Is it really possible to accidentally purchase a property? It sounds absurd, but the truth is, it can happen more easily than you think. Many buyers find themselves bound to property contracts unintentionally due to a lack of understanding of the legal nuances involved.

In this episode, we are joined by Richie Muir — a renowned property law expert with extensive experience in the field. Richie is well-versed in the intricacies of property contracts and has helped countless buyers avoid costly mistakes.

Today, we talk about the surprising ways you might unintentionally become contractually obligated to purchase a property and highlight the importance of understanding property laws, the conveyance process, and the critical steps you need to take to protect yourself.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to explore the property market with their eyes wide open and avoid the nightmare of an accidental property purchase. Tune in now to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to protect yourself.

Episode Highlights:
00:00 - Introduction
02:16 - Meighan's special house of the week
03:13 - Who is Richie Muir?
04:06 - Quick overview of the differences in property laws across the Australian states
06:00 - What is the conveyance process in home buying and what is Lawlab's role in it?
09:23 - The most and least risky areas for buying property in Australia
12:49 - Why first home buyers should consider having legal representation from the start
17:29 - The importance of reviewing contracts and seeking legal advice before signing
21:34 - Understanding the risks of failing to complete an unconditional property contract
27:41 - What are the dangers of agents modifying contract conditions?
31:34 - What is the release of deposit clause in property contracts?
34:54 - Should first home buyers agree to a release of deposit clause without question?
35:54 - Are there ways a buyer could inadvertently buy a property without realising it?
37:53 - What is the problem with getting title insurance?
41:38 - Why it's crucial to understand the hidden costs in buying a property
About Our Guest:

Richie Muir is an experienced and commercially astute lawyer specialising in property law. He is the Legal Director at Lawlab Pty Limited who leads Lawlab's team of legal advisors and is the go-to problem solver for complex or unusual matters.

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Veronica & Meighan are both licensed real estate agents who exclusively help buyers. Together they have nearly 40 years experience as property professionals.

Veronica is principal of Sydney based Good Deeds Property Buyers and is also co-host of The Elephant in the Room property podcast as well as Location Location Location Australia on Foxtel and author of Auction Ready: how to buy property at auction even though you're scared s#!tless!

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