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Appreciating the True Value of Good Property Management

At Thank You Real Estate, we educate the landlords to understand the true value of good property manager.

Cameron has lived in Western Sydney his whole life, so when he bought his first investment property, he chose a nearby suburb that he was familiar with. Within a few years, he was able to access the equity in his first investment property and buy a second investment property, also in Western Sydney. Cameron worked really hard to build up his property investment portfolio, so naturally, he wanted to protect it. He knew he didn’t have time to manage the property himself, but he wasn’t sure if paying a property manager was worth the cost. He’d heard that fees can vary greatly between agencies – should he just go with the lowest fee? Would that be the best choice for his investment?

If Cameron’s story sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a common one. Property owners naturally want to see the greatest possible returns on their investment properties. But sadly, many people think that this can be achieved by choosing the cheapest property management option. By focusing solely on price they’re misunderstanding the main crux of what it means to have an investment property managed and, as a result, they’re unable to get an accurate comparison of like for like.

Getting the Right Information

In Cameron’s case, he realised that he needed more information. It wasn’t enough to just compare ‘Price A’ with ‘Price B’. Doing so would be like comparing a second-hand Hyundai with a brand-new Mercedes. So, Cameron started asking questions. In doing so, he was able to determine who was offering transparent, high-value service at a reasonable price…and who was disguising bad property management behind a smokescreen of “discounted” fees.

Property Management Fees 

When comparing property management fees, Cameron looked for prices that were reasonable and market competitive. He asked what services were included and what kind of industry experience the property manager had. He realised that, while there’s nothing wrong with fair negotiations, a property manager that is reasonably compensated would be working harder for his investment than one with little financial incentive. And he started to appreciate that below-average pricing = below-average service.

How to Identify High-Quality Property Management

The more research Cameron did, the more easily he was able to identify high-quality property management. He started to look at:

  • Quality: Does the agent understand what quality service is? Are they dedicated to achieving the best possible result, not just the quickest or easiest result?
  • Skill: Does the agent have both the capacity and the skill necessary to achieve an above-average market rate for your investment property? Do they have a timeline that they work to when finding and evaluating a new tenant?
  • Strategy: Does the agent have a strategy in place to prevent a tenant from going into rent arrears or do they rely on stressful hearings at the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)? Do they look for long-term tenants, understanding that a 12-month lease means a 50% reduction in fees for the investor when compared with a 6-month lease?
  • Documentation: Do they pay meticulous attention when completing and filing the necessary paperwork? Do they understand the importance of accurate documentation, realising that incorrect paperwork could seriously jeopardise your valuable asset?

Fortunately, Cameron’s story has a happy ending. By taking the time to compare property management companies he was able to weed out the agencies with hidden fees and poor management strategies. He found a property manager who he felt comfortable with and who agreed to manage his investment property at a fair and reasonable rate. An agent who delivered high-quality service, had exceptional skills, a well-planned strategy and a thorough documentation process. As a result, both of Cameron’s investment properties have had lower vacancy rates, long-term tenants and rent that is always paid on time.

Thank You Real Estate offer boutique property management services to Sydney investors. Our experienced property managers are committed to providing exceptional service at a fair price, always working hard to ensure your investment is delivering the highest possible return.

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Lease Renewal NSW – An Easy Explanation

Lease renewal in Sydney is a hot topic thanks to recent changes to Residential Tenancy Laws in NSW

Lease Renewal NSW – An Easy Explanation

Lease renewal in Sydney is a hot topic thanks to recent changes to Residential Tenancy Laws in NSW. Effective from 23rd March 2020, the NSW Government says these amendments are designed to “improve tenants’ renting experience while ensuring that landlords can effectively manage their properties”. But change always brings a level of uncertainty. Many landlords are now wondering how the new regulations will affect their investment properties and, in particular, what impact this will have on lease renewals. 

Lease Renewal NSW Explained

Lease renewal generally occurs near the end of a fixed-term tenancy agreement. Before the end of the lease, a landlord may decide to:

  • End the lease: The tenant vacates the property.
  • Renew the lease: The tenant signs a new contract agreeing to lease the property for a fixed period of time. 
  • Have a periodic agreement: The tenant continues living at the property and paying rent, but on a month-to-month basis which can be ended by either party providing the necessary amount of notice.

Landlords have typically favoured a lease renewal over a periodic agreement because of the stability that it provides. 

What is Involved in the Lease Renewal Process?

If you want to offer your tenant a renewed lease, then your first step should be to talk to your property manager. They can conduct a rental assessment to see whether the current rent is still in line with the market average or whether a rent increase can reasonably be implemented. Your property manager will then send a Notice for Lease Renewal to the tenant, which will outline the terms of the new agreement (including the length of the new lease and any proposed changes in rent). This lease renewal letter should be sent out prior to the end of the existing lease, as this allows plenty of time for the paperwork to be completed. 

