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Contributed By: Nick Buick on

Happy New Year everyone! We’re officially in 2020… The 20’s! It’s the first decade that has a proper name since The 90s! Gosh it feels good to be able to refer to our present era. If you haven’t made a New Years Resolution yet, I’d suggest ensuring all your tenant data is safely backed up! I know it sounds boring compared to yoyo diets or spending more time with your kids, but this resolution is vital for your business! Allow me to expand: 1Form is a wonderful tenant application platform. It can gather all the information you need to know about tenants, compile it allRead More →


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Contributed By: Mike Phipps Finance on

In a long tradition of getting almost all my predictions wrong I will once again gaze into the oracle and see what gazes back. But, before I do, I want to spend a few paragraphs reflecting on what I think is the least appealing trend in big business over the past 12 months. This trend has been going on for some years, but I feel like we hit peak corporate ambivalence in 2019. The social commentator and demographer Bernard Salt has written a couple of articles recently which I would commend to you. Bernard reflects on the state of corporate Australia and, in particular, theRead More →


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Contributed By: Mike Phipps Finance on

Congratulations. You have read the title of this month’s missive and you are still with us. Well done. A less engaged reader would have switched off immediately and grabbed a copy of Who weekly. Surely more entertaining to learn that Brad and Angelina are splitting, and Prince Harry is in fact an alien. You couldn’t make that stuff up………! But I digress. Back in the day I worked for a bank and from time to time had the dubious pleasure of managing teams of people. I also had the even more dubious pleasure of being managed by a range of more senior but, in someRead More →


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Contributed By: Nick Buick on

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Contributed By: Nick Buick on

The Industry Excellence Awards went off in sensational style this year with a record 140 registered attendees! Everyone I spoke to had a great time and it was absolutely fantastic to see so many managers getting involved. We had 7 Categories this year – all finalists were determined by nominations from our 440 onsite building managers throughout the year, each manager getting one 1 nomination per category. The service provider with the highest number of nominations was crowed the winner. Here are the results: Legal Winner: Hynes Legal Finalists: Short Punch & Greatorix KRG Griffiths Parry Simpson Quinn Lawyers ABKJ Lawyers Sprankin Legal Small MyersRead More →


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Contributed By: REIQ on

The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni has announced Stage 1 of proposed rental reforms that would significantly damage Queensland’s rental market and create the most onerous rental laws in the country. The REIQ strongly opposes the proposed reforms which are a slap in the face to every day ‘mum and dad’ property owners who provide the majority of housing to Queensland’s renters. If enacted, the law change would erode fundamental landlord rights and deter property investment across the state. The reforms’ ripple effect would see renters struggling to find suitable housing under already tight conditions. In a further blow to renters,Read More →


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Contributed By: Hynes Legal on

Have you ever wondered what happens when a lot owner starts short term letting and it affects the ability of the body corporate to get the required statutory insurance? If so, you might want to read this the story about a dispute between owners of a two-lot scheme in North Queensland and what an adjudicator decided about those particular circumstances. We have previously written about the statutory insurance requirements for bodies corporate. The facts of this insurance dispute were relatively simple. Beach Meet is a two lot scheme regulated by the Small Schemes Module One owner started short term letting via Air BnB The body corporate insuranceRead More →


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Contributed By: Nick Buick on

Never before has technology taken such an invasive knife to our privacy. It’s a well known fact that our smart phones and appliances track our every move, search, and even our conversations and share this information with “private” corporations like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. The ATO will now demand granular data on all trading information and use advanced data-matching to identify anomalies and trigger audits. Banks and financiers these days pick through bank statements with a fine-tooth comb and if they feel an applicant takes too many overseas holidays, or spends too much on cosmetic surgery, may decline to offer them finance. We haveRead More →


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Contributed By: Nick Buick on

“So, how’s your vacancy rates these days?” I asked a manager who I’d popped in to visit for a quick chat. “Great, we’re almost full, and our two bedders fill faster than we can list them!” “Oh that’s excellent” “It is” she continued before pausing “there’s just this one listing I’m having a really hard time shifting…” She went on to explain she’d had this unit sitting vacant for over a month, the owner wanted two thousand dollars a week in rent. It was in a great area, it was a penthouse, it had incredible views and a stunning private rooftop terrace, but even so…Read More →


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Contributed By: Mike Phipps Finance on

“Value : A quality or idea that is considered important. The word value comes from the Latin Valere, which means: Be worth. Value is defined as the worth, usefulness or importance of someone or something.” Courtesy of Professor Google Value for money. I value our friendship. Value versus return. My personal values. Value of my personal wealth.  Valuations.  Loan to valuation ratio. Value of the dollar. Value of my time. Our corporate values. Value Value Value………………….it’s a blur but what does it really mean? I’m prepared to have a crack but first, a caveat.  Given that trying to discern value in its many forms is a bit like attemptingRead More →