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Landlords lose thousands in tax savings in new bill

28/11/2017
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Landlords lose thousands in tax savings in new bill  Melissa Browne I love a good game of diversion. It’s always interesting to look at the bills passed on days where there are other big announcements happening or on a Friday afternoon when we’re deep in our second wine after a big week.It’s no surprise therefore, that a bill slipped through unobtrusively on November 15 when the nation was focussed on the result of the same-sex marriage survey. However, many Australians...

Phishing or Hoax email scams?

26/9/2017
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Phishing is an attempt to scam or deceive you into disclosing personal and financial information in an email or online. A hoax email may look like it was sent from a reputable organisation, and may ask you to disclose personal information via return email or by clicking a link. These emails often look genuine, copying a company’s branding and email layout, and using an address that’s very similar to the real company’s URL.Hoax emails may: Be unaddressed, or addressed generically...

Suspect a water leak, How to detect it & what to do…

11/8/2017
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Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly. Regularly checking taps, pipes and fittings around your property could save precious water and precious money! How can I detect a leak?To conduct a leak detection test yourself, follow these simple steps:Step 1: Ensure no water is being used in your house (turn off all water appliances, such as washing machines and evaporative air conditioners).Step 2: Read the black and red numbers on your meter. Record the black numbers from left to right. The black...

What do I do: Issues discovered at final inspection?

23/5/2017
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Immanent Settlement; Have you discovered an issue, like damage or some defect that IS covered under your contract at the final inspection?After recommending Legal Advice (since we are not lawyers). Often the quickest & cleanest way forward with a pending settlement is to arrange a “Payment in lieu” variation. Something along the lines of; “Seller:Buyer:Property address:Contract dated:______________________________________________________ The Seller and Buyer AGREE to vary the Contract as follows:- The Buyer accepts the listed item(s) {list or see attached} as discovered...

How to get ready for Autumn-Winter sale. Six Tips for Home improvement

3/2/2017
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With autumn here, now is the perfect time to make improvements around your home, and get your property in tiptop shape for winter. Here are some ideas for the to-do list. Repair Roof problemsSmall roof leaks will make it harder to keep your house warm in winter. Inspect your roof for damage (or have a professional do it) and fix any holes or gaps.Get your gutters in orderAutumn’s falling leaves look picturesque but can cause a problem for gutters and...

News from First Title: Claims Chronicles – May 2016

20/5/2016
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What happened? Our client purchased an original 1950s style home in SA with the intent of demolishing it and building their dream home. The client exchanged contracts and began to prepare plans for their new home. Shortly after settlement, the client submitted plans to the Council to construct their dream home. The plans were rejected by Council on the basis of a proposed heritage listing, which was applied just prior to settlement. The client was in shock and immediately contacted...