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Festive Season Noise!

Festive Season Noise!

As Christmas nears closer, so do parties and festivities.

 

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Choosing The Right Agent for You

Choosing The Right Agent for You

If you are thinking of selling your property, November can be a great time to sell, just before Christmas and the extended holiday period. Finding the right agent for you and your home is important.

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Pets in Rental Homes

Pets in Rental Homes

Pets are a wonderful companion for many people and often their best friends.  It can be a tricky decision when looking at allowing tenants to have a pet in an investment property.

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Guest Blog on "Rentvesting" from The Successful Investor

first home

It’s the first home-buyers’ catch-cry: ‘We can’t afford to buy our first home. We’re priced out of the market’. But it is really true? There are many ways to get into the property market but this sometimes calls for a bit of creativity. ‘Rentvesting’ is one such way.

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Moving House...

Moving House...

We don't realise how much we accumulate over the years until we have to move house. If you are planning on selling or moving, it's important to start planning early...

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Why Landlord Insurance Is Vital

Why Landlord Insurance Is Vital

Property Investment is a wealth strategy, it therefore needs to be managed effectively to obtain the best return.  When leasing residential property, all sorts of things can go wrong resulting in rent not being paid and you as the owner, having to foot the bill.  You can insure against this loss for less than $300 per year, which is also a tax deductible expense...

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The Importance of Infrastructure

The Importance of Infrastructure

Over the years and having travelled throughout Asia and America, it has become more and more apparent that infrastructure is incredibly important when planing where to invest in property. 

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Investing in Developing Areas

Investing in Developing Areas

With new Land Estates establishing around the region, is it smarter to invest in a new land release or an established suburb?

The cost of a new house and land build can be a solid investment when compared to the rental yields that can be achieved in a popular suburb. However, there are pros and cons of investing in developing areas - read our blog to find out why.

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Market Your Property Right the First Time - Make A Plan.

Market Your Property Right the First Time - Make A Plan.

When selling or renting property, presentation is crucial and, could be the deciding factor that gets you results.   The marketing campaign needs to present the property in a way that makes it intriguing and inviting to the prospective buyer or tenant.

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Home Loans - Keeping Costs Down

Home Loans -  Keeping Costs Down

When repaying a home loan it's easy to become caught up in new deals being offered by financial institutions.  However, it may prove beneficial to stick with your current one and re-negotiate a discounted rate.  

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Renovating - Set Your Budget First!

Renovating - Set Your Budget First!

It’s easy to get caught up in the renovation craze, with all the renovation shows that are on television.  Most nights you will find you are watching either a renovating shows, a gardening show or a cooking show that displays those amazing kitchens with all the new appliances – we start thinking about our own homes or investment properties and what improvements can be done.  

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A Few Selling Tips

A Few Selling Tips

When placing your property on the market, there are a few things you should be aware of before you sign that sales authority.

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No Emotion Here! Buying An Investment vs Buying a Home.

Keep Emotion Out of Investment Property Purchases

When looking to purchase an investment property, your thinking process needs to be quite different from purchasing a family home.

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End of Financial Year - What is Left to Do?

End of Financial Year - What is Left to Do?

With the end of financial year fast approaching, it’s important for investors to take some time out and check that they have all the necessary paperwork in place before June 30.  Owning an investment property does have its advantages and if you know what to claim, tax time can be a very rewarding...

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VCATís View - An Investment Property is a Business.

Advice, Business, Investment, Property Management, Rental Properties, Tenants, VCAT

For many of us investors, our investment property is our Superannuation and future for our children.  When we can, we put any surplus money we have into our investment to keep the property maintained and in good repair.  When we tenant a property, there can be accidental damage caused by the tenants or sometimes, they just don’t take as much care for our property as we would like. 

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Researching for the right home loan

Researching for the right home loan

In today’s market, there are so many lenders you can choose from when it comes to your home loan, which can make it even harder to know if you are getting the right loan and interest rate for you.  A majority of the lenders consist of the main four banks, then there are the smaller banks, credit unions and building societies & mortgage brokers.  

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Planning to Build?

Planning to Build?

Planning to build your new home can be an exciting time, especially if you are designing your dream home with an architect or draftsman’s.  Being able to design exactly what YOU want can make the process very enjoyable, however enjoyment can turn to despair when you start finding out the cost per square meter and the cost for those hidden added extra’s.

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Large Blocks Are Becoming Smaller

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20 years ago, the average block of land size was 800 square meters, 10-13 years later, the average size dropped to 570 square meters and today, we continue to see this decline to 200-350 square meters. 

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The Season is Changing

The Season is Changing

As the temperature reduces, our heaters are being turning up. When buying property or renting in the cooler months, we tend to focus more on the type of heating that the property has. 

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It's Always About Timing

It's Always About Timing

Timing can be important for many things, selling your home and finding the right property that has the right settlement date. Or moving into a rental property that is available that same weekend that you had hoped to move. 

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Buying Your First Home

Buying Your First Home

Over the years we have seen many incentives offered to encourage first home owners to take the plunge and purchase their first home. Previously, you were entitled to Federal and State handouts however now you may only receive a State Grant.  

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Maintaining Your Rental Property

Maintaining Your Rental Property

Just with anything in life, we all have a life span. Be it ourselves, your TV, your gas heater and that dreaded hot water service that decides to break down on the long weekend...

