Selling a Property in NSW


When selling your property, the law states that you must have a valid contract for sale before you can market the property. Vania Holt Legal can assist with preparing the contract for sale. 

What is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal term for transferring ‘title’ of a property to someone else. If buying by private treaty, it usually involves inspecting a property, getting a copy of the contract, getting advice from your lawyer about the contract and, if you want to buy it, paying a deposit (usually 10%) on exchange of the contract. 

Once you’ve exchanged the contract, there is usually 42 days/6 weeks to ‘settle’ or ‘complete’ the sale. This is when the balance of the deposit is paid and you receive ‘title’ to the property. The property is then yours. 

Selling at auction has slightly different requirements and we are more than happy to advise you on that if you require it. 

How much does it cost?

There are 2 components: solicitor fees and disbursements. Disbursements are things like government searches for the property and some are mandatory. 

These charges vary depending on the area you’re selling your property. Vania Holt Legal can explain the costs in detail. Mandatory searches include:

  • Title search (including any dealings/easements, etc)
  • A sewer mains diagram;
  • Section 149 certificate from the relevant Council

Our fixed fee service is $1100 + GST.

Can it be done online or do I have to come into the office?

Everything (except the inspection of the property) can be done online. Since COVID-19, the governments in Australia amended the law to allow certain documents to be signed online or over video. 

If you would like to meet in person, that’s totally fine. We can come to you or you can meet us at our office – the choice is yours.

How Secure is it online?

Security is absolutely imperative for Vania Holt Legal and we have invested heavily in secure technology. For example, we use SecureXchange to sign the contract online. We have partnered with INFOTRACK who provide security for fraudulent activity up to $500,000. PEXA is the online platform for conveyancing now in NSW and we are partners with PEXA. 

What do I do now?

If you are thinking of selling your home, contact Vania Holt Legal for a free 20-min consultation to discuss next steps. You can reach us on 0425 736 057 or at vania.holt@vaniaholt.com.au

We have an office in Maitland but can meet you at your office if that is more convenient.

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