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On purpose

I have recently returned from a leadership development course at Harvard in Boston where I was joined by 164 other participants from 30 other countries. This course is only run twice a year and it was a personally very rewarding week providing not only for new experiences but also providing clarity around my previously held beliefs.

The great thing about having such a diverse attendance is that you get to … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – December 2018

There is an incredible amount of property market commentary in the media at present and as usual, we will try and separate the facts from the smoke and mirrors.

To set the scene we need to discuss some principles of property markets. Firstly, they are cyclical but they are not uniform. Secondly, they are self-perpetuating. Thirdly, things are never as good or as bad as they seem. These may … Read the full post »

Shape of you

At Great Ocean Properties we have developed a strong culture of professional and personal development. As part of this ongoing journey, I am attending a course at Harvard in Boston next month that I am really looking forward to. In preparation for this I have been reading the course material that has been sent to me, as they have requested.

All my adult life I have collected quotes or lines in … Read the full post »

Intuition

Although from the outside it looks like working in real estate is a property business, it’s actually not, it’s a people business. It’s a business servicing people who are in the process of buying or selling property. Each transaction can vary in the number of people involved. It can be quite a significant number when you take into account the buyers and sellers (and their families), but also the other … Read the full post »

Focus

We have a company culture of continuous learning and this week we were very fortunate to have Emma Murray, the Richmond Football Club Mindfulness Coach, come and talk to our whole team. It was an amazing session and there is no wonder why that club is enjoying so much recent success.

Emma is regarded as their secret weapon and we all saw why. She has been instrumental in taking Dusty … Read the full post »

Believe to succeed

Having just watched the Western Bulldog fairytale come true, it struck me how much they believed they could do it. To win the premiership from 7th place on the ladder, they had to win 4 sudden death finals in a row. No team had ever done this before. The key element that kept coming from the interviews with the players and coaches was that they truly believed they could.

There are … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report April 2016

Great Ocean Report April 2016

It’s hard to believe that we are into April already but the upside is that we are getting a good handle on how 2016 is likely to play out, and so far it is looking quite favourable. In fact, mainstream media is struggling to hold our attention on the economic front, so they have to ramp up the bad news headlines in other areas just to … Read the full post »

Sell or buy first

A common dilemma when you are trading your home for another is whether you sell first then buy, or if you buy first, then sell. The answer is quite clear…it depends! Which I know is not clear but it really comes down to how saleable your property is. This is determined by your price point and your price expectation relative to other properties in your area. It also comes down … Read the full post »

Pricing methods

When you come to sell your property you will be presented with several different pricing methods by different agents.

A small number will suggest not putting a price on the property. Their thinking is that if there is no price then the buyers have to ring and enquire. The agent can then get there details. The problem is that buyers find it annoying and research published by a leading real … Read the full post »

A buyers journey

It is really helpful, whether you are buying or selling, to understand the journey a buyer goes through when purchasing real estate. There are two distinct phases. There is the emotional attachment stage and the justification stage. The emotional attachment stage is all about finding the property they like. They start looking in the area that they like, and in the price range they can afford, and often the range slightly above … Read the full post »

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