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Why it’s wise to treat lawn and garden maintenance as your responsibility

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Why it’s wise to treat lawn and garden maintenance as your responsibilityUnder a standard Residential Tenancy Agreement, lawn and garden maintenance is the tenant’s responsibility. However,…...More

What are your rights when your tenant requests a change in a shared tenancy?

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What are your rights when your tenant requests a change in a shared tenancy?As a Landlord, you would agree with us that it is worth keeping things as…...More

Battering Central Coast weather of late calls for diligent gutter and roof maintenance

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Battering Central Coast weather of late calls for diligent gutter and roof maintenanceMarch was eventful with the weather producing rainfall that was well above average with many…...More

Why chopping and changing property managers is a bad idea

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Why chopping and changing property managers is a bad ideaWith increased choice and competition, today’s consumer demands greater value for money and excellent customer…...More

Regular house cleaning is a key component to successful residential property investment

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Regular house cleaning is a key component to successful residential property investmentWe had the discussion in the office here at ‘Home Specialist Property Management’ this week…...More

Yes, the Agency works for the landlord

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Yes, the Agency works for the landlordProperty Managers work for the landlords – not the tenants. It is important for tenants…...More

Tenants reliant on Centrelink payments can be a great tenant to have with use of Centrepay!

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Tenants reliant on Centrelink payments can be a great tenant to have with use of Centrepay!If a tenant receives an income from Centrelink, they may be able to use Centrelink’s…...More

Emergency Repairs & Expectations

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Emergency Repairs & ExpectationsWhen it comes to repairs in and around the home, there’s a big difference between…...More

Changing property management agencies is actually very easy

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Changing property management agencies is actually very easyToo many landlords stay with their managing agents despite being unhappy with the service they…...More

Landlord Insurance – Do you have adequate cover?

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Landlord Insurance – Do you have adequate cover?As Property Managers here at ‘home’ we advise our landlords to secure Landlord Insurance to…...More

Major changes to Strata Regulations released this month

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Major changes to Strata Regulations released this monthMany of our landlords have strata titled investment properties so it is timely that we…...More

Property ‘Entry’ Inspections – Start a new tenancy right with our 4 top tips!

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Property ‘Entry’ Inspections – Start a new tenancy right with our 4 top tips!1. Documenting the Detail: Here at Home Specialist Property Management we take great attention to…...More

The End of the Financial Year is upon us property investors! Are you ready?

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The End of the Financial Year is upon us property investors! Are you ready?If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to review your property investment…...More

Grow your wealth through property investment 2016

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Grow your wealth through property investment 2016This year’s event at The Erina Centre didn’t disappoint! Quick tax facts and the latest…...More

What is required for an ‘end of fixed term termination?

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What is required for an ‘end of fixed term termination?Following on from my previous post about ‘termination notice periods’ here I speak about ‘end…...More

The “No Grounds” Termination Notice

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The “No Grounds” Termination NoticeI was recently interviewed on our local real estate show "our house" on 107.7 FM…...More

Why maintenance needs to be reported when it arises

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Why maintenance needs to be reported when it arisesIt may be the classic home maintenance issue of ‘the dripping tap’ or a door…...More

Need emergency repairs during the Easter break?

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Need emergency repairs during the Easter break?For any emergency repairs over the Easter Break...Our clients can contact our list of preferred…...More

Demand is outweighing supply for rentals on the Central Coast

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Demand is outweighing supply for rentals on the Central CoastLoads of active prospective tenants are on the hunt for a place to call home…...More

Is your rental property water efficient? And why does this matter?

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Is your rental property water efficient? And why does this matter?There are many ‘traps’ that landlords can unintentionally fall into when leasing a tenanted property.…...More

Happy New Year to you! How do you start a New Year?

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Happy New Year to you! How do you start a New Year?Here at ‘home’ our team kick off the New Year with setting our professional, personal…...More

How clean is ‘OK clean’?

