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4 commonly asked questions about renting in Brunswick

By Jamil Allouche

With renters on the rise in the 2016 Census, it seems more Australians are realising that renting can be a viable long-term option.

Here in Brunswick, 50.2 per cent of homes are rented, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). With smart renters and mindful property managers, tenancy in Brunswick can be a breeze. Here, we answer a few basic questions you may have about renting.

1. How much rent should I pay?

One struggle potential renters may have is they simply don't know what they should reasonably be paying for a home. Unfortunately, there is no litmus test for this, as a lot of it comes down to the situation.

Generally speaking, you shouldn't be paying more than a third of your take-home income on rent. In Brunswick, a whopping 83.6 per cent of rent payments are below that threshold, according to the ABS, leaving local tenants with more money for savings and the odd treat.

2. Can I see the property first?

Of course! Many homes will be available for an open inspection – a window of around 30 minutes in which potential tenants are invited to inspect the property. During this time, the landlord or real estate agent will be on site and available to answer any questions you have.

This is your chance to make a great impression if you're keen on the property! Introduce yourself and express your interest to the relevant party in person, and you'll likely be remembered fondly when they come to assess applications.

3. What should I look for when I'm inspecting?

The most important thing to check when you're looking at your potential home is that it suits all of your needs. Before you go into an inspection you should create a checklist of your requirements.

Here are some ideas to help you decide if the property is right for you:

  • Is it close to work, or an easy commute?
  • Does it have enough space for me and my family?
  • Is there enough built-in storage?
  • Do I feel safe in this neighbourhood?
  • Will the home be warm in winter?

It's also advised that you take the time to check the general condition of the property. Test fittings like faucets and light switches, and make sure the cleanliness of the home is up to your own standards.

When you live in a property you love, you're going to feel much better coming home from work each day, and will naturally do your best to look after it. At Ray White Brunswick, we want to ensure your satisfaction just as much as the protection of the property, and believe they come hand in hand.

4. Where should I look for a rental property in Brunswick?

There are countless places you can hunt for a new home in Brunswick, from third-party websites to the newspaper. When using Ray White Brunswick's website to select your rental property you get great service from the start.

Our property map conveniently displays available properties across our serviced areas, letting you easily pick the suburb that suits you. You can use the website to find open inspection times, or to arrange different times with our agents.

The best part is that Ray White Brunswick properties receive hands-on attention from our team of experienced property managers. Many landlords work other full-time jobs and have less time available to attend to issues such as general property maintenance. When you rent one of our properties you're guaranteed ongoing care.

If you have any more questions about renting the home of your dreams, get in touch with the team today.

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