ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OFFICE PRACTICES

Every day we are constantly reminded about the effects our common practices are having on the beautiful world we live in. Many of us have adopted the common changes to our daily schedule, like carrying a keep cup in tow, recycling cardboard and glass, and even packing your green bags when going to the supermarket, but only a minority of us implement other environmentally friendly practices into our every day and work lives. In 2016-2017 alone, the commercial and industrial sector of waste (in which offices, restaurants, retail and manufacturing fall into) produced 2.8 million tonnes of waste. Of this sum, 376,164 tonnes were contributed in forms of paper and packaging. According to the statistics, the commercial and industrial sector is the largest contributor to the waste epidemic, adding more… Read More »

TOP 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD USE A LOCAL PROPERTY MANAGER

Choosing a company to manage your investment is the second most important step following the initial decision to buy an investment property. Not only is it essential you do your research and ensure a few things like the company is experienced, operates with the service you are looking for and aligns with your values, but it is also important that your chosen property manager understands the local area your investment is located in. Engaging a property manager that lives and breathes the local market is essential. It can minimise vacancy periods, increase your rental return and will boost your confidence knowing that someone is close by should a crisis arise.     1. LOCAL PROPERTY MANAGERS KNOW THE AREA This one is simple really. A locally based property manager knows… Read More »

HOW TO: OPTIMISE YOUR DESK

Whether you work from home or in an office, it’s essential you have a workspace that makes you feel inspired and productive. While selecting the office furniture such as your chair and desk are important there are a few aspects that are overlooked which can have a significant impact on your mood. To ensure you create a positive workspace which will boost productivity take a look at our tips from iThink Customer Service, Chloe Liston. KILL THE CLUTTER It’s impossible to work productively in an environment that’s messy. Start by having a good spring clean of your office- get rid of any stationery that doesn’t work and documents you no longer need. Then commit to an organisational system- whether you prefer to store documents in traditional folders or keep digital… Read More »

LET’S TALK ABOUT RENTAL RETURN

A lot of agencies promote rental return when vying for your business, but what do they actually do to assist you in achieving maximum rental return? Our job as your property manager is to not only to lease your property but to rent it for the highest possible price, just like when selling a property. It should be a stress-free and profitable experience when done well. An extra $10/week equates to $520/year, and an extra $20/week equates to $1,040/year. If you can increase your rent by $20/week every year for ten years, in ten year’s time you will be receiving an extra $10,400. That could be used to fund your lifestyle or pay for an expensive holiday every year.   Ensuring maximum rental return is determined by a few contributing… Read More »

DOES YOUR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TEAM HAVE A DEBT COLLECTION PROCEDURE?

Seldom is it talked about, but a debt collection procedure should be the top of your list when interviewing for a property manager. A poor debt collection procedure can cost you, as the landlord, a lot of money if there is no clear procedure to follow. From an agency perspective, I can assure you debt collection often gets put to the bottom of the priority list and put in the too hard basket. Most Property Managers dread the conflict conversation that arises from a simple: “you owe money to our Landlord and how are you going to pay it”! What should a Debt Collection procedure include:  Conversation templates to be discussed or emailed to the tenants clearly outlining what they owe, when they need to pay it and consequences if… Read More »

TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR RENTAL PROPERTY

Interior decorating and styling can totally transform a space and set a mood. Nowadays there are so many ways to change a space and just because you are renting doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. You may be hesitant to decorate and change up your interiors if you are renting due to the rules and regulations, however, there are so many ways to transform your space without having to paint, drill holes or drastically change the room. Accounts and customer service expert, Lacey Burns outlines the best ways to change up your living space, without having to seek further approval.   SOFT FURNISHINGS AND LINENS Soft furnishings are the perfect way to spice up any room at such a minimal cost. Updating your cushions seasonally to suit the… Read More »

UNHAPPY WITH YOUR CURRENT PROPERTY MANAGER? CHANGING PROPERTY MANAGERS IS EASY!

  Did you know the number one reason a landlord leaves an agency is due to poor communication? It seems such a simple thing, but rarely is it appropriately executed in property management, which is a shame given we are dealing with people’s most significant assets. Director of Marketing and Business Development, Kylie Walker has outlined the major factors that affect your relationship with your property manager and how easy it is to change managers if your current managers are skimping on service.   Communication and customer service go hand in hand. If you aren’t communicating with your landlord, you certainly aren’t providing good customer service either. A lot of property management companies deliver a lot of the same technology and are governed by the same laws and regulations and… Read More »

TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2018

Nothing screams spring more than the bright colours and fragrances brought about by the Toowoomba Carnival Flowers. With plenty of events to choose from it is hard to pick what to miss. iThink Property Sales and Marketing Consultant Kelli McKellar has put together a list of the must do’s this year, to ensure you are making the most of this year’s festival. FOR THE FOODIE Progressive Foodie Tour $129pp – Set off on a tour of Toowoomba’s best eatery’s. Wind down and relax with this beautifully crafted 3-course menu, accompanied by outstanding and historic venues. If you are looking for something a bit more low-key, try the Talking Pubs tour $99pp – Join a four-hour tour of Toowoomba’s most historic pubs. Tour includes wine, beer and meals at each destination…. Read More »

TOP 7 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

With the warmer weather on its way, it is the perfect time to ditch those winter woollies and kick off the new season with a fresh start. Dust off those rubber gloves and gather your best cleaning supplies, it’s time to get in and do those jobs you’ve been dreading all year. Property Manager, Jenni Steffen has compiled a list of 7 things you can do to ensure both your home and your mind is clear and ready to tackle these warmer months. MAKE A LIST An excellent way to approach the big clean is to start by making a list of all the things you want to get done. Try and prioritise by putting the most important tasks first, and then making your way down the list. It might also… Read More »

THINKING ABOUT A CAREER AS A REAL ESTATE AGENT?

If you’re after a role that you can make your own, become your own brand and be your own boss, then being a real estate agent is for you. Although it may be a challenging industry to crack into, if you have the drive and motivation, you can definitely reap the rewards. We have compiled a list of what makes an outstanding agent, and how our team’s approach to the industry is fresh, innovative and will have you wanting to take that next step in your career.     WHAT QUALITIES MAKE AN OUTSTANDING AGENT? Being an outstanding real estate agent means more than just selling houses. In order to be successful, you need to possess the following qualities. Resilience – It is a tough industry to crack, it can… Read More »

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