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    When an agent Photoshops photos online?

    Hi. Interested in a property that so far has no other interest so prepared to offer agent $400k against $429k asking price. Have since found that at least one image published on Realestate.com.au by the agent has been photoshopped... Anyone been in this situation? Obviously I want to...
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    Bank in Guernsey (with debit card)

    Hi My father has funds in a pension based in Guernsey from his mining days in Africa. He wishes to draw the pension as a lump sum but wants to keep with a bank in Guernsey and have a debit card attached to it. Can anyone suggest which of the 31 registered banks in Guernsey we might...
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    ING at 4% or IP offset at 5.38%?

    Currently only have one property (that used to be my PPOR and has an offset account attached) but is now and IP and positively geared. I have ~$40K in cash savings - would it be better off in offsetting the IP loan and reducing that interest bill or would it be better off in something like...
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    Split equity loan into two loans?

    Hi all Currently have no PPOR but IP1 with 210K IO loan with ANZ (Breakfree package) and $110K in equity which I am planning to use together with $45K in savings to finance two properties - PPOR and IP2. To keep tax accounting simple I am guessing I should be drawing two separate equity...
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    Starting over after 10 years lost in the wilderness!

    Recently logged on to Somersoft again and realised with horror that I was last on here 10 years ago - where did the years go! Ten years ago I was building up to buying my first investment property but like many I never took that step. Here I am again, ten years, ten foreign countries and one...
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    Implications of strata titled 2x2 duplexes in Qld

    Newbie looking at investing in 2x2 strata titled duplexes with a view to living in one while doing minor renovations/modernization and then after a year or two switching sides and renovating/modernizing the other side and then moving on. Just wondering what the implications of them being...
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    70% refund of property management fees

    I posted some time ago about significant problems with a property manager. http://somersoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79481 Just to follow up, I did end up getting 70% of the fees refunded by the property manager with no argument.
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    Can tennants expect cheap electricity tariff?

    Hi Due to work I am have rented out my property south of Cairns and I am renting north of Cairns. The place I am renting is an older rental property with only single tariff electricity supply - Ergon Tariff 11 which has just gone up to 25.38 c/kWh! The cost of running a 280lt hot water...
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    Cancel PM contract and getting refund in Qld?

    Newbie, first investment property - renting out a house in Cairns since Nov 2011 at $380pw. Appointed PM who charges 8.5% + $6.99pm admin fee. Problems to date include careless omissions in original agreement, days 'missing' on statements (no rent charged), tenants in arrears since...
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    Can't live in my house don't want to pay rent!

    Hi I rented out my four bedroom house for $380 a week last year when I moved in with my fiancé. I have an interest only offset loan for $210K with ANZ and the house is worth around $400K. I can't move back to my house as (a) I have tenants and (b) it will not be cost effective to move back...
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    Taking a name off a title without paying stamp duty QLD

    Hi My ex and I bought a house in both our names last February. We are separating and she wants the house in her name only. Is there a way to do this without having to pay stamp duty? Cheers, Cam
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    We've talked to 4 financial planners.. should we?

    Hi Quicky Summary: - My fiance (37) and I (40) have been together for 2 years. - We plan to marry this year and so want a clear financial plan. - We have a 3 year old son and are trying for another child. - We have 7 investment properties and bought PPOR. - We have a SMSF. - We have...
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    Ferrari... Thanks Peter Spann!

    The brilliant thread on the cost of owning a Ferrari has been printed out and will be shared with with the boys (and girls) of my Year 7 class. I know they will love the intimate details of life with a Ferrari. And thanks Peter for making it all so real, and so passionate. A cunning way to...
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    Do U Ebay?

    Just curious, do people here Ebay? I am a relative beginner with only a 72 star rating (and 100%) but I would say that Ebay is where I do most of my large item shopping these days. God son's birthday, he wants an Xbox - Ebay. School project, need a digital camera for the kids - Ebay...
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    Buying land with choice of house? In whos interest is this?

    Saw this today, and thought it was a little odd, and sounds like the developer is fishing for funds which would worry me. How does the stamp duty get reduced - surely you are still paying for a house and land and paying the same total? QUOTE: Queensland’s largest residential developer/house...
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    Life with a LOC, does it make sense?

    Hi all Thanks to the inspiration of this forum, I think have made my first moves towards my first IP. In the past couple of weeks I have changed from a standard P&I home loan with ANZ to their Equity Manager LOC with the BreakFree package. After valuing my PPOR, they offered a $210K LOC...
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    What right does a shareholder have to Financial Statements

    My parents have been living in Australia on a 4 year temporary business visa. In this time they have been partners and shareholders in a business. In order to apply for permanent residency, they need the Financial Statements from the business in order to prove that they are finanically stable...
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    Anyone bought a mobile phone lately?

    My poor old Nokia is dying on me after three years, and a new battery has not helped bring it back to life, so its time for a new phone. (Its been handy for keeping calls short though, it just cuts out after 20 seconds!) I bought the phone outright, and been using a virgin prepaid SIM card...
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    Sleep At Night Factor - and I haven't done anything yet!

    I was up at 3:30am this morning filling out loan application forms - is this a bad sign? Usually I have no trouble sleeping (I practice regularly) but for some reason not last night! I know from all that I have read that I am doing the right thing, but I guess I am overwhelmed by the choice...
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    What can I claim on a granny flat?

    If I am constructing a granny flat (bedroom, bathroom, lounge, diningroom, kitchen) on the lower level of PPOR, can I claim any of the costs or depreciate the costs for tax purposes? The construction has been with the intention of renting it out, so i figured I should at least be able to...
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