18 episodes

Are you renting or house-sharing in Australia? The Room Xchange Podcast is here to help you rent better. We'll be bringing you conversations within the real estate industry along with everyday people sharing stories about their rental and house sharing experiences. We'll also be bringing you ideas on how you can make your rental property your home, how you can rent better, how to choose the right housemates, how to build a strong relationship with your landlord and real estate agent and how you can find your people and feel at home. To find out more go to: www.theroomxchange.com | Email: admin@theroomxchange.com | All Social Media: @theroomxchange

The Room Xchange Podcast | Helping You Rent Better Ludwina Dautovic, CEO The Room Xchange

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Are you renting or house-sharing in Australia? The Room Xchange Podcast is here to help you rent better. We'll be bringing you conversations within the real estate industry along with everyday people sharing stories about their rental and house sharing experiences. We'll also be bringing you ideas on how you can make your rental property your home, how you can rent better, how to choose the right housemates, how to build a strong relationship with your landlord and real estate agent and how you can find your people and feel at home. To find out more go to: www.theroomxchange.com | Email: admin@theroomxchange.com | All Social Media: @theroomxchange

    Community Land Trusts - A Grounded Approach to Housing

    Community Land Trusts - A Grounded Approach to Housing

    About Karl Fitzgerald - Economist and Director of Grounded

    Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Karl Fitzgerald about Community Land Trusts.


    Karl Fitzgerald is an economist specialising in land economics and works as the Director of Grounded - the Community Land Trust advocacy body. He led Prosper Australia's research for 18 years. He is also Treasurer of the Malmsbury Village Fayre, a volunteer with the local farmers market and loves making rhubarb amaro.



    A message from our host - Ludwina Dautovic

    This conversation took me by surprise. I first met Karl Fitzgerald at a recent Prosper event. I'd never heard of Prosper before or the idea that land could be leased to build upon. Call me naive, but with the entire conversation in the media being about home ownership in Australia, it's a little hard to imagine there is another way.


    Karl and I go in depth about the process of Community Land Trusts. I used my lack of knowledge on the subject as a presupposition that the listeners might not have too much knowledge on it either.


    I hope you enjoy this episode. I welcome your thoughts and opinions on our social media. All links are below.

    "Society is so busy playing the monopoly board game that they can't see how they are being played by monopolists IRL" - Karl Fitzgerald




    In this episode we discuss:


    Rhubarb AmaroHow his brothers cot death led to the founding of the Sudden Infant Death Research Foundation which today is known as Red Nose Australia .He discovered Georgism and got involved with Prosper Australia and helped build the company back up.  Prosper Australia has been around since 1890 and was born out of an American economist called Henry George.How Grounded is setting up Community Land Trusts to enable people to have access to affordable housingKarl Fitzgerald produced a documentary called 'Real Estate 4 Ransom'A CLT means that you only pay for the building of the house, not the land it's on so it massively reduces the cost of housingWhy are we experiencing a rental crisis?When did affordable housing become a privilege and not a right?We should be giving tax incentives to nurses and child care workers as opposed to land developers13.5m unused spare bedrooms in 10m homes across Australia - existing housing stockWe need to shift the conversation around how we can fix housingThere's also 1.1m vacant homes around Australia. To replace that stock would cost $650mCharge higher rates for vacant homes - vacancy taxVacant land banks that are being held by investorsin 2022 Australian land prices increased by $994 billion!Corporate renters will be the new housing trend
    "If we share the benefits of location, location.... then we don't have the penal
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    • 38 min
    Caring for our Elderly in Australia

    Caring for our Elderly in Australia

    Lucy O'Flaherty, CEO Columbia Aged Care
    Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Luck O’Flaherty, CEO of Columbia Aged Care. Lucy and I are going to unpack the process of caring for our elderly in Australia.
    In this episode we discuss:
    Caring for our elderly in Australia and the choices you haveDementia and loneliness are two main issues we need to be aware of with our elderlyMy Aged Care is a great resource to find out the right information for your elderly careBe clear about your goals for your care, what you need and when you'll need itHave an advanced care directive in place which can be set up onlineMake sure your family clearly understands your needs and desires when agingGet your financial plans in orderHave a power of attorney Make the right preparations so when the time comes your family doesn't have to be concerned about what you want"We need to find the right ways when caring for our elderly parents in Australia"

    Options for living arrangements when caring for your elderly in Australia
    In the early stages when you're just needing some company at home and a little bit of help around the place, The Room Xchange is an ideal option. Most unused spare bedrooms are in the homes of elderly people. The spare bedrooms is an untapped resource for both the family of the elderly person and those who are looking for affordable and accessible housing. When it’s only company and some light housekeeping that’s needed, having someone to share your home could be the ideal answer you need. We also have a Matching Service and House Share Agreement process that we can take you through should you need a more personalised approach.
    Retirement Villages or Assisted Living are a good next step. These are places where you can still live fairly independently but have the onsite care and help should you need it.
    Aged Care Facilities are for when you are closer to the end of your life and require medical care and ongoing support.


