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At Vicki Philipoff Settlements, we can prepare your documents within 24 hours. The service is not only fast, but also efficient and accurate. Our team have an unmatched reputation, outstanding service and our highest priority is your complete satisfaction with every aspect of our work.

That is why at Vicki Philipoff Settlements our entire team has been handpicked from Perth’s leading settlement industry professionals. We will manage your settlement from beginning to end so this process is stress free and easy. Our aim is very simple: If you ever need to do anything about settlements, we want to help you with the most accurate information.

Vicki Philipoff Settlements is a member of
  • Australian Institute of Conveyancers WA Division (Inc.)
  • Strata Community of Australia WA
  • Urban Development Institute of WA
  • Property Council of Australia
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WA)
  • Real Estate Institute of WA
Free SMS Service
Staying informed is essential; at Vicki Philipoff Settlements our clients never miss a beat. Our free SMS service ensures you’re up to date every step of the way. From the moment your contract is received in our office to the day it settles, our SMS service ensures you are kept in the loop.
Webtrack
As a Vicki Philipoff Settlements client you, your Real Estate Representative and your Finance Broker (if applicable) will be provided a login and password to enable you to have access to your file status online. Our live access system is a popular, powerful tool enabling you to monitor the progress of your conveyancing transaction from the comfort of your own home or work any time of night or day.
Subdivisions
In response to strong demand and Western Australia’s rapid residential development Vicki Philipoff Settlements have Conveyancers devoted simply to subdivisions.

Our experts deal exclusively with subdivisions, subdividing vacant land and the creation of green or strata titles. Our Conveyancing specialists are best equipped to assist you with all of your subdivision requirements whether they are amalgamation of Titles, Title dispositions or Deposited Plans.

Project Managers, the Western Australian Planning Commission, Landgate, surveyors and Valuers all find it straightforward to liaise with our subdivision Conveyancers owing to their experience and capacity in this niche area.

Yet another additional benefit for our clients is our price. As we have established ourselves to effect bulk settlements we can attend to your needs at a competitive rate. For further information please call our Chief Executive Officer or General Manager on (08) 6311 4888 or info@vickiphilipoff.com.au

Fast Track Service

Many years of conveyancing experience has proven to us that time is of the essence. Our Fast Track service ensures we waste no time in getting important information out to our clients and agents. Your settlement is processed immediately it arrives at our office. Our unique Fast Track system gives us the capability of starting your file and sending you relevant documentation within 3 working days of your nominating us. If you prefer we can guarantee you preparation of documents within 24 hours of being appointed!

Paying By Credit Card
Credit cards offer enormous advantages over other methods of payment. Cardholders who use their card wisely can experience major benefits. For your convenience Vicki Philipoff Settlements are pleased to accept all major credit cards. Why not utilise this service to pay for your deposit, fees or purchase price of property? Contact your conveyancer for more information.
Carrying Transfer Duty
We offer electronic online stamping which means you don’t pay stamp duty you settle. However, sometimes a seller may require the stamp duty paid prior to settlement, and it can be a legal requirement. We offer a solution

Option 1 – We offer to pay Stamp Duty on the day of settlement
Option 2 – We offer to pay Stamp Duty within 7 days prior to settlement date.

As well as being an appreciated and effective product, our Stamp Duty service complies with Trust Account Regulations, the Trade Practices Act and the Settlement Agents Supervisory Board recommendations.

Your Conveyancer can advise you more details when we are conducting your settlement.

Overseas Clients
Purchasing or Selling a property in Western Australia but live overseas? Allow Vicki Philipoff Settlements to expedite a straightforward settlement for you. We have the technology to send you your documentation instantly via electronic mail, allowing for a fast and environmentally sound transaction! Additionally, we employ DHL Worldwide Couriers who, in most cases, provide a 24 hour service.
Foreign Investments
If you’re an overseas investor (individual, company or otherwise) our professional staff can assist with your Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval on your behalf. Our additional service fee for this assistance is $470.00 including GST. For detailed information on state requirements for FIRB approval please click here.
Carbon Offset Settlements
We all have a vested interest in environmental sustainability; it’s without doubt the biggest challenge we face in a global community. As a local organization in this global community, Vicki Philipoff Settlements are committed to incorporating environmentally responsible practices into everyday business processes.

Having achieved SAI’s global Quality Accreditation in 2005, we are pleased to have also achieved the 5 Green Ticks of Environmental Accreditation.

We have identified 3 vital steps necessary to achieve being awarded with Environmental Accreditation, namely:

  1. ensuring our organization’s equipment is energy efficient
  2. changing behaviors through environmental policy and procedures
  3. maintaining this commitment through continual improvement
Carbon Neutral
Vicki Philipoff Settlements has established a relationship with “Carbon Neutral” – a WA based company committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere and winner of the State’s WA Environment Awards in 2007. We are pleased to offer this environmentally conscious option to our clients:

Once your contract is received in our office rather than receiving a conventional settlement pack via Australia Post, you can elect to support our environment by receiving an online settlement pack via email. Should you nominate the latter option we will reward the environment with a $3 donation to Carbon Neutral who will plant a native tree on your behalf.

