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would be en­ti­tled to a com­mis­sion – Mr Mout­lon rec­om­mends 1 per cent of the price of the sale as ‘‘fair and rea­son­able’’.

But he says that’s also value for money.

‘‘You usu­ally save more than what you’re pay­ing and it also saves you a lot of time,’’ he says. En­gage your ex­perts early Con­veyanc­ing Mat­ters mar­ket­ing man­ager Penny Ersk­ine says con­veyancers can ad­vise prospec­tive buy­ers on what con­di­tions you can add to your of­fer for your pro­tec­tion as well as ex­plain­ing the con­tracts in the cool­ing-off pe­riod.

She says it’s im­por­tant to find a con­veyancer as soon as you’re look­ing to buy.

‘‘We would al­ways rec­om­mend while pur­chasers are in their coolin­goff pe­riod that you bring both your con­tract and your cool­ing-off pa­pers, called Form 1 – Dis­clo­sure State­ment, to their con­veyancer to thor­oughly check through so you un­der­stand what you’re get­ting,’’ Ms Ersk­ine says.

‘‘We can ex­plain en­cum­brances and build­ing re­stric­tions and things you can and can’t do with your land.’’ Know your com­pe­ti­tion Once you’ve found a home you like, find out how many in­spec­tions have been held and whether any con­tracts have been is­sued.

If there are nu­mer­ous buy­ers chas­ing the home, its sale price could be­come in­flated.

How­ever, if you dis­cover there has been lit­tle in­ter­est, you’re in a po­si­tion of strength.

‘‘You should al­ways play the prop­erty game with a poker face,’’ says An­drew Win­ter, host of

‘‘Be mat­ter-of-fact in the process.’’

REISA pres­i­dent Greg Moul­ton, left, with po­ten­tial buyer Paul Kel­doulis.

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