Why You Need A Property Manager

Looking for the best property management team in Brisbane?

Managing your rental home in Brisbane can be a laborious process.

Here are some of the things you have to think about:

  • Staying up to date with Queensland laws and legislation
  • Marketing the property to your ideal demographic
  • Sourcing reliable tenants who will treat your asset as if it were there own

And that’s just the beginning.

What happens if your tenant doesn’t turn out to be as you’d hoped?

Or you let slip some maintenance issues that end up costing you a load of money to rectify?

The reality is, it’s a lot of work.

So why do some landlords self-manage their property when a property manager could do it all for them?

Despite the ongoing demands that come with renting out a property, a large number of property owners struggle to choose between self-management and hiring a dedicated property manager.

We understand the logic, in theory.

Why shell out on a property manager when you can do it yourself, right?


Some landlords focus on cutting out the ‘middle-man’ but find that it ends up costing more in the long run to care for the property, and the tenants, by themselves.

When we’re asked, “should I hire a property manager?”, we reply with a very strong yes.

The sole fact of being a landlord does not automatically provide you with the skills required to manage a property.

The likelihood is that you have a day job, a busy family life or a multitude of other things you need to prioritise. All of these elements can make the practical aspects of managing your own rental too much of a burden to bear.

Especially because there are so many external factors that you must take on; the law for one.

If you want to mitigate your investment risk, then it’s key to have a property management on board.

Good news? You’re in the right place if you’re looking for a committed property manager in Brisbane’s west.

Why should you use Plum Property to manage your rental?

We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting a few of our strong points.

We know what we’re doing

We only bring proven leaders on board at Plum Property. This means our team is made up of highly competent, pro-active and dedicated staff.nOur collective values ensure that we are always striving for the best for our customers.

We are always ready and on hand for you.

What’s more? You’ll get the right service for your investment. We tailor our property management services to each client, depending on their needs. To advise you on what’s best, we keep up to scratch on the industry. In other words, we know the tricks of the trade (and we’re happy to share them with you).

We’re locals

We know the west side of Brisbane inside out. We happen to really like it too. That’s why we chose Toowong for our office. Every day we get to experience what this corner of Brisbane has to offer and we never get bored talking about it.

Finding a property manager who specialises in your area is very convenient. More than that, it’s important.
  • You want to know the most up to date rental trends and prices in your area? We know before anyone else and we tell you straight away
  • You need a quick visit? We’re just around the corner, all of the time
  • You want to fill your vacancy quickly? Our database is full of people in the area who are looking for rentals just like yours, so you won’t have to wait too long for a tenant

We care about you

You are not just another client on our books. Unlike large nationals, we don’t treat you as a number.

How do we go about proving this?

  • Keeping you informed about everything you need to know
  • Providing you with no-nonsense communication which cuts right to the chase
  • Working harder for you. Making more visits, more calls and putting in more work than anyone else.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll have when working with us:

You’ll Have More Time

Your investment is meant to provide you with financial security, which in turn offers you more time to spend on the things you love. Don’t allow that time to be taken up unnecessarily by managing your property alone. For a small cost, we will deal with the stressful tasks like sourcing tenants, managing enquiries and organising maintenance issues so you’ll be free to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

You’ll Be Legal

Our complex understanding of legislation means that we know how to take care of your legal interests. From completing a multitude of mandated forms to meeting contractual deadlines, we take on your responsibility and fulfil it without exception.

You’ll Get The Right Tenants & Keep Them

We keep looking until we find the perfect tenant. We have a strict screening criterion that helps us quickly filter through the bad eggs. We will only place the most suitable tenant in your home. Once we have secured your ideal tenant, we will not forget about them, or you. We understand the importance of regular check-ins and we will act as the reliable go-between to keep you and your tenant happy.

You Won’t Have To Worry About Maintenance

We don’t sit around and wait on calls about repairs. We make routine maintenance calls as and when we feel necessary. This helps keep the price of your investment in the plus by preventing costly damages. If you can’t afford to take the unnecessary risks that come with self-management, we would love to help.

Our property managers are a premier team with an excellent track record. Speak to one of them right away on (07) 3871 1424.

You can size us up on social media below.

Preparing to sell your house?

Preparing To Sell Your House? Start Here

Plum Property Have Got You Covered When Selling In Brisbane’s West

From Toowong to Indooroopilly, Fig Tree Pocket to Riverhills, we help sellers throughout Brisbane’s Western corridor achieve the best price.

There’s no denying that selling your house comes with challenges.

From ever changing market conditions to unpredictable buyer expectations, it’s a delicate balancing act between what you can and can’t control.

The good news is that there is one decision that is firmly in your hands; choosing the right agent.

At Plum Property we promise to share your load and help you navigate the sale process in the least complicated way.

