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Real-estate scams – Other scams to be aware of

Real-estate scams – Other scams to be aware of

While we have covered the 4 most common scams, it's certainly not an extensive list of the scams doing the rounds in Australia’s real estate market.

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Real-estate scams – Property investment scams

Real-estate scams – Property investment scams

I’m sure you have received an invitation like in the past: Come to our ‘free’ seminar or attend our free webinar and hear about how they can deliver you financial freedom in six easy steps

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Real-estate scams – Payment redirection scams

Real-estate scams – Payment redirection scams

Payment redirection scams are where scammers get into the email database of official and legitimate businesses.

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Real-estate scams – Sales listing scams

Real-estate scams – Sales listing scams

A sales listing scam works similarly to a rental listing scam - the scammer creates a fake listing for a property that either doesn’t exist or isn’t for sale.

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Real-estate scams - Rental listing scam

Real-estate scams - Rental listing scam

Rental listing scams advertise a fake rental listing or advertisement, usually with a real address, for a property that isn’t available for rent.

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GET GOOD ADVICE… AND FOLLOW IT

GET GOOD ADVICE… AND FOLLOW IT

Attaining wealth through property doesn’t just happen, it’s the result of a well-executed plan

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RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

Failure to research results in buying the wrong property or in the wrong location. In the long run, that will only cost you in time and money.

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DON’T TRY TO TIME THE MARKET - REMEMBER TIME IN THE MARKET IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT

DON’T TRY TO TIME THE MARKET - REMEMBER TIME IN THE MARKET IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT

Smart investors buy when they have their finances ready, or perhaps they have built up enough equity in their portfolio to purchase another property.

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Buying Regrets – Not Doing Enough Research

Buying Regrets – Not Doing Enough Research

Understanding the real estate market is crucial for making informed decisions

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Buying Regrets – Not Buying Enough

Buying Regrets – Not Buying Enough

Buyer's remorse is also rife for property investors, even if they are successful.

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Buying Regrets – Moving Too Slowly

Buying Regrets – Moving Too Slowly

delaying the start of a property investment journey is one of the biggest regrets that investors have

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Renovation Projects – What happens if it doesn’t work to plan

Renovation Projects – What happens if it doesn’t work to plan

Perhaps you’ve done all that hard work, only to find that the market or interest rates have moved unfavourably against you.

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Renovation Projects –What to do with the end product

Renovation Projects –What to do with the end product

Some property investors seem to have made a fairly good living from becoming professional project managers and adopting a buy, renovate and sell strategy

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Renovation Projects – On budget and on time

Renovation Projects – On budget and on time

After your first couple of renovations, you’ll have a much better idea of the people and processes involved and how long it all takes to play out

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Renovation Projects – Obtaining the necessary finance

Renovation Projects – Obtaining the necessary finance

This should really be at the top of the list, because obviously if you can’t get the finance you need to first purchase and then improve the property

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Renovation Projects – How much DIY are you planning

Renovation Projects – How much DIY are you planning

Deciding to acquire a whole new set of handyman (or handywoman) skills by tackling a renovation project

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Renovation Projects – Finding the right people for the job

Renovation Projects – Finding the right people for the job

You need to answer this question before you even start scouring for the professionals you’ll require on-site.

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Renovation Projects – How do you find ‘the one

Renovation Projects – How do you find ‘the one

I’m talking about the property that presents with ideal development potential in order to realise a beneficial return.

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Renovation Projects – How much time can you spare?

Renovation Projects – How much time can you spare?

If like many Australians you work upwards of 50 hours per week, can you really expect to take on a major renovation project all by yourself?

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Renovation Projects – Do you have the necessary knowledge?

Renovation Projects – Do you have the necessary knowledge?

Maybe you’ve spruced up your own home and feel confident taking on a project that’s all about the profitability.

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Renovation Project - Why are you doing it

Renovation Project - Why are you doing it

Improving your own home to enhance its liveability for your family will generally entail a very different approach than fixing up a rental property.

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Bad Habit – NOT LOOKING AFTER YOUR HEALTH

Bad Habit – NOT LOOKING AFTER YOUR HEALTH

Speaking of soul, it’s important unhealthy lifestyle habits are ditched.

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Bad Habit – NOT BEING CURIOUS

Bad Habit – NOT BEING CURIOUS

Thinking you know it all and that you have nothing left to learn, is foolish.

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Bad Habit – NOT GIVING UP WHEN IT’S TIME

Bad Habit – NOT GIVING UP WHEN IT’S TIME

Rather than try a different approach, they continue to butt up against a wall that is not going anywhere

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Bad Habit – GIVING UP TOO EASILY

Bad Habit – GIVING UP TOO EASILY

It’s easy to look at other people’s successes and think they got an easy ride

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Bad Habit – THINKING THE WORLD OWES YOU A FAVOUR

Bad Habit – THINKING THE WORLD OWES YOU A FAVOUR

A lot of people are quick to blame others when things go wrong and they fail to take responsibility for the role they may have played in the situation

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Housing values continue to rise

Housing values continue to rise

Despite the high-interest rate environment, housing values have remained broadly resilient

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Higher services inflation remains a focus for the RBA

Higher services inflation remains a focus for the RBA

The RBA has consistently highlighted the challenges involved with returning inflation to the target range of 2-3%

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Rates on hold, next move likely to be down

Rates on hold, next move likely to be down

The decision to keep the cash rate on hold at 4.35% came as no surprise

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In the meantime, shop around

In the meantime, shop around

n the meantime, get your duck in a row and take advantage of the window of opportunity before prices rise.

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Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on

While it's tempting to try to time the market to maximise your profits, this strategy is often a poor choice for property investors.

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Should I buy property now or wait for interest rates to fall?

Should I buy property now or wait for interest rates to fall?

It’s literally the million-dollar question: Do you buy a property now before prices rise even further

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Property versus shares

Property versus shares

We can debate the pros and cons of shares and property until we are blue in the face, but I think it’s a meaningless debate. It’s like debating which golf club is better.

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Are Interest Rates going to come down

Are Interest Rates going to come down

The Commonwealth Bank, Australia's biggest lender, is forecasting six interest rate cuts in 2024 and 2025 starting in September this year

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Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence

2024 it is likely that more buyers will enter the market as they realise that inflation is under control

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Skyrocketing Rents With Low Levels Of Stock

Skyrocketing Rents With Low Levels Of Stock

Historically low vacancy rates and skyrocketing rents and no end in sight for the rental crisis

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Interest Rates Are Near Their Peak

Interest Rates Are Near Their Peak

Over the last few years or years, one of the biggest risks to investors was the era of cheap debt coming to an end

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Strong Australian Economy

Strong Australian Economy

A relatively strong Australian economy with low unemployment rates

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A mismatch of supply vs demand

A mismatch of supply vs demand

Continuing strong immigration is creating an unprecedented demand for dwellings

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You can always beat the averages

You can always beat the averages

While it’s likely that property price growth will be lower in 2024 than it was last year, the good news is...

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Good year in property for 2024

Good year in property for 2024

Last year property prices across Australia defied expectations, rebounding in the face of continued rate hikes and closing in on record highs or even hitting new peaks in some areas.

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Most Forgiving

Most Forgiving

Even if you bought the worst house at the worst possible time, the chances are good that it would still go up in value over the next few years

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You Can Add Value

You Can Add Value

There are hundreds of ways you can add value to your property, which will increase your income and your property's capital value

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You Are In Control

You Are In Control

Property is a great investment because you make all the decisions and have direct control over the returns from your property.

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You Can Buy It With Someone Else's Money

You Can Buy It With Someone Else's Money

The return you get on real estate if you pay for your purchase using all cash (without getting a loan) isn't much higher than what you can achieve with other types of investments.

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Consistent Capital Growth

Consistent Capital Growth

Good capital city residential property has an unequaled track record of producing high and consistent capital growth.

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Income That Grows

Income That Grows

The rental income you receive from your investment property allows you to borrow and get the benefit of leverage by helping you pay the interest on your mortgage.

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Security in Property

Security in Property

It’s often said that residential real estate offers the security of "bricks and mortar", but let’s take a closer look at why

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Anyone Can Do It

Anyone Can Do It

Property investment is not just for the wealthy. It doesn't really take large sums of money to get involved in real estate.

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More Millionaires

More Millionaires

According to the AFR Rich 200 list, which is published each year, property has consistently been the major source of wealth for Australia's multimillionaires

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So what can RealRenta do for you?

So what can RealRenta do for you?

RealRenta can manage your Residential, Commercial, renting rooms, share/student accommodation, short term or holiday letting properties.

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LAST CHOICE LOCATIONS

LAST CHOICE LOCATIONS

In every city, there are suburbs where people live because they really have no choice.

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AFFORDABLE LOCATIONS

AFFORDABLE LOCATIONS

This is where most homeowners and many investors look because that’s where they can afford to buy

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DISCRETIONARY LOCATIONS

DISCRETIONARY LOCATIONS

In general, these locations are the established inner-ring suburbs of our capital cities or suburbs close to water.

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ASPIRATIONAL LOCATIONS

ASPIRATIONAL LOCATIONS

These are the upper-middle-class areas and gentrifying locations of our big cities which would also be considered A-grade suburbs

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What are the different types of locations

What are the different types of locations

Not all real estate locations are equal and just like there are different precincts on the Monopoly board

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LOW CRIME RATE

LOW CRIME RATE

Areas with a low crime rate are far more desirable to live in than those with a higher crime rate

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ATTRACTIVE NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER

ATTRACTIVE NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER

Another factor to take into account for an investment-grade location is those neighbourhoods that have undergone gentrification

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GENTRIFICATION

GENTRIFICATION

You will see tired old warehouses or run-down shops in surrounding streets, starting to be given a new lease on life.

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WALKABILITY

WALKABILITY

Beauty, amenities, services, and walkability are all key factors that help set a high-value investment-grade suburb apart from the rest.

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INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITIES

INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITIES

The availability of infrastructure and amenities is another important factor contributing to what makes a location "investment-grade.”

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Investing in an area with strong job growth can increase demand for rental properties and the likelihood of finding long-term tenants

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SUPPLY AND DEMAND

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

While a lot of people suggest population growth is a key driver of demand for property, it is important to look at the supply side of the equation

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DEMOGRAPHICS

DEMOGRAPHICS

The first factor to consider when choosing an investment-grade location is the demographics.

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You should have a plan B

You should have a plan B

You should have a plan B in case you don’t have enough cash flow to meet your debt repayment target.

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What if cash flow is not enough

What if cash flow is not enough

Using your cash flow to repay debt is an obvious strategy. However, for some people, that won’t be enough.

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Why is investing more generally effective than debt reduction

Why is investing more generally effective than debt reduction

In many cases, it is likely that they would have easily repaid their home loan by the time they retired, as their debt was relatively immaterial.

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HOW SENSITIVE IS YOUR CASH FLOW TO CHANGES IN INTEREST RATES

HOW SENSITIVE IS YOUR CASH FLOW TO CHANGES IN INTEREST RATES

The goal is to reduce debt to a level where your standard of living can remain unchanged almost irrespective of the interest rate

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WILL YOU BE ABLE TO REDUCE DEBT SUFFICIENTLY BEFORE YOU RETIRE

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO REDUCE DEBT SUFFICIENTLY BEFORE YOU RETIRE

The second consideration once you have financial buffers in place is to ensure you are repaying enough money each month to achieve two things

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What is the priority: repaying your home loan or investing

What is the priority: repaying your home loan or investing

Many people can be very focused on repaying their home loan in full before they begin investing

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What works now vs what has always worked

What works now vs what has always worked

With a new property cycle upon us, if history repeats itself, and it surely will, many investors will get it wrong.

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The best investment property for this new property cycle

The best investment property for this new property cycle

It’s becoming apparent that more and more investors are looking for the next property “hotspot.”

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Don’t be afraid to negotiate and if necessary, walk away

Don’t be afraid to negotiate and if necessary, walk away

For some reason, Australians are not as comfortable with the idea of negotiating as some of their overseas counterparts

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Try before you buy

Try before you buy

It’s important that you inspects the property carefully and more than once to really assess its suitability.

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Plan for the future

Plan for the future

While they say the only certainties in life are death and taxes, it’s obviously important to teach your children to plan for their future

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Work out what you’re prepared to compromise on

Work out what you’re prepared to compromise on

Some things are non-negotiable when it comes to shopping for a first home.

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Look for potential, not perfection

Look for potential, not perfection

This requires a bit of vision and a willingness to do some manual labour but is a worthwhile strategy for first homebuyers to adopt

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Shop within your means

Shop within your means

While our first home might not be the palatial residence we dream of one day owning, it is the first step up the property ladder

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Obtain pre-approval

Obtain pre-approval

Knowing how much you have to spend means avoiding disappointment and importantly

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Account for every expense

Account for every expense

When it comes to creating a realistic budget, you have to consider the additional costs that come with owning a home of your own

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Get a handle on what you can afford

Get a handle on what you can afford

Their budget should include all monthly expenses, including insurance, entertainment, and of course, things like maintenance costs and rates that come with the responsibility of homeownership.

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Reasons property values increase in the long term – The Wealth of the Nation

Reasons property values increase in the long term – The Wealth of the Nation

There is a positive relationship between household income (“real income” after inflation) and housing demand

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Reasons property values increase in the long term – Future Population Growth

Reasons property values increase in the long term – Future Population Growth

Currently, Australia’s population is around 26.5 million people, and it’s forecast to grow to 30,000,000 people by 2030

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Reasons property values increase in the long term - Demographics

Reasons property values increase in the long term - Demographics

Demographics, which describes the composition of a population including population growth, structure, migration patterns, and income growth

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GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES AND INVESTOR APPETITE

GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES AND INVESTOR APPETITE

When the government wants to inject more demand into the market it looks to incentives. Over the long term, property investors make up about 30% of the housing market.

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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

Rising consumer confidence increases consumer spending, especially on significant purchases such as a new home or an investment property

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SUPPLY AND DEMAND & AVAILABILITY AND COST OF LAND

SUPPLY AND DEMAND & AVAILABILITY AND COST OF LAND

Generally, if demand for accommodation outweighs supply, property prices will rise.

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ACCESS TO CREDIT

ACCESS TO CREDIT

Now I’m not talking about interest rates here, but a borrower's actual access to credit

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INTEREST RATES

INTEREST RATES

Obviously, low-interest rates make it easier for buyers to borrow more, as money is cheaper

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Remember the property cycle

Remember the property cycle

it’s important to remember that our property markets move in cycles

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Structural shifts in Property

Structural shifts in Property

We recently experienced a “once in a generation property boom” in 2020 and 2021 where the value of almost every property in Australia increased by 20% -30%

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What’s ahead for the Australian property market

What’s ahead for the Australian property market

Over the last year, we experienced twelve interest rate rises, stubbornly high inflation, and economic growth has all but come to a standstill

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DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE

Similar to the principle of patience, discipline sees strategic investors continue to do the right things

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PATIENCE

PATIENCE

They recognise that wealth is the transfer of money from the impatient to the patient.

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FAITH IN THE FUTURE

FAITH IN THE FUTURE

Residential Property, neither the Government, the Reserve Bank, or even the private banks are going to allow it to fail.

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You need to plan your financial future

You need to plan your financial future

Attaining wealth doesn’t just happen, it’s the result of a well-executed plan. Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now!

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The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Almost all property investors have a goal to create some kind of financial independence.

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A Big Mistake

A Big Mistake

Perhaps the biggest mistake we often see in this part of the property cycle is investors shifting their focus to cash flow.

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Try Cutting Costs

Try Cutting Costs

The most obvious, but also the most uncomfortable, is to reduce your living expenses.

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HAVE A FINANCIAL BUFFER

HAVE A FINANCIAL BUFFER

Understanding what your holding costs will be and then creating a buffer to get through the next 3 – 5 years.

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Property Finance

Property Finance

Avoid using a bank or just an average mortgage broker, as your options may be more limited.

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Property and the New World Order

Property and the New World Order

Higher interest rates and inflation look like they are here to stay, at least for the short to medium term

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What price would you be willing to pay, to become a successful property investor

What price would you be willing to pay, to become a successful property investor

Many investors will panic and some will not stay the course, choosing to exit as things become too uncomfortable for them

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Demographics drive markets

Demographics drive markets

Over the long-term demographics — how many of us there are, how we live, where we want to live, and what we can afford to live in

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Location does the heavy lifting

Location does the heavy lifting

Location will do 80 % of the heavy lifting for your property’s performance

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Don’t believe the hype

Don’t believe the hype

And don't believe all the hype in the media... It's too easy to get caught up in panic and drama.

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Not every property is investment grade

Not every property is investment grade

few properties are “investment grade” and will strongly outperform the averages over the long term.

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Adopt a proven investment strategy

Adopt a proven investment strategy

Remember 90% of property investors never get past the first or second investment property

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Become financially fluent.

Become financially fluent.

The secret to financial freedom is to spend less than you earn, save the balance and then wisely invest your savings in growth assets.

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Family trust mistakes - ASSET PROTECTION ISSUES

Family trust mistakes - ASSET PROTECTION ISSUES

In many cases, they are set up with an individual person as the trustee, which effectively neutralises a major component of asset protection.

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Family trust mistakes - TRUST LOSS LESSONS

Family trust mistakes - TRUST LOSS LESSONS

If the trust has a loss it is trapped inside of the trust and needs to be funded with after-tax income.

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Family trust mistakes - TAXES ON FOREIGN INCOME DISTRIBUTION

Family trust mistakes - TAXES ON FOREIGN INCOME DISTRIBUTION

Unfortunately, if incorrectly used, a Family Trust can create serious financial repercussions.

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Family Trust What are the risks

Family Trust What are the risks

Tax risks, The name holding the assets, Loss of ownership of assets, and Additional administration

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What are the benefits of a family trust

What are the benefits of a family trust

Asset protection, Minimising tax, Planning for retirement savings, Flexibility to invest in property, and Capital Gains Tax

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Steps to setting up a family trust

Steps to setting up a family trust

There are seven key steps when it comes to setting up a family trust in Australia and done right, it’s a fairly simple process.

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TAX RATES FOR FAMILY TRUSTS

TAX RATES FOR FAMILY TRUSTS

There are not just the setup costs to consider, trustees in a family trust are also liable to pay tax on any income they get from the trust.

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Family Trust - What does it cost to set up

Family Trust - What does it cost to set up

Like any type of legal documentation, setting up a family trust does cost money.

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HOW DOES FAMILY TRUST WORK

HOW DOES FAMILY TRUST WORK

A family trust in Australia works in a similar way to a bank account.

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WHO CAN BE BENEFICIARIES OF A FAMILY TRUST

WHO CAN BE BENEFICIARIES OF A FAMILY TRUST

A beneficiary of a family trust is someone who can benefit from the assets held in the trust.

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What is an Australian Family Trust

What is an Australian Family Trust

A family trust is a trust set up to hold a family's assets or to conduct a family business.

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You Should Set Up a Family Trust

You Should Set Up a Family Trust

The problem is that too many investors begin their investment journey without considering what will be the best ownership structure.

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Allow for an X factor

Allow for an X factor

These X-factors can be negative or positive and can be local or from abroad

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Don’t focus on bargains — they rarely have a future

Don’t focus on bargains — they rarely have a future

While it’s often said you make your money when you buy your property, and that’s true, it’s because you buy the right property not because you buy cheaply

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Follow the 6 Stranded Strategic Approach

Follow the 6 Stranded Strategic Approach

In an area that has a long history of strong capital growth and that will continue to outperform the averages because of the demographics in the area

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The economy and our property markets move in cycles

The economy and our property markets move in cycles

Remember that each property boom sets us up for the next downturn, just as each downturn sets the scene for the next upswing.

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Investing is a game of finance

Investing is a game of finance

Cash flow management is critical to successful property investing.

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Demographics drive markets

Demographics drive markets

This will be more important in shaping our property markets

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QLD - Stage 2 rental law reform

QLD - Stage 2 rental law reform

Have your say on 5 key legislative reform priorities to inform the development of Stage 2 rental law reform

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Location does the heavy lifting

Location does the heavy lifting

Most jobs, most wages growth, most population growth and most of our economy happens in Australia’s capital cities

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Don’t believe the hype

Don’t believe the hype

Try switching off the nightly news before the finance segment begins and watch some bad reality television instead.

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Not every property is investment grade

Not every property is investment grade

any property can become an investment but few properties are “investment grade”

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Adopt a proven investment strategy

Adopt a proven investment strategy

While cash flow is important to keep you in the game, it’s capital growth that will get you out of the rat race

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Become financially fluent

Become financially fluent

One of the reasons most investors don’t develop the financial freedom they deserve is that they don’t understand the rules of money and they end up buying their properties with emotion

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The Reserve Bank has increased the cash rate to 3.85%

The Reserve Bank has increased the cash rate to 3.85%

But don't sit around waiting for your bank to send you an email or a letter informing you if they’ve passed on the rate increase

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Typical steps involved to refinance – SUBMIT A DISCHARGE AUTHORITY

Typical steps involved to refinance – SUBMIT A DISCHARGE AUTHORITY

I recommend getting your broker to send a discharge authority to your existing lender.

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Typical steps involved to refinance – Speak to your lender

Typical steps involved to refinance – Speak to your lender

Most banks allow brokers to apply for higher discounts via online platforms

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When to start considering your loan options

When to start considering your loan options

Typically, you should start 2 to 3 months prior to any fixed rate or the interest-only term expiration

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN IN THE FUTURE

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN IN THE FUTURE

If you would like to offer your kids a family guarantee to help them, get into the property market

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RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS

RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS

If your fixed rate is expiring, then you must ensure the variable rate that will eventually apply to your loan is competitive

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IS YOUR CURRENT LENDER UNDER-VALUING YOUR PROPERTY

IS YOUR CURRENT LENDER UNDER-VALUING YOUR PROPERTY

Different lenders will use different valuers, and valuations can vary significantly.

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CAN YOU CONSOLIDATE LOAN ACCOUNTS

CAN YOU CONSOLIDATE LOAN ACCOUNTS

If you have multiple loans that relate to one property or investment, you should consider consolidating them

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DO YOU EXPECT TO SELL OR BUY PROPERTY IN THE FUTURE?

DO YOU EXPECT TO SELL OR BUY PROPERTY IN THE FUTURE?

you need to ensure you have access to equity to fund a deposit

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ACCESS EQUITY

ACCESS EQUITY

Some investors like to have access to as much equity in the property, even if they have no plans on using the funds.

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Consider your whole portfolio: some questions to ask yourself

Consider your whole portfolio: some questions to ask yourself

A change in employment, income, or financial situation could either improve or impair your borrowing capacity.

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Interest-Only Term Expiry

Interest-Only Term Expiry

Contractually, the bank doesn’t have to offer you another interest-only term – they can insist that you repay the principal and interest for the remainder of the loan term.

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When their fixed rate terms expire

When their fixed rate terms expire

It has been very well reported that many mortgage holders will soon be paying much higher interest rates when their fixed rate terms expire.

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Don’t waste your time worrying

Don’t waste your time worrying

Time spent worrying is time that you could spend identifying opportunities and taking action

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There are always risks associated with investing

There are always risks associated with investing

Don’t be afraid of failing, because the biggest risk is not doing anything to protect your financial future

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Having the right mindset is critical to investment success.

Having the right mindset is critical to investment success.

While knowledge is important, successful investors take action

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Treat your property investments like a business

Treat your property investments like a business

Diversification is for people who don’t know how to invest

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You will never get rich from earned income or savings

You will never get rich from earned income or savings

Be greedy when others are fearful and be fearful when others are greedy. Don’t follow the crowd because the “crowd” is either wrong or late to the party.

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Any property can become an investment property

Any property can become an investment property

Don’t rely entirely on property data - it can be misleading and can be twisted to say almost anything.

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Timing the property market is just too hard

Timing the property market is just too hard

Have you noticed how some investors seem to do well in good times and do even better in bad times?

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Don’t listen to whom  most property investors listen too

Don’t listen to whom most property investors listen too

Don't listen to so-called professionals, Accountants, mortgage brokers, etc.

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No one really knows

No one really knows

There are 25 million property experts in Australia - everyone seems to have an opinion about the property

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Never listen to others that are not where you want to be

Never listen to others that are not where you want to be

There will always be someone out there telling you to or not to invest in property.

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Successful investors have a long-term strategy

Successful investors have a long-term strategy

Strategic investors not only buy properties, but they buy themselves time to ride out the cycle

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At times of poor or no capital growth

At times of poor or no capital growth

Residential investment is a game of finance with some houses thrown in the middle

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Look at what has always worked

Look at what has always worked

Residential property investment is a high-growth, relatively low-yield investment class

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Property investment is risky in the short term

Property investment is risky in the short term

It takes the average property investor around 30 years to become financially independent.

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There are multiple property markets in Australia.

There are multiple property markets in Australia.

Don’t pay attention when people tell you what the Australian property markets are doing

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Every year we get hit by an X factor

Every year we get hit by an X factor

an unforeseen event or situation that blows all our carefully laid plans away

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Market Movements are far from an Exact Science

Market Movements are far from an Exact Science

Even though they are armed with all the research available in today’s information age

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The Ups and Downs

The Ups and Downs

This long-term growth of property values is underpinned by Australia’s population growth

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The economy and our property markets

The economy and our property markets

Booms never last forever, and neither do busts.

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If you get knocked down, get up again

If you get knocked down, get up again

You need resilience to be successful.

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Most things you fear will never happen

Most things you fear will never happen

Time spent worrying is time that you could spend identifying opportunities and taking action.

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The biggest risk is not doing anything

The biggest risk is not doing anything

Don’t be afraid of failing, because the biggest risk is not doing anything to protect your financial future.

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Successful investors take action

Successful investors take action

there will always be risks when making investment decisions.

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Having the right mindset is critical to investment success

Having the right mindset is critical to investment success

Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world

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Diversification is for people who don’t know how to invest

Diversification is for people who don’t know how to invest

You’ll never become an expert doing a hundred things once

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Treat your property investments like a business

Treat your property investments like a business

Don’t look for fun or excitement in your investing

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Don’t do what most property investors do

Don’t do what most property investors do

Location will do around 80% of the heavy lifting of your property’s capital growth.

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You will never get rich from earned income or savings

You will never get rich from earned income or savings

You need your money working for you even when you’re asleep

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There are 4 ways you make money out of a property

There are 4 ways you make money out of a property

Cash flow is important to keep you in the property game, but capital growth will get you out of the rat race.

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Don’t rely entirely on property data

Don’t rely entirely on property data

Property investment is part science and part art

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Any property can become an investment property

Any property can become an investment property

just kick out the owner and put a tenant in

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 17

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 17

Any property can become an investment property

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 16

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 16

Timing the property market is just too hard. It’s much better to buy the best asset you can afford and hold it for the long term

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 15

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 15

Don’t listen to whom most property investors listen to for investment advice

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 14

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 14

No one really knows what’s going to happen to the property markets, but everyone seems to have an opinion.

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 13

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 13

Savvy investors surround themselves with a great team and are prepared to pay their advisors

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 12

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 12

There will always be someone out there telling you not to invest in property.

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 11

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 11

Successful investors have a long-term strategy to grow their wealth and use the correct asset protection

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 10

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 10

Taking on debt is not a problem. Not being able to repay debt is an issue, meaning cash flow management is a critical part of wealth creation.

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 9

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 9

At times of poor or no capital growth

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 8

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 8

Residential property investment is a high-growth, relatively low-yield investment class

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 7

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 7

don’t look for “what works now.” Instead, look for “what has always worked"

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 6

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 6

Property investment is risky in the short term, but secure in the long term

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 5

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 5

Within each capital city, there are multiple property markets divided by geography, price point, and type of property.

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 4

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 4

Every year we get hit by an X factor

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 3

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 3

Economists never seem to agree on where our property markets are heading and usually get their forecasts wrong

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 2

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 2

Despite the ups and downs, the long-term trend for well-located capital city properties is rising values

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Investment Property Lessons Learned – 1

Investment Property Lessons Learned – 1

The economy and our property markets move in cycles

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Latest cash rate decision further fuels the financial fire

Latest cash rate decision further fuels the financial fire

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to implement a sixth consecutive cash rate increase will add further burden to the pockets of everyday Australians

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Qld landlords urged to opt into head leasing initiative

Qld landlords urged to opt into head leasing initiative

Landlords who own property in Queensland are being urged to apply for a new initiative aimed at boosting the supply of social housing in the state.

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Granny flats a go as Qld aims to ease leasing pressure

Granny flats a go as Qld aims to ease leasing pressure

New emergency planning changes will urge homeowners to lease secondary dwellings in Queensland over the next three years.

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Fees, you don’t want to pay - The buying with emotion

Fees, you don’t want to pay - The buying with emotion

You can end up paying this fee in 2 ways. Firstly, when you fall in love with a property and overpay.

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Fee’s, you don’t want to pay - The I got eaten by a shark

Fee’s, you don’t want to pay - The I got eaten by a shark

A couple of 25-year-olds charge off to one of those investment property seminars that promise you’ll make a million dollars in six months.

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Fees, you don’t want to pay - The renovation reality

Fees, you don’t want to pay - The renovation reality

This is the learning fee that you must pay when you realise that renovations are hard work

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Fees, you don’t want to pay - The

Fees, you don’t want to pay - The "capital non-growth"

This is the fee that you pay when you buy an investment with poor capital growth because it’s in the wrong city, suburb, or street.

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Fee you don’t want to pay - The

Fee you don’t want to pay - The "Oops, I bought the wrong property”

Did you know that statistics show that 20% of investors sell up their property in the first year and 50% in the first 5 years

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Are we nearing the peak of the interest rate cycle?

Are we nearing the peak of the interest rate cycle?

We know that the Reserve Bank Board decided to increase the cash rate by 50bps to 2.35% at its September meeting.

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Scammers pirating legitimate rental home ads for fraudulent listings

Scammers pirating legitimate rental home ads for fraudulent listings

The alarming figures are higher compared to last year when 48 reports of similar scams left 18 victims $32,320 out of pocket.

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Sunshine State scams

Sunshine State scams

A spate of Sunshine Coast rental scams that have emerged this past week highlight the ever-constant threat of cybercrime.

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Thinking you're covered by LMI

Thinking you're covered by LMI

Lender's Mortgage Insurance or LMI is required by lenders when you borrow at a certain loan-to-value ratio.

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I haven't maxed out my credit cards, so I should be safe

I haven't maxed out my credit cards, so I should be safe

One of the biggest mistakes first-time borrowers make is not knowing what lenders look at when they assess your current financial commitments.

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I can get finance for any property I buy

I can get finance for any property I buy

Over the last few years, lenders have restricted their criteria when it comes to the type of property they'll accept as security against a loan

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I can get finance for any property I buy

I can get finance for any property I buy

Over the last few years, lenders have restricted their criteria when it comes to the type of property they'll accept as security against a loan

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It's the lender's fault if I can't make the repayments on my property investment loan

It's the lender's fault if I can't make the repayments on my property investment loan

While the legislation was introduced to give lenders a greater duty of care when it comes to ensuring borrowers can afford the loans they're offered

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You don't necessarily have to save a deposit if the family chips in

You don't necessarily have to save a deposit if the family chips in

One of the toughest challenges facing first-home buyers is saving a deposit.

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Thinking a big bank will give you more bang for your bucks in your property investment loan

Thinking a big bank will give you more bang for your bucks in your property investment loan

Over the last few years, APRA has been reviving competition in the finance sector, particularly between the big banks and non-bank lenders.

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Believing the best deal will be made through a bank

Believing the best deal will be made through a bank

Rather than going directly to a bank, savvy borrowers are now choosing to use mortgage brokers to apply for a home loan on their behalf.

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Do I need to wear my Sunday best to secure a loan

Do I need to wear my Sunday best to secure a loan

In the good old days, you had to dress to the nines and visit the bank manager to get the nod of approval if you wanted a home loan

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Don’t get caught not counting the true cost

Don’t get caught not counting the true cost

First home buyers in particular are often unaware of just how much the true cost of home ownership is.

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Don’t Get too fixed on your loan

Don’t Get too fixed on your loan

When interest rates are on the rise, it's common for borrowers to panic and goes about fixing their loans in an attempt to avoid skyrocketing repayments.

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Don’t get caught up in the razzle-dazzle of the lowest rate

Don’t get caught up in the razzle-dazzle of the lowest rate

Given that the most talked about topic when it comes to home loans are interest rates, it's not surprising that getting the best rate often becomes the sole focus of home buyers and investors.

