20 Nov, 2023

I have doubts about this property

By AICWA member Goldfields Settlements Often, we receive phone calls that go something like: “We’ve found a house but we don’t know if: a crack in a wall/the watermarks on the ceiling/the bouncy floor/etc/etc are a problem” The first point is to reiterate the comments in our previous blogs “Whoever owns the property owns the […]

24 Oct, 2023

I have a Major Structural Defect

By Houspect, proud partner of the AICWA and respected WA Building Inspectors.  Major Structural Defects – What to do when the REIWA Pre Purchase Building Inspection Annexure has been used 1. BACKGROUND In WA Pre Purchase Building Inspections on residential properties are generally undertaken as a result of a REIWA Purchase Contract where the Standard […]

16 Oct, 2023

Understanding Illegal Building in Perth 3 Key Considerations for Home Buyers

By Justine Gavranich AICWA member and licensee at Mosaic Settlements  Illegal building, encompassing unapproved additions or modifications to a property, presents significant financial and legal risks to potential property buyers in Perth. Roughly 30% of building assessments in Perth uncover various forms of illegal construction, underscoring its prevalence in the local real estate market. To […]

12 Sep, 2023

Buying Vacant Land? Here’s What You Need To Know!

By Vicki Philipoff, AICWA member and Managing Director at Vicki Philipoff Settlements Purchasing a vacant land lot represents an exciting opportunity to custom-build your own dream home to suit your taste and specific needs. You may opt to develop the land for an investment property or start a new business venture the possibilities are endless. […]

15 Aug, 2023

What do I look for in my potential settlement agent?

By Katherine Hanson, AICWA member and licensee at Hanson Property Settlements. An outstanding settlement agency is essential for a smooth and successful property transaction. Here are a few things that you should look for: EXPERIENCE – Your settlement agent needs to have a thorough understanding of the conveyancing process, legal requirements, and potential issues that […]

10 Jul, 2023


By Peter Fletcher AICWA member at Rezzi OVERVIEW In Western Australia, a strata scheme is defined as a subdivision of a piece of land that allows one large freehold lot to be divided up into many smaller lots. Lots can be individual units, apartments, townhouses, or houses. There are different types of strata.  Each has different rights, […]