Monthly Archives: July 2008

David Sowersby – Serial Switcher of Contracts

Posted on July 31, 2008 by | 0 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   David Sowersby is the Director of Walshe & Whitelock Real Estate, Brunswick and an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of Australia. David Sowersby is also a “contract switcher”. Some years ago I pounced on Sowersby for “switching” contracts, and thought he had changed his ways. Unfortunately, it seems that when you’ve been in the industry as long as...

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Transparency? More Like A Two-Way Mirror!

Posted on July 23, 2008 by | 2 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   Estate agents have a marvelous talent for redefining words so that their everyday meaning is distorted to the point that they become oxymorons. The use of the word “transparent” by Real Estate Institute of Victoria CEO Enzo Raimondo suggests that the transparent “window” offered to consumers is really a two-way mirror. We have previous demonstrated the way in which...

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The Tough Truth

Posted on July 1, 2008 by | 6 Comments
by Neil Jenman Consumer Advocate Right now, in a lot of areas of Australia, there are a lot of unhappy property sellers. They can’t sell. In some areas, some properties have been on the market for six months, even longer. To sellers, an on-going unsold property can be mental agony. It’s like torture. They all have a breaking point, the day when they say, “Enough, I can’t take it anymore, just sell it.” Ironically, once...

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