7 Ways to Add Value to Your Investment Property


In Sydney’s current rental market the competition for tenants is heating up!

According to the Domain’s latest quarterly rental report, residential rental prices in some parts of Sydney have fallen by almost 10 percent in the last year. This is creating a unique opportunity for quality tenants to shop around. Here’s how to beat the competition and minimise your property’s vacancy time by keeping your investment property at the top of their shopping list.

A fantastic tenant is the most valuable addition you can have for your property, and here are 7 cost effective ways to beat the competition, and add more value to your investment:

1. First Impressions

If your investment is a house then first impressions start on the street. Improve your street appeal by keeping the front façade clean and free of clutter. Gardens need to be manicured and pavements clean. Fences should be in good order and maintained with a new coat of paint if necessary. In the case of an apartment the entrance will be what new tenants judge first. Doors, screens and light fittings should all be in good working order, clean and without any signs of damage. Be sure to make regular contact with your managing strata agency in order to ensure common areas are maintained to a high standard.

2. Bathrooms Renovations

Small alterations to your bathroom and kitchen can make a huge difference to the style and feel of the property. You don’t have to do major works to successfully update these rooms either. Re-grouting tiles, replacing fixtures such as taps, spouts, towel rails and toilet seats will make an impact. When choosing new fixtures chrome is time proven to look the cleanest and most effective. Modern light fittings with clear white lights will contribute to a cleaner ‘new’ feel as well.

3. Heating and Cooling

If your property has a tendency to be either too hot or too cold during the year, you could run the risk of losing a great tenant and have a constant run of short term renters. Unbearable summer heat or energy consuming heaters can be deal breakers. Consider offering solutions such as split cycle air conditioning, ceiling fans, block out blinds or window insulation. Ceiling insulation can reduce energy consumption by up to 45% and assist with large gaps or drafts. Suitable heating and cooling is a real drawcard that will undoubtedly increase value.

4. Flooring

The choice of flooring can make a big impact on the look and feel of a property. Whether you have carpet, timber or tiles; good quality flooring and in great condition is an absolute must. Carpet does not last forever in fact most have a lifespan of 7-15 years. Don’t wait for your carpet to become shabby before replacing or it might become the seed for your tenant to relocate. Timber flooring will need attention occasionally to look buffed and polished as dull floorboards covered in scratches or marks gives a neglected feel and will take value from the entire room/property.

5. Window Finishes

Clean, spotless windows create a great impression of a neat, tidy and well maintained property. Consider window finishes if there is a need for privacy or shade. The right blinds will control the light, provide privacy, increase insulation and make a visual impact. Ensure each window has the appropriate security in place and consider well fitted flyscreens on some windows.

6. Garden and Outdoor Areas

Every home with an outdoor area can be sculpted into an open air extension of the home. For new lawns the use of buffalo grass is recommended for its weed resistance and slow growing properties. Think attractive and low maintenance as a rule of thumb for outdoor garden areas. Whether it be a large backyard, small courtyard or balcony, a simple design will keep these areas looking neat and tidy for longer making it easy for a tenant to look after. A superb tenant may not always have a green thumb!

7. Security

According to statistics break-ins occur every 3 minutes in Australia. Basic security measures are vital to your household and property. To know more about what security and safety issues are essential, check out the Fair Trading website here.

Using some of the tips above will help you to attract a great tenant, fast, and it will create value for your property. Of course there are many other factors that will influence time on market, such as your asking price, so feel free to read our blog ‘Setting an Asking Price, The First Step in Marketing’.

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7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home


Glass Cleaning

After what seemed like a long and chilly winter, Spring has finally arrived, and it feels glorious!

Along the Sydney coast we have already enjoyed days filled with clear skies and warm temperatures, perfect for inspiring a Spring clean! So now it’s time to throw open the curtains and get busy turning your home from closed in to fresh and airy.

An annual clean can seem daunting so here are seven tips to get you started.

1. Floor Coverings
With the winter months comes wind, rain and dust which means wet and muddy shoes all over your carpets. Vacuuming your carpets won’t get all the winter muck out, a steam or dry clean will give them a deeper clean and a fresh look and feel.

Give your rugs a similar treatment or at the very least a good beating, great for the rugs and your cardiovascular system (not to mention all that pent-up winter stress).

TIP: Magic erasers are great for small scuff marks on timber floors.

