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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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…

9 Questions you should ask before entering a property joint venture
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9 Questions you should ask before entering a property joint venture

Ever considered getting involved in a property joint venture? More potential investors seem to be interested in this at this stage of the property cycle. So let’s explore some of the issues potential joint venturers frequently encounter when they give their time, money or expertise to a property deal that involves other investors. Here are…

Have you considered gifting a property to your children?
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Have you considered gifting a property to your children?

  In your quieter reflective moments, the thought may cross your mind about buying or giving property now to your children, or even skipping a generation and buying property now directly in the name of your grandchildren.  If this is you, lay down immediately until the feeling passes. Seriously though, isn’t it better to give…

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…

Is the sale of your home really tax free?
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Is the sale of your home really tax free?

Many people believe the sale of their main residence will be tax free but that isn’t always the case.   A common question a property solicitor is asked is, “If I have more than one property, what sort of things does the Commissioner for Taxation look at in deciding which one is my main residence, and…

The ins and outs of Joint Ventures in property investing
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The ins and outs of Joint Ventures in property investing

If you think investing in property is beyond your reach, then it might be time to think about joint ventures. Picture yourself in this scenario… you’re now in your 50s, your kids are all grown up and left home.  You see them battling out there in the jungle and you wonder how they’re going to…

16 Tactics property buyers need to keep in mind when making an offer
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16 Tactics property buyers need to keep in mind when making an offer

When you make your offer on a  property there are a few things to keep in mind to give you the upper hand in the negotiation Here are 16 tactics that should help you. 1. Substantiate Your Offer Provide an explanation for your offer. For example, your first offer might be based on the lowest…

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….