 

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Successfully Developing Property

Advice, Buying Property, Investment Property, Property Investment, Release Advice, Research, Property Development

It's easy to have the perception that if you find the right parcel of land big enough to subdivide, build a few townhouses and sell them, you'll automatically walk away with a large pay cheque. It is not always that easy... 

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Leasing the Property You Want

Leasing the Property You Want

The start of the year is always a busy time for Property Managers.  This is because many people are on holidays and are searching for a rental property so they can set themselves up for the new year.

For many tenants, it can be very frustrating when you arrive at the open house and are faced with loads of competing tenants.  It’s time to look at what gets you in front of the others and lands you that rental property you really want.  

 

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When it rains, it can really rain!

When it rains, it can really rain!

It doesn’t matter if you are an investor or owner occupier of a property, the recent storm in Geelong would have affected property owners far and wide. This is a timely reminder to ensure your insurances are up to date and to check your policies.

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Styling Your House For Sale

Styling Your House For Sale

One of the most important questions you'll be asked when you sell your next home or investment property is whether or not to style it for sale...  

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Is DIY Property Management A Good Idea?

Is DIY Property Management A Good Idea?

Looking after a property and collecting the rent can seem like a pretty simple task and sometimes it can be.  But what happens when it turns pear shaped? Who do you rely on and what type of advice is out there?  

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New Geelong Office Almost Ready!

New Geelong Office Almost Ready!

The New Geelong Office is nearly ready!  We are very excited to be moving in 2 days.

Watch this space...

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Property Investing is a formula. Where, how much, what size, etc.

Property Investing is a formula.  Where, how much, what size, etc.

Yes investing in property is a relatively safe way to invest in your future, but there are pitfalls and nothing is full proof.  Here are some great tips to help you think about your next investment.

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Is it Time to Check your Insurance Policies and Cover?

Is it Time to Check your Insurance Policies and Cover?

Welcome to 2016!  January is an exciting month of the year.  Many of us have had a holiday (or are still on holidays!), it’s summer, people are generally relaxed and gearing up for the year ahead...

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Summer IS Here

summer at release property management

What does summer mean to you?  Less work, more time for play, long school holiday’s, Christmas time, more work, more salads?

Summer is a wonderful time of year for most of us, it brings about more family time especially with Christmas holidays placed right in the middle. 

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Features To Reduce Your Vacancy Rate

Features To Reduce Your Vacancy Rate

With an abundance of rental properties on the market at the moment, tenants are becoming more and more fussy about what they want in a rental property. 

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Release Property Management in the Geelong Addy

Release Property Management in the Geelong Addy

Release Property Management Featured in the Geelong Addy - interesting article on the number of investment properties returning to pre GFC levels.

 

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Update your home... but Keep it Neutral!

Update your home... but Keep it Neutral!

It is a question that looms over many of us – “should we give the place an update?” Whether it be your home or an investment property, property does need updating and it is important to know how to make this happen with little fuss and within your budget.

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To Auction or Private Sale?

To Auction or Private Sale?

When selling a property, we always ponder whether or not to Auction or sell by private sale.  If you are looking at selling in the near future, this article may help you work out which way is best for you.

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Release Features in Geelong Business News

Release Features in Geelong Business News

Release Property Management Celebrates 8 Years of Geelong Business Success

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What Suburbs Make a Good Property Investment?

What Suburbs Make a Good Property Investment?

There is a reason why some suburbs outperform others and if we look into it, it is always a formula.  Think about well-established areas, suburbs that have been around and are well-known – these suburbs will always be in demand – it’s the old saying “buy the worst house on the best street”. 

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Release Property Management Celebrates 8 Years of Geelong Business Success.

Small business in Geelong is critical to the success of our city.  Release Property Management is proud to have been a part of that, turning 8 today and still thriving. 

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Dont Over Capitalise on a Renovation

Dont Over Capitalise on a Renovation

When looking at renovating, its important to know what to and what not to do... If it’s your own home and you are living there, then you are most likely going to put more into it and spend the money on those special appliances & fittings?  

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An Over Supply

An Over Supply

For many investors, it’s about the return you will make on the property in question.  So when new estates are released with advertised proposed returns, many investors will buy up quickly.

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Pets and Properties

Pets and Properties

Pets are a wonderful companion for many people and often their best friends.  It can be a tricky decision when looking at allowing tenants to have a pet at your property as many tenants may not take care of their pets and your property...

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Itís a Safe Inspection

When buying property, it’s an expensive exercise once you start adding up the additional fees of stamp duty, conveyancing and bank fees, so many people tend to try and save some money along the way and opt out on requesting a building inspection.  And, some people may not even be aware they have this right. 

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A Few Selling Tips

When placing your property on the market, there are a few things you should be aware of before you sign that sales authority.  

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Does it Need Furniture?

When investing in property, the question arises as to wether one should furnish their property. There are demands for furnished properties however they need to be the right property...

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Why Landlord Insurance is Vital

Why Landlord Insurance is Vital

When leasing residential property, all sorts of things can go wrong resulting in rent not being paid and owners having to foot the bill...

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Cool Off

When signing a sales contract you may have a cooling off period of 3 days which entitles you to end the contract and not go through with the purchase. However when signing a leasing contract, there is no cooling off period, so once signed by both parties, you are locked into the tenancy. 

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Pay It Off Fast

Pay down your mortgage(s) as soon as possible...

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Get a Plan

The importance of Marketing and Floor plans when trying to tenant a property

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