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Pass the Joint

Several decades ago, when the original representatives of the Law Society and the Real Estate Institute sat around discussing contractual arrangements for the sale of property, “pass the joint” meant something entirely different to an after-party at a Doors concert.

In Western Australia, the … Read more »

Selling Methods

“What’s this new Open Negotiation all about and is it as “transparent” as the agent claims?” asked a friend of mine considering a property offered for sale using this method of sale.

Conceived by some local Perth agents, this relatively new approach to … Read more »

Getting Back Your Bond

When taking on a residential tenancy, typically the owner requires the tenant to pay a security bond an amount normally equivalent to four weeks’ rent.

The bond must be paid to the government Bond Administrator, a specific government managed trust account. There are … Read more »

The Importance of Presentation

Not unlike a first date, first impressions count. Just as you would dress to impress, smell lovely and chew with your mouth closed, presenting your home for sale ought to be preened with the same level of care.
It is a good idea … Read more »

Property Taxes and Pollies

In recent state and federal elections, many of the policies of the two main opposing parties have not been that different. Not so this time around as West Australians prepare to cast their votes on 11th March.

Property related taxes have long been … Read more »

Women in Property

It would be fair to question my credentials on this topic; for obvious reasons. However, all 19 of my staff are women from a variety of backgrounds and of varying ages so I have at least some daily experiences to draw on.

Generally … Read more »

How Not to Choose Your Agent

When the time comes to sell or lease your property, would-be vendors and landlords increasingly look to the internet to help shortlist agents that might meet their needs.

Well established methods of choosing your agent such as noting the more active agents in … Read more »

Top 5 questions to ask before making an offer on a property

If you’re looking to purchase property in the near future (or even distant future) we wanted to make sure you’re making an informed decision. In this light we thought it best to ask our staff what they thought the most important questions … Read more »

Why “Now” is always a good time to buy

Should history be a useful indicator of the future, the value of the property you live in today will be worth at least double that in ten years’ time. The quintessential Freo limestone semi will go for around $1.5 million, an Arundel … Read more »

REIWA kicks off local discussion on Negative Gearing

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia has kicked off a campaign to engage with the WA community as proposed changes to negative gearing are debated. In the lead up to the Federal Election, REIWA is seeking the thoughts and opinions of … Read more »