Posts Tagged ‘real estate fremantle’

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 residential tenancies are affected.

To date, the conciliation service provided through the Department of Consumer Protection, set … Read the full post »

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 by 0.7 per cent from last year.

By comparison, New South Welshers commit an eye-watering 42.3 per … Read the full post »

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 in WA.Like most rushed legislation, the laws ended up being far from perfect and threw a blanket over all tenancies … Read the full post »

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 choice.

This is off the back of major changes affecting employment in the real estate industry. From … Read the full post »

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, the drug addicted, the anti-social behaviours, the messiness of it.

Such is the confronting nature of homelessness … Read the full post »

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 Herald, recommendations from friends and relatives or visiting Home Opens to meet agents are other effective methods of finding your … Read the full post »

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 for the property, whereas the property manager usually visits it a handful of times per year.

This … Read the full post »

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 and wonder at the pleasant – albeit eclectic – urban aesthetic that makes up the built form of our city. … Read the full post »

Why you should use a Mortgage Broker

I read a stat the other day that quoted 60 per cent of all home and investment loans are completed by mortgage brokers. I assume the remaining 40 per cent of people go to their bank directly. The community’s preference to use a broker to assist them in choosing the right bank and loan to meet their needs seems clear.

The Hayne Royal Commission into … Read the full post »

Current relief for Tenants

What Exactly Does the ‘Moratorium on Evictions’ Mean?

The messages from the media and Government around the ‘moratorium on evictions’ were patchy and sometimes confusing, leading some to think that it meant ‘free rent’.

The Premier, Mark McGowan addressed that idea by stating “tenants must continue to pay rent. If a tenant can’t pay their rent they will still have to pay … Read the full post »

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