How do I stop people from making an offer on a property I’m trying to buy?
There is no such thing as a holding deposit when buying a house
Signing a contract and exchanging with the agent will stop any other buyers from making an offer
A five business day cooling-off period is granted to the buyer automatically when they exchange with a real estate agent.
Watch the video below to find out more about cooling-off periods and see how you can use them to your advantage.
Ask the agent to send you the entire contract
Ask the agent to scan the whole contract and email it to you, your conveyancer and to your lender.
The sooner your conveyancer and lender know about your purchase, the quicker they can start their processes.
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When you buy a residential property in NSW, you have a 5-business day cooling-off period after you exchange contracts. The cooling-off period starts as soon as you exchange and ends at 5pm on the fifth business day after the day of exchange.
We recommend engaging a conveyancer as early as possible. In NSW, conveyancing is required before you put a house on the market.
You’ll need either a licensed conveyancer or a solicitor to help. A very common question people ask us is ‘what is the difference between a Solicitor and Conveyancer, and which one should I use?’
Which you choose is up to you – read our article for more information.