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Investors Essential Guide to Successful Investment in Property

Check out our latest edition designed specially for property investors.

Click here to view Investors essential guide to successful investment in property Nov 09

Brisbane Property Management Guide

Highlights on this issue include:

  • My quick tips for increasing your returns
  • Guarantors Get out Plan
  • New pool safety laws for Qld
  • Dodgy insulation providers cause house fires
  • An update on your rights as a landlord; and
  • Updates on the latest auction results and the market.

Trust you enjoy the articles. Let me know if you have any suggestions for topics you would like to know more about.

Happy investing!

Christina

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Are You Getting a Fair Deal with Your Rent? Latest RTA Statistics Released

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant you want to be sure your rent is market value and you are getting a fair deal. We have enclosed a  link to the latest statistics for the September Quarter to help you determine if you rent is fair. Just click on the link below and find the median rents for suburbs across Brisbane for the various styles and size of properties. Also included is the number of bonds registered which gives you an idea of the competition in your suburb.

Property Rents Brisbane

Property Rentals Brisbane Statistics Sept Qtr

Still not sure you are getting the right rent for your property? Call our office today on 07 3510 5221 or email profilerentals@remax.com.au and we will be happy to guide you.

Christina

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Are You Frustrated Tenants Who Can’t Find a Property? These 9 Hot Tips will Help Smooth the Process

Sick of nobody calling you back, no details on the internet, finding the property is already gone or talking to someone who has not even seen the property? I hear you. As if finding and moving house is not enough – nobody seems to want to help?

So How Can We Avoid Some of These Frustrations , What Can We Do?

  1. Get clear on exactly what you are looking for.  Have a list of NOT negotiable items and a list of ideally it would have …….. and be located………. Price range ………. and timeframe.  Lease term etc
  2. Prepare your application.  Most application forms are similar in their requirements.  100 points ID, employment confirmation, previous rental history, etc.  Check out our 9 Tips to getting your application approved and faster.  The key is to be ready to act fast, ideally give your fully completed application at the inspection.
  3. Prepare standard emails.  A list of your requirements including not negotiable items, price range and suburbs along with preferable moving in date, term of lease.  Always attach a reference from previous agent/landlord or a copy of your previous ledger (if they are good!).  Email to all Property Managers with properties in your preferred area and resend every 7-10 days.  Whenever you request an inspection also attach ledger and 3 or 4 lines indicating why you will be a good tenant.
  4. Set your real estate alerts on realestate.com.au and domain.com.au.  Sometimes properties upload to one site faster than another.  We have seen up to 4 hours difference in uploading time.
  5. If possible check the main websites realestate.com.au and domain.com.au 2/3 times/day remember the early bird catches the worm.
  6. Call at your first opportunity to try and arrange inspections on suitable properties.  Try always to mention why you are good tenants and believe this to be a suitable property.  (They are more likely to let you in if they don’t think you will be wasting their time).
  7. You need to nicely push to see suitable properties as quickly as possible, the faster you do this the less likely you will end up in a multiple application situation and have the frustration of missing out.
  8. If you need approval for pets or want air-conditioning added etc., ask first before you waste your time viewing the property. If you want something extra like air-conditioning you may need to offer a little more rent, find out if the owners would consider this.
  9. Stay calm/nice – yes, you may have emailed or called 3 times with no response but remember they are looking at whether or not they would like to rent a property to you and they will not want a tenant they think is demanding or difficult. (Frustrating as this may be!).

I have experienced all of the above frustrations first hand when we sold and had to find a rental quickly.  It was certainly a shock to the system.  We had a great application (I know as this is what we do) but alas the process was still not easy!

I hope these suggestions are helpful and would hope as a prospective tenant for our agency you would always be treated with respect and promptness. If you have something else that has worked well for you please let us know, we would love to share it with others out there searching.

All the best with your search.  Be sure to email us your exact requirements to profilerentals2@remax.com.au and we promise to email matching properties within 24 hours of them being listed.

Christina.

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Parents Urged to Check for Killer Blinds in Their Homes

I was horrified to hear that 12 children have been strangled by blinds in the last 9 years including a 13 month old last year. Read on to get the 7 step safety process and how you can make sure your property is safe. Lets protect our children!!

