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Strata schemes by-laws review – just two weeks to go!

Strata laws require all schemes to review their by-laws by 30 November 2017.

With the deadline fast approaching, now is the time for schemes to organise a meeting of the owners corporation to review their by-laws (if schemes have not already done so since 30 November 2016).

This is a chance for owners to consider whether their existing by-laws are still suitable or … Read the full post »

Why RBA has kept rates on hold

This is a short 6-minute podcast that will help you gain some insight into why the Reserve Bank of Australia has kept rates on hold.

Here Bill Evans, Chief Economist at Westpac, discusses what interest rates may do next year. His conclusions are very insightful and should give confidence that there will be no rate rise soon and possibly at all next year.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here … Read the full post »

Can you claim renovations made by previous owners?

One common question asked by property investors is whether they can claim deductions for work that has been completed to the property by a previous owner.

The rules on depreciation can be complicated for investors and for this reason, it is best to consult with a specialist Quantity Surveyor to obtain a comprehensive depreciation schedule.

Given the federal government has recently … Read the full post »

Five ways to boost your first home deposit by investing


You’ve saved. Scrimped. Worked hard. Missed overseas trips, delicious and expensive breakfasts and music festivals … all in the pursuit of saving a deposit for your first home.
After all that you’ve managed to save $20,000, $30,000 or even $50,000 – a huge effort! But, unfortunately, you’re still barely half way to where you want to be.

Despite house prices gains in … Read the full post »

What do you do if you are a Landlord and are unhappy with your current Property Manager?

 

John Pye Real Estate picks up a large number of property managements where Landlords are stressed out over their current management situation. If this sounds like the situation you are finding yourself in, we can help!

In some situations, we hear about Landlords who have had to put up with unsatisfactory service over a very long time and simply don’t know how to … Read the full post »

Accidental, Malicious, Deliberate damage or Wear & Tear – What is the difference?

 

A common query our Property Managers often hear from Landlords and Tenants is…

“What is accidental damage and how is this different to malicious damage, deliberate damage and/or wear and tear?”

From an insurance perspective, it is defined as per below:

Accidental Damage: An unexpected or sudden loss. This is generally something that is an accident and not planned or intentional. Examples include spills on … Read the full post »

25 Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

 

Spruce up the yard. Get rid of rubbish and yard waste. Keep your lawn in good condition and mow it. This includes using a whipper-snipper to get in the tight corners and along the edges of paths and the house. Trim the hedges, get rid of weeds, and mulch the flower beds. If you don’t have much to work with, plant … Read the full post »

Top Up Cleans

Vanessa Pereira shares about the benefits of “Top Up Cleans” when it comes to the condition of a residential rental property.

Follow us over on our Facebook Page to stay up to date with future interviews, other Facebook Live videos, plus information videos just like this one.

Enjoy!

The financial Plan B for Australians who won’t buy a home

You’d have to have been living on Mars for the past decade to not be aware that house prices, especially in Melbourne and Sydney, have risen sharply. The combination of extremely low interest rates, a growing population, and in some cases a lack of supply of new homes, has resulted in existing home owners becoming wealthy, at least on paper, and those outside the home ownership club … Read the full post »

Landlord Obligations – Part 1 – Condition of a Residential Rental Property

John Pye’s experience extends over 26 years (and counting!) in the real estate industry.

In this video he shares with us about Landlord obligations when it comes to the condition of a residential rental property.

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Enjoy!

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Interview Margaret O’Connor from O’Connor Strata – “How to build great relationships in a Strata Plan”

Here is one of our latest interviews recorded live on Facebook with Margaret O’Connor from O’Connor Strata.

Margaret’s experience is extensive and what she shares in this is invaluable. Her and her husband started their business in 1985 and in that time she has seen the good, the bad and the ugly in strata communities.

Some of the questions we cover in this interview are:

What are the key elements to being … Read the full post »

John Pye Real Estate Finalists in Hornsby Local Business Awards 2017

 

We are also very pleased to announce we have been chosen as finalists for the third time in a row in the 2017 Hornsby Local Business Awards in the category of Most Outstanding Real Estate Agency.  This is the award we won last year and details of that fun Awards Gala evening can be found here…. Read the full post »

John Pye Real Estate Finalists in Real Estate Institute of NSW Awards for Excellence in Three Categories

 

 

We are massively proud of our team at John Pye Real Estate. If you follow us on Facebook you already have heard…

We are very pleased to announce we have been chosen as finalists in three categories in the 2017 Awards for Excellence, Real Estate Institute of NSW and these categories include:

 
Residential Property Management Team
This Award for Excellence recognises outstanding achievement by teams … Read the full post »

Sales & Rental Market Reports – APRIL – JUNE 2017

 

Our second quarter APRIL – JUNE017 Sales & Rental Market Reports are now completed and found by choosing the relevant suburb, then clicking the links below.

Asquith

Asquith – Apartments and Townhouses

Berowra

Berowra Heights

Hornsby – Houses

Hornsby – Apartments

Hornsby – Units

Hornsby – Townhouse

Hornsby Heights

Mount Colah

Mount Kuring-Gai

Normanhurst

Pennant Hills

Thornleigh

Waitara – Apartments

Westleigh

5 Tips Buyers wished Vendors Knew

 

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HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

Don’t hide or put band-aids over problems or issues at your property.
Be open and upfront, it is easier for a buyer to process and except – or ideally fix it properly.

 

HONEST MARKETING IS VALUED

Buyers feel like they’ve wasted their valuable time when the marketing of a property does not match reality.
One of the strategies we’ve implemented is 360 degree Virtual Tours for … Read the full post »

How many coffees can buy you a house?

 

Sunday night has arrived and while many people enjoyed a smashed avo on toast and a few coffees down at the local cafe over the weekend, here is some food for thought involving property, coffee and also smashed avo – a hot topic for first home buyers over the last few months.

 

“How many coffees can buy you a house?”

 

What an interesting question.

Here is … Read the full post »

Press Release from Leading Property Managers of Australia – 2017 Awards for Excellence

The winners have been announced for the LPMA 2017 Awards for Excellence. Local Property Management professional Bec Reid has won the Excellence in Corporate Support Award.

LPMA is an elite group of professionals made up of the very best property management practitioners and companies. They are at the forefront of Australian property management practice, and their Awards are highly sought after. By … Read the full post »

Are houses a better investment than units?


It’s not about which property type is the best, it’s about which one is the best for you.
Ask anyone and there will always be a huge argument about whether houses or units are better investments because a lot of people think that houses are superior to units and vice versa.

But to me, it’s not about which is the best dwelling type, … Read the full post »

Success at Leading Property Managers of Australia Awards for Excellence

Last Thursday night, some of our team represented John Pye Real Estate at the Awards … Read the full post »

NSW Fair Trading Free Strata Reforms Information Seminar – 17th May 2017

 
Are you a Landlord or soon to be Investor of a Strata property?
 

NSW Fair Trading are hosting a FREE Strata Reforms Information seminar for both owners and tenants this month.

 

Topics covered will be:

 

Complying with the new laws
Resolving disputes
Maintaining the building’s condition
Role of Strata Managers
Common property and private lots
Owner renovations

 

Interested? Register by clicking the link … Read the full post »

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