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    Leaking shower?

    Just got notified of (presumed) leaking shower at one of my properties. Broom and linen cupboard that back onto the shower were covered with green mould inside on routine inspection apparently!! The photos attached are when I went in and had a look, after the tenants were told to clean it...
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    Secured Car Loan vs Personal Loan? Recommend any lenders?

    Unfortunately I have to get another car as mine was written off in November hail storm (and I can't keep borrowing other people's cars!). Mine was getting older but had low k's and was reliable so I was really sad to see it go....and insurance money won't cover the cost of something in similar...
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    Cockroach complaint....?

    Apparently there are cockroaches in my townhouse. The tenant has "seen some"...they "fell down from the skylight while tenant was in the toilet"...and..."they seem to be in packs"... Tenant has been in residence nearly 2 months, previously the property was vacant for at least 3 months before...
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    Replacing appliances in IP's - pref brands/etc?

    Does anyone have any 'go to' brands when replacing appliances in IP's? Or would you look more at the cost/features? Generally for PPORs we have always gone with mid-range Westinghouse or similar, figure been around a while, average reputation and cost and easy to get parts etc. I'm looking...
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    Painting - Dulux vs cheaper options

    Had an interior painting quote done, product they use is Dulux Wash & Wear Ultra Premium Matt. The quote says they can adjust the price by using cheaper paint options....but is it worth it, or does this stuff tend to be pretty durable? I'm also mindful that it will be 2 coats over...
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    Building and pest inspection - outcome and renegotiate?

    Building and pest inspection came back with a few concerns (even painting needs to be re-done apparently!), but I have the following concerns in particular that will cost: 1. Fungal decay to roof battens - think its some smaller ones near gutter, not structural, but need to be be replaced...
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    Is wood flooring and airconditioning really a must for Asian tenants? (generally)

    Not intending to be at all racist here, but I was at a flooring place today and I was looking at options and the guy said to me he had just sold some of the timber-look laminate I liked to a landlord who owned a property at Sunnybank. Apparently her Property Manager's told her that if she didn't...
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    Retaining wall repair - what would you expect this to cost?

    Does this look like a big, expensive retaining wall replacement to you? I thought it wouldn't be too bad, it's pretty small in comparison to most I've seen, but I have been told it will be an expensive fix, but not sure what experience they have to back that up. Apparently the whole fence will...
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    Painting costs?

    Can anyone give me any idea of how much I should budget for it to cost to completely re-paint a 2 bed apartment (80sqm approx)? Either by myself or to get someone in to do it? Probably needs 2 coats because it is kind of pink/purple throughout! :eek: Any recommendations of painters in...
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    Property bordering a park - how valuable is it in comparison?

    In a townhouse complex, how much more or less valuable would you feel a townhouse is if in very average condition bordering a park; in comparison to a standard backyard unit that had been completely renovated?? The park seems to be fairly quiet, but I have heard some stories...and the...
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    Wording of contract conditions - preventing re-letting of property

    Has anyone ever put in an offer 'subject to vacant posession/the property not being re-leased?' Any suggestions for wording to cover this? Property I'm looking to put an offer in on is also listed for Rent, at about $40/wk LOWER than market rent - more than 10% below. The complex managers...
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    Valuations - land zoning

    Do valuations tend to take into account the land zoning 'value' - if it is an LMR block for eg? Houses on LMR blocks that I've looked at are obviously priced accordingly - same size block in same area with similar current dwelling are about $100k dearer - but does a valuer/bank take this...
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    Bathroom Renovation - termite damage

    Property I'm considering, has obvious termite damage. It ticks every other box for me - the only problem is the termite question mark. I would be getting a professional repair/renovation done, if I go ahead and purchase it (assuming that low offer is accepted, I get the most comprehensive pest...
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    What do you think of this....what would you offer?

    I have the opportunity to put an offer in on a property not yet listed in a complex that I have been very interested in for some time. Villas are a mix of 2 bed or 2 bed and study (3rd bed conversion possible) and sell for between $300-$350K generally - the upper end are usually nicely...
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    Pros/Cons of buying land package and building for investment?

    Are there any particular pros/cons to buying house and land packages, or buying land through the developers and building one of their homes as an investment property? I notice that a lot of new units tend to be a bit price-inflated, is this the same with new house/land builds? Are there...
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    CommInsure insurance vs EBM/Terry Scheer

    Am looking into changing insurers as CommInsure don't cover if the tenants are not on a fixed lease. I gather that EBM and Terry Scheer are the two to look at for landlord specific, and EBM seems to get a fairly good review on here. EBM online quote for Rentcover Platinum came back $500 less...
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    Fibro houses

    I've always preferred brick and tile for lower maintenance, etc, but to buy houses rather than units in the areas I would prefer at the moment I am limited to much older housing and that includes a mix of fibro houses, or cladding with fibro internal. Apart from the asbestos issues, are there...
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    Simplest way of organising repayments of loans / expenses and Rental income?

    How do most of you organise your IP loans with regards to income/expenses, etc? Do you tend to separate properties/loans, or just pool all income/expenses and keep an eye on things via spreadsheets, etc? At the moment I have all rent going directly into an offset account that doesn't get...
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    Brisbane - northern suburbs under $400K

    I want to purchase somehing in Brisbane north - suburbs I've been looking closely at are Taigum, Zillmere, Boondall, Bracken Ridge, Bald Hills. These suburbs are between 12-19km from the city and in 'Brisbane City Council' area. I was seriously considering a couple of older 2/3 bed...
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    50% Trailing commission returned - QInvest Mortgage Broking

    Has anyone every used QInvest Morgage Brokers (part of QSuper - probably only known to Queenslanders)? Apparently a free service to members, and they return "at least 50% of the ongoing trailing commission of your loan" to you as extra repayments. This applies to LOC or new/refinanced loans...
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