2. De-clutter
Don’t let your possessions overwhelm you, all you need is an open mind and an open bag. Clear all surfaces such as benches, tabletops, window ledges and bookshelves to make your rooms look bigger and more Zen like.

Create an organised approach to storage. Consider reducing the number of unused items in your wardrobes and cupboards, it can be very cathartic to let some stuff go creating more space in your life for new experiences.

TIP: Read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art od decluttering and organising” by Marie Kondo

3. Blankets and Bedding
You may ‘rest easy’ knowing your pillow cases and quilt covers are regularly changed however the pillows and quilts themselves can often be neglected. Invest in a good professional clean for quilts while some pillows types can be washed in the washing machine.

Dust mites and allergens play havoc on your senses so be sure to vacuum your mattress where they are likely to accumulate. Follow this up with a decent mattress and pillow protector and you will prolong the life of your bedding.

TIP: Don’t forget to give lounge room pillows and throws a good airing outside on a sunny day.

4. Oven
There’s nothing better on a winter night than a good lamb roast and delicious baked vegetables. However, it’s now time to see how your oven is faring? Cleaning your oven doesn’t have to be a nightmare and using bicarb soda and vinegar is both gentle on the environment and very effective.

TIP: Citric acid (found in the baking section of your supermarket) is great as a safe household cleaner.

5. Furniture
Get ready for weekend entertaining, but before hosting the long-awaited Spring barbeque you’ll want to freshen up your patio/entertaining area. Tackle the barbeque grill first as this is the hardest.

Rid your seat cushions of any built-up dust and dirt, better yet you may want to invest in new vibrant cushions that will give your table setting an instant lift. Hose off tables and chairs of any pesky cobwebs and settled dust, likewise with any outdoor umbrellas that have been folded for a while.

TIP: Solar powered outdoor lights and lamps make for a warm inviting atmosphere at night.

6. Gardens
Spring is the perfect time to bask outside on those warm sunny days. But first, a garden spring clean is essential to make your outdoor area look and feel relaxing.

Decide how much to prune to create space and to encourage flowering and fruiting. For larger plants, be careful not to prune much needed shade branches as the smaller plants as well as yourself need protection from the sun. Rake any leaves or debris away from the garden bed in order to turn soil and easily spot unwanted weeds.

TIP: Leafy green foliage and off-cuts can be used in a vase to brighten rooms and table settings.

7. Let There be Light
Don’t let that layer of dust and dirt covering your windows stop you from swinging those curtains open and letting in that glorious light. The window clean is the last on our list but will likely make the biggest impact. With a soft bristled broom brush over the outside of the glass to get rid of any cobwebs and dirt. When washing don’t be tempted to use newspaper but instead use a clean microfiber cloth, this is much more effective and less likely to leave marks on your frames.

Don’t forget to give your screens a good rinse of any dust, dirt and cobwebs that have accumulated whilst the windows have been shut.

TIP: Use a blackboard eraser in circular motions to get rid of any streak marks left behind on glass.

 

About Us

George Astudillo is the founder of Property Quarters, an agency that values communication and great relationships with its landlords.

George now has more than 30 years in real estate, including 15 years as the owner of a national real estate franchise. He’s also an accredited auctioneer and is the author of “The Landlord Mindset”, a book with his best tips to help landlords look after their investments. His book has been quoted in the SMH, The Huffington Post and The Age.

As the founder of Property Quarters, George takes great care in looking after his landlord’s investments. Having seen it all and worked with may landlords and tenants, he’s a strong mediator and negotiator and knows how to navigate through property legislation.

George is trusted by his landlords to advise on the financial management of their investments. He’s put in place proven processes to ensure each property he looks after is managed effectively to retain its value, quality tenants and rental income.

If you’re looking for a property manager who thinks like a landlord and whose business is built on tested processes, contact us by clicking HERE.

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The Perfect Open for Inspection


Is your rental property ready for business?

Whether it’s an open-home inspection or by appointment, to be successful requires planning and preparation.  How’s we conduct the perfect inspection. Early planning is crucial.

1. With or without tenants?

You are entitled to show the property to potential tenants prior to the current tenant moving out, in NSW two weeks written notice must be given to the tenant before the first and subsequent inspections are organised.

When the market is strong, we can often find a tenant to move in straight after the old tenant has vacated. However, it’s best to allow a little time to make any repairs or upgrades that may be necessary.

