When buying your new property we understand how essential it is that everything goes smoothly without added stress or complication.

BRISBANE’S BOUTIQUE CONVEYANCING FIRM

Our boutique conveyancing team will take care of your contract personally whilst all your legal advice is overseen by John Horrocks, one of Queensland’s most trusted and experienced property solicitors practicing since 1996.

WE OFFER FAIR FIXED PRICES FOR A PERSONALISED SERVICE AND AN EASY TO FOLLOW SETTLEMENT PROCESS

We’ve chosen to offer fair low-cost legal representation because we know conveyancing and you can rest assured that your property purchase or sale will be personally taken care of as we guide you through the conveyancing process from signing to settlement.

 

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US

"Appreciate the quality of service and my tricky situation was resolved. Glad that they had seen it before and knew what to do." - C.Ruff, 2017.

"Fast working and efficient in service, would highly recommend John and his team. " - S.Davis, 2017.

"Horrocks are my go to for conveyancing because they have the answers and the service. " - J.Dorash, 2017.

"Excellent Service. No complaints from this happy customer. Would recommend without hesitation. " - April 2016.

"I have used Rivercity for a number of conveyances over many years. John and his team are excellent and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any of my friends or colleagues. " - Will, January 2016.

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CONTRACT REVIEW

Do you need help writing or checking a contract?

We review standard residential contracts for buying and selling. Our conveyancing experts will check them line by line and advise you of any important clauses to add or changes to make.

Email your contract to our specialist Conveyancing Division along with your contact number and we'll call you back today.

WHAT ARE ADDITIONAL SEARCH FEES?

 

Why are the search fees different?
As the local government authorities have different fees for their searches, our total price will vary from locality to locality.

What searches are included for house and land purchases?
For residential home or land purchases, we carry out the following property searches required to reasonably secure your purchase.
Standard Search Package:

  1. Title Search upon receipt of the contract

  2. Council Rates Search which reveals information about the state of the rate account.

  3. Main Roads Search

  4. Land Tax Clearance Search

  5. Registered Plan of Land

  6. Title Search on the day of settlement.

What searches are included for purchases of units, townhouses, and dwellings with a body corporate?
In addition to the searches list above for house and land, we also need to acquire:
1. Body Corporate Information Certificate which reveals the state of the body coporate levies

Is anything else?
Some lenders …
require a settlement notice to be lodged with the Department of Natural Resources. Our fee for this service is $110. ING, National Bank, Bendigo Bank, HSBC, RAMS, Heritage Building Society, Bank West are examples of lenders that require this.

For Units…
Your lender may require a certificate of currency to ensure that the entire property is insured

Should you have concerns about a specific aspect of your property, then there are a range of other searches to provide additional piece of mind, including:

  1. Contaminated Land

  2. Railways

  3. Bankruptcy

Would you like a fixed quote for your conveyancing of your Brisbane property purchase?

Simply fill in the fields marked with a *. But please let us know as much as you can about the transaction for the most accurate quote.

 

CONVEYANCING TRANSFER DUTY

STAMP DUTY

What is Property Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty is a tax on property transactions by the Queensland Government and is also called Transfer Duty or General Duty. The rate of stamp duty is calculated according to the type and value of the transaction involved.

How much Stamp Duty do I have to pay?

The amount of Stamp Duty that you need to pay can be calculated on the online calculator provided by the Office of State Revenue (Queensland Government) and depends upon the amount of money being paid for the property and whether the property is to be used as a principal place of residence by the buyer or as an investment property. Your transaction may be eligible for Concessions and Exemptions and you could have less or no duty to pay.


DUTIABLE TRANSACTIONS

What kind of property transactions is Stamp Duty paid on?

Dutiable transactions include:

  • signing a contract to buy or sell a home

  • giving a half-share of a property you own to your spouse as a gift

  • giving someone access across your property (an easement)

  • creating a trust over land that you previously owned in your own right for your children or family members.


Stamp duty is calculated whenever you sell, buy or transfer property including land or rights to land in Queensland for residential purposes including:

  • established homes and apartments

  • vacant land upon which a home or apartment will be built

  • land for development for residential use, such as:

    • smaller unit block developments

    • housing subdivisions

    • major developments with a residential component

  • buildings refurbished, renovated or extended for residential use.

Calculate your Stamp Duty here.

TRANSFER DUTY CALCULATOR