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Expat property buyers: how to overcome your 10 most costly challenges

At any given time, there are many expats buying property in Sydney and they do so for a variety of reasons. They may be planning to buy a future home to live in when they return in a few years, or they may simply want a foothold in the Sydney market so they don’t get […]

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How to be a clever analyst of property 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 property market headlines and why they can’t be relied upon. Kirsten brought along a series of headlines that had appeared in the space of a few days that perfectly illustrate how […]

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How to choose a sales agent: good ones work well with buyers agents

When selling your home it is critical that you work out how to choose a sales agent. And a good sales agent will know how to work with buyers agents. It’s like buyers’ agents have finally been discovered by the mainstream media! So, with many buyers now electing to pay for advice, sales agents need […]

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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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What to look for in a Strata Report

Tips to look for in your Pre-purchase Strata Report The first thing you need to understand is that the quality of reports are highly variable and can only be as good as the quality of the information that’s made available for the inspector. Not all strata managers are the same and some are terrible at […]

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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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Is it a good time to buy property in Sydney?

Lately, the press has been full of stories about the Sydney property boom being over. The boom did last for five years, so the end had to come at some point. The thing is, people are talking about this “boom-and-bust cycle”. They’re all waiting for prices to fall, or even to crash before they buy […]

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What does auction price guide mean?

Every state or territory in Australia has laws to prevent agent underquoting. These laws are meant to make sure that the agent quotes a price that is realistic and close to the figure prospective buyers can expect the property to sell for. The thing is, they’re not all that reliable. So it’s really important, as […]

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