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Safe as houses conveyancing

Safe as Houses Conveyancing prides itself on delivering a personal service with clear and efficient communication.

You won’t be left hanging on the phone waiting chasing updates or being passed around various secretaries or unqualified administrators who cannot answer your questions. Safe as Houses Conveyancing ensures your property transfer will be cared for by a skilled certified specialist qualified in conveyancing. By making the most of the efficiency that modern technology offers combined with extensive local knowledge and strong relationships with the local real estate and financial institutions, Safe as Houses Conveyancing is able to offer the highest quality and most cost effective conveyancing service on the Coffs Coast.

We have one goal:

To provide affordable, high quality, safe and stress free conveyancing services.

We take the time to understand your requirements, so we can identify up front any potential issues and provide a tailored conveyancing service affordably, with no hidden costs.

Whether you are buying, selling or re-mortgaging, Safe As Houses Conveyancing are skilled specialists dedicated to delivering exceptional legal services and offer flexible hours to suit your busy schedule.

Safe as Houses Conveyancing know the importance of clear communication. We deliver property conveyancing without the legal jargon and will liaise with all parties on your behalf, working to protect your interests and keep your transaction moving. You will be kept fully informed and have one point of contact during your conveyancing process.

Meet your Conveyancer

Leona Walsh

I’m Leona Walsh, and I’ve been in the property industry for over 20 years. My journey began back at university while I was earning my business degree, and since 2008, I’ve been deep in the world of conveyancing. I absolutely adore the property industry. The thrill of helping people own their dream homes, whether it’s their first, last or in between, never gets old.

A Frustration Turned Opportunity

Over the years, though, I noticed something frustrating – clients often ended up feeling stuck or annoyed. They had to wait for updates, got hit with surprise fees, or were passed around to admin staff who couldn’t solve their problems. That’s when I knew I could make a real difference.

A Dream Realized

In 2015, I founded Safe as Houses Conveyancing. My vision was clear: to make conveyancing cost effective and stress free for clients. They’d work directly with a certified conveyancer from start to finish, ensuring a smooth and informed experience.

Fixed Prices for Peace of Mind

I hate surprises, especially when it comes to money. So, I introduced a true fixed price model that covers all the known costs. No more hidden fees or unexpected expenses. You deserve peace of mind throughout your property journey.

Family and Community

I live right here on the beautiful Coffs Coast with my husband and two children. And guess what? My dad, Brian Middleton is the Business Manager for Safe as Houses Conveyancing. It’s a real family affair. My dad is a military veteran and we have recently introduced an offer for Military Veterans and Front Line Services.

Local Connections

I’m proud to work with some fantastic locals – real estate firms, financial advisors, property developers, solicitors, banks, building societies, and, of course, the wonderful residents of Coffs Harbour.

When you work with me, you’re not just getting a conveyancer; you’re getting a trusted partner who’s dedicated to making your property transaction stress free.

I can’t wait to help you buy or sell your property.

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Leona Walsh

Proprietor and Licensed Conveyancer

Safe as houses conveyancing Brian

Brian Middleton

Business Manager

Meet your Business Manager

Brian Middleton

From Service to Business

After a successful career in the military, where excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility were, core values, I transitioned into the business world. I worked in teams that helped businesses use technology to improve outcomes. My career over the last 40 years has taken me across 5 continents, spanning industries as diverse as finance, insurance, construction, government, oil & gas, defence and utilities. In business, and life, I learned that bad news doesn’t get better with time and that the cornerstone of any lasting and fruitful business relationship is clear, transparent, open, and honest communication. This principle holds especially true during our current challenging times.

Family and Community

I made Coffs Harbour my home in 2008 with my two daughters (and now four grandchildren). I am delighted to be working with my Daughter Leona who owns Safe as Houses Conveyancing.

In my downtime, I enjoy skiing and golfing although my golfing partners say my golf is more like cross country hockey.

My military background gives me a desire to help those who’ve served and continue to serve our community and country. I take pride in the fact that Safe as Houses Conveyancing offer special benefits to veterans and front-line service personnel.

Collaboration

I am keen to collaborate with property, finance, and legal professionals on the Coffs Coast.

When you choose Safe as Houses Conveyancing, you’re not just getting a conveyancing service; you’re gaining a partner who values integrity, clear communication, and who proudly supports our community. I look forward to working with you.

Reputation & Reassurance

With over 20 years’ experience across real estate and conveyancing we aim to provide exceptional service and create a long-lasting professional relationship with our clients. Like any business, our continued success is reliant on reputation. We hope that after using our service once, Safe as Houses Conveyancing will be your Conveyancer of choice.

We take the time to understand your requirements so we can identify up front any potential issues and provide a tailored service with no hidden costs, making your conveyancing transaction as safe and efficient as possible.

