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Landlords vital in the fight against homelessness

Homelessness remains a problem in WA and there is much to be done to help our fellow West Australians affected by this.
National Homelessness Week kicks off on Monday 6 August, with this year’s campaign reminding Australians ‘there’s always something you can do’.

As part of the campaign, Shelter WA will be running a series of events in the metro area to raise awareness of homelessness across the state. Landlords Making A Difference is one of these events (details available at shelterwa.org.au), with WA landlords invited to attend to hear from government, industry and not-for-profit sector speakers about the actions they can take – small and large – to help in the fight against homelessness.

WA needs more diverse rental housing

The private rental market plays a vital role in helping to provide safe, affordable and accessible housing. Recently, REIWA met with Shelter WA to discuss our shared priorities of delivering a more diverse range of rental properties to accommodate WA’s changing housing needs.

Currently, the WA rental market does not adequately cater to those most at risk of homelessness, with Anglicare WA’s 2018 Rental Affordability Snapshot highlighting this issue. The snapshot found less than a quarter of rental properties in Perth are affordable for families where one parent is earning the minimum wage and the other is caring for small children, while even fewer properties are affordable to those who receive a pension or other forms of income support.

While these big, systemic issues can feel beyond the scope of any individual, there are still plenty of things landlords can do to make a difference. For example, allowing pets in the home can make a big difference to someone who is fleeing family violence and looking for a new place to rent, but is fearful of leaving their pet behind.

Victims of family violence at risk

Family violence is a key contributor to homelessness. Victims of family violence suffer significant hardships when they are forced to leave a rental home. They are at risk of homelessness, loss of employment opportunities and disruption to their children’s education. They also frequently carry the financial burden when a tenancy ends, such as paying unpaid bills they are not wholly responsible for.

Supporting these victims is just one way landlords can make a difference. REIWA recognises the role our industry plays and we are supportive of the Government’s efforts to amend the Residential Tenancies Act to better assist victims of family violence. We have been working with the Government to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to maintain a supportive environment for property investment, while ensuring victims have better protection within the context of a residential setting.

We all have a part to play in helping those who struggle to find appropriate housing opportunities. I encourage everyone to look at the small ways they can help make a big difference to those sleeping rough on our streets this Homelessness Week.

Support WA’s homeless

If you’d like to help out those sleeping rough on our streets, please consider donating.

By doing so, you’ll be helping REIWA’s Community REInvestpartner, The Salvation Army, provide much-needed services to those in need such as meals, accommodation and crisis counselling.

Donate now

Excited and sad at the same time. How is that possible?

Simple. My son Merv and his partner Toni are leaving for a 6 Month holiday around the World.

They received a wedding invitation from a cousin in Calgary Canada several months ago and after debating about how and what to do, finally jumped at the chance to go. Lucky them as they will get to see a lot of family members that haven’t yet had the chance to visit us here in Perth.

Merv has always had the “travel bug” because up to the age of 15 years old we were globetrotters due to my husband’s work and we have lived in a few Countries.

The last time Toni and Merv travelled for 11 months and visited a lot of family so it’s great that they can do this again, especially as Merv has an online software business that does not depend on where he is. So off they go.

We planned to make a nice dinner and drop them off at the airport for a midnight flight, however luckily Mike checked the departure schedule and monitors flights (engineering man) and saw the flight was delayed til 8am the following day.

Well we made it to the airport finally and the lineup was slow moving, finally there and the travel agent who they purchased the tickets from said 30kg bags each, but the lovely checkout person… suggested they only take 23kg each…

Oh fun, well they purchased a overpriced duffel bag at the Airport (isn’t everything at the airport overpriced…) and removed 7 kg from one suitcase and another 7 from the other and lined up again.

Well they got through and we had to rush them to the gate, not enough time for a coffee…

They are off for now for 6 months and am envious of them as I too love travel.

Thankfully with all the technology like FaceTime it will be easier to keep in touch with them.

i got a photo of them in the brand new plane!

