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And finally Telstra reported that a number of selling agents were returning calls to buyers…..

And finally Telstra reported that a number of selling agents were returning calls to buyers…..
It’s James Market News Lite on this special day, today. Today it was hard to believe what we saw, all over the Inner Melbourne auction scene. It was incredible. Overseas bidders from China were not actually putting offers in on homes, without FIRB approval and a number of negative gearing buyers who owned between 10 and 20 homes, had decided to [...]
We’re out of the blocks with 87% clearance rate and Bidderman at 3. Early days but WOW!

We’re out of the blocks with 87% clearance rate and Bidderman at 3. Early days but WOW!

(Above and below) 160 people witnessed this architectural masterpiece (working from a low base to a state of brilliance – Steve Domoney Architecture) sell under the hammer for $4,160,000. James Tostevin and 3 bidders. Google our James Home Rating – 2a Harcourt Street, Hawthorn East to read our detailed thoughts. Excuse me what did I read above, James Bidderman 3, James [...]
Off-markets and the Duck Test

Off-markets and the Duck Test

Off-markets and the Duck Test On the subject of off-markets, we buy a fair number – but we reject an awful lot more than we buy. For the inexperienced buyer, many off-markets are not what they are cracked up to be (by the agents). A number of inexperienced buyers are lured by the romance of an off-market [...]
The market is back and the signs point to strength

The market is back and the signs point to strength

At 6.00 pm on  Saturday, the James Clearance Rate for Melbourne’s $M+ property was 77% on the 26 auctions we covered. The Weekly Review Bidderman, our bidders per auction measurement, was at 2.2. This weekend’s first run of the high end auction market after a good spell in July saw a “strongish” start on limited [...]
To some “Bank Vals” are important, to others not so!

To some “Bank Vals” are important, to others not so!

Upper end home values in general and Bayside in particular are being “raked over the coals” by the banks at the moment – not to put too fine a point on things. Directives implied or specific have come from the banking bosses that the Top End, an in particular Bayside, is a little “fruity” for now [...]
How to Value the Top End in this market

How to Value the Top End in this market

Recently we gave a talk to more than a hundred high net worth individuals at the Sandringham Yacht Club for Peter Wilson of Godfrey Pembroke where we involved the participants in a hands-on exercise that introduced them to “valuing” high end homes. There were three steps to the process. First we asked them to give [...]
The Block broke all the rules in the book

The Block broke all the rules in the book

The Block was great entertainment – but for me it was also the best reality TV show in a decade because it showed the harsh reality of what happens when you break all the rules in the property investment book. I took the opportunity to go through each property a few weeks before the auctions and [...]
September sees the re-emergence of Melbourne’s $3m+ Market

September sees the re-emergence of Melbourne’s $3m+ Market

September Executive Summary: Demand: Solid and increasing Reported Boughts: 46 Bidderman: Substantial improvement in bidders per auction at the higher level. Random cross section of bidders. 1/3/2/1/3/1/3/2/2/3/3/3/2/1/0/0 for a month average of 1.875 Supply: New Stock Low Overhang from May however new stock is still light on at end of September and that which comes on at a reasaonble price [...]
Understanding agent cultures

Understanding agent cultures

Different cultures have different values and different interpretations of what appear to be the same thing. Just as business people need to find the most appropriate way to interact with, and do business with, people of other cultures, so too do home buyers have to find the right way to deal with selling agents.
Stock is coming on – prices are going where….?

Stock is coming on – prices are going where….?

At 6pm on Saturday the James Million-Dollar-Plus clearance rate was 50% for the 38 auctions we attended. Of note is the fact that only 1 in 4 sold under the hammer. On Sunday the post-auction clearance rate rose to 66% on all 61 monitored properties. That tells us that the market is right on the brink, but [...]
Learning Fees

Learning Fees

As we are now firmly into a new market, we thought it time to have a stab at one of the most perplexing concepts confronting inexperienced buyers in high-end real estate  – the “Learning Fee”. The “Learning” Fee is the amount you as a Do-It-Yourself buyer can end up paying extra for the home you buy, [...]
Clearance Rate Sliding. Bidders Dropping. $2M+ Prices are currently leveling – of that there is no doubt. Bayside cooling; South Yarra and Toorak downright frosty; but Boroondara still hanging in there.

Clearance Rate Sliding. Bidders Dropping. $2M+ Prices are currently leveling – of that there is no doubt. Bayside cooling; South Yarra and Toorak downright frosty; but Boroondara still hanging in there.

It is 6pm Saturday and the James Million Dollar-Plus Clearance rate for the 36 Auctions we attended today was a limp  58%. Bidderman continues to slide in all price ranges except Inner Melbourne lower $M+. The Mood is Subdued for the most part across the $2m+ board. When we say Subdued and cooling we mean prices are leveling even [...]
The Million dollar plus market still has some very strong results; but we are seeing a slight easing of demand continuing on the overpriced or less than perfect.

The Million dollar plus market still has some very strong results; but we are seeing a slight easing of demand continuing on the overpriced or less than perfect.

It is 6pm Saturday and the James Million Dollar-Plus Clearance rate for the 27 Auctions we attended today was 65 per cent. Bidderman remained steady at 2 bidders per auction. However 1 in 3 of the auctions we attended today had no bidders. 33% of auctions (on OK James rated homes) had no bidders under the hammer today!! If you look [...]
A Story of Courage and Leadership.

A Story of Courage and Leadership.

It’s 6pm Saturday and the James Clearance Rate for million-dollar-plus auctions is 83 per cent on the 24 auctions we attended today. The big news is on a very large day for auctions the bidder numbers per auction has actually risen dramatically to 3 per auction despite the interest rate noises. This is substantial [...]
Bidderman did not miss a beat today – still at 2.3 bidders per auction.

Bidderman did not miss a beat today – still at 2.3 bidders per auction.

It is 6pm Saturday and the James Clearance Rate for million-dollar-plus auctions is 74 per cent on the 19 auctions we attended and reported on today. What effect did the interest rates have this weekend? Nil. The only thing we noticed was a few more bought befores, maybe meaning a couple of nervous vendors. We saw 51 [...]

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