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Home and contents vs landlord insurance

Home and contents vs landlord insurance

Some landlords mistakenly think that standard home and contents insurance is the right choice for their investment property.

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The Queensland land tax grab could hurt investors and renters

The Queensland land tax grab could hurt investors and renters

Are you a Queensland property investor or are you considering investing in Queensland? Well, hold onto your hats!

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How to choose an investment which outperforms market averages?

How to choose an investment which outperforms market averages?

we already know that investors need to put an effective investment plan in place in order to outperform market averages.

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Strata Community Regulations for Major Renovations

Strata Community Regulations for Major Renovations

Since ‘Major Renovations’ are not clearly defined in the Strata Act, all work that does not fall under the classifications of minor renovations or cosmetic work is considered a major renovation

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Strata Community Approval Process for Minor Renovations

Strata Community Approval Process for Minor Renovations

For this type of renovation, you need approval, which is often given by the strata committee. The strata committee is typically given the authority to approve plans, If not, a general meeting vote will be required for approval.

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Living In a Strata Community: The Renovation Process

Living In a Strata Community: The Renovation Process

A strata lot, often known as an apartment, building, or office, is legally represented by a strata title, which serves as proof of ownership to the buyer of a specific unit on the strata lot

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The 'wealth effect' explained

The 'wealth effect' explained

Household and individual wealth is a very influential factor for property markets and is very topical in today's markets, so let's drill down into this topic further to show exactly why it drives prices higher.

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Reasons property values increase in the long term

Reasons property values increase in the long term

Demographics, Future population growth, and The wealth of the nation

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What causes property values to increase - Short Term

What causes property values to increase - Short Term

Now we know all about property market cycles and at what stage in the cycle we’re currently in, let's talk about property price rises, and how and why they grow short-term

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Property Downturn phase of the cycle in 2022

Property Downturn phase of the cycle in 2022

Yes, we’ve moved to the next phase of the property cycle. Australia’s property market boom appears to have ended, and now we’re onto the downturn phase of the cycle.

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The property boom of 2020-21

The property boom of 2020-21

While the Covid-19 pandemic shut down life as we knew it, many businesses closed and economies tanked, there was one market that flourished – our housing market.

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How does a property cycle work?

How does a property cycle work?

We already know that Australia’s property markets move in cycles.

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The reality of sifting through 30 to 60 rental applications

The reality of sifting through 30 to 60 rental applications

A Queensland property manager has offered some insight into the mental and emotional toll that’s being shared by the profession and prospective tenants during the current rental squeeze.

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A Perfect storm leaves regional renters out to dry

A Perfect storm leaves regional renters out to dry

Tenants in regional NSW are feeling the pinch of rising interest rates, with new research naming five regions set to be the worst hit by the rental crunch

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Work with tenants to address repairs or pay the price: WA watchdog

Work with tenants to address repairs or pay the price: WA watchdog

Western Australia’s consumer protection body is reminding rental providers that they must still follow the letter of the law when disaster strikes.

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REIQ: Latest law reforms could lead to Qld investor exodus

REIQ: Latest law reforms could lead to Qld investor exodus

New Queensland rental legislative reforms could have a damaging impact on the industry, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

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RBA rate rises won't result in a sharp market downturn

RBA rate rises won't result in a sharp market downturn

Even in light of consecutive 0.5 percent rate hikes, LJ Hooker’s head of research says the RBA board's action shouldn't have a dramatic impact on Australia's property markets.

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The mould management minefield

The mould management minefield

When it comes to our homes though, rugging them up too much can invite an unwanted visitor – mould!

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Who covers relocation costs – the tenant or landlord

Who covers relocation costs – the tenant or landlord

If your rental is badly damaged and becomes uninhabitable, you may need to relocate your tenants. But who covers the relocation costs?

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What is a capital expense and can you claim it at tax time?

What is a capital expense and can you claim it at tax time?

When you consider all the expenses involved in owning your investment property, tax benefits don’t just include immediate tax deductions.

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What you CAN’T claim on your tax

What you CAN’T claim on your tax

I’ve highlighted what you can claim on an investment property – but what about the costs that are not tax-deductible?

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Top deductions for investment properties in Australia part 3

Top deductions for investment properties in Australia part 3

Utility fees, Pest control, Repairs & maintenance, Some legal costs, and Capital gains

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Top deductions for investment properties in Australia part 2

Top deductions for investment properties in Australia part 2

Property management fees, Depreciation, Negative gearing, and Land tax

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Top deductions for investment properties in Australia part 1

Top deductions for investment properties in Australia part 1

What kinds of expenses can you claim when you own an investment property?

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How does owning an investment property affect taxes

How does owning an investment property affect taxes

The majority of the costs associated with owning a rental property can be deducted against your regular income tax bill, which reduces the amount of tax you pay overall.

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When Should I Start Advertising My Rental Property?

When Should I Start Advertising My Rental Property?

Ideally, you want the next tenants to move in the day your property is available to avoid any loss of income

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What’s ahead for tenants?

What’s ahead for tenants?

Rental demand doesn’t look likely to ease any time soon, particularly with our borders reopening and international students returning, filling the once vacant CBD apartments.

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Why is supply so limited for tenants?

Why is supply so limited for tenants?

It all started in 2017 when APRA restricted funding to investors, meaning the number of investors providing rental accommodation decreased

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It’s tough out there for tenants with rising rentals

It’s tough out there for tenants with rising rentals

There’s a shortage of rental properties available, both houses and apartments

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What if my financial circumstances change?

What if my financial circumstances change?

Life is an unpredictable myriad of moments full of many highs, lows, and all the mundane stuff.

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Am I approaching this as an investor or am I emotionally involved?

Am I approaching this as an investor or am I emotionally involved?

When buying a home, about 90% of your purchasing decision will be based on emotion, and only 10% on logic

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Will my cash flow service my finance requirements?

Will my cash flow service my finance requirements?

It’s a common question and one which is very important to answer before embarking on a new investment: Will the cash flow from this property be sufficient to service my financial requirements?

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Have I set up the right ownership structures

Have I set up the right ownership structures

Working out how to structure your investment property purchase is a critical consideration that must be determined before you buy (it’s too expensive to change ownership structures later on).

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Do I have a solid finance strategy

Do I have a solid finance strategy

Smart property investors use other people’s money in three ways…

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Do I have my finance pre-approved

Do I have my finance pre-approved

Finance is the leveraging tool to help you get into the property, and property will be the vehicle that will create your long-term wealth.

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Where am I getting my data, information, facts, and figures from

Where am I getting my data, information, facts, and figures from

It is very important to understand what has driven the data you’re using to make your decisions because not all data is reliable or meaningful.

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What is the property worth

What is the property worth

Two houses, side by side in the same street could be valued differently because of their individual attributes.

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Investment grade property

Investment grade property

The once-in-a-generation property boom we experienced during the Covid pandemic and which was fuelled by historically low-interest rates

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Are you looking to buy property on the Gold Coast, QLD

Are you looking to buy property on the Gold Coast, QLD

Property on the Gold Coast, QLD for sale

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Before buying your next investment property - Does this property fit into my long-term strategy

Before buying your next investment property - Does this property fit into my long-term strategy

Planning is bringing your future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Rent out, revalue and repeat

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Rent out, revalue and repeat

This is the part of the process where you can truly celebrate a job well done and cash in on all of your hard work!

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Finally, it’s the little things

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Finally, it’s the little things

Sometimes, just replacing small fixtures and fittings can make a difference

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Kitchen and bathroom

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Kitchen and bathroom

These are the two main areas of renovation that will chew through your budget.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Flooring

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Flooring

Flooring is an affordable way to transform a property’s look and aesthetic.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Painting

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Painting

As well as a fresh lick of paint on the outside of the house, a revamped paint job inside can make all the difference.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Entrance

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Entrance

An appealing first impression is the beginning step to attract tenants' (or eventual buyers') interest.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Hire experts

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Hire experts

Work out early in the piece which experts you would like to hire and start arranging quotes.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Work out your limitations

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Work out your limitations

It goes without saying that you will need to work out a budget for your renovations.

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Do your research

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Do your research

Before you begin doing the work, do your homework. What’s the demographic of the area? What’s the particular style of the neighborhood?

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STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Get council or body corporate approval

STEPS FOR RENOVATION - Get council or body corporate approval

Find out if you need council approval – or body corporate approval if the property is in a unit complex

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STEPS TO A HIGH-PROFIT RENOVATION

STEPS TO A HIGH-PROFIT RENOVATION

Buy low, renovate cheap, and add substantial value is the aim of the game. It sounds simple enough, right?

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Property markets go through cycles

Property markets go through cycles

Over the long term the value of well-located residential real estate increases but there are times every property cycle when values stagnate

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Signs you should fire your property manager - Terrible taste

Signs you should fire your property manager - Terrible taste

Having afriendly property manager is great. Having a property manager who is overly friendly and too trusting is not.

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Signs you should fire your property manager - Monthly Report

Signs you should fire your property manager - Monthly Report

Your property manager should be providing you with a report each month that details your property’s financials

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Signs you should fire your property manager – Inspect Regularly

Signs you should fire your property manager – Inspect Regularly

They don’t inspect the property regularly

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Signs you should fire your property manager - Charges

Signs you should fire your property manager - Charges

Hiring a property manager is just one of those expenses that come with having a property investment - Or is it

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Signs you should fire your property manager - They’re quiet… too quiet

Signs you should fire your property manager - They’re quiet… too quiet

No one likes being bombarded by endless calls, texts, and emails, but it’s much worse if your property manager never checks in.

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What is a property appraisal?

What is a property appraisal?

A property appraisal is when a real estate agent determines and quotes the estimated sale price of your property based on their experience of the area, similar sales, and their knowledge of buyer demand.

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What is a property valuation?

What is a property valuation?

A property valuation is a formal, detailed report undertaken by a certified practicing valuer (CPV) that determines a property’s market value and examines the property beyond its size and location.

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Don’t wait for the perfect property

Don’t wait for the perfect property

You’ll almost certainly find problems in every property – even experienced investors do

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Can you improve your property valuation?

Can you improve your property valuation?

One of the simplest ways to do this is to undertake a cosmetic renovation to ensure the property is looking modern and clean

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Follow expert advice, not trends

Follow expert advice, not trends

As an investor, you need to focus on the type of property and location that has always worked – not what is working right now

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Build your own dream team

Build your own dream team

Having a good team around you to support you through the entire process is essential.

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Don’t believe everything the selling agent tells you

Don’t believe everything the selling agent tells you

The agent works for the sellers, not the buyers, so don’t be fooled into thinking they have your best interests at heart.

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Look beyond your backyard

Look beyond your backyard

There’s an entire world of rental markets outside your own neighborhood, so don’t limit yourself.

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Don’t fall in love with a property

Don’t fall in love with a property

When buying an investment, don’t look for a property that you would love to live in, or where you plan to holiday

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It’s essential to factor in unexpected costs

It’s essential to factor in unexpected costs

It’s essential you make sure you have a budget to cover the unavoidable but sometimes unexpected costs of owning a home.

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You need to focus on your finance first

You need to focus on your finance first

It’s so important to get the right finance, and having a great mortgage broker can really help.

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There’s always some kind of trade-off

There’s always some kind of trade-off

When you’re buying a property, there are three major factors involved

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Location & property considerations

Tips For Young Property Investors – Location & property considerations

While your team of professionals will be able to help you decide on the location and property type, you should keep the following in mind.

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Plan for contingencies

Tips For Young Property Investors – Plan for contingencies

You need to budget carefully to allow for contingencies associated with your income-producing asset.

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Demonstrate financial discipline

Tips For Young Property Investors – Demonstrate financial discipline

The ability to save and practice financial discipline is a crucial part of real estate investing and getting approved for finance:

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Pre-approval

Tips For Young Property Investors – Pre-approval

Once you’ve found the right home loan for you, apply for pre-approval as this offers increased negotiating power.

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Shop around for a competitive loan

Tips For Young Property Investors – Shop around for a competitive loan

The investment loan market is highly competitive and this means you can find a mortgage product with features such as an offset account, the ability to make additional repayments, a redraw facility, and minimal ongoing fees.

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Consider borrowing options

Tips For Young Property Investors – Consider borrowing options

You may want to consider co-borrowing, which involves two or more owners agreeing to share the costs of ownership.

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Consider a family guarantee

Tips For Young Property Investors – Consider a family guarantee

As a rule of thumb, banks want you to come up with at least a 20% deposit of the purchase price, even though sometimes you can put less down and pay for lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI).

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Tips For Young Property Investors – Save early

Tips For Young Property Investors – Save early

If you want to invest in property, you need to start saving as early as possible.

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Tips For Young Property Investors - Seek advice

Tips For Young Property Investors - Seek advice

Leverage a pool of qualified professionals by speaking with local agents and brokers to help you understand the market and decipher whether or not the purchase would meet your investment needs.

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Tips For Young Property Investors - Educate yourself

Tips For Young Property Investors - Educate yourself

Young investors should become familiar with property investing and different markets

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Your Budget when buying property

Your Budget when buying property

It can be an exciting time when buying real estate, can’t it?

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The property market moves in cycles

The property market moves in cycles

During a boom, everyone is an optimist and expects the good times to last forever, just as we lose our confidence during a downturn.

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Understand where the risk really lies

Understand where the risk really lies

Most investors believe there is a direct relationship between risk and reward

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Surround yourself with a great team

Surround yourself with a great team

If you are the smartest person in your team you’re in trouble.

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Demographics hold the key

Demographics hold the key

We are getting married later, divorcing more often, and living longer.

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Buy properties that will be in continuous strong demand

Buy properties that will be in continuous strong demand

Of course, not every property in a given suburb will make a good investment or have similar capital growth.

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Land appreciates

Land appreciates

Smart investors buy properties with a high land-to-asset ratio.

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Property is a high growth low yield investment

Property is a high growth low yield investment

Investors know the only way to eventually become financially free through property is to build a substantial asset base.

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It’s about the property

It’s about the property

Wise investors never forget the age-old fundamental of buying the best property they can afford in proven locations.

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They invest, not speculate

They invest, not speculate

Even though they think they are investing, many property investors are actually speculating.

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They take a long-term perspective.

They take a long-term perspective.

So let’s look at some time-tested rules these successful investors use to make their fortunes.

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Criminal element

Criminal element

If you’ve failed in your duty of care (e.g. failed to repair broken locks), you could also be liable for losses your tenants suffer too.

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I’ll sue! - See you in court

I’ll sue! - See you in court

It’s not something anyone wants to think about, but as a landlord, you just may find yourself having to go to court

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Insurance for Water Damage

Insurance for Water Damage

You might be surprised just how often landlords need to make a claim for damage caused by a water pipe bursting and flooding the home.

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Weather woes & insurance

Weather woes & insurance

Mother Nature can be very unpredictable and there’s no telling what will happen when wild weather strikes.

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Tenants when Accidents happen

Tenants when Accidents happen

You can have the best tenants in the world, but your rental might suffer accidental damage.

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Tenants Not paying and not leaving

Tenants Not paying and not leaving

As a landlord, you could find yourself dealing with the financial hole that’s left if your tenant fails to pay their rent.

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No one needs insurance — until they do!

No one needs insurance — until they do!

Insurance can seem like a waste of money, especially if you don’t need to make a claim.

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Landlord insurance is a wise investment.

Landlord insurance is a wise investment.

While some things change, one thing remains clear – landlord insurance is a wise investment.

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Property investment lessons Part 8

Property investment lessons Part 8

Having the right mindset is critical to investment success.

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Property investment lessons Part 7

Property investment lessons Part 7

Be greedy when others are fearful and be fearful when others are greedy.

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Property Investment lessons Part 6

Property Investment lessons Part 6

Property investment is part science and part art

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Property investment lessons Part 5

Property investment lessons Part 5

No one really knows what’s going to happen to the property markets.

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Property investment lessons Part 4

Property investment lessons Part 4

There will always be someone out there telling you not to invest in property.

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Property investment lessons Part 3

Property investment lessons Part 3

Taking on debt is not a problem. Not being able to repay debt is an issue, meaning cashflow management is a critical part of wealth creation.

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Property investment lessons Part 2

Property investment lessons Part 2

Property investment is risky in the short term, but secure in the long term. It is definitely not a way to get rich quickly.

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Property investment lessons Part 1

Property investment lessons Part 1

The economy and our property markets move in cycles. Booms never last forever, neither do busts.

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Here’s something you could guarantee will happen in 2022

Here’s something you could guarantee will happen in 2022

The property pessimists will still be out there next year telling us not to invest and that our property markets are going to crash.

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Property trends we can expect in 2022 - More property investors will return to the market

Property trends we can expect in 2022 - More property investors will return to the market

So far this property cycle has been driven by owner-occupiers and first home buyers, but now more and more investors are getting in the market.

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Property trends we can expect in 2022 - A fight for quality

Property trends we can expect in 2022 - A fight for quality

During the last few years, fear of missing out led inexperienced investors and homebuyers to purchase almost any property that their budget would allow

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APRA is likely to tighten its macro-prudential measures in 2022

APRA is likely to tighten its macro-prudential measures in 2022

APRA has only really tapped its foot on the brake pedal

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Property trends we can expect in 2022 - The “official” interest rate will remain unchanged

Property trends we can expect in 2022 - The “official” interest rate will remain unchanged

The official RBA interest rate is likely to remain unchanged throughout 2022

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Property trends we can expect in 2022 - Our economy will pick up

Property trends we can expect in 2022 - Our economy will pick up

With the prolonged lockdowns in Australia’s two largest cities keeping people indoors and spending less, households have squirreled away an estimated $200 billion this year.

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Property trends we can expect in 2022 - We’re in for a 2-tier property market moving forward

Property trends we can expect in 2022 - We’re in for a 2-tier property market moving forward

Most property markets have performed strongly so far this cycle. Moving forward the rate of price growth will slow and there are several reasons for this.

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Property trends we can expect in 2022 - Property values will continue rising

Property trends we can expect in 2022 - Property values will continue rising

In general property values should increase throughout 2022, but at a slower rate of growth than 2021.

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Things to know before buying your first property – Don’t wait for the perfect property

Things to know before buying your first property – Don’t wait for the perfect property

You’ll never find a perfect property. You’ll almost certainly find problems in every property

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Things to know before buying your first property – Follow expert advice, not trends

Things to know before buying your first property – Follow expert advice, not trends

Don’t look for the next hotspot.

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Things to know before buying your first property – Build your own dream team

Things to know before buying your first property – Build your own dream team

Having a good team around you to support you through the entire process is essential.

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Things to know before buying your first property – Don’t believe everything the selling agent tells you

Things to know before buying your first property – Don’t believe everything the selling agent tells you

The agent works for the sellers, not the buyers, so don’t be fooled into thinking they have your best interests at heart.

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Things to know before buying your first property – Look beyond your backyard

Things to know before buying your first property – Look beyond your backyard

There’s an entire world of rental markets outside your own neighborhood, so don’t limit yourself.

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Things to know before buying your first property – Don’t fall in love

Things to know before buying your first property – Don’t fall in love

When buying an investment, don’t look for a property that you would love to live in, or where you plan to holiday.

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Things to know before buying your first property - unexpected costs

Things to know before buying your first property - unexpected costs

It is essential you make sure you have a budget to cover the unavoidable costs

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Things to know before buying your first property - Finance first

Things to know before buying your first property - Finance first

It’s so important to get the right finance, and having a great mortgage broker can really help.

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Things to know before buying your first property - trade-off

Things to know before buying your first property - trade-off

The hectic conditions of the current property market have many first-time investors feeling the pressure to secure a property before they’re priced out.

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ANZ, has hiked its fixed rates for the second time in the last few weeks

ANZ, has hiked its fixed rates for the second time in the last few weeks

All four big banks have now hiked fixed rates following the RBA meeting 10 days ago.

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The great Australian dream of homeownership is still alive and well

The great Australian dream of homeownership is still alive and well

However, analysis of the largest 7 capital cities in Australia shows a clear trend of both house and unit prices growing faster than incomes over the last four decades.

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How investors end up in ‘mortgage prison’

How investors end up in ‘mortgage prison’

APRA’s recent increases to banks’ loan serviceability expectations are intended to cool rapidly rising prices, but industry experts warn that there could be unintended consequences.

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Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age – 4

Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age – 4

When it comes to investing in property for the first time, you may feel like you’re in over your head. - What are the risks?

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Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age – 3

Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age – 3

When it comes to investing in property for the first time, you may feel like you’re in over your head. - Control

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Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age – 2

Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age – 2

When it comes to investing in property for the first time, you may feel like you’re in over your head. - Financial benefits

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Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age - 1

Good Reasons to Start Investing at A Young Age - 1

When it comes to investing in property for the first time, you may feel like you’re in over your head. - Compounding over time

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Questions to ask before selling your investment property - 3

Questions to ask before selling your investment property - 3

Is your desire to sell driven by fear or finances?

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Questions to ask before selling your investment property - 2

Questions to ask before selling your investment property - 2

Is it a good time to sell?

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Questions to ask before selling your investment property - 1

Questions to ask before selling your investment property - 1

Is the property investment grade?

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What property investors will be doing in 2022

What property investors will be doing in 2022

55.2% of the respondents of a recent survey believe now is a good time to invest in residential real estate

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How the new 3% mortgage stress test will affect property buyers from 1st November 2021

How the new 3% mortgage stress test will affect property buyers from 1st November 2021

New lending rules are about to kick in, which will limit the amount people can borrow from the bank.

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Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid – 4

Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid – 4

Buying your first home has always been one of the highlights of many people’s lives. - Not doing proper due diligence

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Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid – 3

Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid – 3

Buying your first home has always been one of the highlights of many people’s lives. - Over-extending financially

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Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid - 2

Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid - 2

Buying your first home has always been one of the highlights of many people’s lives. - Not factoring in all the real costs

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Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid - 1

Big mistakes first home buyers must avoid - 1

Buying your first home has always been one of the highlights of many people’s lives. - Avoid buying emotionally

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Steps to take when your tenant gives notice to vacate

Steps to take when your tenant gives notice to vacate

Time is always of the essence when it comes to a notice to vacate. As a self-managing landlord, it’s important for you to be proactive to reduce confrontation and headaches, but also move new tenants into your house without losing weeks of rent.

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When a tenant vacates your property, it’s important to understand your rights

When a tenant vacates your property, it’s important to understand your rights

When a tenant vacates your property, it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities to avoid disputes and potentially save time and money.

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A simple, but significant change to the lending rules

A simple, but significant change to the lending rules

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), has made a simple, but significant change to the lending rules for banks and other authorised lenders.

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Rent – it’s the basis of the whole landlord-tenant relationship

Rent – it’s the basis of the whole landlord-tenant relationship

In the simplest of terms, tenants pay money to the property owner in exchange for being able to live in the place.

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How important is it to visit interstate property?

How important is it to visit interstate property?

Many investors are hesitant about buying property interstate because they’re uncertain about buying a property without both seeing it first, and also being able to revisit when they like.

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Two main things to consider when buying property interstate

Two main things to consider when buying property interstate

As far as I’m concerned, there are two main things to consider when becoming a borderless property investor, and they’ll be the make or break of your investment.

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The pros & cons of buying property interstate

The pros & cons of buying property interstate

There are a number of clear benefits of becoming a borderless investor.

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When should I consider buying property interstate?

When should I consider buying property interstate?

When you’re thinking about investing in property, there are three key things to consider. Your budget, Location, and The right property

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Landlord-tenant law

Landlord-tenant law

Landlord-tenant law includes rights and obligations each landlord and each tenant has with regard to the rental property

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Do you need rental property insurance if you have homeowners insurance?

Do you need rental property insurance if you have homeowners insurance?

It depends on how long you intend to lease the property, but in most cases, homeowners insurance coverage won't be an appropriate substitute for rental property insurance

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Types of rental property insurance policies

Types of rental property insurance policies

When you're shopping for rental property insurance policies, you may notice that there are different types of policies

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Rental Property Insurance: Who Needs it and What Does it Cover?

Rental Property Insurance: Who Needs it and What Does it Cover?

Rental property insurance, also called landlord insurance, covers the unique risks taken in renting out your home or condo for long periods of time

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Property investors want more control over receipt of rental payments

Property investors want more control over receipt of rental payments

70 percent of landlords want to receive rent immediately from their tenants or to have the flexibility to choose when they are paid.

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Queensland property nation’s fastest-growing state

Queensland property nation’s fastest-growing state

More than 30,000 Australians relocated to the Sunshine State in 2020, a 15-year high.

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House prices in popular school zones soar as much as 46%

House prices in popular school zones soar as much as 46%

House prices in some of Australia’s more popular school catchment areas have soared by as much as 46% over the past 12 months.

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Rental Property Inspection – The Ultimate Checklist

Rental Property Inspection – The Ultimate Checklist

Use this handy checklist to help you with your next rental property inspection.

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Rental Property Inspection – Final Thoughts

Rental Property Inspection – Final Thoughts

As a landlord, you’re ultimately responsible for the upkeep and condition of your property, even when you’re renting it out.

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Don’ts of Landlord Inspections

Don’ts of Landlord Inspections

Breach a Tenant’s Right to Quiet Enjoyment, Show Up Unexpectedly, Ignore State and Local Law, Give a Vague Notice

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Do’s of Landlord Inspections:

Do’s of Landlord Inspections:

Give Proper Notice of Any and All Inspections (24-48 hours)

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Landlord Inspections: Inspections when and why

Landlord Inspections: Inspections when and why

Maybe you’re suspicious one of your tenants is breaking the lease’s pet policy. Maybe you just haven’t checked in with them for a while.

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How to Perform a Rental Property Inspection - Do's and Don'ts

How to Perform a Rental Property Inspection - Do's and Don'ts

Here are a few do's and don’ts to keep in mind when performing a rental property inspection.

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Rental Property Inspection – Types of Inspections

Rental Property Inspection – Types of Inspections

Rental property inspections come in several types, including Move-in inspections, Quarterly inspections, Drive-by inspections, and Move-out inspections

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Rental Property Inspection – What are they

Rental Property Inspection – What are they

What are they? A rental property inspection can be performed by the owner, tenant, or both whenever they move in or out of the property

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What about Rentvesting?

What about Rentvesting?

If buying your own home still seems out of reach, consider buying a home for someone else instead.

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Your first action is to start saving today, even if you’re not sure when you’ll buy

Your first action is to start saving today, even if you’re not sure when you’ll buy

For example, if you’re an apprentice earning first-year wages, you might not qualify for a loan – but you can start putting aside $50 a week for a deposit.

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But if you can’t afford to buy your own home in your desired area, what do you do?

But if you can’t afford to buy your own home in your desired area, what do you do?

First, get to the bottom of the reason why haven’t bought you.

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Delay buying your first home is putting you at huge risk of being a long-term renter

Delay buying your first home is putting you at huge risk of being a long-term renter

But complaining about a lack of affordability isn’t going to get them anywhere: instead, they need to starting turn attitude into action.

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - You don’t have reliable, affordable contractors

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - You don’t have reliable, affordable contractors

This is where experienced investors will have the advantage over you every time.

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - A poor (or worse, no) investing strategy

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - A poor (or worse, no) investing strategy

Maybe you took advice from a well-meaning relative, or read on a blog somewhere about the next big thing in real estate

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Not accounting for maintenance and repairs

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Not accounting for maintenance and repairs

This is a common mistake many investors make, and it can ruin them.

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Misjudging the rental market

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Misjudging the rental market

If you’re looking to buy an investment property and you can’t quote vacancy rates and median rents verbatim, then you need to go back to the drawing board.

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - You haven’t researched the location

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - You haven’t researched the location

Sure the property itself needs to be desirable to owner-occupiers and tenants, but buying in the right location is the most important factor.

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Scrimping on the details of your finance

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Scrimping on the details of your finance

You’re investing in property to secure your financial future and build wealth

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Not knowing your target market

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Not knowing your target market

Make sure you buy the right property for its location.

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Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Buying with your heart, not your head

Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your 1st Property - Buying with your heart, not your head

If you’re a first-time investor, champing at the bit to purchase the first property in what will become your wealth-building real estate portfolio, it can be a daunting task knowing where to start.

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Australian homeowners are holding onto their properties for longer than ever

Australian homeowners are holding onto their properties for longer than ever

A lack of properties to buy at a time of rising property values creates uncertainty about being able to find a better alternative.

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NSW cans strata building pet bans

NSW cans strata building pet bans

Furry friends will be more welcome in New South Wales strata schemes from 25 August

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Tenants and landlords asked to work together in lockdown

Tenants and landlords asked to work together in lockdown

With the Australian Capital Territory extending its lockdown, the government has urged landlords, tenants and rental providers to work together closely over the coming weeks.

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Homeownership is the great Australian dream, but it’s also a ticket to financial success

Homeownership is the great Australian dream, but it’s also a ticket to financial success

However, throughout my years in the industry, I’m struck by the number of agents who have an exterior display of “wealth” yet continue to struggle with something as basic as owning their own home.

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People often ask what type of property they should buy

People often ask what type of property they should buy

But they are asking the wrong question: creating lasting wealth through real estate investing is not about the actual transaction or event of buying a property

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Teach yourself

Teach yourself

Developing a life-long pursuit of learning and educating yourself is important for every individual

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Property Investment Stages – Moving towards a financial objective

Property Investment Stages – Moving towards a financial objective

This is the phase where the investor’s asset base grows sufficiently, to allow them to leverage off their increasing equity and cash flow to buy more properties.

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Property Investment Stages – Sticking to a winning formula

Property Investment Stages – Sticking to a winning formula

This is the next phase some property investors move into if they have critically examined what works for them and what doesn’t

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Property Investment Stages - Learning what NOT to do

Property Investment Stages - Learning what NOT to do

This is the earliest phase, where property investors learn about investing by trying different strategies and listening to every point of view in the market.

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Fuel kids inner entrepreneur

Fuel kids inner entrepreneur

Buffett’s entrepreneurial spirit dates back to when he was a little boy.

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Help kids separate ‘needs’ from ‘wants’

Help kids separate ‘needs’ from ‘wants’

As Benjamin Franklin once said:“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

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Give kids a financial role model

Give kids a financial role model

The best way to inspire the next warren Buffett out of your child is to act as a great financial role model yourself.

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Teach kids the value of saving

Teach kids the value of saving

Saving even a little bit of money on a regular basis pays off

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Ways to teach your kids about money, according to Warren Buffett

Ways to teach your kids about money, according to Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is arguably one of the best investors of all time and has an excellent track record of creating and maintaining his wealth dating back to his early entrepreneurial days starting at just five years old.

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Superannuation doesn’t form part of your will

Superannuation doesn’t form part of your will

Ashleigh Petrie nominated her mother as the sole beneficiary of her super. However, Ashleigh’s 63-year-old fiancé was successful in claiming her full super balance after she died in a car accident.

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Property investors – the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has put you on notice.

Property investors – the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has put you on notice.

They say you should beware of common tax traps that can delay refunds or lead to an audit costing you time and money

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Good Investing is Boring

Good Investing is Boring

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

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RBA makes cash rate call for August

RBA makes cash rate call for August

The Reserve Bank of Australia has made its latest call on the official cash rate.

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What you need to know before renting out your home

What you need to know before renting out your home

Thinking of converting your home to an investment property one day? You’re not alone…

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Things to know about commercial leases – Additional costs

Things to know about commercial leases – Additional costs

Another major difference between residential and retail leases is that the tenant is required to pay additional costs.

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Things to know about commercial leases – Fit-out and make-good costs

Things to know about commercial leases – Fit-out and make-good costs

Unlike residential leases where tenants are usually not allowed to make any changes to the property, retail leases are kind of the opposite.

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Things to know about commercial leases – Rent reviews

Things to know about commercial leases – Rent reviews

Retail lease rent increases generally happen every year and can be by a fixed-rate, percentage increase, or commonly reflect the Consumer Price Index increase.

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Things to know about commercial leases - Retail or not

Things to know about commercial leases - Retail or not

More and more sophisticated investors are considering commercial real estate as a viable investment strategy.

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Lockdown bank relief: what’s on offer for you?

Lockdown bank relief: what’s on offer for you?

With lockdown restrictions tightening across NSW and extending in Victoria, Australia’s banks have rolled out extra support to affected customers.

