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Making an offer: the sure fire way to avoid being gazumped

In a competitive property market, often buyers find themselves either trying to gazump or being gazumped. And with many people, the moral code is that gazumping is fine if you are the one doing the gazumping but unethical if you are the losing party! In NSW, if you have had an offer accepted on a […]

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Should you buy first or sell first?

Let’s face it, buying and selling real estate are both stressful exercises. Especially when you add into the equation the dilemma of whether to sell your existing home before you buy your new one or vice-versa. There is a simple principle to use when deciding whether to buy first or sell first, but there’s a […]

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Buying property – How to know when you know enough to buy, without paying too much

When I was a selling agent I learned that buyers become experts in their price bracket for the period of time in which they are seriously looking for a property. They have an intimate knowledge of what they can get for their money in a way that a local real estate agent can’t. The agent […]

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How to be a smart first home buyer

There is possibly no buyer more nervous than a first home buyer. Not only are you scared about what having a mortgage is going to do to your quality of life, but there are high stakes in getting on the first rung of the property ladder. After all, a bad move can cost money if […]

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Is it a good time to buy property in Sydney now?

Does history give us any clues about whether it’s time to buy property in Sydney now? This post was first written at the end of 2010. The property market had been pretty flat for the years following the GFC. See if there are some similarities with buyer behaviour in the current market: For the first […]

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Capital growth or yield? Which will make you rich?

When it comes to giving investment property advice, I am a firm believer in QUALITY property, not quantity and capital growth is always my primary objective. I really don’t see the point in building a portfolio of properties that deliver high rents yet fail to grow in value. (I will put in a caveat, however: […]

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Who is really making the decisions when you buy a property?

Veronica Morgan, principal of Good Deeds Property Buyers, is fascinated by consumer behaviour. In The Elephant in the Room property podcast, she is joined by Chris Bates, financial planner, mortgage broker and wealth coach and together they’re on a mission to uncover who’s really making the decisions when you buy a property. Hence the elephant: he’s a […]

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Does a slowing market mean time to buy?

Property market slowing down! Isn’t this what we’ve all been waiting for? The headlines are all doom and gloom. We’ve been here before, you know. Back in December 2008 we couldn’t pay people to take the plunge and buy property. The GFC had just hit and there was extreme uncertainty in the market. Then the […]

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