Common household disasters (& how insurance can help)



We never know when something’s going to go wrong with our home, but it’s likely that at some stage in your life as a homeowner, tenant or landlord, something most certainly will.

Whether you’re a homeowner dealing with a burst pipe or rotting floor, a tenant dealing with a burglary or a landlord wanting peace of mind that your property is … Continue Reading »

What you need to know about being a landlord



Property is a top investment choice for many Australians, and so it makes sense that more of us are becoming landlords.


Being a good landlord takes a little more effort than just sitting back and collecting the rent and taken on the title comes with certain responsibilities.

7 things to know about being a landlord
Here’s our list of … Continue Reading »

6 Tips for Staging Your Rental Property

Property Management


One of the most effective ways to get a property rented quickly is to stage it. In other words, to make it appear warm and welcoming so that prospective tenants can envision what it would be like to live there themselves. Successful staging, however, involves a lot more than just putting furniture and a few other … Continue Reading »

Investment properties: It’s not about you!



When buying a property to rent out for investment purposes, do you follow your gut, head or heart? According to Benjamin Kingsley, chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia, you can consider all of these as long as the renter’s perspective holds the greatest sway.

Investors might get seduced by an inferior property, because they are thinking about picking up a bargain instead … Continue Reading »

‘I wish I hadn’t done it’: Is renting to family or friends ever a good idea?


Home owner Lisa wishes she had never agreed to rent out her Sydney investment property to a friend.

The decision to offer her two-bedroom flat to a friend who was looking for a pet-friendly place to stay after splitting from her husband has taken its toll on their relationship and left the pair barely speaking.

“I always said I wouldn’t rent to friends and I … Continue Reading »

‘Can I Claim for This?’


It’s a very rare day when a property manager doesn’t receive at least one call about repairs and maintenance. As you call your owner for authorisation, it is handy to be familiar with the different types of deductions investment property owners can claim.

All property managers are familiar with managing the careful negotiation which can sometimes be required between … Continue Reading »

Creative ways to style indoor plants in your home

Tips & Tricks

There is no denying that indoor plants have become an extremely popular addition to the modern home.

However, which plants should you choose and how do you fit them into your home? To get you started, NZ House &Garden‘s art director (and plant aficionado), Richard Brunton, has shared some of his top tips for how to style indoor … Continue Reading »

6 property settlement tips for home buyers



After celebrating success at auction or negotiating a private sale, the next milestone in your property-buying journey is settlement. Here’s what you need to know.


1. Understand settlement

Property settlement is an official process usually conducted between your legal and financial representatives and those of the seller. It’s when ownership passes from the seller to you, and you pay the balance of … Continue Reading »

Saving strategies for first home buyers in 2017


Tired of renting? There are sensible ways to save up for that first home without giving up everything.

To help you get into your first home quicker, we grilled some of Australia’s foremost property experts for their top tips.

Get into budgeting

Budgeting is not sexy, but it does give you control over your finances and it is one of the surest ways to … Continue Reading »

The nine biggest mistakes sellers should avoid to get the best sales price


Selling your home can be a stressful time, so it’s important that it runs as smoothly as possible to give yourself the best chance of a top sales price.

The trouble is, with an emotional attachment to your property, sometimes sellers can be more hindrance than help.

In fact, there are common vendor mistakes that can make selling your home much … Continue Reading »

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