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Taking care of pools during the dry season

While the Top End enjoys some spectacular weather during this time of year, we sometimes forget about pools as let’s be honest…..it’s far too cold to get into the water during the dry season! We asked our friends at Calypso Pools what their top 5 tips are for looking after pools during the dry. Pay attention to water levels. If you let the water level drop past where it sho...

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Getting to know......Bec Wing

We spend a few minutes getting to know one of the new members of the NOW Leasing NT team, Bec Wing What do you do at Now Leasing NT ?Property Management. What was your first job?Café Server at Findlay’s Café in Palmerston. What advice would you give to your teenage self?Don’t pluck your eyebrows!How long have you been in Real Estate?Since 2019.What’s your bigg...

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After Hours Maintenance

It’s never a good time when the power goes out or a toilet doesn’t work but when it happens on a weekend or a public holiday, it makes things just that little bit harder.  Before picking up the phone, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure the hefty after-hours rates are kept to a minimum. Power Check the circuit board, are there any tripped breakers th...

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Introducing..... Bre Fagan

A relative new arrival to the world of Property Management, Bre has hit the ground running and taken to Property Manager like a veteran. We asked her a few questions to get to know one of NOW Leasing NT's newest team members. What do you do at Now Leasing NT?Property Manager What’s your ideal way to spend your weekends?Fishing, Camping or exploring the NT! What’s the top destinat...

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Need to change Property Managers? It’s easier than you think.

Making the move to Now Leasing NT, it’s easier than you think.   Landlords often believe that changing agents is time-consuming and stressful. In many circumstances, it can be simple and may not cost you anything. Here are some tips when deciding it’s time to change agencies Check for any termination costs You will need to check your current Management agreement. In so...

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Getting to know....Jemma Courtney

What do you do at Now Leasing NT ? Office Administration Manager What was your first job? Barista  How long have you been in Real Estate? 2016 – 2018, and now since April 😊 What’s your ideal way to spend your weekends? Sitting by the pool with a Margarita in hand, or watching Greys Anatomy with a cup of tea What’s something you’ve done, but you’ll never do...

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End of Financial Year isn't far away

As we get closer to end of financial year, it's time to start thinking about the two main categories in which the Australian Tax Office (ATO) allows deductions on investment properties. 1.      Expenses incurred during the financial year.   Some of these might include repairs and maintenance, council rates, agent fees, marketing, cleaning, pest control, gar...

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How to attract an ideal tenant

Finding an ideal tenant can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating but there are a few things you can do to reduce the time spent searching.   Maintain your property Over time, your investment property can become tired and need more attention than just wear and tear maintenance.   When was the last time you painted your property? Are the light fittings and fixtures in g...

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Maintenance....who's responsible?

Keeping an investment property in great condition has many positives for all parties involved with rentals.   Regular attendance to maintenance keeps the property in good condition but it also attracts tenants when the property is vacant or when tenants are considering whether to extend their lease.  It also makes the job of the Property Manager easier as a well-maintained pr...

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International Woman's Day 2022

We asked one half of the successful leadership team of Now Leasing NT to reflect on her career in Real Estate Q. What are you most proud of in your career? Starting an agency from scratch. After having set up and built other agencies, after 18 years in the industry, I decided to take the next step of opening my own agency and setting things up the way I had always wanted with smaller portfoli...

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COVID kits becoming as essential as your Cyclone Kit

Everyone in the world is currently affected by COVID and in Australia, it took over holiday plans, changed school schedules and policies, created long waiting lines and supply issues. Current NT restrictions, mask mandate and what to do if you test positive can all be found here https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/ To try and assist you with being prepared if you do become unwell, some sugges...

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Getting to know....Danielle Jackson

  What is your Netflix binge show? I don’t have one at the moment. But always have been and always will be a Home and Away fan!Why did you decide to get into Real Estate? After 8 years in the beauty industry I was looking for a change and a challenge and boy did I find that!If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Dancing!What has ...

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Get to know...Alyssa Cameron

What are three words that best describes you? I would say kind, outgoing and helpful. If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Walking in heels all day hahaha What is your Netflix binge show? Suits! Currently re-watching for the 3rd time What has made you smile recently? So much! I have an amazing group of friends, lots of love from my mum and sis...

