Melissa Benge

Solving Tenancy Disputes Through Mediation

October 3, 2016
As a landlord, you are bound to encounter issues with a tenant at some point or another. In the majority of cases, these problems can be resolved amicably through a simple conversation. Sometimes, however, you might need the help of a mediator to resolve the issue and/or make the resolution legally binding. In today’s post we’re going to describe the benefits of mediation and explain how the mediation process works. Resolving tenancy issues Tenancy issues can range from very small to...

Don't Make These 5 Common Rookie Landlord Mistakes

June 1, 2016
For many people, renting out a property seems like an attractive way to make extra money or pay off a mortgage more quickly. The reality, however, is that it requires a lot of time and effort to succeed in the rental market. During our many years of working in property management in Christchurch, we’ve seen rookie landlords make the same mistakes over and over again. If you’re a new landlord, it’s important that you learn as much as possible to protect...

Landlords - Why You Should Consider Insulating Your Rental Property

May 10, 2016
Is your rental property adequately insulated? If not, there is still time to take advantage of the subsidies available through the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes initiative although Government funding is due to come to an end next month. Why insulation matters Until recently, there have been no guidelines or regulations in place to ensure that rental properties are properly insulated. As a result, a large number of properties on the rental market are without insulation. Insulation helps heating systems...

Does Your Property Management Company Have an Audited Trust Account?

April 7, 2016
The Real Estate Agents Authority, the government agency that regulates New Zealand’s real estate industry, dictate that all money received in real estate transactions be paid into an audited trust account. This law, however, does not extend to the largely unregulated sector of residential property management. As a result, many property management businesses conduct transactions through their company’s bank account, which is not an acceptable practice from our perspective. At First Avenue, we pride ourselves on our integrity – operating an...

Property Inspections - How Do They Work?

March 18, 2016
Property inspections are an integral part of the property management or property owner’s time. We detail why inspections are so important and what is looked at to prevent small issues growing into larger ones.

7 Top Tips on Selling Your Home

February 4, 2016
There are a number of things you can do to increase the appeal of your home, this article identifies 7 top tips to make sure that your house sells.
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Property Resolutions for 2016

January 11, 2016
There are a number of simple things that can be done to improve your investment property to make it more attractive, safer and liveable for prospective or current tenants.

Going on holiday? 7 Ways to keep an empty home safe and secure

December 2, 2015
Without people around over the holiday period there, things can fall into disrepair, disaster can strike, or unsavoury characters can wander in and steal precious belongings.

Lower interest rates - An argument to buy or break your current mortgage rates?

November 26, 2015
At the moment we are seeing unprecedented rates by the banks. Is the environment ripe for purchasing a new house or investment, or even breaking your current mortgage?

Regulation review and its potential impact on landowners

September 4, 2015
Recently we became aware of a regulation review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Mbie) that is due to take place between 2017-2019 that may have a relevant significance to many landowners and landlords.
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