February 24, 2017

Battle of the Disrupters | No Agent v Cheap Agent

The traditional real estate agent is under attack from the left and the right. On the one hand, companies such as Buy My Place are teaching consumers how to sell without a real estate agent. On the other, UK outfit Purple Bricks hit Sydney in recent times to offer home sellers a real estate agent […]

February 24, 2017

What is a Digital Footprint?

The internet has made some amazing changes to the way we buy and sell real estate. Buyers can now easily search for their next home whenever and wherever they please. Also, sellers have the option to include multimedia like videos, floorplans and images to attract buyers. There are some negative elements associated with using the […]

January 30, 2017

Demographic Disruption – Baby Boomers Set to Make The Change

The property market is always susceptible to ‘disruptive’ forces of one kind or another. The last two decades has seen constant digital disruption as websites and databases decimated print. The digital disruption changed the way real estate is purchased and sold forever more. In 2014, there was an influx of foreign buyers into the Sydney […]

January 30, 2017

Sydney Real Estate – 2017 Previewed

The Sydney property market begins 2017 in better shape than it begun in 2016. That fact almost seems counter-intuitive, but it is true. In late 2015, APRA stepped in and enforced tougher lending criteria on residential investors through the retail banks. APRA’s intervention had a noticeable dampening effect impact on the property market in late […]

November 18, 2016

Inspecting the Strata Books

As more apartments are constructed, many people will be moving into strata living arrangements for the first time. If you are purchasing a strata title property it’s crucial that you buy into a good apartment and a well managed building. Many people who buy into a building mistakenly make their purchasing decision exclusively on the […]

November 18, 2016

VPA on the rise

The cost of advertising a home is rising and beginning to resemble the newspaper era. Owners are being offered or sold advertising campaigns up to and above $10,000. The cost of the campaign is paid upfront by the seller regardless of the success of the campaign. VPA stands for Vendor Paid Advertising. Agents will also […]

November 18, 2016

Mystery shop potential real estate agents

The selection of the selling agent is usually decided upon from an interview and/or a sales proposal process. Whether it’s an interview or a sales proposal that you are using to determine your agent, neither actually shows the agent in action. Agents are fully rehearsed with scripts and dialogues to ensure a slick presentation when […]

November 18, 2016

How much will it lease for?

Investors entering the property market need to protect themselves against overzealous rental quotes. Often the agent spruiking the proposed rental return is a sales agent and not a property manager. To protect yourself against an unwanted and unexpected shortfall in the income on your new investment, disregard a selling agent’s rental assessment. That’s not to […]

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