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New Service – Full Seller Advocacy

New Service – Full Seller Advocacy
The market has changed and so have we at James Advocates. When 67% of homes are not selling at an auction. When you spend $30,000 on advertising for a failed auction and all that’s achieved is you’ve told everybody what your home is not worth. When the market has changed but your selling agent hasn’t, isn’t it time to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Values versus Pricing at the Highest End

Values versus Pricing at the Highest End

Week One: Value is not a number, it is a feeling. Price has no emotion, no conjecture, it’s factual. Price is not value and value is not price. I buy a number of family homes for people –  perhaps more than anybody else in Melbourne, perhaps not – and at some point in the client and buyer advocate discussion [...]
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 [...]
Are you serious Scott Cam – Are you serious CAV?

Are you serious Scott Cam – Are you serious CAV?

STOP PRESS 9.00PM SUNDAY NIGHT Congrats to Josh and Elyse, great win on The Block and well done to all the other contestants. I like watching The Block Grand Finale normally – but Are you serious Scott, CAV, Frank and Nicole? Was I watching a real show or Hollywood (where there are no rules)? If there are no rules, what [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Struggling to see the sense in only considering land + build? Me too!

Struggling to see the sense in only considering land + build? Me too!

Big day today for auctions and, despite the fact that this year we are dealing in more properties away from auction than at auction – as a company we were involved in nine today – I’m zonked. We could not cover as wide a cross section of auctions (only 20) as it was all hands on [...]
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 [...]
Market has started like a fire engine not a delivery truck.

Market has started like a fire engine not a delivery truck.

At 6.00 pm today the Melbourne market of late Winter has made a strong statement, with a James $M+ Clearance Rate of 88% and Bidderman a whopping 3 bidders per auction on the 25 auctions, we bid at or reported on today. The Inner market has started out of the blocks in a hurry – based in part, on [...]
We’re out of the blocks with 87% clearance rate and Bidderman at 3. Early days but WOW!

We’re out of the blocks with 87% clearance rate and Bidderman at 3. Early days but WOW!

(Above and below) 160 people witnessed this architectural masterpiece (working from a low base to a state of brilliance – Steve Domoney Architecture) sell under the hammer for $4,160,000. James Tostevin and 3 bidders. Google our James Home Rating – 2a Harcourt Street, Hawthorn East to read our detailed thoughts. Excuse me what did I read above, James Bidderman 3, James [...]
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 [...]
Solutions for Young Homebuyers – Bumper Winter Issue

Solutions for Young Homebuyers – Bumper Winter Issue

6.00pm Saturday June 20th – Mid Term Report Market is in wind down mode re new stock, as most good agents are beginning to break for winter school holidays. Next week is the last serious week of auctions, until early spring. Any market read on any winds of change, won’t be meaningful until September, when larger numbers [...]
The Market Begins the Big May Run – Hold On!

The Market Begins the Big May Run – Hold On!

Inner Melbourne Values $3M Round Up (Start of May and Some Around Easter Sales of Interest) As we kick into May and look back on April you can see the TOP END is still very healthy – sure some are not selling and some are being withdrawn but its not only Saturday Auctions that are getting [...]

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