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24/1/2019
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Foreign Buyer DutyNavigating the expectations of buyers in understanding their requirement to remit foreign buyer duty is inevitable. The declaration must be made by the buyer and it is strongly advised that you do not assist buyers in making any determination on their behalf where there is any doubt.  Foreign individuals are classified as an individual who is not an Australian citizen, or does not hold a permanent or special category visa. In other words, if you are either (i) Australian citizen;...

Foreign Buyers Duty Form required by all Buyers

18/1/2019
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On 1 January 2019, foreign transfer duty and foreign landholder duty came into effect by amending the Duties Act 2008. The additional 7% duty applies to acquisitions of residential property where the buyer or transferee are foreign persons, including foreign companies and trusts.What does this mean to you? Every buyer or transferee that acquires or purchases land in Western Australia is now required to complete and lodge a Foreign Transfer Duty Declaration Form within two months of executing the dutiable transaction.If you represent a...

Finance Formally Approved, or Contract now unconditional – what is next?

27/12/2018
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We usually send our clients ALL the required ‘wet-ink’ paperwork with our initial postal package. Sometimes we need to allow for the other party to complete certain forms first, so thanks for your patience and understanding if you receive more than one form requiring ‘wet-ink’ execution. Buyers;That Loan Amount on the Unconditional/Formal approval is usually NOT the exact amount your lender will make Available as Funds (aka funds your lender will bring) for Settlement.The Lender will usually take their fees...

More Paper Forms for Buyers to complete post 1/1/19

19/12/2018
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Foreign Buyers DutyFor transactions executed on or after 1 January 2019, an additional 7% duty will be chargeable on the dutiable value of certain acquisitions of residential property by foreign buyers.Each person acquiring land in Western Australia must complete a foreign buyers declaration form HERE declaring whether they are a foreign person.The Online Duties system will be modified to allow self-assessment of most dutiable transactions that are chargeable with foreign buyers duty.Residential property For the purposes of the foreign buyers duty, residential property...

Who’s responsible: The insurance pitfall at Airbnbs

22/11/2018
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21 November 2018 Sharon Fox-SlaterWhile the Airbnb juggernaut seems to show no signs of slowing, hosts are risking their finances by failing to ensure they have legal liability insurance. The tragic death of a 4-year-old boy and the injury of a 7-year-old girl, who were playing on a homemade swing when it toppled down a slope at a property being rented via Airbnb on the Sunshine Coast in September, raised a question about legal liability at Airbnbs. The incidents shone a...