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State of the Market – May 2017 – Opinion

State of the Market – May 2017 – Opinion
What is the market really doing? We get asked this question daily so we decided to conduct a 3-Week, 100 Auction Report challenge during the month of May. Well, there were no surprises! All three measurements showed that the Inner Melbourne market is in what we call “boom times”, but now, since 2008, increasingly what we call [...]
Welcome to 2017 – Back on the hustings today

Welcome to 2017 – Back on the hustings today

Clockwise visits today – no substitute for foot leather, listening, looking and listening again. 1st Slide Clockwise from top left: Malvern East:$2.5m?  – little cutie – no, not the agent John Manton – the house. Good crowds at the OFI. Hawthorn: $4m? Off -Market or Pre-Market? – good family home. Crowds – Only one! Armadale: $4m? Nice one – listening [...]
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 [...]
Land to build without heritage overlays continues to soar – but really does it make sense? To me – yes, if you must have a new home and less capital growth, and no, if you are happy to spend $1 million less on a period home in need of a reno and better capital growth.

Land to build without heritage overlays continues to soar – but really does it make sense? To me – yes, if you must have a new home and less capital growth, and no, if you are happy to spend $1 million less on a period home in need of a reno and better capital growth.

The Market is not all about the Auction

The Market is not all about the Auction

Its 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne was 74% on the 23 Auctions we covered today – solid. James Bidderman, that is bidders per auction, was 2.3 bidders per auction – also a solid number. Interesting to note the spread across the board, at the Top End, was fairly even between ducks/lone rangers, norms and [...]
2016’s Opening Market is (…..drum roll)

2016’s Opening Market is (…..drum roll)

2016’s Opening Market is …..drum roll … Pumping…….Strong …….Rocking. There’s no doubt and no other way to really describe it. We’ve had three big auction weekends in a row, with today a virtual Super Saturday and the market has spoken. 2016 has started with a real bang. The only difference between 2016 and 2015 is the [...]
News of my death may be greatly exaggerated

News of my death may be greatly exaggerated

The market is not as bullish, as urgent, or as downright insane as it was from February to May, even June of this year. Is this really a true statement? In many cases we are 20% above the start of the year. Is the market’s outward intensity less about dollars and bidding and more about that, 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 [...]
Inner & Northern Weekly

Inner & Northern Weekly

Warehouses by Adam Gardner While the numbers of new public listings is starting to slow down somewhat in the Inner Melbourne areas as Christmas approaches, there are still a number of properties that should garner some interest when they go under the hammer. In fact, the number of warehouse conversions on the market is significant at [...]
Practical Valuing

Practical Valuing

This week we have gone practical in the quest for a million dollar good home buying decision. This is a supplementary article to Article 5 on values in The Age, Weekly Review, James Buyer Advocates eight article series – Young Homebuyers Guide. How do we put a number to our value opinion? In today’s modern society we [...]
Valuing a Home

Valuing a Home

The Age. Weekly Review, James Buyer Advocates Young Homebuyer series is designed to take homebuyers through the entire homebuying process from the inside. Today in our young buyer series we are talking about VALUES and how understanding the true nature of value will put a fair chunk of that promised $1,000,000 into your back pocket. Apartment: In 2000 [...]
The Hunt Begins

The Hunt Begins

The Age. Weekly Review, James Buyer Advocates Young Homebuyer series is designed to take homebuyers through the entire homebuying process from the inside. The article series has become the biggest read online series of its type. It has been been published throughout Australia and internationally. It continues on from James Home Ratings – an industry standard in [...]
Is the Top End easing a smidgen?

Is the Top End easing a smidgen?

Week Ending Saturday, September 13: Market Summary The Market is splitting as it normally does when adjusting to the Spring Influx of properties. This week the market has sent buyers and sellers two very clear messages. If you’ve got a well priced, ready to move in home with some WOW in the $1m to $5m  range, then you have [...]

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