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Mt Kilimanjaro for The PlasterHouse. Hakuna Matata!

Mt Kilimanjaro for The PlasterHouse. Hakuna Matata!
 Mother Teresa, Bill Gates and Adam Gilchrist, all rolled into one? Make a life transformation, with one simple action? Australian, Sarah Rejman, working in incredible African conditions, talks with you personally Being a woman, a mother and on a mission How our children need solid leadership, whether Maasai or Australian. One simple 3-second action that brings beautiful consequences Sarah, an East Malvern girl, is back [...]
Australian Woman – Incredible in Africa

Australian Woman – Incredible in Africa

Sarah, an East Malvern girl, is back in Australia to raise awareness and money for tiny surgeries, needed by the poorest of the poor Children who are burnt in fires – born with abnormalities, who experience serious injuries Maasai, Christian, Muslim, Chagga all in need of somebody to care – The PlasterHouse Rehabilitation Hospital, Arusha Tanzania We are trying to [...]
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 [...]
East Malvern – Maasai – Serengeti – PlasterHouse

East Malvern – Maasai – Serengeti – PlasterHouse

Sarah, oh Sarah how does the song go….. Well nothing like what my 16-year-old daughter Maddie and her school friend Molly witnessed on our most recent visit to Africa, specifically Maasai country in northern Tanzania. On our third trip back in four years – 24 hours via Doha and Nairobi – I stand here looking at what one [...]
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 [...]
The Market continues to fragment – a clear sign of easing

The Market continues to fragment – a clear sign of easing

At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne $2M+ market results: Family Home Clearance Rate of  72% on the 32 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered. Combined with James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 1.8 on increasing auction stock numbers. The Clearance Rates are now matching Bidderman – they are easing and have been doing so since winter. The stats are becoming consistent – a trend – the beginning [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our bumper pre-winter issue – so much great info!

Our bumper pre-winter issue – so much great info!

This week in James Market News: (click on contents) 1. Market Commentary 2. May 3-Week Auction Challenge – Results are in… 3. Bayside and Inner East Auction Action 4. 2017 James Half Year Summary 5. Land Prices – 2010 – 2017 6. Negotiation Corner – Narrowed Focus 7. Inside James – and Off Markets 8. Younger Homebuyers – [...]
What is THE ISSUE right now in 2017?

What is THE ISSUE right now in 2017?

It’s 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne was 78% on the 23 Auctions we covered this weekend. Bidderman was back hovering where it has been for several years now – at 2.7 bidders per auction and on big auction numbers – meaning whilst 151 bidders bought, there were still another 313 bidders [...]
New Year’s Resolution – Be Smart on the Deal!

New Year’s Resolution – Be Smart on the Deal!

We were out and about again today – this time with Gina. It took time to find parking at all Open for Inspections as there were plenty of buyers window shopping – yes, all February auctions are online, but also most schools have started back this week too. The next 2 weeks should see March listings hit [...]
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 [...]
We’ve got No Trumps today

We’ve got No Trumps today

Its 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne is 88% on the 26 Auctions we covered today. James Bidderman, that is, bidders per auction, is 2.8. Super Strong. Big numbers of bought befores and look at the Volcanoes 48%. That means every second auction had 4 or more bidders and how about this; there were 15 bidders [...]
How To Negotiate Very, Very Well

How To Negotiate Very, Very Well

Welcome to our 3 Part Series on Negotiation Part 1 – Negotiation Noise Part 2 – What’s Really Important in a Negotiation Part 3 – How to Negotiate Well Hey you, what would you know about negotiation? You’re reading this article because you’re desperate to pick up a free morsel from me; the master, who has already beaten over a [...]
We are now buying a third of our homes off market

We are now buying a third of our homes off market

At 6pm the James $M+ Auction Clearance Rate was 83% on the 29 auctions we reported and bid on today. James Bidderman continues to be very strong at 2.8 bidders per auction. The homes today seemed to be either bought before or under the hammer with volcanic bidding (4+ bidders). In fact just on 50% of the auctions we reported [...]

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