Monthly Archives: May 2007

Estate Agent On Lie Detector!

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by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate Have you ever wondered how an estate agent would fare under a polygraph (lie detector) test? The guys at Zeroagents.com.au managed to connect the electrodes to an estate agent, and have him answer a series of questions. They also managed to video the session, recording the questions and the estate agent’s responses. While we doubt that the material obtained...

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Guide To Relieve Real Estate "Stress & Heartache"

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&by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au Think you might, sooner or later, want to buy or sell some Sunshine State property? Some plain-English guidance on pitfalls to be avoided and how to make informed real estate decisions may now be available – whether you are a Queenslander or not. The Queensland government has produced Real Estate Realities, a 74-page guide aimed at saving real estate consumers “money, stress and heartache.”...

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Self-Defence For Estate Agents

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by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate Estate agents are now being advised to take a course in “Dealing With Client Aggression & Violence“. A flyer distributed to estate agents through the REIV says, “Have you ever felt threatened when conducting a property inspection? Do you know what to do if you are verbally or physically threatened by a client or tenant? Are you confident that...

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Estate Agents – Unqualified Hucksters?

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au Queensland’s estate agents (and their counterparts across the nation) rarely want clients or customers, vendors or purchasers, buyers or sellers to see independent solicitors and to be legally advised before contracts are signed. For obvious reasons. Solicitors who aren’t in cahoots with agent mates tend to be seen as “deal-killers”. The recent real estate and conveyancing reforms in the Australian Capital Territory include this...

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Cunning Commission Clause

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au Buyers default, seller still “liable” to agent.A young home-seller had to change solicitors when a problem arose on his sale. Apart from the same solicitor having acted for both parties, the issue was simple: the buyers could not settle on time. They would be delayed because their bank was refinancing another property as part of its financing of this one. Although finance was approved and...

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How Cool Is "Cooling Off" In Real Estate Contracts?

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by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au When is a contract not a contract? Answer: When the law lets a buyer cool-off and cancel the contract.Time was, when cooling-off periods applied only to door-to-door sales contracts. Nowadays in most parts of Australia – Queensland included – residential property buyers may validly terminate “signed-sealed-and-delivered” contracts during the cooling-off periods allowed by real estate laws. Governments and their Fair Trading offices say this...

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