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ZERO TOLERANCE GOES A LONG WAY!

At Astute we receipt rental income daily and so immediately advise tenants who have fallen behind of their arrears and their responsibility in paying rent on time. It is much easier for the tenant to catch up if they are just a few days behind, than having to address it seriously with them with Breach Notices. It is also imperative that as Property Management Specialists, we protect our Landlord’s and…

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How Does Astute Help You Choose The Right Tenant????

Selecting the right tenant for your investment property can be tough, especially when you want to get someone in there and paying rent straight away – but make sure you look out for these warning signs. Many people make the mistake of not paying attention to the quality of the tenant – as long as they have rented the property and are achieving a high rent, they’re happy. However, this…

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HOW MUCH WILL MY INVESTMENT PROPERTY LEASE FOR?????

This is a common question asked by our Astute Realty Landlords . It is important to remember that as your property manager, unfortunately we are not the gatekeeper of rental values. Rental levels, like sales values, are determined by the market. In other words, what a tenant is prepared to pay for a given property in a given moment in time. To determine the rental value of your investment property at the…

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Is Lawn Mowing Maintenance a Landlord or Tenant Responsibility ?

Is it the tenant’s or the owner’s responsibility to mow the lawns of your property? Hands down – it is the tenant’s responsibility if the property is not acreage, however lawn and garden maintenance terms should be written into the Tenancy Agreement and discussed prior to the start of tenancy. So, if your tenant is not mowing the lawn, what can you do? There are several options for addressing this issue: 1st stop – Have the…

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Getting the most from your Tax Return with Astute Realty

As a Landlord Astute Realty Clients may be entitled to a range of tax deductions which can help increase your tax return and provide you a greater return on your investment. As rent received forms part of your income, you are entitled to claim legitimate expenses in the pursuit of earning that income. This can include such things as Building and Landlord Insurance, Advertising, Body Corporate Fees and Garden maintenance.…

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Your Guide to Negative Gearing- By Phil Game- Astute Investments

  As the most popular investment strategy used by Australians, it is important to understand how negative gearing can create wealth. Gearing is a term that means borrowing money to purchase an investment property. Negative gearing is when that money is used to purchase a property that generates less money than the cost of owning and managing the property. This effectively means that your investment is running at a loss.…

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It’s nearly Easter!

At Easter most Australians will take advantage of an extended weekend and go away to enjoy the first holiday after the Christmas break. Easter to many means Chocolate Easter Eggs and a Easter Egg Hunt and perhaps an Easter Bonnet parade at school or kindergarten. However other countries celebrate Easter in a variety of ways. Here is a little snapshot of Easter Traditions around the world…. Hungary On Easter Monday…

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LAWN AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE IN A RENTAL PROPERTY

Setting up your Investment Property for renting is a pivotal part of minimising stress, with Lawns and garden maintenance, as well as occasional tree trimming needing to be considered. It is important to state the differences with lawns and gardens, as opposed to tree trimming. Generally speaking, if it is within reach for the Tenants to trim without the assistance of a ladder, then it is something your Tenant can…

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HOW CAN ANNUAL AIRCONDITIONING SERVICING SAVE YOU MONEY???

As property owners it can be very tempting to just have things repaired/replaced as problems surface – and often without any real effort into prevention. Although this approach can reduce your short term financial cost, in the long run it can be quite costly in future repairs/replacements of items that may not have been necessary if a preventative service had been conducted. Air Conditioners are a classic example of this.…

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Astute is hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea all week!

Come into the Astute Office, this week and make a donation, grab a Zarraffas Coffee voucher, a treat, or even a raffle ticket to go into the draw for a bottle of Moet, and help us surpass our goal of raising $500. If you can’t make it in feel free to donate via the link below: http://qld.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/AstuteRealty Thanks for your support! Tammy and the Astute Team

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