How to refer to a buyer’s agent – part 1

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Are you a buyer agent, Buyer’s agent, buyers broker or even a Buyers Advocate? Then this series is here to help you better understand how to properly refer to yourself on a business card, your website, in your email signature and in other communications.

This post and the following one cover the application of grammar and style when writing about buyer’s agents. A third article will discuss inconsistency in professional titles for buyer’s agents – the industry has seen a proliferation of disparate terms to describe the work of assisting buyers in finding and transacting property and we help you to sort the wheat from the chaff. (more…)

How to refer to a buyer’s agent – part 2

Are you a buyer agent, Buyer’s agent, buyers broker or even a Buyers Advocate? Then this series is here to help you better understand how to properly refer to yourself on a business card, your website, in your email signature and in other communications.

This is the second post in a three part series. Our previous piece shed light on the confusing topic of precisely how to write buyer’s agent and pluralise the profession. Here, we cover some of the grey areas that can influence how we ultimately use these terms throughout written communications. (more…)

Hot suburbs for investment identified by API Magazine

Australian Property Investor Magazine releases its 2013 Hot 100 issue

2013 seems set to be the year of property investment, with economic indicators and housing data having shown positive signs almost across the board for the first quarter.

Hot off the press, API Magazine’s annual Hot 100 list landed in our inbox this morning and includes many valuable insights for property investors. The Hot 100 has been highly anticipated by the real estate industry due to its reputation for providing quality analysis of prime targets for investment over the past few years. (more…)

Can investment tools help me decide where to buy property?

A plethora of products exist to help investors optimise the management of your property portfolio

As with most aspects of our lives, there have been major changes to the way we buy property in recent years.

With the rapid pace of technology development over the past decade or so, investors now have access to a large number of tools that can assist in sourcing and managing real estate. (more…)

How to use buyer’s agent reviews and testimonials

Are you getting the best mileage out of happy clients’ willingness to share their buyer’s agent experience?

Lately I have been inundated with requests for reviews and testimonials of buyer’s agents. This has prompted me to reflect on the quality of content I have come across regarding the Australian market.

Having viewed the majority of buyer’s agent websites in the Australian market, I have observed a remarkable difference in both the number and quality of testimonials from site to site. (more…)

Commercial Buyers Agent

I have been approached quite often of late by visitors who are looking to be a commercial property buyer, and wanting to use the services of a commercial property buyers agent.

The reality is that most Buyers agents in metropolitan areas will have experience in both residential and commercial purchases bringing the same level of in market expertise to evaluate your potential commercial property purchase as they do for residential. Typically the service offerings are in line with that of residential e.g. full service where the buyers agent will identify, evaluate and negotiate the property purchase, or alternatively due diligence to give the buyer comfort in the purchase.

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Buyers Agents meeting the demands of the high-end property market

I have been meaning to review/summarise an article from the financial times for a while now, on the increased usage of Buyers Agents to purchase silent listings by privacy conscious vendors.

It is well known and documented that Buyers Agents have inside knowledge of markets and can obtain access to property listings, either not available to the general public or prior to them listing via normal mediums (e.g. online, newspaper, agency window etc).

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Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 (Queensland)

Body Corporate and Community Management and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 was passed on the 6 April 2011 with commencement beginning from the 14 April 2011. Changes to the disclosure regime under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Queensland) (BCCM Act) apply to contracts both issued after 14 April 2011 and to contracts already issued to proposed buyers, but not yet signed by both parties by 14 April 2011. The changes relating to lot entitlements also takes effect from the 14 April 2011, whilst changes relating to two-lot schemes will commence on a later date to be fixed by proclamation.
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Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (Queensland)

The Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (the PAMD Bill) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 24 March 2010 and passed on 17 August 2010. The bill was to come into effect from the 1 October 2010. Its purpose was primarily to make amendments (particularly within Chapter 11) to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMD Act) and the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCM Act).

Amendments to the PAMD Act are intended to clarify and simplify property transactions for real estate agents, sellers and buyers, particularly regarding the presentation and delivery of residential property contracts. Previously minor breaches in presentation or delivery of a contract, for example faxing pages out of correct order, allowed buyers to void the contract. (more…)