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Renovating for profit pitfalls - the top 8 things to avoid!

So - you’ve found that diamond-in-the-rough property and paid an absolute bargain for it, but now it’s up to you to take that shambling mess and make it presentable and desirable. However, there’s a fine line between renovating for-profit and a nightmare, so we’ve scoured the internet and leading industry experts who have been in your shoes, and gathered the top 8 tips w...

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Taking the Stress out of Open Preparation!

When it comes to preparing your home for an open inspection, you would think it would be obvious what to do. Let’s remember what we all do in our homes is very different. With that said, the Team at Jim’s Real Estate wants to make it as easy as possible so you can “Hang up your boots” on home open preparation. Here are our quick suggestions for you to implement and at t...

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The client: are they your focus?

"We provide exceptional customer service!" It’s probably one of the most overused statements in any industry. And yet one of the least trusted. There is even a certain level of acceptance that providing average levels of customer service in our country is ok. I couldn’t disagree more.  We don’t like it when we are on the receiving end of bad service. Then why is there ...

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Filming from Home: How to Create the Perfect Virtual Tour

The piece will touch on how some agents/agencies/platforms (in Melbourne, for example) are currently unable to visit properties and instead are asking vendors to do some filming for them, even if it is just on smartphones.  What are your 3-5 top tips when filming vision for a virtual tour? What are the 'musts' you should include? These are things such as the exterior, kitchen, and bath...

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What are the best things to mention in a Rental Application?

All landlords are looking for a tenant that will treat their investment property like their own home.  When applying for a rental property, pointing out all the reasons why that property is right for you is so important. When trying to ensure the landlord likes your application over someone else’s, start by making positive comments on the floor plan, this will ensure that they fe...

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INVESTING LIKE A PRO!

While property as an asset class finished strong off the back of Covid fluctuations in 2020 rushing out and getting your first investment property should not be done without your due diligence. Money – the ever-alluring Holy Grail. It’s something on our minds almost 24/7, and yet for many of us, we can never seem to make enough of it. In order to obtain more of this paper gold we t...

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THE TOP 15 THINGS JIM THINKS LANDLORDS SHOULD KNOW

In Australia alone, the statistics for the 2017-2018 tax year said that there were 2,207,905 property investors in Australia. Being a landlord can be a busy and challenging affair, especially when you’re starting out. Finding and screening tenants, creating and following a rental agreement, ongoing maintenance and collecting rent online are just a few of the speed humps you have to get th...

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JIM’S TOP 5 TIPS TO DRESS YOUR TABLE FOR SUCCESS AT CHRISTMAS

We’ve all been there. Each year, planning and preparing all those presents, sorting out food and busily checking that you’ve invited all those in-laws that you can hardly stand. After all that, who wants to think about how to decorate the table at the last minute? Luckily, we’ve got you covered!  We’ve scoured the internet looking for the best ways to stylise that ...

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WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE VALUE OF MY HOME IN 2021?

Forecasting projected property values is always difficult, even before a global pandemic, but how much can you expect to get out of your home this upcoming year? Australians have managed to survive a year of undeniable hardships, many losing their jobs or faced their own personal battles as a result of COVID-19. However, many are now expressing optimism about the future, and Australia’s ...

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THE 1% RULE

This post is all about a very simple (but super powerful) philosophy that improves efficiency, creates steady long-term growth, and basically helps you change some long term bad habits. It’s fuelled by one simple principle: Do 1 percent better every day. You might have heard of “kaizen” before, which is the idea of doing 1% better every single day. It’s all about smal...

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EXCUSES ARE NOT HELPING YOU.

In my job position I speak to small business owners every day, discussing what is and isn’t working for them in their business. I find there are two types of people. Ones that make it happen and other that are blaming others. The first group tend to take responsibility on what is happening in their world, the good, the bad and the indifferent. Those that fall into the second group tend t...

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WILL THIS MAKE MY BOAT GO FASTER?

I listen to a lot of podcasts and by that, I mean A LOT! I was listening to a story on the weekend that was specifically about sport and how teams turn around their success based on the thoughts and attitude. One story I found particularly interesting was on The British rowing team. The British rowing team had not won a gold medal since 1912. By all measures, they didn’t have a good rowin...