Categories for Warning

Looking to Buy a house- consider pre-contract Building Inspection before sign on the line

23/3/2023
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Under the current normal Buying a property process in WA, a buyer will sign a contract -also known as an Offer and Acceptance (O&A) to buy a House, Land, or Strata lot, and they may include as a condition their desire for a Building Inspection or Survey done, usually at their own cost, after it goes unconditional. The standard REIWA annexure if included in the negotiation of the O&A allows for a Pre-purchase Building Inspection. However, it is usually limited...

Open Letter to Listing Agents- Tips for a Smooth Sailing contract.

16/3/2023
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WITHOUT PREJUIDICE;To whom it may concern ON THE PATH TO EXCELLENCE; This is an open letter to EVERY SINGLE LISTING REAL ESTATE AGENT to PLEASE just get a Building &/Timber Inspections completed at the time of listing a property, so then a Buyer can be provided said reports BEFORE putting in an offer so they are fully aware of what they are buying and then ZERO contracts would be conditional upon having those weird Inspectors from other states where the...

Cyber thieves are clever. They target lawyers because we direct transfers of money and they want to steal it.

25/5/2018
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DON’T FALL FOR IT!Be suspicious of email instructions.Cyber fraudsters will get in any way they can. Make sure it’s not through you.Five steps to protect yourself.Identify – Don’t accept email requests on face value. The email asking you to re-direct money might look genuine, but it could have been sent by a hacker.Verify – Call the sender personally to check authenticity. Use a number you know, not one suggested in the email. Ask for the account number, write it down, then compare...

Dial & verify, before you Transfer funds!

23/11/2017
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Another successful middle-man-scam in WA- this time on payment of Contract Deposit to Real Estate office…Would suggest clients ‘Call to verify (only on the known public listed office number -not the one presented in the email-could be altered) before they transfer funds’…“Another Settlement Agent Posted 1 hrAnother successful hacking! 🙁  My client received an email from the Real Estate Agent to transfer the deposit pursuant to the Contract of Sale. Shortly thereafter he received a follow-up email changing the account name and...

Foreign Investment change

9/6/2017
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New Charge for Foreign Owners for Empty Properties Foreign persons who apply for approval to purchase residential property after 9 May 2017 will face a new annual vacancy charge to be imposed if the property is not occupied for at least six months per year.The charge will be levied annually and will be equivalent to the purchase application fee imposed at the time the property was acquired by the foreign investor.Details of the new charge can be viewed HERE FIRB approval for sale of...