Yearly Archive: 2019

Suburb Profile – Hamlyn Heights

Being located close to Geelong West and Manifold Heights, Hamlyn Heights offers tenants a great location but with a more affordable rent.  Whilst 3-4 bedroom family homes are always sought after, one bedrooms units/flats are also hugely popular. The recent development of larger blocks with quality townhouses has further lifted the profile of Hamlyn Heights....

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Suburb Profile – Bell Park

Bell Park This suburb is regarded by many as Geelong’s best kept secret. Located within minutes to the CBD, Ring Road, Melbourne Road, quality schools including Kardinia International College and with great suburban shopping strips, Bell Park is still an affordable suburb offering great value for investors. Add to this the large block sizes and...

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Landlords and Tenants and what you need to know about VCAT

  VCAT is a dispute resolution service for landlords and tenants. Most disputes arise over rent arrears and end of tenancy issues such as cleaning of a property. In many instances a dispute should be, and is, resolved before heading to VCAT. The property managers at West End Real Estate, Geelong, have had years of...

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Renting and the Application Process

As property managers, we are required to submit all tenancy applications to the owner of a property. In order to do this, we need to have a rental application completed by all parties to the tenancy. Each applicant must complete an application form and submit it with the required documentation, eg: previous rental history, employment...

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Landlords – Leasing and Managing Authority explained

Potential landlords should know what documentation is required before engaging the services of a property manager. In this week’s podcast, Gina and Rosa discuss why you need to sign the Leasing and Managing Authority and some of the legalities involved with the Authority.  

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Vacating a rental property in Geelong and surrounds

Moving home at the end of a tenancy can be stressful, there are so many items to ‘tick’ off before handing your keys back to your agent. Once you have given the required notice to vacate, your agent may send you a confirmation of the notice received, a check list of what you need to...

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Know your criteria before leasing a property

Having a check list before searching for a rental property is a useful tool. Write your wish list of ‘must haves’ and ‘ desires’ in a property. For example, what type of heating is preferred, do you need cooling. Consider if you need to be close to particular amenities, especially schools, public transport. Look at...

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Lease renewals – Geelong Property Manager

In this weeks podcast, we discuss the advantages of renewing your lease. Renewing your lease will give you security of knowing where you are going to live for a fixed period of time and it also gives the owner security knowing that a fixed term tenancy is in place. As a tenant, you will know...

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Breaking a rental lease

Breaking a lease refers to vacating a property before the fixed term lease ends. Tenants usually break their lease if their circumstances drastically change, eg: interstate job transfer or separation from a partner. When breaking a fixed term, residential tenancy lease, you should be aware that you may incur some break lease costs. These costs may include...

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