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Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Doctor. Doctor Who?

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Doctor. Doctor Who?
Special Thursday Report on What’s Coming Up With six weeks to go before new stock to the market shuts down until Spring, we at James Buyer Advocates are bringing doctors and other professionals what’s available right now. Yes, the Top-end market has changed (big time) – but it can change back just as quickly unless the major drivers such as specialist [...]
The Market has certainly changed direction

The Market has certainly changed direction

It’s 6.00pm Saturday and the James Clearance rate for $2M+ Inner Melbourne family homes, was a drifting down 69% on the 32 auctions we covered today, in the third and final week of our James 100 Auction 3-Week Test (Feb 24, Mar 3 and 17). The 3-week Opening Market Clearance Rate was 67%. James Bidderman, that is bidders per auction, was 1.3 today.  The [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A tale of two

A tale of two

This weekend on one of the quieter October Auction Days, we were involved in two auctions – one we bought and one we missed. We bought 307 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park (Simon Gowling), under the hammer with 2 bidders @ $6,370,000. We missed 40 Berry Street, East Melbourne (Paul Caine), under the hammer with 2 bidders @ $4,550,000. It was a [...]
October Market Start  / Stonnington Heritage Reversal

October Market Start / Stonnington Heritage Reversal

Contents October Market Start Edition 1. October Market Start 2. Inside James – An incredible story from Malvern East to Tanzania 3. Game Changer – Stonnington Heritage Reversal It (usually) attracts more than a Grand Final, a bigger array of stars than the Cup Carnival – the results are more telling than the Bathurst 500: that’s what Super Saturday, October 28th will represent to [...]
Game Changer – Stonnington Council Destroys Auction

Game Changer – Stonnington Council Destroys Auction

At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne $2M+ market results: Family Home Clearance Rate of 81% on the 36 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered. Combined with James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 1.7 on lowish auction stock numbers. Is the market on a turn? As we said last week, for the first time in a long while, the ingredients [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
3 Cheers for Daniel Andrews and Consumer Affairs Victoria!

3 Cheers for Daniel Andrews and Consumer Affairs Victoria!

Welcome to Part 1, of the James Big 3 Reports on the changes in the $2M+ inner Melbourne market. In Part 1, we discuss the first change, under quoting. Parts 2 and 3 will be published in the coming weeks. On May 1st 2017, we will hopefully be entering a new era; one that will make our [...]
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 [...]

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