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Is a Property Crash about to Happen?

March 10, 2018

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You may or may not have heard of Harry Dent. He is a US demographer who has written quite a few books on property, shares and general financial advice. He is currently touring Australia predicting a catastrophic collapse in property prices; in the order of 50%. Oh and also world stock prices will likely crash […]

It's Illegal, It's Unethical & It Works

February 24, 2018

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In an eye-popping defense of Underquoting, the owner of the rating site RateMyAgent, Mr Mark Armstrong, explains why it is quite appropriate to select an agent, a Director of Fletchers Real Estate, as their Agent of the Year. Never mind that he was directly implicated in 15 of the 22 cases that Fletchers were recently […]

Does the Way You Sell Your Home affect the Price?

February 17, 2018

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Consider two buyers: Buyer 1 has decided he is willing to pay $1,140,000 for the property, whilst after checking finances and looking for 5 months, Buyer 2 decides she will pay up to $1,185,000. At a Public Auction, what would it sell for? Depending on the bidding increments, you would expect it to sell for […]

Property, Shares & Bitcoin

February 12, 2018

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About 3 weeks ago, the linked article below was published on the topic of the dramatic decline in the price of Bitcoin. It also noted the expected fall in the price of shares and warned of the possible decline in property prices in Australia. So, two out of three down… What about property? The context […]

Why Do Real Estate Agents Lie?

January 19, 2018

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10 Examples with the Best Response It is not uncommon for a real estate agent to be tempted into bending the truth to make a sale. This tendency toward dishonesty is perhaps the key reason that the real estate industry has had a tough time dealing with a negative reputation. This blog post is designed […]

Property Hotspots - The Bigger Story

January 13, 2018

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The property hotspots set to defy the downturn in 2018    < CLICK HERE Real Estate really is a BBQ topic. Everyone has an opinion. Frequently it is ill informed but that doesn’t stop people having very set opinions (sound a bit like politics?). An article like the one that follows is therefore sure to engage […]

Property Predictions for 2018

January 3, 2018

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Property Predictions for 2018 Firstly, the mainstream press has finally caught up with what has been obvious for a few months in Melbourne; the cycle has turned. Whilst all of the focus to date had been on Sydney, Melbourne peaked in Sept/Oct. Yes, the stats showed modest growth until November but this was more a […]

BIG Fines, Lucky Agents

December 27, 2017

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Court proposes hefty fine for alleged underquoters Barry Plant Mount Waverley With yet another huge $720,000 fine potentially looming for Barry Plant and Fletchers still reeling from their $880,000 penalty for deception of the public, it would be easy to think wow, that’s fairly harsh. Two things to consider; agencies receiving these fines have profited […]

The Cost of Deception

December 15, 2017

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Underquoting: Real estate agency Fletcher and Parker Balwyn fined record $880,000 in Federal Court case Sometimes it seems that people get away with dishonesty and illegal activities for ever. Also that they actually become more successful and profitable by their unethical and cynical actions. But eventually, most come unstuck. This is certainly the case with […]

The Agent's Dilemma

December 9, 2017

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Developers eye modernist Box Hill South home with no heritage protection <- Click Link An agent is appointed by their client to achieve the best result (or price) in almost all instances. This may result in properties with some history or story, being sold for development if developers are prepared to pay more for the […]

What to Make of a Market Where 1 in 3 Auctions Fail

December 2, 2017

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Slipping Melbourne clearance rate trend tipped to continue People are funny creatures. If others are buying, we want to buy too (read Bitcoin) but if prices slow down or stop, well maybe we should wait as well. We fear missing out but also, maybe, just maybe, others know something we don’t… Guess what? Generally they […]

Underquoting is Alive and Well

November 24, 2017

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Underquoting complaints soar amid Victorian government crackdown It seems that the Victorian Government is about to launch a marketing campaign claiming that Underquoting is finished; dealt with. It isn’t. The ranges quoted from some agents are quite clearly too low. It’s fairly easy to monitor the range quoted from an agent that has a few […]

The News You Might Have Missed

November 18, 2017

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Foreign owners to be taxed for Australian homes empty for more than six months Whilst swept away by other decisions made this week, Government legislation to permit taxing of empty homes and also to disallow tax depreciation for existing homes was passed in the Senate. This is fairly important news for both investors, foreign owners […]

The Wind Has Changed

November 11, 2017

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Whilst there has been a gradual change in the mood in the property market happening for months, the recent abrupt halt in the Sydney market has brought the mainstream media spotlight onto the change. The good news is that conditions have improved for 1st home-buyers. Right back at budget time, the changes brought in to […]

Change IS Coming

October 28, 2017

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5 Trends That Will Impact Real Estate In The Future It’s human nature to think that because things have happened or operated a certain way in the past, they will largely continue to work that way. Twenty years ago, Google (or Alphabet) didn’t exist; and not a long time before that, the internet didn’t exist. […]

Purple Tricks (and other Misleading Promises)

October 20, 2017

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/08/03/purplebricks-apologises-repeating-banned-claims-share-price/ It seems that many companies today believe that if you throw enough advertising at the public, they will eventually believe you because they’ve heard it so often. And lets face it, elections have been won based on this philosophy in quite recent memory (Fake News etc. etc). So clearly there is some solid basis […]

Tenants & Landlords - What is Fair?

October 14, 2017

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Is this really ‘Fairer Safer Housing’? Changes to tenancy laws have been announced for Victoria (see the link below). They have been heavily criticized by the Real Estate Institute and praised by the Tenants Union. It seems fairly clear that the proposed changes have been fairly heavily influenced by what promises to be a bitter […]

Higher for Longer - The Melbourne Mystery

October 6, 2017

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Sydney, Melbourne property markets holding up ‘stronger than we thought’, says ANZ A confession: At the beginning of this year, we expected a modest year of growth in Melbourne property values. A number of mildly concerning factors were on the horizon, which we expected to subdue growth. As the year progressed, there were the usual […]

How to be Divisive

October 2, 2017

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Simply start by stating an opinion as fact and then don’t listen to any argument to the contrary. Oh, it will also help if you actually attack the person that dares have a different opinion; maybe also belittle them for their stupidity and ignorance. After travelling abroad for the last 3 weeks, with time to […]

The Bank of Mum & Dad

September 15, 2017

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Victorian parents to the rescue in ‘broken’ property market Recent research shows how huge the input has become from parents assisting their children to buy their first property. Financial comparison site mozo.com.au asserts that 29% of parents contribute financially by way of either loaning part of the deposit, guaranteeing the loan or providing rent free […]