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How clean is ‘OK clean’?I recently did an exit inspection with tenants to find that on face-value the property…...More

Tenants still want to make their rental – their home

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Tenants still want to make their rental – their homeI currently rent the property I reside in and recently I organised a full pest…...More

Getting your budget right for your investment property

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Getting your budget right for your investment propertyOf course we always recommend consulting with your accountant for the best way to manage…...More

How to stand out from the crowd when applying for a rental property

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How to stand out from the crowd when applying for a rental propertyYou have been to numerous ‘for lease’ inspections and found the home of your dreams…...More

Should I rent my property to family?

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Should I rent my property to family?The scenario: You have a rental property. A member of your family needs somewhere to…...More

The Good, the Bad and the Scary!

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The Good, the Bad and the Scary!Many landlords struggle to find a real difference when choosing a rental managing agent to…...More

‘Delegate to a system’ and have peace-of-mind you are keeping customers happy OR…

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‘Delegate to a system’ and have peace-of-mind you are keeping customers happy OR…Risk losing customers that are not! Some people cringe at the thought of ‘systems’. Do…...More

We have two ears and one mouth for a reason!

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We have two ears and one mouth for a reason!Recently I attended some open homes myself for rental properties and found some very interesting…...More

End of Financial Year already…

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End of Financial Year already…I am not sure about you but for me this year has been passing by…...More

Rental Rates high on the Coast and what that means for landlords

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Rental Rates high on the Coast and what that means for landlordsIt is no secret that residential Real Estate continues to boom with demand pushing prices…...More

Why I discovered that it’s not enough just to be a Real Estate Agent

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Why I discovered that it’s not enough just to be a Real Estate AgentProperty Management has been my life for many years and back in the early days…...More

Is it a good idea to show favouritism by rewarding good tenants?

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Is it a good idea to show favouritism by rewarding good tenants?We all know too well of the harsh reality that it can be challenging to…...More

The legal way to get non paying tenants out

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The legal way to get non paying tenants outI recently put out a post to our facebook followers asking them what topics they…...More

Tenants best tips – when there is heavy rainfall at their rental home

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Tenants best tips – when there is heavy rainfall at their rental homeThis Summer's storms and heavy rainfall bring to mind a timely reminder for tenants living…...More

Can tenants do repairs on their rental property?

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Can tenants do repairs on their rental property?In short the answer to this is no. We often have tenants ask us if…...More

Renting to tenants with small Children

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Renting to tenants with small ChildrenWhat a contentious subject...it is a pleasant experience for us to rent to a young…...More

When Landlord – Tenant Negotiation gets ugly…

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When Landlord – Tenant Negotiation gets ugly…It constantly amazes me how some people will chop off their nose to spite their…...More

Maintenance reported on time by the tenant? Not always…

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Maintenance reported on time by the tenant? Not always…We do get a small minority of tenants who don't report maintenance that they find…...More

Accountant, Gavin Swan’s 5+ top tax tips for Property Investors

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Accountant, Gavin Swan’s 5+ top tax tips for Property InvestorsA couple weeks ago I interviewed one of our speakers from our recent ‘Grow your…...More

Accountants 5 top tips for investment – from a speaker at our recent Seminar…

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Accountants 5 top tips for investment – from a speaker at our recent Seminar…Following on from the success of our hosted ‘Grow Your Wealth Through Property Investment’ seminar,…...More

The immediate dangers of self-managing your investment property

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The immediate dangers of self-managing your investment propertyMany landlords don't think about the immediate dangers of self-managing their investment property and sometimes…...More

My top 5 tips for what a good landlord should be doing

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My top 5 tips for what a good landlord should be doingAs a Property Manager, I am dealing with landlords every day and assisting with any…...More

Typical Property Management Fees

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Typical Property Management FeesI was recently a guest on the local 2G0 radio Real Estate Show. I was…...More

What is your property telling you about the type of tenants it attracts?

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What is your property telling you about the type of tenants it attracts?In answer to this question… your property is telling you a lot! From many years…...More