Owning an investment property is no different than owning a business, you must have a financial plan.

Many investors live month to month, using the rent to pay the mortgage and expenses. In some months there’s money left over and in some months there’s not enough. This type of arrangement adds an enormous amount of stress.

Part of our management services is to prepare a complete plan and budget for every landlord.

By knowing what your expenses are on any given month, you can prepare yourself for difficult times and even the unexpected.

The expenses

o   Council rates
o   Water rates
o   Strata levies
o   Land tax
o   Management fees
o   Postage
o   Leasing fees
o   Lease preparation fees
o   Marketing expenses
o   Insurance
o   Smoke alarm inspection
o   Repairs
o   Maintenance

To work out your own budget:

  1. Make a list of your expected expenses and the amounts.
  2. Determine when they are due, are they weekly, monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annual?
  3. Print the table found here and add the expenses
  4. Total the expenses for each month.
  5. Add your expected income, or rent.
  6. Subtract the total expenses from the rent each month to determine your expected monthly profit.

TIP: Allow some funds for the unexpected and remember to compare this budget with actual costs to make sure you are still on track to your goals.

Download a free Budget Template in our Free Downloads page

About Us

George Astudillo is the founder of Property Quarters, an agency that values communication and great relationships with its landlords.

George now has more than 30 years in real estate, including 15 years as the owner of a national real estate franchise. He’s also an accredited auctioneer and is the author of “The Landlord Mindset”, a book with his best tips to help landlords look after their investments. His book has been quoted in the SMH, The Huffington Post and The Age.

As the founder of Property Quarters, George takes great care in looking after his landlord’s investments. Having seen it all and worked with may landlords and tenants, he’s a strong mediator and negotiator and knows how to navigate through property legislation.

George is trusted by his landlords to advise on the financial management of their investments. He’s put in place proven processes to ensure each property he looks after is managed effectively to retain its value, quality tenants and rental income.

If you’re looking for a property manager who thinks like a landlord and whose business is built on tested processes, contact us by clicking HERE.

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With over 25 years in real estate I have seen the good, the bad and the outright ugly.

Good property management should be more than just collecting rent and attending repairs. As a residential property investor, I need to know that my property is in great condition, my future security depends on it. So does your future.

There has never been a better time to be a landlord. Technology has provided us with all the information we will ever need as well as software applications that handle complicated number crunching and calendars to remind us of important events.

All we need now is the confidence to be a great landlord. And confidence comes from knowledge, the knowledge of what needs to be done and the knowledge that if anything ever goes wrong, we have the solution.

That’s where this blog comes in. I believe to be a successful investor you need to have clarity on 3 key areas that will affect the result you achieve from investing in property. You can learn more about the 3 keys here.

In the meantime feel free to leave a message to say hello or if you have any questions.

George Astudillo