Becoming a property owner
Becoming a property owner is a huge step on many levels, but one that has many rewards:
• Owning a home offers the security that your accommodation is assured and under your control.
• No more rent!! Enough said??
• Your mortgage payments will build up your equity.
• Home ownership is still, and has always been, one of the safest ways to invest your money.
Tips for buying include…
1. Researching the areas that you like.
2. Meet your real estate agents and talk to them — the staff at Tree Change are friendly, approachable and professional.
3. When buying a property ask yourself, ‘What do I want?’ Selecting a home can be a process of elimination. Refine your needs and the selection process will become much clearer.
4. Talk to us!! Tell us what you are looking for, and what price range you are in — we will help you narrow your selection to suit your specific needs.
Putting your property on the market!
Putting your property on the market is a huge decision. If you are unsure about what price to list your property at, the contact is today for a full appraisal. We will provide you with an honest approach backed up by current sales evidence to help you achieve your goal.
Presentation is paramount when you list your property. First impressions are everything to a prospective purchaser.
Put yourself in the buyers position. What will they see? Here are some tips…
• Avoid clutter. Give your home the feeling of spaciousness.
• Keep the home light and inviting
• Use a painting consultant to freshen your home if needed.
• Keep your home tidy — the less distractrions for the prospective purchaser the better.
• Keep the yard tidy, especially around the front entrance.
• The kitchen is very important in a home. Ensure there is no clutter here, including fridge magnets.
• The bathroom is also important. A bathroom should sparkle and any damaged screens should be replaced.
• Fresh flowers always look and smell great!!
Renting a home is a huge responsibility. Here are some tips to ensure your tenancy is a successful and enjoyable experience.
• Make sure you have received a copy of your lease agreement and keep it in a safe place.
• Keep a copy of your entry condition report — it is important for ending your tenancy. The entry report should be filled out carefully. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.
• Ensure you have a copy of a 17a form. This is a booklet published by the RTA outlining everything you need to know regarding your tenancy.
• Look after the home as if it were your own. Good tenants are like gold. If you treat your tenancy responsibly, we will look after you!
• Notify us as soon as you become aware of a problem.
• Respect the peace, privacy and comfort of your neighbours.
• No matter what the circumstances, protect your tenancy by always keeping your rent up to date. If you are having difficulties with payments — notify us immediately.
• When you end a tenancy, make sure you leave the premises in excellent condition. A happy landlord/real estate makes for a great reference!!