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How to be a clever analyst of latest property news and the headlines

Recently, we interviewed property journalist Kirsten Craze on The Elephant in the Room property podcast. She was very revealing about the emotive nature of latest property news and specifically why the headlines can’t be relied upon. Kirsten brought along a series of latest property news headlines that had appeared in the space of a few […]

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How to make an offer on a house or apartment

Property buyers need to know how to make an offer on a house or apartment so that they don’t act too fast and overpay or, conversely, muck around and end up missing out to another buyer. The fundamental rule to follow under most circumstances is not to make an offer until you are ready to […]

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How do you set a maximum auction bid?

You should set your limit, your maximum bid, before you go to auction. So, how do you set a maximum auction bid? First of all, you need to forget all the other buyers and forget about the vendor, just for a moment. This is about you and the property. It’s about how uniquely this property […]

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When to bid aggressively at auction

You only bid aggressively at auction if you want to scare off other buyers, but before I talk about when it’s a good idea to bid aggressively, I want to remind you that you need to know what the property is worth, and what your maximum bid is before you go to auction. So when […]

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How do you make a pre auction offer?

A lot of buyers are really scared about going to auction because they fear being outbid or they’re just daunted by the prospect of performing in public. Now because of this, a lot want to make an offer prior to auction. They think this is the best way to go about it. So, how do […]

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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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A behind the scenes look at an auction: what you need to know to win

Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Inner West and Lower North Shore are very auction oriented areas and there are certain rules of the game that you need to bear in mind when buying in such markets. Firstly, you need to be aware of how a quoted price or price range comes about. Basically, it is the lowest price that […]

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What’s the best way to handle auctions?

We speak to so many buyers about auctions – most hate them – and there’s a myriad of opinions on how to best handle them. When bidding for our clients we take into account many variables including who the auctioneer is, who the selling agent is and how clever they are at auction negotiations, how […]

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