Tag Archive: Agent

Pricing Propaganda From REIV

Posted on September 28, 2007 by | 2 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate Lawyer Qualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   In his weekly propaganda piece in The Age newspaper (The Age “Domain” 29 September, 2007 p.3) CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, Enzo Raimondo makes something of a Freudian slip when he says, “Agents should ask for a single price for properties sold privately.”  Like so many of his type, Enzo Raimondo seems to believe that...

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Richard Wood Solicitors – Who Needs To Know?

Posted on September 19, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerConveyancerConsumer Advocatepeter@lawyersconveyancing.com.au   I have discussed the way in which payments to estate agents can become illegal secret commissions if they are not disclosed, and how the disclosure of payments tends to work against the purpose of the payments.  In the absence of evidence to the contrary, I assume that any payments or gifts made by Richard Wood Solicitors to Barry Plant Real Estate’s estate agents, or any other...

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Richard Wood Solicitors Letter – What If The Right Way Doesn’t Pay!

Posted on September 3, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerConveyancerConsumer Advocatepeter@lawyersconveyancing.com.au   In the absence of evidence to the contrary, we must assume that Richard Wood Solicitors and Barry Plant Real Estate have done everything the law requires of them in relation to gifts offered to estate agents in return for client referrals. But does it make sense for a lawyer or conveyancer to offer gifts to estate agents if legal compliance makes the whole exercise a waste...

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Early Release of Deposit

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 4 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate Enzo Raimondo, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (R.E.I.V.) regularly provides consumers with his understanding of the law affecting the sale of real estate. Unfortunately, Enzo’s explanation of these laws is often quite limited, and his offering in the Domain section of The Age Saturday 28 April 2007, is a case in point. In his article Enzo...

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Why Queensland Estate Agents Don’t Give Discounts

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au Will the apparent upturn in Queensland housing prices mean discounted real estate commission rates? Will agents charge sellers less as homes are reportedly sold within days, if not hours, of going on the market? The answer is no – to both questions. Residential agents’ commission rates, unlike property prices, have never been affected by the so-called “market”. Agents will not offer discounts to sellers...

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