News & Events

HOW SAFE IS YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY?

As Property Management Specialists- Astute – can assist to ensure your investment property complies with various safety standards required by legislation in order to hand over a property in safe order to a tenant. Tenancy and other legislation demands that your property be safe for a tenant to live in. This relates to every aspect of the property including the operation of door and window locks, smoke alarm installation, pool…

Read more Leave a comment

HOW CAN YOU BE A COMPETITIVE (EDUCATED) FIRST TIME TENANT IN A STRONG MARKET?

As university results are released, and a new year begins many first time tenants will be taking to the streets in search of their First Rental. In a strong market like this, they will not only be challenged when applying for property due to a lack or rental history, credit history, and experience, however may fall into a trap of making silly mistakes as a tenant which could blemish their…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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.…

Read more Leave a comment

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.…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment

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…

Read more Leave a comment