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  • Photo of Don’t be a fire risk: Preparing rentals for bushfire season

    Don’t be a fire risk: Preparing rentals for bushfire season

    With bushfire season starting earlier, and lasting longer, landlords and property professionals need to make sure investments and incomes are better protected should disaster strike, says insurance leader Sharon Fox-Slater.  This comment comes on the back of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service being forced to bring forward the start of its bushfire danger…

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  • Photo of Beepo and Rockend partner to provide accreditation for offshore employees

    Beepo and Rockend partner to provide accreditation for offshore employees

    Adequate training is usually one of the biggest challenges in implementing offshore teams. One of the main issues has always been the struggle with a large number of unique software products along with legislative and geographical knowledge requirements. But Beepo has recently decided to tackle this challenge head-on by partnering with Rockend to develop trained resources,…

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  • Photo of Strong financial results for rent.com.au

    Strong financial results for rent.com.au

    Rental property website rent.com.au has reported strong results for the 2018 financial year, noting revenue growth of 41 per cent. The company, which specialises in rental property searches and associated products, released their full financial year results yesterday morning, stating revenue for 2017/18 was $2,324,880 - up from $1,654,395 in 2016/17. In their report to…

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  • Photo of Rent.com.au launches first mobile app

    Rent.com.au launches first mobile app

    Rental property website rent.com.au have announced they will launch a mobile app for IOS and Android this week. In an ASX announcement, the company said the app would bring all the “unique and useful features” the platform already has alongside a range of “unique new features”. According to the announcement, 60 per cent of the…

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  • Photo of Vivien Yap adds Senior Property Manager to her team at Ray White Dalkieth Claremont

    Vivien Yap adds Senior Property Manager to her team at Ray White Dalkieth Claremont

    Vivien Yap has further extended her team, bringing on Fiona Short as a Senior Property Manager. Ms Short joins Ray White Dalkeith | Claremont with over 15 years' experience in the property management industry. She firmly believes communication is the key to a successful property management business. “Whether you know the answer or not … as long…

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  • Photo of Fiona Nichols joins Coronis Property Management team

    Fiona Nichols joins Coronis Property Management team

    Fiona Nichols has joined the Coronis leadership team in the position of Training and Development Manager. Starting in real estate more than 13 years ago, Ms Nichols has headed up several property management departments at Ray White, Johnston Dixon and most recently Devcorp Services. Property Management Director Jodi Ford said Ms Nichols was a valuable addition…

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  • Photo of 2018 PPM National Property Management Award finalists announced

    2018 PPM National Property Management Award finalists announced

    The finalists have been announced for the 2018 PPM National Property Management Awards. The PPM Group received more than 135 submissions across eight categories. The judge's feedback back was that this year the level of submissions were exceptional with many of the category nominees being very close. Here are the finalists in each of the…

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  • Photo of LPMA 2018 Annual Award Winners Announced

    LPMA 2018 Annual Award Winners Announced

    The annual Leading Property Managers Association Awards night was held on May 10th at The Star on the Gold Coast with over 400 industry guests in attendance. LPMA Australia National Manager, Jodie Stainton said, "It was an extraordinary night rewarding extraordinary efforts! All of our finalists worked so hard to get to this point so…

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  • Photo of The suburbs helping rentvestors outperform homeowners

    The suburbs helping rentvestors outperform homeowners

    The technique of rentvesting has become increasingly popular with property investors around the country. Now new research from LocationScore.com.au shows the suburbs where renters are paying less than homeowners for the same lifestyle. The property research site has identified the top suburbs around the country where renters are paying less than owners to enjoy the…

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  • Photo of Homie, a personal house-hunting service for renters

    Homie, a personal house-hunting service for renters

    A UK start-up is taking the time and legwork out of finding rental accommodation by offering a personal service which matches prospective tenants with properties, then schedules viewings and takes them on a tour of what’s available. Known as Homie, the service is making serious inroads into the London market, catering to busy professionals, expats…

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  • Photo of Chatbots are coming to an apartment near you

    Chatbots are coming to an apartment near you

    As anyone who has ever worked in strata management can appreciate, often inquiries and complaints relate to similar things – Can I book a facility? What day is bin day? And that good old strata living gem, how do I make a noise complaint? A new service called Strata.chat sees chatbots taking on some of…

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  • Photo of Morgan Stanley report shows Airbnb growth has slowed overseas but Australian data tells a different story

    Morgan Stanley report shows Airbnb growth has slowed overseas but Australian data tells a different story

    According to a recent report from Morgan Stanley, as awareness of security issues rises, Airbnb's growth slows. The third annual AlphaWise survey saw the researcher drop their prediction of Airbnb growth by over 50 per cent, from 29 per cent to 12 per cent, in the EU/US. However, the data in Australia tells a much…

