Jan 242023
Real Estate and Financial Terms Under Letter ‘S’ – Australian Real Estate

Find a list of common real estate and financial terms used in Australia. This list will help you understand the terminology used in the industry and make it easier for you to negotiate deals with realtors and other professionals.

Buying, selling or renting property in Australia and having trouble understanding what they’re saying? To help you figure it out, we’ve created brief explanations of the words used. For more complete information, see your local real estate agent, financial advisor or solicitor.

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second mortgageA mortgage that is paid off only after the first mortgage is paid when the property is sold.
securityAn asset that is pledged as collateral until the loan is repaid in full.
seller’s marketWhen demand for property is greater than the supply. This often gives owners greater opportunities to sell quicker or even at a figure greater than the asking price.
semi-detachedA type of construction where two buildings are attached together by a common wall. Also called a duplex.
settlement dateThe date on which the new owner finalises payment and assumes possession of the property.
settlementThe sale of a property is finalised by the legal representatives of the buyer and seller, costs are paid, mortgage documents go into effect, and the new owner takes possession of the property.
signatoryThe person authorised to access an account.
special conditionBefore the contract is legally binding certain conditions must be met. An example is having the building inspected.
squareA square is a measurement of home area in Australia. One square equals approximately 9.3 square meters.
stamp dutyA state government tax on conveyance or transfer of real property calculated on the total value of the property including chattels.
subdivisionA tract of land divided into individual lots for a housing development.
surveyA drawing or map showing the precise legal boundaries of a property, location of buildings, improvements, easements, rights of way, encroachments, and other physical features within a block of land.
susceptibility reportThis report shows the possibility of future pest infestations.

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