Leasing Category

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A WINNING RENTAL APPLICATION

Renting can get somewhat competitive and in some instances, you may find yourself up against 20+ other applicants vying for the same property. If this is the case, you can’t afford to be negligent with your application as it may just cost you your dream rental. Here are our top tips you should follow to ensure you have an outstanding rental application. Make Sure You Have All the Correct Documentation After attending the inspection and you have had a chat with the agent, you should know what you are required to provide with your application. Most agencies will require references, application forms, proof of employment and 100 points of identification. To really set yourself apart from the competition have all this documentation organised, copied and ready to hand to the… Read More »

HOW TO CHOOSE A REAL ESTATE AGENCY

Now let’s think about this, your property whether it’s your investment property or your beloved family home, is your biggest asset, so choosing a real estate agency to either sell or rent it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Once upon a time, it was a no brainer, there were a few big names in the industry and you pretty much chose the one with the most signs up in your area. Those days are long gone, with the progression of technology-independent and smaller brands are now able to compete on the same scale as the larger agencies. This is great for these boutique agencies, but it makes your job of selecting someone to deal with your biggest asset even more challenging and important than ever.Now there are more agencies than ever… Read More »

TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE TIPS IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Is your Property Manager giving you the service you desire? Let’s face it Real Estate is a pretty transparent industry. All Real Estate businesses are governed by the same laws and codes of conduct and we all have access to the same technology, so how do we stand out from the crowd in such a competitive industry? It’s pretty simple really, customer service. From retail to hospitality to online businesses and real estate, the key to success hinges on your customers and how satisfied they are with the service you provide. Especially now with the growth in online review services such as Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor, it has never been more important to keep your clients happy. The savvy consumer will conduct thorough research on you and your business… Read More »

TOP TIPS TO RENT YOUR PROPERTY QUICKLY

A vacant property is every landlord’s and agencies, for that matter, most vulnerable period. Whilst it is inevitable, at some stage when you own an investment property you will have to experience a period of time without tenants. This can be costly if not managed properly, each week without a tenant increases the financial pressure, especially if you have home loan obligations to meet. The goal though is to not only find a tenant but find a quality tenant that is going to pay their rent on time and look after the property as if it was their own. This must be achieved in the shortest time frame possible, to avoid unnecessary financial strain and stress. On the same note, if an agency isn’t doing their job to secure you… Read More »

HOW DO YOU GET RID OF SQUATTERS?

Squatters are every landlord’s worst nightmare. Strangely enough, the information surrounding how to get rid of the unwanted intruders in your rental property is vague, to say the least, even with the help of Google. The kind of damage and financial loss that squatters can inflict can be quite significant. Common sense would tell you someone living in your property without permission or knowledge is doing so illegally – but amazingly it’s not a criminal offence to squat in an empty house. Recently at iThink Property, we had two separate cases of dealing with getting rid of unauthorized occupants in a property. So, we thought we would share our experiences. In the first instance, the squatters had moved in under a high set house and set up extravagant living quarters… 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 »

HOW TO: MAKE THE MOST OF A SMALL SPACE

Just because your space is small, doesn’t mean you have to compromise functionality and style. If you have a pokey bedroom, a tiny laundry or a super small bathroom, here are a few tips and tricks from iThink Customer Service extraordinaire Lacey Burns, that you can implement to ensure you are making the most out of your space. SOURCE: THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS  DECLUTTER Decluttering is the first, and probably most important step. Small spaces can get cluttered extremely quickly, so it is super important to ensure you are only keeping items that are completely necessary or serve a particular purpose. Otherwise, the space just looks messy and it will hinder its functionality. When it comes to small areas, less truly is more so keep this in mind when styling and… Read More »

HOW TO: PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR A VACATE

One of the most stressful tasks when you’re vacating a tenancy, is ensuring your property is in tip-top shape. Under the General Tenancy Agreement (GTA) you sign at the start of your lease, it’s your obligation to ensure you leave the property in the same condition as when you moved in otherwise you will lose your bond. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you and you receive your bond back, here are a few top tips and tricks from iThink Property Manager, Bek Sheahan.     MANDATORY MAINTENANCE To start off, there are a few compulsory cleans you must do no matter what. One is carpet cleaning, and the other is pest control (if you have had pets). Please see below for more information on both of these: Carpet… Read More »

TIPS FOR SECURING A RENTAL WITH PETS

Finding a rental for you and your furry friend can be quite difficult! You’ll find your rental opportunities will dramatically decrease when you have a pet, but it’s not impossible to find a rental that can suit both you and your pooch. If you’re serious about finding a rental property you need to eliminate the ‘fear’ factor from your landlord by taking a few extra steps to reassure them your pet won’t damage their property. Take a look at our tips on how you can secure a rental with a pet from iThink Property Manager, Mikki Pohatu.     NEVER TRY AND HIDE YOUR PET The first thing you need to do is be up front. Don’t start off on the wrong foot and try to hide the fact you… Read More »

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 win over your potential landlord 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 double check your… Read More »

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