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Lease Myths - some home truths

August 22, 2017

Tenants

There are some popular common terms used in property management that, when used, can inadvertently confuse tenants.  Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones in series 1 of Lease Mythbusters.  Tenants are on a month by ‘month’ lease. There is no such thing as a ‘month by month’ lease under the […]

' Rent bidding' - how does it affect you?

August 22, 2017

Tenants

People are saying that rent bidding apps are a big con job to make some tech-savvy firms rich.  Read on further to make your own mind up. What is ‘rent bidding’? Rent bidding occurs when tenants are forced to bid against each other for properties. There are two forms of rent bidding.   . Parties are […]

what is a fixed term lease?

April 12, 2017

Tenants

  There are two types of tenancy agreements that a lessor/landlord and a tenant can enter into. The first is a fixed- term agreement and second is a periodic tenancy agreement. A fixed-term tenancy has a definite commencement date and expiry date. A periodic agreement has a commencement date with no expiry date. Tenancy agreements […]

Investing as an option for first home buyers

April 11, 2017

Family matters First Home Owner Investor Real estate market

I have always said that your day can be split into three parts. The first is sleeping, the second is spe nding time with your partner/friends, and the third is working.   So, I believe that a happy life is the sum of a comfy bed, good relationships, and enjoyable work.   This was the advice I […]

What should landlords do with tenants personal documents left behind?

April 11, 2017

Investor Tenants

When a tenant moves out and leaves personal documents behind, property managers and owners must follow a process to deal with the papers. It is the property manager/owner to firstly try to contact the former tenant and return the documents directly.  If the former tenant cannot be contacted, certain documents must be given to the […]

10 great money lessons for kids

March 4, 2017

Family matters

I remember my father and mother giving me money advice from the time I was knee high to a grasshopper.  They were simple but compelling lessons.  1) Live within your rmeans.  2) Plan for your future, and 3) Start today.  Here are 10 lessons not to overlook when teaching kids about managing money. Lesson 1:  […]

How to improve the return from your property investment

March 4, 2017

Investor Real estate market

Improving your return from property investment is about understanding who your demographic is – who is the tenant you are targeting and who is actually going to want to rent your property. The reason why a property is not renting is not always because of price.   It may be about the physical size of the […]

What's best for investors - new or established?

March 4, 2017

Investor Real estate market

Let’s take a look at the age old property question:  is it better to build with a buyer-established property? One way to attack this question is in consideration of the property’s depreciation. Do you have to buy new to get the maximum depreciation?  People may not realise that a property which is a couple of […]

Landlords Insurance 101

February 22, 2017

Investor Real estate market

Landlord’s insurance – are you covered for what you thinkyou are? Did you know that there is a vast difference between building insurance (also known as a household policy) and a landlord’s policy? Some people may mistakenly believe that because their building insurance notes the rental amount on the policy that it automatically covers for […]

First National gets Canstar award for 5 star service

February 9, 2017

Uncategorized

Customer satisfaction research and ratings agency, Canstar Blue, has announced First National Real Estate the winner of its 2016 ‘Most Satisfied Customers’ award, following customer research about the experience of homeowners, tenants and landlords with Australia’s largest real estate brands. In assessing quality of service delivery nationwide, Canstar Blue focused on a series of measures […]

11 ways to make your home shine on inspection day

February 5, 2017

Home Decor

Get top dollar for your home by making a good impression on buyers. Adding that finishing touch to a sparkling clean abode can give it a feel good edge that pushes a potential buyer from sitting on the fence to falling head over heels in love. All it takes is a little know how. Follow […]

How Negative Gearing Works

January 29, 2017

Real estate market

Negative gearing is a part of life for Australian investors, and a property buzz word. So what is it? Different types of gearing Gearing simply means borrowing money to buy an asset. In the case of property, you have taken out a loan to purchase a property. Negative gearing means that the interest you are […]

The do's and don'ts of planning small bedrooms

January 29, 2017

Home Decor

Small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate, often ending up as unloved spaces with little personality, because we’re worried too much stuff will shrink them visually. Conversely, small spare rooms can end up as dumping grounds for old fitness equipment, packaging or drying washing. While a typical master bedroom is usually large enough to accommodate […]

Why banks & agents value your home differently

January 29, 2017

Real estate market

Have you ever wondered why a house can be listed for one price, valued at another, bank-valued at yet another price and then sold for a different figure? How can one property have different prices? How do you know which price is right?  Let’s shine a light on the price confusion to see why these variations […]

 

Chinese Lunar New Year: What does the Year of the Rooster mean?

January 29, 2017

Family matters

The Chinese Lunar New Year kicked off Saturday ushering in the beginning of the Year of Rooster and the beginning of spring. According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rooster are brave, responsible but also vain! The Rooster ranks tenth out of the 12 animals in the 12-year Chinese zodiac […]

Why Invest In Real Estate

January 29, 2017

Investor Real estate market

Why Real Estate?  Control Sit in the driver’s seat of your investment In real estate, you have a tremendous amount of control over your investment. Unlike in other investment classes, in real estate you play a starring role in your investment’s success. When you invest your money in a stock or a company, you have […]

Living room styling tricks that are quick and inexpensive

January 29, 2017

Home Decor

We love our homes, right? But at times, we can get a little bored and fall out of love with our living spaces. The living room is a place we gather as a family, entertain friends and spend a decent amount of time in, so it’s no wonder we can get tired of looking at […]

9 ways to add style to tiny bathrooms

January 29, 2017

Home Decor

Small spaces have the potential to make a big impact. When you’re designing a small space, little details matter. A powder room renovation is a great opportunity to create a jewel box of a space. Due to the limited floor space, you can feel more comfortable spending more on materials, because you’ll need less of them. […]

11 ways to make your home shine on inspection day

January 29, 2017

Home Decor

Get top dollar for your home by making a good impression on buyers. Adding that finishing touch to a sparkling clean abode can give it a feel good edge that pushes a potential buyer from sitting on the fence to falling head over heels in love. All it takes is a little know how. Follow […]

Why is 2017 a great year to buy your first home?

January 29, 2017

First Home Owner

Have you been waiting around for the best time to buy your first home for some time now? There’s no time like the present, because no matter what you’re trying to buy, values in Australia and New Zealand are just going up and up. As year-on-year increases show, home values aren’t indicating that they’re about […]