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11 February 2010

Lawyers praise e-conveyancing initiative
The New Lawyer - Australia
Lawyers have welcomed the announcement of a new electronic conveyancing initiative by three Australian states, labelling it a "major milestone" in the road to a national system.

The public company, called the National E-Conveyancing Development Ltd, will be chaired by Alan Cameron AM, a lawyer and former chairman of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

Law Council of Australia president Glenn Ferguson said: "The Law Council has been committed to the establishment of a national e-conveyancing system since 2005 and has actively participated in its development."
The New Lawyer

Sect. title overcrowding: What to do
Property24.com - South Africa
Following on from our previous article, which addressed the implications of short-term leases during the World Cup, we now consider issues relating to overcrowding of a section and the possible implications and prevention thereof.

Again this is a sensitive topic as an owner may feel victimised if accused of overcrowding in their unit. And again the question of proof arises; as does the issue of permanence. Can the trustees prove that the alleged overcrowding is a permanent situation or are the occupants merely "family friends from overseas"?

One has to tread carefully in these circumstances and although the trustees must stand firm in all contraventions of the conduct rules, it is also important that they are not seen as bullies.
Property24.com

Auctions: The next decade - Levitt
RealEstateWeb - South Africa

Expect fewer liquidation sales, more entertainment, big advertising

Johannesburg: The South African auction industry will grow, strengthen and consolidate over the next decade, said Auction Alliance's Rael Levitt at a presentation given to the South African Institute of Auctioneer's annual AGM in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. Levitt's speech, named Auctions, the next decade, was delivered to auctioneers from around the country and focused on the various trends that the country's leading auctioneer foresaw over the next 10 years.

"In 2020, I will be closer to my 50th birthday," exclaimed the 38 year old auctioneer who founded his company in 1992 at the age of 21, "whilst we cannot predict the future, we certainly need to look at societal, business and political trends which will impact the auction industry."
RealEstateWeb

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