How to use Evernote Premium to manage contacts and offline content

This post continues our look at the online service Evernote and how it can assist agents, investors and owners in the property investment market.

As opposed to our earlier posts on Evernote that look at the service’s free features, this post touches on some of the benefits of upgrading to the premium version. The free Evernote service limits your monthly upload usage to 60 MB per month. A premium service is available for USD 5 per month or USD 45 per year which allows you to upload 1,024 MB per month and also features faster word recognition (more…)

How to use Evernote to manage your work or property expenses

This post continues our look at the online service Evernote and how it can assist agents, investors and owners in their property expense management.

As a property investor or agent it only takes one trip to the local hardware store and a few meetings before you are swimming in a paper trail of receipts and expense claims. For a big believer in minimalism such as myself, or perhaps more honestly as someone who just has a tendency to forget where he left all his receipts and invoices, Evernote provides a great solution for capturing not only property but work expenses on the go. (more…)

How to use Evernote to manage your property search

This post continues our look at the online service Evernote and how it can assist agents, investors and owners in their property search.

The ability to reference and manage my articles, notes and photos on the go from any device is the most invaluable benefit Evernote provides me with. Previously I would search through my browser bookmarks for properties I was interested in, followed by the exhausting process of then filtering through spread sheets and documents to collate associated material that I wanted to follow up on either prior to, during or after a property inspection. (more…)

How to use Evernote for property investing

This is the second post in a series where we look at how online tools can assist agents, investors and owners in their property search.

There is a plethora of online tools and services currently on offer that target the requirements of property investors and agents alike. Unfortunately however these are predominately angled towards the analytics side of the real estate market or carry a hefty price tag outside the financial capacity of anyone but larger agencies. Today we thought we would change this by introducing you to our most used investment tool that is completely free*. (more…)

How to use Google Earth to find property

This is the first post in a series where we look at how online tools can assist agents, investors and owners in their property search.

For some time now Google has been adding a range of tools designed to assist real estate professionals to its extensive list of service offerings. Following from Australia’s apparent obsession with property, Google’s Sydney office was the first of the global behemoth’s team to release an integrated product linking the popular Google Maps with the real estate industry. As a result, publishers and industry professionals now benefit from being able to share their content through Google Maps’ various search features. (more…)

How to use buyer’s agent reviews and testimonials

Are you getting the best mileage out of happy clients’ willingness to share their buyer’s agent experience?

Lately I have been inundated with requests for reviews and testimonials of buyer’s agents. This has prompted me to reflect on the quality of content I have come across regarding the Australian market.

Having viewed the majority of buyer’s agent websites in the Australian market, I have observed a remarkable difference in both the number and quality of testimonials from site to site. (more…)

What formal requirements are there to be a Buyers Agent

It is essential before engaging the services of a Buyers Agent to confirm they are licensed or authorised to deal in property.
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Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (Queensland)

The Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (the PAMD Bill) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 24 March 2010 and passed on 17 August 2010. The bill was to come into effect from the 1 October 2010. Its purpose was primarily to make amendments (particularly within Chapter 11) to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMD Act) and the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (BCCM Act).

Amendments to the PAMD Act are intended to clarify and simplify property transactions for real estate agents, sellers and buyers, particularly regarding the presentation and delivery of residential property contracts. Previously minor breaches in presentation or delivery of a contract, for example faxing pages out of correct order, allowed buyers to void the contract. (more…)