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Buying an off-the-plan property is a big deal, and with such a long process, things can sometimes go sideways. We believe you should feel confident and know exactly what you're getting into.
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Your key to a successful Off the plan purchase

Whether you’re a first home buyer looking to start a new chapter, or a seasoned investor seeking to expand your portfolio - off the plan purchases are an attractive option.

Yet, they bring unique challenges distinct from typical property purchases. Which is why it is so important to have the right legal team by your side to safeguard your interests.

We know that off the plan purchases can be quite overwhelming and daunting. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with a tailored service to ensure that your off the plan transaction is smooth, secure, and successful. 

How can Arver Law help with your off the plan purchase?

An off-the plan transaction may seem overwhelming and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be when you’re working with Arver Law.

Explore some of the areas we can assist with your off-the plan purchase.

Off the plan contract reviews

Off the plan contracts are considered to be one of the most lengthy and complicated contracts. We will assist with ensuring you understand both yours and the developer’s rights, obligations and any potential risks.

If you are purchasing an off-the plan property, it is highly advisable that you get your contract reviewed by an expert property lawyer.

Thorough Due Diligence on Builders & Developers

The reliability of builders and developers is crucial to the success of your property investment. We conduct thorough due diligence, examining the track record, financial stability, and reputation of the parties involved. Our aim is to provide you with the assurance and confidence you need to proceed with your off-the-plan purchase.

Variations in your off-the plan agreement

Changes to the original plan can occur during the construction phase. Our team is here to help you navigate any variations, ensuring that alterations align with your interests and that you are adequately compensated for any discrepancies.

Ensuring clarity on inclusions

Clarity on what is included in your property purchase is essential. From fixtures and fittings to warranties and finishes, we ensure that your contract explicitly outlines all inclusions. Our commitment is to leave no room for ambiguity, providing you with certainty and peace of mind.

Resolve off-the plan disputes

Disputes can arise in off-the-plan transactions, and resolving them efficiently is our priority. Whether it's a disagreement over contract terms, construction delays, quality of work, or defects, we are here to advocate for your best interests.

Guiding you through settlement

We’ll ensure a smooth settlement by first confirming that your finances and mortgage approvals are aligned with the settlement schedule.

We pay close attention to key documents, such as the Occupation Certificate and Strata Plan for apartments, ensuring everything is in order. From overseeing contractual obligations to liaising with financial institutions, our aim is to make your settlement process efficient.

What our clients say about us

“I am not someone who writes reviews or froths on social media about great service but Ben and Anne have literally driven me to it. Efficient, responsive, strategic advice in our best interest, always willing to jump in, totally in step with us at every step… I will be recommending them to everyone I know who’s looking to buy or sell!!”
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Meet the Arver Law team

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Anne is an experienced property and commercial lawyer. She is approachable and is always striving to find cost effective solutions whilst using a pragmatic approach. She provides her clients with valuable advice, conducting strategic due diligence with a strong focus on streamlining processes to improve productivity and lower costs to meet client needs and objectives.

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Answers to your questions

What is a sunset date and why is it important?

A sunset date refers to a specific clause in an off-the-plan property purchase contract that stipulates the maximum time within which the developer must complete the construction and obtain the necessary certificates for the property to be habitable. Essentially, it is the deadline by which the property must be ready for settlement.

The sunset date is important for several reasons:

  • Buyer Protection: It protects the buyer by providing a clear timeframe for when they can expect to take possession of the property. If the developer fails to meet this deadline, buyers usually have the right to withdraw from the contract and have their deposit refunded.
  • Financial Planning: Knowing the sunset date allows buyers to plan their finances accordingly, including securing mortgage approvals and organizing funds for settlement.
  • Developer Accountability: The sunset date holds the developer accountable to complete the project within a reasonable timeframe, ensuring that the construction doesn't drag on indefinitely.
  • Legal Clarity: Having a sunset date in the contract provides legal clarity and sets expectations for both parties, potentially minimizing disputes related to delays in construction.

Do you help with disputes with developers relating to Off the plan property?

Yes, in Australia, you can seek assistance with disputes involving Off the Plan property developers. You should contact the relevant state-based consumer affairs department or seek legal advice from a solicitor specialising in property law. Additionally, consider consulting with your local Homeowners' Association or engaging a mediator to help resolve the issue.

Which locations do you service?

Arver Law primarily serves clients throughout Australia, with a focus on major metropolitan areas, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. They may also provide legal services to clients in regional and remote areas of the country, depending on their specific needs and case requirements.

What are the most important things to consider when buying off the plan?

When buying off the plan in Australia, the key considerations include verifying the developer's reputation, understanding the contract terms, checking for sunset clauses, and examining the project's location and potential for capital growth. Additionally, assess the financial stability of the developer, ensure you have legal representation, and research the local property market for insights. Be vigilant about changes in the property market and regulations.

How much does a property lawyer cost for off the plan purchases?

Property lawyer fees for off-the-plan purchases in Australia vary depending on the complexity of the transaction, location, and the lawyer's experience. On average, you can expect to pay between $1,500 to $3,000 for their services. Additional costs may include disbursements and government fees. It's crucial to obtain detailed quotes from several lawyers to compare and ensure transparency in the pricing structure.

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