The main risk of hosting inspections in a tenanted property is that you don’t have much control over the presentation. Even with the best tenants however, there might be stacks of packing boxes scattered which may make the property look smaller and cluttered.

If the tenant is breaking the lease you can expect their cooperation. They won’t be able to vacate until a new tenant is found, so, it’s in their best interest as much as yours to find a new tenant quickly.

When showing the property with the current tenant still occupying, we try to arrange private appointments. This gives us time to to explain any awkward situations and also addresses the issue of security, as we are better able to look after the tenants belongings.

2. Open house or by appointment?

In the case of a vacant property, there are many advantages to having an open-house inspection.

Most tenants actually like the simplicity of just showing up without having to call an agent or owner to arrange an appointment. Additionally, having a number of interested tenants in the property at the same time will also create a sense of urgency. This is the main reason why we restrict inspection times to fifteen or twenty minutes – to make the inspection look busy.

With private appointments, we can give a more personalised tour, taking time to highlight all the best features.

3. First impressions

You only get one chance at a first impression.

We like arrive early and prepare the property to its best advantage.

* Open curtains, blinds, windows and doors to freshen the property. Use curtains and blinds to your advantage to soften less-desirable outlooks while letting in as much light as possible.

* Switch all lights on, even in rooms that may not need it; people love light. In the kitchen, turn on the range- hood light and bench-top lighting. Use lamps to create mood lighting where possible.

* Ensure sinks and basins are clean and clear of any residual water.

* In winter we’ll try to have the heating on and in summer the air-conditioner, to level out any extremes.

* Turn on outdoor spas, fountains and garden lights.

* Blend some essential oils to create a calming fragrance, such as lavender and bergamot.

We are now ready to host a perfect inspection.

About Us

George Astudillo is the founder of Property Quarters, an agency that values communication and great relationships with its landlords.

George now has more than 30 years in real estate, including 15 years as the owner of a national real estate franchise. He’s also an accredited auctioneer and is the author of “The Landlord Mindset”, a book with his best tips to help landlords look after their investments. His book has been quoted in the SMH, The Huffington Post and The Age.

As the founder of Property Quarters, George takes great care in looking after his landlord’s investments. Having seen it all and worked with may landlords and tenants, he’s a strong mediator and negotiator and knows how to navigate through property legislation.

George is trusted by his landlords to advise on the financial management of their investments. He’s put in place proven processes to ensure each property he looks after is managed effectively to retain its value, quality tenants and rental income.

If you’re looking for a property manager who thinks like a landlord and whose business is built on tested processes, contact us by clicking HERE.

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Marketing Your Rental Property – The 5 Essentials


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Marketing is how you let potential tenants know your property is available.

The goal of marketing is to attract the right tenant that would love to rent your property. Ideally, we would like to see more than one tenant apply for the property, as this will give you choice.

Once you have decided on the asking price it’s time to begin marketing. So where do you start?

Here are 5 points to consider:

1. Disclosure
While rules on disclosure vary from state to state, it is important to make sure you are not knowingly making any misleading or deceptive statements or promises. You need to disclose the following,

  • Any repairs that are needing to be made after the tenant moves in.
  • Whether you intend to sell the property and have prepared a contract in readiness. This is necessary in some states.
  • Any material facts: This includes whether the property is prone to bushfire, flooding, health risks such as lead paint or asbestos on the premises and any violent crimes that may have occurred.

Your marketing must not state or imply that you wish to exclude possible tenants (either directly or indirectly) because of their: Race, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexuality, sexual preference, or age.

2. Copywriting
Good copywriting is an art. Using words to describe a property that are accurate and enticing is not easy. Tenants are looking for lifestyle, so start by converting the physical features of the property into word pictures that have feeling.

  • ‘Glorious, light-filled rooms’
  • ‘Sparkling kitchen and bathrooms’
  • ‘Beautifully-proportioned bedrooms’
  • ‘Outdoor area perfect for entertaining’

The challenge is not to sound repetitive or dull.

It’s a balancing act of giving the necessary information without going over the top or being misleading. Nothing is more upsetting to potential tenants than taking the time to inspect a property and then being disappointed by inaccuracies in the marketing. If you advertise harbour views or glimpses, make sure they are easily viewed or glimpsed.

3. Photography
A picture paints a thousand words, so what are your photos saying about your property?

Photography is playing a larger role in real estate rentals. Have a quick look at some property websites to see what you’re up against. Start with the Sales sections – you’ll quickly see that professional-looking photos make a property look amazing. Then look through the rentals.