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor is urging parents to check their window blinds and curtains to ensure they are safe for children. “Blind cords are a hidden hazard in the home and most people would not be aware of the dangers,” Mr Lawlor said. “In Queensland there are strict mandatory safety standards for window covering cords to minimise the risk of children becoming strangled. “However, as these standards were introduced in 2006 there would be hundreds of thousands of potentially unsafe blinds still in people’s homes. “The problem with looped window covering cords that hang loosely near the floor is that small children can become tangled in the loop created by the cord and be strangled.

“Since 1991, more than 170 children have died from injuries associated with curtain and blind cords in the United States. “In Australia at least 12 children have been accidentally strangled by blind cords in the past nine years.

Minister Lawlor today launched an Office of Fair Trading campaign to raise awareness of the danger posed by blind cords and advised consumers what they can do to make them safer in the home. As part of the initiative, the Office of Fair Trading is giving away 10,000 free safety toggles which will enable parents and carers to prevent cords from being a safety risk. “Since 2006 all window coverings that use looped cords must meet strict safety requirements before they can be supplied in Queensland,” he said. “The standard prohibits the supply of window coverings with hazardous looped cords, looped bead chains or other flexible looped devices which are a known strangulation hazard to small children. Industry has done a good job in developing safer products for which it needs to be commended.

“However consumers need to be aware of the dangers from blind cords that were supplied and installed prior to the introduction of the mandatory standard.”

The warning follows an inquest in South Australia last year into the tragic death of a 13-month-old toddler in March 2007. “A South Australian Coroner found that curtain cords were recognised as a serious safety risk when children’s cots were placed near windows, creating a potential strangulation risk,” Mr Lawlor said.

Mr Lawlor said consumers should follow the seven safety steps rule to prevent injuries from blind cords:

  • do not tie cords together as it creates a loop where children can become entangled;
  • do not put beds, cots, playpens and other furniture near blind and curtain cords
  • cut looped cords short, they should be 1.6 metres above the ground
  • consider replacing cords with a wand
  • consider buying a device to wrap long cords around or tie down cords to a hook or a cleat at least 1.6.m from the ground
  • ensure all safety information is read, particularly if the blinds were packaged
  • always install the safety devices included.

For further information about consumer rights and responsibilities or to get your free safety toggles, visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au (the source of this information) or phone 13 13 04.

From 21 July 2009, the Office of Fair Trading will be giving away free safety tassels to Queenslanders to fit to existing looped cords on window coverings (blinds and curtains).

The safety tassel is a simple, easy to install device that can reduce the risk of childhood strangulation. The safety tassel will split when pressure is applied, so the cord no longer acts as a loop.

To get your free safety tassels go to this link.

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Burning Down The House – Here’s How To Avoid It!

The Queensland Fire & Rescue Service Introduce – Safehome. Safehome is an initiative designed to assist householders to conduct a safety and fire awareness inspection of their home. It is a voluntary program whereby you can invite local firefighters to assist with your fire and home safety needs. You will be assisted to recognise fire and safety hazards in and around the home. Once the hazards are identified you can then take steps to eliminate them.

The purpose of the initiative is to eliminate, as much as possible, any fire and safety hazards around the home. The intent is to reduce death and injury and property damage due to home fires and accidents. Firefighters will advise you on correct positioning of smoke alarms and discuss fire safety concerns.

The service is for all people who are concerned with improving safety in their home. If you live in an area serviced by volunteer fire fighters, they will be unable to come to your home to conduct a Safehome visit. However, when you telephone 1300 369 003 you will receive both a Safehome kit and a Bushfire Preparedness package which will assist you make your home safer.

This is a free service provided by Queensland Fire & Rescue Service in the interest of developing a safer community.

All homes have different requirements but a visit should take no longer than 45 minutes. If you would like to take the opportunity to invite a firefighter into your home for a visit, do so by phoning 1300 369 003.

It is necessary for the person living in the property to call and book the visit. If you are renting, tenants should book the visit and not Lessors or Agents. If the firefighters recommend making changes to the Property during the visit, such as installing a smoke alarm, the Tenant should raise this with the Lessor or Agent and discuss options.

Source: www.fire.qld.gov.au

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