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How a good mortgage broker can save you more than money

What does a mortgage broker do and why use one instead of going directly to a bank? Gaining access to an experienced mortgage broker is an invaluable resource when purchasing a property. The broker will assess your financial situation and has access to a much wider range of loans than any single institution can offer […]

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Is free advice from a buyers agent worth it?

There are a bunch of selling agents out there starting to call themselves buyers agents. They say that they can help buyers for free – even if the property you want to buy isn’t listed by their agency. How can they do this? Is engaging a buyers agent worth it if you can get the […]

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How to find a good buyers agent: ask a selling agent

More and more people are deciding to engage expert help from buyers agents when it comes to buying real estate. It certainly makes sense since property is one of the most complex and expensive things most people will ever buy. It’s inevitable then that increasing numbers of property buyers are trying to work out how […]

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Bidding at auction – Is it best to have somebody else bid on your behalf?

Bidding at auction, particularly real estate auctions, can be terrifying, especially if you have your heart set on buying the property. Even worse in a hot market when prices are rising almost on a daily basis. Many buyers, left to their own devices get scared off by aggressive bidders and stop bidding prematurely. Many others […]

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Is it worth getting a buyers agent? Yes, if you get one who knows more than you do.

Part of my role as co-host of Location Location Location Australia is to promote the advantages of engaging a buyers agent. But I must stress that not all buyers agents are equal, so it’s fair to ask: is it worth getting a buyers agent? I have recently heard about a few other “buyers agents” or […]

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Interesting auction bidding tactics – do they work?

Sydney dinner party conversations often drift to auction bidding tactics. There are many common tricks such as waiting until the property is “on the market” before bidding, but they are all a bit predictable. Time to get more creative! For instance, it might seem insane to bid against yourself at auction, but what makes it […]

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Strong Opening Bid & Other Auction Strategies

A strong opening bid can often work wonders – but you need to be sure of market values and very brave to go through with it. We refer to this strategy as a “slam dunk”. If buyers are nervous about the market they are going to seek reassurance from other buyers bidding. A knock out […]

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Location Location Location Australia: questions from around the country

After last Wednesday night’s episode of Location Location Location Australia I was on The Lifestyle Channel’s Facebook page answering viewers questions about buying and selling property. There were some themes in the questions and following is a sum-up of my answers. When it comes to investment, where are the best areas for capital growth? I […]

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