Many tenants don’t even read the description; they judge the property from the images. How do you want your property to appear on a big screen?

The limitation on a typical digital camera is the focal length of the lens. A wide angle lens will let you fit more of the scene into the frame. This is critical with internal photography, as you are often limited with space to manoeuvre.

Good, professional looking photos make a significant impact on the success of your marketing.

For tips on taking excellent real estate photography see our previous blog “7 Tips For Great Real Estate Photography”.

4. Floorplan
Floorplans have been used in selling real estate for many years. From a rental perspective, a floorplan is an easy way to differentiate your property from the competition and provides a very effective memory jogger for potential tenants of how the property flows.

They are a useful tool that tenants can take home to imagine and plan the placement of furniture. By doing this, the tenant starts the process of mentally moving into the property.

5. Advertising
Once you have your marketing materials in place, the next decision is how you will advertise your property.

The Internet has become the place to look for rental property, now well surpassing print media publications. The largest two Australian websites are realestate.com.au and domain.com.au. These two represent the bulk of property in Australia, both in sales and rentals, and are the first places that tenants look. These two websites have convenient smart phone applications that are used by the majority of those routinely looking for a rental.

The first few weeks of marketing is vital and every week your investment is vacant counts as lost rent. By following the right steps you can rest assured knowing you will have the right tenant in no time.

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Routine Inspections- How to Keep Your Property Looking Great


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You should be inspecting your property twice a year.

During these inspections, you are looking for repair and maintenance issues and ensuring the tenant is looking after the property.

An accumulation of dirt, together with a cluttered and untidy lifestyle, will accelerate wear and tear. This means appliances may break down more often and will need replacing sooner. This also applies to carpets and painting – resulting in higher costs.

With a new tenant, schedule the first appointment by the end of the third month. This will give the tenant a little time to settle in and you can see how they keep house.

Give the relevant notice, which in NSW is 14 days in writing, and arrange a mutually acceptable time. Your relationship with the tenant is important, so try hard to fit in with his routine; most tenants aren’t too fussed about allowing you access and in some cases they may not wish to attend.

Keep this inspection informal and quick. If you have chosen your tenant well, the property should look great, but if you see that the property is being poorly looked after, you are well within your rights to request the property be brought up to standard. It is a condition of the lease to keep the property reasonably clean, meaning that the tenant should not be causing damage or excessive wear and tear. You should also expect it to be tidy enough that all areas are accessible for regular cleaning. Give the tenant seven days to clean the property to a reasonable standard and arrange to return for another inspection.

If the property is still not appropriately clean, discuss the situation with the tenant. At this stage, take photos as a record, as you may need them later. Then, if all else fails, you can treat this situation as a breach of the agreement and give the tenant a termination notice.

If the property is clean and you’re happy with the presentation, diarise another inspection as permissible in your state. The second inspection should take place six months later or about three months before the tenancy agreement expires. This time the inspection should be more thorough – again looking at the presentation of the property and at any maintenance and repairs that may be needed.

If the lease is approaching or past the end of the fixed term, you should also use this time to consider any rental increases.

When sending out the “Notice of Inspection” attach a simple form that the tenant can fill in recording matters requiring attention or repair. Usually, the tenant is aware of most of the issues with the property and it is a great help to note them down.

Tenants will undoubtedly at some stage ask for alterations to be made to your property, for more information on how to deal with these requests see our previous blog “Has Your Tenant Asked to Make Changes to Your Property”.

This is also a good time to update the tenant’s contact details.

Once at the property, start inside and work your way through every room with the following checklist to guide you:

  • Does the woodwork need repainting or varnishing?
  • Is general painting required?
  • Presence of mould, often found in bathrooms and laundries but can be particularly dangerous if found in bedrooms.
  • Loose electrical fixtures such as power points, light switches, light fittings.
  • Check for worn carpet areas and any stains
  • Check locks with your set of keys
  • Are kitchen cupboards still aligning and closing correctly?
  • Check bench tops
  • Check appliances – cook top, oven and exhaust fan etc
  • Smoke alarms should be in working order, there should be one on each level of the home.
  • Check outside – look at gutters and downpipes
  • Check the gardens and pool
  • Check overhanging branches- Check for any pruning or cut backs that are due and in the case of council approval make a note to lodge an application.
  • Pool fences and gates in compliance, check the perimeter to ensure there are no unsteady railings or backyard items against the fence.
  • Lawns should be cut regularly, and gardens maintained neatly in accordance with the lease

How involved are you in the management of your property? See our blog “Managing Your Investment Property.”

