Monthly Archives: April 2010

Questions & Answers On Our Facebook Page!

Posted on April 23, 2010 by | 4 Comments
We are now using Facebook to provide answers to consumers’ questions about real estate related matters. If you have a question, comment or complaint about the real estate industry or those involved in it, the Lawyers Real Estate Facebook Page is the place to go. Where a short questions is asked, the answer will be added on the “Wall”, and where longer questions or issues are raised we may open a discussion on the “Discussions”...

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Real Estate Agents – Refusal To Divulge Visitor Details

Posted on April 21, 2010 by | 9 Comments
What do you do when your property has been listed for sale and your agent refuses, on the basis of the Privacy Act, to give you the names of prospective buyers introduced to your property? Well, you stick it right up your agent as clients of mine recently did. These folk had listed their home with a local agent who was a member of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). Their listing agreement with...

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REIV Hypocrisy – Cut Stamp Duty While Commissions Increase

Posted on April 11, 2010 by | 5 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   The hypocrisy is astounding. Enzo Raimondo told the Herald Sun newspaper “If stamp duty rates are not reduced then anyone buying an average home will pay, as a percentage of the purchase price, a higher amount of stamp duty than they ever have before.” What Enzo chooses to ignore is that real estate agent commissions have doubled, and none...

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