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More than 1 in 3 Aussie properties cheaper to buy than rent

More than 1 in 3 Aussie properties cheaper to buy than rent

Having a mortgage is even more likely to be cheaper than renting than it was pre-pandemic, new research has revealed.

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A late start hasn’t stopped this couple from doubling their investment portfolio in just 4 years

A late start hasn’t stopped this couple from doubling their investment portfolio in just 4 years

In just four short years, the Refalo family has doubled their investment portfolio, enabling them to explore the possibility of a semi-retirement in the near future.

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Steps to success for new property investors - Don’t scrimp on insurance

Steps to success for new property investors - Don’t scrimp on insurance

I’ve known investors who own property without having landlords insurance and to me, that’s like playing Russian roulette!

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Steps to success for new property investors - Take your time when making decisions

Steps to success for new property investors - Take your time when making decisions

Rushing into decisions before you have had a chance to mull over all the facts is never a good idea

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Steps to success for new property investors - Buy the right property

Steps to success for new property investors - Buy the right property

While location does the heavy lifting in your investment property’s performance

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Steps to success for new property investors - Be realistic about your costs

Steps to success for new property investors - Be realistic about your costs

Buying an investment property and then preparing your property for the rental market will require a certain amount of time and money.

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Steps to success for new property investors - Do your research

Steps to success for new property investors - Do your research

As around 80% of your property’s performance will be due to its location

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Ways to minimise your risks - Buying properties with “owner-occupier” appeal

Ways to minimise your risks - Buying properties with “owner-occupier” appeal

Buy the type of property that would appeal to owner-occupiers

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Ways to minimise your risks - Taking note of supply and demand.

Ways to minimise your risks - Taking note of supply and demand.

Supply and demand are important – and I don’t just mean supply and demand of rental properties.

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Ways to minimise your risks - Tailoring your investment

Ways to minimise your risks - Tailoring your investment

When you make the decision to become a landlord, there are a number of ways to minimise your risks

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How to overcome the biggest fear of beginning property investors

How to overcome the biggest fear of beginning property investors

There are a number of reasons why a person may want to invest in property, but they never actually get around to it.

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Is now the right time to lock in record-low rates?

Is now the right time to lock in record-low rates?

Leading economists are now predicting that rates will move faster than the RBA’s lower for longer forecasts, with those who want to lock in record-low rates urged to act before it’s too late.

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Property investors may cop a hit this tax time, accountants warn

Property investors may cop a hit this tax time, accountants warn

The past year has raised new tax issues for mum and dad property investors, with many expected to cop a hit this tax time.

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Repairs or Renovation - Not all is lost

Repairs or Renovation - Not all is lost

Let’s say you’ve gone full steam ahead and just wiped the final dust from your upscale bathroom renovation.

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Repairs or Renovation - Intention, Design and Materials

Repairs or Renovation - Intention, Design and Materials

Understanding what separates repair or maintenance work from an improvement requires asking yourself the right questions prior to starting

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Repairs or Renovation - Improvement or repair?

Repairs or Renovation - Improvement or repair?

No doubt, remodeling a space is a sure-fire way to attract a rental crowd and increase its value to potential tenants.

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Repairs or Renovation – Maintenance what type of work does this cover?

Repairs or Renovation – Maintenance what type of work does this cover?

Ultimately, maintenance claims can include any type of work done to the property that prevents it (or a part of it) from deteriorating or eventually becoming broken or unusable.

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Repairs or Renovation - The rule of wear and tear

Repairs or Renovation - The rule of wear and tear

The Australian Taxation Office stipulates that a rental owner is entitled to claim the costs of any type of work done to an investment property, provided that the expense ultimately contributes towards its overall maintenance and repair.

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Questions a Lender Will Ask You and What You Should Prepare For - What deposit do you have?

Questions a Lender Will Ask You and What You Should Prepare For - What deposit do you have?

The bigger the better. Ideally, you will have about 20 percent of the house purchase price saved up. This is a good idea for a couple of reasons.

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Questions a Lender Will Ask You and What You Should Prepare For - How much do you spend?

Questions a Lender Will Ask You and What You Should Prepare For - How much do you spend?

The lender may ask for three to six months of bank statements for your transactional accounts so they can identify incomings and outgoings.

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Questions a Lender Will Ask You and What You Should Prepare For - How much do you earn?

Questions a Lender Will Ask You and What You Should Prepare For - How much do you earn?

Pulling together the information for a loan application can seem daunting, and may even feel a little invasive.

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Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments  – Part 5

Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 5

Finally, where is the wriggle room? When you buy a brand new property, your room to negotiate prices is strictly regulated by a set-price list.

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Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments  – Part 4

Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 4

New properties don’t cost that much more than established properties.

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Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 3

Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 3

People think there is less maintenance involved in a new property

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Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 2

Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 2

why buying a brand new house or unit is enticing. However, that doesn’t mean it is a smart decision. There are more tax benefits for new properties

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Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 1

Why you shouldn’t invest in shiny new houses or apartments – Part 1

The fresh smell, the clean slate, the low maintenance - are just some of the reasons why buying a brand new house or unit is enticing. However, that doesn’t mean it is a smart decision.

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Some Don’ts If You Want To maximise your rent

Some Don’ts If You Want To maximise your rent

Short term lets – more vacancy, more costs

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Mod cons & A good tenant can maximise your rent

Mod cons & A good tenant can maximise your rent

Tenants love them and they can really add value so try and get as many of these in your property.

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Include garden maintenance & Consider Pets to maximise your rent

Include garden maintenance & Consider Pets to maximise your rent

I own lots of Pet-friendly accommodation

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Set a rent at 95% of the market to Maximise your Rent

Set a rent at 95% of the market to Maximise your Rent

This one is a little bit counterintuitive but it means you will have much better inquiries

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Longer leases & Minimise vacancies to maximise your rent

Longer leases & Minimise vacancies to maximise your rent

Professional photos advertising your property, feature property status putting them on page 1 of the most dominant portals

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Refresh your Property to maximise your rent

Refresh your Property to maximise your rent

Rents need to increase to keep up with inflation

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Tighter lending policy due in 1H 2022

Tighter lending policy due in 1H 2022

Westpac has said that moves to tighten lending standards could come earlier than it previously predicted.

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Why is it wrong to invest for income?

Why is it wrong to invest for income?

The goal for most investors is to accumulate enough wealth so your investment assets generate sufficient passive income to meet living expenses.

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How landlord insurance plays a part

How landlord insurance plays a part

Every insurance policy is different and you have to look at what is coved and what is not

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This is what you shouldn’t do

This is what you shouldn’t do

Do not wait until it is too late. While it seems odd to delay issuing a breach notice, it is common in a downturned property market where rents are decreasing

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How does this whole situation impact landlord insurance?

How does this whole situation impact landlord insurance?

Landlord insurance is a great safety net when something goes wrong.

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What happens if the tenant catches up on rent?

What happens if the tenant catches up on rent?

That is great news! Apart from making sure, you have a thorough record of the breach

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What should I include on a breach notice?

What should I include on a breach notice?

Tribunals have been known to completely reject a landlord’s claim in court simply because the notice wasn’t served correctly.

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My tenants are behind in rent – what should I do?

My tenants are behind in rent – what should I do?

As soon as a tenant is behind in rent, a breach notice should be issued immediately to prevent further loss.

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When a tenant signs a rental agreement, they are ultimately agreeing to the rules set out on the lease.

When a tenant signs a rental agreement, they are ultimately agreeing to the rules set out on the lease.

But, what happens when they break the rules on the lease and how does it impact your insurance?

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What makes real estate so valuable - 6

What makes real estate so valuable - 6

So let’s take a look at why some properties are more valuable than others - Solid returns on investment

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What makes real estate so valuable - 5

What makes real estate so valuable - 5

So let’s take a look at why some properties are more valuable than others - Gentrification

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What makes real estate so valuable - 4

What makes real estate so valuable - 4

So let’s take a look at why some properties are more valuable than others - Infrastructure

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What makes real estate so valuable - 3

What makes real estate so valuable - 3

So let’s take a look at why some properties are more valuable than others - The character, style, and appeal of homes

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What makes real estate so valuable - 2

What makes real estate so valuable - 2

So let’s take a look at why some properties are more valuable than others - It turns out size does matter, after all

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What makes real estate so valuable - 1

What makes real estate so valuable - 1

So let’s take a look at why some properties are more valuable than others - Where we want to live

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Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market – 5

Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market – 5

If you think it’s harder to rent out your property than ever before, you’re not imagining it. - Choose the right way to rent your property

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Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market – 4

Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market – 4

If you think it’s harder to rent out your property than ever before, you’re not imagining it. - Listen to constructive feedback

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Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market - 3

Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market - 3

If you think it’s harder to rent out your property than ever before, you’re not imagining it. - Pivot your target market

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Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market - 2

Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market - 2

If you think it’s harder to rent out your property than ever before, you’re not imagining it -Invest in stronger marketing

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Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market - 1

Ways landlords can find a tenant in a tough rental market - 1

If you think it’s harder to rent out your property than ever before, you’re not imagining it. - Renovate the property while it’s vacant

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How to keep your first property as an investment and why most home owners don’t do it

How to keep your first property as an investment and why most home owners don’t do it

An apartment is the first rung on the property ladder for many first home buyers, especially those priced out of a freestanding or attached house in Australia’s priciest capital cities.

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Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 6

Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 6

More and more investors are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) to buy an investment property. Some of the most common mistakes people are making and how you can avoid them - Purchasing from a member

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Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 5

Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 5

More and more investors are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) to buy an investment property. Some of the most common mistakes people are making and how you can avoid them - Stamp Duty

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Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 4

Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 4

More and more investors are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) to buy an investment property. Some of the most common mistakes people are making and how you can avoid them - Life Insurance

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Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 3

Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 3

More and more investors are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) to buy an investment property. Some of the most common mistakes people are making and how you can avoid them - Renovations

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Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 2

Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 2

More and more investors are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) to buy an investment property. Some of the most common mistakes people are making and how you can avoid them. - Associated Party Loan

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Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 1

Common mistakes when buying an investment property in an SMSF–Tip 1

More and more investors, and particularly Baby Boomers, are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) as a vehicle to buy an investment property. So, I’d like to share some of the most common mistakes people are making so you can avoid them - Debt

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There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 5

There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 5

Ending a Rental Agreement - Reasonable and proportionate test for VCAT - Claiming bond - Notice to vacate for endangering safety

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There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 4

There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 4

During a rental agreement - Modifications - Urgent repairs - Inspections and rights of entry - Electrical and gas safety

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There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 3

There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 3

Moving in - Rental minimum standards - Keys and security

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There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 2

There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords - 2

Before you sign a lease

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There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords.

There are new rent rules for Victorian tenants and landlords.

Whether you’re a renter or rental provider (the “official” new name for a landlord), there are a new set of rental rules that you should understand.

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Building a true property investment business – Tip 2

Building a true property investment business – Tip 2

Take action - Begin by developing a mindset for your business success

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Building a true property investment business - tip 1

Building a true property investment business - tip 1

If you are serious about growing a very significant property portfolio and establishing a real “property investment business” – Begin with the End in Mind

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The Rules of Property have changed - Part 2

The Rules of Property have changed - Part 2

Retirees / Downsizers

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The Rules for Property have changed

The Rules for Property have changed

Are you looking to invest in property and take advantage of the new property cycle?

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How to be a good landlord

How to be a good landlord

You can’t have successful property investment without tenants but too many landlords pay scant regard to their tenants – to their financial detriment.

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Washing and cleaning vehicles on common property

Washing and cleaning vehicles on common property

With an increasing number of Australians now residing in apartment complexes, certain activities that residents used to freely carry out in freehold house has become a contentious topic of discussion among a number of Body Corporates.

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HOW TO GET YOUR PROPERTY “RENT READY”

HOW TO GET YOUR PROPERTY “RENT READY”

12 KEY TIPS

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Common tenant complaints - Damage to Common Areas

Common tenant complaints - Damage to Common Areas

Children drawing on walls or sticking gum in lifts is enough to raise the ire of any tenant.

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Common tenant complaints - Smoking

Common tenant complaints - Smoking

Smoking in enclosed areas of the common area of common property is prohibited by law under theTobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998

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Common tenant complaints - Odour

Common tenant complaints - Odour

It isn’t uncommon for strong cooking odours to waft through mechanical ventilation systems and impact larger areas.

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Common tenant complaints - Immoral and Improper Use of a Dwelling

Common tenant complaints - Immoral and Improper Use of a Dwelling

Most body corporates have a by-law that states a unit can’t be used for immoral or improper purposes.

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Common tenant complaints - Noise

Common tenant complaints - Noise

Excessive noise is always an issue and isn’t just restricted to the unit dwelling

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Common tenant complaints - Animals

Common tenant complaints - Animals

The issue of animals being kept in unit dwellings has long been an emotive topic that has generated heated debate among both tenants and the wider community.

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Common tenant complaints - Maintenance and Upkeep of Building

Common tenant complaints - Maintenance and Upkeep of Building

It’s the body corporate’s responsibility to maintain the building and ensure the upkeep of common areas.

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Common tenant complaints - Parking

Common tenant complaints - Parking

Tenants parking in the visitor bays, tenants parking in the wrong bays

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Common tenant complaints - Landscaping

Common tenant complaints - Landscaping

The quality of landscaping in common areas, as well as the style and type of plants used, can result in tenant complaints.

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Common tenant complaints - Children

Common tenant complaints - Children

Children running amok in a unit complex are bound to attract the attention of other tenants.

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Pet ban in NSW apartments set to lift with the passing of new laws

Pet ban in NSW apartments set to lift with the passing of new laws

Residents of NSW apartments are another step closer towards being allowed to legally keep a pet with the passing of a crucial law in parliament last week.

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Make Sure to Doc­u­ment Everything

Make Sure to Doc­u­ment Everything

A writ­ten lease is very import­ant. You need the right rental agree­ment for your situ­ation and state

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How does debt recycling work?

How does debt recycling work?

Debt recycling may be a little confusing, so let’s explain it with a seven-step guide.

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What exactly is debt recycling?

What exactly is debt recycling?

Simply put, debt recycling is a strategy that turns your current home equity into a tax-deductible investment loan.

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Not all debt is bad debt

Not all debt is bad debt

Somewhere along the line, you were probably taught that debt is a problem. But, I don’t agree with that.

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How to earn money from your debt

How to earn money from your debt

You were probably taught by your parents to get a good education, a good job, buy a home, work really hard and pay off your debt.

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Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 5

Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 5

Rent reality

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Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 4

Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 4

External features

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Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 3

Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 3

Security matters

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Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 2

Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 2

Allowing pets

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Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 1

Ways to get your tenant to pay more rent - 1

It’s no secret that the rental market in some parts of the country is sluggish. Renovation

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Retirement planning — more than owning your home

Retirement planning — more than owning your home

While modern life is exceptionally busy, any decent financial Adviser will tell you that today is the best time to start planning for your retirement; the earlier you plan, the better placed you will be to enjoy it.

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Risks of selling to a tenant

Risks of selling to a tenant

While this type of transaction can be beneficial in many ways, it can also be tricky.

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Why sell to a tenant?

Why sell to a tenant?

When you sell your property to a tenant, you’re selling to a buyer who has lived in the home already

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Selling Your Property To A Tenant

Selling Your Property To A Tenant

Renting out a property always comes with some trepidation.

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How do I end the tenancy – ACT & NT

How do I end the tenancy – ACT & NT

Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory

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How do I end the tenancy – SA & TAS

How do I end the tenancy – SA & TAS

South Australia and Tasmania

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How do I end the tenancy – QLD & WA

How do I end the tenancy – QLD & WA

Queensland and Western Australia

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How do I end the tenancy – NSW & VIC

How do I end the tenancy – NSW & VIC

New South Wales and Victoria

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How do I end the tenancy?

How do I end the tenancy?

Every landlord will eventually face a situation in which they need to evict a tenant.

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What are your landlord rights when your tenant stops paying rent?

What are your landlord rights when your tenant stops paying rent?

It’s one of the worst nightmares for landlords – a tenant who hasn’t paid rent for weeks and won’t vacate the property.

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When can I increase the rent?

When can I increase the rent?

Tenants always think their rent is too high and of course, landlords want to take to maximise their investment returns.

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Landlord rights regarding Repairs & maintenance

Landlord rights regarding Repairs & maintenance

Occasionally you will be contacted by your tenant or property manager advising that you are going to have to repair an item in your rental property

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When can a landlord visit their property

When can a landlord visit their property

While you may feel like checking on how your tenant is looking after your property, you can’t just pop in whenever you feel like it.

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Responsibilities of the landlord to the tenant

Responsibilities of the landlord to the tenant

During a residential tenancy, landlords have a number of responsibilities to their tenants, which are enshrined in the relevant legislation.

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Landlord Rights and Responsibilities – Utility and service charges

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities – Utility and service charges

When it comes to utility and services charges, there are varying rules around this across the country so it’s important to check your relevant state authority.

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Landlord Rights and Responsibilities – The Rent

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities – The Rent

As the landlord, you have the right to request rent on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis

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Landlord Rights and Responsibilities - The Bond

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities - The Bond

Rental bonds are paid by tenants at the start of their tenancy and are a goodwill payment held in trust by the specific state government rental authority

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Landlord Rights and Responsibilities - How do you choose a tenant

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities - How do you choose a tenant

How do you choose a tenant?

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Property stakeholders often feel a little nervous about a bank valuer visiting

Property stakeholders often feel a little nervous about a bank valuer visiting

Valuers show up, poke around and then send a verdict to the lender about whether the price paid, or estimate made, ‘stacks up to market’.

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Should you consider buying with a friend?

Should you consider buying with a friend?

Buying with a friend seems like a good idea, doesn’t it?

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How to Diversify Your Real Estate Investments

How to Diversify Your Real Estate Investments

There are many different ways to invest in real estate, but the most commonly known method involves purchasing and renting out residential properties

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How to defend your property against adverse effects

How to defend your property against adverse effects

A successful property portfolio is one that is not reliant on you, as the investor, to dictate its performance, a property guru has said.

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ACCC pressures lenders to change their home loan game

ACCC pressures lenders to change their home loan game

The ACCC has set its sights on helping home loan borrowers save money by upping their engagement with the home loan market after its Home Loan Price Inquiry revealed some interesting facts.

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RBA makes first cash rate call of the year

RBA makes first cash rate call of the year

The Reserve Bank of Australia has made its first call on the official cash rate for this year, following its decision to cut the rate to a historic low in November.

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VIC Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 now live

VIC Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 now live

All 130-plus rental standard reforms from the Victorian government are now available for viewing, in a bid to make renting “fairer” for both tenants and landlords from March this year.

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Property Management Tip – Have good help

Property Management Tip – Have good help

What can RealRenta do for you?

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Property Management Tip – Don’t make it personal

Property Management Tip – Don’t make it personal

Making friends gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling right?

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Property Management Tip - Stay on top of rent reviews

Property Management Tip - Stay on top of rent reviews

To maximise the return on your investment, it is essential to keep on top of where the rental market is heading

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Property Management Tip - Keep your property pristine

Property Management Tip - Keep your property pristine

One way to make sure you get the best tenant to look after your asset, whilst at the same time ensuring it retains its long-term value

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Property Management Tip - Be Business Minded

Property Management Tip - Be Business Minded

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that you should treat your property investments like a business.

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Things I wish I’d known about property managers

Things I wish I’d known about property managers

Over many years in the industry, I’ve come across plenty of Bad property managers and that is why I built RealRenta

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 11

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 11

The property market moves in cycles

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 10

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 10

Understand where the risk really lies

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 9

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 9

Real estate investing is a game of finance with some properties thrown in the middle.

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 8

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 8

Surround yourself with a great team

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 7

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 7

Demographics hold the key

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 6

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 6

Buy properties that will be in continuous strong demand

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 5

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 5

Land appreciates

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 4

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 4

Property is a high growth low yield investment

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 3

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 3

It’s about the property

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 2

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 2

They invest, not speculate

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Rules for successful property investing – Rule 1

Rules for successful property investing – Rule 1

They take a long term perspective.

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Building a moat: How to defend your property against adverse effects

Building a moat: How to defend your property against adverse effects

A successful property portfolio is one that is not reliant on you, as the investor, to dictate its performance

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How retirees are using their home for money

How retirees are using their home for money

Asset-rich, cash-poor Australians can use the equity in their properties as a way of topping up any shortfalls in retirement.

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When will Australia crack the $1m median house price?

When will Australia crack the $1m median house price?

A property investor has predicted Australia’s median house price will surge to over $1 million in the next three years, as the economic recovery acts as a tailwind for the industry.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year

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Buying a Property - Useful tips

Buying a Property - Useful tips

Ensure your house and garden are child-safe

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Buying a Property - Making an Offer

Buying a Property - Making an Offer

Missing out on a property that you have your heart set on can be a very disappointing experience

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Buying a Property - Preparing to Buy

Buying a Property - Preparing to Buy

Prospective purchasers need to do some homework

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Buying a Property - Property Resources

Buying a Property - Property Resources

There are a number of ways to search for potential properties.

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Buying a Property – Choosing a Property

Buying a Property – Choosing a Property

Knowing what you want in a property before you start can save you a lot of time

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Post-recession pattern: How prices will rise in the next 5 years

Post-recession pattern: How prices will rise in the next 5 years

Real estate has proven its resilience once again as prices rise over the year and forecasts point to further strengthening, the Property Investment Professionals of Australia said.

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Top five reasons to refinance

Top five reasons to refinance

Here at RealRenta, we are here to help and it's FREE to get a financial check to make sure you are getting the best deal on your loans.

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How to buy prior to auction day

How to buy prior to auction day

As markets heat up, typically more vendors take their property to auction. There are a number of reasons why a vendor might be willing to sell before auction day.

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Common mistakes property investors make

Common mistakes property investors make

Poor property selection, Poor cash flow management, Wrong ownership structure, and more

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What makes a good investment property?

What makes a good investment property?

Many factors make a good investment property. Today, let’s focus on six main areas.

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What type of tenancy agreement should I use?

What type of tenancy agreement should I use?

Aside from the time frame, there are subtle differences between the three different types of tenancy agreements

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 9

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 9

What’s the deal with landlord insurance and rental bonds?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 8

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 8

What happens if there is disagreement about the refund of the bond?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 7

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 7

When can a landlord claim against the bond?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 6

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 6

When is the bond released? And to whom?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 5

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 5

What happens if a co-tenant moves out?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 4

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 4

Who holds the bond?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 3

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 3

Who collects the bond?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 2

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 2

Who pays the rental bond? Whose money is it?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 1

What you need to know about rental Bonds Tip 1

How much is the bond?

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What you need to know about rental Bonds

What you need to know about rental Bonds

This is what you need to know about the bonds that tie tenants to landlords… and what it has to do with landlord insurance.

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Emotions run high as renters struggle to find a home

Emotions run high as renters struggle to find a home

GOLD Coast families fear they could be left homeless as the city’s rental market struggles to keep up with unprecedented demand from local and interstate tenants.

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Are you a Company Director, Then you better understand this

Are you a Company Director, Then you better understand this

Maybe a director of the corporate trustee of your family trust? - Then you should know that the Government recently passed Bills to amend the Corporations Act 2001 to introduce a ‘Director Identification Number’ (DIN).

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The most common tenant complaints - When an Owner or Tenant Complains

The most common tenant complaints - When an Owner or Tenant Complains

When an Owner or Tenant Complains

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The most common tenant complaints - TYPES OF CONTRAVENTION NOTICES

The most common tenant complaints - TYPES OF CONTRAVENTION NOTICES

TYPES OF CONTRAVENTION NOTICES

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The most common tenant complaints - How are By-Laws Enforced?

The most common tenant complaints - How are By-Laws Enforced?

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - How are By-Laws Enforced?

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The most common tenant complaints - How to Resolve a Dispute

The most common tenant complaints - How to Resolve a Dispute

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - How to Resolve a Dispute

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The most common tenant complaints 12

The most common tenant complaints 12

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Difficulty reaching you (or your property manager)

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The most common tenant complaints 11

The most common tenant complaints 11

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Pests and cockroaches

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The most common tenant complaints 10

The most common tenant complaints 10

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Lack of privacy

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The most common tenant complaints 9

The most common tenant complaints 9

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Damage to common areas

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The most common tenant complaints 8

The most common tenant complaints 8

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Smoking

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The most common tenant complaints 7

The most common tenant complaints 7

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Odours

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The most common tenant complaints 6

The most common tenant complaints 6

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Noise

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The most common tenant complaints 5

The most common tenant complaints 5

Maintenance and upkeep

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The most common tenant complaints 4

The most common tenant complaints 4

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Parking

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Aussies see now as the best time to buy an investment property

Aussies see now as the best time to buy an investment property

Despite the financial fallout of the pandemic this year, a good chunk of Australians still believe the time is nigh to invest in property

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The most common tenant complaints 3

The most common tenant complaints 3

Ensuring that your tenants are happy - Animals

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The most common tenant complaints 2

The most common tenant complaints 2

Landscaping

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The most common tenant complaints 1

The most common tenant complaints 1

Investors think that the hardest part of becoming an investor is searching for and finding the right investment property. Common tenant complaints - Children

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Avoiding Capital Gains Tax

Avoiding Capital Gains Tax

If you sell your property, capital gains is a tax that investors hate! - It’s like the boogie man of taxes.

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COVID property boom could push QLD home prices up 20%

COVID property boom could push QLD home prices up 20%

QUEENSLAND is on the cusp of a property boom that could lead prices to skyrocket by more than 20 percent in some areas and last for years to come.

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Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 6

Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 6

The “negotiation” learning fee

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Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 5

Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 5

The “buying with emotion” learning fee

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Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 4

Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 4

The “I got eaten by a shark” learning fee

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Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 3

Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 3

The “renovation reality” learning fee

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Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 2

Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 2

The “capital non-growth” learning fee

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Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 1

Why pay Fees for Learning to be a Property Investor Tip 1

Choosing the right investment property comes down to knowing what you need, knowing what you can afford, and knowing exactly what’s available at the time you are ready to buy. - The “Oops, I bought the wrong property “learning fee”

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Renters are finding it easier to make their rental payments

Renters are finding it easier to make their rental payments

Renters are finding it easier to make their rental payments than at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, but feel less sure about their future post-pandemic.

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Win For Pet Owners In NSW

Win For Pet Owners In NSW

The New South Wales Court of Appeal has struck down an attempt from one of Sydney's most famous apartment buildings to ban pets.

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Looking to buy Investment properties

Looking to buy Investment properties

Accelerate Wealth pride ourselves on challenging the conventional way people go about property investments

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What can RealRenta do for you?

What can RealRenta do for you?

RealRenta automates the whole process of managing your tenants - at a fraction of what property managers charge

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This is going to underpin the rebound in our property markets in 2021.

This is going to underpin the rebound in our property markets in 2021.

You’re probably very familiar with the term “responsible lending” these days

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How a portfolio can survive a relationship breakdown

How a portfolio can survive a relationship breakdown

Investors are being advised that strong portfolio management can help both investors get ahead if their relationship falls apart.

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THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 6

THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 6

Be sure to acquire the research and knowledge that will allow you to mitigate your risk and give you the best chance of real success - SET A REALISTIC DEADLINE

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THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 5

THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 5

Be sure to acquire the research and knowledge that will allow you to mitigate your risk and give you the best chance of real success. - RENOVATE TO CAPITALISE

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THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 4

THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 4

Be sure to acquire the research and knowledge that will allow you to mitigate your risk and give you the best chance of real success. - FIND THE RIGHT SUBURB, AND THEN THE RIGHT PROPERTY

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THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 3

THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 3

Be sure to acquire the research and knowledge that will allow you to mitigate your risk and give you the best chance of real success. - HOW MUCH WORK DO YOU WANT TO DO?

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THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 2

THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 2

Be sure to acquire the research and knowledge that will allow you to mitigate your risk and give you the best chance of real success. - FINANCES: CAN YOU AFFORD IT?

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THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 1

THINGS FIRST-TIME RENOVATORS NEED TO KNOW - Tip 1

Be sure to acquire the research and knowledge that will allow you to mitigate your risk and give you the best chance of real success. - FEASIBILITY: DO THE NUMBERS ADD UP?

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Rental moratorium extension to create ‘perfect storm’ for mum and dad investors

Rental moratorium extension to create ‘perfect storm’ for mum and dad investors

The NSW government’s decision to extend its rental moratorium has been hit with criticism, with flow-on effects set to severely impact mum and dad investors.

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Virtual inspection trap triggers warning

Virtual inspection trap triggers warning

The consumer watchdog is warning of an increase in rental and accommodation scams, with more than $300,000 lost to fraudulent activities this year alone.

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SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 5

SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 5

POOR (OR NO) MAINTENANCE

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SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 4

SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 4

NO, FOLLOW THROUGH

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SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 3

SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 3

CONSISTENTLY LATE REPORTS

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SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 2

SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 2

LACK OF COMMUNICATION

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SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 1

SIGNS OF A BAD PROPERTY MANAGER – Part 1

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you can’t have a successful property investment without tenants paying you rent regularly. - COMPLIANCE ISSUES

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The Fears landlords have about Property Managers

The Fears landlords have about Property Managers

The top concerns investors have when they’re engaging a Property Manager. From security checks to inexperience, here are the worries landlords have and how you can alleviate them.

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Add Value to Your Home with a Spring Cleaning

Add Value to Your Home with a Spring Cleaning

With the gorgeous spring weather on its way, many of us will be motivated to do a bit of a tidy up.

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 8

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 8

Claim on Insurance - The good news is if you have followed everything above you should not have any problems claiming insurance on everything (well most things).

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 7

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 7

Loss of rent and other compensation - If the tenant has not paid any rent since serving the eviction notice you are most likely down about 8 weeks rent in total. - So let’s get your money back!

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 6

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 6

Police lockout - If the tenants still don’t move out you can apply for a Warrant of Possession.

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 5

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 5

Tribunal hearing day - If you have prepared everything this will be a breeze.

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 4

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 4

Prepare for Tribunal - Preparation is key.

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 3

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 3

Apply to tribunal - If you have done everything from the last blogs, it’s rare you’ll need to go to Tribunal. On average when managing 100 properties you would go to the tribunal once a year.

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 2

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 2

Termination notice - Regardless of their excuses the day they fall over 14 days behind in rent is when you need to give them a termination notice.

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How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 1

How to evict your tenant for not paying rent – Tip 1

Although most states are similar in nature this section, in particular, is specific to Victoria but other states are also coved.

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What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 6

What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 6

Consistent late payers - In Victoria, you can only give your tenant a termination notice if they are over 14 days behind in rent. (Other states Breach notice after 7 days and a notice to leave after 14 days)

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What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 5

What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 5

Repayment plans - I don’t like repayment plans but they do show the tenant you care. It also helps to demonstrate to the tribunal and to your landlord insurance company you have tried to minimise the loss of rent

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What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 4

What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 4

Document conversations - You need to document all these conversations because you might need to refer back to them if you have to go to Tribunal or make an insurance claim later on.

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What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 3

What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 3

Be objective - When you’re speaking with your tenant you need to leave your personal feelings out of it.

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What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 2

What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 2

Good communication - As a guide, you should call your tenant when they are 3 days in arrears (late) and then call again every 2nd day after that.

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What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 1

What to do if your tenant starts falling behind in rent – Tip 1

If you have done everything in the last tips you have put yourself in a great position for a nice uneventful tenancy - Send late notifications if they’re behind

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 7

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 7

Get landlord insurance - How does getting landlord insurance reduce the chances of your tenant paying late you ask?

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 6

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 6

Keep up with repairs & maintenance - One of the main reasons a conflict will start between a landlord and the tenant is because repairs of the property are not carried out in a reasonable timeframe

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 5

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 5

Regular inspections

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 4

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 4

Keep proper records of rent collection

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 3

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 3

Direct Debit and BPay rent payments

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 2

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent – Tip 2

Set the tone with the right documents - In Property Management that it’s far more efficient to spend a little extra time to avoid problems rather than wait and deal with them if they come up.

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How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent - Tip 1

How to prevent your tenant from falling behind in rent - Tip 1

Find the ‘right’ tenant - In Property Management it’s far more efficient to spend a bit of extra time to avoid problems rather than wait and deal with them if they come up – because they will.

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Why Excel is bad for your business

Why Excel is bad for your business

Excel, with its hundreds of columns and fancy mathematical equations. It looks so professional when really, you’re making property managers lives hell?

