Due Diligence

Little hope governments will foot cladding bill

Posted on March 6, 2019 by | 0 Comments
The failure by governments to warn industry about the risks of combustible cladding, even though they knew the widely-used material was combustible would do little to make them pay for cladding rectification, the country’s peak industry body for strata managers said on Tuesday. Revelations this week that state and territory building regulators discussed concerns about aluminium composite panels raised by fire authorities and did not pass on any indication to their industries that the materials...

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Apartment tower residents awarded millions in damages after cladding fire

Posted on March 5, 2019 by | 0 Comments
Apartment owners at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s Docklands have been awarded millions of dollars in damages following a fire in 2014 that was fuelled by combustible cladding. The fire, ignited by a cigarette left on a balcony, led to Lacrosse’s owners seeking millions in damages during a month-long Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal case against the tower’s builder, LU Simon, which ended in October. While nobody died in the blaze, the tower fire sent...

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Five signs your investment property is being used as a drug lab

Posted on April 4, 2017 by | 0 Comments
HUNDREDS of investment properties across Queensland could be meth time bombs with experts warning clean up costs could run into the thousands. Australia’s meth use has tripled in the past five years, and according to one industry testing group that means the number of clandestine drug labs would also be on the rise. Bryan Goodall, the national sales manager for Octief, environmental and occupational hygienists, which test properties for chemical residue from methamphetamines, said it...

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Verification of Identity – Why It Matters

Posted on August 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments
A woman whose house and identity was stolen by overseas scammers has been forced to sue the government to retrieve her money. International fraudsters, who are still at large, pocketed $430,000 when they sold the four-bedroom Canberra house in 2014 in a sophisticated scam spanning several months and countries, including South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. Fresh details of the crime were aired in the ACT Supreme Court last week, as court documents reveal the thieves...

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Some Conclusions and Recommendations to Address the Market Price Manipulation Strategies Which Affect Real Estate Negotiations

Posted on November 17, 2013 by | 7 Comments
Author: George Rousos of Industry Training Consultants Some of the activities and practices of the real estate industry, that might be questioned in ethical terms are about the potential to distort pricing information in a market in which it is already very difficult to obtain relevant and dependable information. The pricing information is distorted because some of the conditions associated with the definition of market value have been manipulated, particularly the concept of the arm’s length transaction...

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Choose your building and pest inspector carefully

Posted on November 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment
All too often property investors are lead by the nose by the friendly real estate agent who recommends them to an inspector who, in the expectation of receiving further referrals from that agent, will look for a soft option or solution to any problem that arises. That inspector will not stand up on your behalf without fear or favour because of the risk of loosing future business from the agent. The last example I came across was...

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The dos and don’ts for buying off the plan

Posted on November 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments
For those on the hunt for a property, buying off the plan can be a great move for some security in your investment. It has advantages such as locking in a price to safeguard against rising values, as well as a number of tax advantages. Off-the-plan properties may just be the solution for investors who need to organise their finances or first homebuyers who currently do not have enough capacity to purchase. However, there’s still...

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Buying Real Estate – Property investors are only human

Posted on October 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Interesting new research about the emotional drivers behind property purchases cements the undeniable reality that investors are just like everyone else – sometimes susceptible to thoughts that go against their better judgment. “I reckon another $10,000 will get this bad boy across the line,” the agent smiled, smoothing down his slick suit and nudging his Montblanc pen closer towards me. “Just write the new offer amount there and initial it, and I reckon it’ll be...

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Property advice regulation and legislation is not enough to protect consumers

Posted on October 24, 2013 by | 1 Comment
If the past 10-15 years in real estate has taught us anything, it’s that no amount of regulation and legislation can protect consumers from bad advice or crooks hell-bent on ripping them off. The 1990s was the era of the get-rich-quick seminar, when tens of thousands of Australians were duped by two-tier marketeers, seminar gurus and others into paying inflated prices for badly-located real estate or grossly over-priced “mentoring” services. Eventually, the level of consumer...

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Dangers lurk in the home for the untrained do-it-yourself renovators

Posted on October 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments
MORE and more television shows are advertising how to renovate or extend your home. I cringe when I see these types of programs that encourage home owners to undertake projects that are often too complex, dangerous and difficult for owner-builders to tackle. On the flip side, there are some home owners who have completed training and research that equips them with enough skills to complete standard projects. The programs that show how to totally gut...

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