Your annual property maintenance checklist

Posted by Pam Hight on Aug 12, 2019

When you're self-managing a property it can seem like the list of jobs just keeps growing. From leaking showers to gutter cleaning it can seem like there are not enough hours in the day. And if you're not staying on top of all the small jobs then the risk of a massive job suddenly rearing its ugly head becomes more and more likely by the year.

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Topics: Property manager, property management, Owning a rental property, rental properties, managing a rental

Healthy Homes: What this means for landlords

Posted by Pam Hight on Jul 15, 2019

The Healthy Homes legislation has been released by the government and aims to increase the quality of rental accommodation across New Zealand. It is doing so by making certain standards a minimum legal requirement for landlords to meet. The properties we manage are all now insulated making them compliant to the standard required at this point of time, but we wanted to share the updated standards that all rentals must meet so that anyone managing their own rental has the information needed to ensure they comply with the new laws before the deadlines.

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Topics: Insulation Regulations, Property investment Taranaki, Property managers in Taranaki, Healthy Homes Standards

The top 5 reasons people choose a property manager

Posted by Pam Hight on Jun 7, 2019

Many people self-manage their rental properties as it can be seen as expensive to use a property manager. After all, giving someone else a slice of your monthly income doesn't seem worth the loss. Yet, on the other side of the fence there are dozens of people that swear by their property manager. So why is there such a divide?

On the surface the objections seem obvious. They cost money and what do they do that a diligent owner doesn't do already? In this article we'll showcase the top 5 reasons why property owners use a property manager. And instead of us explaining the reasons, we'll use them to tell you in their own words.

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Topics: Property managers in Taranaki, Property management Taranaki, property investment

Why you should choose McDonald Real Estate for your property management needs

Posted by Pam Hight on May 7, 2019

 

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Topics: Owning a rental property, Property managers in Taranaki, Finding reliable tenants, Property management Taranaki

Line of Credit Home Loans

Posted by Pam Hight on May 2, 2019



There may come a time in your life where you need to access additional cash (money) relatively quickly, without having to wait lengthy loan approval times or you may simply want to have the comfort and reassurance of cash in the bank ‘so to speak’, without having cash in your bank.

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Topics: Owning a rental property, home equity, home loan, property investment

20 things to think about when buying an investment property!

Posted by Pam Hight on May 2, 2019

 

There are many important things to consider when buying an investment property. To ensure you make a good decision here are 20 helpful tips that we have put together. 
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Topics: property investing

Property investment in Taranaki - what you need to know!

Posted by Pam Hight on Apr 8, 2019

 

Taranaki is a unique region with boundless potential. Not only does it have a growing economy but it offers one of the best lifestyles available in New Zealand. Combine its small ski-field with the rolling west coast surf, and almost every board sport is covered. From tramping the many tracks around the iconic mountain to enjoying galleries, coffee shops and festivals, Taranaki really has something for everyone.

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Topics: Property manager, Owning a rental property, managing a rental, Renting to tenants, property investing, Property investment Taranaki

Five common property investment mistakes

Posted by Pam Hight on Apr 3, 2019



Property investing has long been a mainstream investment strategy for both novices and experts alike. Yet, as rewarding and effective as property can be as an investment, there are some pitfalls that are unfortunately all too common. These can render investments potentially ineffective, if not costly. Here are a few key areas to consider before buying a property, making offers or signing on the dotted line.

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Topics: Owning a rental property, property investing

When a tenant vacates - Cleaning, Repairs or Fair Wear and Tear!

Posted by Pam Hight on Apr 3, 2019

The tenant/s have just vacated your investment property. The property manager has a copy of the original condition report or video (the only legal evidence that can be taken into consideration to release the bond) and attends the property to undertake the final inspection.

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Topics: property management, Owning a rental property, Renting to tenants

Heading overseas? Have you thought about renting out your house?

Posted by Pam Hight on Mar 19, 2019



Renting out your home while abroad is a cost-effective way to bring in extra income while making sure your home is being cared for at the same time. Being both an expat and a landlord can be a tricky situation to be in, especially if things were to go pear shaped.

We often hear horror stories in the news and amongst our peers about tenants trashing what used to be a well looked after family home. Trying to deal with any dramas while you're in a different timezone can also be tricky, and do you really want to leave the responsibility to friends or family?

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Topics: Owning a rental property, managing a rental, Renting to tenants, heading overseas