June 2015

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We don’t like being negative nellies, but sometimes we do need to talk about the things that go wrong in these newsletters. Alan Greenspan (the then Federal Reserve Chairman in the USA) coined the famous phrase ‘irrational exuberance’ in relation to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990’s, but it could apply to any boom since (and before – even back to the tulip boom of the 1600’s.) If you were to Australianise that phrase it would be along the lines of something being ‘too silly for words’. It is not for a lawyer to talk about risk when it comes to valuations / asset pricing asRead More →

We have all been there!! Looking for a house to buy in any chosen location and we come across a nice looking property. Right location, well-constructed, nice paintwork, lovely grounds. Looks likely. Wait a minute…. Why are there four ‘To Sell’ signs attached to the front fence from four different real estate agents? Before we know it, despite the many positives about this property, a question mark hovers overhead. If the property looks the part, how is it that between four selling agents it has not yet sold? Of course nothing need be amiss. The property could well be perfect. However that question mark hoveringRead More →

Body corporate insurance is arguably the most important aspect of building management, but when it comes to using it, it can be difficult to understand what’s covered and what’s not. The basic principle of strata insurance is to provide cover for common property and the building’s structure. This means that the body corporate is responsible for all common areas and the structural elements of the building. Owners are typically responsible for the internal contents of their unit. There are some circumstances where the body corporate can provide cover for internal fixtures if they are classified as part of the building’s structure. For example, if an owner’s hot water systemRead More →