What is an Investment Property – Leigh Barker Tangible Assets

What is an Investment Property – Leigh Barker Tangible Assets

Investment property is real estate purchased for the purpose of obtaining a return on investment through a combination of future capital growth and rental income. As purchasing an investment property to rent out is generally considered a long-term investment then understanding the associated costs of acquisition and ongoing ownership costs is advisable. When purchasing an investment property, on top of the purchase price there are other costs such as stamp duty, conveyancing fees, legal costs, property searches plus pest and building reports. When owning an investment property there are ongoing costs such as council rates, water rates, landlord insurance, property management fees, repairs and maintenance and possibly strata fees. Where funds have been borrowed there will be mortgage repayments. Some investors elect to personally manage the property whereas others elect to engage a management agent. While personally managing the property will save on management fees the task of showing the property to new tenants, collecting rents, organising repairs and complying with landlord regulations remain the responsibility of the property owner. As an owner of an investment property it is essential to maintain accurate records from the commencement of ownership to ascertain what can be claimed as a tax deduction. When owning an investment property, it is essential to keep track of all related income and expenses. Where there are significant changes or improvements these costs may need to be separated from normal repairs and maintenance items. Disclaimer: Prepared by Leigh Barker Tangible Assets, Accountant, Portfolio Finance, Gordon, West Pennant Hills and MWC Group. Note that all content of this blog is general in nature and is not financial or investment advice thus anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their particular...

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Why is it important to maintain Customer Relationships?

Why is it important to maintain Customer Relationships?

Customer relationship management is a company’s strategic approach to manage interactions with current and potential customers while improving business relationships. The relationship between a company and its customers can mean the difference between its business success and failure. A robust customer relationship management system (CRM) is essential for a company to stay connected to their customers and stay abreast of their concerns, needs and behaviours in order to provide them with optimal solutions. Not only does it help the company build trust with current customers, but it also promotes customer retention and loyalty while building a positive business reputation necessary to attract new prospects. Since customer engagement, satisfaction and loyalty directly affect the company’s sales and revenue, an effective customer relationship management strategy can benefit the business with increased customer base and profits. An ideal customer relationship management system should use a combination of strategies and practices that can help gain a detail insight into the customer’s behaviours. With the right information about customers in hand, organisations can streamline their operations to serve the best possible service and a seamless experience to their customers. At its core, a CRM allows businesses to understand their customers better, recognise their value and focus on activities that can strengthen their customer relations. In today’s completive world, maintaining strong relationships with existing customers and driving new customers is an inevitable aspect of running a successful business. Having an effective CRM in place can definitely improve your business operations, relationships and marketing. Disclaimer: Prepared by Leigh Barker Tangible Assets, Accountant, Portfolio Finance, Gordon, West Pennant Hills and MWC Group. Note that all content of this blog is general in nature and is not financial or investment advice thus anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their particular...

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