How Landlords benefit form maintaining their properties

The Rewards of Meeting QLD Minimum Housing Standards as a Landlord

Maintaining your property to meet the Queensland Minimum Housing Standards isn’t just about adhering to regulations – it comes with a host of benefits that can make a significant difference in your experience as a landlord. From attracting high-quality tenants to avoiding legal hassles, investing in your property’s quality pays off in more ways than…

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Get to know Phil and Tammy

Welcome to Astute Realty! Today we thought we would introduce ourselves and share a little about who we are and our backgrounds. In our previous life BK ( before kids)- I was a Sonographer/ Radiographer working in both Hospitals and the private system, specializing in obstetric Ultrasound, whilst Phil was a Pilot Instructor in the…

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5 Tips To Living With Housemates

Moving in with housemates can be exciting! Perhaps you have finished year 12 and looking to further your studies or join the workforce experience living away from home. Living with housemates will mean you have someone to chat with, share the housework and bills with.  But before moving in with housemates, be sure everyone is…

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9 Tips to Preparing for Storm Season

In light of the weather forecast here in Australia we thought today would be a great time to share 9 simple steps to Prepare your property for storm season and save money. Here in Queensland, The Sunshine State is well known for the saying “Beautiful One Day – perfect the next” however destructive storms with…

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Rental Law Reform

Because it is very unlikely that you have the 1st of October marked in your calendar with a big red circle (unless it’s your birthday perhaps), we thought we should let you know that the new legislation kicks in tomorrow for residential tenancies in Queensland. For most of our clients, the impact of these changes…

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Ending a Tenancy

Ending a Tenancy The changes to how we can end a tenancy are probably the most critical of all the new regulations. But, and this is a big but, these grounds only apply if there is no fixed term lease in place. Prescribed Grounds What this means is that if the tenant is on what…

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Pet Laws

Yesterday, we touched on the new legislation changes with regard to emergency repairs in residential tenancies. Today, we are going to share a little about the new pet laws that are being introduced. Whether you are personally a pet lover or are not really a fan, the upcoming changes to legislation surrounding the approval and/or…

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Emergency Repairs

It’s a little less than 2 weeks until the largest amendments we’ve seen to Queensland Residential Tenancies Law for a long time, kick in. Some media outlets have been enjoying stirring up a bit of drama and there is some misinformation circulating in the news as to how these changes will affect investors. Over the…

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The best multipurpose items for your home

With the rising popularity of minimalism in recent years, owning multipurpose items for your home can help you have a minimalistic approach to your lifestyle. Whether you’re a fashionista, couch potato or a keen cook, there are multipurpose items that can be useful in every part of your home. Here’s our list of the best…

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How to dress up a drab bathroom!

One of the hardest parts of renting is trying to dress up rooms that haven’t had much love in previous tenancies. With some luxurious additions, however, you can dress up even the hardest rooms such as the bathroom. If you’ve got a drab bathroom that looks a little more yesteryear than modern, spa-like retreat, try…

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Home Improvements to assist in a competitive market!

Simple home improvements not only maintain your property however assist in ensuring your property remains a popular prospect for future tenants giving it the edge when quality potential tenants are comparing properties in a competitive market. This is particularly important during these unpredictable times where it may take some time before we know the full effects…

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Is your Tenancy Covid-19 Impacted and what does this mean for the Landlord and tenant?

At Astute  we have  specific procedures in place to assist tenants  to provide all relevant information and documentation  relative to their financial situation should they indicate they have been financially affected by the Covid-19 emergency.  We are also ensuring Tenants have access to information relative to Government Assistance and options of income support.  From here…

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Cleaning to Prevent the Flu

With the coronavirus now widespread around the world, it’s a timely reminder to make sure you’re not just cleaning your home, but disinfecting things, so germs don’t spread. According to the US Center for Disease Control, the flu virus can live for up to 48 hours on hard surfaces — gross! To make sure your…

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worth buying a budget property

Is it worth buying a budget property?

