New ways

Although the COVID 19 pandemic has been concerning, there will be many future benefits from new behaviours that have occurred, through necessity, because of the pandemic.

The obvious one is the way many of us will work and interact with both colleagues and clients in the future. The Zoom phenomenon of meeting by video link is a game changer that has become … Read the full post »

Timing the market

Asset markets, such as property markets and the share market, are fluctuating beasts that ebb and flow in their performance and results over time. The easiest way to understand why this occurs is to look at the herd instincts of the human psyche. Basically, everyone does what everyone else does. The amount of physical real estate or the numbers of total … Read the full post »

Enquiry levels increase

The past week has seen a dramatic increase in enquiry levels with both online and open for inspection numbers up significantly.

There are several factors driving this.

Firstly, the COVID 19 lockdown period has allowed people to realise where they don’t want to be and/or realise where they want to be in the future. We are hearing many stories of people generally wanting … Read the full post »

New normal

Throughout the COVID 19 restriction period I have spent a lot of time working on the back end of our business so we can spring out of the blocks as things head back towards some normality. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking what the new normal will look like.

I’m fascinated with human behavioural patterns and the psychology behind those … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – April 2020

As we look back on our last report in February, we were describing a very different scene to what has unfolded since.

Rather than dwell on what we already know and see in the press everyday we thought we would provide what we have seen in consumer behaviour from previous times of crisis. Hopefully for both potential buyers and sellers of real estate … Read the full post »


Could is the most disturbing and unsettling word in the English language right now.

This small speculative word is used as both a weapon of influence and as a substitute for “beware.”

It is used to control the population and to influence their actions by using our innate fear of the unknown. In unsettled times such as now, our ability to catastrophise can reach … Read the full post »

Priming your day

One of the struggles anyone who works in a customer service role has (which includes real estate agents) is the consistent need to be nice to everyone you meet while you are at work. To work in these roles successfully it really helps if you are a “people person” by default but there are days that, despite your natural niceness, the … Read the full post »

Great Ocean Report – February 2020

This is our first Great Ocean Report for 2020 and it is being written at a time of high activity and a generally buoyant real estate market. There is always plenty of property market commentary and as usual we will do our best to demystify what is happening for you.

A quick recap for context. The two biggest property markets in Australia … Read the full post »

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 »

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