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  • Photo of Global Consumer Group Launches Push for New South Wales Government to Ban Rent-Bidding Apps

    Global Consumer Group Launches Push for New South Wales Government to Ban Rent-Bidding Apps

    SumOfUs, an international consumer group with more than 170,000 members in Australia has called on the New South Wales Government to ban the spread of “pernicious and mercenary” new rent-bidding apps. They say the apps - US-based Rentberry and local apps Property Connect and RentWolf - will push up rental prices by forcing applicants into…

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  • Photo of Winter Olympian, The Urban List and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs take centre stage at the PM Leadership Summit

    Winter Olympian, The Urban List and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs take centre stage at the PM Leadership Summit

    On the 7th and 8th March, a Winter Olympian, The Urban List and Josh’s Rainbow Eggs will take centre stage at the Property Management Leadership Summit on the Gold Coast. Connecting principals, heads of PM department, BDMs and career property managers with experts from outside the real estate industry, the summit empowers delegates with leading…

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  • Photo of Console announce integrated payment solution

    Console announce integrated payment solution

    Console Group have announced the introduction of Console Pay as a new capability in their flagship property management and trust accounting software, Console Gateway. Console Pay powered Ezidebit, is now officially the first fully-integrated payment solution on the market. The integration provides full visibility of payment information and the ability to manage changes to payment…

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  • Photo of PM Leader Michael Conolly returns to McGrath

    PM Leader Michael Conolly returns to McGrath

    McGrath Estate Agents have announced the return of Michael Conolly as Head of Network Property Management for McGrath. Mr Conolly is one of Australia’s most respected experts in property management with over 28 years’ experience in residential, commercial and business management. He has extensive leadership experience including roles as State Manager of multi-billion-dollar asset portfolios.…

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  • Photo of Technology won’t necessarily get you results, says Jo-Anne Oliveri

    Technology won’t necessarily get you results, says Jo-Anne Oliveri

    Property Management Leadership Summit presenter, ireviloution Founder and Managing Director Jo-Anne Oliveri, recently shared her insights on the real impact technology has on the business of property management, and why it is so important for principals to understand. Speaking with Elite Agent, Jo-Anne says technology has changed things but property management has remained the same. “Whilst…

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  • Photo of New outsourcer of rental inspections helps time poor consumers

    New outsourcer of rental inspections helps time poor consumers

    One executive’s search for a rental property highlighted a gap in customer service, along with the creation of a new outsourced rental inspection service called Propzee. For James Bentley, a newly relocated executive from the UK, the rental inspection experience was frustrating, particularly in Melbourne’s hot rental market. James found inspections clashed, were at inconvenient…

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  • Photo of Weakening investor activity impacts Sydney, but national median price in most captials: Domain

    Weakening investor activity impacts Sydney, but national median price in most captials: Domain

    The median house price in most capital cities rose over the December quarter, although different cities continue to record varied rates of growth — according to the December Quarter Domain House Price Report. Weakening investor activity and tightened lending conditions continue to impact Sydney, and although it reported a slight increase over the December quarter,…

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  • Photo of Business experts share their top tips for leading a successful business in 2018

    Business experts share their top tips for leading a successful business in 2018

    businessDEPOT Managing Director, John Knight, said that if you want to lead a successful business, you must know your numbers. “The leaders of great real estate businesses focus on people first but, when it comes to the numbers, they focus on profits, not just sales,” he said. At this year’s Property Management Leadership Summit, John…

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  • Photo of Leadership summit empowers principals to reach the pinnacle of success

    Leadership summit empowers principals to reach the pinnacle of success

    Hosted by ireviloution and businessDEPOT, the two-day summit is designed for principals, heads of department and BDMs who seek inspiration, leadership skills and real-life business examples to help them step up, lead their team, and profitably grow their business. ireviloution and PM Leadership Summit Founder Jo-Anne Oliveri said that this year’s event will inspire leaders…

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  • Photo of Christmas Comes Early for PropertyTree Customers

    Christmas Comes Early for PropertyTree Customers

    Rockend’s cloud-based property management system PropertyTree has welcomed three new enhancements set to simplify the work-lives of property managers. The first of these features is Invoice Genius, an intuitive tool that simultaneously automates the processing of creditor invoices, and eliminates the laborious task of manually entering these invoices. Beyond digitising invoices and automating workflows, Invoice…

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  • Photo of REIV launches online petition to give landlords a voice

    REIV launches online petition to give landlords a voice

    The REIV has launched an online petition calling on the Andrews’ Government to amend proposed changes to Victoria’s rental laws. The ‘Rentfair is Unfair’ petition will highlight the level of concern in the marketplace with reform of the Residential Tenancies Act set to remove important landlord rights, including the ability to consent to pets and…

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  • Photo of Parliament passes new legislation on depreciation; could cause loss in investor deductions

