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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 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 much can you trust a Real Estate Agent?

Lets talk about the Elephant in the Room: can you trust a real estate agent? I’ve been working on an exciting project over the last couple of months, it’s a podcast that explores buyer behaviour and we’ve been interviewing sales agents and auctioneers to find out the specific strategies and tactics they employ to influence […]

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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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When should you make an offer on a property?

You’ve found the house of your dreams, you want to buy it, the agent seems receptive, you make an offer… And then nothing happens. You are in the dark and getting frustrated. Is your offer accepted or not? Has the agent even given it to the vendor? Are they using it to get another buyer […]

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How to choose a good buyers agent: 11 questions to ask

There’s been a bit of press of late about the rise and rise of buyers agents. In fact, I’ve been asked for comment for numerous stories on the topic over the past few months. Of course, given the heat in the property market over these last few years, it should come as no surprise that […]

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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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