with practical suggestions and can assist you to implement various strategies to help you secure your property, even before auction! Timing is crucial. You need to ensure that you secure your property and that the property settles on the correct day. We will assist you to ensure settlement goes smoothly, as you will have removalists, cleaners, banks and insurance all booked in and ready to go.


There are essentially 5 steps in purchasing a property:
• Property search,
• Contracts exchange,
• Post exchange,
• Settlement,
• Post settlement,

For more information, please contact our experienced property lawyers. Please email us for a copy of our brochure which will provide you with a step by step analysis of typically what everyone does during a sale. It is important that each step is carried out by you to ensure that everything goes smoothly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Knowing as much as you can about the condition of the property before you buy it will help you to avoid problems and extra costs down the track. The best way of doing this is to get a pre-purchase property inspection report, commonly known as a building inspection and pest report. There are three good reasons to get a building and pest report. These are so you can:

• understand the problems;
• use the report to try to negotiate a lower price; and
• get specialist advice about any major problem

When you buy a residential property in NSW there is normally a five business-day cooling-off period after you exchange sale contracts. During this period you have the option to withdraw from the contract as long as you give written notice, although often there is a financial penalty. A cooling-off period does not apply if you buy a property at auction or exchange contracts on the same day as the auction after it is passed in. You can waive the cooling-off period by giving the seller a ‘66W certificate’. This is a certificate that complies with Section 66W of the Conveyancing Act 1919. The certificate needs to be signed by your solicitor and is often requested by the seller.

It is essential that you speak with your bank or financial institution prior to negotiating with a real estate agent. Many banks and financial institutions can provide you with a loan approval which allows you to negotiate up to the approved loan amount. Remember that loan approvals usually have a time limit placed on them.

If you are unable to settle on the contract settlement date, then usually under the contract, you will have to pay penalty interest on a daily basis until you settle. Other legal rights may be available by the seller if you do not settle within 14 days of the settlement date.