Archive for the ‘Ewan’s Blog’ Category

Groundhog Day

This time it somehow feels harder. We know what to do. We know how to do it. We know we can do it. But somehow that doesn’t make it any easier. Lockdown life is tough. It feels a bit like Groundhog Day except for one very important consideration. In lockdown, it can be hard to differentiate between the days. It’s been weird to realise the process of dressing for work and then commuting to an office are integral to defining a workday. Perhaps those things are so important because they help differentiate and separate our work and home lives so without them it... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 4th August, 2021

Help.

Help. That’s not a plea. It’s a statement. We are here. There are so many things we’re learning as a result of the pandemic but perhaps one of the most important is the value of community and the importance of truthful, factual information. At Morton, we’re certainly feeling the sense of the community that exists within our team, but we’re also very conscious of the role we can play supporting our community of clients. We are here to help… ‘Our home is our castle’ is an often-used expression but the last 18 months have proved it more than ever before, although over the last... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 28th July, 2021

We Know…

Righto. As we’re all faced with an incredible amount of uncertainty about what the coming days, weeks and months might hold I thought it worthwhile to share with you the messages I passed on to everyone in the Morton team earlier this week. This is what we know… We know we’re calmer. Compared to last year it seems the response to the latest lockdown has been much more measured. It certainly isn’t easy, but this time around it feels like we are all much more prepared to take it in our stride.  It’s no longer ‘unprecedented’ to face an economic lockdown so it hasn’t... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 21st July, 2021

Taking Control?

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Posted in Ewan's Blog on 14th July, 2021

The race

We’re hearing that momentum in the market is easing but at the same time, we’re still seeing reports about unprecedented demand. How can that be true? Conventional economic wisdom surely assumes strong demand will continue to drive a strong market. What’s really happening? I think what’s happening is that the many potential buyers are starting to run out of puff. They’re still in the race but not pushing quite so hard to get to the finish line. According to CoreLogic’s latest data, growth in Sydney property values rose by 2.6% in June. I see that as a great number. Values ARE still... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 8th July, 2021

Getting on with it – safely

Right. This week I’m not going to give you my opinion. In this blog, I always tell the truth as I see it and I like to present my thoughts on market movement and challenges. But this week I’m just going to give you the facts. How exactly can you go about engaging with the property market safely in a lockdown? Across leasing, listings, and sales, this is what we’re doing. First and foremost, what we’re doing is following guidelines as set by the NSW Government. Our team are following stay-at-home orders, but Morton has the technology and systems in place to... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 30th June, 2021

The power

If ever there has been a week that proves the more things change the more they seem to stay the same it would have to be this week. We’re back facing the prospect of a COVID lockdown, we’ve seen a Federal political leadership spill and the masses are hoping the Blues will pull-off a win in the State of Origin. It’s depressingly familiar. It makes me wonder if we have the power to change things? There are so many factors that impact our lives over which we have no control. The last twelve months have demonstrated that reality more than ever before,... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 23rd June, 2021

Residential reform

It is a debate that’s as inevitable as the changes in market dynamics which seem to always prompt the discussion. Any conversation on public policy around residential property is as technical as it is emotional and for those of us who work in the industry, it obviously has wider implications. Here are my thoughts. Look. It’s tough. Home ownership has been an aspirational goal for generations of Australians. It is therefore very relevant to acknowledge the current market makes that goal potentially out of reach for generations of Australians. How to respond is tricky. But it is definitely a debate worth having. The market... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 17th June, 2021

Secret to success

Last week I wrote about how our team of agents support the efforts of property buyers as they navigate the challenges of a very strong market. This week I thought I would discuss the work of our team supporting vendors because despite what you might think, listing in a hot market does come with challenges. So, what is the secret to success? As I have said many times before one of the most challenging things to manage when talking to potential vendors in a buoyant market is their expectations. Just as potential buyers are inclined to automatically add 10% to the estimated selling... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 9th June, 2021

Who blinks first?

Did you ever have a staring contest with friends or siblings? The challenge was not to be the one who blinked first!  It could be excruciating and incredibly frustrating as you tried desperately to resist the natural desire to react to the inevitable. Well, you know what? I think that’s what we are seeing in the residential property market right now. The weird thing about a staring contest is that the opposition is not actually the person sitting on the seat in front of you. It’s you. The competition is how long you can hold out against your own natural instinct. And so... View article »
Posted in Ewan's Blog on 2nd June, 2021