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Jhai is the Internet Marketing Business Development Manager for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. He has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. Visit his blog at www.realestatesevenhillsnews.com.au


The 10 Most Common Critical Mistakes When Leasing Your Property
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The 10 Most Common Critical Mistakes When Leasing Your Property

If you’ve been con­sid­er­ing rent­ing out a house you own, or buy­ing a house to rent out, you have things to think about. While own­ing a rental can be a good way to make some extra money, there are con­cerns that should be taken very ser­i­ously.  You need to take a good look at the…

What laws do real estate agents have to abide by?
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What laws do real estate agents have to abide by?

I hear many stories where some buyers have been gazumped and others who struggle to obtain the right information from the agent to submit an offer. We even have sellers who don’t trust their own real estate agent.  All of these things and many other grey areas do not lead to the best result for…

Do Real Estate Agents Lie?
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Do Real Estate Agents Lie?

Are real estate agents hon­est, do they bend the truth or are they just try­ing to do the job without being sued? Some­times I won­der why real estate agents have con­sist­ently had a bad repu­ta­tion over many years. In my exper­i­ence of work­ing for dif­fer­ent real estate agen­cies I have come across the good the…

Are All Real Estate Agents Rich And Overpaid?
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Are All Real Estate Agents Rich And Overpaid?

There is a debate in the world about the usefulness, and alleged obscene amounts of money earned by some professions. We are aware of the fact that real estate agents are not the most trus­ted pro­fes­sions in Australia. The Australian Reader’s Digest produces an annual list of most trusted professions. Here is where Real Estate Agents ranked in…

How To Get Onto A Real Estate Agent’s Hot List
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How To Get Onto A Real Estate Agent’s Hot List

It is a common perception that real estate agents are not trustworthy and will do anything to get a deal across the line.  First of all this is not true but because of this per­cep­tion we are the most heav­ily legislated and most watched industry in Aus­tralia, with over five gov­ern­ment depart­ments keep­ing us in check. Most real estate agent’s although they won’t…

Selling Investment Property to Tenants: Dos and Don'ts
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Selling Investment Property to Tenants: Dos and Don’ts

I have had some landlords ask me: “Should I sell my property to my current tenants? They have taken great care of the property and treasure it”. Though this may seem the rational thing to do, but will the tenants pay a premium price for your property? We will go into some pros, cons and the…

Tenants Performing DIY Maintenance On Your Property, Good Idea?
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Tenants Performing DIY Maintenance On Your Property, Good Idea?

Should you allow your tenants to undertake maintenance in your investment property? Now with all the D.I.Y. shows on TV everybody thinks they can do a pro­fes­sional job and a lot of people underestimate the skill and pro­fes­sion that trades­men put into their work, not to men­tion the expens­ive tools. Many landlords think it saves money to have tenants per­form…

3 key emotions around selling property and how it can cost you
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3 key emotions around selling property and how it can cost you

It is important to real­ise that listing your prop­erty for sale will prob­ably be one of the largest mon­et­ary trans­ac­tions you will ever be part of. When selling your property you should take it seriously and choosing an agent should be done carefully, so do your research.    One of the biggest things to keep in mind is to…

The worst property selling mistake you can ever make
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The worst property selling mistake you can ever make

Com­mon sense may make you think that if a prop­erty does not sell, there must be some­thing terribly wrong with it, right? Well that is a true state­ment to a point. In a strong mar­ket that homes are selling, there must be some­thing ter­ribly wrong with a home that doesn’t sell. But opposed to pop­u­lar belief, it’s…

Property: Accidental Damage vs Wear and Tear
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Property: Accidental Damage vs Wear and Tear

Some have unrealistic expect­a­tions that their property will remain in exactly the same con­di­tion at the end of the lease as when ten­ants first move in. The real­ity is though, that wear and tear on a rental property will occur over time. Land­lords should expect a level of wear and tear on their rental prop­erty while it is being…