Blog - Property Management

Property Management: The industry should be regulated!

This typically comes as a great surprise to most people, and especially Landlords, but unlike the real estate industry, which is highly regulated, the property management industry is overall unregulated. This essentially means that anyone with no prior industry experience or qualifications can spend a few hundred dollars for a nice website, set up an excel spreadsheet, and they’re good to go managing someone’s very substantial asset!

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How to attract a good tenant and keep them

Good tenants make property investment a less stressful experience – they lead to reliable cash flow, a reduction in turnover rates, less wear and tear on your property, and generally less work overall. But how do you find the perfect tenant? And once you find them, how do you keep them? While there may be no magical formula, the following tips can help maximise your chances.

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Tenancy Act Changes: Smoke alarms and insulation. What do I need to know?

Once again the Residential Tenancies Act is going to be strengthened with new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms. Whether you’re a landlord or tenant it does mean change.

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Cheap doesn't cut it: Why budget property management always costs landlords

A common mistake that many property investors make is assuming that all property management is the same. This can often lead to landlords choosing the cheapest service available, as they feel there is nothing to differentiate agencies from one another. What many landlords don’t realise is that choosing the cheapest property management team can become an expensive mistake in the long term.

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GUEST BLOG: Special Tax Codes

Phillip Smith is a Chartered Accountant with Enable Business Ltd specialising in tax, in particular, relating to property investment. He talks here about taking advantage of the tax benefits your rental property provides – so have a read, and make sure you’re on the money with your investment property.

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MARKET REPORT: Rental Properties Early 2016

What’s the latest on rental properties in your area? While there’s been some recent reports that rents have dropped back to January 2015 levels, we’re seeing the exact opposite, with tenant demand increasing in the main centres where we operate.

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Wellington rental market outlook: Spring 2015

Wondering where Wellington’s rental property market is headed? Nick Close leads our Wellington Property Management team, which is responsible for nearly 200 investment properties throughout the region. In this blog, we ask Nick for his opinion on current and future trends for the local rental market.

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3 ways professional property managers attract quality long-term tenants

The thought of a lengthy gap between tenants is a sobering one for any landlord. After all, the bills won’t stop just because your rental income does!

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5 tips to take the risk out of your rental property

If you’re a rental property owner you’ll have heard stories of horror tenants! No doubt you’ve also imagined that exact scenario playing out at your property.

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Residential Tenancies Act changes: How will they impact you?

A while back the Government announced that the Residential Tenancies Act will be strengthened with new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms. This means there are changes afoot for both landlords and tenants.

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Case Study: People matter in property management

When it comes to knowing what matters in property management, Iron Bridge Senior Property Manager Michelle Docherty certainly has first-hand experience. Michelle is an Iron Bridge landlord client, as well as a Property Manager employee, so the proof certainly is in the pudding for her, and she firmly believes the personal Iron Bridge service is a step ahead.

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HOUSES FOR RENT: How to be an attractive tenant

No, we don’t mean tall, dark and handsome. When it comes to nabbing the rental property that you love, you really do need to make an effort. Prospective tenants are in hot pursuit of great rental properties, and you’ve got to show just why you’d be the best choice for a long-term rental relationship.

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How to stop your home or property investment from going up in smoke

Three fatalities in a November house fire in Hamilton have fire fighters pushing for mandatory smoke alarms in all rental properties – and the figures certainly back up their case.

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Iron Bridge wins at Australasian Real Estate Awards

We’re very proud to announce another win at the prestigious Australasian Real Estate Awards, two weeks ago in Sydney. Pip Rowbotham took home the Sales Secretary of the Year award, up against other finalists from across Australia and New Zealand.

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3 mistakes to avoid when maintaining your investment property

It’s the often forgotten reality when owning an investment property. People step into it excited about achieving the first notch on their property portfolio belt… but easily overlook the fact that their tenant could well be on the phone needing this or that fixed within the next day!

