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Episode 174 | Stop! Don’t sign the contract until you’ve listened to THIS! – Chat about Strata, Body Corporates & Legal Stuff with Tim Graham

Folks, it’s a SERIOUS episode today… jam-packed with nothing but serious GOLD!! (Please no contract-signing until you’ve swallowed this stuff first.)

Why? Today we’ve got Tim Graham, Partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, to discuss all things Real Estate Law … especially Strata!!

Strata? What do we mean? Think Off the Plan. Subdivision. Owner Corporate (Body Corporate). Townhouse. Apartment. Unit.

 

Yep. Tim practices exclusively in the areas of strata and subdivision law, Owners Corporation and dispute resolution with almost 20 years of experience! He’s the President of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers (ACCAL), a Fellow of the College, named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Real Property Law and has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Property and Real Estate Lawyer. He is also a Council Member of Strata Communities Australia. It’s enough to make your jaw drop, especially when you think about his know-how when it comes to domestic and commercial construction law, contractual advice and building defects claims, insurance reviews, repair & maintenance and Water Act cases in the VCAT and the Courts (and then some)!

Basically, Tim’s a heavy hitter who absolutely knows his stuff (Which’s exactly what you want from someone dealing with the “the fourth form of government”).

Quick heads up, folks: You might need to put this one back to 1 speed because there is some GOLDEN but TECHNICAL tips flying around. At the end of the day though, it’s crucial you know this stuff (why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars only to throw more money at a legal dispute?!)

 

Sensible disclaimer: Folks, the gold you’re about to hear is general advice only. So, please DON’T do anything rash, make sure you seek professional advice before making any legal or property investment decision!

 

Your dot point debrief….

 

We’ve also threw in a few Case Studies for Tim to comment on as well:

  • What can you do if someone’s having loud parties on your block?
  • Who’s responsible for cleaning the outside windows?
  • Can you erect a pergola in the backyard of my townhouse?
  • The visitor carpark is always empty, can I use it?
  • What if the complex has a pool and you don’t use it … do you still have to pay?

 

Pheww! What an episode, huh??

And a quick shout out to our previous guest, Nicole Faid, for sending the legendary Tim our way! (You can suss out her episode after: How to Avoid the 7 Costly Mistakes when Buying a Property – Chat with Nicole Faid)

 

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Episode 166 | How to Avoid the 7 Common and Costly Settlement Mistakes when Buying a Property – Chat with Nicole Faid

Back by popular demand! We heard from today’s guest back on Episode 107, and joining us again is none other than Nicole Faid, Principal and Founder of Accord Conveyancing, who has handed out accurate legal advice for over 25 years of industry experience! Just a heads up — we covered her awesome back story in that episode, so if you want to hear it (and it’s well worth the listen), go back and check it out!

So — Conveyancing — let’s take the mystery out of it, folks! Because a lot of people out there don’t know what happens once the documents have been handed over to a Conveyancer, especially one like Nicole!

And we jump straight into it, folks! So get pumped for the 7 common & COSTLY mistakes you really DON’T want to make…

(If this episode doesn’t cement the fact that it’s crucial to get a contract review BEFORE you sign, very little will!)

 

So, let’s hear it. What exactly are you in for?

  • In a nutshell, what does a conveyancer do?
  • What is the most important document that underpins a contract?
  • How many people don’t get the amount of land they thought they would when purchasing a property?
  • What happens if the discrepancy of this land is less than 5%?
  • What REAL LIFE EXAMPLE happened in Brunswick? (And how much did this mistake cost the buyer?!)
  • Why shouldn’t you rely on your own interpretation of “wear and tear”?
  • Are “back to back settlements” a bad idea?
  • What happens with the conveyancing rules if you’re a borderless investor?
  • What is a “caveat”?
  • If you’re purchasing through a SMSF, what title requirements do you need to be aware of?
  • What can happen in the settlement period that will seriously shock you?
  • Why is it important to distinguish between major and minor issues with the settlement process?
  • When should you conduct a Building and Pest Inspection?
  • How does the art of negotiation fit into all this?
  • What is the best risk management?
  • What do you need to keep in mind with the final inspection?
  • What is the legal requirement about having a granny flat?!

… Yep, it’s a hairy and very serious episode folks, because the mistakes we talk about in this episode can be VERY EXPENSIVE!!

 

TODAY’S TEASER:

P.S Missed yesterday’s Facebook Live?

We answered a couple of questions on your lunchbreak (in 15 minutes)!

WATCH it here.

 

Episode 107 (Part 2) | Contract Reviews, Off The Plan and SMSF Purchases and more – Chat with Nicole Faid, Principal of Accord Conveyancing

We hope you enjoyed the first part of this two-part special guest week episode! In the second instalment of this episode with Nicole Faid; Bryce, Ben and Nicole all go into more detail concerning conveyancing, whilst focusing on some of the following areas:

  • Off the plan contracts: What to expect and be aware of
  • Possibility of getting your deposit back if you decide to pull out of the deal
  • Anecdotes with regards to purchasers and a vendors’ deal
  • Why is it important to get contract reviews and is it too late if the contract has already been signed?
  • A purchaser’s rights when buying a property and what the condition of the property should be like after the deal has been made
  • What is considered as an acceptable amount of compensation if there are faults to be repaired on the property?
  • The difference between joint tenants and tenants in common
  • What is spousal transfer and how it works?

 

And of course, there is so much more they talk about and in a lot more detail. With a lot more laughs, jokes and information for you all; make sure you don’t miss the second part of episode 107 and don’t forget to stay tuned for Bryce’s Life Hack and Ben’s “Did you Know…” segment.

 

If you like this podcast: “Contract Reviews, Off The Plan and SMSF Purchases and more – Chat with Nicole Faid, Principal of Accord Conveyancing”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

Episode 107 (Part 1) | What Is Conveyancing and How Does It Help With The Settlement Process? – Chat with Nicole Faid, Principal of Accord Conveyancing

Due to there being an excess of absolute gold in yet another special guest week episode, we’ve had to split this week’s episode into two! Today joining Bryce and Ben for this hour long episode is Nicole Faid, principal and founder of Accord Conveyancing.  With over 25 years of industry experience, and managing around 15,000 conveyancing transactions during her career so far, the insights and opinion she provides are not to be missed out on.

In this part, Bryce, Ben and Nicole discuss some of the following areas:

  • Her story and how she got into Conveyancing
  • What Conveyancing actually means and what the process is
  • How is the settlement process like and what are the paperwork and due diligence involved
  • What are the common road blocks a conveyancer or solicitor faced at settlement
  • Will there be a unified conveyancing legislation across Australia
  • Questions a client should be asking a Conveyancer
  • Different clauses that property buyers should put into their contracts
  • Some tips to ensure a smooth settlement

 

And so much more! To learn more, make sure to tune in, and remember to listen to the next part as well!

 

If you like this podcast: “What Is Conveyancing and How Does It Help With The Settlement Process? – Chat with Nicole Faid, Principal of Accord Conveyancing”, don’t forget to rate us on our iTunes channel (The Property Couch Podcast) and our Facebook page. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to drop us your thoughts here: http://tpcaustralia.wpengine.com/topics/

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