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  • Purple Bricks v McGrath

    Purple Bricks v McGrath

    There are interesting things happening in the Australian real estate sector at the moment. The share price of McGrath has been plummeting and the new UK based hybrid business ‘Purplebricks’ has entered the Australian market and is showing promising growth potential. If their success in the UK is anything to go by, their presence should … Continue reading Purple Bricks v McGrath read more

    Tuesday, 28th Mar 2017

  • Can’t buy me love.

    Can’t buy me love.

    In recent times the goliath Australian real estate franchise, McGrath Estate agents, has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons. Firstly, the share price plummeted after floating on the ASX for $2.10 in December (currently 0.77c at time of writing) and more recently there have been some high profile defections from the … Continue reading Can’t buy me love. read more

    Friday, 27th Jan 2017

  • The truth about cats & dogs

    The truth about cats & dogs

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (& the RSPCA) pets are part of the family in 63% of Australian households. The same sources state that Australia has the highest level of pet ownership in the developed world. Coupled with some of the most expensive real estate on the planet this has created an interesting … Continue reading The truth about cats & dogs read more

    Tuesday, 27th Sep 2016

  • One size doesn’t fit all.

    One size doesn’t fit all.

    Real Estate agents love auctions, in particular Australian Real Estate Agents…I am convinced it has something to do with our national spirit, the propensity to have a punt. Strategically if the process has been handled properly then the price guidance to buyers will be conservative (low) and the outcome will be bid up and create … Continue reading One size doesn’t fit all. read more

    Thursday, 18th Aug 2016

  • Working out what work to do.

    Working out what work to do.

    One question we are commonly asked by clients is ‘how much should we spend on the house before we sell?.’ Obviously every case is different but generally speaking people need to be very careful with this as we often see thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of dollars wasted on pre-sale renovations. In my experience, there … Continue reading Working out what work to do. read more

    Thursday, 28th Jul 2016

  • Don’t wing it.

    Don’t wing it.

    As the property market in NSW enters its’ next phase, I expect we will see auction clearance rates ease off historical highs and sales by private treaty will become more common. By definition, private treaty is the agreement for the sale of a property at a price negotiated directly between the vendor and purchaser (or … Continue reading Don’t wing it. read more

    Monday, 18th Jul 2016

  • Get Smart

    Get Smart

    Too often when sellers go to list their home, they sign up with an agent, get some photos taken and their property gets thrown onto the market. In most cases the property gets sold for a pretty good price and after 4 weeks of excruciating open homes the owners are just relieved its auction day … Continue reading Get Smart read more

    Friday, 17th Jun 2016

  • The Power of one.

    The Power of one.

    Once in a while we have clients asking about the concept of having more than one agent representing them when they sell their home. In the past it was commonplace for property sellers to ‘multi-list’ as the general perception was that the more agents who were pushing the property the greater the exposure. In the … Continue reading The Power of one. read more

    Tuesday, 31st May 2016

  • Winter is coming

    Winter is coming

    Real Estate agents across the nation have convinced property owners that the best time to sell their house is either in Spring or Summer. The standard justification for this is that there are more buyers in Spring and Summer, but in my view this is curious logic. There are always people moving to Sydney, having … Continue reading Winter is coming read more

    Tuesday, 31st May 2016

  • The New Normal

    The New Normal

    As the year draws to a close it is inevitable that we will reflect on what 2015 has meant to us and what 2016 may bring. For me in the context of real estate 2015 will probably go down as the year of disbelief. In the first half of the year people couldn’t believe how … Continue reading The New Normal read more

    Monday, 14th Dec 2015