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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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Do apartments increase in value more than houses?

So, do apartments increase in value more than houses? It used to be generally understood that houses increased in value at a greater rate than apartments, but it’s not always so anymore. It’s definitely possible for some apartments to increase in value more than some houses. Here, are some examples to show you how this […]

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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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How to choose a mortgage broker: 5 questions to ask

Most people would be surprised at the difference a good mortgage broker can make when they negotiate for a property. They can make or break a deal. So knowing how to choose a mortgage broker is something you need to come to grips with at the start of your property buying process. Let me give you […]

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Can I buy another house before I sell mine?

So many people come to us and ask ‘can I buy another house before I sell mine?’ Well, there is one fundamental rule that I apply when deciding if you can buy before you sell. But, before we get to that rule, there’s two things you need to find out first. The first thing you […]

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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 to survive buying a home with a partner

Buying a home is often a challenge because it can be really difficult to work out what to compromise on. Nearly every property brief needs development and every buyer needs to come to terms with the realities of what their money will buy them. When buying a home with a partner this problem is magnified! […]

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