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  • What Makes a Good Property Manager: Five Things to Look For

    Saying the title ‘Property Manager’ out loud often raises eyebrows amongst vexed renters. Landlords who have had bad experiences may boo and hiss, too. The audience from which you’ll hear the nicest things said about property managers is one full of landlords who have been down the stressful road of … Read more

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  • How to Prevent Fire in the Home

    House fires can turn from a small flame into a burning inferno in less than 30 seconds. As with many things, prevention is key when it comes to reducing the risk of fire in rental properties and family homes alike. It’s of the utmost importance for landlords and property managers … Read more

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  • How to Increase your Property Value Through Landscaping

    When selling or renting a house, it’s important to consider how your house is presented, before and after viewers head inside. If your house is the main course, your yard and gardens are a prospective buyer or renter’s entrée and dessert. Here’s how you can put the icing on the … Read more

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  • Real Estate Negotiation 101: How to Talk Turkey When Investing or Renting

    Unlike everyday retail transactions, the purchase and rental of investment properties features a great deal of negotiation in the search for common ground and agreement. The better informed and the friendlier you are, the further you will get, regardless of which part of the tenancy agreement you sign. But here … Read more

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  • Reading Body Language to Understand Tenant Psychology

    When expressing our attitudes and emotions towards something, our non-verbal language can account for over 90% of our overall message. Observing someone’s physical body language and listening to the way they speak uncovers a great deal about what they really think. Used correctly, this type of insight can be valuable … Read more

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  • Should you try to let your property over the Christmas shutdown?

    The festive season is nearly upon and for most it will mean spending a well-deserved break with our families. But what if you’re a landlord with an empty property? Is it worth pursuing tenants, potentially at the cost of your own knees-up? A quiet time for most The Christmas … Read more

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  • Six Amenities to Attract Long-term Tenants

    For landlords, an easy way to save money is to attract good tenants and have them occupy your rental property for a long time. Your ability to do this comes down to what you’re offering your prospective tenants, and how it compares to the rest of the market. To help … Read more

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  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Property’s Value in Summer

    It’s now spring and believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Some carefully planned jobs and additions to your rental property can help add value and raise its summertime appeal. The following five tips can transform your rental into somewhere tenants will love to spend summer. Some … Read more

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  • How Unexpected Costs Can Ruin the Landlord’s Dream

    The life of a landlord can appear to be a gravy train when looking from afar… You buy a property, rent it out and let the management company take care of everything while you lay poolside sipping gin and juice. This isn’t an impossibility, but neither is financial ruin, so … Read more

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  • Canterbury Rubble Foundations Dubbed a “Multi-billion-Dollar Problem”

    Anthony Harper partner and earthquake lawyer, Peter Woods is shining a spotlight on failed repairs to rubble foundation-homes damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. Woods hosted an assembly for owners of affected rubble foundation homes in June, with the caveat that no representatives from insurance companies could attend. The meeting was … Read more

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