Contributed By: Hynes Legal on

Yes – that’s right.  Chris Irons is starting with us, as reported in the Courier Mail. As the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management for the past five years, Chris has been at the centre of the strata industry in Queensland. Every major issue at the core of strata in Queensland has been across his desk. His move to join Hynes Legal has been gestating for some time because it is a serious step for all concerned. It is not something that has been undertaken without a lot of planning and thought.  The community around strata (and in that we include everyone from lot owners, committees, strata managers andRead More →

Contributed By: Nick Buick on

RealEstate.com.au (REA) recently unveiled a new feature aimed to improve the user experience for prospective tenants. It’s called the HIDE feature, and it’s available on their live portal right now, I’m bringing it up because it has the potential to impact how we go about marketing rentals. The feedback REA received from prospective tenants was they were sick and tired of seeing the same listings over and over again, every time they did a rental search. REA’s rather novel solution, was to create a feature where if ANY listing started to annoy a tenant, they can simply click HIDE and *poof* the listing vanishes fromRead More →

Dear Nick,I posted a listing last week and I can’t find it when I search for it on RealEstate.com.au! Why is it not on there?!Signed,Every Onsite Manager. This is an email I receive several times a day. It happens so often I decided to write an article about it. Firstly, it always pays to provide the LISTING ID for specific issues. It is the number shown on every listing and it will start with a 39xxxx (sometimes 38xxxxx if it’s an older one). This listing ID is like a serial number for your listing. It is unique to every single listing. You can have 200Read More →

Contributed By: Andrea Venz on

The business is solely owned and operated by Andrea. With over 30 years in the Management Rights (MR) industry, she brings vast knowledge, experience and expansive connections within the industry. These specialists include Financier’s, Accountants, Advertising Experts and Lawyers. Her many years in the sales industry focusing solely on the sales and settlements of MR, has given her a very comprehensive list of successful transactions. Andrea was first introduced to the MR industry in 1987 when her family purchased their first MR business. During the 6 years of operation, she became fully conversant with all aspects of the business. Through living and managing this “on siteRead More →

Contributed By: Hynes Legal on

The background Law can be a very dry occupation. As long as you are not on the receiving end of them, some of the lines in legal judgments can be somewhat amusing. One of the best judgments in recent times was the striking out of the bulk of Mark Latham’s defamation defence, but the judgment in this decision started with: ‘In his notes for a law lecture dated 1 July 1850, Abraham Lincoln wrote: Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time.’ If you were inRead More →

Welcome to our new monthly column, ‘Dear Nick’. Each month I’ll take a support question a manager has sent me, and share the advice. This month’s question comes from J. A new manager who joined our agency last year. He writes: Dear Nick, I have 3 vacancies. All are break lease. I have an obligation to mitigate the loss for each of the properties. However I also have a newly available property  (tenant recently moved out) and these listings tend to get more inquires since its ad is more recent. As a result ex tenant who moved our first ends up paying more rent thanRead More →

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 →

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 →

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 →