Articles by Rob Balanda

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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The average investor generally has no idea of the serious consequences that flow from being a Director of a company. Firstly there is the prospect of being personally liable for the company’s bills where you allow the company to trade while insolvent (ie. where there aren’t reasonable grounds to believe it can pay its debts…

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When you order a Building & Pest Inspection remember that the inspector’s job is to find the flaws in the property – that is, what is wrong, and not what is right. Always bear this in mind and the fact therefore that if there are problems, they will nearly always read more negative than positive….

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I had a serious discussion with a seasoned Real Estate Veteran about auctions recently when I put it to him that the whole concept of a Seller at an auction having the right to bid is a crazy one really. I mean, why would a Seller want to bid for the purchase of their own…

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Family Trusts have been around for centuries. They really hit their straps some 35 years ago when John Howard as Federal Treasurer under Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, stated that the Government of the day accepted them as a legitimate means and “vehicle” for the carrying on of a business or investment purposes.  There had been…

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With a trend towards private building certification and self-assessed development applications, I’m seeing a growing number of investors and developers cutting corners in the development process, based on the principle of ‘non-detection’. That’s because there’s now no council inspector involved in the process and it’s all handled by your professional, so there isn’t much chance…

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Swapping homes, particularly when upgrading, will test your skills as a negotiator and an investor. How well you do can make a major difference to your wealth.  Urban myth has it that you must sell first, then buy. The mainstay behind this is the rationale that you can do a better deal with cash in…

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Did you know that the variety of clauses that Investors use is almost limitless? As a solicitor I regularly get surprised by the variety and creativity of clauses that I am called upon to draft from investors which can, at times, add a bit of colour to your professional life. One vivid example I recall…

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