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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    announced First National Real Estate network s Top 10 Salesperson of the Year However today one of the nation s most popular real estate industry magazines has ranked him 19th in its inaugural Top 100 Agents review Real Estate Business magazine s Top 100 Agents ranking identifies the most productive agents in Australia and provides a blueprint for agents who aspire to reach the pinnacle in their profession It assesses key characteristics business practices and attitudes that place the Top 100 ahead of the pack Real Estate Business looked beyond sales volumes in order to provide a snapshot of the broader business approaches adopted by the top agents nationally Mr Hockey is delighted with the ranking he s been given but given the rigorous nature of the assessment points out that it has much more to do with business methods than the impact of the mining boom on real estate in Western Australia Your reputation is important in a town the size of Port Hedland so it s essential to maintain a high level of communication with your customers and develop better techniques than competitors Mr Hockey said Loving property is a good place to start but also having an intimate understanding of property investment makes all the difference Naturally the systems we use play a massive role but without the support of the entire team at First National Hedland it wouldn t be possible to excel Mr Hockey worked in the mining industry for 27 years before commencing as a sales agent with First National Hedland three years ago He had purchased so much property through First National Hedland that the agency s principal Morag Lowe told him he might as work for her For more information about Port Hedland real estate investment click here Issued by First National

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    is not an accepted tax deduction First National Real Estate CEO Mr Ray Ellis said The ATO monitors property investor claims and often issue warnings or notices of the types of common mistakes made so investors should at least visit the ATO website Reports say more than 1 5 million people claim in excess of 24 billion in rental deductions in a year which explains the ATO s vested interest and continued focus on monitoring rental property deductions According to Mr Ellis the most common mistakes made by property investors include making claims against Immediate initial repairs or capital improvements including structural repairs and improvements which are seen more as capital works deductions such as remodeling a bathroom or building a pergola The portion of a loan that is used for both investing and private purposes Inspection of a rental property while on holiday in the area which is the real purpose and the inspection only incidental Expenses relating to the private use of a property such as a holiday home A property that is not genuinely available for rent including periods while it is undergoing construction or renovation Borrowing expenses in the first year rather than being spread out over the term of the loan or five years whichever is the lesser of the two Mr Ellis said investors should seek the services of a qualified professional such as an accountant or financial advisor when looking at preparing their tax return Everyone s personal financial circumstances are different and the tax implications of the individual property investment strategy may differ so it is important to discuss it with someone who has the necessary expertise and experience Mr Ellis said Mr Ellis says it is also a good idea to look at using the services of a respected and qualified

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    their bit to support the Australian property market Australia s soft property market will continue to tread water unless major changes are made We need more new housing stock to come onto the market indirect costs to be reduced inefficient taxes such as stamp duty to be abolished preferably all three Ray Ellis CEO First National Real Estate said And while HECS like schemes are commendable for assisting home buyers to pay their stamp duty obligations it should be a matter of reducing or better still getting rid of stamp duty altogether and that falls on everyone s shoulders A struggling property market affects all Australians as it is a key driver of the nation s economy and represents a burden for all to share This is why home buyers should do their bit and continue to put pressure on governments to live up to their GST promises Mr Ellis said property taxes are reducing home buyers ability to purchase new homes whether they are first home buyers upgraders downsizers or investors The real issue for the property market is that buyers aren t buying and part of that reason is the exorbitant extra costs associated with buying a property Mr Ellis said These extra purchase costs mean it is more cost efficient for home owners to consider renovating or think outside the box and look at dual occupancy type solutions The excessive cost of developing vacant land has stalled the process of newly built home stocks coming onto the market which is having a devastating impact on the market overall Last year stamp duty accounted for 37 of total property related taxes in Australia and Mr Ellis believes the reliance of Governments on property taxes to boost their coffers should have lessened over time with the introduction of the GST but the opposite trend seems to be occurring We were promised a reduction in taxes like stamp duty when the GST was introduced Not only has it stayed nationally stamp duty has risen due mainly to increases in NSW and Victoria according to industry figures Mr Ellis said And yet property taxes were cut in WA and NT and government revenues actually increased What seems to be happening is that stamp duty is putting new homes beyond the reach of many so fewer homes are selling overall reducing revenue raised through these taxes to governments Mr Ellis said But basic economics is at play here if the stamp duty was lowered more homes would sell both home owners and governments would see increased revenue Consideration could also be given to abolishing stamp duty and recouping those lost taxes through a more equitable means where the whole population pays not just those who have saved for a new home Perhaps we should increase tax paid on luxury items such as tobacco or alcohol or fast food items According to Mr Ellis making home ownership too taxing is a short sighted and quick grab for cash by governments and should be