 R

 

Heathridge: Music prodigy Luis Santos on international mission to record more bassoon tunes

BASSOONIST Luis Tasso Santos and his double bass playing partner Ebony are growing tired of the same ‘old’ tune they play together.

“For double bass and bassoon duet, there’s only one piece to play for that and my partner is a double bassist so we haven’t had much music to play together,” Santos explained.

He is set to do his part to rectify that situation for musicians everywhere by taking up an international scholarship at a Dutch music academy next month, where he will commission, perform and record new music for early, baroque and classical bassoon, a Renaissance-era rackett, double bass and bassoon duet and solo bassoon works with electronics.

The 19-year-old from Heathridge said he wanted to have a greater variety of new music to play for these underrated instruments and to eventually buy his own Classical bassoon and contrabass rackett.

“The repertoire we have for these instruments is very old music, from at least 300 years ago,” he said.

Santos was the recipient of the 2018 Anniversary Scholarship from Royal Schools Music Club and received $5000 to be paid over two years for this project.

The former Trinity College student is somewhat of a music prodigy, capable of playing at least seven instruments and even conducting a 160-piece orchestra during his school years.

Before jetting off to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Ebony, the couple will hold a public farewell recital at St George’s College in Crawley on August 25.

Santos said he had been thinking about exploring music outside of Australia for a long time to join a larger community of musicians playing these instruments.

“If I have more bassoonists around me, I’ll be more competitive and have more people to support me,” he said.

“Netherlands as a country and Amsterdam as a city has a long history with music and arguably has one of the best contemporary music scenes.

“Hopefully I’ll be in Amsterdam for the rest of my life but if something comes up, I’ll move.”

Luis and Ebony’s Farewell Recital

When: Saturday, August 25 at 3pm

Where: Dining Hall at St George’s College, 44 Mounts Bay Road, Crawley

REIWA information!

You can now add a reiwa.comXtend campaign to your listing and the feedback from our members has been positive!

reiwa.com Xtend offers a new way of advertising in which you can add a re-marketing campaign to your listing. It will automatically create a range of adverts of your listing which will appear across thousands of different sites, getting your property back in front of people who are actively searching in your area.

How does it work?

  • Create
    We’ll create free banner ads for you based on your reiwa.com listing. If you change any information such as price, this will automatically change on the advert.
  • Match
    We’ll match your property to people who have already searched for a similar property type, price, suburb and/or local area (including surrounding suburbs)
  • Display
    We’ll follow property seekers wherever they go online and drive traffic back to your property on reiwa.com, so you can get the most out of your investment.

How do I purchase Xtend for my listing?

To purchase a reiwa.com Xtend campaign simply, add a reiwa.com Xtend package to your listing via the Manage Listings on the REIWA members’ site. When you add a new listing or choose to update an existing listing, you will see a new reiwa.com Xtend tab in Listing Wizard. Watch this quick tutorial to see how easy it is!

Your listing must be active and published on reiwa.com for the campaign to work, so make sure you check your listing expiration date. We even send a weekly email of any listings that are due to expire so keep an eye on your inbox.

More information

For more information, visit the reiwa.com Xtend page.

If you have any questions about reiwa.com Xtend, please contact your REIWA Member Engagement Team on 9380 8288 or email member.engagement@reiwa.com.au

Family gathering every Tuesday and Dining out on our Birthdays!

In our family, we make a point of meeting each other for dinner every Tuesday. This way I know I am going to see my children and their partners and family at least once a week. One home-cooked family meal every 7 days. It’s a nice simple tradition.

However on birthdays we make an exception. The birthday person picks the restaurant of their choice and we go out to celebrate on (or near) their birthday. It’s a nice way to sample new restaurants around Perth, but often we just end up at our favourites again.