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TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 5

TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 5

As a property investor, it’s your job to maximise the return of your assets. One way to do this is to maximise your rent. - Mod cons

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TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 4

TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 4

As a property investor, it’s your job to maximise the return of your assets. One way to do this is to maximise your rent. - Set a rent at 95% of the market - Consider Pets

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TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 3

TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 3

As a property investor, it’s your job to maximise the return of your assets. One way to do this is to maximise your rent. - A good tenant - Some Don’ts

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TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 2

TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT – TIP 2

As a property investor, it’s your job to maximise the return of your assets. One way to do this is to maximise your rent. - Longer leases - Minimise vacancies

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TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT - TIP 1

TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR RENT - TIP 1

As a property investor, it’s your job to maximise the return of your assets. One way to do this is to maximise your rent. - Refresh - Include garden maintenance

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TIPS TO HELP PAY OFF YOUR HOME LOAN SOONER

TIPS TO HELP PAY OFF YOUR HOME LOAN SOONER

Typically, property investors not only have investment loans but also a home loan which is not tax-deductible, so they’re keen to pay this off as soon as they can.

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Why it pays to have a principal and interest loan

Why it pays to have a principal and interest loan

Owner-occupiers who are paying principal and interest on their mortgage are being rewarded by the financial institutions with a lower interest rate.

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Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 5

Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 5

How do you give a listing everything it needs to make sure you attract quality tenants? Use this guide to get the most out of your next rental listing. - Don’t forget the essentials. - Keep your local area in mind

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Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 4

Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 4

How do you give a listing everything it needs to make sure you attract quality tenants? Use this guide to get the most out of your next rental listing. - Lead with a compelling headline. - Avoid using too many clichés

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Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 3

Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 3

How do you give a listing everything it needs to make sure you attract quality tenants? Use this guide to get the most out of your next rental listing. - Stop trying to look like everyone else

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Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 2

Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 2

How do you give a listing everything it needs to make sure you attract quality tenants? Use this guide to get the most out of your next rental listing. - Be generous and provide extra photos. - The quality of your photos is key

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Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 1

Your property listing hot tips to win a good tenant – 1

How do you give a listing everything it needs to make sure you attract quality tenants? Use this guide to get the most out of your next rental listing - Show off your best features

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Is Increasing property cashflow is the best option

Is Increasing property cashflow is the best option

Some investors believe that increasing cash flow is the best option for the long term, sustainable wealth

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Pets in properties: What you need to know

Pets in properties: What you need to know

Australia certainly stands out as an animal-loving nation with some of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. What is the landlord’s legal responsibilities?

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Good Reasons to Consider Being Pet Friendly

Good Reasons to Consider Being Pet Friendly

Do you know that over 60% of Australian households own a pet? Now what’s also interesting is that many landlords and managing agents to have a ‘no pets’ policy on rental tenancies.

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NSW abolishes stamp duty for homes under $800k

NSW abolishes stamp duty for homes under $800k

The NSW state government has abolished stamp duty for new homes under $800,000, in a bid to support first home buyers and the construction industry.

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#DIY #Property Management – What are the fundamentals?

#DIY #Property Management – What are the fundamentals?

All the tools you need to manage your own property

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 10

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 10

Not having interest-only loans - The days of working diligently our entire lives to pay off our mortgages and then retire are thankfully over

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 9

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 9

Not using an accountant who understands property - Compared to two decades ago, property investment today is a profession in its own right

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 8

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 8

Not holding for the long term - A combination of some of these mistakes will often result in investors having to offload their properties early.

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 7

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 7

Not increasing the rent regularly - Then renting an investment property the Holy Grail is having long-term tenants

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 6

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 6

Not having a depreciation schedule - Some landlords incorrectly believe that depreciation is only claimable on a new property

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 5

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 5

One of the most important of them all is using property management platforms to do the heavy lifting for you and help you with all your property management needs. * Not having insurance * Not treating property investment as a business

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 4

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 4

One of the most important of them all is using property management platforms to do the heavy lifting for you and help you with all your property management needs. * Not keeping your distance from tenants

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 3

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 3

One of the most important of them all is using property management platforms to do the heavy lifting for you and help you with all your property management needs. * Not having fixed-term leases

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 2

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 2

One of the most important of them all is using property management platforms to do the heavy lifting for you and help you with all your property management needs. * Not budgeting for maintenance

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Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 1

Most successful property investors have a number of tools - Tool 1

One of the most important of them all is using property management platforms to do the heavy lifting for you and help you with all your property management needs. * Not considering vacancy rates * Not knowing the market rent

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How to calculate the rental bond for a lease

How to calculate the rental bond for a lease

What you can charge for Bond

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Emergency repair tips for landlords

Emergency repair tips for landlords

It is a landlord’s obligation to make sure their tenants are living in a property where everything works

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Dealing with a drop in rental yield

Dealing with a drop in rental yield

There are several states in Australia at the moment, experiencing some weakness in the rental market, due to oversupply and other economic factors.

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RBA Reveals July 2020 Cash Call

RBA Reveals July 2020 Cash Call

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced its decision on the official cash rate for July amid speculation the central bank has reached the lower bound.

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What landlords need to know about gas heaters and fire places

What landlords need to know about gas heaters and fire places

Warned that landlords should check gas heaters every 2 years after 2 children died in a tragic gas leak accident.

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How much can you rent your property for

How much can you rent your property for

Setting the right rental price is crucial to make sure you get the right types of tenants

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Why are you still paying property management fees?

Why are you still paying property management fees?

RealRenta cuts the expensive middle-men right out of the property management equation.

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Bellbird | House & Land | Hunter Valley

Bellbird | House & Land | Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of NSW 's fastest growing areas

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Join us on Facebook and Twitter become part of the RealRenta Landlord community.

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Advertising on RealRenta- A quick guide to uploading your property pics

Advertising on RealRenta- A quick guide to uploading your property pics

Rent your investment property quicker by placing your ad on RealRenta.com.au.

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Have you joined our weekly newspaper?

Have you joined our weekly newspaper?

Get the latest insider tips on Real Estate, property management, property investing, financial products, off-market investment properties, and landlord advice, straight into your inbox every week!

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Pimpama | Townhouses | QLD

Pimpama | Townhouses | QLD

Pimpama is situated at the northern end of the Gold Coast.

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It’s  officially a tenant’s market-Tips for landlords

It’s officially a tenant’s market-Tips for landlords

With rent increases in Australia’s capital cities experiencing their slowest growth rate in nearly 20 years and residential vacancies continuing to surge, there’s no denying tenants are in the driving seat at the moment.

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Investing in ready tenanted properties

Investing in ready tenanted properties

Do not buy an investment property just because it has a tenant.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here are RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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Yarrabilba | House & Land | QLD

Yarrabilba | House & Land | QLD

We have had a number of our clients purchase in this area in the past couple of months and have been very happy.

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Is it a repair, maintenance or a capital improvement?

Is it a repair, maintenance or a capital improvement?

Property investors often worry about ongoing repairs and maintenance costs however these concerns can often be reduced by claiming back these costs when completing a tax return.

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Greenbank | House & Land | QLD

Greenbank | House & Land | QLD

Greenbank is an area that is opening up in Brisbane, and is offering investors good returns

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Is your property “Rent Ready”?

Is your property “Rent Ready”?

Here is a quick checklist to make sure your property is tenant ready when you have run out of time

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Top Tips for Advertising your Rental Property

Top Tips for Advertising your Rental Property

Here at RealRenta, our landlords enjoy a variety of options for advertising their properties across various online platforms.

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Improve Electrical Safety in your property

Improve Electrical Safety in your property

An electric shock occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical energy source

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Joyner | House & Land | QLD

Joyner | House & Land | QLD

Exciting new estate 28km from the Brisbane CBD to the north in Joyner.

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Fundamentals for Landlords

Fundamentals for Landlords

Property investing can be very rewarding but if you miss the fundamentals, it could cause a lot of problems.

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Protecting your finances as a landlord

Protecting your finances as a landlord

Property investors can take out landlord insurance to mitigate the practical risks involved in renting out a property

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Are rent reductions covered by landlord insurance?

Are rent reductions covered by landlord insurance?

If you’re offering a rent reduction to a tenant suffering hardship from COVID-19, you might be wondering whether you can claim that on your landlord insurance policy.

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Ripley | House & Land | QLD

Ripley | House & Land | QLD

Ripley Valley is located in South Eastern Queensland’s western corridor, one of the largest employment and industry growth areas in Australia.

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Thornton | House & Land | Hunter Valley

Thornton | House & Land | Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW.

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Are you a Property Trader or a Property Investor?

Are you a Property Trader or a Property Investor?

It is important to know the difference between a Property Trader and a Property Investor as there may be CGT and GST implications.

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Investing in Regional Property

Investing in Regional Property

Investing in regional property requires quite a bit of research because these areas often rely on a singular industry to drive population and job growth.

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How to contact RealRenta -There are many ways to reach us

How to contact RealRenta -There are many ways to reach us

Need help and support or simply want to get in touch with us?

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Domestic violence in your investment property

Domestic violence in your investment property

A person who suffers domestic violence in your investment property has rights under tenancy law, even if they are not named on the tenancy agreement.

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Sunshine Coast | Apartments | QLD | Completed

Sunshine Coast | Apartments | QLD | Completed

Situated in the booming Sunshine Coast and conveniently located near University Sunshine Coast, these newly constructed apartments are titled and tenant ready including blinds, dryer, dishwasher and clothesline.

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Think like A Property Valuer

Think like A Property Valuer

Real estate can be quite an emotional asset class as opposed to shares and often, investors make decisions which are emotionally driven.

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Selling your property yourself

Selling your property yourself

If you think you have the time and skills, to conduct the sales process yourself and believe that you can achieve a good sales price, selling your own property can save you tens of thousands of dollars.

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Completed House & Land | Yarrabilba | QLD

Completed House & Land | Yarrabilba | QLD

Suitable for self managed super funds or out of super is this completed house and land package. Located in the new master plan of Yarrabilba in the Brisbane and Gold Coast corridor.

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Sunshine Coast landlord forced to discount rent after QCAT rules in favor of tenant

Sunshine Coast landlord forced to discount rent after QCAT rules in favor of tenant

A Sunshine Coast landlord will be forced to discount the rent for his long-term tenants after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled he could not prove reducing the rent would put him at a financial disadvantage

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The WA government launches a new service to help tenants & landlords resolve COVID-19 tenancy issues

The WA government launches a new service to help tenants & landlords resolve COVID-19 tenancy issues

Last week, the McGowan government announced that it had created a free conciliation service to assist renters and landlords reach an agreement about coronavirus-related tenancy disputes without having to go to court.

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The only property management software you ever need

The only property management software you ever need

The only property management software you ever need

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Late Rent Payments & Rent Tracking

Late Rent Payments & Rent Tracking

Late rental payments, disrupt cash flow and can be a very frustrating experience for landlords.

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What property investors should know before tax time

What property investors should know before tax time

There are important considerations to be made for property investors pre-tax time, an expert has highlighted.

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Is negative gearing still a winning strategy?

Is negative gearing still a winning strategy?

Property investors who have used negative gearing as a way to lower their tax burden are being found out in a depressed market.

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Tax tips for property investors affected by COVID-19

Tax tips for property investors affected by COVID-19

While tax isn’t necessarily on people’s minds at the moment It should be

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Mango Hill | Townhouses | QLD

Mango Hill | Townhouses | QLD

Located only 22km from the Brisbane CBD by train, Mango Hill and consisting of a complex of 79 properties.

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How Conveyancing Can Help Make Your Life Easier

How Conveyancing Can Help Make Your Life Easier

Conveyancing is an important legal step to owning your dream home

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Going to a rental or tenancy tribunal

Going to a rental or tenancy tribunal

Going to a rental or tenancy tribunal to argue your side of a rental debate can be quite nerve-wracking

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Gross Rental Yield & Net Rental Yield

Gross Rental Yield & Net Rental Yield

Rental yield is the income return rate over the costs associated with your investment property

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Investing in student accommodation

Investing in student accommodation

Investing in student accommodation is more of a yield game and not really about huge capital growth

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here are RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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The 10 most common property emergencies

The 10 most common property emergencies

Landlords should consider insurance policies that protect their investment property in the case of home emergencies.

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13km from the Melbourne CBD | Off market opportunity.

13km from the Melbourne CBD | Off market opportunity.

13km from the Melbourne CBD | Off market opportunity. Located a short distance from the Melbourne City center with boutique cafes, restaurants and abundances of local parks and walking and bike tracks all in the local area.

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What should you put in property Ads?

What should you put in property Ads?

When writing ads for your property, you should include

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Renting out your principal residence

Renting out your principal residence

None of the expenses associated with your home are tax-deductible but if you decide to rent it out, the situation regarding tax, changes.

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Renting your property family and friends

Renting your property family and friends

One of the most important things you need to do before you decide to rent your property to family and friends

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Investment Property Expense Checklist

Investment Property Expense Checklist

If you have purchased an investment property this year, you will need to advise your accountant of the expenses associated with the purchase.

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Kallangur Townhouses | Completed | QLD

Kallangur Townhouses | Completed | QLD

Ready to lease, tenant ready and just north of the Brisbane CBD is this boutique townhouse development. Close to Morton Bay and the retail hub Northlakes, this townhouse development is ideal for your next investment. Great returns of 5.2% and ready to move into, only 3 remaining. 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1 Car Garage | $374,000

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Lease Options for Tenancies

Lease Options for Tenancies

When applying for rental properties, tenants have two options for the lease agreement: Co-Tenancy or Sub-Tenancy.

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Dual occupancy | House & Land | Ormeau QLD

Dual occupancy | House & Land | Ormeau QLD

Well thought out floor plan and offering investors two incomes under the one roof. Consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and single garage, with additional 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom and single garage on the adjoining side.

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RealRenta’s CPA incentive program

RealRenta’s CPA incentive program

Astute CPA’s recognise that helping their clients grow their profits from investments

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The only property management software you need

The only property management software you need

The best property management software allows you to collect rent, manage maintenance requests, generate vacancy listings with robust accounting and reporting, on a platform that is intuitive and responsive.

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Buzz words to sell your property quickly

Buzz words to sell your property quickly

Certain buzz words can make your property stand out, speed up a sale and even boost the final price.

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Completed Erskineville Apartments | Sydney

Completed Erskineville Apartments | Sydney

Ready to move in properties in one of Sydney's highly desired suburbs. Close to the CBD and surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants.

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Schofield Sydney | Townhouses

Schofield Sydney | Townhouses

A stunning development in the northwest of Sydney, offering investors the opportunity to get into the dependable market of the NSW capital. Townhouse | 3 bedroom | 2.5 bathrooms | 2 car | Prices $699,000+

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What are fixtures?

What are fixtures?

Property fixtures are objects attached to the land or a building and are considered as an irremovable part of the property.

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Bad Tenant Databases

Bad Tenant Databases

In Australia, the 2 main tenancy screening services

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Major insurers waive eviction requirements

Major insurers waive eviction requirements

Insurers are moving to adjust their landlord insurance products to allow holders to claim rental default benefits from their cover without the need for an eviction notice to be served to the tenants.

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ACT Rental law changes due to COVID-19

ACT Rental law changes due to COVID-19

The ACT has similarly amended its residential tenancy laws to allow its minister to make regulations to alter rental rules during the pandemic.

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Coronavirus rental law changes in WA

Coronavirus rental law changes in WA

WA $154m coronavirus relief package to help renters, landlords and the construction industry

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Coronavirus rental law changes in QLD

Coronavirus rental law changes in QLD

Queensland’s protections for renters were some of the strongest in the country

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here at RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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Victorian rental law changes due to COVID-19

Victorian rental law changes due to COVID-19

The Victorian government announced a $500 million plan for tenants and landlords across the state on April 15

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NSW Rent Law Changes due to COVID19

NSW Rent Law Changes due to COVID19

NSW was one of the first states to act

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Locks and Keys - Landlord Obligations

Locks and Keys - Landlord Obligations

Legally speaking, landlords must provide locks to secure all external doors and windows of their premises.

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RealRenta Audit Trail for Landlords

RealRenta Audit Trail for Landlords

For landlords, an audit trail is invaluable.

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Free eBook - The ultimate guide to Buying and Selling during Covid -19

Free eBook - The ultimate guide to Buying and Selling during Covid -19

Free eBook The ultimate guide to Buying and Selling during Covid -19

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What are urgent repairs?

What are urgent repairs?

If your investment property needs repairs, follow the steps under the Tenancies Act in your respective State or Territory.

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RealRenta Tenant Portal - Free for Tenants

RealRenta Tenant Portal - Free for Tenants

Tenants have access to their own system in RealRenta

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RealRenta answers questions for landlords

RealRenta answers questions for landlords

How does the Free Trial Period work?

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WA Government flags six-month ban on evictions

WA Government flags six-month ban on evictions

WA plans to introduce a six-month moratorium on evicting residential tenants among a raft of measures aimed at limiting the financial upheaval caused by coronavirus.

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Queensland Coronavirus Rent Relief Package

Queensland Coronavirus Rent Relief Package

The Qld government launched the Special COVID-19 Protections for Residential Tenants and Owners on April 9

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Coronavirus & Landlord Insurance

Coronavirus & Landlord Insurance

Many insurers have stopped selling landlord insurance.

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Rental CoronaVirus packages for tenants & landlords

Rental CoronaVirus packages for tenants & landlords

announced a temporary ban on evictions and rent increases for six months and offered land tax relief for landlords who offered rent reductions

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State by State Coronavirus Guide for Landlords

State by State Coronavirus Guide for Landlords

Rent increase ban

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here at RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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Say Good-bye to sneaky property management fees

Say Good-bye to sneaky property management fees

There is a culture in lots of different industries of adding sneaky fees to the structure of agreements and property management is no exception.

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Strata & Owners Corporations in the age of COVID-19 (NSW)

Strata & Owners Corporations in the age of COVID-19 (NSW)

Strata managers or committees can make alternate arrangements to vote and discuss strata issues if they do not want to attend strata meetings in person.

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Tenants Rights - Rent Increases & Decreases

Tenants Rights - Rent Increases & Decreases

As a landlord, you have the right to set the weekly rent on your property, and the market will determine if anyone is willing to pay that price

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NSW Landlord Information Statement

NSW Landlord Information Statement

Before renting your residential property to a tenant, you (the landlord) will need to sign an acknowledgement on the residential tenancy agreement.

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NSW Government to announce $440 million coronavirus rental assistance with moratorium on forced evictions

NSW Government to announce $440 million coronavirus rental assistance with moratorium on forced evictions

The NSW State Government is allocating $220 million to residential renters and landlords

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How to deal with a drop in rental revenue (COVID-19)

How to deal with a drop in rental revenue (COVID-19)

The current 6-month moratorium on evictions is putting a lot of pressure on landlords

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De-risking strategies & your property investment exit strategy

De-risking strategies & your property investment exit strategy

We speak to dozens of property investors every week and we know that a lot of you are getting nervous about the current conditions

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What types of properties should you buy in a falling market?

What types of properties should you buy in a falling market?

Prices are really starting to slump in some areas and other areas, are experiencing smaller price drops

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You don't ever have to pay high management fees again!

You don't ever have to pay high management fees again!

Become a RealRenta Landlord now an get 25% off!!

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A hold on eviction for renters

A hold on eviction for renters

The Prime Minister has announced new measures to help renters

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Moratorium does not mean rent-free

Moratorium does not mean rent-free

Landlords have received welcome news, with the Minister for Housing confirming there is no rental freeze during the moratorium.

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Automatic Rental Payment Reminder for RealRenta Landlords

Automatic Rental Payment Reminder for RealRenta Landlords

Late rental payments, disrupt cash flow and can be a very frustrating experience for landlords.

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RealRenta Landlords save up to 75% off property management Fees!

RealRenta Landlords save up to 75% off property management Fees!

Some of the biggest expenses, investors face when they invest in property are the property management fees.

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Attn Queensland Landlords- COVID-19 Rental Grant

Attn Queensland Landlords- COVID-19 Rental Grant

Funding is available for Queensland tenants who have lost their job due to the impacts of COVID-19 and do not have access to any other financial assistance.

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Insurers halt landlord insurance product sales

Insurers halt landlord insurance product sales

Major insurers in Australia have suspended indefinitely the sales of landlord insurance products, citing uncertainties from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Land Tax deferral for landlords affected by COVID-19

Land Tax deferral for landlords affected by COVID-19

State governments are offering land tax deferrals for landlords whose incomes have been or will be hit by the COVID-19 shutdown.

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How to keep your property free from COVID-19

How to keep your property free from COVID-19

As households prepare to bunker down across Australia, attention has turned to the best ways of protecting homes from coronavirus

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Will your landlord insurance cover COVID-19?

Will your landlord insurance cover COVID-19?

Landlords are certainly feeling a lot of pressure due to the Corona Virus because many tenants are losing their jobs and are suddenly, unable to pay rent.

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Supporting tenants during the COVID-19 outbreak

Supporting tenants during the COVID-19 outbreak

Being tough on your tenants that have financial difficulties at the moment would be very short-sighted. Here are some tips from us at RealRenta, on how to navigate this tricky time and support vulnerable tenants:

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SMSF Landlords & COVID-19 rent relief

SMSF Landlords & COVID-19 rent relief

Landlords are providing rent relief and other incentives to help tenants deal with COVID-19. If your landlord is an SMSF, can they do this?

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NSW Landlord & tenant responsibilities in the COVID-19 outbreak.

NSW Landlord & tenant responsibilities in the COVID-19 outbreak.

The National Cabinet is meeting this week and is expected to discuss the impact of COVID19 on tenancies. Further advice will be provided as it becomes available. The current requirements for NSW tenancies are outlined below.

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A Guide for Western Australian Landlords

A Guide for Western Australian Landlords

Here are the fundamentals for Western Australian landlords:

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A guide for Landlords in the Northern Territory

A guide for Landlords in the Northern Territory

Here are the fundamentals:

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A guide for Queensland landlords

A guide for Queensland landlords

Here are the fundamentals for Queensland landlords:

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A guide for South Australian landlords

A guide for South Australian landlords

Here are the fundamentals for South Australian landlords:

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A guide for Tasmanian Landlords

A guide for Tasmanian Landlords

Here are the fundamentals for Tasmanian landlords:

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COVID-19 & Property Investors- Cut your costs immediately with RealRenta

COVID-19 & Property Investors- Cut your costs immediately with RealRenta

In this uncertain environment, it is important to take defensive measures. STOP paying thousands of dollars to property managers- we don’t know what is going to happen to property prices.

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A guide for Victorian Landlords

A guide for Victorian Landlords

Here are the guidelines for Victorian landlords:

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Landlord Roles &Responsibilities in NSW

Landlord Roles &Responsibilities in NSW

Here are the fundamentals for NSW landlords:

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Is your rental property depreciation schedule compliant and the best value?

Is your rental property depreciation schedule compliant and the best value?

Whilst there can be a substantial difference between the quality and results of a cheap depreciation schedule and a more expensive one, thankfully the difference in cost is minimal, especially when you consider the cost is 100% tax deductible.

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Landlord obligations in the A.C.T

Landlord obligations in the A.C.T

Here is a brief overview of landlord obligations in the Australian Capital Territory:

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What does a property depreciation schedule include?

What does a property depreciation schedule include?

Quality depreciation schedules will include, all constructions costs and assets, including previous renovations (whether completed by yourself or a past owner), as well as claim more aggressively, for low cost and low value assets.

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Where can investors get a rental depreciation schedule?

Where can investors get a rental depreciation schedule?

Where can investors get a Rental Property Depreciation Schedule?

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When to use a Residential Tenancy Agreement

When to use a Residential Tenancy Agreement

A residential tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract between the owner of a property (the “landlord”) and a person or company wishing to occupy the property (the “tenant”) under which the landlord grants to the tenant the right to occupy the property for use as a residence. The right of occupation does not have to be exclusive, which means that the tenant may have the right to share the property with others.

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Visual property inspections- what you must check before you put in an offer!

Visual property inspections- what you must check before you put in an offer!

Before you put in an offer perform your own visual inspection of the property

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Why landlords need a property depreciation schedule

Why landlords need a property depreciation schedule

Property depreciation schedules assist investors to claim the maximum tax deductions, for the annual depreciation of their investment property.

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Landlord Rental Inspection Checklist

Landlord Rental Inspection Checklist

Here are the 10 most important things to look out for during your inspection:

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Victoria Tenancy Agreements

Victoria Tenancy Agreements

All residential tenancies in VIC are covered by standard terms which cannot be altered. It’s advisable to use a written agreement and it’s the Landlords obligation to provide a copy to the tenant.

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Attn Victorian Landlords: VCAT cannot rule on cases where the landlord resides outside of Victoria

Attn Victorian Landlords: VCAT cannot rule on cases where the landlord resides outside of Victoria

REIV President Leah Calnan says a recent decision by the Court of Appeal, stating VCAT cannot rule on cases where the landlord resides outside of Victoria will create more questions than answers.

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A guide to Lender Security Terminology

A guide to Lender Security Terminology

Before lending money to a borrower, lenders want to be sure that the loan will be repaid.

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Interest in Land-Property Ownership Terms

Interest in Land-Property Ownership Terms

Here is a guide to Land Property Ownership Terms:

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Ending a Tenancy-Checklist for Landlords

Ending a Tenancy-Checklist for Landlords

All forms and checklists for a tenancy can be uploaded onto the RealRenta platform to form part of the tenancy file.

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Land Titles- The definitions

Land Titles- The definitions

Title systems vary from State to State in Australia.

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Perth landlord fined $10k for not lodging Bond

Perth landlord fined $10k for not lodging Bond

A PRIVATE landlord of a Perth property has been fined $10,000 for failing to lodge security bonds twice and not providing tenant with condition reports.

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Stamp duty called off for bushfire-affected residents

Stamp duty called off for bushfire-affected residents

NSW bushfire-affected residents who choose to purchase a replacement home instead of rebuilding will be able to access stamp duty relief.

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Pet Rental laws in Australia

Pet Rental laws in Australia

Some States and Territories have begun relaxing laws preventing tenants from becoming pet owners or taking up a lease with a pet. Here is a breakdown of the current laws:

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The Real costs of Refinancing

The Real costs of Refinancing

Some of the most common reasons for changing lenders are:

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Renovations and How New Household Fixtures Affect Your 2022 Smoke Alarm Compliance

Renovations and How New Household Fixtures Affect Your 2022 Smoke Alarm Compliance

From 1 January 2022, all Queensland rental properties will have to comply to the new smoke alarm legislation.

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Rooming house owner entry rights and obligations

Rooming house owner entry rights and obligations

A rooming house is a building where one or more rooms are available to rent, and four or more people in total can occupy those rooms.

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How is Lenders Mortgage Insurance Calculated?

How is Lenders Mortgage Insurance Calculated?

If you have to pay LMI on your property loan, the premium may be capitalised into your loan amount, provided the total sum borrowed does not exceed the maximum lending margin.

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What you should know about Lenders Mortgage Insurance

What you should know about Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Lenders Mortgage Insurance protects a lender against potential loss in the event of a default on the loan and subsequent mortgagee sale.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Contact us @ propertysales@realrenta.com

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What you should know about Split Loans

What you should know about Split Loans

Split loans, as the name implies, involve splitting a loan into two or more different types or structures.

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Attn Victorian Landlords- New laws about pets coming  into effect in March

Attn Victorian Landlords- New laws about pets coming into effect in March

Keeping pets is about to become a lot easier for Victorian tenants.

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What are considered acceptable securities for a property loan?

What are considered acceptable securities for a property loan?

Security is not a prime lending justification but is a risk mitigant as well as supporting the loan facility.

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When is a Valuation required?

When is a Valuation required?

The assessment of the value of an underlying security for a loan is a very important part of the lending process.

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Loan to Value Ratio (LVR)

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR)

The Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) is a ratio to calculate the percentage that the loan amount represents, against the value of any security that is being offered by a borrower.

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Attn NT Landlords-REINT Petition for landlord rights

Attn NT Landlords-REINT Petition for landlord rights

Many landlords in the Northern Territory have taken their rental properties off the market in response to the recent tenancy law changes.

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What you should know about Title Searches

What you should know about Title Searches

A full property title search involves going through all the recorded documents, court cases and any other documents on public record relating to the property.

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What are qualifying rates?

What are qualifying rates?

Sometimes referred to as “stress rates” or “plug rates”- qualifying rates are the interest rates used by lenders to determine the ability of a borrower to repay a loan.

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Residential Business Loans

Residential Business Loans

A residentially secured Business Loan allows business operators to finance business or investment loans. through equity in their residential properties.

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What you should know about Land Tax

What you should know about Land Tax

Land Tax is an annual State Tax imposed by each State and Territory off Australia (except the Northern Territory) and is a tax levied on the owners of land.

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What are Reverse Mortgages?

What are Reverse Mortgages?

Reverse Mortgages , also known as “equity release”, are aimed at retired people who own their property but have cash-flow issues.

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The benefits of an Off-set account for property investing

The benefits of an Off-set account for property investing

A mortgage offset account can be a powerful tool for property investors

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Landlord responsibilities to their tenants

Landlord responsibilities to their tenants

In Australia, landlords have a number of legal responsibilities to their tenants.

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Buying property through shared equity

Buying property through shared equity

Shared equity agreements make it easier to buy property by allowing an equity partner

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Know your cooling-off rights

Know your cooling-off rights

Cooling-off periods of 3 business days, apply to private sales of residential sales.

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What is the difference between “Joint Tenants” & “Tenants In Common”

What is the difference between “Joint Tenants” & “Tenants In Common”

When people own property as Joint Tenants or Tenants In Common

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Attn ACT Landlords- new rental reforms announced

Attn ACT Landlords- new rental reforms announced

New rental reforms have been introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly

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Natural disaster claims- A guide for Landlords

Natural disaster claims- A guide for Landlords

Many landlords will need to make claims on their landlord insurance, due to this summer’s devastating bushfire season. Here is a quick guide on what to do, to submit a successful insurance claim after a natural disaster:

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How do you know when it’s time to sell  your investment property?

How do you know when it’s time to sell your investment property?

Once the mortgage on an investment property is paid in full, the property is essentially, generating free money, minus the expenses of running the property.

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Do tenants have to pay for water use?

Do tenants have to pay for water use?

When it come to water bills, tenants are only liable for water consumption charges, not other associated supply charges ( unless your property is in South Australia, then you can pass the costs on).

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Is your investment property approved for short-term stays?

Is your investment property approved for short-term stays?

Investors who are considering purchasing apartments need to be aware of the planning approval for the building, particularly if it is in a resort complex.

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Strategies for property investors to avoid paying too much tax

Strategies for property investors to avoid paying too much tax

It is very important for property investors to consider careful how their property portfolio is structured and the implications of land tax on their returns.

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Beware Australia’s property “Red Zones”

Beware Australia’s property “Red Zones”

Recently, a prominent CEO in Australian real estate has said that the re-assessment of bushfire prone areas could see the spread of so called ‘red zones” by the insurance industry. These areas would make it difficult for investors to secure insurance or, they will have to pay a very high premium.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here are RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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Disabled Tenants- What Landlords need to know

Disabled Tenants- What Landlords need to know

Due to discrimination laws, a landlord cannot deny a tenant because of a disability. Landlords cannot ask about a tenants’ disability during the screening process as this is a violation of discrimination laws.

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Free Advertising on Domain.com.au for RealRenta Landlords

Free Advertising on Domain.com.au for RealRenta Landlords

Landlords can now advertise their investment properties for Free via RealRenta.com.au

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Which city has Australia’s highest rent?

Which city has Australia’s highest rent?

January in Canberra, brings thousands of people to the city to start new jobs. From public servants to military personnel and academics, they are then followed by students who have enrolled in the city’s universities.

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Applying for Pre-Approval

Applying for Pre-Approval

It is a waste of time to bid or make an offer on a property without pre-approval. When you secure your pre-approval , you know what your limits are and you can be more confident that your offer will be accepted.

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Capital Growth Black Zones

Capital Growth Black Zones

Property investors who are looking for capital growth should not look at new housing estates.

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Sustainable properties rent faster

Sustainable properties rent faster

According to a new report by Queensland University of Technology, sustainable buildings outperform non-sustainable buildings in every aspect.

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Effectively assessing an investment property’s value

Effectively assessing an investment property’s value

Real estate investment is appealing for both its’ stability and consistent returns. The ability to analyse data makes it easier to make informed choices when it comes to choosing the type of investment. The one constant in real estate investing, is the valuation of properties that you are interested in.