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    Achiever of The Year award in the Southern Cross Young Achiever Awards on Saturday night Held at Tasmania s Wrest Point Casino before an audience of 600 The Southern Cross Young Achiever Awards were hosted by television presenter Jo Palmer and are designed to acknowledge encourage and promote the positive achievements of Young Tasmanians aged between 14 and 28 years of age Cait Clarke won the award as a result of her contribution to youth and community projects around the state as well as her efforts as a councilor in her hometown of Kentish north of Hobart which have been widely reported in local media Cait is the youngest person elected to a local government role is chairman of the Kentish Youth Council works with the social inclusion action group and is a Road Educator Volunteer REV mentor said Ray Ellis chief executive of the 450 office strong Australasian real estate group First National sponsored the category of the Young Achiever Awards as part of its national programme of corporate giving which includes support of Red Cross Emergency Services work preparing Australian communities for natural disasters coordination of response and recovery Leadership and innovation is what First National Real Estate is all about as evidenced by our leading Tasmanian offices in Burnie and Hobart who have won industry awards at national level showing many a larger mainland based estate agency what Tasmanians are capable of As a network we support the young people of Australia who look at how to change things for the better It s what the great state of Tasmania is crying out for commitment to strong leadership and the ability to imagine more creative solutions to today s challenges People like Cait define not just where Tasmania is heading but who Australia is in the 21st

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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    seeking to take advantage of their circumstances First National Real Estate CEO Mr Ray Ellis said Rents are escalating vacancy rates are low and many people who rent often are forced to do so either because they are still studying or are simply unable to afford to purchase a property outright This makes it especially disconcerting that they would fall prey to greedy scammers who want to feed off others like parasites There are a number of common scams in the market according to First National but they can easily be avoided Scammers pose as landlords using community websites and say you can t meet with them to view the property for various reasons Often they say they are overseas then demand a payment to secure the keys to inspect a rental property that is always underpriced and seems too good to be true which usually means it is Mr Ellis said They ask that the money be sent via money transfer even though you have yet to set eyes on the property in person let alone view or inspect it Once the money is sent out of Australia by wire transfer it s gone and so is the property and the scammer Mr Ellis said there were some simple rules to follow to avoid being taken advantage of the first one being to use the services of a reputable third party such as a real estate agency Going through an agency means you are dealing directly with the landlord s official representative If you can t rent from a real estate agency and must deal with the landlord online make sure you do not pay any money to gain access to the property for an inspection and make certain the landlord intends to comply with your state s rental legislation If you re unsure about anything contact and agent or the Real Estate Institute of your state According to Mr Ellis the other simple ways to avoid a rental scam are to Never wire money Always meet the landlord or property manager in person before signing any rental documents Even if you are overseas contact a reputable third party such as a friend or an agent if you don t know of anyone in the area and ask them to view the property on your behalf Never give out bank account information or personal details especially over the phone or online Do a web search of the landlord s name to see if there is any other available information on the person Mr Ellis advised potential renters to watch out for properties where the rental amount is unusually low compared to similar properties in the same area the landlord is unable to show you the property they request payment via wiring cashier s check money order escrow service Western Union or MoneyGram rental applications or reference checks are not requested and email is from a free email provider such as yahoo gmail Hotmail etc Another dead giveaway is a

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    market for 2012 may rest with the New Homes Building sector says First National Real Estate especially if associated regulatory and government taxes were reduced New home building is a key barometer for the health of the domestic economy and can often drive first home buyer activity Mr Ray Ellis CEO First National Real Estate said But the disappointingly weak start for new home sales early this year indicate low interest rates are not enough to sustain improvements in new home building conditions and something more needs to be done at the policy level An industry report released in February this year showed a decline of 7 3 per cent in seasonally adjusted new home sales in January with Victoria experiencing the sharpest decline of 19 6 per cent The report also showed a decline in detached house sales for NSW and SA as well which further weakened results but strengthened the case for government action Mr Ellis said According to Mr Ellis a real opportunity exists for governments to set the new home building agenda and look at policy reform that will reduce new home building taxes Up until now both state and federal governments have relied on Victoria to prop up this segment of the Australian market but the results show they can no longer do that It is up to governments to show leadership and do something Mr Ellis said Policy reform especially reducing taxes and costs for home building would have a multiplier effect It would attract people in a financial position to build a new home and have the knock on effect of increasing economic activity through jobs and sales activity Everyone s a winner so why can t we build more new homes For further information contact Stewart Bunn National Communications Manager First National

