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DIY property management: heaven or heartache?

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Thinking about taking a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach to managing your investment property? Here’s what you need to know before you take the plunge.

As the property market continues to squeeze investors it’s inevitable that many will look to ways of cutting their costs. One perceived ‘quick win’ is taking on the role of property manager.

According to the recent IBISWorld report, of the 1.9 million residential property investors in Australia approximately 25 per cent choose to self-manage. But that figure is decreasing. Why? Because many investors are realising that the real advantage of having a property manager is more about saving time than money.

“The majority of property investors today are time poor. They are busy professionals. They have families, and they want to spend their weekends doing what they love,” explains DHA’s Director of Investor Sales, Chris Perry.

“Those that choose to invest with DHA tell us that one of the attributes that attracted them is that they can be truly hands-off with their investment.”

The role of the property manager, as well as the costs for their services, vary from one real estate agent to the next. But on the whole managing a property is about more than collecting rent. It’s a long list of comprehensive services, some of which are based on the relevant tenancy legislation, that need to be considered.

DHA offers investors a service called DHA Property Care. This is an extensive range of property-related services including property management, market rent review, repairs and maintenance, as well as lease-end restoration.

“We manage the occupancy of the property and carry out inspections and reporting at periodic intervals. There is no need for you to inspect the property throughout the lease term, but of course we can arrange this if you wish,” Perry says.

“Each year we engage an independent licensed valuer to review the property’s rent. The rent is then adjusted to the greater of the market rent or commencing rent1.”

But what about maintenance? If you’re handy on the tools, and live close-by, then surely performing minor maintenance on your investment property is a sure-fire way of saving a few bucks?

“The reality is that markets shift,” Perry said. “One market might be up while another may be down, so having the flexibility to buy in a growth area is likely to create better returns. If that area happens to be in your vicinity, then all well and good, but ignoring the market to save money on a tradie may not be a financially sound decision.”

DHA provides investors with the opportunity to select from a geographically diverse portfolio allowing them to chase areas of potential growth, while still providing maintenance at a local level. What’s more DHA is responsible for organising and covering the costs of most non-structural repair and maintenance works, including the replacement of fixed appliances, as needed.

“The investor still retains some obligations but the responsibilities are significantly reduced compared to conventional residential property,” Perry said.

“So rather than spend your time worrying about your investment, or managing it, you can look forward to today and tomorrow.”

If you think DHA might be the time saving option you are looking for, find out more and register your interest today.

Attention: All information contained in this article is for general information only and prospective investors should seek independent advice. Investment is subject to DHA’s lease terms and conditions of sale. Investors retain some responsibilities and risks, i.e. rent, restoration and market fluctuations. 1. Rental floor applies to DHA properties leased under DHA’s Lease Edition 6C, which will not cover all DHA properties.



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Will Magee has had ambitions to enter into the Australian property market for quite some time, but it has been more than just finances holding him back.  Having been granted permanent residency just two weeks ago, Will is wasting no time and is now in the process of signing papers and finding his first investment property.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Will joins host Phil Tarrant to share why he is purchasing his first property in partnership with his brother, discuss the complications that can arise from such a strategy, and unpack the ongoing plan for building a joint property portfolio with his brother.

Will will also share how they approached saving for their first property, why he is taking out the mortgage in his name exclusively, and share their savings plan for the year ahead.

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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Median house prices in regional Victoria outperformed that of Melbourne in the June quarter, the latest REIV figures reveal. 

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Median house prices in the regions rose 4.0 per cent to $419,500 but in Melbourne they dipped by 0.6 of a percentage point to $840,000.

The result in Melbourne was due to a 0.8 of a percentage point fall in prices achieved at auction; this was despite a lift of 2.3 per cent in private sales.

Inner Melbourne suffered due to auction prices, where median prices fell by 4.9 per cent to $1,459,000 but it was middle Melbourne that was hardest hit, with a 5.4 per cent drop to $974,500.

Outer Melbourne had a good quarter with the median rising by 0.5 of a percentage point to $681,000.

Apartment prices in regional Victoria grew by 3.7 per cent to $304,500 while the metro media was up by 0.5 of a percentage point to $604,000.

REIV President Richard Simpson said that despite fewer sales, many sectors of the market were performing well.

“2017 was a bumper year and while the trendline has flattened, despite the fall in median house prices in the June quarter, median prices are still up this calendar year for both houses and units, in Melbourne and in the regions,” Mr Simpson said. 

In particular there was been strong growth in regional centres which is probably due to the first-home buyers’ concessions said Mr Simpsons.

“The first-home buyers’ concession has been a boon for regional areas. A new entrant to the property market buying a house at the regional median will pay no stamp duty, while a first home buyer of an apartment in Melbourne at the median price would pay stamp duty of nearly $25,000,” he said.

Mr Simpson said that more prospective buyers are looking towards regional Victoria which is also having an effect in Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s outer perimeter continues to grow. Small increases in the June quarter mean that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

Mr Simpson said moving forward that vendors need more realistic expectations as the highs of 2017 are now over.

“Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations,” Mr Simpson said.

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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 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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