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Price Uncertainty is the New Black

Price Uncertainty is the New Black
Price has become such an interesting concept in this market. There feels to be an overall lack of trust and comfort with regards to what price to pay – so whilst many things are different between the market of now (eg still some volcano auctions, 6 bidders sub $2m at 18 Barkly St, Brighton, Alex Schiavo)  [...]
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 [...]
Cash is Why

Cash is Why

It’s 6.00 pm on Saturday, the first of 3 weeks in our May 100 Auction test. It played out to an expected script, with a near cold 63% clearance rate on family homes over $2 million and the James Bidderman is a consistently chilly 1.3 (bidders per auction), on what are relatively low stock levels for a “normal” May. Look at the [...]
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 [...]
A time to think if you want the ink!

A time to think if you want the ink!

Contents: 1. Buy/Sell – 17 Chelsea Brighton, a work in progress 2. Bidderman – Under the Hammer 3. Round the Grounds with agents that know We ask the questions of Campbell Ward, Mike Gibson, Nicole Gleeson and Andrew Campbell 4. Off-Market update 5. Doctor Home – Doctors, Surgeons, Dentists and Anaesthetists, your time to shine! 6. Population, Tax and Tenancy for the Young Good home [...]
Practical Solutions for Younger Homebuyers

Practical Solutions for Younger Homebuyers

At James Buyer Advocates we are looking to help younger homebuyers where we can. We now believe in a PAUSE in rapid population growth through immigration (family reunions excepted) from 2020 to 2025/2030? Why? We would like to see our community have a discussion and consider infrastructure solutions to better house our young people, who already live here. When our community thinks it’s right to [...]
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 [...]
It feels like it’s going to be OK early.

It feels like it’s going to be OK early.

Hello everybody for 2018! As is our tradition, it’s a decidedly lightweight first-up Market News, as we ease our way back into the saddle. Giddy-up! Today was the first serious day of opens and we have started the year with a some impetus having bought two homes already; contrasting with the flat feeling the market left for most buyers late [...]
“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 [...]
The Block Apology

The Block Apology

The Block Articles in excess of 15,300 reads The heartbroken buyer, who followed the rules, was the winning bidder only to be cheated out of it. Every Saturday Melbourne buyers ask, what more could they have done. Above the quote, above the reserve, highest bidder, followed the CAV and the auctioneer read out rules and they didn’t [...]
Open Letter to Daniel Andrews – Is nobody sticking up for buyers

Open Letter to Daniel Andrews – Is nobody sticking up for buyers

Sellers can now advertise any price they like (no matter how low) and call it not a quote, but a reserve – refuse any buyer offer above that figure at anytime and the Consumer Affairs Victoria state in print (The Age) the seller and their agent are immune from prosecution. Dear Premier, Mr Daniel Andrews and Consumer Affairs Victoria, On Sunday on national [...]

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