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NSW Government extends moratorium for covid impacted tenants

The NSW government has announced that the support measures put in place for COVID impacted tenants will be extended for another 6 months (until 15 March 2021).  The initial support measures included a 60 day moratorium on evictions for those tenants impacted by covid (which ended on … Read the full post »

Best Practice Property Management

After many years of looking after property, we have a clear insight into what Owners are truly looking for when it comes to their Property Management Agent.
At first owners may say that they are looking for the highest rent possible for the lowest fees, however on reflection … Read the full post »

Repairs and Your Agent – for Landlords

An inevitable part of owning property is that from time to time things go wrong, and repairs & maintenance should be expected.  A knowledgeable, experienced, and proactive agent can make a difference in managing repairs and ultimately the return you see on your investment.
Limit Surprises
A proactive … Read the full post »

Things to consider when buying an apartment to live in

When looking for an apartment or a unit to buy, it is important that you ensure that you select a property that is suitable for you and your lifestyle if you are planning on living there yourself. Here are a few things to consider.
Location, location, location
When looking … Read the full post »

Get a 10% return on investment

We see many investment properties that are not providing the return that they could be, simply because they are in need of improvements.  Many investors are aware of this, however, can feel overwhelmed by the costs or the work involved.
Normally we find that the investment with the … Read the full post »

Working from home?

The work-from-home experiment during Covid-19 is expected to accelerate an already growing trend in more people escaping cities to work remotely in regional lifestyle locations.
Almost 50% of Australian workers were based at home during the lockdown and the success of this has opened the eyes of company … Read the full post »

Stamp Duty relief for First Home Buyers

Last week (27 July 2020) the NSW government announced a financial boost for first home buyers for the next 12 months where stamp duty is paused on new homes below $800,000 and subsidised for properties up to $1,000,000.
These changes to stamp duty apply to first home buyers … Read the full post »

I Need a Tenant ASAP!

Lately competition is fierce for finding tenants and vacancy can be costly. Our focus is attracting and securing high quality tenants quickly. In rentals every part of the process matters, in this blog we take a look at the first part – Attracting Tenants.
The quality of real estate … Read the full post »

Fair Wear and Tear in Rental Properties

This can be a hot topic at the end of a tenancy when the final outgoing inspection is undertaken. During the final inspection, the original Ingoing condition report is pulled out and the property is compared to the condition it was in when the tenants moved in.  … Read the full post »

How to claim the new HomeBuilder Grant

Northern Beaches residents interested in substantially renovating their homes can now access a $25,000 grant from the Federal Government if they meet certain conditions.  We have put together a rundown of the new HomeBuilder grant to help you … Read the full post »

How has Covid-19 impacted the residential rental market?

During March and April we were inundated with calls from worried and struggling tenants requesting that we speak to their landlord about their request for a rent reduction. A good agent knows that they must not just be a conduit to the landlord by presenting them with … Read the full post »

June 2020 Market Wrap

Here we are at the end of the 2020 Financial Year, and when we look back on the past 12 months its been rather an eventful period.
Local Sales Market
Despite speculation in some quarters that the crisis faced by the economy this past few months would lead to a “major” correction in real … Read the full post »

Commerical Retail Leasing update

Great news for some of our commercial/retail customers this month, both business owners and landlords. We have seen the easing of some of the restrictions with the advice that further easing will come within a reasonably shortened period of time. Around the middle of May the NSW … Read the full post »

How to grow your own veggie patch

Ever wanted to grow your own nutritious heirloom veggies? Rightside presents five top tips from professional gardener, botanical guide, garden consultant and author, Simon Rickard.
1. Learn to grow from seed
It’s not easy to grow from seed, but neither is driving a car or knitting a … Read the full post »

Open homes permitted from this weekend

From this Saturday 9 May 2020, the restrictions on holding open homes will be relaxed. The NSW government treasurer Dominic Perrottet and the Minister for Health Brad Hazzard have celebrated the progress made so far and warned that there was still no place for complacency.
“Real estate agents should limit … Read the full post »

Guidance for Tenants impacted by Covid-19

If you have been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic please contact your Property Manager as soon as possible and they will do their best to help. Click here to view the short video update.
Recently the NSW government produced guidance for tenants, agents and landlords on how to … Read the full post »

Covid-19 Support for Landlords from NSW Government

The NSW Government has now announced a $440 million support package for tenants and landlords.
In NSW, landlords will now be able to apply for a land tax concession of up to 25 per cent of their 2020 calendar year land tax liability, but the relief landlords pass on … Read the full post »

Smoke Alarms for Landlords

From 23 March 2020 there are changes to the NSW tenancy legislation coming into effect and this included … Read the full post »