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Tenant Tips #6 Securing your property during the Festive Season

Going away this festive season? Here are some tips to secure your property so you reduce the risk of coming home to an unwanted surprise.   Lock everything Its essential that all doors and windows are secure before you leave for an extended period. As an extra measure, a week before your planned trip, make sure all the locks are working. Indoor Activity Closing curtains or blinds so e...

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Getting to know....Maria Gordon

What are three words that best describes you? People usually say I’m loud, fun and confident.  But I think my favourite attributes are probably that I’m honest, creative and kind.  I will always say what I mean and use my words very carefully. I think being kind is probably the most important thing anyone can be, we can make such a huge impact on others simply by...

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Tenant Tips #5 Preventing Mould

Mould and Darwin seem to go hand in hand, especially during a rainy wet season! But it doesn’t have to be an issue. The right knowledge and prevention can stop mould from becoming a problem! As a tenant, you are responsible for keeping your property in a reasonable state of cleanliness and making sure any damage or issues are reported as soon as possible to your property manager. Here are...

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Owner Quick Tips #5

We are heading into the build-up before the wet season in Darwin and things are heating up. It’s that time of year again when we recommend a full clean to all air-conditioning units. Dirty air-conditioners can cause leaks, noise, bad odours, shorten the lifetime of the unit, potentially affect the warranty AND they just don’t cool like they used to. Whilst the tenant is responsibl...

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Meet one half of the successful leadership team at Now Leasing NT

Before going into Real Estate, what were you doing?  Studying Psychology at University. How long have you been in Real Estate? Since 2006 – started in Geelong Vic with a 12month traineeship before moving home to NT in 2007. What is the most unique thing that has happen to you in Property Management?  Best I have is the time we had baby snakes raining out of the gaps in a...

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Tenant Quick Tips #4 | Are you Cyclone Ready?

ARE YOU CYCLONE READY? The Top End of the Northern Territory is prone to cyclones from November to May and usually affect coastal areas up to 50km inland from the sea. Cyclones are dangerous and can produce destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, storm surges and can result in affecting essential services such as power and water and can disrupt your ability to travel and communicate.&n...

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Getting to Know..... Bailey Pickard

What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in Real Estate? I’m still new to the job so I’m sure there are lots of interesting things to come. Where in Australia is your favourite place to visit? I think my favourite spot so far has been Rottnest Island in WA. Quokkas are so cute and the beaches were amazing.  I do love living in the NT though.What's the m...

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Day in the Life of a Property Manager

One of the things all Property Managers will tell you, is that no two days are ever the same. It is a job that requires flexibility, forward-thinking and exceptional juggling skills! You must be able to hit the ground running and be ready for anything. It is what makes being a Property Manager such an exciting and rewarding career! From the minute you walk in the office door with your double s...

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Getting to Know..... Megan Makin

What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in Real Estate?Just the people you meet and their stories, it’s a diverse career and you meet so many different people from all walks of life. Where in Australia is your favourite place to visit?Now I’ve moved away, I would have to say Coastal South Australia. It’s so picturesque and underrated. Where...

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Owner Quick Tips #4

OWNERS – MAINTENANCE REQUESTS Ongoing maintenance and repairs are vital in maintaining your rental property and the relationship with your tenants. When a tenant moves into a property it is an expectation the property is cared for as if it were the tenant's own. Attending to maintenance in a timely manner is always appreciated by tenants and ensures they continue to look after the proper...

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Owner Quick Tips #2 Importance of Professional Property Photos

When it comes to marketing your investment property, first impressions are everything! The first thing a tenant will do when looking for a suitable rental property is to begin their research online. Having professional photos will grab your audience at first glance. Prospective tenants tend to peruse the photos and a floor plan before they even think about reading the te...

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Owner Quick Tips #3 Termites

Regular termite inspections and maintenance is vital in the Top End and ensuring the success of termite management systems is a must for all homeowners. Chemical systems only have a limited lifespan and require constant replenishment. We highly recommend regular inspections and treatments by licensed pest controllers who can attend every 12 months, as per the Australian Standard ...

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Tenant Quick Tips #3 Decorating Damage Free

Renting a property does not mean that decorating and making the space your own is a no-go! While renovations and structural changes are out of the question, there are still things you can do. The best part – they are generally low cost and easy to do! Here are our top three ways to add your own personal touch to your rental: TIP 1: PlantsIt is amazing what a bit ...