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7 Tips for Great Real Estate Photography


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If a picture paints a thousand words, what do you want your photos to say about your property?

Bad real estate photography is everywhere, in fact there are blogs and Facebook pages that are dedicated to the subject. Although these are funny, we don’t want potential tenants laughing at our property.

So, what do we need to ‘focus on’ to get it right?

1. Less is more
Just because there are rooms in the house doesn’t mean you need to take a photo of all of them. Some are just too difficult to capture. A photo of a corner only says the room is too small. If the result is less than flattering, leave it out.

2. Keep it real
Nothing upsets potential tenants more than unrealistic photos. If you intend to use a view shot, make sure it is easily seen from the property. If you need binoculars or need to lean out of the bathroom window to see the same view, you will lose credibility as a landlord. And the same goes for using props to hide faults, either fix the problem or don’t take a photo of it.

3. Quality equipment
Many of the poor photos on the internet come from cheap cameras or even iphones. To take good quality photos you need good quality equipment. The bare minimum would be a good digital camera, wide angle lens for interiors, a decent add-on flash unit and a stable tripod.

4. Stay straight
When using a wide angle lens, it easy to end up with distorted images. Make sure you are holding the camera straight and that it is level. Tripods which include a spirit level are very handy.

5. Attention to detail
Look around and take an inventory of what the camera will see and record. Check what may need to be removed from the scene. In kitchens particularly, you may need to declutter by removing tea towels, dish washing detergents, cleaning brushes etc. Also check that blinds are all level and open for the best light. Bathrooms should be entirely clear.

6. Timing
Natural light is very sought after in a property. Choose a time of day that works for the property. This is particularly important for the exterior photos as you want the sun behind the camera and shining on the property. Photos taken just before dusk can be difficult to time but can also be very rewarding for the right property.

7. Photoshop
Only process the images to crop and tidy, and remember point two above, keep it real. There are big penalties for misleading consumers, be aware of the restrictions such as removing objects from pictures such as power lines and unsightly electricity boxes. For more information on rules and regulations see The Department of Fair Tradings Advertising Guidelines.

Real estate marketing focuses on images. Potential tenants want to see the main features of the property and want to be impressed. Quality photography together with a well written description can create a vision of a lifestyle that will appeal to the right tenant.

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7 easy ways to present your property to attract great tenants


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The key to successfully attracting great tenants is to present your property to look its best.

Not only will you position your property to attract the right tenant you will also give yourself the best chance of an outstanding rental.

Most rental properties look and feel like, well, …rental properties. Yet worthy tenants are looking for a home. So, here are 7 simple areas to consider that are not only easy to do, but cost next to nothing to implement.

1. Cleanliness
This is number one in the list. It’s amazing how many rental properties often look unliveable. Just by making sure your property is clean will put you in front of most of your competition.
TIP: Windows are often overlooked and can create a fabulous first impression. For more in depth look at presentation, see our blog “Cleanliness”

2. Smells and odours
There is nothing worse than entering a property that smells stale or mouldy. Often the cause of this may be the carpet and underlay. In the case of mould, make sure the causes are found and fixed.
TIP: A freshly steam cleaned carpet needs time to dry and air out, otherwise it will deter potential tenants rather than attract them.

3. Lighting
Brightness and light create a great first impression. However not all properties have access to good natural light. You can still create an inviting atmosphere with lighting and the right globes. In most cases just having them turned on and all working is enough.
TIP: Cool white light globes create a cleaner brighter atmosphere for kitchen, bathroom and laundry while warm yellow make for good ambience in living areas.

4. Lifestyle touches
We tend to choose a home for the lifestyle it offers. Adding some lifestyle touches like flowers, fluffy towels and outdoor settings will help tenants visualise themselves living there.
TIP: The use of a couple of champagne glasses with a bottle of champagne can create an inviting setting

5. Paint & touch ups
You don’t need to paint every time a tenant vacates unless it needs it. However, touching up walls and heavy traffic areas adds freshness and a little sparkle.
TIP: Use a quality paint that will last and make sure you keep any leftovers for touch ups.

