Will Installing a Pool Assist With Increasing the Return on Your Investment Property?

Sunday, December 17, 2017 / Blog

There is no doubt about it, Australians love living in properties with their own private pools. There is a certain touch of elegance and lifestyle associated with being able to take a private dip whenever you want. Coming home from work on a hot day, and knowing you can just throw yourself into the refreshing water is a tantalizing option for many.Now, this applies obviously to the desirability for you to install a pool for yourself, but what we want to address in this article is the idea of whether it is worth while to install a pool in your…

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Buying Your First Home in Perth

Friday, November 3, 2017 / Blog, Property Finance, Real Estate

If you read the news, it’s easy to assume that there is little possibility of you ever owning your own home. Although there are some steps you need to take to ensure you’re on the right path, buying a property in Perth doesn’t have to be as complex as you first thought. Many would think that you need a slew of cash to buy your first property in Perth, but there is help available for those taking the first steps into the world of homeownership due to some Government-aided programs.Two Ways the Government is Making It Easier to Get into Your…

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2017 Federal Budget & It’s Effect on Australian Property Investors

Friday, May 12, 2017 / Services

Digesting a new budget can be an arduous chore for the average Australian, luckily there is no shortage of outlets all wanting to tell you how you will be affected by this latest set of figures from the treasury. This years budget in particular has ​a few significant changes that directly relate to property investors, so we thought it would be a useful if we went into some detail about how these new policies will impact property investments for Australians.  ​As always this information is general, if you’re looking for specific tax advice we recommend you speak with your accountant. ​ No More Tax…

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Is Airbnb An Option for Generating a Return from Your Investment Property?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / Property Management

What is Airbnb? Can it Help Your Investment Strategy?“A community built on trust”​ – Airbnb​ ​ Founded in 2008, Airbnb claims to be, “​a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world…”​ Working as an online marketplace and hospitality service, it enables people to lease or rent short-term lodging. This includes single rooms, apartments, houses, villas, and even castles.  Working as a middleman/broker, Airbnb connects guests to hosts, whilst taking a fee from both parties every time a booking is made. Service fees for Guests:Guest service fees are typically in the range of…

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Developing a Property Investment Strategy [The Activate Way, part 1]

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / Services

No two property investment strategies are the same. No matter how many times you hear people talk about property investment as though it is a one size fits all process. Or that “as long as x requirements are met, then go for it”. In order for us to make sure that the investment strategy actually aligns with your goals, we need to actually set aside some time with you to discuss your goals. We are firm believers in the SMART goal paradigm, you may have heard this thrown around as a buzz word for goal setting.     What is a…

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Investing In New Property Vs Established

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / Property Investment, Real Estate

You are likely to get some very strong, very passionate responses from both sides of this debate, depending on who you speak to. There are a lot of valid reasons for each decision, and ultimately it does all come down to your individual investment strategy and the goals that you have in place. As always, this information presented is intended to be a guide only, and we recommend that you speak to a professional investment strategist to help you to come up with the best options for your goals. Reasons to Purchase Investment Property New It’s generally easier to find…

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Should You Allow Pets in Your Rental Property?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 / Property Investment, Property Management

It often goes without speaking that an investment property is a no pet zone. If you scroll through the countless rental properties available at any given time, there is a good chance that a giant percentage of these properties will be labeled as ‘no pets’ or quite often the slightly apologetic ‘sorry no pets’. Given that Australians tend to love pets, this can be a rather strange turn of events. 39% of Australian house holds have a dog, whilst 29% of households have a cat. That is not to mention the number of households that have other pets such as birds, rabbits…

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Using a Buyer’s Agent for Owner Occupied vs for an Investment

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / Services

Buyer’s agents are becoming more and more popular, and this trend does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The idea of having a professional come in and negotiate on your behalf is a very appealing option for many people. When you think about the complexity of buying a property and the overall cost, it is easily one of the largest purchases that most individuals are likely to make. It is no surprise that more and more Australians are deciding that they are better off having their own expert in the corner when negotiating to buy such a sizeable…

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Why Australian Negative Gearing is More Fair Than Others

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 / Services

There has been widespread reporting on Negative Gearing lately, most likely due to the fact that is has been turned into an election issue.We just wanted to take some time, to outline some of what makes Australian negative gearing systems unique, and in our opinion more fair than in many other countries. Contents An Outline of the Australian System of Negative GearingNegative Gearing Policies in Other Developed NationsNegative Gearing in JapanNegative Gearing in New ZealandNegative Gearing in CanadaNegative Gearing in the United States of AmericaNegative Gearing in the United KingdomNegative Gearing in GermanyThe Hard Stats on Australian Uptake of Negative…

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Settlement and Tenanting of Your Investment Property [The Activate Way, Part 6]

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Services

Settlement can be one of the most exciting parts of the property investment journey. You have calculated your strategy, made your decision, waited out the construction period, and the place is finally being handed over! Depending on the size of the development that you have bought into, there may be varying levels of ceremony attached to the completion of the build. What we would like to talk to you about today though, is an ever present threat that is lurking in the background of every new development. Regardless of the size of the development, there will always be some new…

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