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September 18, 2020

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER REFINANCING

Despite the current challenging times, banks are still competing to win your business with better rates, cash-back offers, and waiving certain fees as an incentive to refinance.

REASONS TO CONSIDER REFINANCING

1. Interest rates are at an all-time low and reducing your repayments with a cheaper interest rate will simply give you more money in your back pocket each month.

2. Reducing your interest rate could allow you to pay off your loan faster. As your...

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August 25, 2020

WHITE ANT ACTIVITY - ARE YOU AT RISK?

This is a ‘pest alert’ reminder.

White ants are small, pesky creatures that can cause expensive damage to properties if not detected.

Our agency highly recommends that you have an annual pest inspection carried out on your property by a professional who knows what to look for.

The white ants are not fussy.  There have been documented cases where white ants have been detected in brick homes and homes with capping on the stumps.

For such a minimal tax-deductible cost, you will have peace...

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August 18, 2020

TOP FIVE (5) MAINTENANCE TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

TOP FIVE (5) MAINTENANCE TIPS TO... 

HELP PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Making sure your investment is maintained in a good and safe condition can assist in preventing unnecessary damage and injury, as well as, reducing unexpected costs that can escalate into expensive fixups.  Your focus of owning an investment property should always be a proactive approach.

 1. Remove dead trees and foliage

This will keep your yard tidy and safe, prevent damage from falling branches, reduce the risk of a fire spreading and assist in...

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August 04, 2020

Is winter a bad time to sell your home?

Real estate folklore says the property market cools as the temperature drops. But is winter really a bad time to sell? The simple answer is no.

With less stock, motivated buyers, and crisp days that deliver better views than the best of summer, it’s absolutely possible to get a good price for your home in winter.

Here are the pros and cons.

Pros of selling in winter

1. Less stock – and motivated buyers

Maria Selleck, believes the biggest upside to selling in winter is...

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July 27, 2020

THE 30/70 RULE - IT IS JUST A GUIDE

When processing a rental application for a rental property, we are often asked “What do we take into consideration when assessing a tenant?”, which can be several different factors, including:

  1. The tenant’s ability to maintain the property in a clean and tidy condition
  2. The tenant’s ability to submit documentation to support and validate their application, such as employment, previous rental, personal or other references, bank statements, ID verification documents, and most importantly:
  3. The tenant’s ability to maintain regular rental payments

To determine the tenant’s...

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July 21, 2020

10 TOP TIPS - TO INCREASE YOUR ROI

During uncertain economic times it is not only cost-cutting saving tips that we should be exploring, but more importantly, how we can make smarter choices to increase our income, profits or return on investment (ROI).

A ROI is simply the ratio of a profit or loss made in a financial year that is expressed as a percentage.

Most investors would agree that, over time, an average annual return of 5 to 12 percent on your passive investment dollars is good, and anything...

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July 13, 2020

HOW TO STAY POSITIVE AND SANE IN TOUGH AND CRAZY TIMES

Some are saying that the world has finally gone crazy, while others are saying that this is a time for opportunities.

However, the reality is, if we are going to survive these tough and crazy times, we need to all come together and stay positive, which can be hard to do.

The entire world has been impacted (on some level) with the outbreak of COVID-19, Internet outages, random ongoing computer and tech issues, stock market crashes, violence and riots, just to name...

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July 06, 2020

WHAT THE ATO SAYS ABOUT TAX TIME AND RENTAL PROPERTIES

The Australian Taxation Office has published a very comprehensive booklet with a wealth of information called Rental Properties 2020 that will assist property investors to determine:

  • which rental income is assessable for tax purposes
  • which expenses are allowable deductions
  • which records you need to keep
  • what you need to know when you sell your rental property.

Many, but not all, of the expenses associated with rental properties will be deductible. The booklet explains:

  • how to apportion your expenses if only part of them are tax deductible
  • what...

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June 23, 2020

THE HIDDEN TRAPS THAT CAN DEVALUE A PROPERTY

When buying or selling property, there are many different factors that can impact on the price achievable.  The size of the property, size of the land and location are elements that generally cannot be changed.  Then there are factors that can be changed or controlled that will impact on the sale price.

To avoid the hidden traps that can devalue a property’s achievable sale price, consider the following:

DIY renovations

In the short-term DIY renovations can save money, however when an agent appraises...

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June 16, 2020

We All Like A Little Privacy

Whilst we are all created differently, it seems most of us enjoy a little privacy.

That’s the view of Maria Selleck, Director at Maria selleck Properties

Maria has over 18 years’ experience in helping buyers and sellers fulfil their real estate dreams.

“A private leafy, peaceful rear garden can add the wow factor to a property. This makes it very popular with families and individuals and adds to its saleability,” explained Maria

“It’s the same reason why quiet streets are so popular with purchasers....

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