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What are tenants really looking for?

When buying an investment property think with your head, not necessarily your heart!  A savvy investor will look for a property that is sought after by tenants and to keep tenants long term so the rental return is consistent. When we are leasing property and interview tenants, these are some of the common factors that influence their decision on how long, how much and which property they ...

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Top Ten Recycling Tips

Top Ten recycling tips from Brisbane City Council Identify recyclable items around the house. It’s easy if you remember that if it is made from paper, cardboard, firm flexible plastic, metal (aluminium and steel) or glass, it can be put in your recycling bin at home. Recycling symbols may not always be right. Remember if it’s made from the five materials listed above, it can go ...

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June Market Update

June Market Update 4075 With the election finally over and the Reserve Bank reducing interest rates again by 0.25% the Brisbane Market is starting to have a little more life in it.  Both investors and owner occupiers are warming the market up again!  Brisbane continues to see an increase in families and downsizers from southern states migrate over the border for both our weather and...

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Looking for the perfect tenant...

Every owner wants a dream tenant and every Property Manager (well certainly here at Nobel!) wants to find them one!  Someone who pays the rent on time, someone who treats the property with respect and care, and someone who doesn’t end up draining time and financial resources. A Tenant/Property Manager relationship is a 2-way street.  Like any relationship, there has to be some ...

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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1 in 5 Queensland properties DO NOT have the proper smoke alarms! The research, conducted by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) discovered a decreasing trend in the state-wide operational status of smoke alarms, with 80 per cent operational in 2018, down from 84 per cent in 2017 and 87 per cent in 2016. The study found 37 per cent of South East Queensland residents have intercon...

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Tips for landlords renting to pet owners

Pet-friendly properties will appeal to more tenants and can achieve higher rents, but there’s more to consider than just the rental return. Does your property have the right features? – An apartment with a large outdoor area or a house with a big backyard will appeal more to pet owners. Durable flooring such as tiles is less likely to be damaged than polished floorboards or carpe...

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Working from home – is it really the Holy Grail?

Staying in your pjs all day and not having to face the world may seem like great perks of working from home but there is also the risk of distractions like housework, the fridge and Netflix! Finding the balance if you work from home can be hard but there has recently been a noticeable increase in flexible working arrangements and home businesses. According to the Small Business and Family Ent...

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Pets and Apartments – To pet or not to pet….

Pets and Apartments – To pet or not to pet…. Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world?  With more than 62% of us owning a pet of some shape or size. This also means that there is an increase in tenants and apartment owners asking if they can have a pet! As those of you know, finding a rental property that will take pets is a rare...

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How we find landlords great tenants?

At Nobel Realtors we put loads of effort and care into finding the right tenant for your investment property. We are thorough in our checks and don’t take shortcuts. These are some of the checks that we do prior to putting forward a tenant’s application to our landlords: Default Tenancy Database Check - One of the first checks we do is to enter the tenant’s details through a ...

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10 Easter Traditions for Kids

Author - Families Magazine Easter traditions can be broken into two distinct categories – traditional, celebrating the origins and the meaning of Easter and contemporary, celebrating the chocolate and the bunnies! We’ve listed five of each to help you honour the history of the event as well as enjoy a modern twist to Easter that kids love getting involved in. Here are 10...

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When was the last time your home loan had a health check?

Do you shop around for the cheapest tickets and accommodation when going on holiday?  Do you check the catalogues for items on sale?  A mortgage is the biggest debt most of us will ever have, and a home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make. That’s why it is so important to avoid mistakes that may cost you a LOT of money.  So many people assume they have a grea...

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Have you thought about Downsizing…

Downsizing is not just reserved for those looking at retiring! Many of us would love the opportunity to consolidate our belongings and move to a smaller, low-maintenance home, close to everything without the upkeep. Whether you are retiring, changing careers, looking for a simpler lifestyle, downsizing can seem a little daunting at first! Firstly, the emotional attachment we have with our hom...

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Looking to buy...Are you informed?

With so much talk about property prices, market changes, property booms and falls there's little wonder why people are confused about when the 'perfect' time is to buy and sell. There really isn't a crystal ball that will tell us the answer - all you can do is be prepared to buy when the right property comes along! Step 1 - Pre-Approval? The first step is to ensure you can actually purchase ...

