Plan for Success: Tips for Taking the Stress Out of the Search Journey

Searching for and securing a property can prove to be a very time consuming and stressful experience, as well as a potentially costly one. In this regard, the old adage “fail to plan and you plan to fail” is particularly applicable to the property search and buying process. Fundamental to any successful property search, is …

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Who is Responsible? Fair Wear & Tear vs Damage

It is an age old issue when it comes to a tenant vacating, and this is the debate over fair wear and tear vs damage. More often than not the owner and the tenant never agree as the owners sees it as damage and the tenant believes it to be wear and tear. When it …

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Are You a Property Expert?

Real Estate. It is an excellent topic for any social engagement. Everyone is interested in it. They either want in, want out, want nothing to do with it or (in most cases) fancy themselves as a bit of an expert at it. Real estate is one of the only industries that no matter what the …

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Landlords – Air BnB (What You Need to Know)

With the rapid expansion of AirBnb and other such online letting services, landlords need to ensure they have the right asset manager keeping an eye on their premises. In today’s rental market (especially in high demand and high rent areas) it is apparent that many tenants are listing the property they are renting on AirBnb. …

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Nuts to Normal – Part 2

The ground under the recent price boom has started to shift, though. Some noticeable changes have taken place in the last 6 weeks: • Interest rates to investors have gone up • Lending criteria has changed including equity and serviceability requirements and this has started to take the heat out of prices • Lower clearance rates have …

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Bubble Mania: Fact or Fiction – Part 1

Are we watching a bubble deflate, or could it simply be an over heated market normalising. Debunking the ‘bubble will burst’ theory. We all remember the balloon deflation and inflation experiment without bursting the balloon, right? For those who don’t, the balloon represents the property market, the air is interest rates and lending criteria coupled with consumer …

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Get Ahead of the Pack

We are now well and truly into March, the holiday season is behind us and 2017 is in full swing. Vendors are ready to sell and more stock is coming on the market. What you may not know however is that there are far more sales occurring “off market” than there is on market. As …

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To Buy or Not to Buy? That is the Question

Record prices continue to be recorded for properties throughout the Sydney Region, with over 100 suburbs in Sydney recording double digit (Median) price increases over the past 12 months (Australian Property Monitors). A range of factors are at play that are continue to place upward pressure on housing prices for the foreseeable future: The current lack of …

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Downsizing in Sydney, No Easy Task

There are numerous reasons as to why both current residents, and those living elsewhere, are drawn to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and its surrounds. The combination of lifestyle options provided by the world famous harbour and pristine beaches coupled with efficient proximity to an international CBD, which is thriving off the back of world …

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Is off market the new on market?

Recent months have seen increased activity amongst off market property sales. This presents both an opportunity and a challenge for buyers, in that buying off-market offers significant benefits – but sourcing the cream of the off-market crop requires an intimate connection to the local market and its participants. Off-market listings represent a significant portion of …

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