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The Value of Landlord Insurance

Being a landlord can be very rewarding. It can also be stressful. There‚Äôs the inevitable maintenance and associated costs that come with owning any property. There can also be issues with tenants. Appointing a Property Manager is one way of dealing with the risks and stress of owning your own property. However no Property Manager can watch your tenant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This…

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An exclusive agent means exclusive service

Many people think that listing their property with many agents will get them more exposure. The logic is simple more agents equals more exposure, which in turn means a quicker sale. Listing with lots of agents sounds good in theory but in reality it seldom results in a quicker sale. Agents can afford to spend lots of time and their own money coordinating a marketing campaign with the chance that the…

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Presentation is the key to selling

A friend flying for the first time was annoyed his meals tray was broken, it kept lurching forward and spilling his drink on his lap. Then the armrest came loose an wouldn't stay in place. My friend hoping this was not an indication of the maintenance standard of the airline company became fearful for his life and joined the white knuckle brigade. The same sort of thing happens when potential buyers…

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Setting a property sale price

Owners often ask how agents go about establishing a fair and realistic asking price for a property they are looking to sell. Well there is quite a lot to consider as a professional agent doesn't just pluck a figure out of thin air and hope they got it right or tell the owner what they want to hear in an effort to get their business. My first step would be to examine all recent sales of properties…

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To use an agent or do it myself?

With the prices that are being achieved in our market it is no wonder owners are tempted to try and sell themselves in the desire not to pay any agent's commission. Outsider views tell them that selling property is easy, when in reality they find out there is more to it than they ever thought, like setting the asking price, advertising, taking enquiry, open inspections, following up with buyers,…

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