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Articles by Rob Balanda

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Rob is a partner in the Gold Coast based law firm MBA Lawyers. He is a highly regarded educator of property investors and estate agents and the author of the "Made Simple" series of books and CD's.
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How to sign up an agent to sell your property
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How to sign up an agent to sell your property

All too often property owners sign up a real estate agent and engage them to sell their property as either their sole agent or exclusive agent without really appreciating the difference between the two. Some investors think they should only ever use a sole agency, just in case they can sell the property themselves and…

The Bottom Line on Commercial Leases - Part 2
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The Bottom Line on Commercial Leases – Part 2

In this second instalment of this our two-part article I outline eight more reasons why leases are of the utmost importance in a commercial real estate transaction.     Read the first part by clicking here When you purchase a residential property you can undertake an exhaustive due diligence and investigation of the property and…

The Bottom Line on Commercial Leases - Part 1
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The Bottom Line on Commercial Leases – Part 1

Advanced investors are always looking for new financial vehicles to consider and commercial property is one such option that’s growing in popularity.  Unfortunately, some investors don’t fully understand its unique peculiarities, including the importance of leases.   With the growth of super fund investment in property, along with it has come a surge of interest in…

When your co-owner goes bankrupt
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When your co-owner goes bankrupt

What rights do you have when the person you own a property with gets into serious financial trouble? I had just stepped off the stage after delivering a presentation on asset protection at a property seminar, during which I discussed the effect that no asset protection had on an investor who ended up going bankrupt….

What’s the best way to engage an agent to sell your property?
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What’s the best way to engage an agent to sell your property?

All too often property owners sign up an agent and engage them to sell their property as either their sole agent or exclusive agent without really appreciating the difference between the two. Some investors too think that they should only ever sign a sole agency just in case they sell the property themselves and can…

Co-ownership: The road less traveled
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Co-ownership: The road less traveled

The growth in prices of quality residential and commercial properties has put many such properties outside the reach of single investors. This has led to the explosion of property trusts and syndications, which captured many small property investors who otherwise would have been unable to invest directly in those properties.   The downside to investing…