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Is spring still a good time to sell your home?

Spring is Australia’s traditional home selling season, but what does spring 2020 look like in a Covid-19 environment?

Elite Real Estate Services Cairns are still seeing plenty of local activity across the Cairns region which is encouraging.  We have also experienced a substantial increase in enquiry from interstate buyers looking … Read the full post »

Pork and bean burrito bowl

0:20 Prep
0:20 Cook
4 Servings


3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon MasterFoods® Ground Cumin Seeds

425g can black beans, rinsed, drained

3 vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped

1 lime, rind finely grated, juiced

1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
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Tips for Having Your Rental Application Approved

When it comes to renting, often you must search high and low until you finally find the perfect property to call home. However, that’s not the end of the journey as you still need your rental application approved.

What do we look for in a rental application?

We check that they’ve got a stable secure job, they’ve been there for a certain period and … Read the full post »

Election A Win For The Property Market

23 May 2019

With another election done and largely dusted, and with property matters high on the parties’ agendas, it’s a good time to take a look at its ramifications for buyers, sellers and investors.
Overall, the Liberal National party’s unexpected win over the weekend is good news for property, its stance on … Read the full post »

The Pro’s of Allowing Pets in your Rental Property.

An increasingly common and difficult decision landlords face is whether to allow pets in their rental properties.
According to a 2017 report, in Queensland 39% of households have a dog, 24% have a cat and 12% have both.
Additionally, many people are choosing to downsize, especially as they age, and need to be able to take their pet with them. This demographic is fuelling … Read the full post »


In some circumstances, a tenant may seek to break a fixed term agreement and vacate the rental property before the end date of their tenancy agreement. The Residential Tenancies Authority always encourages tenants and property managers/owners to communicate early and often in the lead up to the tenant vacating.
Rent is payable while the tenant remains in the property as outlined in … Read the full post »

An explanation as to how the federal election could affect buyers.

By : Troy McGuane

Try as the political parties might to paint the major issues of the day in black and white terms, the housing policies tabled at this election are far from simple.
Ultimately, whether you judge a party’s proposed changes as good or bad boils down to a matter of perspective.
Look at a policy from one angle and it seems … Read the full post »

More than ever, home ownership matters!

8 out of 10 survey respondents believe Australians should be able to own their home and that housing affordability is a top 3 concern. The Housing Industry Association says the survey confirms that The Great Australian Dream is still embedded in the psyche of Australians. The research found that 92% of renters aspire to own their home but less than half of them think they will achieve it.

“Australians see that … Read the full post »


You no doubt have heard about the rental survey that was undertaken by the government at the end of 2018. This survey was designed to gain feedback from owners and tenants about how they felt about the current tenancy laws, which are up for review in 2019. The review promoted lively conversation amongst owners, tenants, and property managers. It is common for … Read the full post »

Types of tenancy agreements

A tenancy agreement (also known as a lease) is a legally binding, written agreement between a tenant and a property manager/owner.

• An agreement must be used even if it is between family or friends.
• A tenant without a written agreement still has legal protection.
• A tenant should … Read the full post »

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