6. Kitchen
This is one area that must be spotlessly clean – ovens, stovetops, rangehoods, dishwashers and sinks are the main spots. This is an ideal area for lifestyle props.
TIP: Consider a fresh look just by replacing cupboard handles.

7. Bathroom
Like the kitchen, this area must also be spotless. Painting and re-grouting can make it look like new.
TIP: This area needs to be fresh smelling or at least odourless.

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How To Keep A Great Tenant


Huffington Post Australia (ways2)

Once you’ve got one, you’ll want to be sure they stay.

(From the article and interview featured in The Huffington Post Australia)

One of the challenges of property investment is being able to find the elusive ‘perfect tenant.’ It’s that ideal tenant that will ensure the financial success of your property, as well as give you peace of mind that they will take great care of your investment.

A good tenant is made up of several factors but perhaps the number one attribute is a person who always pays their rent on time.

Real estate expert and author George Astudillo told The Huffington Post Australia late rental payments is a top frustration for many landlords.

“Late payment leads to frustration and embarrassment as it makes the landlord late in paying expenses, such as a mortgage,” Astudillo said.

“Cleanliness is a major factor; an ideal tenant will take care of the property. Being lazy with household chores will speed up wear and tear. Paint needs to be dust and grime free and carpet will wear out quickly if grit and soiling are allowed to accumulate.”

“A perfect tenant is a co-operative tenant, particularly in the event of a problem. Life is unpredictable, it’s tough enough dealing with challenges without a tenant making things more difficult.”

The trick is to choose wisely when you choose a tenant and don’t take any chances. You might be tempted to take a risk on a tenant who’s willing to pay more money. However, Astudillo said if they turn out to be less than they promise to be, the cost of new carpet, repainting and repairs will quickly absorb the increase and leave you in debt.

“If a property has been vacant for a while there can be a tendency to cut corners. Don’t let the temptation cloud your judgement,” Astudillo said.

“Sometimes a tenant just seems so nice, you want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Remember nice people don’t always make good tenants.”Keeping a great tenant

Once a landlord selects the right tenant, it’s wise to take steps to make sure they stay put. If you’re not careful, your tenant will leave: turn over costs a lot of money, including marketing fees, agents’ fees and possible property damage. See our blog “3 Keys to Choosing the Right Tenant”

While there are multiple reasons why tenants move – and many will be out of your control – there are some simple things you will have control over

“Looking after your tenant and the property they live in makes good business sense. The tenant is your customer, and having a happy customer is always good for business,” Astudillo said.

George Astudillo’s Landlord Checklist

Repairs

Treating repairs too casually or without care is the most common reason for creating distrust and discontent in tenants. Unless the problem is an emergency, they are at the mercy of the owner. Reasonable requests for repairs should happen quickly.

Maintenance

Allowing the property to deteriorate will change the appeal to the tenant. If the property is no longer up to the quality the tenant is prepared to pay for, they will move. Keeping your property looking its best will also mean you can keep the rent within reach of the market.

Rent reviews

Rent increases that are excessive, either too many or too much, will also make a tenant feel taken advantage of. In these situations, the tenant will start looking for better value elsewhere.

Courtesy and Respect

Tenants need to feel respected. Your attitude towards repairs, maintenance and rent reviews, as well as the tenants’ right to privacy, are simple ways to show respect.

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Why Most Landlords Fear Tenants With Pets


Why do landlords fear tenants with pets

More than 60 per cent of Aussies are pet owners so it’s a major concern for renters.

Australia is a nation of pet lovers, with 63 per cent of households owning a four-legged friend – including pets with fins, wings and everything in between. Many of us could not imagine our lives without a pet. But when it comes to renting, finding a home that will allow one or more pets is always challenging.

Read the full Huffington Post Australia interview HERE.

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How To Make Renters Love Your Property Like It’s Their Own


Huffington Post Australia (love your property)

There are rules you need to follow if you want to attract the ideal tenants.

One of the major challenges for any property owner is attracting tenants who actually want to live in your house or apartment. It’s vital to have a positive first impression if you want to lease your property at the top rental dollar, as well as attract the ideal tenants.

 “The problem with most rental properties is that they look and smell like rental properties.” Real estate expert George Astudillo told The Huffington Post Australia it was worth putting an effort in to attract the best tenant.

Read the full Huffington Post Australia interview HERE or take a look at our blog “7 easy ways to Present Your Property to Attract Great Tenants”

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