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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    months which says State Chairman Mr Garry Nash have been beyond expectation given the volatile economic and market conditions Marketing and selling property effectively in a marketplace which fluctuates and turns with every wind change is a tough ask but that is exactly what our members have been able to do Mr Nash said I am delighted that the teamwork of our members and their staff achievements are being acknowledged through these Awards On the night the Top 10 Offices in the state were named and included First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland Bendigo as Sales Office of the Year First National Real Estate Collie Tierney Mildura First National Real Estate King Heath Bairnsdale First National Real Estate Garry Nash Wangaratta First National Real Estate LaTrobe Traralgon First National Real Estate Neilson Partners Berwick First National Real Estate Dawes Milne Frankston First National Real Estate Clark Warragul First National Real Estate Westwood Werribee First National Real Estate Finning Cranbourne First National Real Estate McGregor Moonah Tasmania was named the Property Management Office of the Year First National Real Estate Clark Warragul was named Foundation Office of the Year and First National Real Estate Taylors Newtown was afforded the accolade of Most Energy Efficient Office of the Year Individuals were also recognised with the Top 10 Salespeople being Rob Westwood First National Real Estate Westwood Werribee Salesperson of the Year Matt Leonard and Darryn O Keefe First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland Bendigo Andrew Milne First National Real Estate Dawes Milne Frankston Frank Barrett First National Real Estate Finning Cranbourne Joan Carter First National Real Estate King Heath Paynesville Andrew Kerr Neil Kerr First National Cobram Debby Kelly First National Real Estate King Heath Bairnsdale Anthony Rabl and Peter Clark First National Real Estate Clark Warragul Rose Pearson from First National Real Estate Tweed Sutherland Bendigo was named Property Manager of the Year while Ming Kok from First National Real Estate Lindellas Box Hill and Jamie Maynard from First National Real Estate Wodonga were named Property Manager Rookie of the Year and Sales Rookie of the Year respectively Kirsty Little from First National Real Estate L J Whorlow Sunbury ande Dusk Wright from First National Real Estate Clark Warragul were dual winners of the Administrator of the Year title and Cathryn Margaret Bird from First National Real Estate Taylor Newtown was named Receptionist of the Year Mr Nash said that with the greatly improved prospects for 2012 he hopes the year ahead will be even more rewarding for members All First National members and their teams should be very proud of their efforts knowing they have helped many clients realise their home ownership aspirations as well as contributed to the ongoing success of their respective offices and the network as a whole Mr Nash said Personally I am motivated by the excitement of sharing in shaping an organisation that excels at every level and continues to strive for setting industry benchmarks State winners of the First National Real Estate GEM Awards

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  • First National Real Estate Australia - First National Real Estate Media Releases
    Sofitel in Brisbane The Awards recognise the network s best performers in Queensland over the past 12 months which says State Chairman Mr Mike Gray have been beyond expectation given the volatile economic and market conditions Marketing and selling property effectively in a marketplace which fluctuates and turns with every wind change is a tough ask but that is exactly what our members have been able to do Mr Gray said I am delighted that the teamwork of our members and their staff achievements are being acknowledged through these Awards On the night the Top 10 Offices in the state were named and included First National Real Estate Commercial Gold Coast Sales Office of the Year First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise First National Real Estate Metro South Brisbane First National Real Estate Nerang First National Real Estate Commercial Brisbane CBD First National Real EstateToowoomba First National Real Estate Paradise Point First National Real Estate Rochedale First National Real Estate Action Realty Ipswich First National Real Estate Biloela First National Real Estate Paradise Point was also named the Property Management Office of the Year and First National Real Estate Palm Beach was named Foundation Office of the Year for its fundraising efforts Individuals were also recognised with the Top 10 Salespeople being Jamie Bourke First National Real Estate Commercial Gold Coast Salesperson of the Year Brian Baker First National Real Estate Commercial Brisbane CBD Bob Rollington First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise Ashley Waldron First National Real Estate Paradise Point Rob Rollington First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise Paul Charlton First National Real Estate Tweed City Tweed Heads Christine Gabriel First National Real Estate Biloela Richard Waldron First National Real Estate Paradise Point Michael Kettle First National Real Estate Caloundra Adam Dickie First National Real Estate Dickies Sandgate Diane Mann from First National Real Estate Paradise Point was named Property Manager of the Year while Jo Grammatico from First National Real Estate Commercial Gold Coast and Brenton Falknau from First National Real Estate Toowoomba were named Property Manager Rookie of the Year and Sales Rookie of the Year respectively Kate Campbell from First National Sarina was named Administrator of the Year and Bianca Jordan from First National Action Realty Ipswich was named Receptionist of the Year Mr Gray said that with the greatly improved prospects for 2012 he hopes the year ahead will be even more rewarding for members All First National members and their teams should be very proud of their efforts knowing they have helped many clients realise their home ownership aspirations as well as contributed to the ongoing success of their respective offices and the network as a whole Mr Gray said Personally I am motivated by the excitement of sharing in shaping an organisation that excels at every level and continues to strive for setting industry benchmarks State winners of the First National Real Estate GEM Awards will automatically be in the running for the national Awards to be held in May this year at the

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