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What can Fair Trading help NSW Landlords with ?

What can Fair Trading help NSW Landlords with ?

Fair Trading NSW can help NSW Landlords with the following tenancy disputes:

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Self-managed landlord obligations- State by State

Self-managed landlord obligations- State by State

In addition to general landlord responsibilities, each State and Territory has their own specific requirements:

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Attention WA Landlords: Residential Tenancies Act review 2019

Attention WA Landlords: Residential Tenancies Act review 2019

It has been more than 10 years since rental laws have been reviewed in Western Australia. The government is reviewing, the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and want to hear from the public.

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Common phrases used by mortgage brokers

Common phrases used by mortgage brokers

Mortgage brokers can be invaluable when it comes to comparing property loans on your behalf and presenting you with different options. Here are some of the more commonly used terms b y mortgage brokers when discussing loans and their different features:

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Pool Safety Certificates for Landlords & Body Corporates

Pool Safety Certificates for Landlords & Body Corporates

When a property is leased to tenants, a Pool Safety Certificate is required to confirm that your pool fence complies with the Pool Safety Standards.

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Where to find cash-flow positive properties in Australia

Where to find cash-flow positive properties in Australia

Let’s be blunt- finding positive-cash-flow properties can be really, really hard. So where are these types of properties hiding? We asked our property strategist partners and these are their tips:

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Investing in a car-parking space- Use RealRenta to automatically manage the tenancy

Investing in a car-parking space- Use RealRenta to automatically manage the tenancy

One of the most prohibitive deterrents of investing in real estate is the upfront cost.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here are RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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Reasons to leave your lender

Reasons to leave your lender

Just like any long-term relationship, your partnership with your bank, may be getting a bit stale. Here are 4 signs that you should probably be looking for a new lender:

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Questions to ask before you make an offer on a property

Questions to ask before you make an offer on a property

Some vendors can have unrealistic expectations when it comes to pricing their property. The following questions may help you find out how motivated they are and also, what sort of competition (if any) may be around.

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What is a comparison rate?

What is a comparison rate?

All lenders are legally required to display a comparison rate when advertising any type of loan product.

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Providing a termination notice- NSW landlords

Providing a termination notice- NSW landlords

If you want the tenant to vacate you must give them a termination notice.

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Home safety for your investment property

Home safety for your investment property

Under common law, landlords must ensure their investment properties are safe to live in and landlords have a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites to visit the property.

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Property valuation secrets you need to know

Property valuation secrets you need to know

Property valuation is not an exact science and can be somewhat subjective.

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Lease-break penalty fees ( NSW Landlords)

Lease-break penalty fees ( NSW Landlords)

Currently a landlord can pursue a lease-breaking tenant for compensation to cover loss of rent, advertising and letting fee.

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Save tax on rental income with these deductions

Save tax on rental income with these deductions

Some of the main types of expenses you can claim on your investment property include management costs, maintenance costs, borrowing expenses and depreciation.

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Ask your mortgage broker these questions

Ask your mortgage broker these questions

Here is a list of questions we have put together that property investors should, ask a mortgage broker when seeking their next property loan:

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Landlord & Tenancy Infringements and penalties (Victoria)

Landlord & Tenancy Infringements and penalties (Victoria)

Consumer Affairs Victoria can issue an infringement notice if they identify breaches of certain sections of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

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How to spot high-yield suburbs.

How to spot high-yield suburbs.

Rental yield is an indicator of how much cash your investment property is generating.

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How an offset account can save you tax

How an offset account can save you tax

If you are trying to decide whether or not to use excess cash to pay off your loan, here are a few things to consider:

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What to check before investing in land banking

What to check before investing in land banking

The following excerpt is from ASIC’s Money Smart website:

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What landlords need to know about bushfires & natural disasters

What landlords need to know about bushfires & natural disasters

It is very important for landlords to acquaint themselves with their rights and responsibilities, if their rental property has been affected by a natural disaster, such as fire, flood or storm damage.

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Tips from the ATO to help property investors avoid common tax mistakes

Tips from the ATO to help property investors avoid common tax mistakes

Whether you use a tax agent or choose to lodge your tax return yourself, avoiding these common mistakes will save you time and money.

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Legal ways to reduce CGT on your investment property

Legal ways to reduce CGT on your investment property

When we sell capital assets, we can either make a capital gain or capital loss, depending on what it cost to maintain the asset

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Your tenants’ rights in the wake of a disaster

Your tenants’ rights in the wake of a disaster

For those of you have properties in the bush fire affected areas, we have compiled the links to the websites that list tenants rights, in the event of a disaster:

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Rental income you must declare (ATO)

Rental income you must declare (ATO)

Rent and other rental-related income is the full amount of rent and associated payments you receive or become entitled to when you rent out your property

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How will tenancy laws change in 2020?

How will tenancy laws change in 2020?

Here is a quick summary of the rental reforms being implemented by some of the State governments in 2020:

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NSW Landlords- here are the 7 minimum standards to ensure your property is “fit for habitation”.

NSW Landlords- here are the 7 minimum standards to ensure your property is “fit for habitation”.

All NSW landlords will need to ensure that their investment properties meet minimum standards to be “fit for habitation” by 23 March 2020.

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Important changes To NSW tenancy laws in March

Important changes To NSW tenancy laws in March

More than 30% of the NSW population rent the property they live in.

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Market your investment property as a holiday house

Market your investment property as a holiday house

Are you thinking about renting out your investment property as a holiday-house? Here are a few upgrades from us at RealRenta, to help make your property stand out from the competition.

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Legal reasons a tenancy application can be denied

Legal reasons a tenancy application can be denied

There are laws in place to protect potential tenants from discrimination when applying for a rental property.

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Setting the rent- what our most successful landlords say.

Setting the rent- what our most successful landlords say.

Property investors rely on rent to cover their overheads. We asked are most experienced landlords, what property investors should note, when setting the rent for their property. Here is what they told us:

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Co-ownership of rental properties

Co-ownership of rental properties

The way that rental income and expenses are divided between co-owners varies depending on whether the co-owners are joint tenants, tenants in common or there is a partnership carrying on a business of letting rental properties.

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What does over - capitalisation mean and how to avoid it

What does over - capitalisation mean and how to avoid it

All properties have a maximum value that can be achieved which is based on their location

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Minimum standards for rooming houses - Vic

Minimum standards for rooming houses - Vic

More and more investors are seeing rooming houses as great ways to increase their rental yield.

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Tasmanian Rental Guide for property investors & the Residential Tenancy Act

Tasmanian Rental Guide for property investors & the Residential Tenancy Act

Residential Tenancy Act of Tasmania

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The Queensland Government has released a set of proposals to protect both renters and property investors

The Queensland Government has released a set of proposals to protect both renters and property investors

The QLD Government has released a set of proposals - Have Your Say by 8 Jan 2020

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Wishing all of our landlords a happy & prosperous 2020!

Wishing all of our landlords a happy & prosperous 2020!

Wishing all of you a happy & prosperous 2020 from the team at RealRenta!

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Rental properties 2019 - ATO Guide

Rental properties 2019 - ATO Guide

This guide from the ATO explains how to treat rental income and expenses

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Property modifications for older tenants in NSW

Property modifications for older tenants in NSW

An older person (or a person with a disability) may require property modifications, often small, so that they are able to continue to live in a rented property.

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Seasons Greetings from the team at RealRenta

Seasons Greetings from the team at RealRenta

Wishing all of our landlords and friends a happy holiday season filled with love and prosperity.

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Resolving building disputes in Victoria

Resolving building disputes in Victoria

If a dispute arises between you and your builder, take the following steps to resolve it.

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Perth landlord fined $4000 for not lodging bond.

Perth landlord fined $4000 for not lodging bond.

WA landlords must lodge bond within 2 weeks of receiving it.

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Applying for dispute resolution in Queensland for landlords

Applying for dispute resolution in Queensland for landlords

The RTA’s free, confidential dispute resolution service helps tenants and landlords resolve disputes without the need for legal action.

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Managing rooming accommodation in Qld booklet

Managing rooming accommodation in Qld booklet

The Managing rooming accommodation in Queensland booklet outlines the rights and responsibilities of rooming accommodation manager/owners.

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Attn Queensland landlords-Managing general tenancies in Queensland

Attn Queensland landlords-Managing general tenancies in Queensland

The Managing general tenancies in Queensland booklet contains detailed and useful resources for property managers and owners.

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The hidden costs of buying property

The hidden costs of buying property

Buying a property is more than what is on the price tag. Here are the hidden costs all investors should be aware of:

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Property Condition Report

Property Condition Report

When a bond is paid, a landlord or owner must prepare a condition report. The report notes the general condition of the property, room or caravan, including fittings and fixtures

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What landlords must know when their tenant gives notice to vacate

What landlords must know when their tenant gives notice to vacate

Here is a step-by-step guide from RealRenta to get the best result when your tenant gives you notice to vacate:

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How to write a good listing Ad for your investment property

How to write a good listing Ad for your investment property

An appealing Ad is essential to draw in the right type of tenant to your investment property. Here are some tips from RealRenta to help your Ad stand out from the rest:

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Attention WA Landlords: New rules give more power to tenants

Attention WA Landlords: New rules give more power to tenants

Recent changes to the Residential Tenancies Act give tenants in WA the green light to fix furniture to walls.

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What's new at RealRenta property advisory? Investment-Grade Property Alert

What's new at RealRenta property advisory? Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here are RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in the Australian residential property market.

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Your step by step guide to purchasing an investment property

Your step by step guide to purchasing an investment property

Location is very important and can be a great indicator of the level of capital growth that your property can achieve over time.

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What investors should know about” Low-Doc “Loans.

What investors should know about” Low-Doc “Loans.

Low documentation loans are flexible solutions for self-employed borrowers who may be contractors or freelancers, who cannot provide pay-slips, financial statements or tax returns as evidence of their income.

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What property investors must know about strata insurance

What property investors must know about strata insurance

Strata insurance is compulsory and protects you and your property. It provides general insurance for the building, common property and contents that are managed by the Owners Corporation. It also pays for the cost of repairing/re-building common property in the event of natural disasters.

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What banks are looking for in your investment loan application?

What banks are looking for in your investment loan application?

These days more than ever, investors need to be on top of their finances when they have investments and are looking to expand their property portfolio.

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Comparing investment property loans.

Comparing investment property loans.

Lenders consider investment loans to be higher risk than owner occupier loans and can therefore have stricter lending requirements, borrowing limits and higher interest rates. They may also have a higher LVR, which would require a higher deposit from the investor.

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Questions you need to ask about a strata property before you purchase.

Questions you need to ask about a strata property before you purchase.

Strata property is a building(s), where individuals each own a small portion but where there is also common property, which each owner shares ownership over.

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The advantages of buying property in a Trust.

The advantages of buying property in a Trust.

A Trust enables a person or company to own assets on behalf of other people. The Trustee is the person that owns/controls the asset and the beneficiaries are the people for whom the asset is owned.

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How do lenders value potential rental yield?

How do lenders value potential rental yield?

When it comes to establishing the value of residential investment properties, there are three possible approaches that are used. Lenders will use the approach that fits their underwriting standards:

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here are RealRenta, our property strategist partners can help you grow your portfolio with their expert advice and years of experience in Australian residential property market.

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Buying a house – finance and valuation conditions

Buying a house – finance and valuation conditions

If you’re borrowing to buy a home, you’re putting yourself at risk if you don't specify "subject to finance and valuation" in the contract. Don’t be forced into a purchase or lose your hard-saved deposit because you didn’t understand these conditions.

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Attention Queensland Landlords- Potential rental reforms on the horizon.

Attention Queensland Landlords- Potential rental reforms on the horizon.

The Queensland government has recently proposed changes to QLD tenancy laws, including the removal of a landlord’s right not to renew a lease agreement at the end of a tenancy.

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The most common issues with Bank Appraisals

The most common issues with Bank Appraisals

Whether it’s your first home or third investment property, one of the most common challenges, is getting through a bank appraisal of the property.

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The principles behind smart borrowing to invest

The principles behind smart borrowing to invest

Discover some of the key factors to consider when borrowing to invest. Australians are living longer and experiencing higher house-to-wage ratios. It makes good sense to consider how you can achieve a comfortable long term future.

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Useful Links for Australian Landlords

Useful Links for Australian Landlords

We have compiled a list of the most useful websites for Australian landlords. Let us know if we have missed any!

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How depreciation works for an older investment property

How depreciation works for an older investment property

Depreciation is a key element of your investment property strategy. While depreciation tax breaks are higher on newer properties, they’re available for all types of investment properties.

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What's new at RealRenta property advisory?

What's new at RealRenta property advisory?

Our property advisory service is based on the same principle- we want to help fellow property investors capitalise on our industry knowledge and expertise when seeking to build their portfolios.

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PAYG withholding variation for property investors.

PAYG withholding variation for property investors.

Find out why real estate investors should apply for PAYG withholding variation

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After the Auction

After the Auction

Survived auction day? Get on top of your must-do’s whether your property sold or passed in.

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Renting out a Granny Flat- Tips from RealRenta

Renting out a Granny Flat- Tips from RealRenta

Quite a few of our landlords are using RealRenta to manage their granny flats. Savvy investors can make some serious money from granny flats. Here are some tips from our successful landlords with granny flats in their portfolios:

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Benefits of buying an investment property with solar energy

Benefits of buying an investment property with solar energy

The addition of solar energy to your investment property is quite logical- it will make your property a much more attractive option for tenants who want a cheaper power bill.

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PAYG Installments when you’re making a profit from your investment property.

PAYG Installments when you’re making a profit from your investment property.

You need to know about the PAYG installment system, if you are making a profit from renting your property.

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RealRenta Tenant Ledger

RealRenta Tenant Ledger

RealRenta Tenants have completely free usage of the platform. Once you have your account setup you can apply for properties, get added to leases, setup automatic payments & much more...

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We have saved our landlords hundreds and thousands of dollars in management fees!

We have saved our landlords hundreds and thousands of dollars in management fees!

Recently, people have been asking us how we make money, when we are saving property investors thousands in management fees.

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What's new at RealRenta property advisory?

What's new at RealRenta property advisory?

What can RealRenta property advisory do for you? Here at RealRenta, we don’t just want to "sell” you a property.

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Investment Property expenses for which you can claim an immediate deduction.

Investment Property expenses for which you can claim an immediate deduction.

You can claim a deduction for the following expenses if they were actually incurred by you and not your tenant.

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5 Reasons a mortgage application can be denied.

5 Reasons a mortgage application can be denied.

The primary reason to obtain pre-approval for a mortgage before shopping for a property is to ensure, you are looking at properties that are within the price range that you can afford.

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How to defuse an emotional situation with a tenant

How to defuse an emotional situation with a tenant

When a tenant reacts inappropriately to a stressful interaction- how do you, as a landlord, handle the situation?

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Getting ready for auction day!

Getting ready for auction day!

So, your auction's around the corner and understandably, you're a big ball of excitement inside an even bigger ball of stress. Don't worry – it's normal. It's also completely manageable with some mental and money preparation. Here's what to go over in the lead-up to the big day.

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Understanding the settlement process when buying a  home

Understanding the settlement process when buying a home

The property settlement process can be confusing. Let us help you understand and prepare for settlement day.

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Reporting terrible agents and property managers.

Reporting terrible agents and property managers.

The real estate industry in Australia is changing and more competitive than ever. There is no need to put up with inferior service from an agent or property manager under any circumstance.

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Tax deductions for asbestos-affected investment properties

Tax deductions for asbestos-affected investment properties

Last week, I had a discussion with one of our RealRenta Landlords about whether or not she is entitled to certain tax deductions, if she finds out her investment property contains asbestos.

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The latest investment-grade offerings from RealRenta

The latest investment-grade offerings from RealRenta

Here at RealRenta, we don’t just want to "sell” you a property. Our founders created RealRenta so that fellow property investors, could leverage off the developments in property technology, to maximise the returns on their investments through automation.

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Capital Works Deductions and Investment Properties

Capital Works Deductions and Investment Properties

You can claim capital works deductions for construction costs for a rental property that satisfies certain conditions.

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Depreciation Tips For Renovating Investment Properties

Depreciation Tips For Renovating Investment Properties

Find out why renovating your investment property too quickly isn’t a good idea. When you buy your first investment property, it can be tempting to start renovating straight away. But as Michael Sloan from The Successful Investor explains, you could be throwing money away without realising it.

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RealRenta Tenants can now connect all their utilities in one simple process

RealRenta Tenants can now connect all their utilities in one simple process

Now finally for all RealRenta tenants, a free and convenient way to move home.

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APPLYING FOR HOME LOAN CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

APPLYING FOR HOME LOAN CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

Pre-approval is an important step for home buyers. Here we explain the process for getting conditional approval for your mortgage.

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How pets can lower the value of your property if you are trying to sell.

How pets can lower the value of your property if you are trying to sell.

Pets can impact homes in several ways, especially in terms of its’ cleanliness and smell. If your property has pet hair everywhere, strong pet odour in the house, or pet waste in the yard, it can increase the selling time and reduce your property’s value.

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Finding Mortgagee Sales in Australia

Finding Mortgagee Sales in Australia

We are experiencing a very interesting market at the moment and lately, our landlords have been asking us, where we think the best deals will soon be. One way of finding properties under market value, is to look for mortgagee sales. After all, the profit is made when you buy right! If the market doesn’t pick up next year, these sorts of sales will be more plentiful. Mortgagee sales are when the owners have defaulted on their mortgage payments to such an extent, that the bank has taken over the property to recover the debt. Here are a few tips to help savvy investors find properties that are under market value:

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Here at RealRenta, we don’t just want to "sell” you a property. Our founders created RealRenta so that fellow property investors, could leverage off the developments in property technology, to maximise the returns on their investments through automation.

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Should property investors be worried about a recession?

Should property investors be worried about a recession?

More and more people seem to be talking about an incoming recession in 2020. Australia has not had a recession since 1990-91 however Australia’s GDP growth was only 1.4 per cent in the 2019 Financial Year.

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Ways to increase your borrowing capacity

Ways to increase your borrowing capacity

Banks have been tightening access to credit for investors but there are ways you can boost your borrowing capacity, even in these testy times!

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What are the different types of property valuations?

What are the different types of property valuations?

There are several different types of property valuations that include:

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Evaluating your property portfolio

Evaluating your property portfolio

If you have been sitting on your real estate for a few years now, it might be the time to discover if your current strategies are actually effective. Here are some quick tips from RealRenta to help you start:

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What types of properties should an investor avoid?

What types of properties should an investor avoid?

There is a saying that real estate is slow to forgive- investing in bad property deals can take a long time to recover from. It is much better to have no deal at all than a bad deal. Here are some tips from our property strategist partners, to help you avoid some of these more risky investments:

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Smoke Alarm Solutions --Exclusive to RealRenta Landlords

Smoke Alarm Solutions --Exclusive to RealRenta Landlords

RealRenta Landlords have access to Australia’s largest provider of smoke alarm compliance maintenance services.

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RealRenta National Support Team

RealRenta National Support Team

RealRenta has a national support team, dedicated to giving our landlords an unrivalled support service for landlords in every part of the country.

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The benefits of Offset Accounts for Property Investors

The benefits of Offset Accounts for Property Investors

Offset Accounts can help property investors save money by reducing the amount of time it takes to pay off your loan and can help insulate you against interest rate rises.

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RealRenta Advertising Options

RealRenta Advertising Options

Advertising increases the exposure of your property and more exposure, drives competition for your property. Online advertising dramatically increases this exposure because most renters these days, head straight for the internet when looking for properties to rent.

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How to spot pests and rodents in a property

How to spot pests and rodents in a property

Your idea of a high yield investment property probably doesn’t include rats and cockroaches, rifling through kitchen cabinets and playing hide and seek in the bathrooms.

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Property development- Mitigate your legal risks

Property development- Mitigate your legal risks

Every successful property developer will tell you that the real secret to successful property development, is managing the inherent risks.

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Australian Architecture 101

Australian Architecture 101

The Australian architectural landscape varies from state to state, with some styles being a response to the local landscape. Here is a quick RealRenta guide on the different styles and where they are most likely found:

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Cancelled or Withdrawn Property Listings

Cancelled or Withdrawn Property Listings

There are many reasons, why properties are taken off the market and one of the main reasons is that the asking price was way too high from the start.

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Real estate agent obligations

Real estate agent obligations

Real estate agents must never mislead you and should always adhere to fair contract terms in line with federal, state and territory laws.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Contact us @ propertysales@realrenta.com. Need a property loan? Contact propertyloans@realrenta.com

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Big Mistakes Property Managers make

Big Mistakes Property Managers make

We asked our landlords, to identify some of the biggest mistakes their ex-property managers made. There have been some massive blunders:

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What are the current market trends?- Insights from our mortgage broker Jon Encavey

What are the current market trends?- Insights from our mortgage broker Jon Encavey

In this week's session, we talk to our trusted mortgage broker, Jon Encavey, about the current issues in our property markets and what is yet to come.

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How to find property markets with a strong demand.

How to find property markets with a strong demand.

How do you know if a particular market is in strong demand? The following tips from RealRenta could be indicators of where demand exceeds supply:

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What improvements can tenants make to your property?

What improvements can tenants make to your property?

Sometimes, tenants may want to make improvements to your property that suit personal tastes.

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Gift ideas for tenants- inspiring loyalty

Gift ideas for tenants- inspiring loyalty

Signs of appreciation go a long way in reducing vacancies and building a trusting landlord-tenant relationship.

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Sub-dividing land- what you need to know

Sub-dividing land- what you need to know

The first thing you need to do to find out whether or not it is possible to sub-divide your land, is to contact a local Consulting Surveyor

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Landlord Infringements – What can you be fined for?

Landlord Infringements – What can you be fined for?

When landlords fail to meet certain responsibilities, this can result in their local Department issuing an infringement notice, or even prosecuting offending landlords before a Court. Here is a list of offences for which an infringement notice may be given under the applicable Residential Tenancies Act (these may vary slightly from State to State etc):

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

Need a property loan? Contact us @ propertyloans@realrenta.com

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The Pre-Auction Offer- Tips from a property strategist

The Pre-Auction Offer- Tips from a property strategist

In general, pre- auction offers are not advisable, as they show your hand and gives the agent an unfair advantage in the sales process.

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How to think like a Valuer when buying your Investment Property

How to think like a Valuer when buying your Investment Property

Real estate can be quite an emotional asset class as opposed to shares and often, investors make decisions which are emotionally driven. A better strategy is to approach property investment like a property valuer- more facts and less feeling. Property Valuers are not clouded by emotion or vested emotion. Here are some tips from RealRenta to help you stay objective:

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Open House etiquette- a buyer’s guide

Open House etiquette- a buyer’s guide

Open houses are an increasingly common way for buyers to look at who is their competition and find out more about the property you are interested in. So what is the etiquette for attending an Open House as a buyer? Here are some tips from RealRenta :

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What can a good mortgage broker do for you?

What can a good mortgage broker do for you?

Need a property loan? Contact us @ propertyloans@realrenta.com and we will arrange for our highly skilled broker Jon, to contact you for a no obligation chat.

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What you should know about Real Estate Agent Fees and Commissions

What you should know about Real Estate Agent Fees and Commissions

The truth is that there are no standard real estate agent commissions for Australian property sales. The market in Australia is deregulated, which means that agents can set their own fees based on supply and demand.

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Attention ACT Landlords: New Tenancy Laws being implemented on the 1st November

Attention ACT Landlords: New Tenancy Laws being implemented on the 1st November

New legislation impacting tenancy agreements will take effect on the 1st November, allowing greater flexibility for tenants. The following changes are being implemented:

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RealRenta FAQ’s

RealRenta FAQ’s

How does the Free Trial Period work? When you sign up, you are automatically enrolled in an up to 2 month free trial that gives you unrestricted access to all the great features RealRenta has to offer. Your trial can be cancelled at any time.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment.

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Talk to us before investing in Land.

Talk to us before investing in Land.

There are many factors to consider before investing in land and you will also have to take into account how the bank will assess your loan application.

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Investment-Grade Property Checklist

Investment-Grade Property Checklist

Typically, investment-grade properties double in value every 7 to 12 years, which in other terms, equates to 7% to 10% annual compounding growth rate.

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What can be deducted from a Tenant’s Bond

What can be deducted from a Tenant’s Bond

The rental bond is a goodwill payment held in trust and is used as a financial protection for the landlord, in the case the tenant breaches their tenancy agreement.

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How to avoid buying an investment property lemon

How to avoid buying an investment property lemon

Buying an investment property that turns out to be a lemon, can be a property investor’s worst nightmare. The best way to make money as a property investor is to buy well. How do you mitigate risk and what do you look out for?

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Attracting Professional Tenants to your rental property

Attracting Professional Tenants to your rental property

As in investor, purchasing the right property is only part of the process. You also need to make sure that you find the right tenants and that the property is not left empty for long periods of time.

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RealRenta interviews Jamie Doman- our property strategist partner

RealRenta interviews Jamie Doman- our property strategist partner

RealRenta Sales Director interviews Jamie Doman, our RealRenta propeety strategist partner.

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Ask us about Refinancing

Ask us about Refinancing

We all have different goals and dreams and the benefits of refinancing your home loan, can definitely expedite their realisation. Getting a better interest rate to reduce the size of your mortgage will also reduce your monthly repayments.

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What can RealRenta Property Advisory do for you?

What can RealRenta Property Advisory do for you?

Here at RealRenta, we don’t just want to “sell” you a property. Our founders created RealRenta so that fellow property investors, could leverage off the developments in property technology, to maximise the returns on their investments through automation. Our property advisory service is based on the same principle- we want to help fellow property investors capitalise on our industry knowledge and expertise when seeking to build their portfolios.

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Preventing illegal sub-letting

Preventing illegal sub-letting

For landlords, illegal sub-letting is always a concern. Sometimes no matter how well you scrutinized your tenants, there is always a possibility that they will rent out one room or even your entire property to a stranger.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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Investment Properties & Geographic Risk

Investment Properties & Geographic Risk

Property values are heavily influenced by location based on regional, state, city and specific neighbourhood. Job growth, population and demographics are just some of the key ingredients to the equation.

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The Conveyancing Process- A guide for RealRenta Landlords

The Conveyancing Process- A guide for RealRenta Landlords

The job of a conveyancer is to provide advice and information about the sale of a property, prepare the documentation and conduct the settlement process, which typically goes through these 6 steps:

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RealRenta CPA Incentive Program

RealRenta CPA Incentive Program

Astute CPA’s recognise that helping their clients grow their profits from investments, will distinguish them from their competitors.

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Avoid liability by Child-Proofing your Investment Property

Avoid liability by Child-Proofing your Investment Property

There are a number of ways that children can injure themselves and even die in their own home. Providing a rental property that is relatively free from hazards to children, can increase your pool of prospective tenants, as it attracts families with young children.

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Heritage Listed Properties- What you need to know.

Heritage Listed Properties- What you need to know.

Banks consider heritage listed properties to be a higher risk than normal properties, as they do not appeal to the general market.

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A RealRenta Landlord’s Guide to Conveyancing terms.

A RealRenta Landlord’s Guide to Conveyancing terms.

Legal conveyancing terms may seem a little overwhelming so here is a quick overview of the most commonly used terms :

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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What is your rental yield? A Property Location Checklist from RealRenta

What is your rental yield? A Property Location Checklist from RealRenta

When looking for a new investment property, location is going to have a direct influence on the rental yield that you can command. Here at RealRenta we have compiled a checklist for you to help you choose the optimum location for your next investment:

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Sales Agreements- A RealRenta Guide

Sales Agreements- A RealRenta Guide

Once you have made a decision about what type of Agent services you will use to sell your property, an Agreement will need to be signed by both parties. The type of sale and number of agents involved in the process, will determine the type of agreement that will be entered into. Here is a State by State guide from RealRenta:

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House & Land Package Checklist-7 questions you need to ask.

House & Land Package Checklist-7 questions you need to ask.

If you are uncertain of where to start in your quest to find a reputable home builder, ask the following 8 questions to determine if this builder is right for you.

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Creating an Audit Trail for each Tenancy with RealRenta

Creating an Audit Trail for each Tenancy with RealRenta

Keeping accurate records is essential for any landlord. RealRenta records and details all information to provide you with a complete historical record within a comprehensive, easy to follow, dedicated file for each investment property you have.

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This is why you need landlord insurance

This is why you need landlord insurance

Landlord insurance is a must for any property investor. Landlord insurance is tax deductible and can cover landlords for all sort of events that can cause financial loss. Here are the most important reasons why you need to have landlord insurance:

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Meet RealRenta Landlord Sanjay

Meet RealRenta Landlord Sanjay

Here is an interview with Melbourne property investor and #RealRenta #Landlord Sanjay Bajaj.

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Negative vs Positive Gearing

Negative vs Positive Gearing

Generally speaking, a good long term strategy for investing in property, is balance.

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Agents that under-quote- 5 ways to outsmart them.

Agents that under-quote- 5 ways to outsmart them.

Under-quoting is now illegal and not to mention unethical but we all know it is still going on.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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Inheriting an Investment Property

Inheriting an Investment Property

If an investment property is transferred to you in a will that was bought after the 19 September 1985, you will inherit the cost base and there are no tax consequences other than Capital Gains Tax when you sell it.

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Attn Queensland Landlords- Important changes to the RTA

Attn Queensland Landlords- Important changes to the RTA

The Queensland Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) has made the following changes to their services:

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How to spot bad neighbours

How to spot bad neighbours

No matter how fabulous a property make look or how excellent the price may be, it can all come undone by just one essential detail- the neighbours.

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Property Settlement delays- Know Your Rights!

Property Settlement delays- Know Your Rights!

There are various reasons why property settlement could be delayed, either by the buyer or vendor. Here are the 3 most common reasons:

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How to buy an investment property with equity.

How to buy an investment property with equity.

Equity is a powerful wealth creation tool. Equity is the proportion of your home that you own, less the mortgage.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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How to attract Property Investors

How to attract Property Investors

Private investors are attracted to real estate investments because of potential high returns.

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Lenders Mortgage Insurance- What property investors should know

Lenders Mortgage Insurance- What property investors should know

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) protects banks and other lenders in the event of mortgage default and shortfall.

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Landlords- Beware these tenant scams

Landlords- Beware these tenant scams

Here are some of the most common scams landlords need to be aware of. Always use RealRenta's Bad Tenant Check facility before approving a lease application.

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Endearing yourself to a mortgage lender- Some tips from RealRenta

Endearing yourself to a mortgage lender- Some tips from RealRenta

It can be rough to secure a home loan so we asked some of our mortgage broker friends what are some of the secrets to endearing yourself to them.

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Lighting Options for your Investment Property

Lighting Options for your Investment Property

Knowing the right lighting to have in your investment property, can help maximise the returns on your property and will impact on your ability to increase rent and the property value. In Australia, new hardwired light fittings are tax deductible under capital works’ deductions.

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Pest Control- & Mould- What are Landlord Responsibilities?

Pest Control- & Mould- What are Landlord Responsibilities?

Pests and mould can really be a problematic issue for landlords. Here is a quick guide:

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An introduction to Land Subdivision- Some Tips from RealRenta

An introduction to Land Subdivision- Some Tips from RealRenta

Land division is how developers create new allotments and increase the value of their land, by utilising the development potential of their land holding.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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5 Electrical Safety Requirements for Landlords

5 Electrical Safety Requirements for Landlords

Landlords have obligations in regards to fire alarms, gas safety and electrical safety of their rental properties. Whilst electrical work is a highly specialised field, here are 5 tips from RealRenta to ensure you have a good basis for getting started.

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Negative Equity- Selling your property at a loss.

Negative Equity- Selling your property at a loss.

What do you do if you find that you may need to sell a property for less than the remaining amount on the mortgage?

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Reasons why you should consider allowing pets in your investment property!

Reasons why you should consider allowing pets in your investment property!

Many landlords and property managers have a “ no pets” policy because they probably think that it is easier to manage or that there will be less damage. Recent research suggests that the benefits of allowing pets may significantly outweigh any negatives. Here are 10 Reasons from RealRenta to consider:

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Restoring a Heritage Property-Some RealRenta Tips

Restoring a Heritage Property-Some RealRenta Tips

Restoration work is not for the faint hearted. Although this type of project can be immensely rewarding, it can be very daunting and very expensive. Here are some tips from RealRenta to get you started if you are considering or are committed to restoring a Heritage Property.

