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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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Listening to Expectations

Wednesday 10 Apr 2019

There is no doubt ours is a business of managing expectations.  Whether a property buyer, a vendor, a landlord or tenant all our clients have expectations about the value, management and care of their property and home.  They can involve tough conversations as expectations might need to change as the market moves, but what about expectati ....

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Who is out there?

Wednesday 03 Apr 2019

Contrary to the prevailing dialogue our team of sales agents across Sydney have been reporting good numbers of people attending property inspections who, despite the headlines, are clearly prepared to make a play in property. Reports tell us investors have withdrawn from the market so the question to ask is who is out there looking and what are the ....

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Lessons on life

Wednesday 27 Mar 2019

I talk a lot in this blog about change. When the market shifts I try to explain why there might be a need to change opinions on value, on expectations of service and even markers of success.  Often we are forced to respond to things over which we have little or no control, other times we have the power to take the lead in driving change.  ....

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Look for more

Wednesday 20 Mar 2019

Over recent years we have become accustomed to expecting more from real estate. The market has been such that we have had no doubt that a property would achieve more regardless of the purchase price. It is no longer that simple, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be looking for more, you might just have to look a bit differently. ....

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The importance of trust

Wednesday 13 Mar 2019

It is a topic that may wear a little thin as part of the political rhetoric in the lead up to state and federal elections but when it comes to making decisions about buying or selling a property the importance of trust should never be underestimated. Trust may be intangible but in the current market I see it as a key component to delivering a deal. ....

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Hard Chat

Tuesday 05 Mar 2019

At a recent meeting of the Board of the Real Estate Institute of NSW I was presented with a wooden spoon and awarded the somewhat dubious title of ‘Biggest Stirrer’. Whilst I would argue that 9 Awards for Excellence over 7 years is a long way from deserving a wooden spoon(!) I will happily own the title of ‘Biggest Stirrer’. ....

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Why is it so?

Wednesday 27 Feb 2019

In a few weeks I have the honour of speaking at the 2019 Women in Real Estate conference and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I want to say. I’ve wondered if it’s right, or indeed relevant, for a man to talk about the female career path in our profession and to be honest I think it would be the ultimate example of ‘ ....

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Why we are there

Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

You may have noticed that over recent years that Morton has been spreading our footprint. We now have offices across the Sydney metro area and further afield in suburbs like Little Bay, Riverwood and Penrith.  The rationale that has driven our expansion to these new areas might surprise you but in actual fact it reflects the Morton commitment ....

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The bigger picture

Tuesday 12 Feb 2019

I know it’s kind of obvious but it is incredibly important in a challenging market to consider the danger in looking at headlines and numbers in isolation.  Just as you would evaluate a property by looking at the neighbouring buildings and the neighbourhood in general so you should talk to your agent about the bigger property picture. Bu ....

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