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The One Thing You Own but Cannot Manage Effectively

by Greg on February 14, 2017
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Buying that lovely property has just left you so drained after the paper work and checking whether everything is in order, the title in place and the keys in your hand, that you would just like to creep under the covers and forget about it for a while. But no – there is a myriad […]

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Thinking of letting to students? Make sure your property fits the bill!

by Greg on February 23, 2016
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There’s much hearsay when it comes to letting properties to students. The common misconception that ‘all’ students are messy, don’t keep up with payments and so on, is quickly becoming a thing of the past. If you’re planning on letting to students, there are a few things that must be considered in the preparation process. […]

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Why Is Rent So Expensive in Australia?

by Greg on October 19, 2015
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Along with nations like Belgium and Canada, Australia is easily one of the most expensive countries in the world in regard to renting and buying property. If you are currently renting – or have even just casually browsed rental property websites – you are most likely already aware of what some are calling our ‘rental […]

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How to prepare your Rental Property for Inspection

by Greg on December 12, 2014
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Those who own rental properties have the ability to earn extra money while also helping someone find a great place to call home. If you are interested in becoming a landlord, however, you have to remember that there are certain things that will be expected of you as someone who owns property. One of them […]

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Renting with pets

by Chris Lang on August 14, 2014
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I must say that renting with a pet makes your job much harder, because not many landlords want to accept tenants with pets. When I was looking to rent a place, I discovered that my beautiful dog pretty much ruined my chances of getting a house by 80 percent – 8 out of 10 houses […]

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Habits of renters and sharers 2013

by Chris Lang on June 7, 2013
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An interesting survey by realestate.com.au reveals curious insights into who the renters are, their age, income and reasons why they are renting instead of buying. They asked about 2500 people looking for a rental home a few questions online, and here’s what they found: Most of the respondents were female (72%) – this is quite […]

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Cost of living in Australia

by Chris Lang on April 24, 2013
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Cost of living is very important to any prospective migrant, because it varies significantly from country to country. You can’t model your living expenses based on what you pay in your home country. To get an idea what it will cost you to afford the basic necessities in Australia you need the most recent data, […]

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How to find a great house for a good price by asking the right questions (part 2)

by Chris Lang on October 20, 2012
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In my previous article for first home buyers I started this list of questions – and reasons to ask them, to make sure you are buying a great house for a good price. As I promised, this is the rest of them: Questions about the house: Ask: What is the size of the block? Why: […]

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How to find a great house for a good price by asking the right questions (part 1)

by Chris Lang on October 18, 2012
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Many guides and articles will tell you what questions to ask when you are buying a house. None of them explain WHY you need to ask those questions – and many reasons are not obvious. So here is a list of questions you should ask before buying a house – and the reasons why you […]

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Moving out of a rental property – things to remember

by Chris Lang on July 4, 2012
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There are several things you don’t want to forget when moving out of your rental property.

Notifying your agent/landlord

Have a look in your contract and see how far in advance you should notify your real estate agent (or landlord). When sending your notice of vacation, make sure you have proof they’ve received it – either send by registered post or deliver in person and ask them to sign and date your copy of it.

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Location, location, location!

by Chris Lang on March 2, 2012
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The most famous expression of realtors is “Location, location, location!”. This really is one of the most important things you consider when buying or renting a house. A conveniently located older house can cost much more than a new one in a different neighbourhood. To make it easier for us, the biggest real-estate internet websites […]

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