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Get the upper hand in Property Negotiation- Some tactics from RealRenta

Get the upper hand in Property Negotiation- Some tactics from RealRenta

Before you make an offer on your next property, here are a few things to consider, that should give you the upper hand in negotiations:

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Property Condition Reports- What Landlords need to remember.

Property Condition Reports- What Landlords need to remember.

A well written comprehensive property condition report is important and acts as a form of protection for you as a landlord. Many landlords leave things to the last minute, or worse, don’t even do them at all.

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Listing your property as a holiday rental- Some tips from RealRenta

Listing your property as a holiday rental- Some tips from RealRenta

Listing your property as a holiday rental can be a great way to increase your rental yield, as it may be possible, to charge the regular monthly rent for a one week holiday stay, depending on your location. Leasing your property for say 12 weeks a year as a holiday rental, would generate the same return on investment, as a permanent tenant and additional weeks, will simply increase your return. Here are some tips from RealRenta if you decide to rent your property as a holiday rental:

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Ways you may unwittingly lower your property’s  re-sale value

Ways you may unwittingly lower your property’s re-sale value

Some of these may be obvious but you would be surprised, how many people overlook these things, when trying to sell their property:

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Energy Efficient Upgrades for Investment Properties

Energy Efficient Upgrades for Investment Properties

Taking the extra time to upgrade the energy efficiency of your Investment Property, will create a path for you to make more money. You will make your tenants feel important and they will value your property more as well. Energy efficient properties can generally yield a higher rental return and a higher resale value. Here are some important energy efficiency tips from RealRenta to keep in mind:

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Estimating Sales Prices & Best Practice Methods.

Estimating Sales Prices & Best Practice Methods.

While each real estate agency has their own practices, typically, a sellers’ minimum sale price expectation, should be disclosed in writing, before a marketing campaign commences.

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Under-quoting agents-What buyers need to know!

Under-quoting agents-What buyers need to know!

Most real estate agents in Australia act with integrity and in good faith, however, there are a few agents who will use questionable tactics, to attract interest in a property and create a larger pool of prospective buyers.

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How to get a Development Application approved by Council- Fast!

How to get a Development Application approved by Council- Fast!

Getting a development application over the line can be one of the most challenging aspects of the development process.

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What you should know about Property Development before you start

What you should know about Property Development before you start

The best ways to learn about developing property are to read about it, enrol in some course and speak to established and successful property developers.

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Have you checked your property for termites?

Have you checked your property for termites?

When you purchase your investment property, it’s important to do a thorough inspection for termites and pests as well as an inspection for structural integrity.

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Why get just one rent when you can get two lots of rent from the same property?

Why get just one rent when you can get two lots of rent from the same property?

Why get just one rent when you can get two lots of rent from the same property? Or live in one and rent the other out to turn your own home into an investment property, turning bad debt into good debt.

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Insurance Tips for Home Renovations

Insurance Tips for Home Renovations

Home renovations are expensive but having the wrong insurance coverage can make the process even more so. Here are some RealRenta do’s & don’ts to help keep you protected during a renovation project.

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Handling Noisy Neighbour Complaints in Multi-Tenanted Properties

Handling Noisy Neighbour Complaints in Multi-Tenanted Properties

You should have a clause in your lease regarding noise violations and quiet hours for a multi tenanted residential property. Noisy neighbours can be a tricky issue to deal with because the source may be beyond your control and the decibel of the noise, may only happen at certain times of the day, like late at night, which makes it very hard for you to monitor. Here are some RealRenta tips for dealing with tenant complaints about noisy neighbours:

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Cannabis Farms and Drug Labs, Tell Tale signs for Landlords

Cannabis Farms and Drug Labs, Tell Tale signs for Landlords

Unfortunately cannabis farms and drug labs are a growing problem for Australian landlords. The boom in domestic production is a concern for private landlords and property managers all over the country. Landlords can face serious repercussions if a tenant is using the property to cultivate drugs.

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Is it better to invest in old or new properties? Here are the Pros & Cons from RealRenta

Is it better to invest in old or new properties? Here are the Pros & Cons from RealRenta

Brand new homes deliver benefits from depreciation to capital growth potential but older homes have the capital growth history to back them up. So which is the better investment? Here are some Pros and Cons from RealRenta to help you make your own mind up:

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What landlords need to know about changing locks

What landlords need to know about changing locks

Currently, landlords are not required by law to change locks between tenants. This means that there may well be copies of keys available that could give people easy and unauthorised access to your property, without any way of tracing them. Here is a RealRenta checklist for all the different rules regarding locks and keys, from State to State/Territory:

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Your RealRenta Checklist for Property Loans

Your RealRenta Checklist for Property Loans

There are so many different loans out there in the market and it can be really hard to determine which, is the best home loan, for you amongst all the marketing noise. Here is your RealRenta checklist to help you decide:

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Property Depreciation- The Basics

Property Depreciation- The Basics

Depreciation enables you to claim tax deductions for wear and tear over time, on your investment property.

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RealRenta Interviews Jonathan from Bee Money Ep 2

RealRenta Interviews Jonathan from Bee Money Ep 2

RealRenta sales director Marlene Liontis interviewing Jonathan Encavey from Bee Money about the process of trying to refinance

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Is it a Repair or an Improvement?

Is it a Repair or an Improvement?

The ATO has issued several warnings recently to investors about claiming deductions on rental properties. Common errors highlighted by the ATO include claiming deductions for

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Thinking of buying a Tenanted Property?

Thinking of buying a Tenanted Property?

When acquiring a tenanted property, it is crucial to ensure all relevant contracts are reviewed, prior to you purchasing unconditionally. What are the Pros and Cons to buying a property with existing tenants?

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How do you get tenants to pay more Rent? 9  quick TIPS for Landlords!

How do you get tenants to pay more Rent? 9 quick TIPS for Landlords!

We asked some of our landlords for their tips and these are what they gave us:

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Do students make good tenants ?

Do students make good tenants ?

Landlords often have an aversion to letting their property to students. They probably envisage wild parties, recklessness and so on. Student accommodation however, has changed, as every tenancy application is much more heavily scrutinised. The international student market is growing exponentially and there are demands for higher standards of accommodation.

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Dealing With Problematic Tenants- 7 Tips for Being a Fair Landlord

Dealing With Problematic Tenants- 7 Tips for Being a Fair Landlord

Property Management companies benefit from quick tenant turnover, as each new tenant means additional fees for them. Property Management companies, rarely work in the interest of the tenants, nor in the landlords’ best interest.

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How to deal with a drop in rental revenue- Some tips from RealRenta

How to deal with a drop in rental revenue- Some tips from RealRenta

There are several states in Australia at the moment, experiencing some weakness in the rental market, due to oversupply and other economic factors.

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RealRenta Interviews Jonathan from Bee Money Ep 1

RealRenta Interviews Jonathan from Bee Money Ep 1

RealRenta sales director Marlene Liontis interviewing Jonathan Encavey from Bee Money

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Financing a Property Renovation with RealRenta

Financing a Property Renovation with RealRenta

When it comes to financing a renovation, there are many options depending on the type and cost of renovations you wish to undertake

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Your Tenant’s Privacy-Landlord Do’s & Don’ts.

Your Tenant’s Privacy-Landlord Do’s & Don’ts.

As a landlord, you need to respect and protect any personal data about your tenants.

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Suburb Gentrification- Finding  the next HotSpot!

Suburb Gentrification- Finding the next HotSpot!

Location is critical to the long term performance of your investments. The key is to look for suburbs, that have always outperformed the averages, or suburbs that are going through gentrification.

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Calculating Rental Bond

Calculating Rental Bond

If rent is $350 a week or less in Victoria for instance, the bond cannot be more than the equivalent of one month’s rent. Landlords/agents can charge more if: • The lease agreement states that the property is the landlord’s principal residence and intends to resume living there at the end of the tenancy • The rent is more than $350 a week • The landlord/agent obtains an order from the relevant body that sets out the amount of the bond.

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Assistance Animals- What Landlords must know!

Assistance Animals- What Landlords must know!

Tenants who need assistance animals, such as guide dogs, cannot be discriminated against if applying for your property, or if they acquire the assistance animal during the lease. An assistance animal is defined under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 as an animal trained to perform functions and tasks that assist a person with a disability, to alleviate the affects of the disability on their lives.

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A State by State Guide for Lodging Rental Bonds

A State by State Guide for Lodging Rental Bonds

Always make sure that the Bond has been paid in full before giving the keys to your new tenants. Laws and procedures relating to Bonds differ from State to State. If you have Investments in more than one state, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the differences. Also, not lodging Bonds on time or correctly, can result in a fine being issued. Here is all you need to know:

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A quick guide to Construction Loans from RealRenta

A quick guide to Construction Loans from RealRenta

The difference between a Construction Loan and normal Home Loan is that you don’t receive all of the funds at the outset, like you would at settlement for an established property.

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Dual Occupancy Investment Properties-Double the Benefit!

Dual Occupancy Investment Properties-Double the Benefit!

Dual Occupancy Property Investments are an excellent way to achieve positive cash flow. Properties with dual occupancy and granny flats attached can attract higher rental yields than what the suburb they are in, can actually deliver to investors in normal circumstances.

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Legal reasons tenants can break a lease

Legal reasons tenants can break a lease

A tenant who breaks their lease without a legal reason, is essentially abandoning their tenancy. The legal reasons for terminating a lease, can vary slightly across each state and territory and generally, tenants need to access a tribunal for an order.

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Introducing RealRenta Essential for Landlords (Free Version)

Introducing RealRenta Essential for Landlords (Free Version)

Property Investors can now use RealRenta’s new FREE version- RealRenta Essential.

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RealRenta Tips for your next Property Evaluation

RealRenta Tips for your next Property Evaluation

The job of a Valuer is to assess what price the bank could reasonably achieve for a property if the borrower can’t service the loans and it needs to take possession.

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Renting out rooms with RealRenta

Renting out rooms with RealRenta

Many smart investors are taking advantage of their additional space, by renting out rooms in their properties, to generate extra rental income.

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Screening New Tenants- Some RealRenta Tips

Screening New Tenants- Some RealRenta Tips

The most important thing that you can do for your investment property is to find dependable tenants. So you have to screen applicants ruthlessly. It may be tempting to accept the first applicants for your property, especially if it has been vacant for a while however it pays to make the extra effort to screen your applicants, to avoid potential problems later. Here are some screening tactics from RealRenta to help you ensure that you acquire the best possible tenants for your investment property:

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A RealRenta Landlord’s guide to eviction

A RealRenta Landlord’s guide to eviction

There are many reasons a lease may need to be terminated before its specified date.

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Big news for investors that have been struggling to get further lending!

Big news for investors that have been struggling to get further lending!

Shrug off the winter blues with a massive interest rate drop across the board.

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Landlord Rights- The final property Inspection

Landlord Rights- The final property Inspection

As a landlord, you are entitled to have your property returned to you undamaged and clean, at the end of a tenancy.

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How to video your property condition report

How to video your property condition report

All you need is a smart phone with a good camera and at least 70% battery before you start filming. Once you have finished filming, you can upload the video to the RealRenta platform. Here are our tips for filming:

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Resolving Tenancy Disputes- A RealRenta Guide

Resolving Tenancy Disputes- A RealRenta Guide

In the case of an issue with your tenant not being resolved, there are numerous support services around the country, which assist with residential tenancy complaints and disputes.

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Preventing tenant legal disputes- 10 tips from RealRenta

Preventing tenant legal disputes- 10 tips from RealRenta

No one wants to end up in court.’ By implementing excellent management practices, you can eliminate the majority of reasons that a tenant might use to sue you. Here are 10 of the best practices from RealRenta, to help you prevent and avoid legal disputes with tenants:

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Off to the rental tribunal? Here is your checklist!

Off to the rental tribunal? Here is your checklist!

Going to a rental or tenancy tribunal to argue your side of a rental debate can be quite nerve wracking. Some landlord and tenant disputes simply cannot be resolved without taking it to an authority.

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This is how RealRenta Landlords make more money from their investment properties!

This is how RealRenta Landlords make more money from their investment properties!

Some of the biggest expenses, investors face when they invest in property are the property management fees. Well not for RealRenta Landlords!

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Sick of disrupted cash flow?-Automated Rental Payment Reminders for RealRenta Landlords

Sick of disrupted cash flow?-Automated Rental Payment Reminders for RealRenta Landlords

Late rental payments disrupt cash flow and can be a very frustrating experience for landlords.

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Sneaky Property Management Fees-Are you being charged for these?

Sneaky Property Management Fees-Are you being charged for these?

There is a culture in lots of different types of industries of adding sneaky fees to the structure of agreements and property management is no exception.

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Uploading photos for Ads on RealRenta

Uploading photos for Ads on RealRenta

Rent your investment property quicker by placing your ad on RealRenta.com.au.

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Quick tips for higher rental yields from RealRenta

Quick tips for higher rental yields from RealRenta

Some quick tips from some of our most successful landlords!

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Late Fees for Overdue Rent-What can you charge?

Late Fees for Overdue Rent-What can you charge?

Fees for late rent payments can be charged as flat fees or between 5 and 10% of the tenants’ monthly rental rate.

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How long does your property manager make you wait  to receive your rental income?

How long does your property manager make you wait to receive your rental income?

RealRenta Landlords get the income from their investment property paid into their bank account within 4 business days of their tenant making the payment.

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Foray into Foreclosures- Investing in Distressed Properties.

Foray into Foreclosures- Investing in Distressed Properties.

We are presently witnessing, a very interesting real estate market here in Australia. We have witnessed first-hand, a change in the sentiments of the property investors that we directly deal with.

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Investment Properties- Ownership Options

Investment Properties- Ownership Options

It’s important to get the ownership structure right when purchasing an investment property as it can be costly to alter deeds later on.

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Tenant Selection- Don’t miss these Red Flags!

Tenant Selection- Don’t miss these Red Flags!

Getting a Bad Tenant can really affect your rental yield as well as your peace of mind. Here are some Red Flags from RealRenta to watch out for when you do your next screening:

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Selling your tenanted Investment Property

Selling your tenanted Investment Property

If you still have tenants living in your property when you are ready to sell, there are certain procedures you will need to follow.

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5 WAYS YOU CAN TELL THAT YOU HAVE AN INEPT PROPERTY MANAGER

5 WAYS YOU CAN TELL THAT YOU HAVE AN INEPT PROPERTY MANAGER

To be a successful property investor, you need to always present a professional veneer when dealing with your investments. Having an inept or lackluster property manager, can be very detrimental, to the value of your portfolio. Here are 5 fundamental signs that you have a BAD property manager:

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Your tenant can’t pay the rent- Tips for Landlords

Your tenant can’t pay the rent- Tips for Landlords

The expenses for your investment property need to be paid, whether your tenant has paid their rent or not.

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5 Tips to rent out your Investment Property- FAST!

5 Tips to rent out your Investment Property- FAST!

An occupied investment property is making you money. Here are the 5 quickest tips from RealRenta to ensure your property is filled with the right tenant- FAST!

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Enticing Renters through Digital Marketing

Enticing Renters through Digital Marketing

Property Investing, just like any business, benefits from a strategic digital marketing campaign. Creating a digital marketing campaign for your investment property is easier than you think.

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Land Titles- What you need to know!

Land Titles- What you need to know!

Want more helpful information from RealRenta? Visit our blog page here: http://info.realrenta.com.au/blog

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6 things to do when buying into a Body Corporate Investment

6 things to do when buying into a Body Corporate Investment

When you buy into a body corporate, you are buying into a complex with other owners which means, you share ownership of the common areas like pools and gardens.

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Getting quotes for Building & Renovations

Getting quotes for Building & Renovations

When it comes to building and renovations in general, do not lock yourself into any contracts until you know exactly what you want and have compared at least 3 quotes for the same plans/specifications.

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Selling your property via social media-  Tips from RealRenta

Selling your property via social media- Tips from RealRenta

More and more homeowners and investors are using social media sites to attract buyers to their property.

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Why it makes sense to rent (NOT sell) your family home- 9 RealRenta Tips

Why it makes sense to rent (NOT sell) your family home- 9 RealRenta Tips

Sometimes in life we are faced with decisions that involve relocating, for either professional or personal reasons.

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A Guide to Discrimination for Landlords

A Guide to Discrimination for Landlords

A landlord has the right to choose a tenant they consider the most suitable for their property but equal opportunity legislation, in each state, makes it unlawful to discriminate against or harass people.

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The best 5 tax effective renovations for your investment property

The best 5 tax effective renovations for your investment property

We asked some quantity surveyors we know, what they consider the most effective strategies investors can use, to use depreciation to minimise tax on renovations to their investment property.

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Increasing rent on fixed-term tenancies

Increasing rent on fixed-term tenancies

Landlords can’t increase rent on fixed-term tenancy agreements, unless it has been written into the agreement. Once the agreement has finished however, you can choose to move the tenant onto a periodic or rolling lease and on these types of agreements, rent can be increased with more frequency.

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When can tenants claim compensation?

When can tenants claim compensation?

A tenant can claim compensation from a landlord if they can prove that they have suffered: •Damage to goods •Loss of goods •Loss of money •Substantial inconvenience as a result of a landlords/agent's actions or failure to act. ...

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Landlord Infringement Notices- What can you be fined for?

Landlord Infringement Notices- What can you be fined for?

When landlords fail to meet certain responsibilities, this can result in their local Department issuing an infringement notice, or even prosecuting offending landlords before a court.

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Questions to ask when researching a location

Questions to ask when researching a location

Here are some questions that you will want to ask local agents and valuers, when doing your research on a location you are interested in:

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Tricks for better property pics!

Tricks for better property pics!

Good photos are critical when marketing your property for rent. If you get it wrong- you may find that it takes longer to find the right tenants.

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3 Essential rules for communicating with tenants

3 Essential rules for communicating with tenants

RealRenta Landlords have the advantage of date and time-stamped communication with tenants. RealRenta landlords and tenants can upload photos, documents, videos and forms onto the platform, to form part of the tenancy file.

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What should tenants look for to reduce energy costs?

What should tenants look for to reduce energy costs?

The age of appliances and fixtures can affect the running costs in a property.

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NSW Landlord & Tenant Act to be repealed

NSW Landlord & Tenant Act to be repealed

According to a report by the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW), The Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1948 (NSW) (LTA Act) will be repealed on July 1

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Median rents quick finder for Queensland landlords

Median rents quick finder for Queensland landlords

Median weekly rents data is based on an analysis of new rental bonds lodged each quarter. Data is updated for the March, June, September and December quarters.

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Changes to Victorian Residential Tenancies Act (Minimum Standards)

Changes to Victorian Residential Tenancies Act (Minimum Standards)

Section 65A of the amended act, means that Victorian landlords, will have to ensure the compliance of rental properties with minimum standards in respect of security, amenities and privacy.

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Victorian rental hikes capped to once a year

Victorian rental hikes capped to once a year

Rent hikes for Victorians will be capped to once a year under changes in effect from Wednesday, in a bid to make renting fairer.

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How much can you rent your property for?

How much can you rent your property for?

Setting the right rental price is crucial to making sure you get the right types of tenants who will look after your property and make sure that your investment meets expenses and earns you money.

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The ATO Property spotlight

The ATO Property spotlight

The ATO believes errors in rental property claims is the second biggest component in the $8.7 billion tax gap (after work-related expenses) and indeed they recently announced that in a series of audits, the ATO found errors in 90% of returns reviewed. So, this year, expect them to focus on the following:

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Co-tenancy, sub-leases and rooming house leases- what are the differences?

Co-tenancy, sub-leases and rooming house leases- what are the differences?

Do you know the differences ?

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Landlord obligations- Fire alarms, gas & electrical safety

Landlord obligations- Fire alarms, gas & electrical safety

Landlords have obligations in regards to fire alarms, gas safety and the electrical safety in their investment properties. Whilst electrical work is highly specialised, here are some tips from RealRenta to get you started:

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Gross and Net rental yield- do you know the difference?

Gross and Net rental yield- do you know the difference?

Rental yield is the income return rate, over the costs associated, with your investment property. It’s frequently used as a metric in property data and expressed as a percentage.

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Renting to family & friends? Think again!

Renting to family & friends? Think again!

One of the most important things you need to do before you decide to rent your property to family and friends, is to establish very clear guidelines about how the tenancy relationship is going to be conducted.

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Old or new properties? Which make better investments?

Old or new properties? Which make better investments?

Brand new properties deliver benefits from depreciation to capital growth potential but older properties have the capital growth history to back them up. So which is the better investment? Here are some pros and cons from RealRenta to help you make up your mind:

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Avoiding bad tenants with RealRenta Bad Tenant Checks

Avoiding bad tenants with RealRenta Bad Tenant Checks

Private landlords are not legally required to lodge tenant information on the National Tenancy Database but can use their discretion, to alert other landlords and property managers to rent defaulters.

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Are you prepared for the rental tribunal?

Are you prepared for the rental tribunal?

Going to a rental or tenancy tribunal to argue your side of a rental debate can be quite nerve wracking.

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Do you have an expense checklist for your investment property?

Do you have an expense checklist for your investment property?

If you have purchased an investment property this year, you will need to advise your accountant of the expenses associated with the purchase.

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When you buy an Investment Property, you become a Property Manager whether you like it or not

When you buy an Investment Property, you become a Property Manager whether you like it or not

When you buy an investment property, you become a property manager whether you like it or not.

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Get the biggest bang for your buck- self-manage your investment property with RealRenta

Get the biggest bang for your buck- self-manage your investment property with RealRenta

RealRenta costs less than a QUARTER of what property managers charge- YET…it does everything that they do!

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Can you make more money out of your investment property?

Can you make more money out of your investment property?

This market still has a long way to go, in order to recover properly from the recent slump in prices.

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Have you invested in Noosa? Investors could be banned from renting out holidays homes soon.

Have you invested in Noosa? Investors could be banned from renting out holidays homes soon.

Noosa property owners could find themselves banned from renting out their holiday homes and the value of their investment significantly impacted if a local council plan is implemented, according to a local agent.

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Fact sheets for foreign investors for Aussie property (REIA)

Fact sheets for foreign investors for Aussie property (REIA)

The Australian Real Estate Institute has recently published two fact sheets to help foreign owners and investors of Australian residential real estate, meet their foreign investment obligations in Australia.

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Changes to sunset clauses in Victoria

Changes to sunset clauses in Victoria

Parliament has passed the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic) which brings into effect retrospective legislation relating to sunset dates (also known as latest dates for registration) in the off-the-plan contracts of sale.

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Gas appliances- Landlord responsibilities for Victorian Landlords

Gas appliances- Landlord responsibilities for Victorian Landlords

Landlords’ responsibilities

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Victoria stamp duty laws to hit agents and fund managers (AFR)

Victoria stamp duty laws to hit agents and fund managers (AFR)

Victoria's unexpected change to stamp duty rules will hit a range of players beyond development, including real estate managers who set rents and fund managers who receive remuneration based on the value of an asset they have sold, industry players warn.

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Attention Victorian Landlords-Solar rebates will re-open on the 1st July 2019 for Victorian property owners

Attention Victorian Landlords-Solar rebates will re-open on the 1st July 2019 for Victorian property owners

On 12 April 2019 Solar Victoria announced that the program for solar PV was fully subscribed for 2018-19, with the program re-opening on 1 July 2019.

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Are you keeping records correctly? The ATO will be targeting property investors who are not doing the right thing.

Are you keeping records correctly? The ATO will be targeting property investors who are not doing the right thing.

Over 2.2 million Aussies claimed more than $47 billion in deductions in the 2017-2018 financial year, led by work-related expenses and rental claims— and ATO announced about two months ago that it would double the number of audits scrutinising rental deductions.

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How much can a good school zone affect rental yield?

How much can a good school zone affect rental yield?

A good school zone can boost property values by up to 20 per cent, according to some valuers.

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Are you making enough money out of your investment property?

Are you making enough money out of your investment property?

No one invests in property to lose money or not make much at all. Why would anyone hand over their rental income to expensive middlemen that don’t really do much at all.

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Push for all SA landlords to allow pets

Push for all SA landlords to allow pets

All private renters should be allowed to keep pets, South Australian housing support group Shelter SA says.

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Victorian property owners to be hit by rising fire services property levies

Victorian property owners to be hit by rising fire services property levies

The Victorian State Government plans to collect 10 per cent more or $709 million with its higher fire levies on every Victorian’s property in 2019-20.

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Valuing investment properties for Centrelink

Valuing investment properties for Centrelink

How does Centrelink treat investment properties that have risen in value?

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Renting to tenants under the age of 18  in Victoria

Renting to tenants under the age of 18 in Victoria

A person may enter into a written Residential Tenancy Agreement in order to rent in Victoria. The agreement may be oral or in writing, although it is strongly recommended that tenants enter into a written agreement which will provide a clear record of rights and obligations as a tenant. A Residential Tenancy Agreement is a contract that will state the terms of the rental, such as the duration and rent payable.

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Victorian property owners will face millions of dollars in increased property taxes in this year's state budget

Victorian property owners will face millions of dollars in increased property taxes in this year's state budget

The biggest hit will be on foreign buyers with an increase in duties and a rise in the absentee owner land tax surcharge. Measures are designed to offset a $5.2 billion shortfall in stamp duty forecast over the next four years because of a softening property market, he said on Saturday.

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Interesting solar energy facts landlords should know

Interesting solar energy facts landlords should know

Solar energy is cheap! For Australian landlords, where sunlight is abundant, the cost of installation can be offset by attracting higher rental yields. Many tenants will pay more rent to take advantage of the financial and ethical benefits of solar energy.

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Every rental property in Queensland must meet new smoke alarm rules by 31st December 2021

Every rental property in Queensland must meet new smoke alarm rules by 31st December 2021

More than 450,000 rental properties in Queensland are affected by new smoke alarm laws, which could see landlords paying up to $2000 for new smoke alarms – or risk being unable to tenant their dwellings.

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Mould- Everything you didn’t want to know

Mould- Everything you didn’t want to know

Exposure to mould can cause throat, eye and nose irritations, respiratory complaints or allergic reactions in some people. The most vulnerable people to mould related illnesses are infants, young children, the elderly, immuno-depressed individuals and those suffering from asthma.

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Unpaid rent – When a landlord does not need to give notice to re-enter the premises

Unpaid rent – When a landlord does not need to give notice to re-enter the premises

On 1 February 2019 the New South Wales and Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) held in Charlie Bridge Street Pty Ltd v Petrazzuolo [2019] NSWCATCD 1 that a landlord validly terminated a lease by re-entering the premises when the tenant failed to pay rent, even though the landlord did not give notice to the tenant of its intention to terminate the lease.

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Building on a small block? Here are some tips

Building on a small block? Here are some tips

One of our founders is a highly experienced builder. Here are Pete’s tips for building on a small block:

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New NSW strata renewal legislation

New NSW strata renewal legislation

If you are an owner of a lot or multiple lots in a strata scheme or are intending on buying up multiple lots in a strata scheme, even if you do not hold over 75% of the lots and unit entitlements in the scheme, you can still form a "bloc" in the scheme to gain some control over how a vote will be cast, on motions relating to any potential collective sale of the whole strata scheme.

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The benefits of long-term leases

The benefits of long-term leases

A long-term lease is five years or more. Many tenants would prefer to live in their rental for much longer than a typical 12-month lease, so a longer term lease can offer stability for both renters and landlords.

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WA rental sector now a landlord’s market

WA rental sector now a landlord’s market

The rental sector is officially a landlord’s market after the vacancy rate this year fell below 3 per cent for the first time in six years.

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Expenses claimed for loss-making properties (ATO)

Expenses claimed for loss-making properties (ATO)

Negative gearing has been a hot topic in the election campaign. Travel deductions had been “probably the biggest lurk” among the expenses claimed by landlords, says Grattan Institute fellow Brendan Coates.

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What do you look for in a CBD Investment ?

What do you look for in a CBD Investment ?

Some inner city properties can deliver very strong returns. We asked some of our landlords what they look for when they are buying properties in the CBD:

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Questions to ask before buying a serviced apartment

Questions to ask before buying a serviced apartment

Some of our landlords have serviced apartments in their portfolios. We asked them what questions they consider important to ask before investing in serviced apartments:

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What should you do before buying into strata?

What should you do before buying into strata?

Here are our top tips:

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What are the top things that determine a property’s value?

What are the top things that determine a property’s value?

The reality is, a property’s physical structure will depreciate over time, while the land beneath will appreciate in value. Land appreciates because of limited supply.

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Fixed term versus periodic tenancies (NSW Landlords)

Fixed term versus periodic tenancies (NSW Landlords)

There are pros and cons for both a fixed term and a periodic agreement. There are often reasons a landlord may wish to end the tenancy.

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The best types of carpets for your investment property

The best types of carpets for your investment property

The best types of carpets for your investment property We asked some of our landlords what types of flooring options they consider for their rental properties. High on the list, were carpets that were affordable, durable and attractive.

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Australia’s riskiest suburbs for home loans

Australia’s riskiest suburbs for home loans

A new crackdown on property lending has emerged in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, with borrowers now being asked for deposits of up to 30 per cent and banks throwing greater scrutiny on location and living expenses when assessing loans.

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Greens propose $1.2 Billion solar fund to provide SA landlords grants to install solar panels

Greens propose $1.2 Billion solar fund to provide SA landlords grants to install solar panels

The Greens are proposing to re-regulate the SA energy sector in a bid to reduce electricity bills.

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Squatter seizes ownership of house under law of adverse possession

Squatter seizes ownership of house under law of adverse possession

In the case of McFarland v Gertos [2018] NSWSC 1629, Bill Gertos had occupied the vacant 6 Malleny Street, Ashbury since 1998 and then applied in 2017 to be registered as its owner pursuant to the legal doctrine of adverse possession.

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Changes to off-the-plan residential property contracts in NSW

Changes to off-the-plan residential property contracts in NSW

In November 2017 the NSW Office of the Registrar General released a discussion paper which identified a set of reform proposals designed to strengthen protections for consumers purchasing off-the-plan properties.

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2019-05-11 Renting your own investment property (at arm’s length)

2019-05-11 Renting your own investment property (at arm’s length)

Note- The following information is for general information purposes only. Speak to your accountant before doing this.

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What is a strata scheme in New South Wales?

What is a strata scheme in New South Wales?

In New South Wales, properties such as apartment buildings, unit blocks or townhouses are managed in a strata scheme. The day-to-day management duties of a strata scheme vary from scheme to scheme, and are generally managed by the following bodies.

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Increase your rental yield with pets

Increase your rental yield with pets

According to Rent.com.au, over 30% of renters are pet owners. Allowing tenants with pets will ensure that you appeal to a broader market.

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The Labor Party’s Tax policy changes will hurt landlords and their tenants (Housing Industry Association)

The Labor Party’s Tax policy changes will hurt landlords and their tenants (Housing Industry Association)

“HIA has always said that changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax for housing are bad policy,” said Graham Wolfe, HIA managing director.

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Perth remains the cheapest capital city to rent (Domain)

Perth remains the cheapest capital city to rent (Domain)

Perth remains the most affordable capital city in the nation to rent a house or a unit, a new report shows.

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Five quick fixes for under $1,000 to attract more quality tenants.

Five quick fixes for under $1,000 to attract more quality tenants.

We asked some of our landlords what they do when they want to spruce up their properties in between leases. They have given us five quick and easy fixes for under $1,000 that can make significant improvements to your property and help to attract more quality tenants.

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Buying property with friends, be aware of potential pitfalls

Buying property with friends, be aware of potential pitfalls

With sky-high prices locking young people out of the property market, more Australians are pooling their resources and buying property with friends.

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Short-stay accommodation legislation passed (Victoria & NSW)

Short-stay accommodation legislation passed (Victoria & NSW)

Airbnb (and others!) are here to stay. During the second half of 2018, both Victoria and NSW passed legislation legitimising the spread of short-stay accommodation arrangements, such as Airbnb, to previously residential-only homes.

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What to do if your lender takes you to court

What to do if your lender takes you to court

If you have received a notice that you are being taken to court for the debt you owe (such as a summons, statement of claim or liquidated claim), you must act quickly.

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Operating a boarding house in NSW

Operating a boarding house in NSW

Boarding houses provide accommodation for a fee. Usually a resident only has a right to occupy a room and share other facilities such as a kitchen and bathroom, they do not have the same rights as tenants.

