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How many coffees can buy you a house?

How many coffees can buy you a house?

How many coffees can buy you a house?

When it comes to affording property, it’s clearly true that the Australian property market is enjoying some higher than usual prices. Unfortunately, that’s led to some bickering about how people – particularly younger people – can get into the market.

One of the key suggestions is to save on coffee. But is that really going to get people into the market?

We enjoyed this post on Beanhunter about whether saving some cash on takeaway coffee would get you into the market, so here it is today as a guest post. Enjoy! Read More

How does the 2017 Federal Budget affect landlords and property owners?

How does the 2017 Federal Budget affect landlords and property owners?

It’s been a few weeks now since the Federal Budget was handed down, and like all things Government-related sometimes it takes a while for the dust to settle and for everyone to realise what’s actually going on.

With all the question of affordability in the air, property was a huge focus this year. For landlords, that means there will be quite a few changes that you’ll need to know about. Read More

realestate.com.au versus Domain: which site is best to advertise my property?

realestate.com.au versus Domain: which site is best to advertise my property?

When it comes to advertising your property online, Australians will find their options generally come down to two major players: realestate.com.au and Domain.

But which is number one? Read More

Do tenants really need renter’s insurance?

Do tenants really need renter's insurance?

As a tenant, who’s responsible for replacing all of your stuff if it gets stolen or damaged?

What happens if someone gets injured in your rental property and they want to sue you?

These are questions worth asking – and it’s why you should consider taking out renter’s insurance if you’re a tenant.

Renter’s insurance usually covers two things – contents, and legal liability. That means it will replace goods that are stolen or damaged, and will protect you from the huge legal costs if an accident occurs at the property you rent – like if someone falls down the stairs and injures themselves.

Only one quarter of Australians have some form of contents insurance, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. And though you may think legal liability isn’t an issue right now, legal costs can skyrocket extremely quickly! Read More

Changing locks in rental properties…what do you need to know?

Changing locks in rental properties...what do you need to know?

Nearly everyone knows the feeling of being given a set of keys to a property. It’s a great feeling – one of security and comfort.

But that feeling of security might be a bit of an illusion. Right now, landlords aren’t required to change locks between tenants. That means there could easily be copies of keys floating around, giving people easy, unauthorised access to your property. Without a trace.

There isn’t a law that requires locks to be changed. But should there be?

I’ll tell you what I think needs to happen a little further down – but for now, it’s good to know what a landlord’s (and tenant’s) responsibilities are today.

This topic can be confusing, and it differs from state-to-state, so we’ve pulled together all the different rules regarding locks and keys. Read More

Gas heaters and fireplace repair and maintenance: the tenant’s responsibility, or the landlord’s?

Gas heaters and fireplace repair and maintenance: the tenant’s responsibility, or the landlord’s?

If you’re renting a property with a gas heater or a fireplace, who’s in charge of actually maintaining and cleaning those pieces of equipment?

It’s a topic definitely worth addressing. Back in 2013, a Victorian coroner warned that landlords should check their gas heaters every two years after two children died in a tragic gas leak incident.

As it turns out, the laws in this area aren’t so simple.

Like many tenancy laws the rules differ from state to state, and it can be confusing to figure out what exactly your responsibilities as a landlord – or tenant – are.

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10 questions you NEED to ask your landlord at your next open for inspection…and two you shouldn’t!

10 questions you NEED to ask your landlord at your next open for inspection…and two you shouldn’t!

We get it – sometimes you don’t want to rock the boat.

As a tenant, you want to be on your landlord’s good side. But sometimes tenants get so scared they think even asking a question or two about their lease or property will seem presumptuous!

As a real estate agent, I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth. In fact, landlords and agents want you to ask questions at the open for inspection. The more you know about the property and the more engaged you are, the more you will stick in the landlord’s mind.

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What’s been happening with Cubbi

What’s been happening with Cubbi

Things have been happening at Cubbi HQ!

We’ve received a bunch of publicity and some recognition for the work we’re doing in making life easier for both tenants and landlords.

First up: Last month we accepted an award – being named in the top 200 Westpac “business of tomorrow” awards, as a business that is helping shape the Australian economy for the future.

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How much can I rent my house for?

How much can I rent my house for?

So you’ve got a property, and you’re ready to start looking for tenants.

There’s just one key question you have to answer first: how much can I rent my house for?

It’s not an easy question to answer! After all, setting your rental price is crucial to making sure you actually attract tenants who can look after the property and make sure your investment earns you some money – or at least meets your expenses.

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11 ways to increase the rental yield of your investment property

11 ways to increase the rental yield of your investment property

Looking for ways to increase the rental yield of your investment property?

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Sure, renovating is the go-to option. But there are plenty more, including making some changes in the way your property is actually marketed and advertised.

One of the things you should keep in mind when sprucing up your property is that many tenants want their rental to feel like a home. The more you can do to give your place that type of quality, the more likely you’ll be able to find tenants at a higher rent.

Here are 11 methods you can use to give your property some juice.

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