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Queensland’s Modernised Body Corporate Regulations

Friday, November 06, 2020

The Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced new body corporate Regulations set to commence on 1 March 2021. These new Regulations are designed to ‘streamline and modernise body corporate procedures, reduce body corporate costs and enhance protections for unit owners’.
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The risky business of buying ‘off-the-plan’

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

It makes sense why prospective buyers are drawn to purchasing a property ‘off-the-plan’. The possibility of having creative input into the design of your forever home, while saving money in the process, makes ‘off-the-plan’ properties particularly desirable.
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Struggling to get into your first home? Act now to receive up to $40K

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

** Video and Script** Struggling to get into your first home? Act now to receive up to $40K PLUS in government grants for first home buyers in Queensland. Your guide to getting into your first home with a leg up of $40k PLUS in grants in concessions. (Grants First Home Owners Grant Qld 2020, Home Builder Grant and stamp duty concessions)
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HomeBuilder program opens the door for more first home buyers

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The recent commencement of the Federal Government’s grant program, HomeBuilder, means more first home buyers are now in a great position to purchase a home. The tax-free program was implemented to stimulate the residential construction sector post COVID-19.
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The Importance of Body Corporate Disclosure Statements

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Full disclosure regarding body corporate information is an essential step in the sale of an existing or proposed lot of land in a community titles scheme. Despite its importance, there is a concerning disregard among some sellers and their agents in performing this duty. Failure to comply with the legal requirements surrounding disclosure statements can lead to disastrous consequences for sellers and real estate agents alike. It is therefore important that both sellers and agents have a good understanding of the requirements prior to entering into a contract of sale.
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Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Only on 24th April, four months after the virus was first publicized, the Queensland Government recently passed the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 to provide tenants affected by COVID-19 with further protections. The Regulations were introduced under the recently-passed COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020. They apply retrospectively from 29 March and will remain in effect until 31 December 2020.
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A win for the real estate industry! The proposed COVID-19 rental reforms amended

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The proposed COVID-19 rental reforms have been amended following pressure from industry stakeholders. Note: this article is accurate at time of posting however the regulations in relation to COVID19 responses change very frequently. The proposed amendments discussed in this article have not been passed into law as at the date of writing.
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Why CTS Disclosure Statements are essential

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

When it comes to selling a lot in a community title scheme, whether it be existing or proposed, disclosure statements are essential. But what happens if a disclosure statement is not provided? Can a disclosure statement be signed after the contract is executed?
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Meth-screening for landlords, property managers and buyers

Friday, November 08, 2019

When purchasing a home, pre-purchase building and pest inspections are the norm for diligent buyers. What is usually not considered is whether the property is contaminated by illicit substances. According to the drug-testing company Meth Screen, approximately 35% of Queensland properties test positive for illicit drug contamination.
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Five percent deposits are almost a reality for first home buyers

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Federal Parliament recently passed the National Housing Finance Corporation Amendment Bill 2019 (Cth). The amendment establishes the framework for the First Home Buyer’s Loan Deposit Scheme, as it permits the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (“NHFIC”) to issue guarantees.
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Drone Laws- What you should know before buying and flying drones

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

When it comes to selling a home, real estate agents are increasingly turning to aerial drone photography. The benefits range from providing buyers with a better view of the surrounding area (ex. schools, shops) to clearly presenting the size of the property. Picking up a drone has also become cheaper; they can cost as little as $400.00. However, agents should be aware that rules apply.
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Paper certificates of title are now obsolete in Queensland

Friday, October 11, 2019

The days of obtaining paper certificates of title in Queensland have come to an end. As of 1 October 2019, paper certificates will no longer be considered instruments which have legal effect under the recent amendments to the Land Titles Act 1994 (Qld).
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Agents, Their Duties And Secret Commissions

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

When we hear the word agent our first thoughts are of real estate agents. However, an agent in a legal sense actually covers an expansive range of relationships between a person or company (an agent) and another (referred to as a principal) who has undertaken to serve their best interests.
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Tips For Choosing A Conveyancer

Friday, July 26, 2019

Choosing a conveyancer is an important step when selling or purchasing property. Conveyancers play a critical role as they conduct various searches and checks, prepare legal documents, and arrange settlement.
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Abandonment of Land

Friday, July 26, 2019

Have you ever considered what happens when someone abandons a property? Imagine a scenario where someone with good legal title to a property decides to walk away and not return.
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Why should you hire a law firm to manage your conveyance?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a land’s legal title from one person to another. What is a conveyancer? What should my conveyancer be able to do? What are the benefits of hiring a law firm to help? Conveyancing firms vs law firms. How do we charge?
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Goods left on premises

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

When a tenancy comes to an end and goods (not including money or personal documents) are left on the premises, the person who was the landlord or property manager may sell the goods or dispose of them .....
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What can you do about overhanging trees? - Common Neighbour Disputes

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

One of the most common causes of disputes between neighbours are trees. What is a tree? Who is responsible for the tree? Can I access my neighbour’s property to cut and remove overhanging branches from my tree? What are my rights as a neighbour? What can you do if a tree is affecting you?
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New smoke alarm legislation

Friday, January 04, 2019

The new legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every level.
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Taxes on Foreign Property Investors

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Taxes on Foreign Property Investors: a summary for estate agents A raft of tax legislation changes in recent years by the Queensland Government has meant that foreign property investors are at a disadvantage with regards to purchasing residential land in Queensland. These measures have been criticised in the property industry for their negative impact on investment in Queensland property and, as a result, their effect on Queensland’s economy.
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Queensland’s New Combustible Cladding Requirements

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 came into effect in Queensland on October 1 2018 with the aim of identifying and rectifying buildings with combustible cladding. The legislation was drafted in response to the Grenfell Tower fire in London last year
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