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Two Tales of Estate Agents’ Wilful Silence

Posted on June 4, 2010 by | 0 Comments
OPINIONby Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Agents might heed the Appeal Panel’s general warning to be “especially careful” that buyers are informed of material matters not discoverable through “undertaking usual enquiries,” and to be wary of not disclosing anything “particularly unusual” about a property. STORY ONE FROM QUEENSLAND: When Chris and Mary Carr went house‑hunting they noticed tradesmen working on one of the houses they inspected.  “The owners are still preparing the property...

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Can flood-prone Queensland homes be sold without sellers or agents volunteering the soggy truth? Yes!

Posted on May 24, 2010 by | 6 Comments
OPINIONby Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   What if sellers don’t ‘fess up if there’s no record of council inspections? They can sell regardless! What if a seller’s carport, garage or deck was built illegally? No selling worries! What if a home is termite-riddled? Don’t tell! And if sellers obtain a pre-sale building report showing heaps of problems? Don’t mention the report! This is why “buyer beware” is the first unwritten rule of real...

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