9 episodes

We're looking forward to bringing you conversations with industry leaders in the real estate market along with everyday people sharing stories about their rental 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 to find your people and feel at home.

The Room Xchange Podcast Ludwina Dautovic

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

We're looking forward to bringing you conversations with industry leaders in the real estate market along with everyday people sharing stories about their rental 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 to find your people and feel at home.

    Landlord, agent and tenant relationship with Jo Natoli

    Landlord, agent and tenant relationship with Jo Natoli

    With renting becoming more of a lifestyle choice as well as a necessity for some, it's time that we started to build better relationships between the landlord, agents and tenants. Landlords are not to be feared in fact over 70% of landlords in Australia are mum and dad investors. Agents want good tenants for their landlords, but tenants are often left feeling like they're the least important part of the equation.  
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    About Jo Natoli
    To help me better understand the relationship between the landlord, agent and tenant is Jo Natoli, founder of The Rental Specialist in Sydney. The Rental Specialist is an agency that only services the rental property market. Jo has some interesting ideas on how the real estate industry needs to separate the rental market from the buying/selling market. With renting becoming more of a norm, there needs to be a fresh, new approach that better supports the landlord, agent and tenant rental relationship.

    What we discussed in this episode
    2:46 -  Introducing Jo Natoli, founder of The Rental Specialists.
    3:19 - Defining the relationship between the landlord and the tenant.
    A landlord is typically a mum and dad investor."
    4:35 - Who is a typical landlord?
    5:51 - Renting is becoming more and more a lifestyle choice as well as a necessity for many.
    7:40 - Long term leases need to become normal.
    9:25 - What certainty is required to give a tenant a long term lease?
    12:08 - Renting should be a completely separate business in real estate.
    Property management is an important function in the whole real estate space."
    14:35 - Property management needs its own dedicated service.
    22:59 - Agents are there to protect the interests of the landlords by getting the best tenant possible.
    26:19 - What happens to our landlord, agent and tenant history?
    A rental property is a product and the tenant is a customer. Why don't the same rules apply as they do in other business relationships?" 
    11:00 – Pet owners are generally good tenants.
    13:00 – How to deal with neighbours with barking dogs
    15:30 – Offer to take care of your neighbours’ dog if you’re home during the day. Foster a dog!
    16:16 – How to apply for a share house with a dog
    17:49 – Lara shares tips on how to live with a dog in a rental property.
    18:30 – Many dogs are now experiencing separation anxiety as their owners start going back to work post covid.

    • 29 min
    Rent or rent offset - it's your choice with Ludwina Dautovic

    Rent or rent offset - it's your choice with Ludwina Dautovic

    Since it's Christmas, we're taking a break for a few weeks with our featured guests. The content is so rich that I don't want you to miss out.  We'll be back next week with our next guest - Jo Natoli, founder of The Rental Specialists.  In the meantime, I'll be talking about some of the features we have on our platform at The Room Xchange. In today's episode I'll be talking about rent or rent offset - it's your choice.

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    The rent offset calculator is a great tool to help you work out the best plan for how you want to live. If you’re a household, you can work out how many hours of additional household jobs you’d like to have done and how much of your rent you can offset for that help. The same goes for housemates. If you are happy to offer some time to offset your rent, then you can use the calculator to help work out the best arrangement for you.
    We believe you should be able to utilise your space and time in the most practical and beneficial way for you whether it's rent or rent offset. Here’s how.
    HOUSEHOLD RENT OFFSET
    If you are a household and you’d like the idea of having additional jobs done around your home, the first thing to do is add the number of hours of help you’d like, the hourly rate at which you would expect to pay for that help, and the calculator will tell you how much you’ll receive in rent and how many hours of help you'll get. You can offset just the rent amount or rent and utilities; it’s up to you.
    HOUSEMATE RENT OFFSET
    If you’d like to save some money and are happy to do some additional jobs around the house on top of what is normally expected as a housemate, then you can work out an arrangement that suits you. To begin with, add the number of hours you'd be happy to help, add the value per hour you would expect to be paid for those jobs and the calculator will show you how much you’d expect to pay and how many hours of jobs you’d need to do.
    WHAT’S NEXT?
    Once you’ve worked out the best plan for you, add this information in the ‘Additional information’ section on the profile. Select the ‘Rent Offset’ button so people searching for you know that you’re happy to offset some or all of your rent.
    Have a play around with the calculator and see what works best for you.

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    • 6 min
    How to create an engaging profile with Ludwina Dautovic

    How to create an engaging profile with Ludwina Dautovic

    Since it's Christmas, we're taking a break for a few weeks with our featured guests. The content is so rich that I don't want you to miss out.  We'll be back on January 19th with our next guest. In the meantime, I'll be talking about some of the features we have on our platform at The Room Xchange. In today's episode I'll be talking about how to create an engaging profile.

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    Whether you’re a household or a housemate, creating an engaging profile is vital to your success in finding the right living arrangement for you. Your profile is literally a first glance into who you are and how you like to live, so you want to draw people into your world, so they’ll want to know more about you.
    There are a few simple things you can do that will greatly benefit you and won’t take much time at all.


