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Lower Stock – Lower Dollars – Higher Bidderman – Surprise

Lower Stock – Lower Dollars – Higher Bidderman – Surprise
Today was the first real market test we have seen since March, as April was a holiday write-off and the auction campaigns had to start from scratch, post-school holidays. The best way to describe today’s market was interesting.  We were marginally surprised with the strength of today’s result but it’s a small sample and today of all [...]
Life is good

Life is good

G’day Mal James here. I wrote this piece as I wanted to. I have written about how I feel in this market and I’m not asking you to feel the same way. So it’s ok to switch off now rather than wade through my mud, but there are some sprinkles of gold in here by the way! Life is good I love what [...]
We are learning to love this market

We are learning to love this market

We love the Inner Melbourne property market right now. We love where it is heading short term and how it will be reacting, possibly in the medium term and almost certainly in the longer term. The current statistics, trends and yes, even the mainstream press, are on the money when they express that the market is experiencing [...]
Is the market a dangerous place?

Is the market a dangerous place?

Everest As you read this, I am preparing to go to Everest. The Himalayas are a life long dream. I think I understand the risks, which include death. Training, equipment and medicines tick, tick and tick. And choosing a guide – that was my most rigorous selection process. Whilst there is an element of luck, I want to avoid whatever serious [...]
Sort of Good Ugly

Sort of Good Ugly

It’s Saturday 6.00pm and the results are in for the first key auction week for 2019 and also the first key measuring week for the James 100 Auction test (100 randomly chosen homes over 3 weekends Feb 23, Mar 2 & 23). Today we covered 36 Auctions across Bayside (Bayside + Port Phillip); Stonnington and Boroondara. And [...]
The Feb Pep

The Feb Pep

Last week we focussed on buying (and thank you for the emails and texts). This week our Market News’s main focus is buy/sell management (the fastest growing real estate market segment). Welcome to the early start of Inner Melbourne Top End 2019 auction markets. We are witnessing the initial rumblings, ahead of the market’s first decent hit-out, which is next Saturday – [...]
Letter to a friend

Letter to a friend

Hi my true friend, It’s 4.00am in the morning and I’ve just been in next door to check on Mum. She buzzed me saying she fell over and needed a hand. She had knocked her head but was basically ok and I helped her up and back into bed. Mum is such a trooper at near 90, [...]
How bad can it get?

How bad can it get?

From all recent news reports, this year is going to be a “bad one” in property. And by definition, a “bad one” is poor quality or not as hoped for. We’re sorry, but we just don’t see “bad”. We see the market, as we left it in 2018, a superior quality one – more sophisticated and better for [...]
The lesson(s) of 2018

The lesson(s) of 2018

9 am \ Surrey Hills Day started with a visit to an off-market home in Surrey Hills. This home has been for sale for over a year. Why? Price. To be an A-grade property you need to have all three Ps – good Property (building), good Position (land) at a good Price (market). This home had two out of three. In [...]
Market moving from regulated to unregulated?

Market moving from regulated to unregulated?

At 6.00pm the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne family homes was 50% on the 26 Auctions we covered in the Pre Xmas 100 Auction test today. James Bidderman that is, bidders per auction, was 1.2, indicating the overall market is still easing/falling in price.  Bidderman needs 2 to tango and 3 to party – 1 is the loneliest number if you’re [...]
Is this the real Inner Melbourne market right now?

Is this the real Inner Melbourne market right now?

Below are three homes we visited for clients, but didn’t bid on. We chose them in advance to cover at auction this weekend, from about 50 we had rated. One in each area, one with each key agency, and all in the circa $3 million range. We thought it could be a little taster until next week’s continuing 100 Auction [...]
Big picture bleak, closer examination brighter!

Big picture bleak, closer examination brighter!

Its 6pm Saturday, week one of our fourth and final 2018, 3-week 100 Auction, Inner Melbourne Family Home, Market Temperature Test. Try saying that a few times! The results above and supporting data below are self-explanatory. Yes? No? Maybe? Have you been to an auction, EOI or off-market lately – is it a bit hit and miss? Not really. In fact, we [...]
Oversupply of unwanted and shortage of wanted

Oversupply of unwanted and shortage of wanted

We bid with another 7 bidders in a boardroom auction* last Thursday on the same day AMP predicted a 20% drop We bid with 8 other bidders in May at a public auction in the same week there was a 9% clearance rate in Kew 6 weeks ago we fought for a client $1.5 million above the quote in a fierce bidding [...]
Are You Awake To What Is Really Going On?

Are You Awake To What Is Really Going On?

This is the first of two articles about what is really happening in our markets. We live in exciting times in the business, in the emotion of and in the life of Melbourne Top End real estate. Is it a dawn or is it a midnight? Who knows but it is one of the more interesting times we have seen, [...]
It’s official, we have a new No. 1!

It’s official, we have a new No. 1!

At 6.00pm the James Spring 100 Auction Clearance Rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne family homes was 53% over the 3-week market test period (Aug 25, Sept 1 and 8). Last week our heading was Wipeout – it was a shocking day on the streets (31%) –  today (66%) the results are a bounce back to the previous week (61%) [...]

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