What is a private sale?

A standard residential property transaction is called a private sale.  The Vendor (owner of the property) sets a price and the Real Estate Agent negotiates with potential buyers to achieve the best price possible.


There are many advantages to buying your property as a private treaty transaction.

These include:

  • no stress about the Auction process which can be intimidating
  • you have the security of making a conditional offer on a property such as an offer subject to finance or building and pest inspection
  • you have time to have professionals look at the Contract of Sale.
  • you usually have a cooling off period, which means that even though you’ve signed a Contract of Sale    you may still be able to withdraw from the purchase within a few days of signing it for whatever reason.
  • you can put in an offer below the asking price and negotiate with the vendor


  • selling privately can take longer
  • it may become like an Auction as all interested buyers keep submitting offers

If you are not confident in dealing with Real Estate Agents you may prefer to engage a Buyer’s Agent.  They can take all the stress out of the property negotiating for you.


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