Hi, I'm after some advice for the process and possible pitfalls for someone buying a property in QLD without any real estate agents involved. A "private sale", I'm guessing is what this is. My neighbour is selling her half (the other half) of the duplex I currently rent. She hasn't signed on with a REA for the sale yet, but she has offered the place to me at exactly the price I would pay for it. What's the buying process if I don't have to deal with a REA? This is my first home purchase, and it's going to be my PPOR. I am planning to engage a solicitor (as opposed to a conveyance) for the purchase, and fully intend to do a building and pest inspection. But how do I go about formally making an offer and putting it all in writing? At what point do I engage a solicitor? Are there any possible problems with buying a house in this fashion? (I'd always assumed I would be dealing with an agent!). We've agreed verbally on a price and rough time frame for settlement. I'm just not sure how to make it formal. Also, as it's a duplex, does anyone have any tips on what I should look out for in the body corporate terms before I buy, and how much money should be in a sinking fund? The duplex was built in 2010 and I'm told that the owners each put in $70 a year to the sinking fund. BC is about $500/year. The duplexes were bought for $309k each in 2010, if that helps. Do these numbers sound reasonable? I had never intended to buy a unit/townhouse/duplex, but it's a bit of a bargain and the timing is perfect for me, otherwise I would have done some research on the subject ages ago! Thanks anyone for any advice.