Landlords: How to Deal with Troublesome Tenants

Oct 17, 2016 10:43:02 AM Share this:

Without tenants our investment properties start to lose their income potential and become another outgoing cost, but sometimes troublesome tenants can be more costly than a potential vacancy.

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Topics: Property Management

Freshen Up Your Home To Sell In Spring

Oct 17, 2016 10:32:35 AM Share this:

It’s no secret that spring tends to be a busy time for buyers as more homes tend to be listed than during the cooler seasons of the year. If you’re looking to sell in spring here are five ways to freshen up your home and help it stand out from the crowd.

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Topics: Selling

Open for inspection: Making the most of your inspection time

Sep 13, 2016 8:59:03 AM Share this:

Open for inspections give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible.

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Topics: Open Homes, Buying, Buying Real Estate, Open For Inspection, Open For Inspections

Buy your home for less

Aug 25, 2016 10:26:44 AM Share this:

Some tips for trimming the cost of your mortgage by our mortgage advice partners Mortgage Express

As a homeowner, paying off your mortgage before you retire is important. Once you hit retirement age, the last thing you want is to be saddled with debt, or to have to continue working to pay off the balance of your mortgage. Here are some ways to help you reduce your total mortgage and help you buy your home for less.

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Topics: Mortgage Express, Buying, Finance

Getting to know your new neighbourhood

Aug 16, 2016 3:05:10 PM Share this:

Buying a new home often means moving to a new suburb, city or even country. It may be a new location you chose simply because you loved it, or it maybe it’s where you need to be for work or family. Whatever the reason for your change in location, it can be a little daunting finding ways to get to know the neighbourhood and have it start feeling like home.

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Topics: Buying Real Estate

Moving house with kids? Here are our tips to keep kids happy on moving day

Aug 15, 2016 2:13:02 PM Share this:

Moving house with kids can be stressful and upsetting for everyone, but particularly young children, especially if they’ve previously only known one home. But with a little foresight, planning and some good old distraction techniques moving to a new home need not be traumatic.

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Topics: Buying Real Estate, Moving House

To repair or not to repair: interior

Aug 11, 2016 10:02:51 AM Share this:

When it comes to preparation, Olympic athletes leave no stone unturned.

Because the competition is so intense, preparing for the Olympics becomes life and death, with endless months of training, and unyielding focus. Preparing for a game of soccer down the beach with some friends – not so much.

The same principle applies when preparing your property for sale and deciding what to repair, and what not to. Where do you draw the line? What do you fix and what do you leave? (In this article we look exclusively at the interior of your property).

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Topics: Selling, Repairs

Depreciation: Can I claim previous renovations?

Jul 21, 2016 2:43:41 PM Share this:

It’s not uncommon for investors who purchase existing properties to assume that any renovations which have taken place prior to settlement cannot be claimed.

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Topics: Property Management, Property Investment

Five things to consider before buying a holiday property

Jul 20, 2016 1:53:27 PM Share this:

While relaxing and enjoying good times at your favourite holiday location, you stroll past the local real estate agent’s window and browse the offerings.

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Topics: Buying, Buying Real Estate, Holiday Home

How important is rental yield when investing?

Jul 12, 2016 10:49:09 AM Share this:

When it comes to buying investment property, is rental yield the iron-clad indicator you can take to the bank? Or is it another statistic that can mislead or misrepresent the potential of a property?

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Topics: Property Management, Rental Property