Understanding Property Management Fees & Finding the Right Balance

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You might be thinking about getting a professional property manager for your growing number of properties, or you might already have one and just want to know if what you’re paying is fair. We know that with so many choices, it can be hard to find clear information about fees and the best services. That’s why we’re here to help!

We’ll delve into the typical property management fees charged by real estate agencies and shed light on how these fees are allocated. By the end of this read, you’ll gain a better understanding of property management fees and services, empowering you to make better informed choices for your property investments.

“What does it cost to hire a property manager? What’s included in the fee for managing the property? “And just where does my money go? I’m not local so how do I know if a real estate agency offers good property management services or not?” These questions and more are typically asked by every person who has ever owned a rental property!

How Much Do Property Managers Charge in Australia?

Rental property managers earn revenue from property management fees, which cover marketing and tenant supervision expenses. In Australia, the average property management fee across all states is approximately 7.5%. However, this percentage can vary significantly, ranging from 5% to 15%, based on factors such as the specific property, its location, and the services provided.

Traditional Pricing Strategy for Property Management Fees

In the world of real estate property management, it is common for property managers to charge a percentage of your weekly rent plus GST. However, if you are new to this business or unfamiliar with the process, determining the appropriate amount to pay or understanding the average cost of property management can be challenging. Various factors come into play when assessing these costs, making it difficult to find the right balance.

One significant factor that influences property management fees is the location of your rental property. For instance, in Sydney, the average fee is around 5.5%, while in Melbourne, it’s approximately 6%. Meanwhile, Brisbane property management fees typically range between 7% to 9%, and in Perth, they often fall within the 8% to 10% range. Additionally, fees can differ even within the same state, with metropolitan areas often offering lower rates compared to smaller regional areas and towns.

It’s essential to remember that property management fees are negotiable. Property owners with multiple properties under management may have the opportunity to secure a lower fee. Even owners with a single investment can benefit by negotiating “additional costs” within the base rate, considering their long-term financial interests.

Navigating property management fees can be complex, but understanding the impact of location and negotiating possibilities will help you make informed decisions about the costs associated with managing your investment property.

The lack of standardized pricing for property management fees makes it challenging to obtain accurate and current information on a national level. As a result, comparing costs and seeking the best deals in your specific investment area can be a daunting task.

Understanding the Scope of Services Covered by the Property Management Fee

When it comes to a property management fee, the services covered can vary significantly among different property managers. In many cases, traditional property managers charge a fee based on a percentage of the rent collected. This fee typically encompasses the basic, ongoing property management services required for maintaining and overseeing your rental property. However, additional fees may apply for other specific services.

To ensure you are well-informed about what’s included in the property management fee, it is essential to thoroughly review your property management contract before signing. Pay close attention to the fee structure and seek clarity on any potential hidden costs that could lead to unexpected expenses in the future. Understanding the services covered by the fee will help you make informed decisions and avoid any surprises down the road.

Determining the exact structure of typical property management fees can be challenging since each property management agency sets its own terms for what is included in the fee. It is crucial to conduct a thorough review of the property management contract, understanding the services covered in the regular fee, as well as identifying any additional costs that might arise in the future. Being aware of these details will help you make well-informed decisions and avoid unexpected expenses down the line.

The following services are commonly covered in the ongoing property management fee or base rate:

•Collecting rent and handling arrears
• Managing bill payments, council rates, strata levies, and other ongoing expenses
• Entry & exit condition report, organising property maintenance and repairs
• Providing updates on relevant legislation and laws that may impact you.

Additional Benefits & Potential Extra Costs:

Apart from the basic services covered in the property management fee, some property managers may offer optional services as additional benefits. These services often come with an extra cost, and it’s crucial to be aware of them. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:

    • Leasing Fee: Typically, equivalent to 1-2 week’s rent, this fee includes tasks like reviewing applications, negotiating lease terms, and finalizing contracts with new tenants.
    • Advertising/Marketing Fees: On average, around $300, this fee covers professional property photos, advertisement listings, and promotions targeted at prospective tenants.
    • Routine Inspection Fees: Some property managers may charge an additional fee for conducting regular property inspections to ensure tenant compliance and identify potential  maintenance issues.
    • Tribunal Preparation Fee: If eviction proceedings become necessary and you need to go to the Tribunal, property managers may charge extra for preparing the required documents. The cost can vary depending as to whether an hourly rate or a flat fee structure is implemented.
    • Annual Statement Fee: Approximately $55, this administrative fee covers the preparation of end-of-financial-year statements.
    • Lease Renewal Fee: Typically, equivalent to 1 week’s rent, this fee involves preparing lease contract renewals and providing advice on rent pricing.
    • Admin Fee: Around $11.50 per month, this fee covers miscellaneous administrative expenses like postage, document photocopying, report preparation, spare key creation, and storage.