How Do Recent Changes’ Affect Lease Renewals in Sydney?

When a tenant breaks a fixed-term lease, they are required to pay a break lease fee. Under the new regulations, these fees are fixed and dependent on how much of the current lease is remaining:

  • If less than 25% of the lease has elapsed, then the fee is 4 weeks rent
  • If less than 50% of the lease has elapsed (but more than 25%), then the fee is 3 weeks rent
  • If less than 75% of the lease has elapsed (but more than 50%), then the fee is 2 weeks rent
  • If more than 75% of the lease has elapsed, then the fee is 4 weeks rent

This means that there is a strong deterrent to breaking the lease in the initial stages of a tenancy, but that this will diminish with times. 

What Are the Benefits of Lease Renewal? 

You may now be thinking: “What are the benefits of lease renewal since the tenant can break the lease anyway?” In an effort to avoid a lease renewal fee, some investment property owners may think that a periodic agreement is the preferred choice. But renewing a lease comes with a range of benefits that far outweigh the minimal costs associated with a lease renewal. These include: 

  • Keeping a good tenant: If you’ve found a reliable tenant who is caring for your investment property and paying the rent on time, then it’s well worth signing a lease renewal. A tenant left languishing on a periodic tenancy may feel that their situation is unstable and could start looking for a new rental property nearby that offers more stability. 
  • Minimising costs: Every time a tenant moves out of your property you will face costs associated with advertising the property and potential lost rent. Tenants on fixed-term leases are less likely to suddenly move out because of a concern about how this may impact their reputation as a reliable tenant.

Handling a lease renewal is just one of the many ways that a reliable property manager can make life easier for a rental property owner. If you’re looking for a property manager who has industry experience and delivers high-class service, then contact Thank You Real Estate for a free rental property appraisal

 

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Switching property managers is easier than you think

Switching Property Managers is Easier Than You Think

Switching Property Managers is Easier Than You Think!

You’ve realised that your investment property managers just aren’t delivering the service you deserve…now what? How do you find the right property manager? The kind of property manager that will look after your property like it’s their own. An agency where property management fees are offset by exceptional service, ample industry experience and a commitment to practising what they preach. And once you’ve found this agency, just how complicated is it to make the switch?

Fortunately, this process doesn’t need to be hard. It doesn’t need to be complicated and it doesn’t need to involve hours and hours of research. Thank You Real Estate is here to help.

Why Choose Thank You Real Estate?

Thank You Real Estate offer superior property management services in Sydney and were founded on the principle of ‘they do what they say they will do’. With a committed team of knowledgeable property managers, Thank You Real Estate is the right choice, thanks to our:

  • Local Knowledge: Based in the Greater Sydney area, Thank You Real Estate currently operates across 16 suburbs, including Parramatta, Westmead, Wentworthville, Blacktown, Granville, Pendle Hill, Quakers Hill, Marsden Park, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills. Local knowledge is an essential part of good property management, allowing for trusted local contacts and accurate rental assessments. 
  • Customer Reviews: Any property manager can say they’re the right choice – but what do their existing customers think? Thank You Real Estate enjoys a 5-star overall review rating on the independent website Rate My Agent, in addition to client testimonials proudly shared on our own website.  
  • Exceptional Service: At Thank You Real Estate, our property managers have rejected the old school agency mentality of “near enough is good enough”. Instead, we strive to be positive, flexible and committed, utilising the latest technology and fostering a high level of professionalism and excellent time management.  
  • Value for Money: Property management cost is always an important factor for investment property owners, as you try to balance the right level of service with the right level of cost. To assist with this, we’ve built a business with low overheads and operational costs, allowing us to deliver superior service without the weighty price tag. 
  • Great Communication: To assist with seamless communication we’ve invested in cloud-based software applications that are highly secure and allow for a greater level of automation. You’ll automatically receive notifications regarding payments, inspections and other routine matters, freeing our property managers up to handle more complex tasks in a direct and one-on-one manner.  
  • Innovative Business Structure: Investment property managers often operate within a hierarchical system that can make it difficult for you to know who you should be speaking to. Thank You Real Estate has done away with this old business model, allowing clients to speak directly with the business owner, who is intimately acquainted with all end-to-end aspects of the business. 

Is Switching Property Managers a Complicated Process?

Not at all! At Thank You Real Estate we have made this process as simple and stress-free as possible. Once you’ve decided to make the switch to Thank You Real Estate, you’ll be provided with a simple form that confirms you have authorised us to manage the property on your behalf. After signing an online agreement, there’s nothing else for you to do – we literally take care of everything, at no cost to you.

For more information on just how easy it is to switch to a new property manager, give our helpful team a call on Ph: +61 430 607 866 or use our online form to request a callback.