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The Room Xchange Podcast

Ludwina Dautovic

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.
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Ludwina Dautovic - Helping You Rent Better
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.  Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterAbout Jo NatoliTo 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 episode2:46 -  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 dogs15:30 – 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 dog17:49 – 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.
5d ago
29 mins
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.Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterThe 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 OFFSETIf 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 OFFSETIf 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.www.theroomxchange.comConnect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
12-01-2022
6 mins
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. Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterWhether 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 YOUWhat’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 PHOTOChoose 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 OFFSETThe 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 IMAGESYou 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
05-01-2022
8 mins
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. Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterDIGITAL ID VERIFICATIONWe 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 XCHANGEOne 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 PROFILEOnce 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 BUSINESSESYou 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 IDThe good news is, we pay for it. It's part of your pricing model on our platform.HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR DIGITAL IDIt'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.www.theroomxchange.comConnect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
29-12-2021
6 mins
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.Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterAbout Lara ShannonTo 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 episode2:36 – 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.
20-12-2021
29 mins
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.Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterAbout Christopher ZinnChristopher 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 episode1:20 - Introducing Christopher Zinn2:32 - 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 SherpaLife Sherpa - Twitter | Christopher Zinn - Linkedin | Life Sherpa - WebsiteConnect with us Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
13-12-2021
31 mins
How to negotiate a rent reduction with home improvements - Chris Bellesini
The Room Xchange - Helping you rent better. If you want to save some money on your rent and are a bit handy with a tool or two, this episode is full of practical ideas on how to negotiate a rent reduction with home improvements. Chris Bellesini, Director of Undercover Agent,  talks about how he saved $7000 in rent by doing some home improvements on the rental property he and his family were living in. Connect with us: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter About Chris BellesiniChris is a licensed real estate agent and accountant. He learnt how to deal in property by working for a savvy investor and developer who has bought and sold over 500 homes. He runs a mentoring program for people looking to purchase their next home. If you're looking to sell, Chris researches your area and selects the best agent for you. He can also provide a holistic approach that includes renting to achieve your goals.In this episode00.40: Recap of last week’s episode #1 with Ray Ellis CEO of First National Real Estate on ‘How to apply for a rental property’. 2.25: Chris Bellesini talks about his accounting background and his passion for real estate and how can we do things better and make it easier for the consumer.  3:06: How can we do things better in real estate to make it easier for the consumer?  3:20 – Chris’ mentoring program helps  people research,  understand if the property has been under or over quoted, how to bid at auctions. Giving them confidence when they’re purchasing their home. 5:35 – Chris shares about the house in Vermont and the rent reduction he negotiated.  7:24 – Chris made his offer to the agent. 8:10  - Chris saved around $7000 over three years and it only cost him $1000 plus his labour to make the changes. 8:25 –  "I think there’s real potential in there for people who are renting to give value back to the landlord other than with cash." 9:50 – Increased the value of the house for the landlord by tens of thousands of dollars. Plus the landlord knew there was someone in the house who cared about it. He lived in the home for 5 years and the landlord never increased the rent.11:45 – How to negotiate it with the real estate agent and how to provide confidence that you can do the work well. 15:05 – Benefits for first home buyers who are renting while they’re saving for a home.17:20 – How to negotiate a long-term lease.19:15 – Making sure that the house is purely an investment property means its intention is to be rented. It will give you a better chance of being able to live there longer. Do your research before you sign a lease.24:10 – "Renting is about a lifestyle choice. The old saying that ‘Rent money is dead money’ I disagree with it. You can often save money by renting as it’s twice as expensive to pay off a mortgage than it is to rent."  28:35 – Ludwina shares a scenario of how she can apply for a rent reduction on her rental by doing some landscaping. Chris goes through how he would do the proposal step by step. "Is this investment in this garden via my tenant going to add value to my property and if the answer is yes, then you’re on a winner."Next weeks episode Christopher Zinn is a consumer campaigner for Life Sherpa,  Australia’s first online financial provider. Christopher talks about how renting can have some good financial benefits.The Room Xchange - Find your people; feel at home | www.theroomxchange.com
07-12-2021
33 mins
How to apply for a rental property with Ray Ellis CEO First National Real EstateLudwina Dautovic - Helping You Rent Better
The Room Xchange Podcast - Conversations with industry leaders in the house sharing market and everyday people talking about their house sharing experiences.Hello and welcome to the first episode of The Room Xchange podcast where we’ll be helping you rent better. I’m Ludwina Dautovic, the CEO and Founder of The Room Xchange, Australia’s first verified house sharing platform.I’ll begin with telling you about the company and then why we’re producing this podcast.Our mission is to help you rent better. To help you find your people and feel at home. Renting doesn’t have to be a transient, short-term option on the road to nowhere. Renting is a viable living option and sharing your home with other people can be a beautiful experience. The Room Xchange is a platform that supports your house sharing journey. Firstly, all registered users must be verified giving you peace of mind that our users are who they say they are. It also prevents fake profiles which we can be a massive issue with platforms like this.Our profiling system makes it easy to find your ideal housemate by matching you on personality, values and lifestyle.You can also choose to rent or rent offset saving you time and money. The Room Xchange Podcast is a portal for you to connect with us and to learn more about how to be a better renter. I’ll be interviewing industry leaders in the house sharing market along with talking to everyday people about their house sharing stories. We’ll be giving you insights and tips on how to rent better and special offers that might come our way.So… to make sure that you don’t miss out on an episode please subscribe to The Room Xchange Podcast on your favourite podcast app. We’re listed on– Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Pandora and more.Head over to www.theroomxchange.com where you can find your people and feel at home.
06-10-2021
3 mins

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