TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED IN PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Are you looking at becoming a property investor? You’re not alone, there are just over 2 million Property Investors in Australia*! While property is regarded as one of the safest long term investments there are many risks involved and it’s not a decision to jump into.  iThink’s Sales & Marketing Consultant, Dane Phillips has some tips for getting started in Property Investment.   DO YOUR RESEARCH Attention to detail is key in investment planning. If you try to take shortcuts or skip researching, you could make some costly mistakes. It’s important to choose an area which has strong growth and rental demand so in-depth research of the suburb is essential. Ideally, you want to invest in a suburb where the level of rental listings and vacancies are low, and demand… Read More »

REFRESH YOUR RENTAL BETWEEN TENANCIES

It’s a struggle to find time to renovate or repair your rental while a tenant is in place. So when your tenants are vacating and there is a week or two between tenancies you need to jump on this opportunity!  You want to achieve premium price and attract quality tenants so giving your investment a little TLC will go a long way.  iThink Property Manager, Tori Austen has a few tips to help ensure your property is in tip top shape.     PRESENTATION Before jumping head first, take the time to think about how you want your rental property to look & what type of tenants you want to attract. There is no question about it, prospective tenants are more attracted to well-presented properties. A well-presented property doesn’t just… Read More »

BENEFITS OF A SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE FOR AGENTS

If you’re a Real Estate agent and not on any social media platforms, it’s time for a wake up call! Did you know that as of May this year 70% of Australians are on Facebook? That is a huge number! There are many benefits for having a social media presence as a Real Estate agent and we’ve come to our social media guru, iThink’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator Kristy, to pick her brain about why you need a social media strategy.     BUILD YOUR REPUTATION & BRAND LOYALTY We live in an era where we choose a café because we’ve seen it posted on Instagram & get a serious case of #foodenvy. As customers, we’ve always liked to make purchase decisions through recommendations or word of mouth and social… Read More »

ARE BUDGET AGENTS BETTER VALUE?

They’re entering the real estate market like a colony of termites in a post war colonial, budget agents. Promising capped commissions, no marketing fees or pledging no sale, no fees. On the face of it, this sounds really promising, especially if you have fallen on hard times and are forced to sell your property. While the initial outlay may be less than other agencies, isn’t the sale price at the end the figure we should all be focusing on? iThink Sales Specialist Adam Boettcher has some important tips you need to know before jumping on the budget agent bandwagon.   WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE VENDOR?  Initially, a real estate agent’s primary focus is winning the contract to sell your property. In comparison, selling your home can be relatively easy,… Read More »

5 RENOVATING TIPS YOU MUST KNOW

Sometimes the hardest part in renovating is getting started. It can be a daunting experience but with solid planning your renovation can become a financial and personal success. iThink Sales & Marketing Associate Lana Holznagel, is currently in the process of renovating her home and has a few reno ‘must knows’ for you!   BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET Creating and setting a budget is a vital step when planning your renovation. Make a list of all your needs and wants & include everything from bathroom taps to paying your tradies. It can be easy to overspend when renovating so make sure you keep track of all your expenses. To help save on costs, shop around as much as you can and compare costs to make sure you get the best and… Read More »

ACHIEVING PREMIUM PRICE FOR YOUR PROPERTY

Selling your home is one of the most significant financial decisions you will ever make in your lifetime. Everyone wants to achieve the best financial result possible or as we like to call it achieve premium price. In order to achieve premium price for your property here are a few tips from iThink Sales Agent Kelli McKellar.     INVEST IN MARKETING The best way to reach all your potential buyers is to invest in marketing. While it may seem pricey it is vital you utilize both print and digital media. By choosing different methods of advertising you substantially increase the potential number of buyers who see your property. If you exclude one advertising method, you immediately lose buyers and reduce the effectiveness of your campaign. Some interesting statistics on… Read More »

REPAIRING RESPONSIBILITIES – TENANTS & LANDLORDS

It’s time to stop the confusion and find out who is responsible for what repairs in a tenancy. It’s a question that comes up regularly and is a major cause of many arguments. To avoid delays in repairs, our Head of Property Management, Jaime Shepherdson is here to inform you of your responsibilities in advance.     The basic rules regarding rental property repairs are simple: If repairs are needed because of wear and tear over time, paying for them is the landlord’s responsibility. If a repair is necessary because of damage caused by a tenant, housemate or guest it is the tenant’s responsibility to pay for the repair.   For example, if a tenant throws a ball through a window and breaks it they will be responsible for the repairs,… Read More »

PERKS OF A TREE CHANGE

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have found that an increasing number of Australians are moving to ‘tree change’ regions. So why are Australians ditching the city life? Our rural sales specialist Ricky Quinn has the answers.     SPACE Making the move to the country is a big decision. You may need to change jobs, move away from family and friends but the sacrifices will be worth it if you’re looking for more space. The perks of more space are endless! You can get a bigger house for your growing family, bigger yard to plant your own veggie garden or home some chickens, maybe you’ve always wanted to own a horse! You have the freedom to do your thing and you are free to indulge in whatever passions and… Read More »

5 STEPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Sometimes the most daunting part about selling your home isn’t the choice of an agent or the decision of price, it’s knowing your home must be presentation ready every week. Your property usually is just one out of a long list buyers will look at so you must be sure to impress. To make the presentation process a little easier iThink Property Sales Agent Caitlin Noble has a few simple steps to share.   STEP 1 – CLEAR THE CLUTTER De-cluttering is something everyone puts off but this is a vital step in preparing your home for sale! Buyers want to imagine their own belongings in the property so it’s important to keep things tidy. Take baby steps and dedicate just 10 minutes at night to target one area, maybe… Read More »

3 HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES YOU MUST TRY THIS WINTER

Winter calls for hot chocolate and we’ve got three recipes which will keep you warm all winter long! After one sip of these warm treats you will never go back to your regular powdered versions again! NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. Nutella 1 cup of Milk (any kind) Optional toppings- whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings   Directions: Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally. Add in the Nutella & whisk until dissolved Serve immediately either plain or with desired toppings   Source: Give Me Some Oven   PEANUT BUTTER HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients: 1 cup of Milk ¼ cup of Cream ¼ cup Milk Chocolate Chips 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter ¼ cup mini Marshmallows   Directions: Bring milk & cream to… Read More »

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