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The first thing I say to anyone who comes to work with Great Ocean Properties is that when you are dealing with our clients, prospective clients or buyers that we interact with, is I don’t want any “smoke and mirrors”. Just see if you can assist them with your skills to help them achieve their goals. By “smoke and mirrors” I mean practices that could be seen as … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – March 2018

Welcome to our March Great Ocean Report. The main objective of our Great Ocean Reports is to explain, in language that most can understand, what is happening in the Australian property markets. Every day there are media reports on the state of the property markets and they vary in quality mainly because they are written by human beings (just like this one) and can only be subjective from the writers … Read the full post »

Radiate

One of the most challenging parts of anyone’s working life when they work in customer or client service is being consistently positive and bright when often they just don’t feel that way. Some days life conspires against you and no matter how hard you try to duck and weave, those curve balls keep hitting you. It’s hard to smile at the customer, your boss, staff or generally anyone unfortunate enough … Read the full post »

Lessons from 25 years in real estate.

This month marks my 25th year in real estate. Over that time frame I have learnt a lot of lessons, made every mistake possible and interacted with literally thousands of people during my real estate journey. I have met some incredibly inspiring people over that time and tried to learn something from all of them.

I thought I would share 15 lessons that I have learnt over this period, … Read the full post »

A new year beckons

As 2017 draws to a close we start to look forward into 2018 we can safely say that it is looking like an interesting year, but as a I look back on my columns from the previous two years I said exactly the same thing each year. They all looked interesting when looking forward from January. What will happen in 2018? Two things are certain. The first is that … Read the full post »

Who’s right

When you are thinking about making a major financial decision like upgrading or downsizing your home, buying an investment property or even buying your first home, you will often do research as to whether the timing is right to make such a move.

You will soon realise when you start your research that there are so many conflicting views on what the future holds, often in the same publications, that … Read the full post »

Perception vs reality

As real estate agents we get asked to meet with property owners to discuss their future plans on a daily basis. I enjoy this immensely because not only do I feel we are very well qualified to assist them, but I am fascinated with the psychological process that potential vendors put themselves through when deciding to sell their major asset.

The conversations start differently depending on whether they know us … Read the full post »

Selling in winter

We often get asked when is the best time to sell your property. Like anything in real estate there are no absolutes, it is a judgement made on the basis of probabilities of many factors. Winter is generally regarded as the low season for selling on the coast. This judgement is mainly made on the decreased foot traffic that the coast experiences at this time of year. Interestingly in the … Read the full post »

What is a housing bubble?

Recently, almost on a daily basis, we have been seeing property market commentary from “experts”, mostly economists warning of “Australia’s housing bubble”. Most people understand the concept but I thought I would clarify what it is and what it is they are concerned about.

According to Wikipedia, “a property or housing bubble is a form of economic bubble normally characterised by a rapid increase in market prices of real property … Read the full post »

Bidding at Auction

Bidding at auction can be quite intimidating for those who have never done it before. In reality, given that most people only transact in real estate once or twice in their lives, the opportunity to practise is quite limited! There are a few tips to it though that I’m happy to share.

The first tip I will give you is – don’t do it! If you can hire a professional … Read the full post »

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