A Year in Review with John Minns and Hannah Gill, 2017

2017 was a big year for Canberra. Light rail construction was in full swing, our first tram arrived and who could ever forget Lonely Planet naming our great city the third best in the world.

It was a big year for Canberra property, too. With the median house price surpassing $700,000 for the first time and approximately 37 suburb records broken (source: Allhomes), 2017 saw Canberra sitting near the top of the highest growing capital cities in Australia.

But what does this all mean? And where is the market heading in 2018? We sat down with John Minns, Chief Operations Officer of Independent Property Group and Hannah Gill, Managing Director of Independent Property Management, to find out. Continue reading

How Long-Term Leases Can Solve Rental Woes

Catherine still has possessions in storage from the last time she moved. It didnt seem worth finding spaces for them all when she knew shed have to box them all up again in a few months, so now shes paying for a storage unit as well as her rent. Shes already moved four times in the past five years, and her lease is up in six weeks. Shed love to buy some plants for her balcony, or choose her own paint scheme, but it doesnt seem worth it when shell just have to move again shortly.

At Perspective, we hear several tales like Catherine’s. These are tenants who want nothing more than to settle down in one spot, find their favourite local cafe and introduce their children to the nearby schools. But instead, they’re asked to move by landlords who want to sell up, move in or renovate. Some landlords also only offer six-month leases, and because there’s so much competition for the longer leases, tenants like Catherine might find themselves with no choice but to accept six months. Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to…Sell Your Home?

Selling your home during the holiday season may initially seem like a terrible idea. After all, who is going to buy a home for a Christmas present? They don’t slide easily into the back of a hatchback, they’re hard to wrap and tend not to fit under the tree.

But we at Perspective happen to believe that the only terrible idea with regard to your property is not exploring all your options, so we’ve decided to help you weigh up the pros and cons of selling your property during ‘the season to be jolly’.

So what are the positives of selling during this busy, yet fun and festive season? You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there are a whole lot!

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Owners vs. Tenants…Who Rules the Strata Roost?

With an increase of apartment living in Canberra, we are seeing more tenants moving into unit titled complexes. And whilst tenants are required to pay rent to the Landlord and follow the house rules of the complex, they do not contribute financially to ongoing maintenance or upgrades to communal areas. This means there are limits to how much input they have in the decisions made by the Owners’ Corporation.

These limits result in tenants sometimes feeling like they’re out in the cold with no way to be heard when it comes to the complexes they call home. If a tenant wanted something from the Owners’ Corporation, for example, a minor modification to their property or permission to keep a pet, they would need to forward the request to their property manager, who would take it to the landlord, who would raise it with the Owners’ Corporation. Continue reading

How to get into the (school) zone

It’s that time of the year again. Spring is in the air, and a young parent’s thoughts turn to school catchment zones. With the ‘right schools’ taking on almost mythical status, some parents are turning to nefarious means to get their children enrolled from outside the catchment zone. Whether it’s because certain schools are seen as more prestigious in their own right, or because parents believe they’ll feed into high-performance high schools, many Canberra schools are seeing enrolments surge above capacity.

While as far as we know, nobody has yet resorted to unmarked dollar bills in a plain paper bag, there are plenty of stories of families using false addresses that put them in the right zone. Some school principals across the country have gone as far as to require several years of documentation, hired private investigators or even referred families to the police. Continue reading