    ONE SENTENCE STATEMENT ABOUT YOU
    What’s the number one thing that your friends say is great about you? This is usually a great statement to add to your ‘about’ section. It’s a one liner that will show up in the public search results. This sentence, plus your profile photo, is the first thing users will see. Here’s a good example: ‘I’m a curious person who loves to learn and engage with people.’ Or ‘I’m a neat freak who loves to organise and sort out people’s spaces. Or ‘I love to travel and explore different cultures and lifestyles.’ All of these statements tell the reader something interesting about you.


    PROFILE PHOTO
    Choose the right profile photo. This is the image in the round circle and it's the first image people will see of you. A head and shoulders photo is ideal. Make sure the light is in front of you and not behind you. Smile and be engaging in the photo. These photos will be used on your public profile and we’ll also use them for our social media promotion of your account so it's important that you're comfortable with these images being public.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – RENT OR RENT OFFSET
    The section for additional information is where you can add information about a rent offset. If you are a household who would like to offset the rent by having the housemate do some extra jobs around the house, list it here. If you’re a housemate and you are happy to offer your time to offset your rent, mention it here.
    You can also add information such as any quirks you might have (people sometimes find these interesting) fascinating bits of info, location benefits, nice areas of the home or if it’s close to the beach.


    GALLERY IMAGES
    You can add additional photos in the gallery image section. If you are a household, we recommend you add photos of the bedroom, living areas, kitchen and outdoor areas. If it’s by the beach or a nice shopping strip you can add an image of that too. Don’t add any photos of the front of your house that might show your specific location. If you are a housemate, add some images that reflect your personality. If you’re a good cook add images of your food, if you like travelling, show some travel photos or if you’re an artist show some of your paintings. Do not add any images that are considered to be offensive or sexual in nature. If you come across any such images while searching, please let us know and we'll suspend the account immediately. We also randomly check profiles to ensure they are compliant and all images are appropriate.


    The rest of the profile is based on mu

    • 8 min
    Digital iD Verification on The Room Xchange with Ludwina Dautovic

    Digital iD Verification on The Room Xchange with Ludwina Dautovic

    Since it's Christmas, we're taking a break for a few weeks with our featured guests. The content is so rich that I don't want you to miss out.  We'll be back on January 19th with our next guest. In the meantime, I'll be talking about some of the features we have on our platform at The Room Xchange. In today's episode I'll be talking about mandatory Digital iD verification.

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    DIGITAL ID VERIFICATION
    We are proud to say that we're Australia's first verified house sharing platform. From the very beginning, we have insisted that all users on our platform are verified via Australia Post. Their Digital iD technology has been integrated into our system enabling you to quickly be verified in around 30 seconds.
    WHY VERIFICATION?
    When building a community of house sharers, we believe that the community should be built on trust. So we've utilised technology to enable trust to be built amoung our users. Everyone, including you, has had to provide a government photo iD and that information is then matched against the information in your profile. This proves that everyone is who they say they are. 
    NO FAKE PROFILES ON THE ROOM XCHANGE
    One of the biggest problems house sharers tell us is that they're sick of having to sort through fake profiles. Because every user has to be verified, it ensures that all profiles are genuine. This will give you peace of mind knowing that you're connecting with real people with real profiles.
    DIGITAL ID BADGE ON YOUR PROFILE
    Once you have successfully applied for your Digital iD, there will be a badge applied to your profile. This will show everyone that your profile is verified.


    USE YOUR DIGITAL ID AT PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES
    You can install your Digital iD on your mobile device and use it at any other participating business that utilises this technology for their verification.


    WHO PAYS FOR THE DIGITAL ID
    The good news is, we pay for it. It's part of your pricing model on our platform.


    HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR DIGITAL ID
    It's really easy to apply for your Digital iD. Just make sure you have your preferred and accepted photo iD on hand. Once you click the verify button, you'll see a window open up that shows our logo and Australia Post. Just follow the prompts and in 30 seconds you'll have been verified. You can also watch the video below that steps you through the process.

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    • 6 min
    How to rent with pets - with Lara Shannon

    How to rent with pets - with Lara Shannon

    Knowing how to rent with pets can be challenging particularly when the laws differ from one state to the next. The rental laws in regard to renting with pets have also changed which  provide tenants with more assurance around renting with their beloved pets. However, you still need to get the okay from the agent or landlord and there are some things you can do to help your application along.
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    About Lara Shannon
    To help me unpack the mysteries of how to rent with pets is Leading dog expert, Lara Shannon. Lara is passionate about empowering people to take the best care of their pets. She’s a certified dog trainer, behaviourist, and pet food nutritionist. Lara is also the Producer and Host of Channel 10's Pooches at Play, Author of ‘World of Dogs’ and ‘Eat Play Love (Your Dog)’.

    What we discussed in this episode
    2:36 – Pooches at Play on Channel 10.
    3:11 – How have the tenancy laws changed in regards to pets?
    5:21 – Concerns that landlords might have and how to alleviate them.
    7:10 – In WA you can have a pet bond but not in other states.
    8:38 – Make the right decision on the type of house you’re applying for based on the temperament and habits of your dog.


