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Buying your first home and feeling a little confused about what conveyancing is? You’re not alone! This is a vital part of the purchasing process, but is often a service you pay for without really understanding it. We’ve got a simple breakdown of what conveyancing is, why you need to do it, and why it’s an important part of the home buying process.

 

What is Conveyancing?

This is the essential step of transferring the ownership of land or a property from one owner to another. Buyers can handle the conveyancing themselves, though it can be quite time consuming and complex. This is why most people choose to use a licenced conveyancer or solicitor to do the work for them. Conveyancing covers a number of things, such as the payment of the deposit, the balance of the purchase price and competing the correct forms to ensure the land or property is properly and legally transferred to the correct person. It also includes making enquiries about outstanding debts, obligations, potential defects or disputes on the property.

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Buying or Selling?

Legally, a conveyancer cannot carry out any conveyancing work for the buyer until after the contract has been signed. Once you’ve committed to buying land or a property, the conveyancer can then commence their work, and advise you with comprehensive advice about the contract of sale, the Section 32 Vendor’s Statement, and what your rights and obligations are under the contract, as well as any special conditions or issues with the property. As a seller, a conveyancer or solicitor will prepare the legal documents for you, which includes the contract of sale and the Section 32 Vendor’s Statement.

The Conveyancing Process

Once you have signed a contract to purchase a home, the conveyancer or solicitor will commence their work. They will investigate whether a government body has an interest in the land or whether there are any proposed developments or notifications that could affect the property by gathering information and making enquiries about the land and title from relevant authorities to ensure there are no hidden defects, debts, or mortgages on the property. They will also ensure the property is in compliance with council and state regulations and law. They will then draw the relevant documents to ensure the property is transferred to the correct owner at the end of the process, which is the settlement date in the contract of sale. The conveyancer or solicitor will also represent you as the buyer or seller and liaise with the other party directly. This includes the exchange of transfer documents, ask any questions about the property, and communicate with the financial institution involved as well as attend the settlement on behalf of their client.

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What Happens After Settlement?

Once settlement is over, the conveyancing process is typically finished. In some cases, the conveyancer or solicitor may attend to stamping and lodging of the transfer documents. This means they may assist in the preparation of the documents so that a new Certificate of Title is issued in the name of the land or property’s rightful owner.

Conveyancing is an essential step of transferring ownership of property when its being bought or sold. Because this is such a significant financial investment, using a professional to assist you with the process is invaluable during your home purchase or sale. When you build with Hotondo Homes, your local builder will be able to to assist you with your conveyancing needs during the building process. For more building tips and information, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Hotondo Homes is not a licenced conveyancing service, and we recommend speaking to a licenced professional when you’re buying or selling land or property.

If you’ve decided to build your own home but your block of land presents a bit of challenge due to the land sloping, finding a suitable home design can be difficult. Sloping blocks can be time-consuming, impractical and costly to excavate. Slab homes dug into a slope can often result in steep driveways, large retaining walls and an unattractive façade. Hotondo Homes has a range of split level homes that have been carefully designed to help clients build homes that fully utilise the land. These homes usually have two or three short flights of stairs and can have up to four levels, and there are lots of benefits to building a split level home designed to suit your block of land perfectly!

Maximising Space

A split level home takes full advantage of all the space available on your land. Just like a double storey, the ability to build up means you can have a larger backyard without having to compromise on the size of your home. Whether your block of land falls to the front, or to the back, building a home with multiple levels means you can still enjoy open-plan living in common areas, while still separating spaces for privacy at different levels throughout the home.

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Hillgrove 246

Cost Effective

If your block of land has a significant slope, it can become quite costly to cut it to the requirements needed for a regular home. Unforeseen issues like poor soil or large rocks can increase your site costs too, meaning it can turn into a very expensive exercise. A split level home design like the Hillgrove 246 works to maximise the space available to build on, preventing the need for large scale excavations to make the land completely level.

Unique Design

Split level designs are unique and beautiful homes, and can be great for families who are looking for something a little bit different. A split level home can be designed with the bedrooms located on one floor and the living space on another level to help create distinct zones, like the spacious Killalea 298 design, which provides a desirable layout for many family dynamics.

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Killalea 298

Room With A View

Homes that offer picturesque surroundings can also benefit from a split level home. They can be designed to take full advantage of the land to help maximise the views, and can be specifically tailored to suit your land. Split level homes can also flip their layout to create a reverse living home design, such as the Kalara 253 ALT, which features the bedrooms and a living area on the ground floor, and the kitchen, living and dining zones on the upper level to maximise the views.

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Kalara 253 ALT

Hotondo Homes’ split level range of home designs offer versatility, functionality, and beautiful homes with no compromise on space and style to cater to different lifestyles and locations. Our Hillgrove, Kalara, and Killalea ranges all offer solutions to suit the natural slope of the land while cleverly utilising space, energy efficiency and sunlight as well as accentuating views.

Visit the Hotondo Homes website to view the full range of split level designs today.

When you’re building a new home, it’s important to understand the fixed costs in the quote you receive from your builder. Many builders will put something called ‘prime cost’ items or provisional allowances into their quote, and clients may find that when it comes to actually selecting items for their home, they’re met with surprise costs that weren’t included in their original quote. At Hotondo Homes, we are committed to providing clients with transparent pricing to ensure you don’t get any costly surprises.

