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Buying and selling property in NSW

When buying and selling property in NSW there are a number of information sources you should consider to assist in the process. This includes the current property market, private sales and auctions, information on local governments, the first home buyers grant and legislation.

The information below can be used as an initial reference point for a number of these services. Please note that it is not be relied upon as a complete reference source.

General

NSW Office of Fair Trading

  • explore a range of topics before deciding to buy a property
  • advice on how to prepare for the sale of your home
  • understand your responsibilities and obligations when you own or live in a strata unit
  • information on the reforms to retirement village laws and other useful information about living in a retirement village
  • detailed information for park owners and residents under residential tenancy agreements
  • identify potential problems with insurance, including homeowners insurance and home warranty (builder-related) insurance.

Real Estate Institute of NSW

Use the search tool on this site to find real estate agents in your area.

Office of Local Government

The site contains information about:

  • local councils, County Councils, Regional Organisations of Councils and other organisations working within the Local Government sector
  • contact details such as: street and postal addresses; telephone and facsimile numbers; and email and internet addresses for councils
  • elected members of councils and senior staff is also available for each council
  • area in square kilometres and population of the local government areas and other information.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The Office of Environment and Heritage Home Buyers Guide provides 10 steps to buying a new home that is good for your family, lifestyle and the environment. Use the step-by-step guide to learn what's involved in home selection and purchase, considerations and important questions you need to ask.

First Home - New Home

Visit the Office of State Revunue for more details on this grant.

Property sales information

Also see Land and Property Information's authorised property sales resellers.

Heritage Council of NSW

This Heritage Council of NSW site is supported by the Heritage Branch of the Office of Environment & Heritage. The work of the Heritage Branch includes:

  • working with communities to help them identify their important places and objects
  • providing guidance on how to look after heritage items
  • supporting community heritage projects through funding and advice
  • maintaining the NSW Heritage online database, an online list of all statutory heritage items in NSW.

Services

Public schools

List public schools in an area including phone numbers and type of school.

Libraries

Links to library websites and downloadable list of all libraries in NSW.

Public hospitals

Provides a search of NSW public hospitals by hospital name.

Private hospitals

Provides a location-based search for private hospitals.

Conveyancing

Australian Institute of Conveyancers (NSW Division)

Provides a search tool for finding a conveyancer and also explains the steps in buying a house or unit. The website is is operated by the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (NSW).

The Law Society of NSW provides a search tool for finding a solicitor. Look for accredited specialists in the field of Property Law.

Stamp duty

Transfer of land or business

OSR calculators will help you estimate tax and duty payable or interest owing. The calculators as a guide only and not as a substitute for professional advice.

Information about land tax

Land tax is a tax levied on the owners of land in NSW as at midnight on 31 December of each year. In general, your principal place of residence (your home) or land used for primary production (a farm) is exempt from land tax.

OSR calculators

This calculator will estimate the amount of your land tax liability in NSW.

From 1 July 2016, conveyancing documents able to be processed on Electronic Duties Return (EDR), will no longer be assessed at OSR. For more information, please visit Office of State Revenue website.

Legislation and regulations

For the following Acts and Regulations go to the NSW Legislation website.

  • Real Property Act 1900
  • Conveyancing Act 1919
  • Valuation of Land Act 1916
  • Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002
  • Property (Relationships) Act 1984
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
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