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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 Withdrawn 6.6.17 when we became aware of new information and remained so until 17.6.17 when we republished with new information.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 [...]
Walking The Walk

Walking The Walk

So the talk is over, now its time to walk to the walk. For 20 minutes a week over the last 7 weeks of this series you have been given the keys to a happy homebuying life. You have been given a million dollar gift as promised. Question is; will you take that gift, open the door and [...]
Negotiation at the Pointy End

Negotiation at the Pointy End

The Age. Weekly Review, James Buyer Advocates Young Homebuyer is an 8 part series designed to take young homebuyers through the entire homebuying process from the inside. This week is the second last. The Pointy End. The Money Part. The Negotiation. Are you a good Negotiator? Why not take the Harvey Norman test? Before you take on the $800,000 negotiation [...]
Practical Valuing

Practical Valuing

This week we have gone practical in the quest for a million dollar good home buying decision. This is a supplementary article to Article 5 on values in The Age, Weekly Review, James Buyer Advocates eight article series – Young Homebuyers Guide. How do we put a number to our value opinion? In today’s modern society we [...]
Valuing a Home

Valuing a Home

The Age. Weekly Review, James Buyer Advocates Young Homebuyer series is designed to take homebuyers through the entire homebuying process from the inside. Today in our young buyer series we are talking about VALUES and how understanding the true nature of value will put a fair chunk of that promised $1,000,000 into your back pocket. Apartment: In 2000 [...]

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