    "You need to be clear about your goals and decide them early"
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    • 31 min
    How to make your rental feel like your home with Bunnings Online Workshop Team

    How to make your rental feel like your home with Bunnings Online Workshop Team

    In episode 16, Ludwina Dautovic interviews Mitchell McLean. Mitch is passionate about all things DIY, having spent the past 19 years with Bunnings supporting customers with bringing their projects to life. Mitch is currently part of the Bunnings workshop team, an online community for sharing DIY advice and inspiration.

    About Mitchell McLean

    Mitchell McLean has been renting for 20 years and has had quite a rental journey. It’s provided him with variety and flexibility. Bunnings workshops is all about assisting customers with DIY projects online. Renters are coming in daily to improve their property.  They have just hit 30k members and a high percentage of them are renters.

    "Whether you're a tenant or owner, turning your house into a home is imperative. Creating positive surroundings with your personal style should be seen foremost as an investment into your own well-being."


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    How you can make your rental feel like your home with out losing your bond
    Touch base with your landlord and have a chat. They're usually happy to negotiate changes in the home.The kinds of things you can change are basically anything that doesn’t damage your property and it’s easily removable. Make sure that you put the property back in the same state that you found it.You can hang pictures and curtains. Just be mindful how you hang them. You can now get hanging strips from Bunnings which will hold up to 4kg which will save you putting a hole in the wall.Bathroom vanity story
    Mitch and his partner were living in a rental that had a very old bathroom vanity. They replaced it and it improved the quality of their home and their experience living in it. The landlord was also very happy as it improved the value of his house.
    “ We need to look at it like we’re investing in our happiness, not in someone else’s property.”

    Garden ideas for your rental property
    Container plantingFree standing gardensDon’t invest in things that you can’t take with you.Outdoor wall art from succulentsHang cheap art outside and seal it with a waterproofer - silicone spray
    Improvements you can do inside your rental home
    Add some plants indoors as well. It will improve the quality Contact The Room Xchange
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    • 25 min
    In-Depth Property Reviews by Renters for Renters with Ben Pretty from Rent Rabbit

    In-Depth Property Reviews by Renters for Renters with Ben Pretty from Rent Rabbit

    In episode 15, Ben Pretty, Co-founder of Rent Rabbit, and Ludwina Dautovic talk about reviews for renters by renters.

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    About Ben Pretty
    Ben is the co-founder of RentRabbit.com.au - Australia's No1 Property Review Platform for Renters. Ben is passionate about tackling the imbalance of Australia’s private rental market through a renter first approach. Rent Rabbit allows renters to review the properties they’ve rented; list any issues they’ve had with the property and/or with the landlord or agent.

    In this conversation, Ben Pretty and Ludwina Dautovic discuss the benefits and transparency around reviews for landlords, agents and tenants and the benefits it brings to the industry.

    How Rent Rabbit works
    Rent Rabbit is a review platform for landlords, agents and tenants. It's a transparent approach to finding out who you're dealing with and what their history of dealing with others is like. It also gives the tenant an opportunity to understand what it's like to deal with the owner and agents of the property. If you're spending a great deal of money each year with a supplier, you it's reasonable to know what they're like to deal with.

    Benefits to all parties
    Being able to ask previous tenants about the street, neighbourhood, the condition of the house and how the landlord dealt with repairs is great knowledge to have. If you're spending anywhere from $20 - $30k a year with an agent or landlord, shouldn't you be able to know what they're like to deal with? There are benefits to the landlord knowing what the tenants history is like. It's also a benefit for the tenant to know what the landlords history is like.

    Ratings and reviews are everywhere
    We are living in a world where ratings and reviews are the first port of call for consumers when making a decision about a product or service you're purchasing, especially if it is a high ticket item. So why not for rentals?

    As an example, Airbnb uses ratings and  reviews for both hosts and guests. It is becoming a standard requirement in the short term holiday space. So why shouldn't we do the same for long term rentals?

