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Complaints register improvements needed

NSW Fair Trading is misleading the general public and impacting the reputation of agents.

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Defining joint ownership

What is the definition of joint ownership and how will it impact your property buying decisions?

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Balancing the scales with a buyers' agent

Buying a property as a home or investment is one of the biggest and most complex transactions most people will ever undertake.

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Cladding safety measures welcome

Following the Grenfell disaster in London, the NSW Government has released proposed reforms to address safety risks created by combustible cladding on buildings.

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CoreLogic launches video for agents

Agents can now create compelling video and social posts with the launch of HomePrezzo through CoreLogic.

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Apartment energy ratings on the way

A new assessment tool is being launched in June which will enable the common areas of apartment buildings to be rated for energy and water efficiency.

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Strata window safety has begun

Residential strata buildings in NSW must have safety devices installed on all above ground windows.

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Property consumers want more services

Buying and selling a property can be an stressful experience, which is why it’s important real estate agents offer property consumers more services.

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Free interpretation service now available

Real estate agencies can access a free interpretation service to discuss private residential property matters.

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The forgotten consumers

Investment in the residential property market is important to the economy, yet government policy seems to be making it as unattractive as possible.

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Low CPI good news for buyers and renters

The latest CPI figures recently released by the ABS is being heralded as good news for home buyers and renters.

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Off-the-plan contracts review

More property buyers are choosing to buy a home ‘off the plan’ with 29,022 sales entered into last financial year.

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Deliver stamp duty reforms

Tax should be a consequence of a transaction not a considerable.

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Home energy efficiency ratings

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) assessment tool is being expanded from commercial to apartment buildings from mid-2018.

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Real estate reforms announced

The REINSW has been campaigning for the training standards of CPD and entry level education in real estate to be improved for over 10 years.

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NCAT laws need more work

A jurisdictional issue uncovered earlier this year found that NCAT, has no jurisdiction if one of the parties lives in another state.

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Should you buy off the plan?

Many property buyers choose to buy a home ‘off the plan’. This method brings benefits, but has some risks

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Property investors to lobby the government

A new lobby group has been formed with the aim of stopping residential landlords being ‘singled out’.

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True test on housing approvals still to come

NSW experienced its 45th consecutive month of record housing approvals, however, the true test is yet to come.

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Short-term holiday letting reform

The NSW Government recently released an options paper inviting holiday and short-term rental stakeholders to comment on an regulatory framework.

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