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    Brisbane - QUU Infrastructure charges on 2 lot to 2 title "splitter" block

    Hi there, We have recently applied for connections for water and sewer for a two lot into two title "splitter" project in Brisbane City Council region. The water is a "standard" QUU connection, and the sewer is being handled through our civil engineer as it requires a small relocation of...
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    Building in BCC Flood Planning Area 5

    Hi, We have a property under contract subject to dd, and plan on building on it at some point in the not too distant future. The FPA 5 zone means the site was not wet in 2011, but there is a potential for flooding. I have unfortunately been unable to get a hold of BCC town planners...
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    Caesarstone - Arris edge issue??

    Hi gang, we have just had kitchens installed for a new project, and I noticed on the corner joins (arris edge) of our Caesarstone benches, there appears to be no pattern, which I find quite odd. I was under the impression the caesarstone was consistent throughout (ie stone to resin mix), so...
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    Deductibility of Drone for aerial photos

    Hi, This may seem like an odd question, but we have a couple of blocks that have potential water views from the second level, and we want to get some photos from the estimated height of the second level for marketing purposes. We would have to pay a photographer something like 150-200 for...
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    Building on two lots

    Hi, I am looking at a project in Brisbane (BCC) on which there are a number of lots of 405m2, but also two *adjacent* lots of 202m2 as well contained on the one title. Does anyone know if there is anything stopping me doing a title transfer so one title contains the two 202m2 lots, and...
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    Corporate Trustee - Shareholder Structure

    Hi all, I am going through the process currently of changing the Trustee of one of my Discretionary Trusts from personal (me) to Corporate. I have been advised this is the best way to structure to best mitigate land tax and also protect ourselves, and assist in "planning" as we age. One...
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    To the brokers - Change of Trustee: Personal to Company

    Hi guys, just spoke to my solicitor about changing trustee and she told me the first step was to speak to my lender to make sure the "consent" process was easy enough. Unfortunately given the lender is a Homeside, I found out after a 25 minute conversation, that I need to do it through my...
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    Gas meter connection - AGL or the like

    Hi, Has anyone connected a gas meter in Brisbane recently? We definitely have gas in the street (I disconnected a meter when we demolished a property on the block a while back) but I'm not sure how much the reconnection will cost. I have done a bit of googling but can only find costs...
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    Negotiating RE commissions in QLD

    Hi all, We are looking at giving a fantastic agent in our area "exclusive agency" for one of every two build projects we do going forward, and looking to try to negotiate a volume commission deal. Thinking about trying to get round 2% including GST. I know there are plenty of...
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    Tiling - Costs in QLD

    Hi there, well we have settled on some fantastic tiles for the two new builds, both 600*600 porcelain gloss internal, and 600*600 "sandstone look" exterior. We have our own tiler, however I am a bit concerned he is charging quite a premium compared to some other numbers I have heard thrown...
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    Matte or gloss tiles?

    Hi gang, we are building a couple of mid-high spec homes and are a bit stuck with our ideas for tiling in the non-wet areas. These are a little higher spec than those we have previously done, and we are torn between 600*600 gloss, or matte. My wife thinks Matte are much harder to clean, but I...
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    Finance with Income Protection

    Hi all, We are coming pretty close to our lending capacity but were recently comforted by the fact AMP was able to help us squeeze those final dollars out for a loan for a property we very much want. Unfortunately because I am on income protection until May/June, my broker informed me...
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    Incorrect Rental Adjustment on Settlement

    Hi all, We have just settled on a new property, and I relied on my new Settlement Agent (who is actually a Solicitor) to get everything done correctly. On Monday I found out they did not review the tenancy agreement for the rental adjustment, and I now find myself about $1,250 short of...
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    Small Lot Code in BCC

    Hi all, I have been under the impression, based on the word of a few of different people and my own (limited) research, that single level constructions can only have a single car garage. A house is in the early stages of construction not far from where I live on a 10*40 block (that I can only...
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    Bank requesting my wife be added as trustee of FT for loan

    Hi guys, does anyone here have any idea why a bank's solicitors would require my wife to become joint trustee of the DFT we have applied for finance on a property purchase through? I have not come across this before, and previously thought only one trustee was necessary for the operation of a...
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    display home deductions

    Hi gang, We have almost finished building our first two development properties, and about to begin marketing one, and moving into second. We were thinking of either using our place as a "display home" or furnishing the house for sale, as it is my understanding houses potentially sell...
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    "National Homeowners Program"

    Just received a call from a lady saying she was a representative of the "National Homeowners Program" which was a govt scheme (that I couldn't find anything online about) and wanted to get "general" details about me to see if I qualify. Things like how much equity, income, cc limits etc, and...
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    Underground Power - Kick in the guts

    Hi gang, Not sure if anyone has come across this before, but I just settled on a property of recently sold in Ashfield, WA and was quite surprised to find 1,600 bucks worth of Underground Power costs reducing the amount I was to receive. I double confirmed with my settlement agent, and am...
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    Scapping schedule and Demo for Development

    Hi all, I have read a few different threads on here and I am not sure if they really relate to my situation. I am settling on a new 809 dev block on Monday, which has a house on it. At no time during my ownership will it be rented, however there is absolutely no private component to...
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    Corporate Trustee instead of Personal

    Hi all, I know there are some tax and business structuring gurus here so I am sure this will be a simple query: We have just bought our second development block through our second DFT and I am trustee of both. We are looking at doing this more regularly (3-5 per annum) and...
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