1. What Do Tenants Want? Target Markets Explained

    Did you know that adjusting or tweaking some areas of your home will change the target market you will attract?  Whether there’s a buzz about a low Vacancy Rate or if the properties are taking a little longer to rent in a slower Rental Market, it’s great to know what prospective tenants are looking for to meet their requirements, and what you can do to attract a quality tenant, in any market.  Meeting the market will cut down your vacancy period and number of days on the rental market.  Let’s take a look at some topics we often hear from the rental market.

    Houses vs.

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  2. 2018 Half Year Rental Market Overview

    The first half of 2018 has welcomed a steady rental market with a consistently low vacancy rate in comparison to recent years. We saw some unseasonal tightening of the market through May and June which has carried over to the second half of 2018 and we anticipate an ongoing trend here.

    A snapshot of the Rockhampton Region Rental Market
    According to figures just released by the Residential Tenancies Authority, there were 1964 new bonds lodged in 2018 across the Rockhampton Region; and we are proud to report that Pat O’Driscoll Real Estate has consistently been the #1 rental

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  3. Creating a Garden to Suit All Tenants

    How green is your thumb? Creating a garden to suit all tenancies. 

    In a perfect world, we would all love our tenants to have green thumbs.  Sometimes this happens!  But this isn’t always the case.  To cover all bases, we recommend some hard-wearing plants which will still make your home look well presented, but at the same time will be low-maintenance and water-wise.  For those playing along at home, think Australian natives, murraya, gardenia, frangipani, and surprisingly, even roses can be easy to maintain.



    A contractor for all seasons

    Of course, in mos

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  4. Rent Arrears: Two Chilling Words

    Rent Arrears. Two words that will send chills down every Landlord or good Property Manager’s spine.

    Even the best tenants can find themselves in the rent arrears trap if they fall into financial stress, for example, sometimes this can be caused by events such as loss of employment or a relationship breakdown.

    It’s important to begin every tenancy with the end in mind – ensuring your tenant understands what will happen if they fall behind in their rent. Our agency promotes this education by spending around 30-45 minutes with our tenants upon approval of their applica

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  5. Grab Your Hammer (Or Your Phone), It’s Reno Season!

    Between Easter and the end of the Financial Year is the time when most investors tend to do their renovating.  No matter how big or small the repairs, it’s all about keeping your property maintained.

    If you’ve engaged a good property management service, they will provide recommendations and suggestions for upgrades, maintenance and preventative maintenance, and in turn, arrange quotes and contractors on your behalf as required.

    So to get started, grab a notebook and a pen, and have a think about your property in general and what needs doing first, and what can wait until

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    As a landlord, the most important thing at the forefront of our mind is creating an investment that will produce successful returns whether it be over a short, mid or long term plan.
    Our goal as managing agents it to maximize your return on investment. This doesn’t always present itself in the way we imagine in a high vacancy market. Not only do we want to help you achieve the highest possible rent for your property, but we also want to ensure that the vacancy period of your property is kept as minimal as possible.
    Often a property is listed at a price that is considered optimal but unfortun

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    We all know that it can be quite challenging achieving a small vacancy period in a slow moving market and with increased property options available to tenants it can tend to create a negative effect.   I have observed that the recent market trends have led to a “tenant driven market” which gives tenants the belief that they have the power to decide what they will pay for a property.

    The two main points that will help your property stand out amongst the rest are Price and Presentation!

    Price – Provided that your property has been given an accurate rental appraisal for the current ma

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