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7 July 2017

Selling or buying for $750K+ – ATO Clearance certificate now required

What’s the change? Last year, the Australian Taxation office brought in new requirements for property sellers to assist with the collection of foreign resident’s tax liabilities. On 1 July 2017, the requirements changed so that more sellers are required to obtain clearance certificates prior to settlement. Do I need an ATO Clearance certificate? Only if […]

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13 June 2017

Why do I have to get insurance for my property before it settles?

When you sign a contract to purchase a house or unit, one of the first things your solicitor will tell you to do is – take out insurance. But what kind of insurance do you need? And why is it so important? It is easy to think – After all, I don’t own the property […]

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6 June 2017

Do I have to pay a body corporate special levy charged on the unit I am buying?

What is a body corporate special levy? The normal body corporate levies payable by unit owners are the Administrative Fund levies for the everyday running costs of the body corporate, and the Sinking Fund levies which are saved for future capital works on the building which comprises the Community Titles Scheme. To use business terminology, […]

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22 May 2017

How do I extend the date for Settlement under my Contract?

In Queensland property conveyancing, dates are crucial and essential terms of the contract. In the real world, it is very common for dates to be varied by agreement between the parties. However, there are traps for the unwary! FC Lawyers are experts in smoothly handling extensions and taking the worry out of it. We take […]

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8 May 2017

What is aggregated stamp duty?

If you ever buy or transfer two or more properties in one arrangement, this article is for you. Most people in the property market know of transfer duty (formerly known as stamp duty). It is the tax payable on most property transactions. Duty is calculated based on the purchase price of the property or the […]

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21 April 2017

Have you lost your title deed?

What is a title deed? A title deed, most commonly known as a certificate of title, is a paper record showing the current owner and title particulars of a property. Pre-1994, a paper title deed existed for every property in Queensland. Since 1994 the Queensland Land Titles Register has been electronic and paperless, and certificates […]

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1 February 2017

Sellers – make sure you disclose all easements in the contract!

Sellers need to avoid giving buyers an easy “out” of the sale contract. One of the most common of these is if an encumbrance on the property, such as an easement, is not disclosed to the buyer in the contract. The seller has an obligation to make the buyer aware of all easements related to […]

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24 January 2017

Call Options, Put Options – What are Option Agreements?

Option Agreements, also referred to as buy/sell agreements or put and call option agreements, provide a party with the right, but not a definite obligation to buy a property or asset. They have a wide variety of uses, including for real property, businesses or business assets and as tools for succession planning. This article focuses […]

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18 January 2017

Paying Your Deposit under a Land Contract – when, where, who, what, how?

When you are purchasing property in Queensland, there is a lot to think about! Usually, your main concern will be making sure that you can get finance approval and organise searches and the building and pest inspections. Conditions such as finance and building and pest are critical. This means that, as buyer, you must notify […]

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11 January 2017

Do I need a Pool Safety Certificate to sell my house?

Drownings in home swimming pools are a tragic and all too common occurrence. Pool safety laws have reduced the number of drownings, and are an important factor in the sale of properties with pools. As conveyancing experts, we advise buyers and sellers of their responsibilities and ensure that the contract proceeds smoothly in this area. […]

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