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Legalities

 

The number 1 rule to buying a property in Australia is to make sure you have a lawyer. You
wouldn’t buy a property in the UK without a solicitor would you? Within this area we have a
selection of articles that relate to the legal facets of property in Australia.
 

Applying for a visa

Many people who visit Australia do so temporarily, in order to work and experience the lifestyle before they make a more permanent move. Unsurprisingly, conditions apply to foreigners visiting the country, either on a temporary or permanent basis. However, there are many different visas for which you can apply in order to get into the country. Many people decide to take a working holiday visa to visit Australia and get a feel for the type of work they can get out there. Others  More...


Tips for renovating in Australia

It is never going to be easy moving to the other side of the world. Australia is a long way from the UK and it also takes months, if not years to organise a move down under; papers and visas to sort out, jobs to find, schools to enrol in, the list can seem endless. Many people move to Australia for a better quality of life, perhaps as a young family or as a retired couple. Many of these people also make the decision to take on a renovation project, which is a challenge no matter where you  More...


Buying land to build on in Australia

For many of us, building our own home or owning land is a dream. So what if you want to make this dream come true in Australia? Whilst foreign nationals are permitted to buy land, there must be an application made to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). Your application will be reviewed by the FIRB to ensure that any investors to Australia have the country’s best interests at heart. You should allow up to 30 days for the FIRB review to give an answer on your  More...


Lessons to be learned: a buying story from Australia

The prospect of moving to Australia is many people’s dream. For some, that dream comes true. For a minority, that dream becomes a nightmare, as Pam and David Baker found out… Having worked hard all their lives, and following a couple of fantastic holidays down under, Pam and David decided that Australia was the perfect place for them to retire to. With no children, they did not face the emotional strain of leaving immediate family in the UK and overall the decision  More...


Finding a good solicitor in Australia

Finding a good solicitor can be a fairly straightforward process in Australia, you can go about it the same way you would in the UK. Advertisements and word of mouth should be the first port of call, however if you do not have any contacts in Australia yet, perhaps your Australian estate agent will be able to recommend some to you, ask for recommendations of solicitors who often deal with house purchases from UK buyers. Having a solicitor is a really important factor in your  More...


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