    Parliament passes new legislation on depreciation; could cause loss in investor deductions

    Changes to depreciation legislation announced in the May 2017 Federal Budget and detailed in Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017, have been passed by the Parliament of Australia. The new legislation means owners of second-hand residential properties (where contracts are exchanged after 7:30pm on the 9th of May 2017) will be ineligible to claim…

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  • Photo of Sarah Dawson joins Real+ as Head of Growth

    Sarah Dawson joins Real+ as Head of Growth

    Sarah Dawson has joined Real+ as Head of Growth bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from her 20 years in the real estate industry. Sarah will be working in a senior capacity alongside Real+ CEO Fiona Blayney and General Manager Lauren Kirk and is responsible for the recruitment and outsourcing team and…

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  • Photo of Victorians respond positively to Andrews’ government announcement to improve tenant rights: Rent.com.au survey

    Victorians respond positively to Andrews’ government announcement to improve tenant rights: Rent.com.au survey

    A Rent.com.au survey has found that the Victorian government’s proposed changes to improve tenant rights are welcomed, but 85 per cent of renters still think landlords are ‘too powerful’. The Rent.com.au Changes to Victorian Tenancy Law Survey drew responses from Victorian-based renters and revealed that 81 per cent of renters feel the changes are ‘positive and long…

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  • Photo of Console Partner with EziDebit for Rent Payments

    Console Partner with EziDebit for Rent Payments

    According to Console research, around 30 per cent of property owners have reported issues with receiving rent on time – something Console Pay is able to remedy with ‘set and forget’ functionality for rental payments, either directly from a bank account or credit card, which is only possible through an integrated direct payment system. Real…

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  • Photo of Andrews Government in Victoria promises to make renting ‘fairer’ for tenants

    Andrews Government in Victoria promises to make renting ‘fairer’ for tenants

    In a media release yesterday, the Andrews Labor Government has promised to make renting "fair" with "an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms" in response to a review of the State's Residential Tenancies Act. Right now, more than one in four Victorians rent their home and that number is increasing as it becomes more difficult for…

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  • Photo of REINSW recognises top performers for 2017

    REINSW recognises top performers for 2017

    Real estate’s outstanding performers have been recognised at the 2017 Real Estate Institute of New South Wales Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner. REINSW President John Cunningham said in its 20th year the award winners highlight the professional standards that the real estate industry is striving for. “The winners across 20 categories are paving the way…

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  • Photo of Snug.com launches BondCover to free up rental bonds

    Snug.com launches BondCover to free up rental bonds

    Rental community platform startup Snug.com is launching its first feature, BondCover, a surety bond designed to transform the rental market by freeing up $4 billion worth of rental bonds. “With 2.5 million renters across Australia, it’s time to recognise good renting,” says Justin Butterworth, Founder of Snug. “The current cash bond system is completely outdated,…

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  • Photo of InspectSafe: Streamlining the inspection process

    InspectSafe: Streamlining the inspection process

    InspectSafe is the latest inspection management solution transforming the way residential property inspections are managed across Australia and New Zealand. It is an inspection app that provides essential personal safety features for property managers, whilst delivering peak efficiency and the real-time outcomes which property owners expect from professional management. InspectSafe captures key information from all…

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  • Photo of Rent.com.au reach milestone and launch new product

    Rent.com.au reach milestone and launch new product

    In its ASX statement, Rent.com.au has announced a surge of user engagement in the rental property portal, with its Renter Resume product hitting the milestone of 150,000 profiles created. The milestone coincides with the release of a new suburb profile feature, specifically geared at renters. According to Rent.com.au, the success of the Renter Resume product…

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  • Photo of REINSW Calls for Parliament to Act on the NCAT

    REINSW Calls for Parliament to Act on the NCAT

    As it stands, the original case has been granted leave to appeal to the High Court, but the REINSW wants Parliament to speed up the process. The court system has never been a nimble instrument of reform, and REINSW President John Cunningham has called on the Government to step in and address the situation because…

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  • Photo of Property Wise Launceston Recognised for Excellence

    Property Wise Launceston Recognised for Excellence

    PropertyWise, a specialist property management business in Launceston, has been nominated as one of 17 finalists in Tasmania, in the 2017 Telstra Business Awards in the New Business category. In only its second year of operation, Property Wise Director Sally Shaw says that “Our clients interact with us as business owners of Property Wise Launceston…

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  • Photo of Kingscliff agent runs open home in Mona Vale from 800km away

    Kingscliff agent runs open home in Mona Vale from 800km away

    Ray White Kingscliff’s James Shugg turned to outside the box thinking when his mother decided to put her home at 6/125 Darley St West, Mona Vale in NSW on the market. “I said to mum, ‘I can sell it for you'. I can sell it by negotiation and I can get there by Facebook’s FaceTime.…

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