Dangling a carrot to secure a commercial tenant
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Dangling a carrot to secure a commercial tenant

Leasing out commercial premises can be a challenge in a slower market, as can attracting the right tenant. That’s where leasing incentives come into play and can make all the difference.   Leasing incentives came about late last decade when the wind went out of the commercial market’s sails. Director of Knight Frank Sydney Shane Bisset…

The language of commercial landlords
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The language of commercial landlords

With ‘options to renew’ and ‘three by three leases’, it sometimes seems like commercial landlords have to speak a whole other language. But the lingo isn’t really that hard to translate.  Getting a commercial lease agreement right from the beginning is crucial for both lessees and lessors because rent returns have the potential to make…

10 tips to maximise your rent
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10 tips to maximise your rent

As a property investor it’s your job to maximise the return of your assets. One way to do this is to maximise your rent. Here’s a list of 10 ways to do this that I’ve learned over my 20+ years in property management which has now allowed me to oversee the team that manages properties for…

4 Secrets on how to get in the BRW rich list
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4 Secrets on how to get in the BRW rich list

Around this time of the year each year I enjoy reading the AFR Rich 200 list to see what lessons I can learn. On studying this year’s list, clearly no two stories were the same, however there are commonalities in how Australia’s 200 richest people got that way. Reading the back stories it was obvious that these entrepreneurs worked long…

A short cut to building a true property investment business
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A short cut to building a true property investment business

If you are serious about growing a very significant property portfolio and establishing a real “property investment business” I’ve got some great tips for you today. And if you’re not sure what I mean when I say “treat your property investing like a business” or how you do that or even why it’s important, then…

Outer suburbs - better or worse?
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Outer suburbs – better or worse?

There has been a lot of ‘argument’ over the last decade about whether investors get better results from investing in inner or outer suburbs. Investors who seek higher yields have often said things like: “Over the last couple of years, outer suburbs have shown better growth”. It’s true that if you cherry-pick data to support…

Conveyancer VS Solicitor - What’s the difference?
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Conveyancer VS Solicitor – What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a conveyancer and solicitor? Now that’s a common question we’re often asked, and rightly so.  It can be confusing when you’re offered what seems to be the same service by two different professionals. Basically, every time a property changes hands the process is called conveyancing, and conveyancing can be done by…

9 pearls of ancient wisdom for property investment success
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9 pearls of ancient wisdom for property investment success

Confucius says… “property investor looking to create wealth from real estate can learn much from ancient Chinese proverbs.” Okay, so I’m not quoting Confucius verbatim, however the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosophers still ring true in today’s very different, modern world and have clear application when it comes to the business of real estate…

What you need to know before buying a residential property
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What you need to know before buying a residential property

Before you buy a home, you should be aware of a range of issues that may affect that property and impose restrictions or obligations on you, if you buy it. Consumer Affairs Victoria has created a checklist to help you identify whether any of these issues will affect you. Here are some of the things…

10 good reasons to consider renting to a pet owner
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10 good reasons to consider renting to a pet owner

Did you know that over 60% of Australian households own a pet?  Now what’s also interesting is that many landlords and managing agents to have a ‘no pets’ policy on rental tenancies. Perhaps it’s because they think it’s easier to manage a property without pets, or they believe pets might cause damage, but I’ve always been…

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