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Open Letter to Daniel Andrews – Is nobody sticking up for buyers

Open Letter to Daniel Andrews – Is nobody sticking up for buyers
Sellers can now advertise any price they like (no matter how low) and call it not a quote, but a reserve – refuse any buyer offer above that figure at anytime and the Consumer Affairs Victoria state in print (The Age) the seller and their agent are immune from prosecution. Dear Premier, Mr Daniel Andrews and Consumer Affairs Victoria, On Sunday on national [...]
The Block and CAV Underquoting Press Release

The Block and CAV Underquoting Press Release

The Block Underquoted and Consumer Affairs Victoria condoned the behaviour Press Release James Buyer Advocates Mal James mal@james.net.au 0408 107 988 The Andrews Government said they would look out for Melbourne home-buyers and after a genuine attempt with the new Underquoting laws in May 2017, we are now firmly back to the bad ól days before 2017. Many of us saw [...]
Surviving Stonnington Heritage

Surviving Stonnington Heritage

Stonnington’s own residents are being heavily impacted by Stonnington’s “one-off, one-out (random)” Heritage Strategy. It’s the “one-off, one-out” that is the key. It’s the implementation of strategy, not the overall policy, that is hurting the Stonnington Community. Welcome to the third of three articles on a Heritage War happening in your neighbourhood. Your real enemy is your council’s Heritage Strategy; not [...]
Crucial Concepts Top End

Crucial Concepts Top End

1. Be Picky – Correct Assessment and Positioning is unforgiving and crucial We assess 30 to a 100 homes every week – we buy 2. Initial James Home Rating typical for an EOI – 23 Hill Street Toorak Click below to go to report  2. Its crucial to get the full offering 4 times more homes over $4,000,000 are bought outside the auction hammer [...]
Game Changer

Game Changer

NOTE 17.6.17: This article was confirmed and published 3.6.17. Withdrawn 6.6.17 when we became aware of new information and remained so until 17.6.17 when we republished with new information. This story is now different from the original article published in good faith, however a lot of the gist of it remains true – except that the winning bidder of [...]
State of the Market – May 2017 – Opinion

State of the Market – May 2017 – Opinion

What is the market really doing? We get asked this question daily so we decided to conduct a 3-Week, 100 Auction Report challenge during the month of May. Well, there were no surprises! All three measurements showed that the Inner Melbourne market is in what we call “boom times”, but now, since 2008, increasingly what we call [...]
The James Money Bin Competition.

The James Money Bin Competition.

The James Money Bin Competition This year we are looking at trying to help the younger members of the community, make good decisions about buying homes and we want to hear what they have to say. you own property, own the home We have five opportunities to give away $1,000 through out the next few months. The aim of the [...]
How to buy a Top End home well – it’s different!

How to buy a Top End home well – it’s different!

INTRODUCTION If I told you buying a home at the Top End is more about trust than money, would you believe me? Maybe, maybe not. Well this is a story about 3 homes involving strategy, dealmaking and truths at the Top of the Top End. Towers Road, Toorak (Marcus Chiminello) Bought 2016: James Home Rating 942/1000 Kooyongkoot Road, Hawthorn (Ross Savas / Jeremy [...]
Making Beautiful Decisions

Making Beautiful Decisions

Beautiful Decisions – Buy/Sell Welcome to our final series for the year – over the next three weeks we will try to highlight just how much is added to your life with beautiful decisions. This final 2016 series is about getting the most out of buying and selling a home via a beautiful decision. We are splitting the series [...]
How To Negotiate Very, Very Well

How To Negotiate Very, Very Well

Welcome to our 3 Part Series on Negotiation Part 1 – Negotiation Noise Part 2 – What’s Really Important in a Negotiation Part 3 – How to Negotiate Well Hey you, what would you know about negotiation? You’re reading this article because you’re desperate to pick up a free morsel from me; the master, who has already beaten over a [...]
How to buy an Off Market well.

How to buy an Off Market well.

(Our three part series from Market Insight July/August 2016) In the beginning: So you’ve heard about a whisper, a rumour, on the quiet just for you – nobody else knows and its come straight from your new “bestest” friend. Two of the above off markets started exactly like that for us, which we took to the client [...]
Understand the effect “Chinese Buyers” have on your market and learn strategies to deal with it

Understand the effect “Chinese Buyers” have on your market and learn strategies to deal with it

    The Chinese Phenomenon – Case Studies References: 1) Here is a link to a sample of 500 (Five hundred) homes we have bought recently – you decide if we are qualified to make the comments we are making http://www.james.net.au/homeratings/houses_bought.php?token=LJbnmFauW3 2) Here is a link to the 5000 (Five thousand) auctions we have reported on – you decide if we [...]
Winter 2015 Land Guides

Winter 2015 Land Guides

At James Buyer Advocates we update our land guides in each Suburb precinct and often streets as new information comes in (usually weekly as we are valuing in most precincts on a weekly basis). Each land sale or partial land sale is considered by James Buyer Advocates for: 1) Number of bidders 2) Block characteristics 3) Position 4) Additional unusual known [...]
Easter 2015 James Land Value Guides for Inner Melbourne

Easter 2015 James Land Value Guides for Inner Melbourne

Easter Land Guides G’day and welcome to our special James Report on the changing of Melbourne’s land values in early 2015 (updated from a few weeks ago). We detail below: Melbourne’s Big Land Influences Melbourne’s Land Values Melbourne Land Opportunities Melbourne’s Land Influences Question: Which suburb in Melbourne is having the greatest influence on land values across all of Melbourne? Is it Toorak, [...]
OVERSEAS PROPERTY BUYERS CREATING ‘SEISMIC’ CHANGES

OVERSEAS PROPERTY BUYERS CREATING ‘SEISMIC’ CHANGES

Media Release OVERSEAS PROPERTY BUYERS CREATING ‘SEISMIC’ CHANGES A Federal Government proposal to charge foreign buyers application fees each time they buy property in Australia is ‘tickling around the edges’ – and it won’t tackle the ‘seismic’ changes in Melbourne’s housing market. Mal James of James Buyer Advocates in Melbourne says 50 to 75 per cent of properties [...]

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