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McGowan Makes Mistake

Late last week, the McGowan government extended the Emergency Response provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act for a further six months.

Unfortunately, this decision has nothing to do with protecting tenants impacted by COVID-19 as proven by the fact less than two per cent of … Read more »

Perfect Time to Buy or Rent

The Real Estate Institute of Australia released their quarterly Housing Affordability Report last week revealing that WA remains the most affordable state in the nation to buy property. The proportion of family income required to meet mortgage repayments in WA fell last quarter to 24 per cent, down … Read more »

COVID-19 Tenants – What Emergency?

The Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 (let’s call it the COVID-19 Act) has been with us since the pandemic threat initially emerged in April. It was rolled out rapidly in response to the anticipated health and economic damage the pandemic would cause to renters of residential properties … Read more »

Buying in Competition

As market conditions improve, buyers will often find themselves making an offer to purchase in competition with others.

Agents have differing approaches as to how to deal with multiple offers but normally will inform buyers that their offer is one amongst others. When a property … Read more »

FWC at it Again

Last week, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a ruling banning the employment of sales representatives on a commission-only basis until November. Related to COVID-19 interruption to normal market conditions, the FWC figured employees who’d met the minimum requirement to move to commission-only shouldn’t be given that … Read more »

Homeless not Hopeless

This week is dedicated to those 9000 or so Western Australians who didn’t have a place to call home last night.

You see evidence of homelessness everywhere every day. Many of us turn away from it, not wanting to see it, fearful of the dishevelled, … Read more »

Beware the Parasite

When the time comes to sell or lease your property, would-be vendors and landlords often look to the internet to help shortlist agents that might meet their needs.

Well established methods of choosing your agent such as re-employing an agent previously used, adverts in the … Read more »

Using a Property Manager, More important than ever

Property Management is more about managing the tenancy than it is about managing the property. This is apparent now, more than ever, with the legislation introduced to address residential tenancies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and makes sense, given the tenant is the one living in and caring … Read more »

Freo Funk

Perhaps I am just impatient but when will Fremantle become the city it deserves to be?

I encourage readers to take a proper walk through Fremantle, from east to west on any given weekday morning … Read more »

Supply Shortens

Listing levels across Perth are down to below 11,000 houses, apartments and lots for the first time in several years. By contrast, this time last year there were close to 16,000 listings. The fall in listing stock has been quite dramatic, falling by 600 listings in a month…. Read more »