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RON FISCHER

We had four agents look at our house.

Number 1 raved about the home and location. Two days later all the positives had become negatives. Very confusing.

Number 2 did not have a clue.

Number 3 Kept telling us how good they were. Could not get a firm sale price.

Number 4 - First National. Very positive from the start. The sales staff looked, had a meeting on the premises and gave us a price on the spot. Service and communication were excellent. Price achieved was way above the other agents. S & R Manson

INVESTING TIPS

Whether it be your first investment property or you are wanting to add to your portfolio, look for:


  • Location
    Look for a quiet street within an easy walk of public transport and open spaces, shops and restaurants.
  • Aspect
    Good natural light will always attract tenants.
  • Balanced Accommodation
    Look for properties with a good layout and well proportioned rooms.  Avoid high level units without a lift and ground floor units without good gardens.
  • Convenience
    Built-in cupboards and good storage space are vital.  Well equipped kitchens and first class bathrooms score highly too.
  • Approach
    What is the street like? Would the surroundings appeal to your target market? If you have a unit, the communal areas should be tidy.

Helpful Hints


  • Always put yourself in the shoes of potential tenants
    By providing an attractive letting property, you’ll be able to attract better tenants and reduce empty periods.
  • Leave a little left-over
    Avoid the temptation to spend so much on buying your property that you can’t afford to bring out its maximum potential.  If you need to make improvements, get them done.  As well as letting benefits, they can add to the capital value of your property.
  • Look for double rooms
    If a unit has two bedrooms, the second should be a double.  If you have only one bedroom, consider a sofabed in the living room.
  • Minimise all your property’s negative features
    A badly shaped room will need all the design help it can get.  A dark room should be lit in the best possible way - large mirrors can be a great help.
  • Keep the property in first class order
    Redecorate and improve on a regular basis and between tenancies if necessary.  Tired decoration and worn appliances won’t just reduce monthly rental, they also reduce appeal which leads to longer periods between lettings.
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