How do we do this?

We execute a strategic plan and stay committed to delivering at every stage of your sale.

We begin by appraising your property accurately before expertly marketing it to generate maximum interest. Then, we skillfully negotiate with your potential buyers to present you with only the worthiest offers.

What makes us different to other agents?

We do more.

More visits, more calls and make more effort.

We don’t sit around waiting on things to happen, instead we dive into the thick of it.

We have even been known to put ourselves on the line for our valued customers. Head over to Facebook and search Plum Property to see exactly what we’re talking about.

Our highly innovative and unconventional marketing campaigns are just some of the lengths we’re willing to go to in order to achieve high inspection numbers for the homes we sell.

We do things you won’t see anywhere else. What’s more? It works.

Our creative flair for sales has helped make many sellers very happy.

Since our conception in 2016 we’ve helped hundreds of people successfully navigate through the property market.

We’ve even appeared on TV talking about our passion for property, including The Today Show & Sky News.

More on that, and us, later.

Now, we hand the baton over to you.

We believe that your property sale doesn’t have to be daunting and we’ve put together a guide to get you started.

Here are some top tips when selling your home.

Prepare Yourself Emotionally

At Plum Property we work hard to make a sale as smooth as possible for our customers.

The sale of a property takes some effort on the part of everyone involved though, including you.

Your first job is to decide that you’re actually ready to sell your home.

It may sound obvious but whether you want to downsize or are in need of a bigger place, selling up can be emotionally challenging.

To best brace yourself for the sale experience, it’s important that you know you will have to eventually say goodbye.

  • Face up to the practical implications sooner rather than later
  • Weigh up the pro’s and con’s
  • Talk with your loved ones and ask for their thoughts

Preparation will lessen the risk of getting caught off guard later down the line. Lack of it could lead to a shed load of inconvenience for you and the potential buyer.

Now is a great time to make sure you are on the right track. With an informed plan, you may even get to enjoy it

Get To Know Your Local Market

In order to get the best price for your home, you can start by gaining an understanding of your local market.

Start with an online search to see what’s on offer in your area.

Using resources like www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au can be useful at this stage.

Carrying out research can help you develop helpful market insights and you can quickly determine a ball park value for your property. Remember, prices differ from property to property for many reasons so don’t rely upon this alone.

The most reliable way to get an accurate price is by arranging a valuation with a trusted agent. You can get a no-cost valuation with us.

Decide When To Sell

When is the best time for you to sell your home in Brisbane?

It’s generally agreed that Spring is the best time to sell your property Australia wide. Brisbane though, bucks the trend.

Spring warms up the property market here too but unlike a lot of the other states, it is not the only time to sell.

What is one of the major factors allowing Brisbane to transact through all seasons?

Great weather all year.

The weather helps the city avoid common market downturns seen in other states.

The iron is always hot in Brisbane and that’s why it continues to be one of the safest cities for real estate.

Here are some things you should take into account when choosing when to sell your property.


Selling Your Property In Spring

There is no doubt that spring is a busy time for buyers and sellers alike, making it a great time to be in the market.

This season sees more buyers coming to open homes, creating more buyer competition and resulting in more sales.

One of the things to consider when selling in spring is that buyers are often inundated with similar places to choose from. More supply means more demand and so there’s a heightened risk of losing your potential buyer to a similar property.


Selling Your Property In Summer

With everyone heading away or winding down over Christmas and New Year, there is an obvious dip in sales. However, it is still entirely possible to make a great sale before or after the holidays.

In fact, the market traditionally sees an upswing before Christmas with buyers desperate to settle before the big day arrives.

Then, contrary to what you may think, January is the busiest month for buyers entering the market place.

It’s not until Australia day passes that buyers are really geared up and ready to go though.


Selling Your Property In Autumn

Similar to spring, buyer activity is rife around this time as sellers are able to take

advantage of an uninterrupted 12-week period.

You should avoid marketing your property around Easter though as it’s the longest public holiday in Brisbane.

May sees buyers wanting to settle by the end of the financial year which makes it a great market for sellers.


Selling Your Property In Winter

Unlike southern states, mild conditions allow Brisbane to break the ‘no winter sale’ rule.

In fact, with less properties hitting the market around this time, you can take advantage of selling your home with less competition than you’d face at other times of year.

Another winter trait is the lower set sunshine. The ambient light this season produces can help give your property an extra special glow.

Decide How To Sell

A highly debated topic in real estate; private sale or auction?

Many argue that an auction has the potential to earn a higher sale price due to competitive buyer atmosphere on the day. Whereas others think private sale is more reliable and often proves less expensive for the seller.

