How to make an offer

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Before you make an offer there are a few key things to consider.

It’s important to note that the process of making an offer varies between states and territories, but fundamentally involves the following six steps:

1. Review the contract

The seller will have a contract of sale prepared and available for inspection before offering a property for sale. The contract usually includes:

  • A zoning certificate from the local council
  • A copy of the title to the property as recorded in the Land Titles Office
  • Copies of documents outlining other registered interests over the property if relevant

2. Make an offer

Put an offer in writing to the agent.

This should include how much you’re willing to pay, along with any special conditions. A solicitor or conveyancer can help prepare a letter of offer for the property you want to purchase.

3. Negotiations

Your expression of interest will be passed onto the vendor and they will respond, kick-starting the negotiation process.

The vendor can receive expressions of interest from other people and even exchange contracts with them if they can get a better deal. If this happens, your holding deposit is refundable.

4. Exchange contracts

Once you have agreed on a price with the seller, you will need to exchange contracts and pay the full deposit, which is usually anywhere from 5 – 10% of the purchase price. Your home lender and solicitor or conveyancer will support you through this process.

It’s important to note that you’ll need to arrange for home insurance at this time, as you are the owner of the property from the date contracts are exchanged. Your contents insurance can begin from the time you move in. If you’re buying a unit, you’ll need to arrange a Certificate of Currency from the Body Corporate’s insurer, to make sure the property is adequately covered.

5. Cooling-off period

In Queensland there is a 5 day cooling-off period after contracts are exchanged, (with the exception when you buy a residential property at auction). During the cooling-off period, you can cancel the contract but you may lose your deposit. It’s important to check with your solicitor or conveyancer about whether a cooling-off period applies to your contact before you sign.

You should also check the property during this time to make sure the condition of the building and inclusions are as per the contract.

6. Settlement

Settlement time is determined by the vendor but can be negotiated. Usually it’s around 30 days. This is when you pay the balance of the property using your home loan, including Stamp Duty.

You’ll then receive the keys and title deed to your new home.

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Charles is very easy to communicate with and discuss issues with. He would reply to questions within a quick timeframe and was very knowledgeable about the property market and local area.



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The whole process of selling was made easy with Charles.
He kept us informed at all times and walked us through the entire process.
We used the open negotiation method and it worked well in our case.

Cheers Charles for your great work.


Charles was professional, polite, knowledgeable and decent. And a pleasure to work with. He sold my house in record time.


It was a pleasure to work with Charles during the purchase of our home.  Charles communicated and negotiated with us in a professional manner to enable us to buy at a fair price.
We happily recommend Charles to anyone looking to buy/ sell their home.

I appreciated the patience waiting for me to require the sale, the help in presenting the property and the honesty in assessing the market and the hard work in finding interested buyers


When we engaged Charles to sell our property we were extremely confident that we were engaging a reliable, professional, knowledgeable agent.
Charles was amazing – his communication at all times was outstanding His efficiency excellent and above all, his professional integrity superlative.
We would not hesitate to recommend Charles to anyone in the local area who wishes to sell or buy a house!

Peter & Cathie

We were very pleased with the service we received from Charles and his team at Hauss. They are locals themselves, so their knowledge of the local area and its amenities was great. We really liked that Charles embraces the Opennegotiation online auction process which provides great transparency during the purchasing and negotiating stages. The team provided many warm and personal touches post sale as well and were very accommodating with our inspection requests. This is the only real estate agent you should consider in the area!