Who gets the house when you die?
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Today it’s common for couples to purchase a property before they’ve walked down the aisle or even lived together. Naturally they assume they’ll be together forever, and don’t put a lot of research into the long term consequences of how their ownership should be structured.  So to help better understand this, let’s take a look…

Fixture Fixation | Rob Balanda
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You’ve just settled the purchase of your dream home and you’re excited about moving in. Your joy is then dashed when you find that the seller hasn’t left the home with the fittings and inclusions that you inspected. The cascading water fountain that was in the foyer and constituted an impressive entry statement to the…

You can run, but you can't hide- Rob Balanda
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Small mistakes can often snowball into larger problems when it comes to property transactions. Sometimes as a property investor you can make a mistake, pay the price and then just move on.  Other times the problem hangs around to haunt you. A case in point is an investor made was to neglect to ask for…

Selling through mulitple agents
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If you list your property with more than one real estate agent, make sure you don’t become liable for more than one commission. A young client showing wisdom far beyond her years called me to seek guidance about how to protect her investments on a sale of a unit she had listed with three agents….

Legal loopholes part 1
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If you’ve ever signed a contract and then suffered from buyer’s remorse, this article could help you find a way out. In a past life when I was a young man, just before the outbreak of World War 2, I taught night classes on real estate law at the local TAFE College.  One evening I…

Dealing with town planners
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This article was first published in Australian Property Investor Magazine and is copyright and reproduced with their permission. Frustrated with the lean pickings of suitable properties in the suburbs surrounding Brisbane, an investor decided to try his luck in some of the country areas in regions past Beaudesert. He was surprised to find that owners…

Make paperwork your friend
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This article was first published in Australian Property Investor Magazine and is copyright and reproduced with their permission. How can preliminary agreements save investors time and money? Many thousands of dollars in lawyers’ time and countless hours of investors’ time are burnt everyday in the property world in failed attempts to negotiate real estate contracts….

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