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Kicking Goals

Wednesday 19 Jun 2019

I’ve been reminded this week that one of the toughest jobs in property is being a Property Manager. It’s a bit like being a goal keeper in soccer. When everything is going well nobody notices you are there but when things go wrong you are suddenly in the spotlight and under intense pressure to perform. And just like a goalie in soccer, ....

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Chicken or the Egg?

Wednesday 12 Jun 2019

The eternal quandary around what comes first, the chicken or the egg, has its own application in the current property market. What does come first in the property cycle? Prices, properties or people?  Whilst there appears to be rising expectations about the potential of the Sydney property market to ignite at the moment it feels like no s ....

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Stronger together

Wednesday 05 Jun 2019

It feels appropriate to talk about teamwork this week. In my view teamwork is as important in property as it is for political parties in parliament and rugby league teams in the State of Origin. Residential real estate is a team game and I’ll tell you why... Publicly there is an intense focus on individuals in our profession. Whilst I underst ....

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Is it a bounce?

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Regardless of political persuasion I think few would argue the surprise election result last week has been widely considered positive for the property market, with many not anticipating an immediate bounce in activity. Is that realistic? To be perfectly frank, despite the positivity that surrounds the concept, I loathe the idea of a ‘mar ....

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It’s about people...

Wednesday 22 May 2019

I know the post-election analysis is probably getting a bit tedious. I think it is a timely reminder that sometimes you just never know. Even with all the research, analysis and experience there can still be a result that surprises. Yes, it happens in property just as it does in politics and yes, there are lessons to learn… I think perhaps t ....

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The job

Wednesday 15 May 2019

I think there is a lot of truth in the expression ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.’ I certainly find that the more I have to do the more I can do, but in my opinion being busy should never be an excuse for not doing it properly.  Just getting the job done is never the only objective for the team at Morton, a ....

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Navigating the guide

Wednesday 08 May 2019

Guide price. It’s a very sensitive issue. Despite clear regulatory guidelines the headlines regularly scream conspiracy if potential buyers feel they are being unfairly manipulated by agents. Setting a price guide was challenging when the market was in overdrive and right now it’s equally difficult. The market is changing so how do you ....

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Delivering Different

Thursday 02 May 2019

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that at the moment, I am a little underwhelmed by the political choices we face in the upcoming Federal election.  I agree with the general consensus that, as has been the case in democratic elections around the world, the Australian community is seeking something different. And I think that&rsquo ....

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Do you talk?

Wednesday 24 Apr 2019

There are some aspects of real estate that I think are a little contradictory. Property is the subject of endless discussion at dinner parties, the office, school pick-up and the pub but it is also an intensely private transaction. So I wonder, is there any value in talking?  The saying goes ‘talk is cheap’ but to be brutally hones ....

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Settling down

Wednesday 17 Apr 2019

Whenever something changes there will be a period of adjustment that is often awkward and difficult to manage. It’s something we talk through with our kids as they morph into teenagers and young adults with the message that things will settle down eventually. It will be different, but it will be okay. And that’s exactly what we are now ....

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