Supporting Local Traders in Melbourne during Covid Recovery

Although we are not through the clear just yet, supporting local business is more important than ever. Sadly, we have had to say our goodbyes to several amazing local retailers, restaurants and other Melbourne businesses but that doesn’t mean we should not continue to support the local traders.

Whether it be for groceries, takeaway, clothing, décor or even your morning coffee, shopping locally can make a huge impact in keeping your favourite Melbourne shopping strip stay afloat.

With that all being said, it is important that we still have an individual responsibility to keep #COVIDSAFE so we can all get through this together!

Social distance, sanitise and shop local!


–           Team at Matthew Iles Pty Ltd

Thank You For Your Support in 2020

On behalf of  Barry and Matthew Iles, We would like to thank all our clients for your ongoing support in 2020.

Whilst this year has been tough and full of many surprises, we can look back at our resilience and be proud.

We are looking forward to sharing an exciting year ahead, as we power through to 2021.

To all our Landlords, Tenants and clients we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone and your family a very happy Christmas.

Welcome to 2019!!

A big warm welcome to 2019 from the team at Barry and Matthew Iles!! Everything in our office is getting Leased FAST so we are always looking for new properties to take on, especially for the new year! If you’re after a property manager to care for your investment property in Melbourne we might just be the manager for you.


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Leasing Residential Property Quickly

In today’s market, investment properties need to be presented so that people who are looking to rent would consider the property. By this I mean, ask yourself whether you would live in this apartment or house if your answer is

no, why would you expect anyone else to? 

Presentation of an investment property is very important so that prospective tenants have a good idea of the standard the owner has created.  By this I mean is setting the standard of how the owner would like the property cared for. Assessment of rent takes into consideration what the property has to offer and should the property be well presented, clean and tidy, a good rent can be achieved.

When advertising your property on the internet let it stand out and be a place where prospective tenants would want to live. Ensure you or your agent is marketing the property on all portals and platforms available to get the best response.

In summary, there are only two reasons why a property stays vacant and that is presentation or the asking rent. Therefore stand back, assess the property ask yourself would you pay the rent you are asking to live there. Remember this is a commercial decision, not an emotional one, therefore put yourself in the tenant’s shoes and look at what their needs are and whether your property fits into a tenant’s needs generally.  Don’t forget tenants see more properties than you. They know the values of rent and presentation so do not try and fool them.

Still having trouble leasing your investment property? Let us Help, contact our Senior Property Manager, Susie Mason – 0413 236 590

Preferred Real Estate Agents of Glenferrie Road

Barry and Matthew Iles Real Estate have been part of Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn since 1946.  Since then the company has sold and leased many retail properties

Preferred real estate agentsalong the shopping strip and residential properties as well.  So it is very fitting now that Barry and Matthew Iles are now the preferred real estate agents for the Glenferrie Road shopping strip and with their experience and knowledge they can assist any owner or trader. 

Susie Mason the property manager for both the residential and commercial portfolios is very eager to provide advice on management, leases, option, renewals and finding other shops for you to lease. Susie is now an active Committee Member of the Glenferrie Traders Association and has her finger on the pulse of what is happening in Glenferrie Road. So if you have any queries why not come and talk to Susie, even a little bit of advice can open up a new way of thinking.


Barry and Matthew Iles Expertise in Glenferrie road.



The Glenferrie Road shopping strip is pumping and thriving due to all the hard work from all of the business owners.  These three comments show what is happening in this strip at the moment.

Our agency Matthew Iles Pty Ltd has been part of the Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn area for 35 years when Mr Barry Iles opened his shop as a real estate agent providing sales and rentals in Residential and the Commercial area for 50 years and more.  Barry is no longer with us, and we miss his grand stature walking down Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn to one of the restaurants he loved to go to. But we are still here, in fact, Barry’s son Matthew is now running the business and loves the area as much as Barry did.

Matthew has had many years in the real estate business with his father and at other firms.  He likes to have his finger on the pulse and loves Glenferrie Road so much that he and the staff eat in different cafes or restaurants in every day.  When we have our office parties we often frequent one of the restaurants in the strip of course and they can influence our clients to try them as well.

The office now has portfolio’s in residential and commercial property and growing fast.  We can offer appraisals, opinions to assist any owners in Hawthorn or just even answer a small query at any time.

Susie Mason

Property Manager at Matthew Iles Pty Ltd.

Why you should hire a property manager

Managing your own investment property can be fraught with problems, the tenant not paying the rent on time, the property not being looked after in the way the tenant should, and a myriad of other things that can be a problem and if there is a lack of knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act, then anyone can find themselves taking up their precious time, trying to sort out where to go and then what to do. So clearly that is why so many people choose a professional who has been trained in this area and hires a property manager to take care of all these issues for you, so all you do is collect the rent every month and leave all of the hard work to the person you employ to act for you.

