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Landlords urged to be more proactive and avoid unnecessary risk in tenant selection

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Maximising the return on a rental property investment and securing quality tenants can be significantly improved by conducting appropriate due diligence on prospective tenants, according to rent.com.au Founder and CEO, Mark Woschnak.

Taking the time to understand the rental conditions of a local area, national tenancy database checks and effective communication between landlords and tenants was also highlighted as critical for the large number of landlords who self-manage their rental property investments:

“Many private landlords are simply unaware of the tools and resources available to them, said Woschnak. “Determining whether a prospective tenant is suitable or not, is often left to chance and based on first impressions, timing and price. Now, landlords can access information that was previously only available to the professional real estate industry.

“This makes the entire process easier and will greatly assist landlords to make the right decisions in securing reliable tenants and long-term rental income.

"To further close the loop, we have launched RentCheck, a fast, affordable and comprehensive tenant report that removes doubt and the 'what ifs' from decision making.

"Landlords can now use ‘RentCheck’ to screen potential renters before signing the lease to confirm items such as tenancy database history, identity, court records, rental payment defaults and bankruptcy.

"The verification of personal details for a rental agreement is crucial and we urge all landlords to adopt a proactive and stringent approach in carrying out the appropriate due diligence. This will help to mitigate the risk of fraud and avoid unnecessary stress by establishing that there are no hidden circumstances impacting rental payments, or damage to a property.

"The service is also being used directly by renters, who obtain their own reports to elevate their chances of obtaining a preferred property. Background research, when coupled with effective communication, will go a long way to avoiding future issues and ensure mutually beneficial outcomes for everyone involvedin the leasing process."

RentCheck is backed by Australia's largest credit reference agency. Each RentCheck report costs $35 and is issued immediately via email.

Private landlords can also benefit from free property listings via rent.com.au and access a range of additional services including RentReports and RentQuotes.

The RentReport allows landlords to obtain a comprehensive rental intelligence report for the suburb of their investment property, enabling the best chance of receiving the right rental income. RentQuotes provides landlords who don’t wish to manage their own property, an opportunity to obtain immediate and multiple property management quotes from local agents serving their area.

Rent.com.au’s sustained growth in the rental sector reflects a national trend towards renting as a conscious lifestyle and investment choice for millions of Australians.

As it strives to create a total rental marketplace, Rent.com.au has experienced rapid and solid results since listing on the ASX in June 2015. The company recently reported record traffic numbers of 615,405 unique visitors to the website during January 2016, along with a 46% increase in enquiries to agents and landlords.

Landlords can list their properties for free and obtain RentCheck tenant reports at rent.com.au.

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Whether searching for a new place to live or looking for a tenant for your property investment, – rent.com.au will help you find the right place or the right tenant, quickly, efficiently and effectively.

Rent.com.au (ASX:RNT) is Australia’s leading dedicated rental property website and delivers a single marketplace for renters, agents and landlords.

Focusing exclusively on the rental market for Australia’s growing number of renters (approximately 7 million, or 30 % of the population), rent.com.au is today ranked one of the top 10 property websites in the country and is solely focused on delivering excellent services for renters and marketers of rental properties.

Rent.com.au is not a rental property manager. It accepts enquiries from all listers of rental properties, including real–estate agents, property managers, private landlords, developers, builders, retirement services and universities. By ensuring its wide availability, rent.com.au provides renters with the widest possible choice in one, convenient location.

The site also features a number of exclusive and industry-first product developments, including RentBond, RentConnect, RentCheck and RentQuotes, further assisting renters, agents and landlords to simplify the renting process.

As increasing numbers of Australians choose renting as a conscious lifestyle and investment choice, rent.com.au is set to become the home for renters in Australia.

Rent.com.au was established in 2007 by experienced property and new media entrepreneur, Mark Woschnak and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in June 2015.

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If Mark Hodge’s face looks familiar to you it could be because of his time working as a professional entertainer which saw him working with the Australian ballet, appearing on multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and touring in musical theatre for 17 years. What you may not know is that Mark is also heavily involved in the short-term property rental marketspace.

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Mark joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his transition from entertainer to investor, a journey pushed forward by dance related injuries and even a hit and run which saw him needing to find alternate methods to bring in an income. Mark shares how bad long-term tenants and a gang member guided him to the short-term rental market, and how this pushed him into helping others to realise the same benefits.

Mark will also address the common concerns, discuss what his company Maisonnets specialise in and unpack how they are making the process of filling short term rentals easier for investors.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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Buying off-the-plan can be lucrative in the long run, if you can get over the risk factor. If you want to minimise the risk and maximise your chances at profitability, these suburbs might be just what you’re looking for.

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Outlined in The Australian Off The Plan Sentiment Report, published by Investorist, Domain’s data scientist Dr Nicola Powell has outlined where in major markets investors should focus their efforts when purchasing property off-the-plan:

Sydney

The south-west region of Sydney has seen an increase of interest in new developments, with Leppington, Austral and Edmondson Park, as well as Marsden Park, which all offer the widest variety of developments available to buy into, according to Domain data.

Sydney was also the most popular capital city for off-the-plan interest, with Domain recording over 2 million views for the property type.

Brisbane

The increased number of new developments has impacted on price growth in the unit market with supply stronger than demand, yet off-the-plan listing prices remain higher than listing prices for all new developments.

The full extent of the market however is yet to be seen, as it is adjusting with the fall of new development commencements and completed developments slide from the peak. Boutique developments in the inner city, targeted towards owner-occupiers, have the potential to show signs of improvement amid underperforming inner city Brisbane units.

Canberra

The key area in all of Canberra is Gungahlin, which according to Dr Powell contains numerous opportunities for buyers, as the area has seen a “significant transformation”.

Gungahlin currently is Canberra’s fastest growing area, seeing its population double in the last 10 years, there is a light rail project under construction and the first commonwealth government agency is scheduled to relocate to the area. Moncrieff is the most popular Gungahlin suburb, with the most development listings and views according to Domain data and has continued to remain popular even with other developments undergoing construction in Throsby, Taylor and Kenny.

Melbourne

Out of all the property types, new house and land packages topped Domain’s list for Victoria in 2017 with 1.8 million views, showing there is high demand for them due to employment opportunities getting stronger and affordability hurdles getting lower. There is also a solid chance for growth, as the strong demand saw prices for new house and land packages rise over 2017.

West Melbourne was the most popular region for off-the-plan supply and demand with the most listings and views, with popular suburbs including Tarneit, Werribee and Rockbank.

Perth

Demand for new house and land packages were proportionally high, making up 87.5 per cent of all listing views, with the majority of listings stemming from south-west and south-east regions of Perth, with the suburbs Baldivis, Piara Waters, Wellard and Hilbert ranking at the top.

There was also strong demand for listings in the north, which include the north-east suburb of Morley and the north west suburb of Doubleview.

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