Here are some common real estate terminology used in Australia:
Auction: A public sale in which a property is sold to the highest bidder.
Contract of Sale: A legally binding document that outlines the terms and conditions of the sale of a property.
Cooling-Off Period: A set period of time (usually 3-5 days) after the contract of sale is signed during which the buyer can withdraw from the sale without penalty.
Deposit: A sum of money paid by the buyer to the seller as a sign of commitment to purchase the property.
Equity: The difference between the value of a property and the outstanding amount of any mortgages or loans secured against it.
Fixed Interest Rate: An interest rate that remains the same for the entire term of the loan.
Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI): Insurance that protects the lender in the event that the borrower defaults on the loan.
Settlement: The final stage of the sale process, where the balance of the purchase price is paid and ownership of the property is transferred to the buyer.
Stamp Duty: A tax imposed by the state government on the sale of a property, based on the purchase price.
Strata Title: A legal ownership structure used for apartments and townhouses, where the owner owns the individual unit and a share of the common property.
Torrens Title: A system of land registration used in Australia, where each property is assigned a unique title that shows ownership and any encumbrances.
Valuation: An estimate of the value of a property, usually conducted by a professional valuer.
Vendor: The seller of a property.