Monthly Archives: November 2007

Estate Agents Revolt Against Toothless Tiger

Posted on November 29, 2007 by | 1 Comment
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate Lawyer Qualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   It’s not often that I have to agree with the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), but they have a point when they question the competence and resolve of Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV). In an article titled “Real estate agents revolt over underquoting” (The Age 22 November, 2007) Ben Schneiders observes: “Victoria’s real estate industry has moved to...

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Why Pay Agents To Sell To Your Neighbours?

Posted on November 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
 by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Chief Justice of Queensland Paul de Jersey has warned my State’s lawyers, when they write letters of demand on behalf of clients, to be careful before resorting to any “even arguably threatening conduct”.New text here. More about  “Get It Right, Or It May Come Back And Bite!”… Lawyers Conveyancing is proud to sponsor the REIC

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One Agent Blows The Whistle On Another

Posted on November 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
 by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Chief Justice of Queensland Paul de Jersey has warned my State’s lawyers, when they write letters of demand on behalf of clients, to be careful before resorting to any “even arguably threatening conduct”.New text here. More about  “Get It Right, Or It May Come Back And Bite!”… Lawyers Conveyancing is proud to sponsor the REIC

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Deep North Lawyers In Deep Poo

Posted on November 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
 by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Ad vocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Chief Justice of Queensland Paul de Jersey has warned my State’s lawyers, when they write letters of demand on behalf of clients, to be careful before resorting to any “even arguably threatening conduct”.New text here. More about  “Get It Right, Or It May Come Back And Bite!”… Lawyers Conveyancing is proud to sponsor the REIC

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Who Will Pay The (Legal) Ferrymen?

Posted on November 28, 2007 by | 1 Comment
 by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Below are comments I have received independently from a couple of legal colleagues. They are clearly quite concerned about the ‘costs consequences’ of conveyancing solicitors’, rather than real estate agents’, preparing sales contracts. The first comment (slightly edited) comes from a North Queensland practitioner. The second (also edited a tad) is from a Brisbane suburban solicitor. COALFACE CONCERNS “I enjoy your Real Estate Blog, and particularly the...

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Great Rate, With A Terrible Headache

Posted on November 28, 2007 by | 1 Comment
by Shannyn HunterConveyancer shannyn@lawyersconveyancing.com.au Lawyers Conveyancing  Imagine my client’s glee when he received pre-approval for a loan to buy his first home.  The broker had found him a low rate – he hadn’t been able to borrow enough from the major lenders – and had promised the world. Fast forward three months, and he’d missed several days of work to satisfy the banks requirements, and was at risk of losing the property twice due to the...

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On the Shop Again…For Another Property Agent!

Posted on November 20, 2007 by | 1 Comment
 By Emma NejadASTORB Pty Ltdadmin@astorb.com.au Being on the front line working for ASTORB I’ve literally heard thousands of sad stories from our clients in relation to poor property management. I’ve battled constantly in my mind how investors could put up with such bad practices from property agents and real estate agencies who they pay to look after their affairs for them. I realize being in another state so far from their investment is difficult and...

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A Reward For Your Good Word

Posted on November 15, 2007 by | 1 Comment
 by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   The letter below recently came to me in the mail from a nearby estate agency. This agency happens to be part of a national real estate franchise which proudly boasts “offices throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific”. Needless to say, I am certainly not a client (“valued” or otherwise), nor any sort of friend of this agency. Just like many unsolicited offers, which constantly bombard us all,...

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Ho-Hum Bodies Corporate Up For An Overhaul

Posted on November 5, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Shannyn HunterConveyancer shannyn@lawyersconveyancing.com.au Lawyers Conveyancing   The mundane life of large body corporates will be shaken up at the start of next year when the Owners Corporations Act 2006 takes effect. As reported by Wendy Mason in the Herald Sun they will be called Owners Corporations (OCs).  The idea is to move away from the ad hoc approach to building maintenance, and prevent lot owners being slugged with considerable levies when maintenance work is needed. Mason’s...

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