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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 [...]
The slowest start since 2012 – but is that bad news?

The slowest start since 2012 – but is that bad news?

  Welcome to our $2m plus auction season opener and the first weekend of our three weekend, James 100 Auctions Market Test; specifically designed to measure the true market temperature of higher end, Inner Melbourne Family Homes. It’s 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne was a middle of the road 68% on the 34 Auctions we covered today. James Bidderman, that [...]
All the signs point to a solid opening season

All the signs point to a solid opening season

There seems little doubt the market has started a lot better than it finished last year. However, all is still conjecture until the market has spoken over our 3 week James 100 Auction Market Test which will be conducted on Feb 24, March 3, skip long weekend and then March 17th. Pre Christmas, the market was as flat as [...]
I know the newspapers are running scared, but it still feels good, real good!

I know the newspapers are running scared, but it still feels good, real good!

With serious numbers of auctions not starting ’till the end of the month, this week has been about pre markets, off markets and continuing to assess the market temperature. As you can see throughout this report, we are out and about and reporting from around the grounds, on the streets, about things that are happening. And things, even at [...]
It feels like it’s going to be OK early.

It feels like it’s going to be OK early.

Hello everybody for 2018! As is our tradition, it’s a decidedly lightweight first-up Market News, as we ease our way back into the saddle. Giddy-up! Today was the first serious day of opens and we have started the year with a some impetus having bought two homes already; contrasting with the flat feeling the market left for most buyers late [...]
Scotch College’s buying tactics – Dustin Martin and Ralph Carr

Scotch College’s buying tactics – Dustin Martin and Ralph Carr

End of Year Bumper Edition Contents: Yesterday’s Rout 2017 Year in Review Younger People’s compassion and tax problem Around the Grounds Scotch College’s curious auction strategy Emotion v $ when deciding on a home Transparency The “Reserve” malaise widens Ralph Carr and Dustin Martin Thank you’s 2017 – Top 5 Reads at James Market News Next Edition It’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it [...]
“Dummy Bidding” and the Current Market

“Dummy Bidding” and the Current Market

Contents 1. Hammer Watch – Quoting / Underquoting 2. Final Word on The Block and “Dummy Bidding” 3. Inside James – Bumper 5 Stories this week: Don’t buy it – better a missed opportunity than a mistake Build family wealth over individual wealth Handing back a fee to a client – and it hurt – hurt a lot. Pricing Heritage – pricing covenants [...]

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