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When purchasing a home, you’ll often find that the agent has (at their disposal) a list of businesses that buyers can use to complete their purchase.

December 11, 2018

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Whether it be tradespeople to complete renovations, staging companies to help with furniture hire or more directly related businesses such as finance brokers, Conveyancing companies or building and pest inspectors, there’s often an artillery of contacts that can be utilised. So how does an agent acquire such a large list? For me, 17 years in […]

Another week gone and another handful of excellent sales’ results…with some of the highest prices we’ve ever seen achieved in certain estates.

December 4, 2018

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My message – now is a great time to consider selling. There’s no question that enquiry levels are dropping (which is not a seasonal occurrence as this time of the year is generally quite busy with lots of inquiries). Right across the board, open home numbers are starting to drop as well but the good […]

Last week, I shared with you some examples illustrating how the banks have tightened their policies on lending and how a few transactions in the wrong places can affect your ability to obtain a loan.

November 28, 2018

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It seems like such a long time ago (and I guess it was), but when I was first started in real estate sales, you could obtain a ‘No Doc’ loan whereby you simply showed 100 points of I.D. and signed a Statutory Declaration to state that you could afford the repayments and with a clean […]

As we discussed last week, the recent Banking Enquiry has certainly had an impact on the Australian property market.

November 23, 2018

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Based on the recommendations handed down, we have already seen a number of changes that have a significant impact. Firstly, the banks are scrutinising every single application with great due diligence and as a result, finance is taking an increasingly longer period of time to be approved. Where many of our clients used to obtain […]

There’s plenty of media speculation right now about the direction of the real estate market in Australia.

November 23, 2018

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You can almost have your head in the sand and still be bombarded with articles in newspapers, websites and TV news bulletins…and like many things in the media, there’s never a shortage of sensationalism and opinion. One thing that I think is always something to remember if you’re looking at buying and selling is that […]

Another year almost gone, and the dust is settling on another season of the smash hit TV show ‘The Block’.

November 23, 2018

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It’s certainly a conversation topic amongst buyers and sellers every time the auctions are conducted and from the turnout at the open homes in Melbourne and from the number of viewers that watch the show religiously, it certainly doesn’t seem to be losing its’ appeal. So how did the results fare so well for the […]

In the world of real estate sales, it would be nice if every property was to sell within the first 7 days and for more than the owners’ expectations and we’re often in a position where this does happen…but it doesn’t happen every time.

November 23, 2018

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I can promise you that it would make my life a lot easier if it did! 😊 There’s a misconception that an agent knows precisely how much a home will sell for…and this can be a long way from the truth. Just recently, I listed a home for sale and after the first two weeks, […]

There’s been much discussion in the media and within the property sector about how the real estate market is currently performing across Australia.

October 24, 2018

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Certainly, it should come as no surprise that the Sydney and Melbourne markets are now in decline and there’s been plenty of media attention focussed on how far these markets will fall…some economists say as much as 40% whilst others are suggesting falls of somewhere between 10 and 20%. As I discussed in my blog […]

Last week, we spoke about the importance of presentation when it comes to selling your home and how some reasonably minor changes can make a huge difference to the final selling price.

October 22, 2018

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Whether it be new carpet, fresh paint or basic landscaping, it’s often that the money spent on these sort of improvements will be one of the best investments you could make. If I were to place a dollar value on it, I believe that every one dollar spent could bring you three to five dollars […]

Every now and then, I’m asked by a potential seller…

September 26, 2018

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”I want to market my home to a cashed-up Sydney buyer. Our properties are cheap compared to their properties. How do we market directly to them?” On the surface, this train of thought seems logical enough – a 4 bedroom home 15km from the Sydney CBD might be worth $1.5 million down there…and a similar […]

In last week’s blog, I mentioned that I’d discuss buyers from Sydney and share some of the general experiences we’ve had over many years in trying to entice them to buy in Brisbane.

September 26, 2018

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This was supposed to be my topic for this week but given the story on Channel Nine’s current affairs flagship program “60 Minutes” last Sunday night, I felt that this needs to be pushed to the top of my list…especially given the huge amount of discussion that this story seems to have generated. In case […]

Last week, we received a great question from Tony.

September 26, 2018

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Here’s a recap of Tony’s question… “I really enjoy getting your e-newsletter every week and find it very helpful. I’ve moved to the Gold Coast a few years and am now about to sell our home. The agent we have been recommended to is trying to convince us to market our property in the newspaper […]

Is Newspaper Advertising Relevant, A Storybook Chalet In Bunya & A Hilarious Father’s Day Surprise

September 8, 2018

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I’ve received a great question from Tony regarding the marketing of his home for sale. Tony asks… “I really enjoy getting your e-newsletter every week and find it very helpful. I’ve moved to the Gold Coast a few years ago and am now about to sell our home. The agent we have been recommended to […]

What Could Be Worse Than One Hundred Snakes In A Bedroom, One Stubborn Agent & One Mangled Finger

August 30, 2018

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Last week, I shared a story of one of the more bizarre listing appointments I’ve ever done. In case you missed it, the short version was that I was finally granted access into the main bedroom and discovered a reasonably sophisticated snake breeding program…and at least 100 snakes in this tiny 9m2 room! But the […]

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a real estate agent?

July 4, 2018

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I’m often asked questions from people who are thinking about entering real estate sales and after many of these discussions, I am continually surprised to discover how many misconceptions there are about what a real estate agent actually does. Today, I’m going to share the first of a three part series entitled “The Top Myths […]

Another week gone and another week of huge sales activity.

June 27, 2018

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To be honest, I’m really surprised how busy the market is when this time of year is normally a little quieter. What are the reasons behind this? I’m not entirely sure but I’m not going to argue with it! Today, I’ll complete my final installment on “Top 10 Seller Myths & Misconceptions”…   “I’ll list […]

We've had another bumper week of sales and abundant buyer enquiry.

June 20, 2018

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Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the end of the financial year tend to quieten down but we’re experiencing a real spurt of activity right now. There’s also more evidence to suggest that there is a slowing of new listings coming on to the market so if you’ve been contemplating selling your property, I can […]

Another week gone and another week of abundant activity and very pleasing results.

June 13, 2018

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Over the past seven days, we are thrilled to have sold another 5 properties for our Happy Sellers! There are plenty of buyers around and I’ve had numerous comments over the past few days that many of these buyers feel there is still a shortage of quality new listings coming onto the market. Current trends […]

Property Valuations…These two words often send a shiver down the spine of any active real estate agent.

June 6, 2018

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With the colder weather starting to kick into gear, if you’re like me, you’ll find it’s just that little bit harder to get out of bed in the mornings…but the good news is that there’s still plenty of willing buyers out there in the marketplace despite a misconception that Winter is a slow time in […]

Today, I'll finish my final installment of my three part series entitled 'Top 10 Greatest Buyer Myths & Misconceptions in Real Estate'.

May 30, 2018

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Here it is…   “My Building & Pest Inspection provides me with another chance to re-negotiate the price” – This one frustrates me no end. Sure – if you negotiate a selling price on a home and discover that there are some serious hidden structural issues such as water leaks, considerable movement or termites then […]