We are delighted to be associated with both Carbon Neutral and SAI Global; through utilising modern technology and the implementation of systems we can move toward energy efficient business procedures.

For more information on ways to minimise carbon emissions in your home or workplace please refer to Carbon Neutral’s website.

Commercial Property

We are thoroughly experienced in all facets of commercial property settlements. GST may be involved with commercial transactions.

Vicki Philipoff Settlements identifies the relevant GST clause in accordance with the Joint Form of General Conditions for the Sale of Land.
See Clause 18 below pertaining to GST- extracted from the Joint Form of General Conditions for the Sale of Land;

Vicki Philipoff Settlements identifies the relevant GST clause in accordance with the Joint Form of General Conditions for the Sale of Land.
See Clause 18 below pertaining to GST- extracted from the Joint Form of General Conditions for the Sale of Land;

1. 18. GST

2. 18.1 When Purchase Price does not include GST
a. unless otherwise expressly stated in the Contract the Purchase Price does not include GST
b. Without affecting sub clause (a), the Buyer is not required to pay to the Seller GST on the Purchase Price at Settlement unless otherwise expressly provided in the Contract

1. 18.2 Margin Scheme Unless otherwise expressly provided in the Contract, the Seller must not apply the Margin Scheme in respect to the sale of the Property

2. 18.3 When GST is to be paid on the Purchase Price
If the Contract provides that GST must be paid on the Purchase Price, the following provisions will apply
a. On Settlement
1. The Buyer must in addition to the Purchase Price pay the GST on the Purchase Price and any other consideration payable under the Contract; and
2. the Seller must provide a Tax Invoice to the Buyer

18.4 GST on Damages If
1. a Successful party becomes entitles to damages as a result of default under the Contract; and
2. the Successful party is liable to pay GST on the damages,
3. The payment party must pay to the Successful Party the GST payable by the Successful party on the damages at the same time as the Payment Party must pay the damages to the Successful Party
a. If sub clause (a) applies, the Successful party must, on payment of the damages, provide a Tax Invoice to the Payment Party
b. The provisions of this clause apply whether or not GST is payable on Purchase Price
In addition, we always check to see if the seller is actually registered for GST, as this will affect the sale contract for their property. A FREE quick search at www.abr.gov.au will reveal if the seller is properly registered for GST and whether they are actually entitled to receive the GST from the buyer at settlement will reveal if the seller is properly registered for GST and whether they are actually entitled to receive the GST from the buyer at settlement.

Strata Titles
In response to Western Australia’s movement towards higher density living – Vicki Philipoff Settlements have Conveyancers with advanced proficiency in strata title subdivisions.

Our Conveyancers specialize in Strata Titles, registration of Strata Title applications, subdividing strata titles and the creation of strata titles. Our Strata specialists are well regarded amongst the Strata Industry; Project Managers, the Western Australian Planning Commission, Landgate, Surveyors and Valuers all find it straightforward to liaise with our strata specialists owing to their experience and capacity in this niche area.

Yet another additional benefit for our clients is our price. We have established systems to easily settle everything from one singular strata title to a large scale strata development – we are able to attend to your needs at very competitive rates. For further information on our specialist strata title services please contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on 6311 4888 or email info@vickiphilipoff.com.au

Vicki Philipoff Settlements are members of the Strata Community of Australia WA

Did you know? Read on for some 6 little known facts about Strata Titles
1. The Courts can decide whether a by-law that’s already registered on a Strata Plan has legal gravity? (The sole fact that it’s registered on the Strata Plan doesn’t mean it can’t be challenged, overruled or removed).

2. Unit entitlement can be altered under Sections 15 & 16 & 103H of the Strata Titles Act. An owner can lodge an Application to have their unit entitlement re-assessed in accordance with the capital value.

3. Section 36 of the Strata Titles Act can be utilized in creating a by-law to vary a unit’s levy payments that aren’t in accordance with the unit entitlement.

4. A Management Statement is not “locked in” forever and can be amended much the same way by-laws can be.

5. Sellers should let their Settlement Representative and their Selling agent know if they receive a notice of a Strata meeting before Settlement is completed

6. The Strata Company is not obliged to give any other minutes to a prospective buyer besides the AGM minutes.

Development Sites
Vicki Philipoff Settlements are members of the Urban Development Institute of Western Australia. We recognise that a Developer, Builder or Property Investor have specific needs when it comes to choosing a Settlement Agent.

In a development project every cent counts and attention to detail is paramount – Vicki Philipoff Settlements is the trusted choice of settlement agent for your development site.

Changing Names On titles
If you require your Title to be updated to reflect your current name, we at Vicki Philipoff Settlements provide this service with ease.