With the rapid growth that occurred in Australia’s property market throughout 2016 and 2017, many investors may have been priced out of the best investment markets in Australia. But what if you could find a bargain property somewhere just outside these markets to grow your portfolio? Not only would a budget property potentially increase your…

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Effective Goal Setting

How effective is your goal setting?

How effective is your goal setting. Maybe you want to buy another investment property, sell one of your properties, or finally build up to running in the half-marathon that’s passed you by every year for a decade. Whatever your focus is for the new year, you need to properly set goals to give yourself the…

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Five Tips for Property Investor Success

Five Tips for Property Investor Success !

There are five key things you can do to accelerate your climb up the property ladder. Investing in property can involve significant financial commitment and also requires regular dedicated time and effort. Before making your investment, it is worthwhile considering the following top tips that may help ensure investor success . Time in the market not…

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manage maintenance

How does Astute Realty, save you time, money and stress with maintenance management?

The team at Astute Realty understands reducing the risk for you as an investor is a high priority particularly with Legislative requirements.  Maintenance management is carried out in accordance with your instructions as the property investor, with guidance from our Management Team in terms of Legislation and ensuring your properties potential capital growth is not…

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ins and outs of investing in Real Estate

The ins and outs of investing in Real Estate

  The Real Estate Investor A real estate investor makes money through real estate. An active investor may attempt to analyse real estate market values and trends themselves or use a Property Investment Specialist who can also assist with cash flows and borrowing capacities to strategically plan a property portfolio to build wealth. Investors use…

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Your Guide to Negative Gearing

Your Guide to Negative Gearing

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…

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Its nearly Easter

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.…

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea all week

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: http://qld.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/AstuteRealty…

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Pool Safety Laws

Pool Safety Laws- Do you pass the test?

  With Summer heating up, a favourite past time of Queenslanders is swimming in the family pool, however a primary focus for all pool owners should also be to ensure their pool complies with the Pool Safety Laws. The Laws require all new and existing pools to comply with the standards by 30 November 2015,…

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Astute Realty is dedicated to education and the community

Astute Realty is dedicated to education and the community?

Tammy presented to Year 12 at A. B. Paterson College Property Management and Tenancy is becoming more and more Legislative and Litigative, which unfortunately means that all too often when we take over properties managed by previous agencies, we come across tenants and owners alike who have managed to get themselves into trouble. Astute Realty is…

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Carols at the Links Hope Island with Astute

Carols at the Links Hope Island with Astute

Last night Astute sponsored  Carols at the Links Hope Island Golf Club, which was  fantastic family event enjoyed by all and a great example of the Astute Realty’s philosophy: Real Estate is more than Bricks and Mortar, it’s about people, homes, neighbours, and communities. It’s about raising families, creating wealth living comfortably and belonging. Once again…

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Meet our dynamic team

  The Astute team strive to consistently deliver accountable results for its clients with total integrity and transparency, providing customers and clients with the most up to date and innovative property solutions. Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce our team so stay tuned or come into our Hope Island Office and say…

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Is Your Property Managing You!

Do you stay awake at night worrying about your rental property? Do you phone your Property Manager and never receive a call back? Do you find out too late that once again, there is no money in your account? Do you need care and attention for your most valuable investment? If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of…

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Entry Condition Reports Can Save You Money

Entry Condition Reports Can Save You Money

I have been amazed at the low expectation of  Landlords in regards to the process undertaken by their previous Property Managers when new tenants are approved to live in their house. At Astute Realty , based at Hope Island, we make sure the 9 page Entry Condition Report is completed in detail along with approximately…

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Confidence is returning

Confidence is Returning

Confidence is returning to the Australian housing market, with a survey finding 38% of people expect house prices to rise in the next six months and 51% expect them to rise over the next year. Last October, when the previous housing market sentiment survey was conducted by RP Data and Nine Rewards, only 33%or respondents…

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