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Do you have a property manager but still worry about tenant selection?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

You have appointed a reputable management company, but the worry that your property manager might not be spot-on when selecting a tenant for your property is reasonable and acceptable. Afterall, they manage lots of properties. They might not give the same consideration to tenant selection to your property as you would. 

 
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How long does it take to find a tenant for my property?

Monday, October 29, 2018

When a property is empty cash flow stops. This is a period of high anxiet for many Landlords. Mortgage repayments, taxes, utilities and insurance expenses don’t stop while your property sits vacant. If you have a buy and hold strategy to investing in Real Estate, cash flow must be your number one priority.

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Notice of Breach of Lease

Friday, July 15, 2016

No matter how careful a property manager is with your tenant selection, there is a reasonable chance that you will have a circumstance where your tenant breaches the terms and conditions of their lease during your lifetime as a landlord.

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The True Cost of Property Maintenance

Saturday, June 4, 2016

As an owner of an investment property and as a landlord receiving rental income, the last thing you want is to spend money on your investment unnecessarily.This is certainly one area where years of experience pay off and property knowledge is vital. Many landlords do not understand their obligations under the act or their legal obligation to maintain their property so that it is not a risk to their tenants and a financial or legal liability for you the landlord.


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The higher rent low income paradox

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Many investors embarking on leasing out their first rental property hold out for the highest rent possible before letting the property, thinking the sky is the limit in a competitive rental market. Many do this even if this means losing several weeks rent. What does this mean for their overall return on the property?

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How will the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act affect landlords and tenants?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

 The Bill amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act SA was passed in May 2013 and it is expected to come into operation early 2014. But what impact will the more than 100 changes mean to Landlords who have their properties managed by a specialist Property Management Company?

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A real story

Monday, May 7, 2012

Landlord agreed for the tenant to fix the roof and pay the tenant $1,000. Tenant had a fall and became a paraplegic. Tenant makes a workers comp claim and on appeal the NSW tribunal found the tenant to be an employee of Landlord for the purposes of workers compensation because Landlord agreed to pay the tenant.

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Rental Appraisal 101

Monday, April 2, 2012

If you are in the process of investigating or bring up to date how much rent you can get for your investment property, an expert appraisal is the best way to go. But what should you expect to receive from a rental appraisal and how to evaluate if you have received good service or the property manager is sweet-talking you giving you inflated rents just to get the management of your property?

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Pet Friendly Rentals

Monday, February 20, 2012

Some of the best tenants are those with pets. They understand the importance of excellent references and exemplary conduct.

Have you ever considered renting for pet owners? Conventional wisdom suggests you might want to think twice about that. Obviously there’s the potential for marked walls or garden damage.

New research suggests perhaps not. Research also shows that tenants with pets pay substantially more per week for their property.

Responsible pet owners typically work hard to ensure their pets don’t annoy neighbours and don’t do damage to their rental property. They know that one black mark against their name means it may be much more difficult to rent in future, or worse, they may have to surrender their pet to be euthanised, if they can’t find a suitable property.

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Managing Risk

Monday, February 20, 2012

There are three main areas which we consider are pertinent to reduce the risk exposure when leasing a property. These are; to have and maintain the property in good and reasonable condition, to appoint a property manager and take out a comprehensive landlord insurance policy.

Insurance is an expense that some landlords try to avoid in order to reduce costs. You don’t get anything when you pay the premium, the true value of course is realised when you have a claim and you have the security of knowing you won’t have to worry about where the money will come from to cover the loss.

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Our prospect for 2012 in Property

Monday, January 9, 2012

If only we had a crystal ball to find out what the future holds for us...

While we can’t be certain that it will all be a smooth ride, more than 25 years experience in the Real Estate market gives us a very good foundation to do some futurology.

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Rent trends for 2013

Monday, January 9, 2012

A little bit of history: since 2003, national dwelling commencement numbers have either decreased or remained stable every year except for 2010 when a 15 per cent increase was recorded (152,000 commencements). In 2003 there were approximately 163,000 residential dwelling commencements compared to 132,000 in 2009. The increase in 2010 was attributed to the government stimulus package introduced following the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis.

But one year of growth does not result in supply levels surpassing on even stabilising demand levels. According to the National Housing Supply Council, the estimated supply gap is approximately 178,000 dwellings nationally.

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Australian housing snapshot

Monday, December 5, 2011

A shortage of housing stock and rising rents will encourage investors and first-home buyers back into the property market, according to the latest Australian Housing Snapshot from ANZ Research.

The report shows that while housing market sentiment has softened and prices have drifted lower in most capital cities, the strength of the Australian economy will bolster a recovery.
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The psychology of property investment

Monday, December 5, 2011

As as an old year gives way to a new one, forward planning is on the agenda over the holiday break. As property investment owners review their investment portfolio, they sometimes get dissatisfied with their current returns.

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Your Investment Strategy

Monday, December 5, 2011

The best way you can ensure that you can cope with the psychological pressure of making the best financial decisions not only for your future, but for your family as well, is to have a plan and stick to it. Don’t attempt to be the best, just the most balanced and disciplined.

According to a study published by Frank H Knight, people dislike uncertainty more than risk particularly when the odds are unknown. It is not uncommon for investors without a strategy to react to uncertainty by selling. They can cope with the risks of owning an investment property, but not with an uncertain Real Estate market. And if right now you feel this way, it's only human nature.

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