Tag Archive: open house

Open slather: what really goes on at inspections

Posted on November 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments
For all the neatly angled flags, shining A-frame notices and freshly-stocked clipboards, the urban warfare of the Sydney open-house inspection has a slyly winking underbelly. Throwing the doors of our most valuable properties open to Joe Public has a way of bringing about the baddest of bad behaviour, from neighbourly sabotage to staged lunacy. Add to that the litany of minor accident booby-traps, alarm debacles and fiendish take-no-prisoners buying strategy, and the Saturday morning house-viewing...

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Open For Inspection – Open For Theft!

Posted on November 9, 2008 by | 19 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd Some time ago I wrote a posting about thefts during property inspections, and noted that some estate agents were including clauses in their sale agreements with vendors that indemnify the estate agent against theft or damage during a property inspection. I also suggested that it is time to “take estate agents and thieves out of vendors’ homes“. My last posting...

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Open For Inspection? Open For Exploitation!

Posted on November 4, 2008 by | 49 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd  A vendor should always be present during house inspections. Whenever an estate agent shows a prospective purchaser through the property, and particularly when the property is “open for inspection”, the vendor should always be on hand to protect not only personal property, but also personal privacy. This was made quite clear recently when two estate agents, both accredited as Buyers...

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Ian Reid Takes Aim At Fellow Estate Agents

Posted on January 18, 2008 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate Lawyer Qualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   High-profile Melbourne real estate agent Ian Reid has copped some heavy criticism in the past over his Gazumping Clause and his Finance Clause.  However, it seems that Ian Reid can be a straight-shooter when it comes to exposing his fellow estate agents. Ian Reid of Ian Reid Vendor Advocacy has become well-known to Melbournians through his radio and...

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