Considering the Right Property Management Model for Your Budget & Needs

Remember that the services and fees offered by property managers can vary widely. While a low ongoing management fee may seem appealing, carefully review the fine print, and consider the additional costs, such as leasing and inspection fees. These extra expenses could exceed your budget expectations.

On the other hand, opting for an all-inclusive property management fee may have higher upfront costs, but it can save you money in certain situations, such as navigating Tribunal proceedings without incurring additional fees. Weigh your options carefully and choose the property management model that best suits your needs and financial situation.

How Do You Calculate Property Management Fees?

The best way to figure out how to calculate your QLD real estate property management fees is to use a practical example.

Let’s assume you own a brand new 4 bedroom turnkey home here in Hervey Bay, QLD and are renting it out at $600 per week under a traditional property management pricing structure.
Below is what you would be expected to pay, per year, when employing the services of a traditional property manager:
Typical QLD Property Management fees in action charging you somewhere between 7% to 9% of your weekly rental return in Queensland. (We settled on 8% for this example)

Traditional Fee Type Calculation

Ongoing Property Management Fees (8% of $600 per week) x 52 weeks = $2496
Leasing fees (two week’s rent) = $1200
Property marketing fees (est. flat rate) = $300
Lease renewal fee (one week’s rent) = $600
Monthly admin fees ($11.50 x 12 months) = $138
Annual statement fee (est. flat rate) = $55
TOTAL: $4789 + GST

Here at Property Brokerage, we believe that your property investment deserves the best management.
Our Fully Inclusive Property Management Fees:
1. Management Fee 7% + GST
2. New Tenant Fee One Week’s Rent + GST
Our all-inclusive fee model offers you a more predictable cost as an investor and will help you save money over time.

Pearl Load 70 Girraween Way Eli WatersLet’s take the same new 4-bedroom turnkey home as a hypothetical– renting it out at $600 per week under us.
Using our formula to calculate your property management costs:
7.7% of $600 per week ($46.20) x 52 weeks = $2402 + $660 = $3062 including GST
*We will definitely help you save on your hard-earned dollars

Determining the appropriate amount to pay for property management fees can be challenging since each property and property owner has unique requirements. Navigating the world of rental property management fees can be complex. Therefore, we strongly advise carefully reviewing your property management contract before looking to hire a new property manager. And, before signing on with a new property manager, understanding the specifics of what you are paying for is crucial in managing costs and maximizing your return on investment. It allows you to make informed decisions and ensures transparency in your property management agreement.

Being fully aware of the services covered and potential extra costs empowers you to optimize your financial outcomes and make the most of your investment. Taking the time to review and comprehend the contract will help you establish a solid foundation for a successful and mutually beneficial property management relationship.

Frequently Asked Questions About Property Management Fees & Charges

How To Choose a Property Management Company?

When selecting a property management company, if possible, schedule a face-to-face or video meeting with the property manager. This allows you to better understand the services they provide and gain insights into their operating style and values. Meeting in person will help you gauge if they are the right fit for your property management needs.

Suggested Questions & Answers When Choosing a Property Management Company

professional property management servicesWhat services do they offer?
Ensure the company provides the specific property management services you need, such as tenant screening, rent collection, maintenance, and property marketing.

Are they experienced and reputable?
Check their track record, read reviews, and ask for references to ensure they have a solid reputation and extensive experience in property management.

How do they communicate?
Find out how they stay in touch with property owners and how frequently they provide updates on your property’s status.

What are their fees?
Understand their fee structure, including any additional costs, to evaluate if it aligns with your budget and expectations.

Are they licensed and insured?
Confirm that the company is licensed to operate in your area and carries sufficient insurance coverage to protect your property.

How do they handle tenant issues?
Inquire about their approach to handling tenant concerns, disputes, and the eviction process.

Do they know the local market?
Ensure the company has a good understanding of the local real estate market and can effectively price your property to attract tenants.

Can they provide references?
Ask for references from other property owners they have worked with to get firsthand feedback on their services.

What technology do they use?
Check if they use modern property management software to streamline processes and enhance communication.

Do they have a proactive approach?
Look for a property management company that takes a proactive approach to prevent issues and maximize your property’s potential.

What Is the Main Difference Between Property Managers and Real Estate Agents?

A Property Manager’s role differs from that of real estate agents as they don’t deal with buying or selling property. However, it’s important to note that a basic real estate licence is still required for property managers. Their primary responsibilities include leasing and maintaining properties, as well as ensuring tenant satisfaction with their living conditions.

How Do I Change My Property Management Service Company?

You have the option to terminate the management of your rental property by providing written notice to the managing company. This termination can take effect immediately, regardless of whether you are in a fixed-term contract. Keep in mind that there may be fees involved, and/or a minimum notice period depending on the terms of your existing contract.

Property Brokerage Hervey Bay Property Management

Experience exceptional property management services with Property Brokerage in Hervey Bay. Let us handle your investment property with professionalism and care. Get in touch with Leigh Johnson our senior property manager today for personalized Fraser Coast, Maryborough and Hervey Bay property management solutions.

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