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Garth Brown is the Founder and Director of Brown and Brown Conveyancers one of Sydney’s leading Conveyancing Firms. With 20 years experience as a practicing Conveyancer he has assisted hundreds of Clients to navigate through the maze of conveyancing issues when buying and selling property. Visit www.conveyancers.net.au/


Prescribed Documents
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Prescribed Documents

What are prescribed documents?  These are documents that must be included in a Contract of Sale in NSW according to The Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010 under Schedule 1 Prescribed Documents. The documents are prepared by the Vendor’s Conveyancer/Solicitor to inform the potential buyer of relevant information about the property the buyer needs to…

Major strata law changes
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Major strata law changes

Strata laws are changing and they will have an impact on the millions of people living in strata properties in NSW. The new strata laws will start on 30 November 2016. If you own a Strata property you will need to understand and embrace the changes. Why is the need for changes?  On 1st July,…

Council Section 149 Certificate
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Council Section 149 Certificate

What is a section 149 certificate? A Section 149 Planning Certificate of the NSW Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 is a legal document that confirms the zoning and applicable rules for development of your property. By law the Section 149 Certificate must be attached to all contracts for Sale of property. Two types of Section 149…

Adverse possessions
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Adverse possessions

What is Adverse possessions or possessory possession? Adverse possession is when a person gains title to a property if they have remained in that same property for a certain amount of time. A person or persons who has occupied the Land for the prescribed amount of time, in certain circumstances can prevent the true owner from reclaiming…

Meth Contamination of Residential Buildings
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Meth Contamination of Residential Buildings

What is a meth contaminated building? A meth lab – or clandestine drug lab – is a place where illegally produce Methamphetamine ‘meth’ is manufactured or “cooked.”  Other drugs may be manufactured or processed along with meth. Materials used in a meth lab are commonly used and readily available and the manufacturing involves poisonous, flammable, and explosive…

Declutter your Life
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Declutter your Life

According to the International OCD Foundation “Hoarding has been a hidden disorder for many years”. “Before the early 1990’s, there was little research on hoarding. Since then, however, interest has increased dramatically among research scientists and clinicians. Recent media coverage of hoarding has also increased awareness and interest among sufferers, family members, and human service personnel…

Insuring your Future
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Insuring your Future

History records (and this is often quoted): An early example of the concept comes from the Code of Hammurabi, Babylonian laws dating back to 1700 B.C., which contain a credit insurance provision. For a little higher interest, the ancients could exempt themselves from repayment of loans in the event of personal misfortune.   A citizen…

Title Insurance - What is it and do you need it?
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Title Insurance – What is it and do you need it?

What is title insurance? Title Insurance is all about coverage for risks AFTER date of Settlement (risks not known or, known risks – with additional premium) to all parties prior to signing Contract and before Settlement) via compensation for loss in value or reimbursement of expenses in the future.  It is a specialised type of insurance…

Buying a Property: Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common
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Buying a Property: Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common

When buying property you have the choice of choosing “Joint Tenants” or “Tenants in Common.” Please ensure your Conveyance contains the correct instruction and confirmed in writing. What is the difference? Joint Tenants “Joint Tenants” – possess a right of survivorship, that is, the interest of a deceased joint tenant passes to the surviving joint…