June 5th is my husband’s birthday. He had been working away but arrived the day before, just in time for us to make a birthday booking. His choice was the Belgian Beer Cafe. It’s his favoutite, for the ambience, the food, and of course – the beer. I am not a beer drinker, but i tried the Cherry Kriek beer which is the most delicious – and does not taste like beer at all!

As we get older, it gets harder and harder to find the right gifts for one another. What do you get the person who has everything they need? We seem to be more interested in finding the funniest cards we can, instead. We all have a good laugh!

Do you have any special family or birthday traditions?

What condition should the property be in at settlement?

One of the most widely misunderstood elements of real estate is what condition a property should be in at settlement or possession.

What does ‘buying as inspected’ really mean?

In short, a property is sold “as inspected”. If there was dust on a ceiling fan when you first inspected before contracting to buy then the fan can be dusty at settlement. The same goes for a dirty oven, a blown light globe or a squeaky laundry door. If it was dirty, blown or squeaky at inspection before purchase then so it should be at settlement.

Buyers will typically expect that the property is handed over to them spick n’ span and thankfully most house-proud sellers leave their homes in an appropriate condition when moving out, however legally there is no obligation for them to do so.

What should you expect at settlement?

If you’re buying a home, it’s smart to have a realistic expectation of what to expect at settlement.

Unless otherwise specified in the contract, the seller is under no obligation to have the property professionally cleaned for settlement and it is surprising how few buyers ask that such a condition be included.

The seller’s only obligation under the contract (Clause 6.1(b) 2 of the General Conditions) is to “…remove from the Property, before possession, all vehicles, rubbish and chattels, other than the Property Chattels.”

Many modern contracts to purchase include provision for essential plumbing, gas and electrical components to be working at settlement. Hence, if at settlement the toilet cistern leaks then the seller ought to make good because the contract says so.

It is trickier when, for example, a telephone jack doesn’t work at settlement. It is not strictly electrical but it is probably reasonable for a buyer to assume that it was functioning at inspection. This is partly because, caveat emptor (buyer beware) has all but disappeared according to some legal practitioners. The onus is probably on the seller to disclose (in this case) that the telephone jack didn’t work.

How to ensure you’re happy with the property at settlement

My view is that buyers need to take reasonable steps to ensure the property they have bought will be presented to them in a condition they are satisfied with.

This can be achieved by either contracting with the seller to guarantee it and/or being more thorough when inspecting the property in the first instance. Ask the agent if it’s ok to turn on taps, flush loos, flick switches, open and close doors, open the oven, turn on the dishwasher and so on before making an offer to purchase.

Buyers ought to have a realistic expectation of what to expect at settlement when buying an established home and acknowledge that opinions of presentation are subjective.

If you’re unsure about what to expect, it’s a good idea to speak with the agent selling the property about your concerns.

info@reiwa.com.au

Best time to buy in Perth since 2013

March 2018 quarter has revealed it’s the best time to buy in Perth since 2013.

The Index, released quarterly, assesses whether it’s better to buy or rent in Perth based on past and current trends in the economic and property market climate.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said the March 2018 quarter index showed the annual rate of house price growth required over 10 years to break even in the Buy-Rent Index had declined from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent over the quarter, suggesting an improvement for prospective homebuyers weighing up the decision.

“To put that into perspective, Perth’s annual house price growth rate has been 5.9 per cent for the last 15 years. Based on the March 2018 quarter Index, house prices in Perth would only need to grow by more than 3.1 per cent annually for buying to be considered more financially beneficial than renting,” Mr Groves said.

“This improvement in buying conditions can be attributed to the Perth median house price softening by 1.9 per cent during the March quarter, while the median house rent price increased $5 to $360 per week. We also saw the 10 year average mortgage rate drop to 6.43 per cent, which means home owners are paying less on their mortgage repayments.

“This is the most affordable buying environment we’ve seen in Perth for some time, so if you’ve been weighing up whether to buy, now is the time to take advantage of favourable market conditions,” Mr Groves said.

