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Price Uncertainty is the New Black

Price Uncertainty is the New Black
Price has become such an interesting concept in this market. There feels to be an overall lack of trust and comfort with regards to what price to pay – so whilst many things are different between the market of now (eg still some volcano auctions, 6 bidders sub $2m at 18 Barkly St, Brighton, Alex Schiavo)  [...]
First signs of life

First signs of life

  Today was the clearest spring buying and selling lessons any us, be we buyer or seller or both, will get before Christmas. With the auction machine still cranking up its engine, we covered a few spring early bird auctions today – eight Top End auctions in total – summary in the Volcanoes and Ducks graphic above – [...]
Yep, its a big drop – how to deal with it!

Yep, its a big drop – how to deal with it!

Welcome to the early beginnings of the Melbourne Spring buying and selling market. Auctions start in a few weeks time. This weekend’s James Market Insight, is the first in a series of three, about how you can best manage yourself in what’s to come. Why manage yourself? One: If you cannot manage yourself, then you dramatically increase your chances of [...]
State of the Spring Market

State of the Spring Market

  With the key property drivers of the 2000’s: Migration Chinese Students Easy Bank Money Negative Gearing (Interest only loans) Lack of Infrastructure being “attacked” politically from all angles (many would say this is a good thing for our young / community to at least pause and consider), the market is showing signs of and has the potential for major structural change. Forget [...]
We think price is down 10%

We think price is down 10%

After a few weeks of not much, we at James Buyer Advocates bought three homes this week. Overall how we bought them sums up how we are currently finding bidding in the June market; Lacklustre, little of it and light on. 98 Windsor Crescent Surrey Hills, Jeremy Desmier, 1 bidder – bought after, within quote range of [...]
The Market Roar – where and when

The Market Roar – where and when

At 6.00 pm on Saturday we found the market, as we have found it all year; B and C Graders down – A-Graders mixed. A-Grader, by our definition – right Position, right Property and right Price – good PPP‘s. Overall, the market as we go into winter is still declining in its mood, interspersed with some strong results: such [...]
So what’s the good news

So what’s the good news

Last week was very heavy in the market, next week is also big. So this week is a “Marketnews lite” with Gina, Mal, Sim and Randall, out and about assessing some homes and asking one question of the agents: So what’s the good news? Here are their answers. Simon Carruthers – Cayzers Middle Park, 80 Nimmo “People are still coming through opens [...]
Decimated Kew. Sellers spent $100k per bidder < 9% under hammer!

Decimated Kew. Sellers spent $100k per bidder < 9% under hammer!

At 6.00pm on Saturday, it’s official – we are continuing to fall – but those falls are becoming more widespread. In the final week of our three week May 100 Auction Test, we can now say that last week’s comments (of a flattening market) look “courageous” on today’s market evidence. The  Clearance Rate for $2m+ Inner Melbourne family homes [...]
9 Buyers near 9 Million in Glen Iris – Hello Dolly!

9 Buyers near 9 Million in Glen Iris – Hello Dolly!

At 6.00pm on Saturday, in the second week of our three week May 100 Auction Test, it’s all becoming a little ho-hum – stats wise. The James Clearance Rate for $2m+ Inner Melbourne family homes is a borderline ice-berger 63% on the 35 auctions we covered. Bidderman was up a skerrick to 1.6 bidders per auction [...]
Cash is Why

Cash is Why

It’s 6.00 pm on Saturday, the first of 3 weeks in our May 100 Auction test. It played out to an expected script, with a near cold 63% clearance rate on family homes over $2 million and the James Bidderman is a consistently chilly 1.3 (bidders per auction), on what are relatively low stock levels for a “normal” May. Look at the [...]
Is now a good time? 6% bought under the hammer today!

Is now a good time? 6% bought under the hammer today!

A-Graders are still selling! However, this was the only home we saw sell under the hammer today. There were 3 bidders at 2 Irymple Avenue, Glen Iris which  sold for $2,750,000, John Morrisby. Contents: 1. Under the Hammer 2. Is Now a Good Time? 3. Dr. Good Strategy 4. Around the Grounds – Auction Reports 5. Market Fresh – one-liners on 25 Top [...]
A time to think if you want the ink!

A time to think if you want the ink!

Contents: 1. Buy/Sell – 17 Chelsea Brighton, a work in progress 2. Bidderman – Under the Hammer 3. Round the Grounds with agents that know We ask the questions of Campbell Ward, Mike Gibson, Nicole Gleeson and Andrew Campbell 4. Off-Market update 5. Doctor Home – Doctors, Surgeons, Dentists and Anaesthetists, your time to shine! 6. Population, Tax and Tenancy for the Young Good home [...]
Bang a Big Easter!

Bang a Big Easter!

The 2018 market has been challenging for buyers & sellers and therefore buying & selling agents. So it was good to have a laugh with the great GERALD on his Vespa – after our client bought in Sorrento on Easter Saturday. Good work as well by the third musketeer – Liz Jensen of Kay and Burton. Left Field [...]
The Market has certainly changed direction

The Market has certainly changed direction

It’s 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $2M+ Inner Melbourne family homes, was a drifting down 69% on the 32 auctions we covered today, in the third and final week of our James 100 Auction 3-Week Test (Feb 24, Mar 3 and 17). The 3-week Opening Market Clearance Rate was 67%. James Bidderman, that is bidders per auction, was 1.3 today.  The [...]
Many of today’s auctions were about charades, rather than theatre.

Many of today’s auctions were about charades, rather than theatre.

It’s 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne was a drifting down 62% on the 34 auctions we covered today, in the second week of our James 100 Auction 3-Week Test. Last week it was 68%. James Bidderman, that is bidders per auction, was 1.6, which continues the significant drop of the last four months and represents around a [...]

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