Cover all bases: How to secure a rental property in today’s tight market

It’s been a tough year for tenants – rental properties are in short supply and competition is high. So what can you do to boost your chances of getting a rental in the current market? It’s all about standing out from the crowd, developing a relationship with property managers, and being as prepared as possible. NotRead more

REIWA property managers share their number one tip for tenants

There is no denying it’s hard to get a rental property at the moment and over the past few years we’ve provided lots of tips to help prospective tenants stand out from the crowd, such as including a cover letter, pet resume or meeting the property manager. These all help, but if you speak to ourRead more

Electric or gas heating: Which is the best way to keep warm in Winter? – 29 June 2023

  With the temperature plummeting to below zero this week, it’s getting harder to get out of bed each morning. And with the rising cost of living, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to maintain an adequately heated home, while striking the balance between affordability and sustainability. So, what is the best way to keep warm duringRead more

Top tips if you’re set on finding a new home before Christmas

Finding a new home can be stressful at the best of times and even more so at the end of the year when home opens and meetings with a bank or broker need to be scheduled around school windups, work functions and family events.   If you are set on a new home for Christmas,Read more

Time is precious

Our time is precious. What we choose to do with it, how we choose to live and enjoy it very much rests with our own individual preferences. As a landlord and as a property manager, our time is also precious but so too is that of our tenants. When it comes to responding to tenantRead more

10 tips for moving house

Moving house can be a stressful operation, especially if you want to be out and into the new place as soon as possible. Whether you are moving interstate, up the road or to a different suburb, moving house doesn’t have to be an exasperating experience. From packing to unpacking and everything in between, these 10 handyRead more

How to beat the competition in a heated sales market

With some Perth properties only lasting on the market for a median time of 16 days, you may be starting to feel the pressure if you are a buyer. If you are trying to buy a house in a strong sales market, like we are currently experiencing, it can become very disheartening being knocked back time and time again. With lots of people attending home opens, multipleRead more

Tax time for rentals

Have you spoken to your accountant recently? If not, stop what you’re doing and set a meeting up ASAP. Tax time is almost here and to make the most of the financial year that has been, it pays to get organised. What can you do to get ready? Firstly, gather your documents. Have them allRead more

A little style can go a long way

In many locations these days, tenants aren’t hard to come by. However, there may be times in the future – or even now – when showcasing the best of your rental property will pay dividends. A well styled/staged space will make an instant impact and may shift a tenant from just looking at your propertyRead more

A solid investment 🏠

Everyone needs a place to call home, which is why there will always be a need for residential property as rentals.  People want and need the security that a home can bring; and with suggestions that more people are opting to rent than buy these days, and even some economists postulating that young Australians mayRead more

In today’s world, is it better to buy established or build new?

Sponsored content – Summit Homes RE/MAX Southern Stars has no affiliation with Summit Homes   It’s the question that will always spark a lively discussion: buy established or build new? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each in the context of today’s world. As we enter our third year of theRead more

10 tips for moving house

Moving house can be a stressful operation, especially if you want to be out and into the new place as soon as possible. Whether you are moving interstate, up the road or to a different suburb, moving house doesn’t have to be an exasperating experience. From packing to unpacking and everything in between, these 10 handyRead more

I want to sell my house, where do I start?

1. Where to start There’s lots of reasons Aussies choose to sell: outgrowing a current property, a change in life circumstance, even just itchy feet. After thinking long and hard and answering questions like “should I renovate or sell?” in the middle of the night, thousands every year choose the exciting step of selling. OnceRead more

RE/MAX Southern Stars Colouring Sheets for you!

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Decision to invest in the next

What’s your ‘pub test’ for your next investment property? This is when you strip back your plan to purchase another property to the absolute basics and see whether it stands up to scrutiny. A property investment has a significant benefit over other forms of investment and that’s leverage. A lender may allow you to borrowRead more

Christmas time decorating for tenants…

There’s no hiding the fact that Christmas is right around the corner. With that, of course, comes Christmas lights galore for those eager enough to share their joy with the rest of the neighbourhood. Without wanting to sound like a Grinch – and while they are a wonderful way to showcase our joy of thisRead more

What is the role of your agent when selling?

11 October 2021 Source: When it comes to selling your home, understanding the role your real estate agent plays is essential to ensuring a successful sale. A good real estate agent will have strong negotiation skills. They will help sell your property at the highest possible price (based on current market conditions), negotiate theRead more

What is Land Tax?

What is land tax? Source: – Erin Delahunty – 18 Jan 2021 Like it or not, land tax is something all property investors need to know about. Unlike stamp duty, which is a one-off amount paid when buying a property, land tax is an annual or quarterly tax owners pay to state and territory governments, basedRead more

First-time WA seller guide

Source: Are you thinking about selling your property but don’t know where to start? We understand the process can seem very daunting, so we’ve put together this handy guide with tips and advice for selling property in Western Australia. How to get started when selling your property. What are your rights and obligations as aRead more

REIWA calls for strategic stamp duty reform

Source: REIWA firmly believes that the single biggest hurdle for prospective home owners in Western Australia entering the property market is the financial barrier of stamp duty. In a survey conducted by REIWA, 90 per cent of respondents considered stamp duty to be a significant barrier to home ownership, which is why the Institute isRead more

What you need to know about the new Community Scheme legislation

(Source: – 23 June 2021) With community schemes about to be introduced via the Community Titles Act 2018, we want to answer some of the questions you may have about what Community Titles are and what you can expect with the new legislation. What’s been the problem? Large modern day strata developments are more and more commonly comprised of a mixture of retail, commercial and residential elements. These mixed-use elements areRead more

A beginner’s guide to property investment

Source: So, you want to win big in real estate? Property investment can be a great way to set yourself up financially, but can seem like a dangerous playground if you haven’t done your homework. We know how important it is to make the correct investment decisions, so we have produced this beginner’s guideRead more

Light at the end of the tunnel for WA rental market as investor finance levels increase 164 per cent

Source: – 08 June 2021 Investor finance in Western Australia increased 164 per cent in April 2021 compared to April 2020, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which is good news for the state’s rental market. The latest ABS statistics revealed investor lending in April 2021 was $453 million, up 164 per cent from $171 million in April 2020. This is on top of the March 2021 improvement, whichRead more

WA first home buyer guide

(Source: WA first home buyer guide How do I get started on my property buying journey? What should I look for when buying my first property? Should I build a new home or buy established? How do I sort out my finances? Where are the most affordable suburbs in Perth? How do I getRead more


Sellers who avoid these preventable mistakes could close a home sale following a smooth and worry-free process. (Source: RE/MAX Australia – Leah Curtis) Selling a home can be a complex process. To keep it hassle-free from for-sale to sold, consider these common mistakes people make when selling their homes – and avoid making them yourself.Read more

First Home Buyer Information –

  Financial assistance available A number of financial assistance products are on offer to assist with buying your first home. Products available include: First home buyers grant REBA $2,000 home buyers assistance First home saver accounts Stamp duty concessions Home buying advice If you are looking at buying your own home there are a numberRead more

Top five things you should know about moving to a house with gas – REIWA – 03 May 2021

  Moving house is stressful enough at the best of times. You’ve got so much to think about when it comes to packing, moving, unpacking and settling into your new home and neighbourhood. Gas. It’s easy to take for granted until you go to take a hot shower after moving in or flick on the gas top cooker for your first meal in your new house. WhetherRead more