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Welcoming a new childcare centre to Corinda

You may have noticed a little action on the vacant lot on Donaldson Street, across from Coles and next to Olympia Plaza. Construction has started on a new childcare centre. Corella Construction is the developer and builder.  They are a family owned Queensland Company with more than 20 years experience in the industry!  They have built a name for themselves in the luxury hom...

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To self-manage or to not self-manage…

Do you need a Property Manager or can you Self-Manage?   Did you know that Property Management Fees are Tax deductible? This is often an interesting debate with some compelling reasons on both sides. There was recently a great segment on “Your Money” by Margaret Lomas.  We have attached the link below. Ultimately, it is your decision.  You must decide whether ...

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Are YOU covered?

Landlord insurance has been available in Australia for over 20 years now, so it’s surprising to see that a majority of landlords risk significant financial loss by either not having, or having inadequate insurance on their rental property – which could be one of your most valuable assets. Risks such as loss of rent and malicious damage have increased and will likely continue to inc...

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March Market Update

4075 Market Update  It's hard to believe that March is already here, hopefully, the weather will cool off and give everyone a rest from the humidity! We have had a good month with one of our townhouse sales in Corinda going under contract in less than 26 days! We have had 4 properties sold and one of our Corinda unit rentals leased in less than 1 week to a long term tenant. Well done team...

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Let's talk creepy crawlies

At the first sign of small furry animals, winged creatures and spiders who do you call…Pest Control BUT who’s responsibility is it to manage pest control in a rental property? Put simply… if the property was free of pests at the start of the tenancy the tenant must ensure the property meets that same standard at the end of the tenancy. Your responsibilities as a tenant As...

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Reduced speed limits coming to Corinda!

DID YOU KNOW... Brisbane City Council is going to trial a reduced speed limit in Corinda.  As part of the Move Safe Brisbane initiative, the speed limit between Hassall Street and the railway line on Oxley Road will be reduced from 60km/hr to 40km/hr.  The changes are expected to come in early this year so watch this space!  There will be new speed signs; new speed signs painte...

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February Market Update

4075 Market Update  Since the start of the New Year we have noticed a increase in buyer enquiry, particularly from first home buyers. This has been encouraging especially with the banking royal commission coming to an end and a lot of people a little anxious at the review findings. We had one first home buyer approved within 1 week which was also brilliant considering the difficulties of ...

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There's a new Burger in Town!

Welcome to the Neighbourhood… 101/102 Oxley Road, Corinda has just been leased (formally Same Same but Different).  We are welcoming Burger Time 69 to the hood. Due to open within the month this will be a fantastic addition to our area. Offering a family friendly environment serving ribs, burgers, milkshakes, juices, full cocktail bar, beers on tap AND breakfast on the weekends! T...

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What sells a house?

Why is it that some houses sell in the first week of their campaign and other stagnate on the market for months?  Is it luck or careful planning?  There are some ways of attracting good “luck” and getting your property noticed and sold as quickly as possible.   BEING INFORMED One of the best ways to sell is to price your property properly.  If selling qu...

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Water saving hints and tips

With summer in full swing so too are the ever-increasing electricity and water bills!  There are few hints and tips you can follow to try and save a little water… Don’t spray in the middle of the day! Evaporation is your enemy when it comes to sprucing your garden in summer. Only water in the early morning or late afternoon and evening, and never when it is windy. About 40...

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Thank you for your support!

We just wanted to take the time to say a huge Thank You for all of your support!   The majority of our business stems from client and customer referrals and we think it is important to let you know that we appreciate it. If you know of a family member, friend or colleague who is considering selling their home or perhaps looking for a proactive Property Manager, we would be happy to h...

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Water Consumption Charges

Did you know that you can pass on water consumption costs to your tenants? The RTA has some criteria, which are outlined below. The RTA advises that if your property is water efficient, you can pass on the full water consumption charges (including bulk water charges) to tenants - providing all of the criteria has been met. Whether or not your home is water efficient is determined through the ...

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Termites & Pest Control

The Brisbane climate is a perfect home for termites and white ants, so it is imperative that you have your home checked at least once every 12 months.                                       Termites can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time, so having your home unprotected from ter...

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Styling Your Home to Sell

Styling is an underestimated part of the sale process. It has the capacity to provide either a quick sale for a better than expected price or poor presentation could leave the property on the market for months, diminishing its value.  One of the most important things is to encourage buyers to see themselves living easily in the home. Strong industrial, sterile presentation as well as over-...

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