Home for the holidays? 3 tips for Buying or Selling at Christmas

It is a such a busy time of year! And Christmas can be stressful as it is let alone if you are buying or selling a home during this period. Then it can be downright overwhelming.

So to help you with the overwhelm, we’ve collected a few pointers to assist with your property sales thisChristmas.

  1. Identify Christmas Shutdown Clauses

When you buy a property, you need to exchange contracts before settlement is to occur.

A contract exchanged on 5 December might settle on 4 January, however keep in mind many offices close for the Christmas shutdown period.

In order to ensure that you are not in breach of your contract, your solicitor or conveyancer may need to include a Christmas Shutdown Clause, which states that your settlement will occur immediately after the Christmas Shutdown Period.

  1. Plan your holiday absence

Many people take a trip out of town over the Christmas period. If you’re buying or selling a house, your contract may require you to complete a transaction while you’re not home.

If you are going away, you must notify your conveyancer or solicitor know. Before you take off, ensure that you have signed all documents so that the exchange or settlement can occur even in your absence. Alternatively, you might want to nominate a power of attorney.

  1. Be realistic about approvals

It is important that you are realistic about time frames for loan approval processes. If you have submitted your request in late November, you may not get approval until the new year given the process time frames. Ensuring you are prepared and realistic will help keep the stress lower.

Whatever you choose to do, knowing that buying or selling your house over the Christmas period might be the best gift you ever receive.