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RealRenta Bad Tenant Check Search Criteria

RealRenta Bad Tenant Check Search Criteria

RealRenta Bad Tenant Checks will alert you if an applicant has been previously blacklisted by a former landlord or property manager.

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The Current Status Of Combustible Cladding In Australia

The Current Status Of Combustible Cladding In Australia

From 15 August 2018, the use of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) with a core comprised of more than 30% polyethylene in any external cladding, external wall, external installation, façade or rendered finish in certain buildings, has effectively been banned.

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Construction and Development Funding available ( $1M to $200M)

Construction and Development Funding available ( $1M to $200M)

RealRenta is pleased to be able to provide our subscribers with access to finance for large scale construction projects and developments. Our partner is on hand to make an immediate approval- no lengthy waiting times for credit meetings and they lend against valuations- not purchase price and are able to fund in any postcode in Australia.

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No-grounds evictions (Notice periods for each state and territory)

No-grounds evictions (Notice periods for each state and territory)

No-grounds evictions – where tenants can be evicted without reason, are legal in every state and territory across Australia. Here are the current notice periods:

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Join us on Facebook and become part of the RealRenta Landlord community and more specifically, the exclusive group ‘Self-Managing Property Australia”.

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Developers can no longer use sunset clauses for financial gain in NSW

Developers can no longer use sunset clauses for financial gain in NSW

Be wary of developers when buying property off-the-plan.

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How can landlords prepare for negative gearing changes?

How can landlords prepare for negative gearing changes?

If the ALP win the election next month, negative gearing and other taxes will undergo major changes. Property experts believe that these new tax policies will have a significant impact to the Australian property market. Here are the major policy changes that Labor will implement:

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Lease Agreements for Victorian Landlords

Lease Agreements for Victorian Landlords

Where a written lease is used, the landlord must give the tenant(s) an unsigned copy of the lease before asking them to sign. Tenants should always read the lease thoroughly before signing and ask questions if they don’t understand any part of it.

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ATO says rental travel deduction issues remain

ATO says rental travel deduction issues remain

In November 2017, the government introduced new rules around tax deductions for travel expenses associated with residential property investments, and restriction of deductions for depreciation of items in residential rental properties, with a retrospective application from 1 July 2017.

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Lodging a Claim against a Tenant’s Bond in NSW

Lodging a Claim against a Tenant’s Bond in NSW

There are specific circumstances for landlords, where you can lodge a claim against a tenant’s bond.

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Attn Apartment owners: Alucobond cladding is combustible and not safe under consumer law ( AFR)

Attn Apartment owners: Alucobond cladding is combustible and not safe under consumer law ( AFR)

Apartment owners in Australia's first-ever combustible cladding class action say Alucobond supplier Halifax Vogel Group and manufacturer 3A Composites should replace the combustible panels on their Dolls Point building and pay compensation for costs such as higher insurance premiums.

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Australian Residential Tenancies Acts- A reference list for Landlords

Australian Residential Tenancies Acts- A reference list for Landlords

It’s important for all self-managed landlords to be on top of all the latest tenancy laws. We have compiled the latest Acts from each state and territory:

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Claiming from the bond if you do not know where the tenant is (Victorian Landlords)

Claiming from the bond if you do not know where the tenant is (Victorian Landlords)

If you need to claim from the bond and you cannot get the tenants to sign a Bond Claim form, you need to make an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

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What landlords should do in the event of a tenant’s death

What landlords should do in the event of a tenant’s death

Landlord Insurance usually provides coverage in these in instances but as always, check the specific details of your policy.

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Are granny flats legal in your state or territory?

Are granny flats legal in your state or territory?

Granny flats can be an excellent income earner, however the rules around legally renting out a granny flat, differ from state to state.

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ATO ramping up audits on landlords

ATO ramping up audits on landlords

The ATO is ramping up audits of taxpayers with rental deductions after finding nine in 10 claims contained errors.

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Attn Victorian Landlords- Minister flags solar rebate extension to rental properties

Attn Victorian Landlords- Minister flags solar rebate extension to rental properties

Landlords and renters may soon be able to claim the government's solar rebate scheme, in a move which central Victorian real estate agents say could work, depending on the variables.

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RBA bracing for 30% decline in property values

RBA bracing for 30% decline in property values

In the first Financial Stability Review for 2019, the RBA has taken an in depth look at the recent property market downturn and how the trend is continuing to spur the issue of negative equity.

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Alterations to properties for tenants with a disability (Victoria)

Alterations to properties for tenants with a disability (Victoria)

If a tenant has a disability, they can make reasonable alterations to the property to meet their special needs if:

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NSW top regional hot spots (PRDnationwide’s Ready, Set, Go report.)

NSW top regional hot spots (PRDnationwide’s Ready, Set, Go report.)

According to PRDnationwide, Maitland, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Yass Valley, are the top regional hot spots in NSW for 2019

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Attn WA Landlords: South West sessions on new family violence tenancy laws

Attn WA Landlords: South West sessions on new family violence tenancy laws

New laws that help tenants affected by family and domestic violence will be in the spotlight at two public information sessions in the South West next week, when the legislation comes into effect.

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The most affordable suburbs in Australia

The most affordable suburbs in Australia

A recent study by eChoice, has uncovered Australia’s most affordable areas, based on the median value of a house or unit in each capital city and major regional markets

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The ACT Greens want to enforce legislation requiring landlords to list Energy Efficiency Ratings (EERs)

The ACT Greens want to enforce legislation requiring landlords to list Energy Efficiency Ratings (EERs)

The ACT Greens are calling on the Government to enforce legislation requiring rental property advertisements to list Energy Efficiency Ratings (EERs) – saying renters need this information before they sign onto a lease and “discover that the property is freezing in winter or boiling in summer”.

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Is it better to buy a new or old apartment?

Is it better to buy a new or old apartment?

The major issue for investors that have brought brand-new apartments is to work out whether or not the market is going to bounce back

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Rental Property Expenses Schedule (ATO)

Rental Property Expenses Schedule (ATO)

Note: This is a checklist, not advice. Expense claims are subject to limitations based on their character, timing, extent of attribution to rental activities and sufficient substantiation. *Some expense claims may typically be required to be spread over more than one tax year.

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Tax deduction trap looms for property investors who renovate

Tax deduction trap looms for property investors who renovate

Tax refunds are now trickier to get after a big change has meant landlords could miss out on thousands of dollars through one small mistake.

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Rental Property Tax Deductions (ATO)

Rental Property Tax Deductions (ATO)

The checklist below is a tax deduction guide for property investors for expense claims against the income (or potential income) from the renting of property. This guide provides an outline of what can be claimed on tax for an investment property which is earning income.

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Terminating a lease (Victorian Landlords)

Terminating a lease (Victorian Landlords)

The Landlord can terminate the tenancy agreement under certain circumstances, including serious breaches by the tenant, or the expiry of the fixed term.

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When can a tenant legally break a lease  agreement?

When can a tenant legally break a lease agreement?

During the course of a lease, situations may occur that affect a tenants ability to live in your property for the entire duration of the lease.

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Common Real estate and property terms

Common Real estate and property terms

Real estate and property can be very complicated worlds.

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4 questions the ATO will ask you about your holiday home

4 questions the ATO will ask you about your holiday home

Recently, the ATO issued a list of four questions holiday-homeowners should be asking themselves.

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ATO to closely scrutinise property investor claims

ATO to closely scrutinise property investor claims

Property owners can expect their tax returns to be closely scrutinised this year, as the ATO is launching a crackdown on dodgy claims.

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WA Landlord fined $13k for withholding bonds

WA Landlord fined $13k for withholding bonds

A Western Australian landlord has been convicted for failing to lodge $3,200 in bond money.

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Common Depreciation mistakes

Common Depreciation mistakes

One of the most common mistakes property investors make is not seeking professional advice when it comes to depreciation- and this means that many depreciable items are simply missed.

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Attention ACT Landlords- Proposed  changes to the ACT Residential Tenancies Act

Attention ACT Landlords- Proposed changes to the ACT Residential Tenancies Act

Changes proposed to the ACT Residential Tenancies Act removes the landlords' right to say "no" to animals living in their rental property. The obligation is on the landlord to apply to ACAT and justify why animals should not be permitted, at their expense. Specifically: 71AE Process for tenant seeking consent – animals.

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Evicting your tenants legally

Evicting your tenants legally

Evictions can be very tricky, legally speaking, so landlords have to make sure that they have a very sound basis for proceeding with an eviction. Don’t forget to use RealRenta for every communication with your tenant, to ensure that each interaction is date and time stamped. Here is the process for each state/territory simplified:

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RealRenta Investment Property Calculator

RealRenta Investment Property Calculator

RealRenta does everything property managers can do- BUT is less than a quarter of what they charge.

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Self-Managing Landlords (NSW) Rental Bonds Online.

Self-Managing Landlords (NSW) Rental Bonds Online.

Rental Bonds Online helps tenants, agents and self-managing landlords lodge and refund bond money easily and securely.

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RealRenta Landlord Testimonials

RealRenta Landlord Testimonials

RealRenta Landlords are a pretty savvy bunch of people. We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for being part of our exclusive group of investors.

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Why are RealRenta Landlords so relaxed?

Why are RealRenta Landlords so relaxed?

RealRenta automatically manages the tenancy in your investment property and for less than a quarter of what property managers charge! No wonder our landlords are so relaxed! Here are some more reasons:

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Attn Property Investors: Labor will end negative gearing concessions for new investors on January 1

Attn Property Investors: Labor will end negative gearing concessions for new investors on January 1

A Labor government would scrap negative gearing concessions for new investors on January 1 next year, earlier than many analysts and commentators predicted.

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Australia’s richest and poorest postcodes (ATO Tax Stats 2016-17)

Australia’s richest and poorest postcodes (ATO Tax Stats 2016-17)

Income demographics are important for property investors to know. Eight out of the top ten highest-earning postcodes were in Sydney and the other two were in Melbourne. Here are the latest stats from the ATO’s 2016-17 taxation statistics:

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The potential effects of Labor’s negative gearing policies

The potential effects of Labor’s negative gearing policies

According to new findings from SQM Research there will be a range of implications, from an increase in yields to falling prices, rising rents and increased risks for developers.

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Spending thousands of your investment income on property managers in a falling market is crazy.

Spending thousands of your investment income on property managers in a falling market is crazy.

Spending thousands of your investment income on property managers in a falling market is crazy and completely unnecessary

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Rents are rising in parts of Brisbane

Rents are rising in parts of Brisbane

RENTS are on the rise after years of flat growth in Brisbane, with new figures showing some suburbs have seen increases of more than $100 a week.

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What landlords should know about illegal sub-letting

What landlords should know about illegal sub-letting

For landlords, illegal subletting is always a possibility no matter how well you may screen your tenants.

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What $300k will buy you in Brisbane (CoreLogic)

What $300k will buy you in Brisbane (CoreLogic)

THE $300,000 BRISBANE SUBURBS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION IN 2019: Change in median price Mar 2019 to Nov 2018

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Selling your property by tender

Selling your property by tender

A tender is essentially a silent auction. It can help you make a quick sale by a certain deadline, without having to drop your price.

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What types of suburbs make the most money for investors?

What types of suburbs make the most money for investors?

Suburbs comprising of larger average land sizes are currently achieving stronger value changes and milder declines, according to new research from CoreLogic.

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Rental Inspection Checklist from RealRenta

Rental Inspection Checklist from RealRenta

We want our landlords to conduct successful rental inspections, so we have compiled a comprehensive checklist:

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Construction Loans- What you should know about progress payments

Construction Loans- What you should know about progress payments

Progress payments – for registered builders. At different stages of construction, you or your builder will require payment.

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The Real Estate Institute of Australia welcomes the release by SQM Reseach of the report Labor’s Negative Gearing Policy – A Market Update.

The Real Estate Institute of Australia welcomes the release by SQM Reseach of the report Labor’s Negative Gearing Policy – A Market Update.

“The report which models The Opposition’s proposal to change negative gearing on property and Capital Gains Tax is a valuable contribution to the public debate,” REIA President Adrian Kelly said.

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RealRenta Essential is completely Free!

RealRenta Essential is completely Free!

Get all the benefits of RealRenta’s ledger by using RealRenta Essential- a completely FREE version of RealRenta

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Attn Queensland Landlords: Combustible cladding and obligations of building owners

Attn Queensland Landlords: Combustible cladding and obligations of building owners

Changes to Queensland's Building Regulation 2006 dealing with combustible cladding came into effect on 1 October 2018.

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Keeping your property mould-free (Our top tips)

Keeping your property mould-free (Our top tips)

Advise tenants to upload photos of any mould onto the RealRenta platform as soon as soon as they notice a problem and keep a record of any conversations you have over the phone.

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RealRenta Bad Tenant Checks (The National Tenancy Database)

RealRenta Bad Tenant Checks (The National Tenancy Database)

Here are at RealRenta, we want to help protect our landlords by making sure that they are letting their property to the right people

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Attn WA Landlords: Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2019

Attn WA Landlords: Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2019

WA’s tenancy and residential parks laws are changing to support renters who're experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV).

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The ATO says that 90% of property investors are making these mistakes

The ATO says that 90% of property investors are making these mistakes

The Australian tax commissioner Chris Jordan said in a speech in Hobart that more than 2.1 million taxpayers are claiming $47.4 billion in deductions against $44.1 billion in reported income.

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Construction Loans- What you should know about inspections and valuations

Construction Loans- What you should know about inspections and valuations

During construction, your lender will require an inspection and valuation of work completed. This is for the lenders own internal purposes and helps them to confirm if further funds can be provided.

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Buying an investment property with a pool?

Buying an investment property with a pool?

Before you buy an investment property with a pool, it is important to check the requirements of your state government to ensure the property you are purchasing, is compliant with regulations.

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The construction loan approval process

The construction loan approval process

When you’re properly prepared, the approval process for a construction loan can be quick and easy. Here’s a snapshot of the process and things you need to do:

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The construction process explained.

The construction process explained.

The table below gives you a general guide to what’s involved with each stage of construction.

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Solar Options for Qld Landlords

Solar Options for Qld Landlords

Up to 1000 landlords and their tenants have the chance to team up and cut power bills and emissions under a trial scheme in Bundaberg, Townsville and Gladstone.

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Construction Loans: What is progressive drawdown?

Construction Loans: What is progressive drawdown?

You know what construction loans are and how they can help you navigate cashflow challenges of big projects; it's time to understand progressive drawdown.

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More Free Websites to help you manage your Investment Property!

More Free Websites to help you manage your Investment Property!

We have compiled another list of Free resources for property investors, that will help traverse the increasingly challenging Australian property investment landscape.

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Set a budget for your renovation and stick to it

Set a budget for your renovation and stick to it

The basis of a good renovation budget is setting a realistic one in the first place. Once you do that, you may need a little help sticking to it. Here are a few pointers to help you on your way. A realistic goal, budget or project needs to be SMART.

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Pay less interest on your property loan with 100% offset

Pay less interest on your property loan with 100% offset

If you have a variable rate home loan, it’s likely you’ll have the option of 100% offset. Let’s look into how this works and what the advantages are – for you and your mortgage.

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Mistakes investors need to avoid in a property market downturn

Mistakes investors need to avoid in a property market downturn

Mistakes investors need to avoid in a property market downturn We asked some of our landlords what they consider to be the most costly mistakes that investors can make in a cooling market. Here is what they told us:

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Negative gearing policy clarification issued to investors

Negative gearing policy clarification issued to investors

The Institute’s senior counsel, Professor Robert Deutsch, has announced that he had confirmed with Labor that the proposed reforms will apply to all forms of investment.

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The 5 worst Australian property markets

The 5 worst Australian property markets

New research has revealed the locations across Australia where property prices will not even be able to keep up with inflation over the next three years.

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How to spot a dodgy property investment seminar (Tips from ASIC)

How to spot a dodgy property investment seminar (Tips from ASIC)

You've received an 'exclusive' invitation to attend a 'premier wealth event'. There will be motivational speakers. Their financial secrets have the power to turn you into a millionaire within a few years.

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What you should know about international property investment

What you should know about international property investment

Investing in overseas property is more risky than investing in property in Australia. It is much more difficult to make sure the investment suits your needs if you don't have local knowledge and you can't regularly inspect the property.

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7 ways Landlords can save money

7 ways Landlords can save money

Here are RealRenta, our strategy is to help property investors save money. We asked some of our most experienced RealRenta Landlords to share some other strategies that they have used to grow and maintain their portfolios.

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The construction loan approval process- what do you need to show your lender.

The construction loan approval process- what do you need to show your lender.

When you’re properly prepared, the approval process for a construction loan can be quick and easy. Here’s a snapshot of the process and things you need to do:

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Returning or claiming the bond at the end of  a tenancy.

Returning or claiming the bond at the end of a tenancy.

The process for bond and returning the bond at the end of the tenancy is different for each state and territory.

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Releasing or claiming the bond – landlords and owners (Vic)

Releasing or claiming the bond – landlords and owners (Vic)

At the end of a tenancy or residency, discuss with the tenant or resident how the bond money is to be divided. This discussion may include resolving issues that arise from the tenancy, such as any damage to the property or rent owing

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NSW landlords to lose no-grounds evictions under Labor (Financial Review 27/2/2019)

NSW landlords to lose no-grounds evictions under Labor (Financial Review 27/2/2019)

Landlords in NSW will no longer be able to evict tenants from their properties without providing a reason and must wait a year before raising the rent, if Labor wins the March election.

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RealRenta Property Round-Up  ( For Melbourne Investors)

RealRenta Property Round-Up ( For Melbourne Investors)

Here are the latest stats on Melbourne’s million dollar suburbs:

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Values cooling in capital cities

Values cooling in capital cities

Home values fell again last week in all but two capital cities, according to the latest CoreLogic Property Market Indicator data.

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New data shows Sydney house prices have highest discounts in a decade

New data shows Sydney house prices have highest discounts in a decade

In Sydney, the average discount on initial prices is 8.2 per cent, or $87,134, for houses and 8 per cent, or $56,160, for apartments.

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New Melbourne Schools creating property hot-spots

New Melbourne Schools creating property hot-spots

School zones are extremely important considerations for investors and families when buying property.

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Your auction day game plan

Your auction day game plan

The playing field and bidders Leverage your home ground advantage! Chat to your real estate agent about the best location to host your auction. Front yard, back garden, inside or off-site – you have plenty of options, but choosing somewhere that shows your house in its best light is always a winning choice. You’re also going to want bidders to be as comfortable as possible. So if the weather forecast isn’t great, think about taking things indoors.

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How to avoid a bad builder

How to avoid a bad builder

There are some exceptional builders out there but there are also some bad apples. Here are some tips from our friends in construction:

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Trial RealRenta and get a Featured Ad on Realestate.com.au for only $78- Offer expires close of business 27th Feb

Trial RealRenta and get a Featured Ad on Realestate.com.au for only $78- Offer expires close of business 27th Feb

A Feature #Property ad on realestate.com.au will always appear above the Standard ads on every search results page, making it easier for property hunters to see your listing.

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The worst performing suburbs of 2018

The worst performing suburbs of 2018

The surburbs that experienced the highest negative growth for houses and units, according to Suburbanite data, are:

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Property buying contracts and offer conditions

Property buying contracts and offer conditions

When negotiating with the seller, you’ll have the opportunity to make the offer subject to various conditions. So what are the common conditions you need to be aware of before making an offer on a house or property?

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Attn WA Landlords: WA Government is taking steps to trace landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds

Attn WA Landlords: WA Government is taking steps to trace landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds

WA Departments of Consumer Protection and Communities are going to target landlords who fail to lodge tenancy bonds through the WA Bond Assistance Loan Scheme.

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Garden Tips for Landlords

Garden Tips for Landlords

Most Residential Tenancies Acts do not provide exact guidance on garden maintenance, unless the residential tenancy agreement says otherwise, the tenant is generally responsible for general garden maintenance – which is generally defined as mowing, watering, weeding, pruning and trimming

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Haggling Tips from our most successful RealRenta Landlords

Haggling Tips from our most successful RealRenta Landlords

The current credit crunch means that investors might need to learn new tricks to help make the money they have go further.

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3 Renovations that waste money in your Investment Property

3 Renovations that waste money in your Investment Property

Our most experienced landlords tell us that investors, should never spend money on the superfluous in their investment property because this just cuts down their ROI.

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What are the differences between fixtures and fittings?

What are the differences between fixtures and fittings?

There is no legal definition of what constitutes fixtures and what constitutes fittings however, it is generally considered that ‘fixtures’ are secured to walls or the floor and ‘fittings’ are free standing items.

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Disputing an excessive rent order

Disputing an excessive rent order

When deciding if a rent increase is excessive, a court or tribunal may make an ‘excessive rent order”, which specifies : • the amount that the rent must not exceed • the day from which this maximum rent applies – for a period of up to 12 months.

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Property Investment Round-Up

Property Investment Round-Up

Here are the latest stats :

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Do your homework before switching property investment loans.

Do your homework before switching property investment loans.

If you’re thinking about changing your loan to match where you are in life, it’s really worth exploring more than one appealing option.

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RealRenta Landlord Links-Lease Agreements

RealRenta Landlord Links-Lease Agreements

Here are the links for standard lease agreements for each state and territory:

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Property Condition Reports

Property Condition Reports

Here are the Condition Reports for each state and territory, to be completed by your tenant at the start of each tenancy.

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The 7 principles of Self- Love for Property Investors

The 7 principles of Self- Love for Property Investors

Its Valentine’s Day once again, a day where we honour those we love with cards and gifts and all types of gestures. But what about Self- Love? Self-love is fundamental to living well.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs. RealRenta currently has an extensive selection of new projects, house & land packages, townhouses,developer specials, one off price reductions and rebated stock. Speak with us today for the latest offerings.

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Rental Guides for your Tenants

Rental Guides for your Tenants

Here are the handy Renter’s reference guides for each state and territory, to be provided to tenants prior to signing a lease:

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Landlord Resources- Bond Forms

Landlord Resources- Bond Forms

Each state and territory in Australia has its own government agency and regulatory requirements that landlords must comply with. Here are links to the Bond lodgement forms and Renting guides for each jurisdiction:

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What should your rental yield be?

What should your rental yield be?

• Rental yield measures the ongoing return on your investment property • It lets you compare your investment property to other investments • Rental yield doesn’t include capital growth

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Australian Property Research- Our top Free website picks

Australian Property Research- Our top Free website picks

There are some exceptional sites for researching the Australian market. Investors can find out about the capital growth of an area as well as other trends and factors.

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Property Investment Round-Up!

Property Investment Round-Up!

Welcome to our new property investment round-up blog, where we quickly cover all the latest news items that are important for investors.

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What damages to property is a landlord’s responsibility?

What damages to property is a landlord’s responsibility?

Basic tenancy laws state that property damage related to fair wear and tear is the landlord’s responsibility while accidental or malicious damage caused by the tenant (or their houseguests) is the tenant’s responsibility.

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Introducing RealRenta Essential for Landlords (Free Version)

Introducing RealRenta Essential for Landlords (Free Version)

Property Investors can now use RealRenta’s new FREE version- RealRenta Essential.

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Loan Repayments & Equity Loan Calculators from our Finance Partner

Loan Repayments & Equity Loan Calculators from our Finance Partner

Find out your estimated home loan repayments as well as ways to pay off your home loan faster.

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Property Loan dictionary (L to Z)

Property Loan dictionary (L to Z)

More definitions from our Finance Partner.

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Your guide to building and renovating- the benefits of a construction loan

Your guide to building and renovating- the benefits of a construction loan

The complexities of building a new home or undergoing a major renovation can be overwhelming. That’s why you need a firm project plan and a flexible loan to ensure you get the results you want.

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A property loan dictionary ( A – I)

A property loan dictionary ( A – I)

Are you struggling with home loan terminology? Here is a home loan dictionary from our finance partner:

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Solar Power Myths

Solar Power Myths

Smart property investors can see the benefits of investing in properties with solar power. Nothing can beat the clean and free energy from the sun.

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One property, two incomes- dual key properties.

One property, two incomes- dual key properties.

There are many advantages of a dual-key property, two incomes from one property the most obvious. Dual-key properties have long been favoured by smarter property investors, chasing higher returns than stand alone properties.

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Property Inspection Checklist from our Finance Partner

Property Inspection Checklist from our Finance Partner

Our Finance Partner has developed a comprehensive Property Inspection Checklist that investors can use, when looking for their next property acquisition.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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What are students looking for in a rental property?

What are students looking for in a rental property?

Many investors have bought properties near universities, in order to take advantage of the lucrative rental yields the student market has to offer.

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Sell your property at a premium price

Sell your property at a premium price

Selling for a good price or in your ideal time-frame involves a smart strategy – and sometimes a bit of luck. Follow our tips to understand your likely buyer, and how to present your property in the best possible light.

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Find out if a 100% offset account is right for you

Find out if a 100% offset account is right for you

An offset account links a savings account to your variable rate home loan, so you can use the money in your account to offset your loan balance.

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Property taxes in 2019: What investors need to know

Property taxes in 2019: What investors need to know

Here is what investors need to know this year, in order to maximise cash flow and minimise liabilities.

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The Most important things to repair before selling a property

The Most important things to repair before selling a property

We asked some of the most successful agents we know, what they consider the most important things to repair before selling a property to maximise ROI.

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Your Investment Property and the best 5 tax –effective renovations

Your Investment Property and the best 5 tax –effective renovations

We asked some quantity surveyors we know, what they consider, are the most effective strategies to use depreciation, to minimise tax on renovations to investment properties.

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The benefits of RealRenta’s Tenant Ledger

The benefits of RealRenta’s Tenant Ledger

One of the most important things a tenant can have, at the end of their tenancy, is a copy of their tenant ledger that shows that the rent was always paid on time.

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The best property investment advice you ever got.

The best property investment advice you ever got.

We asked some of our most successful landlords what they consider, the best investment advice they ever got. Here is what they told us:

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After the Auction

After the Auction

Survived auction day? Get on top of your must-do’s whether your property sold or passed in.

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Different ways to sell your property

Different ways to sell your property

It's possible to sell your home quickly at a great price – and it could all come down to one thing: how you do it. Here's what you need to know about the different ways to sell.

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Buying a house – finance and valuation conditions

Buying a house – finance and valuation conditions

If you’re borrowing to buy a home, you’re putting yourself at risk if you don't specify "subject to finance and valuation" in the contract. Don’t be forced into a purchase or lose your hard-saved deposit because you didn’t understand these conditions.

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Considerations before buying property off- the- plan

Considerations before buying property off- the- plan

Buying off the plan can be more affordable and flexible for investors but doesn’t come without risk. Here are some considerations:

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How depreciation works for a new investment property

How depreciation works for a new investment property

Tax allowances often make investment properties profitable, and depreciation is one of the best allowances out there. For the average Australian, tax allowances make property investing affordable.

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Mortgage Protection Insurance

Mortgage Protection Insurance

If you lose your job or become disabled from injury or illness, our finance partner has a product that can help cover your home loan repayments. It may also pay a lump sum to cover the loan balance if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness or die.

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Renting out a Granny Flat- Tips from RealRenta

Renting out a Granny Flat- Tips from RealRenta

Quite a few of our landlords are using RealRenta to manage their granny flats. Savvy investors can make some serious money from granny flats. Here are some tips from our successful landlords with granny flats in their portfolios:

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Timing the market

Timing the market

What is going to happen to the Australian market in 2019? Are we timing the real estate market correctly or have we bought into myths and deceptive stats? Our most successful landlords tell us that you can create wealth at any point in a property cycle.

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How depreciation works for an older investment property

How depreciation works for an older investment property

Depreciation is a key element of your investment property strategy. While depreciation tax breaks are higher on newer properties, they’re available for all types of investment properties.

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GOOD REASONS TO CONSIDER RENTING TO A PET OWNER

GOOD REASONS TO CONSIDER RENTING TO A PET OWNER

Did you know that over 60% of Australian households own a pet?

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RealRenta Quick Tips To Increase Rental Yield

RealRenta Quick Tips To Increase Rental Yield

Here are some quick tips from RealRenta, to increase your rental yield

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Do You Think Repairs And Maintenance Take Up Too Much Of Your Time?

Do You Think Repairs And Maintenance Take Up Too Much Of Your Time?

One of the best ways to keep tenants happy and renting your property long term is to do repairs and maintenance in a timely manner.

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The Best Way To Manage Your Investment Rental Property

The Best Way To Manage Your Investment Rental Property

Online Property Management Software is becoming the best way to manage your rental property.

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What Your Tenants Worry About

What Your Tenants Worry About

As a landlord, you should know what your tenants worry about.

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Being a landlord – Things you should know

Being a landlord – Things you should know

An increasing number of ordinary, everyday people are becoming landlords across all parts of Australia. Property investment in our country is by far one of the most popular and secure ways to make a profitable return.

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ATO Guide for rental property owners

ATO Guide for rental property owners

This guide explains how to treat rental income and expenses, including how to treat more than 230 residential rental property items

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Dealing With Problematic Tenants - 7 Tips for Being a Fair Landlord

Dealing With Problematic Tenants - 7 Tips for Being a Fair Landlord

Property Management companies benefit from quick tenant turnover, as each new tenant means additional fees for them. Property Management companies, rarely work in the interest of the tenants, nor in the landlords’ best interest.

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Help your Tenants pass their Inspections

Help your Tenants pass their Inspections

The purpose of an inspection is to ensure that the tenant is taking reasonable care of the premises, keeping it clean and ensuring that, it remains in the same condition, as it was at the start of the lease.

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THE BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

THE BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

When it comes to managing your investment property to ensure you get the best possible returns, nothing beats getting the best tips from people that have done it before you.

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Wishing all of our landlords a lucrative 2019!!

Wishing all of our landlords a lucrative 2019!!

We would like to thank all of our landlords for their continued support in 2018. It is our goal to help you achieve your expectations for 2019! Best wishes from the team at RealRenta!

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Dealing with Difficult Tenants for DIY Landlords

Dealing with Difficult Tenants for DIY Landlords

Having Tenants is the lifeblood of Property Investment and mitigating the loss of rent is paramount to ensure your investment performs well.

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Questions to ask tenants

Questions to ask tenants

These questions can help you screen tenants before taking the time to check up on references

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Tips for finding good tenants

Tips for finding good tenants

It’s all good when there are buckets of tenants interested in your properties, however what do you do when you have properties that need filling with not one prospect in sight?

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Fees Property Managers charge and why

Fees Property Managers charge and why

A must watch for every rental property owner

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TOP DIY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

TOP DIY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

When it comes to managing your investment property to ensure you get the best possible returns, nothing beats getting the best tips from people that have done it before you.

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THE TOP SIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

THE TOP SIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

When it comes to managing your investment property to ensure you get the best possible returns, nothing beats getting the best tips from people that have done it before you.

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TIPS TO HELP PAY OFF YOUR HOME LOAN SOONER

TIPS TO HELP PAY OFF YOUR HOME LOAN SOONER

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS YOU COULD PAY OFF YOUR HOME LOAN SOONER:

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Quick Biz loans -Fast Approval

Quick Biz loans -Fast Approval

Looking for ways to grow your business and keep on top of your expenses?

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A Christmas Gift from RealRenta-  a featured Ad on Realestate.com.au for only $149

A Christmas Gift from RealRenta- a featured Ad on Realestate.com.au for only $149

If your property is still vacant, we are offering our subscribers a Featured Ad on Realestate.com.au for only $149. To take advantage of this offer, email jason@realrenta.com . Seasons Greetings from all of us and a very lucrative 2019!

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RealRenta Weekly Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Weekly Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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Seasons Greetings from RealRenta

Seasons Greetings from RealRenta

The team from RealRenta would like to wish all of our RealRenta Landlords a Happy Festive Season and abundant 2019!! Here is how you can reach us over the holiday season:

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The principles behind smart borrowing to invest

The principles behind smart borrowing to invest

Discover some of the key factors to consider when borrowing to invest. Australians are living longer and experiencing higher house-to-wage ratios. It makes good sense to consider how you can achieve a comfortable long term future.

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Benefits of buying an investment property with solar energy.

Benefits of buying an investment property with solar energy.

The addition of solar energy to your investment property is quite logical- it will make your property a much more attractive option for tenants who want a cheaper power bill.