    "There’s over 30m pets in Australia and over 2/3’ds of households have a pet. There is a massive need fore rental accommodation that allows for these pets.”

    11:00 – Pet owners are generally good tenants.
    13:00 – How to deal with neighbours with barking dogs.
    15:30 – Offer to take care of your neighbours’ dog if you’re home during the day. Foster a dog!
    16:16 – How to apply for a share house with a dog.
    17:49 – Lara shares tips on how to live with a dog in a rental property.
    18:30 – Many dogs are now experiencing separation anxiety as their owners start going back to work post covid.


    "Research shows that people with pets really appreciate and respect that they’ve been given this opportunity to be able to have this pet in their rental home."

    22:20 – Pets are a great way to get to know your neighbours and get involved in your local community.
    23:05 – How you can use Facebook community groups to connect you with other pet owners in your neighbourhood.
    23:48 – How to put together a pet resume and how it can help you with your rental applications.
    27:25 – To find out more about Lara Shannon go to www.poochesatplay.com or www.Larashannon.com and Pooches at Play on Channel 10.
    29:04 – We’re taking a break from our feature interviews over the next three weeks during the Christmas holidays. I’ll be sharing a quick content update each week where I’ll be talking about a new feature on our website. We’ll return to our normal line-up on January 19th with Jo Natoli, Founder of The Rental Specialists. We’ll be talking about how to build a better relationship between the landlord and tenant.

    • 29 min
    Is renting a viable lifestyle option? with Christopher Zinn

    Is renting a viable lifestyle option? with Christopher Zinn

    As housing prices continue to skyrocket across Australia the idea of owning your own home continues to remain a pipe dream for many Australian's.  With renting being the only alternative, it begs the question "Is renting a viable lifestyle option?"
    Christopher Zinn, our guest on episode 3 of The Room Xchange Podcast, believes renting can be a viable lifestyle option is it is well considered and you have a good plan in place.

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    About Christopher Zinn
    Christopher Zinn is a consumer campaigner at Life Sherpa, Australia’s first online financial advice provider. Christopher’s work at Life Sherpa is about replacing the myths and mysteries we can all feel around money with more constructive beliefs.
    What we discussed in this episode
    1:20 - Introducing Christopher Zinn
    2:32 - Christopher talks about how we’re all consumers and how the consumer is the most important person in the party whether it’s a renter or a house buyer.
    "The consumer is the basic driver of so much of our economy and they need to be recognised as such and that could be a renter or a house buyer."
    3:17 - One of the first things was renting a home 
    4:30 - Your rental is your home.  
    5:00 - How can we negotiate a long term lease in Australia?
    7:19 - Can renting be a viable financial way to live?
    7:38 - last year rents went up 8.2% an regional areas went up no longer being able to provide a refuge for cheaper rents.
    8:25 - In the short to medium term is can actually be cheaper to rent than to buy.
    "Buying comes with considerable costs up front, and you have to maintain it. It does all add up. Whereas with renting you pay the rent and that’s it."
    9:47 - How to create a plan to financially benefit from renting.
    12:46 - Pros and cons of Rent vesting 
    15:05 - The future of housing and how it might change with more and more people working from home.
    19:08 - With more people working from home and using their spare room as an office, it can have an impact on the available occupancy rates for tenants looking for somewhere to live. 
    20:16 - If you’re working from home there should be some compensation for the additional costs.
    23:45 - Let’s remove the stigma of renting.

    "If you make the right kind of investment with the money you save in renting, then the savvy renter can do as well as the householder."
    24:20 - Renting has got to be more viable because for some people there will literally be no choice. We have to have some tenancy reform. 
    26:13 - We don’t hear the good stories about good tenants and landlords. Only the horror stories on the news.
    27:40 - Our rental payments should become part of our credit history. 
    30:16 - Next weeks guest – Lara Shannon, host of Channel 10's Pooches at Play.

    Connect with Christopher Zinn and Life Sherpa
    Life Sherpa - Twitter | Christopher Zinn - Linkedin | Life Sherpa - Website

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

Lilllzzzzz ,

A great resource for those who are renting

This is a very helpful podcast for those who are in the renting market and for those who are about to enter the renting market. There’s so much information I didn’t know and with so much to learn I’ve had to listen to it a couple of times to make sure I’ve absorbed everything. Thank you so much for the great work.
-Lily

Larzy pants ,

Help where it is needed

Being a tenant can be touch and often stressful when a lease runs out and you just aren’t sure what lays ahead. This podcast series is a great way to learn some tips and tricks to help you as a renter, as well as landlords, navigate a lot of the issues, to help make the process easier. Thanks for starting this great initiative.

Chris Bellesini ,

Renter, Landlord Or Life Learner!

This podcast series has something for everyone. Financial literacy is not taught in schools, but understanding renting whether you rent, own an investment or want your kids to own real estate, The Room Xchange proves you can achieve your goals through renting.

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