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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a real estate agent?

July 4, 2018

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I’m often asked questions from people who are thinking about entering real estate sales and after many of these discussions, I am continually surprised to discover how many misconceptions there are about what a real estate agent actually does. Today, I’m going to share the first of a three part series entitled “The Top Myths […]

Another week gone and another week of huge sales activity.

June 27, 2018

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To be honest, I’m really surprised how busy the market is when this time of year is normally a little quieter. What are the reasons behind this? I’m not entirely sure but I’m not going to argue with it! Today, I’ll complete my final installment on “Top 10 Seller Myths & Misconceptions”…   “I’ll list […]

We've had another bumper week of sales and abundant buyer enquiry.

June 20, 2018

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Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the end of the financial year tend to quieten down but we’re experiencing a real spurt of activity right now. There’s also more evidence to suggest that there is a slowing of new listings coming on to the market so if you’ve been contemplating selling your property, I can […]

Another week gone and another week of abundant activity and very pleasing results.

June 13, 2018

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Over the past seven days, we are thrilled to have sold another 5 properties for our Happy Sellers! There are plenty of buyers around and I’ve had numerous comments over the past few days that many of these buyers feel there is still a shortage of quality new listings coming onto the market. Current trends […]

Property Valuations…These two words often send a shiver down the spine of any active real estate agent.

June 6, 2018

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With the colder weather starting to kick into gear, if you’re like me, you’ll find it’s just that little bit harder to get out of bed in the mornings…but the good news is that there’s still plenty of willing buyers out there in the marketplace despite a misconception that Winter is a slow time in […]

Today, I'll finish my final installment of my three part series entitled 'Top 10 Greatest Buyer Myths & Misconceptions in Real Estate'.

May 30, 2018

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Here it is…   “My Building & Pest Inspection provides me with another chance to re-negotiate the price” – This one frustrates me no end. Sure – if you negotiate a selling price on a home and discover that there are some serious hidden structural issues such as water leaks, considerable movement or termites then […]

Today, I’ll share Part 2 of my ‘Top 10 Greatest Myths of Buyers’!

May 23, 2018

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Thank you for the wonderful feedback we’ve received on last week’s blog regarding our discussion on buyers – We love receiving feedback so you’re always welcome to e-mail us on michael@innov8property.com.au with any questions or comments.   Today, I’ll share Part 2 of my ‘Top 10 Greatest Myths of Buyers’!   Without further ado, here […]

There are many huge misconceptions and false assumptions made by both buyers and sellers when transacting real estate and over the next few weeks, I’ll share with you the most common ones that are made by buyers and sellers.

May 15, 2018

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So, let’s start with buyers…Here’s the first of a three-part series on the ‘Top 10 Myths of Buyers’ when they are looking to purchase a property.   “Every seller is desperate to sell” – I’ve started at the top of the list and most obvious! Let’s face it – we all love a bargain and […]

For many sellers, the very thought of advertising an open home and offering strangers an open invitation to wander through your property is about as appealing as watching NSW win a State of Origin series 3-0

May 9, 2018

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(actually, most sellers would rather run a dozen open homes in a week that watch NSW clean sweep on origin series but there’s more chance of hell freezing over than this happening in the foreseeable future. Given the plight of the Eels on the bottom of the table and the very mediocre season of the […]

Last week, I shared some ideas on how to research the agents that you’re considering and determine whether they’re working in your best interests in seeking to obtain the highest possible price or whether they’re working in their own best interests and trying to secure a quick sale with minimal effort.

May 2, 2018

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Here’s another three ways that might give you a better indication of how they operate… By the way, if you missed last week’s blog, you’re welcome to e-mail us back and we’ll forward the first part of this discussion to you. Research the Agent’s Average Days that a Property is on the Market – the […]

I think it’s a fair statement to say that every property owner wants an agent to understand their needs and act in their best interests when they decide to sell.

April 24, 2018

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Many agents talk a big game but once the agent is selected and engaged, do you have someone that follows through on their commitment to achieving you the highest possible price? And how can you be sure that you’re engaging an agent that will ‘walk the walk’ and do the right thing by you? I’m […]

When selecting an agent to sell your home, there’s probably a number of factors that you’d consider before engaging the agent of your choice.

April 18, 2018

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Years ago, I surveyed one hundred of my past appraisal appointments and asked them to name the top five criteria that they use when selecting an agent. In order of priority, here’s the most common criteria that this survey produced… They seemed to be genuine/ honest A past business relationship/ dealt with them before Recommended […]

“We’re very interested in this property but can you please call me if you get another offer?”

April 11, 2018

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Real estate is a funny profession at times. It’s amazing how many times we hear little phrases from both buyers and sellers…almost like there’s a little instruction manual out there that’s been handed around. Here’s a few examples that you’ve no doubt heard before too… “My offer might be $50,000 lower than the ask price […]

It’s interesting that when the general public is asked about their opinion of real estate agents, the word ‘dishonest’ is one of the most commonly used descriptions.

April 4, 2018

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So why are agents generally considered to be dishonest? From my experience, the better agents gain their solid reputations from their ability to share the truth…whether that be good, bad or indifferent. So why do many agents shy away from the truth? Let’s have a look at the classic reasons that some agents are dishonest […]

Honesty and real estate!

March 28, 2018

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Yes….I know you’re thinking that those two words go together as well as peanuts and chewing gum but the truth is that not all agents are as unethical as you’d expect them to be. Like most professions, there are some bad apples that spoil it for most. The publication that everyone has heard of but […]

“Your first offer is always your best offer”.....

March 20, 2018

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This is on old mantra that has been bandied around in real estate circles for many years…but is it always true? This is a very interesting question! I believe that one of the biggest mistakes a seller can make is to underestimate your first offer although I must admit, I don’t believe that your first […]

St Kevin’s Primary School kids teach real estate agent a lesson

March 14, 2018

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Darren Cartwright, The Courier-Mail March 8, 2018 5:06pm   A BRISBANE real estate agent could not believe his eyes when his mailbox was jammed with protest letters from more than 200 disappointed students from a local primary school. Every Grade 1-5 student at St Kevin’s Primary School at Geebung individually wrote a letter to Innov8 […]

As a real estate agent, it pays to be top of mind when someone is considering selling their property.

March 14, 2018

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There are many ways that you can try to do this (without badgering people) and over the years, one of the ways that I’ve done this is to take the time to be helpful to local journalists. Journalists are always looking for good stories and I’ve gone out of my way to be available to […]

When selling your property, an essential element of an effective marketing campaign is a great set of professional photographs.

March 7, 2018

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In most instances, gone are the days where an agent takes their own photos on their smartphone and uploads these to the major real estate portals. But like any service, you get what you pay for! I’m very lucky – I’ve used the same photographer for more than 11 years now. In my opinion, he’s […]

I’ve been asked a number of questions of late about ‘staging’ a property for sale.

February 28, 2018

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If you’re not aware of this terminology, ‘staging’ is the process of furnishing and decorating the interior of a property so that it is more aesthetically pleasing. There are numerous options when it comes to ‘staging’ companies and consultants but I’ve found that the best companies to work with are the larger ones that have […]