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Landlord Benefits of a Fixed Term Lease over a Month-To-Month (Periodic) Arrangement

Published  9 months

The benefits of having a fixed term lease for a rental property, rather than a month-to-month (also known as periodic) arrangement, vary with your perspective. Those aspects which are positive for the landlord are generally less desirable for the tenant. In the following Infographic, we'll take ...


Market Report: Sydney Real Estate Update

Published  9 months

While demand for Sydney property is softer than the same time last year, one industry report suggests there are still many markets that are holding up well. In Sydney's east, some suburbs are selling particularly quickly including North Bondi or seeing very high price increases such as Tamarama,...


What can I do to prepare for the end of tax year?

Published  11 months

One of the advantages of owning a rental property is the many tax deductions available to investors. The cost of expenses incurred by a landlord including maintenance and repairs, property insurance, accounting fees, and more, can be claimed as legal tax deductions. While the tax rules are mostly...


Creating style while renting

Published  about 1 year

Just because you're a tenant, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style at home - in fact, there are many options for tenants who want to give their rental property some 'wow factor'. Whether renting is only a temporary situation or a longer-term solution, you can still personalis...


Raine & Horne office to transform real estate on the North Shore

Published  about 1 year

Real estate Superbrand Raine & Horne has reinforced its position as a market leader on Sydney’s prestigious North Shore with the merger of three of its principal offices. Raine & Horne Crows Nest, established in 1973 has amalgamated with nearby Raine & Horne Chatswood Willoughby that started in ...


What are the benefits of a pergola?

Published  over 1 year

One of the best ways to create a striking backyard is by adding a pergola. A pergola is a construction supported by columns on the side, with lattices or beams along the top linking the columns. The plus with a structure like this, is that plants can entwine themselves around the framework of th...


Why do I need a solicitor/conveyancer when buying or selling a home?

Published  over 1 year

Conveyancing refers to the legalities involved in buying and selling a home. Conveyancing checks off outstanding land taxes, or unearths unsolved disputes involving the property you’re seeking to buy, and illegal building work. Be mindful that once you exchange contracts on a property, any struc...


Can a stylist make a difference to my sale price?

Published  over 1 year

In any market, it is essential your home stands out from the crowd – and this is where a stylist might come in very handy. Professional home styling can add thousands of dollars to the value of a home – and much more in some cases. In fact, some specialists claim the average rate of return for h...


Should I sell my current home before buying my next property?

Published  over 1 year

If you’re planning on upgrading or downsizing your living arrangements anytime soon, there are a few issues to weigh up before settling on a strategy to buy or sell first. Let’s consider the advantages of a sell-first strategy. If it’s possible to negotiate a delayed settlement on the sale over ...


Ignore the noise – property is an excellent long-term investment

Published  over 1 year

Media reports suggesting days of doom and gloom are imminent for Australian real estate may have alarmed some owners and investors about the value of their properties. The current market cycle started in May 2012, and for the past five years, some sections of the media, stockbrokers, and other s...


Prepare now for bush fire season – and don’t forget to check your insurance

Published  over 1 year

Bushfires constantly create a dangerous risk to life, the environment and properties located in rural and urban areas. The risk of bushfire increases as the mercury jumps in the warmer months, especially with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting daytime temperatures are likely to be warmer...


How does positive gearing work?

Published  over 1 year

Are you buying a rental property, but haven’t yet settled on an investment approach? Maybe it might be worth considering a positive cash flow strategy over the more popular ‘negative gearing’ approach. A positive cash flow strategy (more commonly called positive gearing) is where the rental retu...