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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 »

Who are you?

As a business we are always looking ahead to try and identify trends so we can plan for them and also provide quality advice to our clients. I do a lot of reading about social demography trying to understand why people act the way they do.

Social demographers have applied labels to different groups in society depending on when they were born to help them understand what influences them. Although you … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report February 2017

As we have written about often in our reports, the Australian property market is in fact made up of hundreds of smaller geographic property markets. They are all affected differently by their local social and economic factors, which directly determines their performance. By example, if we look at the performance of the Melbourne and Sydney property markets vs the Perth property market in the past two years we can see … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – November 2016

As we are about to roll into Summer and the end of 2016, we are now in a position to reflect on the significant market influences that have been driving, what has again been, an extremely buoyant year for the real estate market on the Great Ocean Road.

Stock levels (properties available for sale) are at an all time low. Having multiple interested parties in properties for sale has been very … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – September 2016

As Spring is upon us, it’s time to report on what has been an incredibly busy winter and look at what is probably the most fascinating property market and trading conditions that we have witnessed. There has, as usual, been a lot of commentary in the press as to the state of the Australian property markets and we will again try and demystify what is happening for you.

The best analogy … Read the full post »

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