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In the spirit

Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

The festive season officially started this week so it’s frustrating that reports about the residential property market have been far from joyful.  Therefore in the spirit of the holiday season and, most importantly, on reflection of the facts and statistics I’m here to tell you that there is still a lot to be thankful for.  I& ....

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Hang in there

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

I like the idea of resilience. It’s often talked about as an important attribute for kids to learn but I think it is equally valid for adults and even for businesses. Unfortunately at the moment while it’s a concept often spoken about I think it is a reality increasingly ignored. We need to be more prepared to hang in there… I re ....

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A role to play

Wednesday 21 Nov 2018

Last week my picture appeared in the newspaper. It wasn’t a story about me, it was talking about auctions as an indicator of residential property market strength and the current value of an auction campaign.  I wasn’t quoted in the article but if I had been I would have very clearly outlined my position which would have challenged ....

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Catch it

Wednesday 14 Nov 2018

I like to think I’m pretty good at articulating the state of the market. I pride myself on saying it like it is, telling it straight rather than trying to massage a message. But I have to admit I couldn’t have put it better than one of our successful purchasers on the weekend when they said ‘it’s like catching a falling knif ....

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Common Sense

Wednesday 07 Nov 2018

To be perfectly honest I wasn’t going to mention it because I didn’t think it warranted a comment. It simply makes sense and my thinking was that such a no-brainer really needs no response. But then I realised; that’s just it.  We absolutely SHOULD be applauding common sense decisions.   Too often it’s too eas ....

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At what cost?

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

The issues that have emerged this week out of the review into Australia cricket resonate incredibly strongly with me. They inspire debate around culture and leadership that I believe are as relevant to the profession of real estate as they are to professional sport. It’s incredibly important to consider the consequences of a determination to ....

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New and Old

Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

There is always a level of tension that exists between the new and the old in real estate. Some people are attracted to the shiny, pristine presentation of a brand-new build while others appreciate the potential and character of an old. But in current market conditions there is another angle to the old versus new debate in residential property ....

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Don’t cut your nose off

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

There is one very important thing to remember when considering the residential property market right now. It’s still there. There is no doubt it has changed but equally there should be no doubt that a market still exists. Apartments and houses are still being listed and sold. It’s not desperate but it is different. That prompts the ques ....

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Is now the time?

Wednesday 10 Oct 2018

With reports of declining clearance rates as the market continues to adjust and find a new normal, the considered wisdom amongst many potential vendors is to steer away from auction as a preferred method of sale. Many believe now is not the time to go to auction. With respect, I fundamentally I disagree with that approach.  There is no doubt a ....

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Go you good thing!

Wednesday 03 Oct 2018

What a week! The AFL, NRL and inaugural NRLW grand finals plus in amongst all that sporting madness there was also the announcement of the NSW winners of the REI Awards for Excellence. It has been a week of intense competition. I love that you can always draw parallels between sport, life and business so here are my outtakes from the week that was ....

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