If you have recently married or changed your name by Deed Poll, as a matter of course your Bank may require you to update the Title Deed with the change of name.

Please contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on (08) 6311 4888 or email info@vickiphilipoff.com.au to discuss your particular requirements.

Private Sales

If you happen to be buying or selling a property without the services of a Real Estate Agent, let one of our experienced staff guide you through the process and assist in preparing your Offer and Acceptance.

Contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists for further details on this service info@vickiphilipoff.com.au or (08) 6311 4888.

Some Points You Ought to Consider

  1. Make all dates for finance and settlement achievable
  2. Fully describe the property being sold
  3. Clearly list all conditions on the Offer & Acceptance and ,if any, have a time limit state the time given
  4. List any chattels not included with the property on the Offer & Acceptance
  5. List any defects with the property on the Offer & Acceptance
  6. Always have the full names of all parties and signatures independently witnessed
  7. Have a search of the Certificate of Title with the Offer & Acceptance to show what Encumbrances will remain on the Deed and be sure to have a diagram of the lot to locate where any covenants may be
  8. Ensure a Strata Annexure (if applicable) and the Joint Form of General Conditions for the Sale of Land are given to the Buyer
  9. Sellers need to be sure the sale price will cover all registered debts
Deceased Estate
At Vicki Philipoff Settlements, our Conveyancing Specialists can prepare Applications by Survivorship and Transfers to reflect the current owner of a property.

Please contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on (08) 6311 4888 or email info@vickiphilipoff.com.au to discuss your particular requirements.

Family Transfer
In certain circumstances, Mum and Dad may wish to transfer ownership of a property to one or more of their children. At Vicki Philipoff Settlements, we can attend to this Transfer with ease.

Please contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on (08) 6311 4888 or email info@vickiphilipoff.com.au to discuss your particular requirements.

Marriage/ Defacto Transfers, Family Trusts and Company Transfers
$20.00 Transfer Duty!

With all the talk of Transfer Duty increases, decreases, exemptions, discounts and changes to the Act – we’d like to share something very simple and pleasing with you, a way to transfer property Ownership for just $20.00! There are a few situations in which a Transferee will only pay what is called a ‘nominal’ Transfer Duty fee, or on some occasions Transfer Duty may be free!

If your principal place of residence is in your name and you wish to transfer half of the property to someone you’re legally married to, or your de-facto partner (also applies to same sex couples) then your Transfer Duty will be free.

Under the Stamp Act, a nominal rate of duty also applies to transfers between spouses or de facto partners upon the breakdown of a relationship. A $20.00 Transfer Duty is payable where the parties have a sealed Family Consent order specifying a property Transfer from both parties to one party.

Nominal Duty
Once you have a Court Order, we can apply to change the names from Joint Tenants and any Transfer Duty on the Transfer is assessed at a nominal rate. Another example of nominal duty ($20.00 being payable is if you are the beneficiary of a deceased estate.)

If you are the beneficiary of a Trust, the Stamp Act provides for the assessment of Nominal Duty ($20.00) on the Transfer of property by a Trustee to a beneficiary, except where the Trustee is a discretionary Trustee or a unit Trustee.

There are also certain situations where the Commissioner may exempt Transfer Duty from being payable if you are transferring a property to your superannuation fund. Farming property also has also has a chance for a full or partial exemption from Transfer Duty on the transfer of farming property between family members or by a natural person to a discretionary Trust, subject to certain conditions.

There are also circumstances where you can substitute a new purchaser of a property after the Offer has been accepted but before Settlement occurs. As long as they’re considered to be a “related party” you will only pay nominal duty ($20.00).

Each situation is unique, because of the variance in certain situations. If you would like to know if your personal situation or a client’s may qualify for FREE or nominal rate of Transfer Duty, please contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on (08) 6311 4888 or email info@vickiphilipoff.com.au

Power of Attorney
Did you know there are critical differences between a Power of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney and when they can be used?

A Power of Attorney can be easily prepared by our office. It gives the authority to a person to act on an individual’s behalf – mainly in relation to a property. The power ceases if the person loses capacity to make reasoned decisions. The document must be registered at Landgate.

An Enduring Power of Attorney can be prepared by a Solicitor, trustee company or can be downloaded from www.justice.wa.gov.au. An Enduring Power of Attorney enables competent adults to appoint another person or agency to manage their property and financial affairs immediately; and/or after they lose their capacity to make reasoned decisions (once a person loses this capacity, it will require a formal ruling from the State Administrative Tribunal for the Power to come into effect).

An Attorney does not have the power to perform the functions of a Director of Secretary of a company on behalf of the Donor (unless authorized by the constitution of a company).

Should you have any questions on this topic or need a Power of Attorney prepared for use in a Real Estate transaction, please contact one of our Conveyancing Specialists on (08) 6311 4888 or email info@vickiphilipoff.com.au