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RED ALERT

2003.  I have several lovely clients from Malaysia who’ve bought and sold a few investment properties through me.  One of them refers an equally delightful man to me and I eventually receive an email from him.

Hapless (I use that word a fair bit I guess but it’s such a good descriptor) fellow was “stitched” into buying an Apartment “Off the Plan” and settled in 1998 or thereabouts.

The “deal” included a Rental Guarantee of 7% per annum on his $299,000.00 purchase price for the first two years, rising to 8% for years 3 and 4.  From Year 5 the rent reverted to market return.

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HAND ME THAT ROPE

A while back a client came to me somewhat puzzled.  He owned a few investment properties and ran a successful interstate business with more than 20 staff.  He was a man I thought was very much “on the ball” and “honest as the day was long”.

One of his properties was a Holiday/Vacation Let, managed by a Live In, On Site Management team that here in Queensland we know as a “Management Rights”.  Almost anyone who can obtain a rudimentary government licence can buy Management Rights to a group of properties, a 3 level complex or a massive 70 story high rise.

Don’t get me started on how easy it is to obtain a licence to operate, in some cases, a multi-million dollar business with thousands of clients, sophisticated software packages and heavy legal responsibilities.

By the way, I hold a full Real Estate Licence in the State of Queensland, which is almost a year’s study and plenty of examinations, and Trust (Escrow) Account Audits.

Anyway, I digress!

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