Archive for August, 2020

COVID-19 Tenants – What Emergency?

The Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 (let’s call it the COVID-19 Act) has been with us since the pandemic threat initially emerged in April. It was rolled out rapidly in response to the anticipated health and economic damage the pandemic would cause to renters of residential properties in WA.Like most rushed legislation, the laws ended up being far from perfect and threw a blanket over all tenancies … Read the full post »

Buying in Competition

As market conditions improve, buyers will often find themselves making an offer to purchase in competition with others.

Agents have differing approaches as to how to deal with multiple offers but normally will inform buyers that their offer is one amongst others. When a property is offered for sale by private treaty, details of competing buyers’ offers are not normally revealed so as a buyer … Read the full post »

FWC at it Again

Last week, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a ruling banning the employment of sales representatives on a commission-only basis until November. Related to COVID-19 interruption to normal market conditions, the FWC figured employees who’d met the minimum requirement to move to commission-only shouldn’t be given that choice.

This is off the back of major changes affecting employment in the real estate industry. From … Read the full post »

Homeless not Hopeless

This week is dedicated to those 9000 or so Western Australians who didn’t have a place to call home last night.

You see evidence of homelessness everywhere every day. Many of us turn away from it, not wanting to see it, fearful of the dishevelled, the drug addicted, the anti-social behaviours, the messiness of it.

Such is the confronting nature of homelessness … Read the full post »

Beware the Parasite

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

Well established methods of choosing your agent such as re-employing an agent previously used, adverts in the Herald, recommendations from friends and relatives or visiting Home Opens to meet agents are other effective methods of finding your … Read the full post »