Whether you are buying, selling or re-mortgaging, Safe As Houses Conveyancing are skilled specialists dedicated to delivering exceptional and affordable legal services, with easy communications and flexible hours to suit your busy schedule.

Safe as Houses Conveyancing know the importance of clear communication and will liaise with all parties on your behalf, working to protect your interests and keep your transaction moving. You will be kept fully informed and have one point of contact during your conveyancing process.

If you are unhappy in any way with the service received, Safe as Houses Conveyancing would like to talk to you about your concerns. Alternatively, you have the security of knowing that you can contact the Office of Fair Trading and the Australian Institute of Conveyancing for assistance, and that we are protected by professionals indemnity insurance, in the highly unlikely event that something goes wrong.

WHY CHOOSE US

Affordable

We take the time to understand your individual requirements and identify any potential issues, provide a flat rate fee and efficient communication. In doing so, we are open and transparent and avoid unnecessary and unexpected costs. No nasty surprises.

Affordable

Nobody likes unexpected costs, and we recognise most people don’t like paying legal fees, so we have created single fixed pricing for sales and purchases. We utilise our knowledge and connections to deliver the highest level of service within budget. Clear disclosure and no “bumped up” charges, ensures you know what you are paying from the start and get the most value out of your property sale or purchase.

Quality

We understand that buying and selling property can be challenging and stressful, and that you don’t want to be hanging on the phone chasing updates and progress. Your matter will be handled promptly and you will be informed at all times. We do what we claim to.

Personal

We ensure that your matter is cared for by a skilled certified specialist in conveyancing, rather than being passed around various secretaries or unqualified administrators.

Flexible

We know you’re busy and offer flexible appointments to fit around your schedule.

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Safe as houses conveyancing

F. A. Q

General Questions

Conveyancing is a necessary process when buying, selling and transferring title for property. We help with the transfer process by ensuring that you are meeting all legal obligations and that your rights are protected during the transaction. Because both sides of the transaction have certain obligations that must be fulfilled, buyers and sellers need to complete the conveyancing process. Safe as Houses will typically perform the following tasks:

1. Drawing Up of Documents

One of our primary roles is to help prepare all of the legal documents that are part of you real estate transaction.

Selling Property

Selling your property includes preparing the Contract. Safe as Houses Conveyancing will ensure that you have met all your obligations according to the relevant laws in NSW and that any special conditions you require are included in the final Contract to protect you from any potential conflict later. Safe as Houses Conveyancing may also be required to prepare additional documents that are part of the transfer process.

Buying a Property

We will prepare all of the transfer documents that ensure a property is rightfully and legally transferred. These important documents will include all necessary details to meet legal regulations.

2. Legal Advice

We will undertake the legal work needed to help you make the right decisions and navigate this process successfully.

Selling Property

Safe as Houses Conveyancing will be able to advise you of the statutory terms that must be included in the Contract, as well as any additional special conditions applicable to your individual circumstances. For example, if you wish for your settlement date to coincide with another purchase settlement, we can arrange this for you. This is particularly helpful if you are buying and selling at the same time. We will also compile the legal documents that you will need to give to the buyer to complete the settlement. We will have all of these necessary documents ready for you on the date of settlement, so that there is no confusion.

Buying a Property

Safe as Houses Conveyancing will assist in obtaining pre-purchase inspection reports and enquiries. If there are any planning restrictions or other details out of the ordinary that you should consider, we will be able to help point these out to you. We will give advice regarding terms and conditions of the Contract and point out any specific terms that you should be aware of. We will provide you bank with the necessary title details to secure your finance and prepare your mortgage documents, and continue to liaise with them throughout the transaction. Safe as Houses will attend to any adjustments needed on settlement and make sure that you only pay the costs associated with the property from the date of settlement. This helps prevent you from paying for things such as council and water rates before the settlement date. We will also help you determine what statutory fees need to be paid.

3. Arranging Settlement

One of our primary roles is to help arrange the final details of the settlement.

Selling Property

Safe as Houses Conveyancing will coordinate a time for settlement with the buyer’s conveyancer. The settlement day is laid out in the Contract of Sale, however we will coordinate a time suitable to both the seller and purchaser. After the settlement has occurred, we will get in touch with your real estate agent when it is safe to hand the keys over to the buyer.

Buying a Property

Safe as Houses Conveyancing will help coordinate the best time for settlement on the allotted day. We will contact your bank to make sure that your funds are in place, booking settlement and providing the bank with any necessary payment details. If you are holding the funds yourself, you will need to provide these at least 24 hours before the settlement date. All of these tasks can be complicated for you to complete on your own. By using a Safe as Houses Conveyancing, the process will be streamlined.

