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Wills on the spot. Your Will, done and dusted in 30 minutes!

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How long have you put off making your Will? Chances are, that monkey’s been on your back for years! Would you believe that 30 minutes is all the time you need to make a straightforward Will at Birman & Ride? Wills on the spot At Birman & Ride, making your Will is easy and convenient and usually takes only one short […]

I’ve sold my house. When do I move out?

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Congratulations! The settlement of your property  is a big achievement, and it’s time to move on!  How soon you need to vacate the property depends on the terms of your contract or, as it’s generally known, the Offer & Acceptance (O&A) and General Conditions. Read more… Under the General Conditions once settlement takes place, the new owner is entitled […]

Have you deadlocked your rental property?

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Do you have a rental property? Did you know that as of July 2015, all rental properties must comply with new minimum security requirements? A review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 recommended changes to the Act, which clarified what is considered to be ‘reasonable levels of security’ on rental properties.  The new laws provide more detail around […]

How to compare quotes. Beware of scams!

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Congratulations on buying / selling your home! You need a settlement agent. Your real estate agent can suggest someone, but you’re a savvy shopper – you want an excellent price, with service to match. Quote time! What’s in a settlement quote? Put simply, whether you’re buying or selling, your quote will be made up of: A  professional fee – the fee […]

Elder abuse and the law

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It’s difficult and uncomfortable to define “Elder abuse”. It’s a broad brush term used to define a range of physical, psychological, sexual and financial abuse or neglect directed towards older people in the community. It’s often an almost invisible form of abuse, occurring as it does in the private confines of trust relationships including family, friends, care facilities and the […]

Buying off-the-plan risk #3: what’s it really worth?

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Buying off-the-plan certainly has appeal! There is no denying that there are attractive pro’s, but in an uncertain market, can you really be sure that the property you sign up for will be worth as much at completion? Whilst a glossy brochure may state that an off-the-plan investment property is worth $500,000, it’s your bank’s opinion that really counts, […]

Buying off-the-plan risk#2: To rent or not to rent?

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So, you are about to sign a contract for an off-the-plan investment property. You’ve found the perfect rental property! Or, so you think. How well do you know the market? If your dream is to rent out a city apartment, think carefully. Across Australia, vacancy rates for inner-city apartments have risen, with Perth currently leading the pack at around 7%.  […]

Buying off-the-plan risk#1 – that’s not my home!

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Imagine a world where you could safely assume that a property bought off-the-plan would be worth more at settlement, than when you signed up for it. There’s the lure of an upfront deposit of 5-10%, while you save your pennies for a couple of years in preparation for the final payment. And then, when the big day arrives, […]

Vale the Settlements Scale? Good riddance, actually!

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The Attorney General and Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin has today announced the abolition of the Settlement Agents Act Scale following a review by the Department of Commerce. From 3 February 2016, fees charged by settlement agents will no longer be capped by the State Government. According to the Minister, competition and market forces will […]

Benefits of buying off-the-plan

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What does it mean to buy “off the plan”? Explore our previous article to find out. This article aims to summarise some of the many perceived benefits in buying off the plan. Lower purchase price Real estate property developers are often keen to sell as many properties as early as possible, and so prices are […]