    It's a fascinating discussion and very thought provoking. If you enjoyed it, please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on Apple podcasts. We'll read it out in a future episode if you do.
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    • 34 min
    The Future of Housing in Australia with Mark McCrindle

    The Future of Housing in Australia with Mark McCrindle

    In episode 14, Mark McCrindle, social researcher and demographer, and Ludwina Dautovic, talk about the future of housing in Australia and how our CBDs are changing.

    ABOUT MARK MCCRINDLE
    Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a thought leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. Having developed his reputation across two decades as an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author and social commentator, Mark has appeared across all major television networks, radio and print media, and been twice invited to speak at TEDx. He has presented thousands of keynotes and workshops in all major industries including finance, technology, health, mining, energy and education for top global brands and organisations. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of the largest companies and leading international brands.

    "One thing that we came to appreciate during the pandemic were their household members, friends and family with whom they were living and they reprioritised their life and values as a result. Moving out of it, I think that will remain core."


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    In this conversation, Mark McCrindle and Ludwina Dautovic discuss the future of housing in Australia. There have been multiple changes in our country as a result of Covid which has changed our housing landscape and the future of housing.
    POPULATION GROWTH HAS REDUCED
    Population growth is foundational to housing, and we’ve had a slowdown in population growth due to the pandemic. We've seen a slow down in immigration and arrivals from overseas. We’ve also seen a slowdown in birth rate in fact it’s been the slowest birth rate recorded. Considering the property market has been geared on population growth, this has caused issues. There’s also been an internal migration. Growth in regional areas and secondary capitals are growing faster and it’s creating a rebalancing of our population. But with the shift in population and more people working from home, these trends have changed.

    LIFE CHANGES ARE MOVING THE HOUSING MARKET
    The single person household is the fastest growing household category with both young people and the elderly. Delayed family forming, living at home phenomena, more investment over a longer period into education and career, have defined the life stages and therefore the demand for property across those age groups.

    BOOMERANG GENERATION A
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    • 35 min
    House sharing forms lifelong friendships

    House sharing forms lifelong friendships

    Angela and Sherylanne have been house sharing for 18 months and have now formed a lifelong friendship. In this episode we’re talking about their journey, how they negotiated their rent offset, how they worked through any issues and their plans to remain friends for life.

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    About Angela and Sherylanne
    Angela is epidemiologist and a kidney specialist who works long hours. Sherylanne was building a dance school just before Covid hit. They came together just at the right time. Not only where they a great support for each other during the 18 months house sharing together, they were also able to support each other through Covid.


    Benefits of having a housemate
    Sherylanne helped to create a lot of stability around their home during covid. The consistency of having someone older and more mature around Angela’s son Felix, created a more solid experience for him and for Angela. She was also able to fill the gaps for Angela and be there as another adult to help raise her son.


    Negotiating the rent offset
    Sherylanne and Angela did a full rent offset. It changed over time as it was needed, and they constantly talked about their needs and the changes that were required to fulfil them. Their advice is, if you keep the lines of communication open, you’ll be fine. They also found our house share agreement helpful as well as our interview questionnaire.


    House sharing with children in the home
    It’s a natural concern as a parent to ensure the safety of your children. There are things we consider when someone is around our kids who might have any form of influence over them. Asking questions and being clear about your views as a parent is important and as a housemate you must back up the parents. Having another adult in the home can have a huge positive impact on the children especially if you are a single parent family. The additional support and adult opinion can sometimes help to divert arguments or issues that the children might challenge you on.


    Lifelong friendships
    The most beautiful thing they now have is a lifelong friendship. That’s what house sharing does. It creates friends for life. Sherylanne is now moving on overseas and Angela is looking for someone new. They are sad that the arrangement is coming to an end but they’ll be friends for life. There’s even talk of visiting Sherylanne overseas sometime down the track.


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

GoodBanter ,

A new approach to renting/house sharing

Listening and speaking to Ludwina about the value of house sharing for adults and breaking down the stigma that renting/house sharing is only for uni students has been really valuable. Hearing stories about single parents living together for companionship, security and being able to share duties is enlightening and not something I ever would have thought of as benefits to house sharing. Recommend everyone have a listen for no other reason then to open your mind and look at house sharing in an innovative way. Thanks Ludwina!

Alison CH21 ,

Inspiring and insightful

I find this podcast incredibly interesting learning more about the rental market and house sharing. The Room Xchange is championing a movement that will only grow as it continues to solve a raft of issues and enhance people’s lives. Hearing from all types of industry insiders on these issues is brilliant - well done Ludwina!

IdeaSpies ,

IdeaSpies Feature

Congrats Ludwina on your podcasts and your house-sharing idea being so popular that it was featured in IdeaSpies Weekly last week!

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