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What would Capital Gains Tax mean for you?

The election is looming and the nit-picking through party policies is in full swing, but there’s one policy topic that really gets us thinking here at Iron Bridge – what would a Capital Gains Tax actually mean for people with investment property?

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Demand for temporary accommodation reduces: Iron Bridge clients not affected

After two years of incredibly high rents in Christchurch, things are beginning to settle. The Press reports that demand for homes in the $1000+ per week rental market is cooling fast and the “heat is starting to come off the rest of the market too”. Sounds a little deflating for those with investment property, but we think not…

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What can I claim on my investment property?

Tax benefits are a great reward from owning an investment property, and we often have people ask us what they can claim for. So here’s a little run through on just what you or your accountant can tally up on that tax return.

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Is a tenancy renewal fee unfair?

Things have been getting heated in Christchurch lately, with reports from social agencies of tenants being required to pay a second letting fee on their rental property when their tenancy comes up for renewal. This week’s article on stuff.co.nz reports one tenant was stunned by her property manager’s $450 re-letting bill and had fears this same fee would be imposed every year upon renewal.

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Fixed term vs periodic tenancy – what’s best for me as a landlord?

So, you’ve got your investment property sorted. You think you’ve found a promising tenant. It’s time to sign the paperwork. But before you do, there’s one lingering question – do I go fixed term or periodic tenancy? Which is the simplest option for me as a landlord?

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100% Occupancy Promise for your investment property

One of the biggest fears most landlords hold is the prospect of their investment property sitting empty for days, weeks or even longer. Most of us have mortgages to pay, regular bills coming in, and the thought of being hit for extra payments is definitely the nightmare side of the property investment dream.

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What kind of tenant will your investment property attract?

When you’re thinking about letting your property it can be difficult to trust it to a third party… After all, who knows what kind of tenants you’ll get?

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Iron Bridge celebrates 10 years connecting people with property

Clocking up 10 years is no small feat in business, especially with the world economy going into downturn for several of those years. Here at Iron Bridge it’s been a great ride and we’re by no means slowing down now.

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Are you sure this won’t happen to your investment property?

Walls ripped down, holes in the ceiling, a trail of destruction and debris throughout the house, to the point where this North Shore rental property in Auckland was almost completely destroyed...

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Location, location... who cares where your real estate agency is!

Buying patterns are changing. No longer is the location of real estate agents or property managers as crucial as it used to be. When it comes to putting your property up for sale or rent, make sure you think like a buyer or tenant… If you found a property via the internet, or drove past a For Sale/Rent sign, and believed the property was ideal for you, you would contact the agent regardless of office location. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even consider the agent’s location!

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GUEST BLOG - Tax & your investment property

Brendan Waters is a Chartered Accountant with Bertelsen Harry Waters Ltd (BHW) specialising in tax, in particular, relating to property investment. He talks here about taking advantage of the tax benefits your rental property provides – so have a read, and make sure you’re on the money with your investment property.

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Why you need landlord's insurance on your investment property

When we talk to new ‘would be’ property investors, they’re often concerned about the things they imagine could go wrong… tenants flooding the place, a natural disaster making the property uninhabitable or the tenant ‘shooting through’. Whether these fears are realistic or not, what would you do, if despite all the checks, your tenants ended up being an absolute nightmare?

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The Iron Bridge team wins two international real estate awards

We’re not usually ones to blow our own trumpet, but it’s been an impressive year for the Iron Bridge sales team bringing home two prestigious awards from the Australasian Real Estate Awards – Most Improved Sales Person, awarded to Paul Foster, as well as Most Improved Office.

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Iron Bridge’s 10 rules of property investment

Are you gearing up to buy an investment property? About to sign on the dotted line? Or just getting an idea of whether property investment is for you? Before you do anything, perhaps you should take these 10 tried and tested ‘rules’ into consideration.

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