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Why all the fuss? Surviving the ever-changing investment lending space

Why all the fuss? Surviving the ever-changing investment lending space

Why all the fuss? Surviving the ever-changing investment lending space

Talking about change – the investment lending space continues to evolve and adapt to the new norm of Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) intervention. Oh, and by the way, APRA won’t be going away anytime soon. There have been the obvious shifts like increased interest rates, larger mandatory deposits and interest only caps. This is the stuff that makes the news but what about the nitty gritty likes lenders dumping equity release products? Higher credit assessment rates, shifts away from rent reliant portfolios, reduced Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) limits, new assessment ratios or even the increased scrutiny of living expenses. Read More

Purplebricks vs Buy My Place. Which option is best for selling your home?

Purplebricks vs Buy My Place. Which option is best for selling your home?

If you’re in the market to sell a property, you may have noticed a few DIY-selling sites pop up over the last few years. These sites are an alternative to the traditional method of using an agent – and paying large commissions. Instead, you do it yourself and still get to advertise on the same listing platforms.

That includes Cubbi, but there are other companies like Purplebricks or Buy My Place that have entered this market with the same proposition: ditch your agent.

With a few DIY-style offerings to choose from, what’s the difference between all of these sites? And which is going to be best for your situation? Read More

Interest rates are on the rise…but should landlords raise the rent?

Interest rates are on the rise...but should landlords raise the rent?

Seen the news lately? Interest rates might be going up.

Financial markets went crazy after the Reserve Bank said its members had a chat about whether rates are too low. Other nations – like the USA, the EU and Canada – have been raising their rates, and federal banks all over the world tend to both raise and lower their rates in tandem. Read More

How to get more rent for your property in Richmond, Victoria

How to get more rent for your property in Richmond, Victoria

As a rental property owner, it pays to know what tenants in your area want. Even small additions to your property can get you a much better rental return – and keep good tenants around for a lot longer.

If you own a rental property in Richmond what can you do to get the most from it? 

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How tenants can request maintenance and get results

How tenants can request maintenance and get results

Renters are living in fear…at least when it comes to maintenance.

Back in February, a survey conducted by the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations, National Shelter and Choice, found that half of 1,000 renters said they’re worried that a repair request or complaint could get them blacklisted on the National Tenancy Database.

Here’s the shocking part – 14% of tenants decided not to request maintenance at all because they didn’t want to risk being charged more.

Isn’t that sad?

What’s even sadder is that they’re believing a lie. Read More

What’s been happening at Cubbi?

What's been happening at Cubbi?

This week, I’ve taken over the blog to bring you the latest updates from Cubbi HQ in Cremorne (Richmond’s lesser known sister suburb in Melbourne). We’ve had lots happening and there’s plenty more on the way. Read More

What does a property manager actually do?

What does a property manager actually do?

It’s one thing to get your rental property advertised on a site like realestate.com.au or Domain – it’s another thing entirely to manage the day-to-day operations of one.

That’s exactly what a property manager does. But many landlords are still confused about what goes on during the daily operation and maintenance of a rental property.

So we’re here to shine some light on the subject. Read More

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