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What Are Prime Cost Items and Provisional Allowances?

Often builders may include prime cost items and provisional allowances in their quote. These could be for the kitchen, tapware, sanitary ware, connection of services, bricks and many other items in your new home. This is where a nominal figure is included in your quote to cover basic items, so when it’s time for you to make your selections for your new home, you pay the difference between the basic item and the item you wish to include.

Why are Prime Cost Items and Provisional Allowances Confusing?

Many clients are unaware of these additional charges when they do their selections, and while it’s considered very normal practice in the building industry, it can lead to clients becoming disillusioned and disappointed. Clients who sign a contract with a builder in good faith based on the quote they’ve received being a fixed price then find out throughout the building process that every time they make a selection, or there’s a construction issue on site requiring extra work they incur additional costs not included in their quote.

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Why Is It Best to Quote Accurately?

We believe that quoting clients with prime cost items and provisional allowances is a bit of a trap – so we don’t do it! Inevitably these allowances do not cover what you will ultimately select for your home. We want you to have the freedom to select exactly what you want for your dream home and understand where it fits in to your budget, without the nasty surprise of additional costs, so the price we quote you in your contract is the price you pay. The only change to that is if you have specific items you’d like to include, or upgrades you’d like to make in your home.

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How Can We Quote Accurately?

Providing our clients with a true fixed price quote takes a lot of work, due diligence on our part, and time. Our builders visit every site, and arrange to do specific soil tests, rock test, fill tests, compaction tests and contour surveys. Then, armed with all that information, they get a civil engineer to asses the best way of building your home, the necessary site cuts, piers, fill and driveways, paths, and retaining walls if required. They also work to determine the position of the service connections, and price those accurately. Once all this has been priced, the builder then works on pricing the cost of building your home, including any modifications you require, to an agreed specification level. This level of specific pricing will provide with you with a fixed price quote to give you an accurate idea of your overall costs, right down to the cost of including heating, cooling, light fittings, and even the mail box!

At Hotondo Homes, we are committed to making sure you don’t get any nasty surprises throughout your building journey, and that the price on your contract is the price you’ll pay. We believe in being accurate and transparent in our quotation process, and we will work closely with you to answer any questions you have, include any modifications you may need, and provide you with an accurate price for your home. To start planning your dream home, visit the Hotondo Homes website and find a local builder in your area today!

With over 90 flexible floor plans, Hotondo Homes has a wealth of home designs to choose from. Each home is designed with careful consideration to suit a range of family sizes and lifestyles, so whether you’re a first home buyer looking for a modestly sized home, or a growing family that wants lots of space to spread out, you’re sure to find something that suits you and your family perfectly! We recently spoke to some of our builders to find out which home design is their current favourite and why, and we loved hearing what they had to say!

Allegra 187 – Steve Allan, Hotondo Homes Toowoomba

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Steve says his pick has to be the Allegra 187. “Fitting 4 bedrooms plus a separate living room as well as a full-size laundry and an alfresco space into 187m2 is a design challenge which has been met and exceeded with this efficient floor plan. Having the living area completely separate at the front of the home complete with a large entry area is an added bonus.”

Erskine 240 – Adam Sturt, Hotondo Southcoast

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“I love the open space at the back, the walk-in-robe and the flexibility of the design of the Erskine 240 façade! It’s a design that’s perfect for all – new buyers, families, and investors.” Featuring everything you could want in a family home, including a separate living room, and a generous butler’s pantry, it’s not hard to see why Adam and his team love the Erskine 240!

Vida 238/Vida 238 ALT – Craig Bunning, Hotondo Homes Jimboomba

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“We have received a lot of positive feedback from clients about the Vida 238 ALT’s open plan space,” says Craig. “There’s also a second living area located away from the main living zone, as well as access to the kitchen/living/dining space from both sides and ends of the hallway – the kitchen is the central hub of the home, and the master suite has a large ensuite creating a true parents’ retreat.”

Stockton 322 and 380 – Paul Ellem, Hotondo Homes Junee

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“I love the Stockton range of home designs – they’re perfect for acreages and wider blocks,” Paul tells us. Available in two sizes, the Stockton is a four bedroom home with an abundance of space. Large open-plan living with a spacious alfresco to complement the generously sized design means this home offers comfort and style for the whole family.

Hume 263 – Jim Carroll, Hotondo Homes Albury-Wodonga

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Jim says “We love the luxurious master bedroom located at the rear of the Hume 263, providing ultimate privacy for parents. The open-plan kitchen and living area flows seamlessly to the alfresco, making it brilliant for entertaining with family and friends. This home is perfect for taking in scenic views as well!”

Marcoola Range – Aaron Anstis and Nick Barker, Hotondo Homes Ocean Grove

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Available in three sizes, Aaron says “The Marcoola has a good range of sizes to suit many families, and it also suits various block orientations. It’s a versatile home that can cater for a growing family and many different lifestyles.” This range truly offers flexibility, and the clever design makes it the perfect family home.

If you’re wanting to build your dream home, make sure you visit the Hotondo Homes website today to have a look at the wide range of home designs available. With something to suit everyone, you’re sure to find the perfect home for your family!


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