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Tips for Managing Your Tenants

In preparation for the 132 incoming Residential Tenancy Laws, I have prepared a very simple list of the best tips for managing your tenants, which we have used throughout our Property Management and Real Estate industry experience. Managing your investment yourself: Yes OR No? Managing your investment yourself can be a cost-effective way to invest in property, however, you’ll have a lot on your plate if you decide to manage your property on your own, without any assistance. You might think it will save you money, but it can become quite a headache later down the track. This is especially the case when... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 25th February, 2021

Some Provisions from the Tenancy Law and What’s In It for Tenants and Landlords

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 contains the biggest reforms to renting in Victoria’s history. With the changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the provisions in the act are needed now more than ever.   It was said that over two million Victorians are living on rental properties. The pandemic lockdowns have heavily impacted the lives of many Victorians and the government is after the comfort of their people -- looking at the current tenancy laws is one of their solutions. Strengthening the rights of the renters, the properties are indispensable to be safe, structurally sound and fit for habitation.   The tenancy act... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 18th February, 2021

4 Things to Look for When Determining the Condition of a Home

   Shower tiles and grout  Leaking showers can be expensive to repair and an extreme inconvenience. Check the amount of grout on the shower recess. An indication of deteriorating tiles is peeling paint on the wall behind the shower or a musty smell in the room behind the shower    Look for signs of ceiling collapse  Homes built between the 60s and 00s are all at risk of the ceiling collapsing due to the use of grout straps, glue and insufficient fixing screws which age and become less reliable over time. Some of the signs of potential ceiling collapse are cracks on sheet joints and... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 10th February, 2021

FAQ: As a First Time Owner, Should I Buy Now or Wait?

  Investing in real estate is no joke that is why it’s understandable that for a first time buyer, there are a lot of looming questions that need to be answered. One of these questions is “Is this the best time to buy?” Technically, there is really no good time to buy a property because of the dynamic nature of the real estate industry. This is both good and bad in the sense that the majority of the considerations are on the buyers’ side. The state of the real estate market is outside of one’s control. What’s manageable is an individual’s current... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 9th February, 2021

Is It Worth It to Consider Home Styling My Property?

Last time, we talked about bathroom renovation to increase the value of your property. Today, we would talk about another way of upscaling your property which is home styling. In this blog, we will answer these questions: What is the difference between home styling and interior design? Which do you need? How does home styling help in upscaling your property   Difference between home styling and interior design These two terms are often interchanged because they are somehow related to each other. However, they are extremely different in three ways: Function One quick way to differentiate home styling from interior design is its function. Home... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 2nd February, 2021

4 Key Tips for Making an Offer on a Property

Fedja Bilic walks us through the process of making an offer on a property by providing us some valuable insights. This video is a part of our Collings Tips series in our Youtube channel.   Tip 1: Attend the first open for inspection Aside from being among the first to inspect, you may also get the chance to get a lower offer as the vendor will most likely offer the property for a lower price. Tip 2: Put in your offer quickly and early. If you notice that there are any potential buyers, make a great first impression to the vendor and put your best offer.... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 1st February, 2021

Will Doing a Bathroom Renovation Increase Your Property Value?

If you are considering a home renovation, it is either that you want to enjoy your space more or to add more value to your home. However, the problem is that not all renovations result in increased value to your home. Some renovations come with much less value than you might have thought. What about a bathroom renovation? Will it increase your home’s value or is it purely for aesthetics? Of all home improvements, a bathroom renovation is the most popular. And also, whether you do a small renovation or a large bathroom renovation, the returns have gone up. This is... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 6th February, 2020

10 Tips for First-Time Sellers in Australia

The world of real estate is highly rewarding for those with the know-how, however, for a first-time seller, it is a whole different story. Selling your home for the first time may turn out to be the most overwhelming and stressful experience if you have no idea how it works. Here are ten tips for the first-time seller to help you successfully sell your home stress-free. 1.Timing I understand you may want to sell your property as soon as possible, but timing is crucial. If you do not sell at the right time, you may not realise the properties full potential. You... View article »
Posted in Blogs on 25th March, 2019