No, Safe as Houses Conveyancing are registered Certified Practicing Conveyancers and experts who have completed specialist tertiary education and specialise in conveyancing work.

Solicitors can undertake conveyancing work, and some law firms employ registered conveyancers to undertake their conveyancing work, but for most it is not a specialism. If your property is a normal house and you are working within a tight budget, you may want to work with a conveyancer rather than a solicitor.

Whether a solicitor or conveyancer is right for you will depend on several factors, including your financial situation. In general terms, Safe as Houses Conveyancers will be significantly cheaper than solicitors.

Just as there are differences between individual accountants or individual electricians. Some conveyancers are self-employed or work in small businesses, others work in bigger companies and solicitors' offices; some offer a wider range of services than others; and they all have their own fees and their own business practices.

Safe as Houses Conveyancing engage in regular professional development programs to keep our skills and knowledge up to date; we keep up to date through the latest professional journals and newsletters allowing us to offer a professional service and expert advice.

Yes you can, but is that the best use of your time? Even experienced property developers rarely undertake Conveyancing themselves. Conveyancing is a legal process where making a mistake can be time consuming and potentially costly. By using Safe as Houses Conveyancing you will have the confidence your affairs are in safe hands, the process is under control and you can avoid being overwhelmed during what will be a busy time in your life.

If you are thinking of undertaking your own conveyancing as a buyer or seller, each has separate responsibilities, and you must know the exact procedure to follow Conveyancing kits can be purchased to help you through the process, but when you add the cost of the kit together with the searches you need to carry out, and the cost of your own time, your savings probably won’t be as great as you think. If all goes well, DIY-conveyancing may save you some money.

If things go wrong, you will probably wish you had used Safe as Houses Conveyancers. Why? Because Safe as Houses Conveyancers do this for a living and not as a one off, so will be able to manage the process more efficiently and we carry professional indemnity insurance which protects you in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

Any real estate transaction is a complicated process with many costs involved. One of these will be the fees paid to your conveyancer. Safe as Houses Conveyancing offer a fixed price conveyancing service and believe it is important for you to compare both conveyancing costs and providers to help you refine your budget. By telephoning several firms, you will get a better idea of what is considered standard or usual for conveyancing services. You should talk to your conveyancer about all the costs in your transaction - none of us like surprises!

Safe as Houses Conveyancing have expert skills to complete your transaction effectively and efficiently; our fixed fees reflect our efficiency through the application of smart ICT and processes combined with our experience and professionalism. At Safe as Houses Conveyancing all work is undertaken by a Certified Practicing Conveyancer minimising the risk of errors and/or delays. With Safe as houses you are buying peace of mind.

  • Title searches
  • Deposited or Strata Plan
  • Drainage Diagram
  • Local Authority building records, section 10.7 (Zoning) and 603 (Rates) Certificates
  • Section 47 (Land Tax) Certificate issued by Reveue NSW
  • Preparation of Government grant/exemption forms
  • Preparation of application for discharge of mortgage
  • Calculation of the rates and taxes
  • Service fees on electronic (PEXA) settlement
  • Stamping fees
  • Sundries, such as telephone, postage, internet, IT, photocopying and stationary. 

 

 

Costs not included in the Conveyancing Fee

Conveyancing transactions may also involve additional costs like adjustments for council rates and water charges. At settlement council rates are adjusted on the basis that they have been paid up to date by the vendor, and the purchaser reimburses them for the period of time in which they are in the property. Safe as Houses Conveyancing, working on your behalf, checks to ensure that these calculations are accurate. Further adjustments could include rent, licence fees, bank fees, and body corporate fees.

Statutory Charges

There are additional charges to expect as part of the conveyancing process. When buying property, the purchaser must pay stamp duty and registration fees on the Transfer, or as a vendor you may have to pay registration fees on a Discharge of Mortgage. If you are working with Safe as Houses Conveyancing, we will be able to calculate these charges on your behalf and notify you if there are any exemptions or concessions available. You can also use our stamp duty calculator.

All transactions are not the same and there may be other expenses in specific circumstances; always ask for details of anything which may arise in your particular sale, Safe as Houses Conveyancing are happy to tell you how our charges are calculated, and what precisely is and is not included.

There may be other expenses in specific transactions, as well as government grants or exemptions from duties available to certain buyers or properties. Safe as Houses Conveyancers will identify these to you where applicable.

Please call Safe as Houses Conveyancing to discuss your requirements. We work for you and recognise how important this is to your financial future.

Safe as Houses Conveyancing will:

  • Protect your interests;
  • Be your advocate;
  • Keep you informed at every step; and
  • Ensure you exercise your rights and meet your responsibilities.
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