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Meet one half of the successful leadership team at Now Leasing NT

  What is your role at Now Leasing NT?Principal and Business Owner How long have you been in Real Estate? 23 years now I believe. What is the biggest difference in going from a Property Manager to owning your own agency?Managing staff and learning that you must work on the business and not just in the business. It requires more work than most people think because its almos...

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Owner Quick Tips #1

 Tax Time is getting close It’s that time of year again! Here are our top 5 deductions for rental property owners: Claiming Agent’s Fees:Property Managers help you to achieve the most income from your investment property and one great benefit of this is that the fees charged are tax-deductible! Claiming Maintenance & Repairs:Used a plumber, electrician, pest cont...

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Getting to Know..... Meg Liakhov

What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in Real Estate? Getting to meet so many people and different personalities.Where in Australia is your favourite place to visit?Kangaroo Island.What is the worst pet you have ever had?Fish (they all died on me!).What's the most important lesson you've learned in the last year?You cannot fix everything.When overseas travel open...

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Tenant Quick Tips #2 Tips for a Successful Rental Application

HAVE ALL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION READY  You can never be over-prepared when it comes to a rental application. The standard information required when submitting an application with NOW Leasing NT is100 Points of ID including Photo IDProof of Income Contact information for all references.   Having all this information ready will help us process your application faster. SAVE...

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Tenant Quick Tips #1 What to expect at a routine inspection

Not sure what to expect at your routine inspection? As you know, our job is to manage the property and ensure it is being well taken care of, and report maintenance to the owner. Here are some tips and things you can expect from your routine inspection. You’ll be given 2 weeks’ notice and you have the option to be home or advise us to use our office set of keys. Before the inspecti...

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Getting to Know...... Danika Harnell

  Danika Harnell- Office Administrator What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you in Real Estate?Realising how much work happens in the background of Property Management that both Tenants & Owners wouldn’t be aware of. Where in Australia is your favourite place to visit?Brisbane, it's home and where my favourite people are. What's the most impor...

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COVID-19 Tenant Update #3 - 27/03/2020

As you may be aware, we cannot bring you any news on possible rental/landlord assistance packages from the Government as these decisions are taking time to work out as they are extremely complex and critical to be set in place properly.Our customers remain front-and-centre in all our thinking. In the spirit of true partnership, we want to help our customers through these unprecedented condition...

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COVID-19 Owner Update #3 - 27/03/2020

As you may be aware, we cannot bring you any news on possible rental / landlord assistance  packages from the Government as these decisions are taking time to work out as they are extremely complex and as you may understand could and will undoubtedly have a major impact on the market far beyond the rent payment or rental amounts. We are monitoring and responding to the situation as it...

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COVID-19 Owner Update #2 - 24/03/2020

As you all know the COVID 19 crisis has meant some very significant changes in the past 72 hours and with the borders closing to the Northern Territory at 4pm today in an effort to slow the rate of new cases and to shelter our local economy. We commend this decision and are thankful that we potentially can remain the least affected State or Territory. With things moving so rapidly and evolving...

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COVID-19 Tenant Update #2 - 23/03/2020

As you all know the COVID 19 crisis has meant some very significant changes in the past 48 hours, with the borders closing to the Northern Territory in the bid to slow the rate of new cases and to shelter our local economy. Things are moving rapidly and each day the changes are evolving and we are constantly considering what we need to think of next to ensure the safety and well being of our te...

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COVID-19 Tenant Update #1 - 18/03/2020

Business as usual at the moment with precautions.  Unfortunately the spread of COVID 19 means we have to take steps to prepare for any period in an unprecedented time of quarantine, possible school closures or complete shutdown in the future for our team and for our clients and customers. We are mindful you are each dealing with similar issues in your own day to day lives. We want to...

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COVID-19 Owner Update #1 - 17/03/2020

Unfortunately the spread of COVID-19 means we have to take steps to prepare for any period in an unprecedented time of quarantine, possible and inevitable school closures or complete shutdown in the future. As many of you will know and appreciate, a number of our staff have families and children at school so we must also consider how we will continue to operate to the best of our ability if sta...