Frequently Asked Questions

Why Niva Property?

Trust, integrity and we walk the talk.

  1. You will not find a more trustworthy buyer’s agent to deal with.  We work only in your interests and are always completely transparent in all dealings with you.  When you are investing your future and spending many hundreds of thousands of dollars, we believe trust has to be the most important aspect in the relationship between client and buyer’s agent.
  2. Integrity is a core value we hold dear to our hearts.  We
  3. Walk the talk.  We are not selling property, we are selling the dream of financial freedom and living life on your terms.  We have achieved this and are here to help you do the same.

In addition to the above, our level of detailed due diligence is second to none.  We also leverage proprietary technology available only to us to help us ensure that you are making the best possible decision for your personal situation.

Are your fees fixed price?

Yes all our fees are fixed price!

Our fee depends on the service level we provide to you and everyone’s needs tend to be different.  Based on your goals and individual needs we will provide you with a fixed price fee for our engagement along with a Buyer’s Agent Agreement (i.e. a Contract) which makes the scope of our services and the fee crystal clear.

What are the payment terms?

For our Full Concierge Buyer’s Agent service you pay a Mobilisation fee (also called a retainer) upfront before we start working for you.  The balance of the fee is invoiced when Contracts are exchanged on your property.  Alternatively and if you need we can organise for some of the balance to be paid out of the Settlement funds.

For other engagements the payment terms vary depending on the scope and we discuss these with you prior to commencing our engagement.

What industry associations are you a part of, and what insurances do you have?

We are members of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA).  Our co-founder Nigel Watts is also a Qualified Property Investment Adviser (QPIA®) through PIPA.  We have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

Which locations can you source property?

We specialise in the greater Newcastle region consisting of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens) .

What is your process for searching and selecting property?

Our Full Concierge Buyer’s Agent service (our most popular service) follows a structured and proven 5 step process which includes strategy, sourcing, research, detailed due diligence, acquisition and more.  Read more about this process here.

What does an independent buyer's agent mean?

Independent means that we do not receive commissions of any form from builders, developers or property aggregators, or real estate agents.  We act 100% in your sole interest.

What if we miss out on a property, does your fee cover more than 1 property?

Our Full Buyer’s Agent service does!   We may initially think a property looks great only to find out flaws during due diligence and terminate the research on the property, with your approval of course.  We may even find a good property but miss out in the bidding if someone else wants to pay more than we consider fair value, or if finances are limited.  Regardless of the reason for missing or terminating a property, your fee covers our services on unlimited properties until we achieve success.  Some of our other services though like Auction Bidding for example are charged per property.

Do you manage the 3rd parties involved and do you have a standard "team" you work with?

Yes we do manage all 3rd parties where required.  This includes the solicitior/conveyancer, building and pest inspector and any other party needed.  We have a regular team of these people that we trust and can leverage this trust and relationshiup to your advantage.  You can of course use your own contacts if you prefer though.   When buying in locations where we don’t operate day in day out we can obtain referrals from trusted partners in the industry.  We also have several quality mortgage brokers we can refer you to if you don’t yet have your finances approved.

Do I need my finance pre-approved before we start our engagement?

Yes and no.  We don’t need your finances approved before we start discussions (i.e. discovery session to discuss your needs etc).  However you do need finances sorted before we will sign a Contract with you.  We do not start looking at properties and potentially making offers etc. without finance approved.

Can you access off-market property?

Yes we can.  Depending on what you are looking for in an investment, targeting off-markets may be beneficial and appropriate.  We will discuss the best strategy with your during our first engagement meeting.

What types of properties do you source?

Anything residential.  We have experience with established property and off-the-plan and can also research and acquire development sites.  We source houses, apartments, townhouses, dual-occupancy and the type of property and site depends solely on your goals and the property investment stragey we put in place and agree with you.

What does Niva stand for?

The word “Niva” tells a story of committment and passion.  “Ni” is the 1st 2 letters of our co-founder’s name Nigel, and the “Va” is the first 2 letters of his wife’s name Vanessa.  Vanessa and Nigel are passionate about property and on their 3rd date they discussed investment and spreadhseet modelling – sad but true!   It is from this passion that Niva Property Buyers was formed and the resulting vision here is to now help other people attain their very own version of financial freedom.

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