Buying off the plan doesn't come without its risks. CM Lawyers' award-winning conveyancing team ensures your contract has you covered. Here is what to know when making an off the plan purchase.
The excitement of buying a brand new home or unit before it is complete can turn into a financial nightmare. It's important to consider the multiple risks in purchasing an off-the-plan property before you sit down and sign your contracts. Our legal and conveyancing team can help you discover whether or not you are dealing with a reputable developer; whether or not the price is reasonable; potential market fluctuations that may affect your property profits; and whether or not you can get financing. Here's a list of some of the most important things to do when buying an off-the-plan property:
Check the display unit closely and ask lots of questions. Ask to see the property on site if construction has already commenced.
Look over plans, are there displays showing the inside and outside of the completed property.
Ask what options are available in regards to layout, size, colour scheme, materials, fixtures and fittings.
Where is the property located in relation to views, high noise common areas such as entry areas, lifts, stairways, garbage chutes etc?
Has the developer a good history and are they financially viable?
Have council approvals been obtained (as the plans may change)?
Are there any other developments proposed nearby.
Is there a chance of losing your views in the future?
How close are you to important amenities such as reliable transport, schools, shopping, medical centres etc?
What are the proposed levies and rules for the development?
Have your accountant or financial advisor review the figures. Ask if a depreciation schedule is available?
Understandable and actionable advice to help you secure your property dreams.
So why do you need legal advice on your contract prior to buying an off-the-plan property? Below is a summary of just some points to consider:
What happens to your deposit if the development is not completed?
What happens if the size of the property is smaller?
What are the rules in living in the development? Can I keep a pet?
Are there any management contracts in place?
What are the unit entitlements to your property?
Are there are any other costs, charges and adjustments you are liable for in the contract?
What happens if I do not obtain finance?
At CM Lawyers we have years of experience in dealing with off-the-plan purchases all over Sydney from boutique developments to large community schemes. We take pride in providing advice that's understandable and actionable.