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EXTRA RATES FOR LANDLORDS BONKERS

The City of Fremantle made the news recently with their proposal to charge recalcitrant commercial property owners additional rates for failing to secure tenants for their premises. The policy is designed to punish owners of commercial properties within the city centre for failing to attract a (usually retail) tenancy for … Read more »

WINTER IS HERE

During the winter months, when market conditions can be flat, vendors often choose to hold off on their selling plans until spring when days get longer, the sun shines and gardens burst into flower.

In “balanced” market conditions, this is probably a reasonable strategy; … Read more »

TO AUCTION OR NOT?

Market conditions continue to challenge and whilst recent improvements are encouraging, the average time on market for a home in and around Fremantle remains above the long-term average. Those who need to sell and sell quickly, often opt for an auction given reported statistics for days on market for such … Read more »

YAWN FEST BUDGET

Being locked in the windowless basement of Dumas House last week for Treasurer Wyatt’s state budget has some benefits. The coffee’s not bad, lunch is free and you have to hand in your mobile upon entry so it’s four blissful hours of relative quiet…. Read more »

BUSH FIRE PRONE AREAS IN FREO

In recent years, state governments have recognised the need for local communities to be better prepared for bush fire events. The recent, life-taking devastation of wild fires in places like Yarloop, Kinglake and Esperance have prompted a variety of measures designed to save both property and lives. One of these … Read more »

MISSING MIDDLE

Disclaimer: These comments are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the current opinions and policies of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

In 2016, the City of Fremantle’s Council unanimously supported an initiative supporting infill development within the City’s suburban areas.

The concept … Read more »

CHOOSING YOUR AGENT

Disclaimer: These comments are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the current opinions and policies of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

When the time comes to sell or lease your property, would-be vendors and landlords increasingly look to the internet to … Read more »

TIME TO FIX THE FHOG

Disclaimer: These comments are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the current opinions and policies of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

When the GFC hit, the then Rudd government raised the First Home Owner’s Grant (FHOG) to $14,000 for established homes … Read more »

MARKETING THE KEY

Disclaimer: These comments are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the current opinions and policies of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

With the local property market showing signs of recovery, the promotion and marketing of your property is critical in maximising the selling outcome. The marketing of property … Read more »

A NEW JOINT

Disclaimer: These comments are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the current opinions and policies of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

REIWA has made changes to the standard contracts agents and their sales staff use when selling property by private treaty … Read more »