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4 Tips That All Savvy Real Estate Investors Do

February 24th, 2015
Byron Miller

As investing in real estate becomes easier and easier, new property investors are buying before they have even had a chance to think. To gain a good return on investment you need to make smart choices to minimize your risks while maximizing your gains. Here are four things all smart real estate investors look for when deciding whether a property is suitable for their portfolio. 1. Pick investments that don’t seem too risky Going with the high-risk high-reward strategy is one that should not be adhered to when investing in real estate. You only need to make one bad investment before your whole life crumbles before you. Smart investors

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Changes to the Property Occupations Act

February 10th, 2015
Byron Miller

Recently, the Property Occupations Act was put into effect to replace the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA), in Queensland. The Property Occupations Act was implemented to remove some of the more restrictive elements of prior acts and to allow for a simpler process for buyers and sellers during property transactions. So what’s changed? A number of things, but the most important are: Removal of Form 30c and Form 14 – these have been replaced by the requirement to insert which will be located just above where the buyer is supposed to sign the contract. Any contracts that don’t have the requirement to insert results in

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Understanding Capital Growth

January 28th, 2015
Byron Miller

As more people see the possibilities involved with investing in property, they first must understand what their goals are. Will they renovate and flip? Or look for a property that provides either high rental yield of greater capital growth possibilities?   Long-term investment plans tend to involve a ‘buy and hold’ approach with a single focus in mind, increasing capital growth. Also known as capital appreciation, capital growth is the increase in value a property gains between the purchase date all the way up to the present day. High capital growth properties tend to have a lower rental yield, although they may not make a huge profit (or

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6 Easy to Implement Negotiating Tips When Buying a Property

January 21st, 2015
Byron Miller

Even a 1-2% discount on a property can save you thousands of dollars. Negotiating isn’t a skill that comes easy and most have no idea what tactics to implement or what they can negotiate on.  Luckily for you, the experienced team at Assents Agents do. This article will provide tips on how homeowners can secure the best possible deal when buying a home.   Be ready – As mentioned in our other articles, before you start the search get yourself pre-approved.  This will make you look desirable to sellers and give you more power during negations. Becoming pre-approved lets sellers know you have the cash to backup your actions.   Be armed with

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Dealing with Terrible Tenants

December 22nd, 2014
Byron Miller

When the worse case scenario arises and your seemly good tenants are causing all sorts of problems, a landlord must remain professional and calm during the crisis. We are not talking about tenants who are always a few days late on rent or never return your phone calls, these are hardly ‘terrible tenants in the truest sense. But tenants who spend the weekend drinking and shouting resulting in noise complaints, assault and even destruction of your property, or tenants who have been practicing in taking illegal drugs for someone to then overdose in your property prompting the emergency services. These are the times when a landlord is really

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