Here are some facts to mull over when considering how to sell your property:


Private Sale
  • Particularly suitable for sellers that don’t have an urgency to sell

  • Can be less expensive than auction
  • Negotiation time provides both buyer and seller the ability to make more informed decisions


  • A set ‘end date’ creates a sense of urgency amongst buyers, enticing them to make a same day decision
  • Competitive bidding between buyers can lead to a sale price over the seller’s expectations
  • There is a reserve price to protect the seller from going below their pre-agreed minimum, but there is no ceiling price

This list is not exhaustive but aims to provide a general idea of what options are available when selling your property.

Speaking to an agent can help you make the right decision.


Sorting through your belongings will help prepare your home for potential buyers.

When a potential buyer enters, they want to get a feel for how their life would be in your home.

Going for the minimal look is your best bet. The less stuff you have on show, the more a buyer can visualise the home as their own.

You can start by:

  • Removing unnecessary items from flat surfaces

  • Reducing and re-organising shelves

  • Finding a discreet place to store random items you may have laying around

Getting the bulk of clutter out of the way increases buyer potential.

It will also give you a head start on ridding yourself of the items you won’t be taking to your new home.

Find A Great Agent

This is where we come in.

When it comes to selling your property in Brisbane’s West, you really don’t need to look any further.

Here at Plum Property we have an incredibly innovative, daring and results-driven team on hand and ready to work for you.

We are willing to do what it takes to maximise your profit. The truth is, we love what we do and we do it well.

Why should you sell with Plum Property?

  • We offer highly engaging and effective marketing campaigns
    Along with our standard marketing offerings, we have also created a unique style of video marketing that has provided our clients with massive success. The videos have become so popular that they’ve generated thousands upon thousands of views for our sellers across social media. What’s more? They just keep growing in popularity. Our leader Daniel has even appeared on The Today Show & Sky News to talk about them.
  • We are passionate about Brisbane’s West
    You can call us area experts. That’s why we laser-focus on doing the best we can for the following Western suburbs: 

4066 Toowong, Mount-Coot-Tha, Auchenflower
 4068 Indooroopilly, Taringa, Chelmer

4069  Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Fig Tree Pocket, Pullenvale, Kenmore Hills, Upper Brookfield, Brookfield 

4070  Bellbowrie, Moggill, Anstead

4074 Mount Ommaney, Jindalee, Jamboree Heights, Riverhills, Sumner, Westlake, Middle Park


  • We’re award winners
    Recently we won the 2019 Agency of the Year for Toowong, Taringa and Indooroopilly at the ratemyagent.com.au awards. We were also finalists for Medium Sized Agency of The Year at the 2019 Real Estate Institute Queensland.
  • We can break the rules
    As a boutique firm, we’re not restricted to follow big franchise rules. That means we can offer you a tailor-made service designed around your personal preferences, untethered by corporate limitations.
  • Our passion to help our customers is unprecedented
    We can confidently say that you won’t find another realtor who will go to the lengths we do in order to make your sale as successful as possible.
  • Our customers are glad they did
    We live for delivering great results and exceptional service for our customers. Here is what a few of them have said since working with us:

“Selling a property is a daunting prospect for first timers, but Dan and the team at Plum Property made it far easier than we thought it would be. We wanted a quick sale, and didn’t want to compromise on price, not an easy task in this challenging property market, but the team put their marketing skills into action; Dan’s crazy video (not to mention great stunt skills) and Tyler’s expertise as auctioneer gave us the result we wanted. If you are buying or selling or renting in the western suburbs of Brisbane, these are the only guys (and gals) to talk to! They get results!”.

“Daniel’s marketing strategy was the best I have ever come across (including over 4000 views on our video), we had regular open homes and our house was under contract in less than two weeks, for well above the price we thought we could get, and the settlement was seamless”.

“Daniel Lee is a top agent. He is very helpful and knows his area intimately. I would highly recommend Plum Property to anyone looking to buy, sell or rent property”

Here at Plum Property we take pride in the work we do.

We understand the intricacies of selling a home and that’s why we tailor our service to each individual depending on their needs.

Our expert knowledge of Brisbane’s West paired with our continued success means that Plum Property is the only agency you need when selling your property.

Contact the team on (07) 3871 1424.

Remember to get social with us and check out our videos:

Mark MacGillivray

A seasoned agent! With over 12 years experience selling real estate in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane. Mark MacGillivray is one of those people that connects well with everyone, getting the most out of every conversation, and getting the most money for the seller in a negotiation. He takes pride in being one of those agents that continually gets repeat and referral business from his past performances and likes to think of himself as someone who can be relied upon.

If you work with Mark, you won’t be disappointed in his efforts. A local at heart, Mark was born and raised in Brisbane Western suburbs and graduated from Brisbane Boys College. He’s a gentlemen who does what he says he’s going to do, and does what’s necessary to achieve the best result possible.