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The lesson(s) of 2018

The lesson(s) of 2018
9 am \ Surrey Hills Day started with a visit to an off-market home in Surrey Hills. This home has been for sale for over a year. Why? Price. To be an A-grade property you need to have all three Ps – good Property (building), good Position (land) at a good Price (market). This home had two out of three. In [...]
It’s official, we have a new No. 1!

It’s official, we have a new No. 1!

At 6.00pm the James Spring 100 Auction Clearance Rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne family homes was 53% over the 3-week market test period (Aug 25, Sept 1 and 8). Last week our heading was Wipeout – it was a shocking day on the streets (31%) –  today (66%) the results are a bounce back to the previous week (61%) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Younger Homebuyers thriving in 21st Century Inner Melbourne

Younger Homebuyers thriving in 21st Century Inner Melbourne

We are pleased to welcome James Hayward, who has been employed by James Buyer Advocates on a part-time basis, to take a very average Inner Melbourne site (irregular land size of just over 700 sqm, with two older style brick unrenovated buildings) and a very average Inner Melbourne family (arguments, stresses, hope and dreams) and bring them [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
Surviving Stonnington Heritage

Surviving Stonnington Heritage

Stonnington’s own residents are being heavily impacted by Stonnington’s “one-off, one-out (random)” Heritage Strategy. It’s the “one-off, one-out” that is the key. It’s the implementation of strategy, not the overall policy, that is hurting the Stonnington Community. Welcome to the third of three articles on a Heritage War happening in your neighbourhood. Your real enemy is your council’s Heritage Strategy; not [...]

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