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Whilst most of us are well aware of the dreaded termites (or ‘white-ants’ as they’re more commonly known), one of the newest threats to our lifestyle is the discovery of ‘Fire ants’ in Australia.

January 17, 2018

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The first discovery of the South American Fire ant in Queensland was only in 2001 and up until 2015, they had only been discovered in Brisbane twice (once in the Western suburbs an In 2015, you may remember significant press where they were discovered in New Farm Park (the entire park was shut down for […]

As many people enter ‘hump day’ of their first week back at work, it seems that many have started their real estate buying and selling a little earlier in the year than usual.

January 10, 2018

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Last Saturday, my team and I met more buyers at open homes than we did on any Saturday in 2017. We’ve already sold numerous properties this week this year and at the time of writing this blog, we have offers on six of our properties with contracts likely to be agreed and signed off on […]

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for 2018…

January 3, 2018

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We hope you had a very Merry Christmas, a fantastic celebration for the New Year and we hope 2018 brings you much happiness and success. Our Festive Season has been very busy with numerous contracts secured between Christmas and today so we’re hoping that this is a strong indication of the strength of the market […]

The word ‘Disruptor’ has been one of the buzz words of 2017 and real estate is not immune to this terminology.

December 20, 2017

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Like many facets of commerce, consumers have more choice with plenty of discounters ready to capitalise. But one of the hardest things for a seller to determine is that if ‘cheaper’ is always ‘better value’…and here’s the toughest part of the real estate industry, it’s a very hard question to answer even once you’ve sold […]

Last week, I discussed ‘Purple Bricks’ and described the controversy surrounding this U.K based company

December 13, 2017

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that has entered the Australian real estate sales market within the past 18 months. As we mentioned last week, the company purports to sell your home for a flat fee of $4500 including GST and marketing although acknowledges that it is the seller themselves that is doing a majority of the work in selling their […]

I’ve noticed that the industry describes the role of a traditional real estate as “full service” in today’s market place.

December 6, 2017

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This seems to be in response to a number of real estate ‘disruptors’…many of which claim to be the ‘Uber’ of real estate. One of these companies is ‘Purple Bricks’ and I’ve deliberately not discussed them in much detail to date but I have been questioned a little about them from potential sellers lately so […]

Another week gone and another handful of outstanding sales.

November 28, 2017

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My message – now is a great time to consider selling.   We’re often asked the question “When is the best time of the year to list our home?”   The truth is that the best time of the year to sell your home is, without question, the time that suits you best as you […]

We’ve received plenty of great feedback from our readers regarding our current topic…”Bizarre Listing Appointments”.

November 21, 2017

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Today, here’s some more strange accounts from agents… The first story today comes from Ben in Adelaide… “I attended a property where a lady called me and told me that she and her husband were separating and needed the house sold. She said that he was reluctant to sell but was the one living in […]

When an agent enters a listing presentation or appraisal, they step into someone else’s home and you never know what you’re about to encounter.

November 14, 2017

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The longer you’ve been in real estate, the higher the chance that you’ve seen some strange things.   Today, I’ll share a few stories from other agents I know around the country…   The first story comes from Lisa who works on the Gold Coast…   “I was presenting to a seller and he had […]

In the Winter of 2001 (early in my real estate career), I was faced with what was (and still is to this day), the most frightening experience I’ve ever had in conducting a listing appointment.

November 8, 2017

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The strange part of this story was that it was in an area that was less than 1 kilometre from the Brisbane CBD.   Last week, I described my entry into the building of (a sort of) boarding house and the shady characters that were eyeing me off as I walked inside and up to […]

Listing appointments are (as ‘Forrest Gump’ says)…”Like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get”.

November 1, 2017

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Over my seventeen year real estate career, I’ve been fortunate enough to appraise some of the most breathtaking properties in the country but on the other hand, I’ve seen some things that are also breathtaking….but not necessarily in a positive way. Back in my first year in real estate (2001), I remember being referred to […]

A few weeks ago, I shared with you a series of funny stories and experiences at open homes

October 25, 2017

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Whether it was my open home, another agent’s open home or experiences that you’ve all experienced at open homes yourselves. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share with you a series of stories that are equally as funny (or just bizarre) that I’ve experienced or another agent I know has experienced at listing […]

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.

October 18, 2017

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  So why are agents generally considered to be dishonest?   From my experience (having worked alongside hundreds of agents over the years), the better agents gain their solid reputations from their ability to share the truth…whether that be good, bad or indifferent.   So why do agents shy away from the truth?   Let’s […]

I’ve had a number of buyers comment about how our current selection of properties for sale are spread out over the entire Brisbane area and even stretching as far as the Gold Coast.

October 11, 2017

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Over the past five years, we’ve actually sold properties in 68 different suburbs across South-East Queensland. When selling your home prior to the age of the internet, it used to be of utmost importance to deal with a local agency who would carefully place a window card of your home in their front window display. […]

There’s no question that the online portals dominate the real estate industry in Australia

October 4, 2017

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but as we discussed last week, the face of real estate is changing rapidly and we’re now seeing properties selling through other means including Social Media.   Last week, I provided an example where one of our properties had just sold for $950,000 and the buyer came directly from a targeted ‘Facebook’ campaign.   So […]

A few months ago, I wrote an article about Social Media and the impact it’s starting to have on the real estate industry.

September 26, 2017

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Since I wrote this article, we’ve sold a property for $950,000 (which was a record price for this particular suburb) and the buyer came directly from one of our targeted campaigns on ‘Facebook’. What’s interesting is that this campaign attracted more than 35,000 views (specifically targeted to buyers in a geographical area) that were known […]

There’s no question that the real estate market is becoming more and more competitive for real estate agents looking to acquire properties to sell.

September 19, 2017

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I believe that the quality of agent has improved dramatically over the past 5 years with many agents offering quite a persuasive presentation to any potential seller.   With increased pressure on commission rates, there’s a temptation for owners to attempt to sell a property themselves…or at least try a low-cost alternative with plenty of […]

Today, we’ll share with you the last instalment of our series where we’ve shared a number of interesting events that occurred at open homes.

September 12, 2017

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We’ve received an overwhelming amount of feedback from you all so I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this topic…and thank you for taking the time to write to us with your own stories and feedback for us.   Without further ado, here’s the last of these funny stories…   This first story comes from Walter… “Not sure […]

It’s a new season and Spring has certainly ‘sprung’ into action very quickly this year

September 6, 2017

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As our buyer enquiry levels are up 250% on where they were only three weeks ago. With plenty of new properties coming onto the market for sale, it’s bound to be a bumper season so make sure you keep your eyes on the market if you’re looking to buy…and it’s certainly a fabulous time to […]

For my team, last weekend saw the highest number of buyers attend our open homes in more than seven months....

August 30, 2017

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…..so it seems that the Spring selling season has started a little early this year (perhaps it’s the beautiful weather we’re experiencing). We’re selling properties for excellent prices right now so there’s never been a better time to get your property on the market and capitalise on the relatively low supply of properties compared to […]