Constant income:

Have you ever had an untrustworthy tenant that didn’t pay his rent on time or just didn’t pay at all? A property manager will ensure that rent is paid on time and therefore you receive constant income every month.  The choice of a good tenant is really the key when renting out the property. The property manager knows as a good tenant from a not so good tenant. Any applicant has to provide references and have a good rental history and a steady job and basically have a strong case that they will be the best person for the property.  The property managers job is to really choose well and both the owner and the property manager can make life easy for themselves.

Routine inspections:

A routine inspection is very important and tells the property manager if the tenant is looking after the owner’s property as they should.  These inspections are done 3 months after a tenant signs a lease and then 6 months after that.  An inspection involves going through the property and ticking off a checklist for any damage or potential damage that might need attention.  The report provides photos and identifies any damage, The report is then sent to the owner and the property will suggest a course of action to take if necessary. It is our policy that if there is maintenance that needs attention then the owners are notified and their approval sought.

Marketing your property:

If a vacancy occurs, a property manager will market and advertise your property and will source out which tenant is the most suitable.  To enable your property to have the best marketing there are other real estate portals that are used to advertise the property.  One ad on the Iles website and then ads on, domain, home and also social media), sending out emails to people who are looking for properties from our database.  When advertising to lease a property it is very important to advertise properly to have as many leads as possible.

Our senior property manager commenced her career at this office and now has come back after 25 years armed with experience and knowledge that she has gained over the years in Melbourne, Sydney, and London and she will comprehensively enable to assist you with any queries you may have. She is very enthusiastic to lease and  manage properties so please do not hesitate to contact Susie Mason on 0413 236 590 or our office – 98183580

benefits of renovating your investment property

Renovating your investment property can significantly increase the value of your property. Updating your investment home, if done correctly, can also save you from future home issues for your tenant such as cracks, leaks, and other costly problems.

Renovating and upgrading your property will not only put your investment home higher on the market but it might just save you tax time. By giving valuable deductions to claim on your tax return before and after you renovate you could be saving money. Make sure you research these deductions before you renovate because you could be eligible for ‘scrapping’ deductions.  scrapping allows you to claim an instant deduction on the entire residual value of items you throw away.  Talk to an expert before you renovate because you could claim more than you think.

Ensure that you do not overspend because paying more for your property than what your property is worth will waste money not gain it. Even though it is tempting indulge in expensive fixtures and detailing but you need to consider what will be beneficial in helping you get the most out of your investment property.  Start by researching, budgeting and even talk to an agent or property manager to get an understanding of what people are looking for in your area or type of property.

If you are looking to renovate but sure what improvements should be made you should first look at your property overall look, is it outdated? impractical? Modernising it will instantly put your property higher on the market. If you feel you have already met that requirement you can look at extending. adding an extra room or even a larger outdoor living area can make a huge improvement.

If you wish to spend less but still make a few tweaks, simply by putting up new curtains, new flooring, new appliances (oven, stove, heating and cooling, lighting) and a fresh coat of paint can improve your property’s appeal.  Ensure to stick to neutral colours like white and beige when renovating or just painting an investment home. Having bold colours can scare many kinds of tenants. Having a more simple theme in your home will welcome a broad range of potential tenants because keep in mind that tenants can make their home as bold as they like with artwork and furniture.

I hope these tips help in your next renovation or inspire to do so.  If you wish to contact a leasing expert or property manager call our office on 9818 3580 or check out the rest of our website for more information.




Moving Into Your First Rental Home

Moving into your first rental? Exciting, but there are a few things you should look out for when renting your first home, but we are here to help. Here is the BMIS guide to renting your first property.

The first thing you should do when looking for a rental property is knowing how much you can spend per week on your property. You should work out a system that works for you to collect the amount you need that won’t cause stress or financial strain. What a lot of first time home renters do is find a trustworthy friend(s) they can rent a home with, which can help with payments.

Getting the right property won’t happen over night, it can take months before you find the right home or finding a landlord that will take you. Know exactly what you are looking for in your future property and don’t settle for something second best especially if this is going to be a long term home for you. Shortlist Your top properties and contact the associated agents to get open inspection times.

Don’t go by just what you see if photos your desired property always thoroughly go through the home to look for any problems or issues with the home. Always look out for:

-cracks that could cause further damage

-water damage

-termite damage

-check the roof gutter for rusting

-ceilings are not sagging.

Getting your first property isn’t simple (buying or renting) There is a lot of paper work and patience that is involved. When you finally find a house you love, put in an application ASAP which will give you the best chance getting that home. Read the lease thoroughly to know exactly what you are entitled to as a tenant.

Keeping these tips in mind when finding your first rental will hopefully give the best experience and will find you exactly the home you are looking for. if you have any other inquiries don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Barry and Matthew Iles.


Welcome To BMIS Blog!

Barry and Matthew Iles is starting a blogging section on or website! We will be posting news about the real estate world, what to know about renting, commercial news and much more…. Enjoy! 🙂