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Withholding GST check list for preparing contracts

  1. Is the Contract for the sale of a...

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Why a Purchaser Should Insure the Property BEFORE Settlement

It is important as a buyer to know when the seller will no longer be liable for any damage to...

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Purchasing a Townhouse or Unit?

It is certainly a good idea to engage a law/conveyancing firm when purchasing a townhouse or unit, as the surrounding...

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Tricky Terms Translated

It can be difficult to understand some of the complex terminology within Residential House and Land Contracts. This...

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“Subject to Building & Pest”

A standard contract in Queensland (e.g. REIQ or ADL) is often subject to a building and pest condition.

Inspection

It is the...

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Locally written book is one-stop-shop for property conveyancing

Two Mackay solicitors have made life a whole lot easier for Queensland’s real estate agents after authoring a comprehensive reference...

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Title Insurance – Is it Worth It?

What is title insurance?

Title insurance is a specialised insurance policy providing protection to buyers against unknown risks or defects...

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What does the Court consider in parenting matters involving risk to a child?

There are many parents who have had a significant drug history but that has not precluded them from eventually being...

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​Am I eligible for a Transfer Duty Concession?

WHAT IS TRANSFER DUTY?

Transfer duty (previously called ‘Stamp Duty’) is essentially a one-off tax payable on...

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The Conveyancing Process in a Nutshell

This article will give a broad overview of each stage in the conveyancing process and what you can...

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GST Withholding Tax and Real Estate Contracts

The government in its wisdom has set a scheme where buyers will deduct GST from the Sale proceeds and pay...

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Dividing Property and Finances After Separation

How can we sort out how to divide our assets and debts?

Some ways that property can be divided include:

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What is the difference between a parenting plan and an order of the Court?

A parenting plan is a written agreement with the other parent. It sets rules for things such as how much...

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Welcome to our new look website!

We are delighted to share our new website with you.

As well as having a fresh, modern...

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Home and First Home Concession

A recent court case changed the stamp duty concessions for owner occupiers. You may be aware that if you are...

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Misleading Advertising

Real Estate Agents often wonder why they are sued and not the seller of a property when a representation about...

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Owner Builder Permits

It is not usual for there to be a notation on a title search stating owner builder with a year...

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Is it possible for a unit complex to not have a body corporate?

Before we answer this question it is useful to know the different types of unit complexes.

We use the following...

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Advertising Properties for Sale

Some recent situations we have advised on have once again highlighted the dangerous situation agents place themselves in when making...

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Should we have the Seller fix defects or do a price reduction?

Everyone wants to move into a house which doesn’t require you to do any work. It is annoying to have...

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When can I put a sold sticker on my sign?

There are no rules relating to when you can put a sold sticker on a sign except the general rules...

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New FIRB Rules

New rules came into force on 1 December 2015. Fortunately for residential property there aren’t many changes. The big change...

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Rent to Buy

When properties are hard to sell people often consider doing rent to buy. As the name suggests you rent a...

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Contracts By Email

A recent case has highlighted the potential problems when discussing offers by email. In the Supreme Court case of Stellard...

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Gas Compliance Certificates

A gas compliance certificate is required when you install a device which uses gas for: ...

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Calculating New Dates

Calculating due dates can be confusing, especially when contracts are signed on the weekend or a due date falls on...

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Body Corporate Disclosure Statements, who should sign them?

It is not unusual for an agent to negotiate a sale of a property in a body corporate scheme, to...

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Property Occupations Act 2014 - Part Three

The biggest change for agents with the new legislation is the new listing agreements. The old form 20, form 21,...

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Property Occupations Act 2014 - Part Two

Licensing

There have been a number of changes to the licensing of agents. They have gone from 9 different licenses to...

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Property Occupations Act 2014 - Part One

This act which replaces the part of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act, dealing with Residential Property, comes into...

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Five myths about the Privacy Act

  1. The Privacy Act applies to everybody. The Privacy Act doesnt apply to everyone. It may apply...

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Swimming Pool Refresher

It is now over 3 years since the swimming pool legislation was updated. I have listed a number of issues...

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Review of the QLD Property Laws

The QLD Attorney General on 15 August 2013 announced that they will be proceeding with a review of the Property...

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Fed up with small deposits

There has been an increasing trend towards smaller and smaller deposits. It is not unusual for deposits to be as...

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Building Warranties for Unit Complexes over Three Stories

As you may be aware there is no statutory builders warranty for structural defects for unit complexes over three stories...

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Incorrect Suburbs

The office of fair Trading has issued a warning that they are cracking down on agents that advertise a property...

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Gazumping

Gazumping is defined as the situation where a seller, despite having a verbal agreement with one buyer, concludes a contract...

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Government to remove cap on commissions

The Queensland government announced on 15 June 2011 that they plan to deregulate real estate commissions in Queensland. No date...

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Changes to the Body Corporate Act

The Body Corporate and Community Titles Act changed on 15 April, 2011.

When providing a disclosure statement to a buyer who...

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Can I still cold call? The Impact of the Australian Consumer Law...

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) is designed to be an Australian-wide consumer protection and fair trading scheme. From 1 January,...

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Changes to Foreign Investment Review Board Approvals

On 1 May 2010, the government changed rules relating to temporary foreign citizens.

Previously foreign citizens who...

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