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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 – we have our thoughts – but until the market has spoken over our 3 week (Feb 24, March 3, skip long weekend and then March 17th) James 100 Auction Market Test, we won’t know for sure. Pre [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
Hard to believe we are knee deep into Early Spring!

Hard to believe we are knee deep into Early Spring!

G’day and welcome back to James Market News. Hope you all had a break from the Melbourne winter! My break was with my youngest daughter, Maddie, in the Top End at Fitzroy Crossing, Kakadu and Kooljaman, Cape Leveque. Aboriginal people know a lot more about land and its value than many of us “new migrants”. Hard to believe it’s been [...]
Game Changer

Game Changer

NOTE 17.6.17: This article was confirmed and published 3.6.17. Withdrawn 6.6.17 when we became aware of new information and remained so until 17.6.17 when we republished with new information. This story is now different from the original article published in good faith, however a lot of the gist of it remains true – except that the winning bidder of [...]
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 [...]
The word from the street – what is really going on?

The word from the street – what is really going on?

Happy Mothers Day to all our Mums – the real home decision makers. This week in James Market News: Market Commentary – Three-week Challenge of 100 reported auctions Auction Action – 33 auction results Inside James – buy-then-sell service and Mal’s auction observations At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne market results were solid, if you just look at the Clearance [...]
Housing Prices to Drop 7% and the Baloney

Housing Prices to Drop 7% and the Baloney

WOW, what a week in Inner Melbourne! Last Friday we had one active negotiation and by yesterday, we had eight. This is contrary to the talk of a tanking market so in our opinion piece this week, we examine closely the “evidence” used by The Australian to support their ‘Housing prices to drop 7%’ headline. You be [...]
More chance of a rise than a fall ……………

More chance of a rise than a fall ……………

It was a quiet-ish day today on market – off market is a different story – the auction biggies for May starting in numbers the week after next. At that time we will be focusing on James Bidderman (for any movement in demand) and any drop off from overseas buyers. Has all the talk of late begun to bite? This [...]
You think newly zoned land is the same – it’s not – it’s a $700,000 difference.

You think newly zoned land is the same – it’s not – it’s a $700,000 difference.

In James Market News today: Under Quoting – Only 8 more sleeps to go Todays auction action Off Markets Chris Richardson from Access Economics – Opinion Big Changes Part 2 – zoning and $700,000 difference on one block With the Easter break, very few auctions today, most of the activity is off market. We expect it be the same again next week, before we burst [...]
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 [...]
Let’s face a home truth – the elephant in the room – population

Let’s face a home truth – the elephant in the room – population

Ferocious bidding on the right homes – despite this being the largest auction start to a year in Melbourne auction history – the market lapped it up, spat out a few and said ”feed me, feed me, give me more.” At 6.00 pm the James Clearance Rate on Inner Melbourne Homes was close enough to 90% – yep [...]

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