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A tale of two

A tale of two
This weekend on one of the quieter October Auction Days, we were involved in two auctions – one we bought and one we missed. We bought 307 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park (Simon Gowling), under the hammer with 2 bidders @ $6,370,000. We missed 40 Berry Street, East Melbourne (Paul Caine), under the hammer with 2 bidders @ $4,550,000. It was a [...]
October Market Start  / Stonnington Heritage Reversal

October Market Start / Stonnington Heritage Reversal

Contents October Market Start Edition 1. October Market Start 2. Inside James – An incredible story from Malvern East to Tanzania 3. Game Changer – Stonnington Heritage Reversal It (usually) attracts more than a Grand Final, a bigger array of stars than the Cup Carnival – the results are more telling than the Bathurst 500: that’s what Super Saturday, October 28th will represent to [...]
Deeper Examination Into Our Markets

Deeper Examination Into Our Markets

Spring Summary: To say the market is as strong as six months ago, or this time last year, would be a wrong call. As an across the board statement, it would be the wrong call, to state or assume the overall Inner Melbourne Family Home market is definitely on the way down, as there is still no [...]
The Market Is Clearly Talking to You

The Market Is Clearly Talking to You

At 6.00pm Saturday the overall Inner Melbourne $2M+ market results: Family Home Clearance Rate of 81% on the 34 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered. Combined with James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 1.8 on lowish auction stock numbers. The Inner Melbourne Top End market is now consistently tracking below 2 bidders per auction in Early Spring. This is a major shift in bidder [...]
Game Changer – Stonnington Council Destroys Auction

Game Changer – Stonnington Council Destroys Auction

At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne $2M+ market results: Family Home Clearance Rate of 81% on the 36 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered. Combined with James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 1.7 on lowish auction stock numbers. Is the market on a turn? As we said last week, for the first time in a long while, the ingredients [...]
Is the Inner Melbourne Market moving?

Is the Inner Melbourne Market moving?

At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne $2M+ market results: Family Home Clearance Rate of 77% on the 30 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered Combined with James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 2.2 on lowish auction stock numbers. Overall not a stellar start to spring; of course far from a shocker either on the above stats – the stock wasn’t that [...]
Agent Underquoting & Patrick Dangerfield?

Agent Underquoting & Patrick Dangerfield?

Let’s look at Underquoting and Patrick Dangerfield – both have been in the news lately. This week I read an article, it was on underquoting. It worried me where it was going – it read like a showbiz article and not like what we have been seeing with Underquoting since May. We are seeing that agents have collectively, made massive [...]
Why doesn’t everybody think like this? Read Inside James

Why doesn’t everybody think like this? Read Inside James

The AUCTION MARKET will begin to ramp up over the next few weeks – this week’s James Market Insights are about early indications of the market – which we feel remain strong. This week in James Insights Stonnington – we report on 3 Top End auctions and give you a value analysis of each. Bayside – we cover 2 Winter sold Top [...]
Hard to believe we are knee deep into Early Spring!

Hard to believe we are knee deep into Early Spring!

G’day and welcome back to James Market News. Hope you all had a break from the Melbourne winter! My break was with my youngest daughter, Maddie, in the Top End at Fitzroy Crossing, Kakadu and Kooljaman, Cape Leveque. Aboriginal people know a lot more about land and its value than many of us “new migrants”. Hard to believe it’s been [...]
Our bumper pre-winter issue – so much great info!

Our bumper pre-winter issue – so much great info!

This week in James Market News: (click on contents) 1. Market Commentary 2. May 3-Week Auction Challenge – Results are in… 3. Bayside and Inner East Auction Action 4. 2017 James Half Year Summary 5. Land Prices – 2010 – 2017 6. Negotiation Corner – Narrowed Focus 7. Inside James – and Off Markets 8. Younger Homebuyers – [...]
3-week Inner Melbourne Auction Challenge continues

3-week Inner Melbourne Auction Challenge continues

This week in James Market News:  Continuation of the James 3-Week 100 Auction Challenge Inside James Auction Action Call for Good Quoting Nominations of Agents At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne $M+ market results were a Family Home Clearance Rate of 88% on the 33 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered, combined with a James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 2.2 [...]
The word from the street – what is really going on?

The word from the street – what is really going on?

Happy Mothers Day to all our Mums – the real home decision makers. This week in James Market News: Market Commentary – Three-week Challenge of 100 reported auctions Auction Action – 33 auction results Inside James – buy-then-sell service and Mal’s auction observations At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne market results were solid, if you just look at the Clearance [...]
Housing Prices to Drop 7% and the Baloney

Housing Prices to Drop 7% and the Baloney

WOW, what a week in Inner Melbourne! Last Friday we had one active negotiation and by yesterday, we had eight. This is contrary to the talk of a tanking market so in our opinion piece this week, we examine closely the “evidence” used by The Australian to support their ‘Housing prices to drop 7%’ headline. You be [...]
More chance of a rise than a fall ……………

More chance of a rise than a fall ……………

It was a quiet-ish day today on market – off market is a different story – the auction biggies for May starting in numbers the week after next. At that time we will be focusing on James Bidderman (for any movement in demand) and any drop off from overseas buyers. Has all the talk of late begun to bite? This [...]
You think newly zoned land is the same – it’s not – it’s a $700,000 difference.

You think newly zoned land is the same – it’s not – it’s a $700,000 difference.

In James Market News today: Under Quoting – Only 8 more sleeps to go Todays auction action Off Markets Chris Richardson from Access Economics – Opinion Big Changes Part 2 – zoning and $700,000 difference on one block With the Easter break, very few auctions today, most of the activity is off market. We expect it be the same again next week, before we burst [...]

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