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This market now is very different from 4 months ago

This market now is very different from 4 months ago
Today we are reporting on 7 auctions on which we either bid, managed the sale, or had some interest in the result, as the final precursor to our 3-week 100 Auction test starting next week. It’s a random selection on a small sample in an incredibly low market (stock wise). Statistically, we would not trust the figures [...]
OMG – We didn’t expect that

OMG – We didn’t expect that

Today was a really good day – it was exciting. It was back to the good ‘ol days and even though 1/2 our business is buying (the other 1/2 is selling management) we really enjoyed it out there today. The good news is; if this keeps up, then the word may get out and we may see [...]
Auction Market back from Winter

Auction Market back from Winter

Well, did you have a good break – we did, thanks for asking! First big stats and market reads will come at the end of this month, when we begin the Spring 100 Auction Test. Today is a Marketnews Lite – no D&M’s, no stats – just easing ourselves into Spring and looking forward to it. Auction [...]
What are we certain about this Winter?

What are we certain about this Winter?

May 2019 Market Summary – brighter outlook on very low stock levels Its 6.00 pm and today we covered 36 auctions to finish the May 100 Auction $M+ 3 week auction Test (May 18, 25 and June 1). Three simple things have come out of the coverage. One: Everybody expected bad – that’s why there were so few auctions. [...]
Are we all feeling better now?

Are we all feeling better now?

At 6.00 pm in our second week of the May 100 Auction Test, we see the good news from last week is continuing. In fact, the weeks either side of the election have been the two most positive auction weeks outside the Feb Pep. Evidence – clearance rates are on the improve and the hammer rate (homes [...]
Lower Stock – Lower Dollars – Higher Bidderman – Surprise

Lower Stock – Lower Dollars – Higher Bidderman – Surprise

Today was the first real market test we have seen since March, as April was a holiday write-off and the auction campaigns had to start from scratch, post-school holidays. The best way to describe today’s market was, interesting.  We were marginally surprised with the strength of today’s result but it’s a small sample and today of all days, [...]
Life is good

Life is good

G’day Mal James here. I wrote this piece as I wanted to. I have written about how I feel in this market and I’m not asking you to feel the same way. So it’s ok to switch off now rather than wade through my mud, but there are some sprinkles of gold in here by the way! Life is good I love what [...]
We are learning to love this market

We are learning to love this market

We love the Inner Melbourne property market right now. We love where it is heading short term and how it will be reacting, possibly in the medium term and almost certainly in the longer term. The current statistics, trends and yes, even the mainstream press, are on the money when they express that the market is experiencing [...]
Is the market a dangerous place?

Is the market a dangerous place?

Everest As you read this, I am preparing to go to Everest. The Himalayas are a life long dream. I think I understand the risks, which include death. Training, equipment and medicines tick, tick and tick. And choosing a guide – that was my most rigorous selection process. Whilst there is an element of luck, I want to avoid whatever serious [...]
Sort of Good Ugly

Sort of Good Ugly

It’s Saturday 6.00pm and the results are in for the first key auction week for 2019 and also the first key measuring week for the James 100 Auction test (100 randomly chosen homes over 3 weekends Feb 23, Mar 2 & 23). Today we covered 36 Auctions across Bayside (Bayside + Port Phillip); Stonnington and Boroondara. And [...]
The Feb Pep

The Feb Pep

Last week we focussed on buying (and thank you for the emails and texts). This week our Market News’s main focus is buy/sell management (the fastest growing real estate market segment). Welcome to the early start of Inner Melbourne Top End 2019 auction markets. We are witnessing the initial rumblings, ahead of the market’s first decent hit-out, which is next Saturday – [...]
Letter to a friend

Letter to a friend

Hi my true friend, It’s 4.00am in the morning and I’ve just been in next door to check on Mum. She buzzed me saying she fell over and needed a hand. She had knocked her head but was basically ok and I helped her up and back into bed. Mum is such a trooper at near 90, [...]
How bad can it get?

How bad can it get?

From all recent news reports, this year is going to be a “bad one” in property. And by definition, a “bad one” is poor quality or not as hoped for. We’re sorry, but we just don’t see “bad”. We see the market, as we left it in 2018, a superior quality one – more sophisticated and better for [...]
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 [...]
Market moving from regulated to unregulated?

Market moving from regulated to unregulated?

At 6.00pm the James Clearance rate for $M+ Inner Melbourne family homes was 50% on the 26 Auctions we covered in the Pre Xmas 100 Auction test today. James Bidderman that is, bidders per auction, was 1.2, indicating the overall market is still easing/falling in price.  Bidderman needs 2 to tango and 3 to party – 1 is the loneliest number if you’re [...]

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