Residential rents could fall 30 per cent! Really???

Melbourne’s empty rentals soar by 20 percent in one month!  Residential rents could fall 30%! The number of vacant rentals in Melbourne has skyrocketed. These are all headlines I read in the last couple of days and I can understand why they would scare the pants off many property investors. But before you get too […]

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Are Landlords the forgotten people?

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria is seeing growing evidence that commercial and residential landlords are being left behind and all but forgotten as the government makes decisions on financial support for people impacted by the economic downturn. The decision to extend the rental moratorium to 31 December 2020 without proportionate attention to the landlord’s […]

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10 questions asked and answered

This is what you need to know about the bonds that tie tenants to landlords… and what it has to do with landlord insurance. Rental bonds cause confusion among landlords and tenants. Just what is the bond? What is it used for? And who can access the monies? These are common queries, with the latter […]

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Why would you refinance? (Hint: not because of rates)

According to the ABS, the number of people refinancing their mortgage increased by over 63% in the year to May 2020. Quite often people think the only reason to refinance is to obtain a lower interest rate. However, this thinking is incorrect. Typically, you don’t need to refinance to obtain a lower interest rate (more about […]

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Pets in properties: Purr-fect or barking mad?

Australia certainly stands out as an animal-loving nation with some of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. With around one-third of all households renting, what are the pros of a pet-friendly investment property? And what are a landlord’s legal responsibilities? Find out below… A 2019 survey by Animal Medicines Australia found that 5.9 million […]

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7 Hassles of Managing Your Own Investment Property

Building wealth by investing in property sounds brilliant on paper. But, if you plan to manage the property yourself, it’s not quite as easy as watching the rent roll in. With share market volatility and interest rates at an all-time low, many investors are casting an eye at property as a lower-risk alternative. However, buying […]

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10 good reasons to consider renting to a pet owner

Did 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. Perhaps it’s because they think it’s easier to manage a property without pets, or they believe pets might cause damage, but I’ve always been […]

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