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How does a private sale work?

The private sale process is very similar to a sale by tender (offer and negotiation) but it does not involve a real estate agent.

A private sale is also called a sale by private treaty. 

The sale is conducted between the vendor and the buyer.  A private sale may involve an intermediary (often a friend of the vendor) but the intermediary is not a practicing or registered real estate sales person. 

Important: If you are buying a property by private treaty;

  • you should consult your lawyer,
  • pay the deposit to your lawyer to be held in a trust account,
  • if you need mortgage finance, the lender will probably require a registered valuation so this should be conditioned for in the contract. 


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