Mr J-Han Ho, a Property Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at Curtin University, said the data indicated a continued improvement for the home buyer in the near future.

“Our analysis shows home buyers gaining an advantage, largely due to the low interest rates for home loans, home ownership costs continuing to be affordable and the median rents stabilising,” Mr Ho said.

We had a great time at the Crown

We, the S.I.N.ers, (Sunset International Neighbours) usually meet in each other’s homes for a lovely lunch every 4 weeks on a Monday.

This last Monday was different. We went to the Crown Casino on a bus.

We hopped on the Bus at 9:54 am at Warwick Grove Shopping Centre.

Arrived at Crown, got ourselves organised and paid $10 for the trip. It’s a regular service run by Crown Casino.

We received vouchers for:

Lunch at a choice of 2 restaurants or chance to upgrade to the Atrium for a further $20.

Some of us preferred the Buffet at the Carvers and others went to the Noodle Bar.

We also had a $1 for Keno and a voucher for the trip back at 3:30.

We all agreed that this outing was the most valuable, and that we would take any visitors toour shores on the same outing.

Have you ever done this?

It is worth it. Give it a go!

We played the pokey machines, and had the best of fun. None of us are really into gambling but played for fun and stopped when we decided to stop.

The visit to Crown was also very interesting. Worth it to walk around and appreciate the scenery too. We generally go there for specific shows or dinner on a special occasion, and don’t usually have the time to take it all in.

We had a great time and will definitely go back and take friends or family members to enjoy the day as much as we did.

 

Emma is in Fremantle!

This Monday just gone (Labour Day), I was just about to finish my lunch when my husband cried out loud: ‘Emma is in Fremantle!’
It took a few moments to gather my thoughts before I realised the significance of what he had said.
Suddenly it hit me.
Emma.
My niece Emma.
From Canada.
Is in Fremantle.
‘Emma is in Fremantle?’ I exclaimed!
‘Yes, and I’m going to see her with Nikky.’ (our daughter).
I shouted ‘I want to go too!’
My daughter had arrived home around 12:30 with her sleeping toddler, who now, after only an hour of sleep was being woken up and hustled into the car with promises of a family adventure, and snacks. He didn’t seem to mind too much. More than a little flustered, we all packed into Nikky’s car and set off on our journey to Freo. I called my son Merv on the way. He and his parter Toni were shopping, but they said they’d be there by 3pm.

Emma took on a 6 month contract working on the Celebrity Solstice, a huge cruise liner, travelling around Australia, New Zealand and other amazing places. She’s 23, working the gift shop and travelling the world (but seeing nothing, as my husband jokes, having heard about life working on liners). Luckily, she was allowed on shore for a two hour window, and we were all – surprisingly – available to leap into action and see her! My husband had been tracking the Celebrity Solstice for weeks, but stopped 8 days ago while it was moored near New Zealand. And none of Emma’s had emails made it through due to variable internet connections. My husband checked his email at 1:30, expecting it to be a mid night message from his brother Ian in Canada, but lo and behold cousin emma was HERE! I think we beat some kind of record for getting our things together and getting out of the house!

We picked her up at Victoria Quay, and took her for a short drive to the E-shed markets for coffee, nibbles, and stories of her travels. Quite a whirlwind visit, but worth it. She was happy to see us, we think, familiar faces halfway around the globe. And we always love having visitors. We figure we’re the most isolated of the lot, so we like to make an effort when someone makes aaaaaall the way to Perth to see us. I wonder who will be next!

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarter

Perth property market begins its recovery in December quarterNEW
06 February 2018

The Perth property market ended 2017 on a positive note, with December quarter data showing improvements in median prices, sales activity, listing levels and average selling days.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said it boded well for Perth that all key indicators had improved over the quarter.

“The Perth market found its floor and stabilised in the back half of 2017. We now appear to be entering a recovery phase, though REIWA remains cautious about expectations of rapid growth in the next 12 months,” Mr Groves said.

