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To Get Real Estate Information

December 12th, 2013 3:34 am

It is well known that knowledge is power and as such having appropriate, timely and most recent real, estate information can go a long way in enabling you to take the right decision regarding any real-estate issues that you might have. Whether you wish to sell your home or buy one or you wish to merely invest in real estate, it is essential that you have proper knowledge of the current trends of the market.

Sources Of Information

Before the advent of the World Wide Web, the only source of real estate information was through word of mouth or through the various agents and brokers. Their information had to be taken as the gospel of truth as they were involved in these matters full-time. However, with the advancement of technology, the Internet has changed the whole scenario and sitting at home, you can access complete information regarding any aspect of real-estate transactions. You no longer have to take the trouble of going long distances to see a property and tire yourself out from morning to evening as you can see pictures of these properties to the minutest details. You can also get to know the prices and other terms and conditions of sale.

Consumers now have greater real estate information, tools and other resources at their hands than ever before. The result of this greater knowledge is that consumers are now able to get more choices, better services, speedier transactions; and more competitive prices. It has been estimated that nearly three quarters of all homebuyers are now doing their home search online. Even sellers are now turning to the Internet for gathering more real, estate information and are looking for buyers online in order to avoid paying hefty commissions.

Information For Real Estate Investment

Even if you wish to invest in real-estate, you need sufficient and accurate real, estate information to do the investment. The best place to get this information is the internet where you will get articles giving valuable information, tips and secrets of the trade. You will also find sites that will help you to learn how to make money in real-estate investment. Your local community college and the continuing education building of the town school conduct classes for adults in the field of real, estate investment. These classes will give you all the information that you need in order to succeed as a real estate investor.

In this age of high technology, if you need any type of real, estate information, all that you have to do is to conduct a detailed research online. If you don’t find the answers to your queries online or at your college, you can always approach the agencies as they have many experienced persons who had also started like you. They will give you any information that you want.

Business In Australia Tips

December 8th, 2013 4:45 am

Australian business structures

Many businesses in Australia operate as private or “proprietary limited” companies, either in their own right or as trustee of a trust, or as public companies. Private companies must have at least one Director. Public companies must have at least three Directors and a Secretary – the Secretary and two Directors must reside in Australia.

Australian businesses may also utilise other business structures such as partnerships, joint ventures and trusts. All Australian businesses are governed by a robust legal framework and taxation regime.


Franchising is a very common method of doing business in Australia. Franchising has a significant and positive effect on the Australian economy, with its inherent stimulus for growth and creation of jobs in a number of industries and markets. Franchise arrangements are subject to the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct (“the Code”), which comprises part of Australia’s competition and consumer legislation.

Australian Regulators

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) promotes compliance with the Code. The ACCC regulates Australia’s national infrastructure services, and is responsible for ensuring that individuals and businesses comply with Australian competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws. Part of the ACCC’s role is to ensure that mergers and acquisitions do not result in a substantial lessening of competition in an Australian market.

The Intellectual Property Office of Australia (“IP Australia”) administers intellectual property rights and legislation governing patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. IP Australia processes trademark, designs, plant breeder’s rights and patent applications, conducts hearings and decides disputes regarding Australian intellectual property rights.

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. It regulates, licenses and monitors all Australian companies, financial services organisations, superannuation, insurance, deposit-taking, credit and investment professionals, and financial markets.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (“APRA”) is the prudential regulator of the financial services industry. APRA oversees Australian banks, credit unions, insurance and reinsurance providers, building and friendly societies, and many superannuation industry members.

The Australian Taxation Office is Australia’s primary tax law regulator and revenue collection agency.

Commercial due diligence

Commercial due diligence is an important first step to any business acquisition or private equity investment.

Engage a lawyer with commercial business experience to advise you on the risks and opportunities of a transaction and protect your interests.

Stone Lawyers assists clients from a range of industries across the spectrum of their commercial activities and in a variety of specialised areas.