HOW TO SCORE YOUR DREAM RENTAL

With the rental market so competitive at the moment, the odds of you securing your dream rental may seem a little out of reach. But don’t let this discourage you! To help you stand out from the crowd and maximise your chance at landing your dream home, here are a few tips from iThink Property Manager, Bek Sheahan.     GET THE BASICS RIGHT The number one rule when applying for a rental property is to ensure you have fully completed all the application form and have all supporting documents. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many applicants hand in incomplete applications. It’s a competitive market, and property managers don’t have the time to chase up forgotten details. Start off on the right foot and ensure you… Read More »

4 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR BACKYARD ON A BUDGET

Backyards are a huge part of our Australian lifestyle, and with many houses downsizing, there is now more emphasis on outdoor spaces than ever before!  The backyard is now an extra living space for many homes and is a real influencing factor when buying. To make sure you make the most of your space, iThink Sales and Marketing Consultant Kelly Martin has some tips on how to refresh your backyard while staying within your budget.   SOURCE: HARRISONS LANDSCAPING  OUTDOOR SUCCULENTS Succulents and cacti have been a trend both inside and outside the home for some years now and are staying in 2018! No matter what style you are going for, succulents can come in all shapes and sizes and can add an architectural touch to your garden. They also… Read More »

RENT ON THE RISE – IS NOW THE TIME TO BUY AN INVESTMENT?

According to the latest CoreLogic Rental Report*, rental rates are at a national high and growth has lifted, so is now the time to buy an investment? There is a lot of talk back and forth about when is the perfect time to buy an investment is but, to be honest there isn’t one! Yes, there are few things to consider, but ultimately it’s about when you’re ready and what you can afford.  To help you get started, here are some tips on buying an investment property from our Property Manager Ronda Millard. UNDERSTAND THE MARKET Knowledge is key in investing. Do your research and look into the suburb’s growth, current rental return, rental demand and nearby infrastructure. Understand how the property market works and you’ll find yourself better prepared…. Read More »

5 INTERIOR TRENDS FOR 2018, ACCORDING TO PINTEREST

Want to spruce up your interiors this year? To save you spending an excessive amount of time scrolling through Pinterest to find the latest trends, the social media platform has done all the hard work for us! At the end of last year Pinterest released their the ‘Pinterest 100’ – top trends to watch in 2018. So whether you’re seeking inspiration for a major renovation or searching for some new stylish accents, here are 5 trends you need to know!   RESORT-INSPIRED STYLE It’s time to turn your home into your own personal sanctuary and enjoy the vacay vibes around your house! Pinterest has found a spike in spa-inspired bathrooms and rattan furniture so expect these to become massive trends in 2018.   SOURCE: HOMES TO LOVE, MIXED METALLICS An… Read More »

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE IN 2018

Whether or not the year ahead fills you with excitement, fear or anxiety, one thing is for certain the property market will be one of the most closely monitored sectors across the country. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had a crystal ball at the end of each year to predict exactly what was in store for the year ahead?  Without the benefit of psychic ability Kylie Walker, Director at iThink Property has researched what the industry experts are saying and has put together a list of the top Real Estate trends and predictions for 2018. MODERATE PRICE GROWTH, EXCEPT FOR BRISBANE With a slowdown in the Sydney market it is predicted this will help moderate the Australian housing market throughout 2018. Property prices are predicted to be slower in… Read More »

TIPS TO KICK YOUR PROPERTY GOALS IN 2018

How many times have you set goals for the New Year and failed to achieve them? A lot of people do, but this year is going to be different. Our customer service extraordinaire, Kate Weier has some tips to help you achieve your property goals and ensure you don’t lose sight of them. BREAKDOWN YOUR GOALS When you have an overall goal in mind, it’s essential to break it down into smaller goals. Categorise them into short, medium and long-term goals. For example, if you’d like to buy an investment property by the end of the year you would need to have short-term goals such as getting a financial health check, start researching property hotspots etc.   CREATE DEADLINES FOR YOUR GOALS Once you’ve created your goals, it’s important you… Read More »

4 CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING IDEAS TO IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS

Can you believe it’s only two weeks until Christmas!? In the mad rush to get everything prepared for the festive celebrations, one thing not to forget is a stylish and festive table setting. Usually overlooked, a well thought out table setting will not only boost your guests Christmas spirit but will be sure to impress. With so many options to choose from, our Marketing and Communications Coordinator Kristy, has put together some ideas and inspiration to help you choose the perfect one for you!   COLOURFUL Christmas is a joyful time and what screams fun more than colour! But don’t over do it. Keep it simple with a white table cloth and build it up from there. Try three to four colours to avoid too many colour clashes. We love… Read More »

POOLS IN RENTAL PROPERTIES- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For those lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you’ll already know it’s not all rainbows and daises. With drowning as one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 in Queensland*, owning a pool is a huge responsibility. When it comes to a pool in a rental property, the lines can be blurred as to who is responsible for what. To help you out, iThink property manager Peta, has outlined everything you need to know to keep yourself out of trouble this summer.   ENSURE YOUR POOL IS COMPLIANT Owners of pools & spas in Queensland must ensure their pool complies with the pool safety standard.  There are strict laws about fence heights, gates and other necessary inclusions. To help you out here are a few rules… Read More »

4 INTERIOR DESIGN TRICKS TO BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

Summer is almost here, which means so is the sweltering heat. Nothing drains your energy and dampens your mood more than 40+ degree days or heat waves, so it’s time to think smart about your interiors. By taking the time to think about what interiors are turning your home into an oven, you can make your summer a more enjoyable and comfortable one. To help you out, here are a few interior design tricks to cool down your house and help it breathe easier from iThink Sales Agent, Caitlin Noble.   SOURCE: THREEE BIRDS RENOVATIONS CLOSE IT UP We’ve talked about this tip before in our blog ‘Get your home prepared for the warmer weather’, but it’s an essential! The best way to keep the sun and heat out is… Read More »

5 MUST KNOWS WHEN BECOMING A LANDLORD

With property becoming a top investment pick for Australians there is no wonder we have more landlords than ever before! If you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon it’s important to do your research, especially if you are a first timer. Lucky for you, iThink property manager Tara Graham has put together some must knows for you when becoming an investor.     HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER The ‘do-it-yourself’ method of managing your property is becoming increasingly popular but to save you the headaches it’s best to leave this up to the professionals. Do you really want to be woken up at 3am with an emergency maintenance request? Property managers are the tenants first point of call and have systems in place to handle maintenance requests, rent arrears etc…. Read More »

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