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Start Your Property Sale with MJ Legal Today!

Selling your property doesn’t have to be stressful. Contact MJ Legal to ensure a smooth, efficient, and successful sale. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way.

Selling Your Property with Us

If you are selling your property with us, we will guide you through the following steps:

Step 1:

Initial Consultation and Property Assessment

We begin with a comprehensive consultation to understand your goals and evaluate your property. Our team will provide an initial assessment and outline the steps involved in the selling process, ensuring you are well-informed from the start.

Step 2:

Contract Preparation and Section 32 Statement

We meticulously prepare the contract of sale and the Section 32 statement (Vendor’s Statement). Our experts ensure all necessary information and disclosures are included, and that the documents comply with legal requirements, minimizing the risk of future disputes.

Step 3:

Marketing and Negotiation Support

We offer strategic advice on marketing your property and provide support during negotiations. Our team will represent your interests, aiming to achieve the best possible terms and price for your property.

Step 4:

Settlement Coordination

Our conveyancing team manages the entire settlement process, coordinating with all parties involved to ensure a smooth and timely completion. We handle all legal and financial obligations, facilitating a seamless transfer of ownership.

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Calculating the Cost of Selling Your Home

Accurate Financial Planning for Home Sellers

When buying and selling a home simultaneously, understanding your finances is crucial. Here's a detailed guide to help you navigate the costs involved in selling your home:

1. Preparation Costs:

  • Home Staging: Enhance the appeal of your home with professional staging services.
  • Repairs and Improvements: Address necessary repairs or improvements to increase your home's market value.
  • Professional Photography: Invest in high-quality photos to attract potential buyers.

2. Marketing Expenses:

  • Listing Fees: Costs associated with listing your home on various platforms.
  • Advertising: Promote your property through online ads, brochures, and other marketing materials.
  • Open House Events: Organize open house events to showcase your home to potential buyers.

3. Selling Agent Commission:

  • Agent's Fee: The commission charged by your real estate agent for their services. This is typically a percentage of the final sale price.

4. Additional Selling Costs:

  • Auctioneer Fees: If you choose to auction your home, account for the auctioneer's charges.
  • Removalists: Budget for professional movers to transport your belongings to your new home.

5. Post-Sale Adjustments:

  • Rate Adjustments: Allow for adjustments to property rates or taxes.
  • Mortgage Payout: Ensure your mortgage is fully paid out from the settlement funds.
  • Legal Fees: Cover the cost of legal services required to finalize the sale.

Talk to Your Bank Early

If you're selling your home and have a loan, it must be paid out at settlement. Contact your bank for an indicative payout figure as there may be exit costs you're unaware of. Some mortgages are cross-collateralized or used as security for other loans. Restructuring your finances is a common reason vendors miss settlement, especially when other properties need to be revalued by the bank.

Even if you've paid off your loan, a mortgage may still be registered on the title. Remember, having no loan doesn't mean you don't have a mortgage—they're different things.

How to Negotiate an Agency Agreement

When selling your home with a real estate agent, you’ll sign an agency agreement. Here’s a quick guide to the types:

  • Exclusive: One agent exclusively sells your property.
  • Auction: Exclusive agreement for auctioned properties.
  • Sole: One agent, but you can also find a buyer yourself.
  • General/Open: Work with multiple agents/agencies.
  • Multiple Listing: One agent plus their network within an agency.

Key Components:

  • Type and duration of the agreement
  • Agreed selling price and method of sale
  • Settlement period
  • Fees and commission (typically 1.3% to 4%)


  • Research options to understand pros and cons.
  • Negotiate terms to reflect your best interests.
  • Clarify all fees and commissions.

How can we help 

Equipped with years of experience, our property lawyers at MJ Legal are experts at conveyancing.  

Our service to you is provided using a high degree of technology that is seamlessly integrated with the human touch.  

We believe in educating our clients about the legal process and taking the selling of your property journey with you. We will advise you on all the steps that need to be taken so that no extra burden is placed on you as you embark on this milestone in your life.  

Our lawyers will work with your mortgage broker or bank to assist you in managing your finance approval process, reducing the time you spend navigating between the two professionals to have your property settled. 

FAQ's for Vendors

  • ​​​​​​In order to prepare a section 32 Statement, a conveyancer must first obtain certificates from various bodies including the Land Titles Office, local council and water authority. Therefore, it could take between 1-2 weeks to prepare an effective Vendor Statement and a Contract of Sale.

  • You will be expected to pay a capital gains tax (CGT) if, by selling a property you have obtained a capital gain. A capital gain is realised when the profit gained by selling the property is greater than the cost incurred when buying the property. If you have obtained a capital gain, you are expected to disclose this gain in your annual income tax return.

  • However, if you are selling your principal place of residence, you are exempt from having to pay capital gains taxes.

  • Under Victorian Law, the vendor may serve the purchaser with a section 27 notice. This notice should disclose the outstanding mortgage and any other liabilities of the vendor against the discharge of the property.

  • If the amounts payable towards the discharge of the title are lower than the amount payable by the purchaser at settlement, then it is likely that an early release of the deposit paid by the purchaser will be approved by the purchaser.

  • Please note that this can only be requested if the contract is unconditional.

  • If you have a mortgage broker, they will be able to assist you in this step.

  • If you do not have a mortgage broker, you should fill out a discharge authority form unique to your mortgage lender and file it with them. We advise that you complete this step as early in the process as possible.

  • Only once this is accepted can we prepare the file for settlement and ultimately transfer the property to the purchaser.

  • Typically, the property must be handed over to the purchaser in the same condition as when they entered into the contract of sale.

  • However, if there have been any major defects in the property between the date the contract was entered into and the date the property settled, then you may be required to fix these issues.

  • Where there is disagreement between the parties regarding the issues discovered during the final inspection, both parties must withhold an equivalent amount of money in a solicitor’s trust account and litigate the matter after settlement.