What makes a good landlord?

Property Management


Good landlords are worth their weight in gold. They’re the unsung heroes of the rental market. So we put together our list of what makes a good landlord.

We all know the bad landlord stereotype, and there are a few doozies out there.

But there’s plenty of good eggs who take the role seriously.

A good … Continue Reading »

Tips on reducing your home insurance costs

Tips & Tricks


Organising and paying for your home insurance can be a financial nightmare, especially if you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing.

There are lots of little ways that you can reduce the cost of your home insurance but you need to know how.

Here are my top tips:
Increase your excess
By making the decision to increase your excess you can make big savings on your … Continue Reading »

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 »

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