Median house and unit price
Perth’s preliminary median house price increased 1.2 per cent to $516,000 in the December quarter 2017.

“Once all sales have settled, we expect the final December quarter median to lift to $520,000, which is a notable improvement on the September quarter median of $510,000.

“On an annual basis, the Perth market is very stable. We’ve observed consistent price levels between the December 2016 and 2017 quarters which is a strong signifier the market has turned a corner,” Mr Groves said.

Perth’s median unit price is $405,000 for the December 2017 quarter which is a 1.3 per cent increase on the September quarter.

“It’s encouraging to see Perth’s house and unit medians increase over the quarter because it suggests one sector hasn’t recovered at the expense of the other,” Mr Groves said.

Sales activity
There were 4,946 dwelling sales in Perth in the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this figure was expected to lift to 6,700 once all sales had settled, putting it significantly above the September quarter sales figure.

“Traditionally, the September quarter outperforms the December quarter, but that wasn’t the case in 2017. The December quarter is on track to record 14 per cent more sales than the September quarter,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA analysis shows the composition of sales shifted in the December quarter in Perth, with more transactions occurring above $700,000.

“We’ve observed a surge of activity in Perth’s aspirational suburbs, with buyers recognising there is good opportunity to secure a home in these areas which might have previously been considered unattainable by many,” Mr Groves said.

“This spike in sales above $700,000 has also contributed to Perth’s median house price increasing over the quarter.”

Listings for sale
There were 13,088 properties for sale in Perth at the end of the December quarter.

Mr Groves said this was on par with the September quarter figure and six per cent less than the December 2016 quarter figure.

“There were 800 fewer listings in Perth at the end of 2017 than there was in 2016 and some 1,300 less than there were at the same time 2015. We have consistently seen stock levels decline over the last two years as the market trends towards parity,” Mr Groves said.

“Declining listing levels combined with notable improvements in sales activity has helped restore net-demand. With buyer activity increasing, stock levels are being absorbed faster,” Mr Groves said.

Average selling days
It was 10 days faster to sell in the December quarter than it was in the September quarter, with it taking on average 60 days to secure a sale.

It’s been two years since it was this quick to sell in Perth. The combination of sellers’ preparedness to meet the market and buyer appetite for well-priced property has significantly shortened days-on-market,” Mr Groves said.

View more WA market information

https://reiwa.com.au/about-us/news/perth-property-market-begins-its-recovery-in-december-quarter/

New listing hitting the market in Sorrento.

2 Hermite Rise, Sorrento

Located on a large 801sqm lot is this large two storey family home in the perfect location.

This quality Federation built, double brick and tile home comprises of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a study.

The main living includes open concept meals and family room with garage entry and a functional kitchen with granite bench tops and a scullery window. The adjoining games room opens to the outdoor entertaining area with decking and a pitched pergola. There is a grassed area perfect for a trampoline or family dog.

The home features separates zones, the ground floor compiles of the master bedroom and ensuite, the guest bedroom and study. All children/minor bedrooms are on the second level. Windows on the upper level all have beautiful views of the Sorrento skyline.

Entertain your family and guests in the beautiful underground, crystal-clear pool that’s just screaming to be enjoyed this summer.

Located just minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbor and a short stroll to Perth’s best coastal café strip. Seacrest Park Community Sporting Facility is just down the road and the popular and highly-sought after Sacred Heart College only a 10 minute walk away. This location offers proximity to beautiful beaches with public transport conveniently located at your doorstep.

sacred Heart College is just the other side of the park

There is everything to offer for a family looking to reside with lifestyle…

More features include:
* 5 bedrooms plus study
* 3 bathrooms
* Open plan indoor and outdoor entertaining
* Reverse cycle air conditioning
* Solar panels
* Master suite with ensuite
* Double lock up garage with extra parking for boat or trailer
* Workshop

For more information, please contact Alycee on 0416 188 752.


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