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Queensland's rental laws set for major reform after public calls for price caps, flexible pet rules

Queensland's rental laws set for major reform after public calls for price caps, flexible pet rules

130,000 people have had their say in a government feedback process on rental laws Landmark reforms are likely due by the middle of next year Making pet ownership easier and capping price increases could be part of the changes

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Business Markets Loan from our Finance Partner

Business Markets Loan from our Finance Partner

Manage borrowing costs and protect your business against interest rate changes.

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Is your Investment Property genuinely available for rent- What does the ATO say?

Is your Investment Property genuinely available for rent- What does the ATO say?

This is a great question and the ATO are very clear about this: Rental expenses are deductible to the extent that they are incurred for the purpose of producing rental income. This is from the ATO’s 2018 Guide on Rental Properties:

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PAYG withholding variation for property investors.

PAYG withholding variation for property investors.

Find out why real estate investors should apply for PAYG withholding variation

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Investment Property expenses, for which you can claim an immediate deduction

Investment Property expenses, for which you can claim an immediate deduction

You can claim a deduction for the following expenses if they were actually incurred by you and not your tenant. Expenses for which you may be entitled to an immediate deduction in the income year you incur the expense include:

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RealRenta Weekly Premier Land Development Alert- South East QLD

RealRenta Weekly Premier Land Development Alert- South East QLD

This week, we are proud to be offering our landlords, the opportunity to acquire premier land developments in South East Queensland, within the highly sought-after growth corridor between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, with Free Solar Power for each property, from an award-winning family owned business, who are renowned for their high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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Rental Property Expenses for which you CANNOT claim DEDUCTIONS.

Rental Property Expenses for which you CANNOT claim DEDUCTIONS.

Thank you to RealRenta Landlord Maryanne from Geraldton for this question. Here is what the ATO says:

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5 Reasons a mortgage application can be denied.

5 Reasons a mortgage application can be denied.

The primary reason to obtain pre-approval for a mortgage before shopping for a property is to ensure, you are looking at properties that are within the price range that you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage doesn’t necessarily guarantee successfully obtaining finance- it is possible a mortgage can get denied, even after pre-approval.

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The most common issues with Bank Appraisals

The most common issues with Bank Appraisals

Whether it’s your first home or third investment property, one of the most common challenges, is getting through a bank appraisal of the property. Even though a bank appraisal is not as comprehensive as a house inspection, it is still possible that issues can arise from the process.

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What do you need to operate RealRenta and what devices does it work on?

What do you need to operate RealRenta and what devices does it work on?

All you need to operate RealRenta is an internet connection! Compatible browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge (Internet Explorer) Operating System compatibility:

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How to defuse an emotional situation with a tenant

How to defuse an emotional situation with a tenant

When a tenant reacts inappropriately to a stressful interaction- how do you, as a landlord, handle the situation? Emotionally volatile situations can occur in any life context. Even the best intentioned landlord or tenant may have limits to their patience when life’s twists and turns, get the better of us. So what do you do? Here are some vital tips from the team at RealRenta- number 5 is the MOST IMPORTANT.

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Relax like a RealRenta Landlord…..

Relax like a RealRenta Landlord…..

One of the biggest benefits that our landlords all talk about is the TIME that RealRenta automation saves them.

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Bridging loans: Should you buy or sell first?

Bridging loans: Should you buy or sell first?

In the right circumstances, bridging loans can help with the transition from one home to another, without you having to sell first. Find out whether it’s a good option for you. How does a bridging loan work? Most people sell their old home first, and then buy their new home with the available equity. But there are times when buying first may suit you better. Put simply? A bridging loan provides you with the funds you need to buy your new home before you’ve sold your current property.

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We have saved our landlords hundreds and thousands of dollars in management fees!

We have saved our landlords hundreds and thousands of dollars in management fees!

Recently, people have been asking us how we make money, when we are saving property investors thousands in management fees. The RealRenta platform saves us enormous amounts of time and energy because of its world-class automation.

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Sneaky Property Management Fees

Sneaky Property Management Fees

There is a culture in lots of different industries of adding sneaky fees to the structure of agreements and property management is no exception. It is common for a property manager, to advertise a low Management fee like 8% and then landlords find out later, about a raft of other fees that are not included in the “management fee”.

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What borrowing expenses can property investors claim? This is what the ATO says.

What borrowing expenses can property investors claim? This is what the ATO says.

Thank you for RealRenta Landlord Denise from Sydney, for this question. The following is directly from the ATO website:

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs. RealRenta currently has an extensive selection of new projects, house & land packages, townhouses,developer specials, one off price reduction sand rebated stock. Speak with us today for the latest offerings.

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PAYG Installments when you’re making a profit from your investment property

PAYG Installments when you’re making a profit from your investment property

You need to know about the PAYG installment system, if you are making a profit from renting your property. You are required to pay PAYG installments if you earn $4000 or more in rental income and the debt on your income tax assessment, is more than $1000. The ATO will notify you if you are required to pay PAYG installments and you are usually required to pay installments at the end of each quarter, however in some circumstances, you may eligible to pay your installments annually.

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Moving soon? Get everything connected with just one phone call to RealRenta Connect!

Moving soon? Get everything connected with just one phone call to RealRenta Connect!

Now with RealRenta Connect you can connect all your utilities in just one place-all in one go! Moving can be stressful but with RealRenta Connect, there is no need to stress- let us do it all for you. Let us help you get the best deals from the best providers.

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Business Interest Account from our Finance Partner

Business Interest Account from our Finance Partner

A transaction account, suitable for customers, who maintain a high account balance and low transaction volume. Earn interest on a tiered basis on every dollar.

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Investment Property Income- what the ATO says you MUST declare

Investment Property Income- what the ATO says you MUST declare

The ATO says that you must include the full amount of rent and any other rent related income you receive, when you rent out your property. This is what the ATO says constitute rental-related income:

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RealRenta Weekly Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Weekly Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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Renting out holiday homes- what does the ATO say?

Renting out holiday homes- what does the ATO say?

When you own a holiday home, you can claim tax deductions for expenses when the property is rented out, or genuinely available for rent. Even if it is not rented out, there will be capital gains tax implications when it is sold. The following is from the ATO Website:

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What’s in a “Business Options Loan “?

What’s in a “Business Options Loan “?

Our Finance Partner has an easy to understand medium to long term business loan up to $1m, ideal for growing your business.

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One month FREE usage of RealRenta for the best property manager nightmare story!

One month FREE usage of RealRenta for the best property manager nightmare story!

We have all heard them and some of us have been unlucky enough to be in them. Nightmare property managers are everywhere.

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RealRenta Tenant Ledger

RealRenta Tenant Ledger

Tenants are free... Create a tenant account for free. Once you have your account setup you can apply for properties, get added to leases, setup automatic payments & much more...

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Useful Links for Australian Landlords

Useful Links for Australian Landlords

We have compiled a comprehensive list of links for your reference:

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RealRenta Weekly Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Weekly Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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What the ATO says about Holiday Apartments in commercial residential properties

What the ATO says about Holiday Apartments in commercial residential properties

We recently received a question from one of our landlords about apartments that are part of commercial residential premises and what GST rules apply. The following is directly from the ATO’s website:

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Are you considering Airbnb for your investment property?

Are you considering Airbnb for your investment property?

Savvy investors know the financial benefit of an Airbnb property, as they can make more money from short-term rentals. The appeal is obvious, but is it really a smart investment decision? Airbnb is not for the faint of heart and really requires quite a bit of research before you take the plunge. Here are some drawbacks noted from some of our RealRenta Landlords that have dabbled in Airbnb:

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Capital Works Deductions and Investment Properties

Capital Works Deductions and Investment Properties

You can claim capital works deductions for construction costs for a rental property that satisfies certain conditions.

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Is your bias affecting your investment decisions?

Is your bias affecting your investment decisions?

Understanding how bias works can help us to think more clearly about our decisions. Psychologists call it ‘cognitive bias’. We explain these biases and how they may be affecting your investment decision-making process and limiting your potential to make different choices.

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Understanding the settlement process when buying a property.

Understanding the settlement process when buying a property.

The property settlement process can be confusing. Let us help you understand and prepare for settlement day. Don’t let settlement day stress you out. With a little understanding and the right preparation, you’ll be unpacking boxes in your new home before you know it.

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Getting ready for auction day!

Getting ready for auction day!

So, your auction's around the corner and understandably, you're a big ball of excitement inside an even bigger ball of stress. Don't worry – it's normal. It's also completely manageable with some mental and money preparation. Here's what to go over in the lead-up to the big day.

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What our landlords tell us about Rentvesting

What our landlords tell us about Rentvesting

A large percentage of our younger landlords in their 20’s and 30’s and are “Rentvesting”- which means they have bought investment properties whilst they continue to rent, in order to get a foothold into the property market.

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Depreciation Tips For Renovating Investment Properties

Depreciation Tips For Renovating Investment Properties

Find out why renovating your investment property too quickly isn’t a good idea. When you buy your first investment property, it can be tempting to start renovating straight away. But as Michael Sloan from The Successful Investor explains, you could be throwing money away without realising it.

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Is Your Home Compliant With The New Smoke Alarm Legislation?

Is Your Home Compliant With The New Smoke Alarm Legislation?

Is your home compliant with the new smoke alarm legislation? Did you know your newly-built home must be compliant to strict new Queensland smoke alarm legislation? Queensland properties with Development Approval after 2017 must meet these same requirements.

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RealRenta Landlord Q & A

RealRenta Landlord Q & A

Thank you to al the landlords who sent questions in to us! Please send all your questions to jason@realrenta.com Here are some of the best:

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment . We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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Treating a dwelling as your main residence after you move out

Treating a dwelling as your main residence after you move out

A property ceases being your main residence once you cease living in it. However you can continue treating a property as your main dwelling and as your main residence for CGT purposes, even though you no longer live in it. The following is directly from the ATO’s website:

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What Legal expenses can property investors claim?

What Legal expenses can property investors claim?

At some point, every property investor will incur legal expenses of some sort. The following excerpts are directly from the ATO website:

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Tax deductions for asbestos-affected investment properties

Tax deductions for asbestos-affected investment properties

Last week, I had a discussion with one of our RealRenta Landlords about whether or not she is entitled to certain tax deductions, if she finds out her investment property contains asbestos. This is such a great question, so we searched the ATO’s website and the following is straight from the source:

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What does RealRenta cost?

What does RealRenta cost?

RealRenta does everything a property manager does- at less than a quarter of the cost. Visit our Home Page now and use our fancy calculator, to immediately see what Self Managing with RealRenta will save you: www.realrenta.com.au So what does it all cost?

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Why you shouldn’t buy property at an auction in this market!

Why you shouldn’t buy property at an auction in this market!

Auctions can be a risky way to purchase property and you will most probably, always end up overpaying the actual market value. Competition at the auction is naturally going to drive the price up and in this cooling market, this can be a really bad move.

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Calculating Rental Bond

Calculating Rental Bond

If rent is $350 a week or less in Victoria, the bond cannot be more than the equivalent of one month’s rent. Landlords/agents can charge more if:

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Landlord Q & A- What can a landlord do if a sole tenant dies?

Landlord Q & A- What can a landlord do if a sole tenant dies?

This is a really good question and definitely something all landlords need to be aware of. The following is from Consumer Affairs Victoria website ( also check with your respective state and territory):

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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What do we see as the biggest threats to the Australian Property Market.

What do we see as the biggest threats to the Australian Property Market.

The most common question that is coming up from our landlords at the moment is “what is going to happen to our property market in the immediate future?” Our current political environment is certainly not helping ease anxieties, as it is still very uncertain, who will win the next election.

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Reporting terrible agents and property managers.

Reporting terrible agents and property managers.

The real estate industry in Australia is changing and more competitive than ever. There is no need to put up with inferior service from an agent or property manager under any circumstance. There are now, plenty of alternatives to the traditional agency models out there, so take control and call out the bad agents when you encounter them. If you are dissatisfied with the standard of conduct of an agent, you can report them to the following agencies for your respective state or territory:

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Applying for an investment property loan? Here ‘s how to manage the serviceability.

Applying for an investment property loan? Here ‘s how to manage the serviceability.

Serviceability is extremely important when a lender, is considering whether or not to approve a loan. The lender will review your assets, income and outstanding debts, as well as assessing if you can meet repayments. Changes to APRA rules and the Royal Commission have lead to increased scrutiny and have forced lenders, to adapt serviceability metrics. Investors need to be more prepared than ever, before applying for investment loans. Here are a few tips from our Finance Partner, on how to improve serviceability and maximise borrowing power.

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RealRenta tips for increasing rental yield

RealRenta tips for increasing rental yield

Our landlords are pretty savvy- after all they are smart enough to self-manage using RealRenta and they are saving thousands of dollars every year, in management costs. Here are some more tips from our landlords on the different strategies they employ, to further increase their rental yield and keep good tenants happy:

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Travelling to your investment property- What can you claim?

Travelling to your investment property- What can you claim?

A few of our landlords have been asking us lately to clarify what they can or can’t claim, in relation to travelling to their properties. This is straight from the ATO’s website:

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Using Trade Finance to Grow

Using Trade Finance to Grow

Do you own a small business that’s selling overseas or importing products and equipment into Australia? Trade finance can help you make the most of opportunities without tying up your valuable working capital.

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We will pay you to introduce landlords to RealRenta

We will pay you to introduce landlords to RealRenta

RealRenta's new Landlord Introducer Program is one of the ways we reward our landlords for referring other landlords to our platform. Get 1 month Free Access to RealRenta, for every person you refer, that becomes a paid user. As simple as that ! But wait, there's more....

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Portfolio Facility with an all in one line of credit for property investors

Portfolio Facility with an all in one line of credit for property investors

Enjoy the flexibility of an all-in-one line of credit, with competitive home loan rates from our trusted finance partner.

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STOP handing over your investment income to a property manager!

STOP handing over your investment income to a property manager!

There is no need to hand over your rental income to a property manager. See how easy it is to automatically manage your investment properties with RealRenta's automated ledgers.

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Prepare for the 2019 property market.

Prepare for the 2019 property market.

Is there a crash coming or is it a soft correction? Will we see deflation or inflation in the overall economy? No matter what happens in the coming few months, having your rent at or above market levels is critical.

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Selling your property in a buyer’s market

Selling your property in a buyer’s market

2019 is definitely going to be a buyer’s market due to several factors contributing to the cooler conditions. It’s going to be great for buyers but how do vendors make sure, that they can still achieve a great price as well? Here are some important tips from our property strategist partners:

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RealRenta Landlord Resources

RealRenta Landlord Resources

RealRenta Landlords have access to all the necessary tenancy lodgement forms and notices, for each different state and territory in Australia.

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RealRenta Tenants can now connect all their utilities in one simple process

RealRenta Tenants can now connect all their utilities in one simple process

Now finally for all RealRenta tenants, a free and convenient way to move home. Here are RealRenta, we want to help you build a mutually beneficial relationship with your tenants, by helping them in their relocation process.

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Project Bank Account for QLD Building Contractors

Project Bank Account for QLD Building Contractors

Untimely, incorrect or non payments within the Building industry can be devastating, where subcontractors have been left out of pocket far too often. If you’re a head contractor, our Finance Partners’ Project Bank Account can help you manage that risk.

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What types of properties to buy in a falling market

What types of properties to buy in a falling market

Prices are really starting to slump in some areas and other areas, are experiencing smaller price drops.

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How pets can lower the value of your property

How pets can lower the value of your property

Pets can impact homes in several ways, especially in terms of cleanliness and smell. If your property has pet hair everywhere, strong pet odour in the house, or pet waste in the yard, it can increase the selling time and reduce your property’s value.

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APPLYING FOR HOME LOAN CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

APPLYING FOR HOME LOAN CONDITIONAL APPROVAL

Pre-approval is an important step for home buyers. Here we explain the process for getting conditional approval for your mortgage. Getting conditional approval for your home loan allows you to look – and enquire – with confidence, and it helps narrow your options. Here are eight commonly asked questions about conditional approval, that important first step in the home buying journey.

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Applying for business finance? Here's what you need

Applying for business finance? Here's what you need

When applying for business loans and finance, the more information you can supply the better. We explain exactly what you'll need.

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Know your property’s real value.

Know your property’s real value.

The better you know your market, the more confident you’ll be about your property’s worth. We’ve got you covered for property selling know-how in order to help set your expectations. Imagine yourself on selling day where you’re left wondering how you got the price so wrong. Now imagine the opposite, where your home sells for what you’d hoped – or more.

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Bridging Loans: Should you buy or sell first?

Bridging Loans: Should you buy or sell first?

Bridging loans can help you buy a new home before you sell. Explore the pros and cons and decide if a bridging loan is right for you. In the right circumstances, bridging loans can help with the transition from one home to another, without you having to sell first. Find out whether it’s a good option for you.

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Landlord Building & contents cover for RealRenta Landlords

Landlord Building & contents cover for RealRenta Landlords

Compare our LANDLORD BUILDING & CONTENTS COVER

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Landlord Insurance for RealRenta Landlords

Landlord Insurance for RealRenta Landlords

Your investment property deserves protection just like your home does. Sleep better knowing your investment property is covered by NAB Residential Investor Insurance.

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Landlord rights when a commercial tenant is insolvent.

Landlord rights when a commercial tenant is insolvent.

In most cases, a tenant’s insolvency is an automatic breach of their lease agreement. Insolvencies can pose significant problems for landlords with regards to unpaid rent.

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Finding Mortgagee Sales in Australia

Finding Mortgagee Sales in Australia

We are experiencing a very interesting market at the moment and lately, our landlords have been asking us, where we think the best deals will soon be. One way of finding properties under market value, is to look for mortgagee sales. After all, the profit is made when you buy right!

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Ways to increase your borrowing capacity

Ways to increase your borrowing capacity

Banks are tightening access to credit for investors but there are ways you can boost your borrowing capacity, even in these testy times! Here are some tips from our friends in the industry:

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The biggest risks facing Australian property investors

The biggest risks facing Australian property investors

Australian real estate is well known, as being a very effective inflation hedge over the long term but you would have to be living under a rock, to not be aware of all the current anxieties in the market at the moment.

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Avoid the lemons when buying apartments for your portfolio

Avoid the lemons when buying apartments for your portfolio

There will be a large number of apartments coming onto the market soon with a large percentage of mortgagee and distressed sales. How do you pick the best ones and what should investors be considering when researching the market? Here are some tips from some of our most successful RealRenta Landlords:

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What postcode location categories do banks use?

What postcode location categories do banks use?

Lenders apply stricter lending policies in locations they deem as high risk, to limit their own risk. This can affect the maximum available LVR and the maximum amount that you can borrow.

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Essential factors for your property investment exit strategy

Essential factors for your property investment exit strategy

We speak to dozens of property investors every week and we know that a lot of you are getting nervous about the current conditions.

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What are the different types of property valuations.

What are the different types of property valuations.

There are several different types of property valuations that include:

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Beware the interest –only cliff!

Beware the interest –only cliff!

Cash-flow is everything when you have a property-investment portfolio.

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Tips for buying a prestige property in a falling market.

Tips for buying a prestige property in a falling market.

Tips for buying a prestige property in a falling market.

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Rising risk of credit crunch for property investors

Rising risk of credit crunch for property investors

Investors have been warned to expect a “prolonged period of crimped bank profits” following the recent release of the interim report, from the banking royal commission.

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3 ways to make your Property worth More

3 ways to make your Property worth More

As an Investor, it is vitally important that you continually review your properties and your finances to make sure you are maximizing your returns. It is important that your properties are working as hard as possible and that your money is working as hard as it can and that you are seeking the right advice. Here are 3 RealRenta tips to ensure that this is happening:

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Buying your first Investment Property?  6 quick tips from RealRenta

Buying your first Investment Property? 6 quick tips from RealRenta

SO you’re taking the plunge and buying your first Investment Property! Many first time investors can make mistakes because of their limited knowledge of managing an investment property, so here at RealRenta, we have compiled a list of 6 Do’s & Don’ts to help you maximize the return on your Investment Property.

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Emergency Repairs - Tips for Landlords

Emergency Repairs - Tips for Landlords

It is a landlord’s obligation to make sure their tenants are living in a property where everything works. Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between urgent and non urgent repairs and can easily, lead to misunderstandings in the tenant/landlord relationship

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GAS HEATERS AND FIREPLACES: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

GAS HEATERS AND FIREPLACES: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

In 2013 a Victorian Coroner warned that landlords should check gas heaters every 2 years, after 2 children died in a tragic gas leak accident. There aren’t many laws regarding fireplaces and chimneys but landlords are expected to keep their properties in a decent state of repair.

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How to deal with a drop in rental revenue- Some tips from RealRenta

How to deal with a drop in rental revenue- Some tips from RealRenta

There are several states in Australia at the moment, experiencing some weakness in the rental market, due to oversupply and other economic factors. Some vacant properties in these areas are renting for lower prices with some tenants insisting on lower rents when renewing their leases.

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So How much can you rent your house for?

So How much can you rent your house for?

Setting the right rental price is crucial to making sure you get the right types of tenants, who will look after your property and make sure that your investment meets expenses and earns you money.

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Thinking of Buying a Tenanted Property?

Thinking of Buying a Tenanted Property?

When acquiring a tenanted property, it is crucial to ensure all relevant contracts are reviewed, prior to you purchasing unconditionally. What are the Pros and Cons to buying a property with existing tenants?

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What should be in a Rental Inspection Checklist?

What should be in a Rental Inspection Checklist?

Inspections are a good opportunity to avoid problems, before they become bigger problems and most tenants will cooperate and understand that it is also, an opportunity for them to have things repaired.

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How to video your property condition report

How to video your property condition report

All you need is a smart phone with a good camera and at least 70% battery before you start filming. Once you have finished filming, you can upload the video to the RealRenta platform. Here are our tips for filming:

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Is it a Repair or an Improvement?

Is it a Repair or an Improvement?

The ATO has issued several warnings recently to investors about claiming deductions on rental properties. Common errors highlighted by the ATO include claiming deductions for

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Landlord Insurance-Protect your Investment

Landlord Insurance-Protect your Investment

Your investment property deserves protection just like your home does. Sleep better at night knowing your investment property is covered by Insurance for landlords.

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RealRenta announces new partnership with NAB.

RealRenta announces new partnership with NAB.

Here at RealRenta, we are passionate about helping our Landlords make the most of every opportunity. Our goal is not only to help you realise a return from your investment property sooner, but also, to make sure that you have access to the best advice possible, to assist you on your financial journey.

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RealRenta –Automatic Rental Payment Reminder

RealRenta –Automatic Rental Payment Reminder

Late rental payments, disrupt cash flow and can be a very frustrating experience for landlords. RealRenta Landlords have peace of mind, when it comes to rental payments.

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RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

RealRenta Investment-Grade Property Alert

At RealRenta, we make it our business to work with Australia’s premier property developers and, in doing so, are able to help you identify, understand and assess the potential capital growth, rental return and tax benefits of your next investment. We’re focused on getting you priority access to developments in Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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RealRenta Landlord- Introducer Incentive program!

RealRenta Landlord- Introducer Incentive program!

Our goal at RealRenta is to help you get more out of your Investment Property by making everything EASY AND STRESS FREE! RealRenta Landlords can save up to $1,200 or more per year in fees, doing away with Agent inefficiencies for good, whilst maintaining a professional veneer as a landlord.

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The final Inspection- Landlord Rights

The final Inspection- Landlord Rights

It is important that landlords understand their rights and responsibilities, when it comes to the final property inspection in a tenancy. Landlords are entitled to have their property returned to them in a clean and undamaged condition, at the end of a tenancy.

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This is why RealRenta Landlords make more money from their investment properties!

This is why RealRenta Landlords make more money from their investment properties!

Some of the biggest expenses, investors face when they invest in property are the property management fees. Well not for RealRenta Landlords!

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Attention Victorian Landlords!

Attention Victorian Landlords!

The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation to make Airbnb landlords pay their neighbours compensation of up to $2,000, for property damage caused by guests.

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Free Property Report for RealRenta Landlords

Free Property Report for RealRenta Landlords

Discover what your property is really worth. Unlock valuable insights with our Finance Partner’s instant property report, included an estimated value.

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Help & Support- Contact RealRenta.com.au

Help & Support- Contact RealRenta.com.au

Need help and support or simply want to get in touch with RealRenta.com.au? There are many ways to contact the team. Simply choose the right option for you.

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Join RealRenta on Facebook

Join RealRenta on Facebook

Join us on Facebook and become part of the RealRenta Landlord community.

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Smoke Alarm Solutions -Exclusive to RealRenta Landlords

Smoke Alarm Solutions -Exclusive to RealRenta Landlords

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Uploading photos for Ads on RealRenta

Uploading photos for Ads on RealRenta

Rent your investment property quicker by placing your ad on RealRenta.com.au. Your Ad will also automatically appear on Rent.com.au and Homely.com.au for Free until you have found tenants. Here are some quick tips for uploading the right type of photos for your rental ad:

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You don't ever have to pay high management fees again!

You don't ever have to pay high management fees again!

RealRenta cuts the expensive middle-men right out of the property management equation. RealRenta does everything they do- at a quarter of what they charge. A cloud-based platform that you can run from your phone, laptop or tablet. What else does RealRenta do?

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Join our weekly Newsletter

Get the latest insider tips on Real Estate, property management, property investing, financial products, off-market investment properties and landlord advice, straight into your inbox every week!

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My Property Manager Cost me thousands

My Property Manager Cost me thousands

I relied on my property manager to take care of my investment property but the agent’s ineffective approach ended up costing me dearly.

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A landlord’s guide to keeping the peace

A landlord’s guide to keeping the peace

Any landlord who’s had their property awhile knows there is plenty that can go wrong with an investment property.

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Why I gave up on property managers’: A landlord reveals all

Why I gave up on property managers’: A landlord reveals all

A landlord has revealed to some key things property managers do wrong

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PROPERTY EXPENSES TENANTS NEVER PAY

PROPERTY EXPENSES TENANTS NEVER PAY

When buying an investment property, you need to know that there are more costs then just your mortgage repayments

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SIGNS OF A BAD TENANT

SIGNS OF A BAD TENANT

It’s impossible to be a property investor without tenants as they help pay your mortgage.

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How to find and keep better tenants for your rental property

How to find and keep better tenants for your rental property

Finding the right tenant is crucial to the success of your business as an investment property owner and knowing how to do this can be tricky.

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How to deal with aggressive and disgruntled tenants

How to deal with aggressive and disgruntled tenants

The three steps you need to deal with problematic tenants

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THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF PEST AND BUILDING REPORTS

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF PEST AND BUILDING REPORTS

When you order a Building & Pest Inspection remember that the inspector’s job is to find the flaws in the property – that is, what is wrong, and not what is right.

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The Reserve Bank has decided to again cut official interest rates

The Reserve Bank has decided to again cut official interest rates

official interest rates to a new record low of 1.5 per cent

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Things to look for in the perfect tenant

Things to look for in the perfect tenant

An investment property can be an attractive financial proposition, but finding the perfect tenant is a crucial part. A good tenant will be profitable for the landlord, whereas a bad tenant can be costly for everyone.

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How to choose the best tenant

How to choose the best tenant

Making the right choice of tenant for your rental property is very imported.

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Tips for landlords when it’s a tenants’ market

Tips for landlords when it’s a tenants’ market

With rent increases in Australia’s capital cities experiencing their slowest growth rate in nearly 20 years and residential vacancies continuing to surge, there’s no denying tenants are in the driving seat at the moment.

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Breaking up is not hard to do - Dumping your Property Manager

Breaking up is not hard to do - Dumping your Property Manager

One of the most common issues among investors is bad property management.

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AIR BNB- WHAT LANDLORDS NEED TO KNOW!

AIR BNB- WHAT LANDLORDS NEED TO KNOW!

Air BNB makes it possible for your tenant to make extra income whilst you bear all the risk!

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CONSIDER DOING A D.I.Y RENOVATION

CONSIDER DOING A D.I.Y RENOVATION

Buying a property with renovation potential makes good sense

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Buying an Investment Property<br>8 Prerequisites

Buying an Investment Property
8 Prerequisites

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A Line of Credit? Pros and Cons

A Line of Credit? Pros and Cons

People choose to have a Line of Credit (LOC) when they want a Variable Rate Loan, secured by a Mortgage over a residential property, with an approved limit that can be drawn from.

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SAVE THOUSANDS ON YOUR HOME LOAN WITH THESE TOP 7 TIPS

SAVE THOUSANDS ON YOUR HOME LOAN WITH THESE TOP 7 TIPS

Home buyers can save thousands of dollars by repaying their home loans more quickly by making extra repayments and using offset accounts. You need to watch out for traps on no-frills and fixed home loans which may restrict repayments

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RBA Announcement – Interest Rates - May 2016

RBA Announcement – Interest Rates - May 2016

At its May board meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to cut the official cash rate to a record low of 1.75 per cent!

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GOOD AND BAD DEBT<br> THE REALITY

GOOD AND BAD DEBT
THE REALITY

There are essentially 3 types of Debt:

1. Good Debt
2. Bad Debt
3. Necessary Debt

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Innovative solutions to secure higher rents for landlords.

Innovative solutions to secure higher rents for landlords.

Rather than just sitting and waiting for the market to go up, why not make simple improvements to your properties that will have your tenants happily paying more rent.

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Renting versus Buying<br>What puts you on Top

Renting versus Buying
What puts you on Top

Becoming a Renting Investor Property Owner

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Ready Tenanted Residential Properties- What are the risks when Investing?

Ready Tenanted Residential Properties- What are the risks when Investing?

Buying a property with an existing tenant can have its’ downsides and benefits.

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10 Tips for Getting Started in Property Investment

10 Tips for Getting Started in Property Investment

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THE 7 DEADLY SINS FOR LANDLORDS

THE 7 DEADLY SINS FOR LANDLORDS

Buying your first investment property can be both exciting and daunting.

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HOW TO GET YOUR PROPERTY “RENT READY”

HOW TO GET YOUR PROPERTY “RENT READY”

12 KEY TIPS!!

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UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE & CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE & CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Property investors often worry about ongoing repairs and maintenance costs however these concerns can often be reduced by claiming back these costs when completing a tax return.

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“Breaking up is not hard to do- Dumping your Property Manager”

“Breaking up is not hard to do- Dumping your Property Manager”

A must watch for every rental property owner, how property managers come up with their fees

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Dealing with Difficult Tenants for DIY Landlords

Dealing with Difficult Tenants for DIY Landlords

Having Tenants is the life blood of Property Investment and mitigating the loss of rent is paramount to ensure your investment performs well.

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Rates on hold - for now

Rates on hold - for now

The Reserve Bank has again decided to leave official interest rates at the record low of 2.0 percent. Rates have now been on hold for nine consecutive months following the last decrease in May last year.

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TOP SEVEN  DIY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

TOP SEVEN DIY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIPS

When it comes to managing your investment property to ensure you get the best possible returns, nothing beats getting the best tips from people that have done it before you.

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10 TIPS TO MAXIMISE RENTAL RETURNS

10 TIPS TO MAXIMISE RENTAL RETURNS

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Rates on hold until February

Rates on hold until February

Official rates remain steady, Economic outlook remains problematic, Future rate cuts still possible, Spring housing markets flatten,

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8 Real Reno Tips for Your Investment Property

8 Real Reno Tips for Your Investment Property

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9 Fundamentals for Landlords

9 Fundamentals for Landlords

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Australia's Housing Now Worth Six Trillion Dollars

Australia's Housing Now Worth Six Trillion Dollars

The two tiered growth evident in Australia’s housingcontinued through July, with the overall value of Australia’s housing market surging by half a trillion dollars

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Rates remain on hold but case for cut grows

Rates remain on hold but case for cut grows

Official rates on hold again over October Economic outlook remains cloudy Still a chance of rate cut this year Housing market weakening

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Mistakes DIY Property Owners Make

Mistakes DIY Property Owners Make

Not Having a Lease Agreement Not Filling in a Condition Report Not Understanding Tenancy Laws Not Doing Proper Checks on Tenant Applications Not Asking for a Bond

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Rental roundabout

Rental roundabout

The dream of a white picket fence could be a thing of the past, with many Australians stuck on the rental roundabout, according to a report released by realestateVIEW.com.au.

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Negative gearing

Negative gearing

The Australian Taxation Office released an overview of 2012 income tax returns for individuals, companies, superannuation funds, partnerships and trusts. The recent publication does not include information on the number of individuals with an interest in a rental property

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