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We see what we look for

There are a couple of things that are universal that help us understand personality types. We are all products of our environment and secondly, we see what we look for. The first one is something that happens over time and the second can change on a daily basis.

If you grow up in a family of doctors, you are highly likely to … Read the full post »

Buying in an active market

Although the new year is only a couple of weeks old, early signs are that 2020 will see a highly active year for the real estate market.

This is obviously good for property owners but can, at times, be highly frustrating for willing buyers as they often have to compete for properties. One of the … Read the full post »


If you have read this column for a while then you may have come to the realisation that I have a strong curiosity around what makes human beings act the way they do. What really intrigues me is the range of human emotions and how they vary from person to person, and even how people can change as their
circumstances alter. One of the toughest challenges is watching friends or family … Read the full post »


When you are trying to make a decision in life, particularly a financial decision, one of the key aspects you need to seperate is the reality from the sentiment. It’s also often where the best opportunities lay.

What I mean by this is that sentiment is a fickle thing that doesn’t always match reality. The most identifiable example of sentiment change is the stock market. The stock market is an … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – September 2018

At present there is a lot of conjecture about the state of the Australian property market and as usual, in our Great Ocean Report we will do our best to break down what is really happening.

As we have mentioned previously in our Great Ocean Report, there are hundreds of small property markets in Australia but the two largest, Sydney and Melbourne, generally set the sentiment for the rest. Together … Read the full post »


“If it’s not ready to be clear, it’s ok to leave it confusing.”

I was told this by a close friend many years ago and I can tell you that it has proved to be one of the most liberating moments in my life. The comfort it has provided has been significant.

I am not sure whether it’s a human, personal or male trait but the tendency to want to fix … Read the full post »


We are now living in a world of high communication, where the amount of information we generate and receive each day is at unprecedented levels. It is estimated that this is 5 times greater now than it was pre-Internet.
Given this phenomenon has occurred in such a short period, for many of us who remember not having the Internet, we have struggled to cope with this information overload. There is … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report July 2018

The 2017/18 financial year saw a very active coastal market once again and it is interesting to see the contrast in price and volume of house sales in each town in our service area from the previous financial year.

So let’s look at the performance of each of the towns during this period. As a reference, these sales are house sales, that is, a free standing dwelling on its own … Read the full post »


Disruption is a word that we see commonly in business these days and is usually used when an industry gets disrupted by a new technology. Think of Uber for the taxi industry and AirBNB for the motel industry.

But we see it in low levels all around us. All you have to do is go to the supermarket or Bunnings and see the automatic check outs. Or go to the … Read the full post »

Face Value

We live in a world of constant distraction with our senses being bombarded with information most of our waking hours. As our smart phones have grown in capability so has the level of access by others to our available attention. So not only do we have to contend with our physical interactions with others on a daily basis, we also need to allow for constant electronic interactions such as texts, … Read the full post »

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