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Seller Advocacy and 11climbers

Seller Advocacy and 11climbers
  As of 2018 $5,000 from each Seller Advocacy job is donated to 11climbers.org. The money donated will go towards alleviating Melbourne Homelessness and increasing the number of life changing surgeries for African young people. The balance of any fees will go to James Buyer Advocates.   Giving is the most selfish thing I do – it gives [...]
New Service – Full Seller Advocacy

New Service – Full Seller Advocacy

The market has changed and so have we at James Advocates. When 67% of homes are not selling at an auction. When you spend $30,000 on advertising for a failed auction and all that’s achieved is you’ve told everybody what your home is not worth. When the market has changed but your selling agent hasn’t, isn’t it time to [...]
Divorce – there is a better way

Divorce – there is a better way

Divorce, the Children and a Better Way. This is an ongoing part of our multi-generational living series. If the unhelpful events of Canberra of this past week have reminded us of anything – it is that the sum of divided individuals is far less than the value of a united group. It’s exactly what happens in a divorce when it comes [...]
Practical Solutions for Younger Homebuyers

Practical Solutions for Younger Homebuyers

At James Buyer Advocates we are looking to help younger homebuyers where we can. We now believe in a PAUSE in rapid population growth through immigration (family reunions excepted) from 2020 to 2025/2030? Why? We would like to see our community have a discussion and consider infrastructure solutions to better house our young people, who already live here. When our community thinks it’s right to [...]
Looking to sell Off-market

Looking to sell Off-market

Looking to sell Off-market? Most people know Mal and Gina at James Buyer Advocates because of the public homes they’ve bought, like But you never see the many, many private homes they buy quietly and confidentially Off-market. Lyall St Hawthorn, Black St Brighton, The Ridge Canterbury, Hodgson St Kew, Stanhope St Malvern x 2, Favril St Hampton, Grace [...]
Younger Homebuyers thriving in 21st Century Inner Melbourne

Younger Homebuyers thriving in 21st Century Inner Melbourne

We are pleased to welcome James Hayward, who has been employed by James Buyer Advocates on a part-time basis, to take a very average Inner Melbourne site (irregular land size of just over 700 sqm, with two older style brick unrenovated buildings) and a very average Inner Melbourne family (arguments, stresses, hope and dreams) and bring them [...]
Values versus Pricing at the Highest End

Values versus Pricing at the Highest End

Week One: Value is not a number, it is a feeling. Price has no emotion, no conjecture, it’s factual. Price is not value and value is not price. I buy a number of family homes for people –  perhaps more than anybody else in Melbourne, perhaps not – and at some point in the client and buyer advocate discussion [...]
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 [...]

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