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WHICH AGENT IS CHEAPEST?

When choosing agents, sellers tend to pick the agent who charges the cheapest commission. This can be a costly mistake. On the surface, it seems reasonable to choose an agent who offers the lowest commission…

RIDICULOUS ADVERTISING RIP-OFFS

If you are selling a home and an agent is asking you to pay money up-front for “marketing costs,” here’s a message for you: Don’t pay. Find a better agent…

THE ‘BUCKS’ BEHIND ‘THE BLOCK’

If you watched the final of the 2021 season of Channel 9’s top-rating show, The Block, here’s what you would have seen. Five couples had worked hard over twelve gruelling weeks, building, and renovating five different homes in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton…

THE REAL ESTATE BOOK

A Sydney agent who once sold my former family home has just written a book. And I am glad he’s done so. He did a good job selling my home and he’s done a good job writing this book…

THE BATTLE TO BUY IN A BOOM

Pity today’s property-buyers. Especially those battling to buy their first home. If they want to buy in one of the Eastern capitals – especially Melbourne and Sydney – they face multiple obstacles, the worst being rapidly rising prices…

WATCHING REAL ESTATE COMMISSIONS

Every day, home-owners ask us to find a good agent. They want us to watch over their sale process to make sure they get a good result – in price and in commission…

THE PROPERTY BOOM WILL END

In 1972, I was an office boy in a real estate office in Yeppoon, a Central Queensland coastal town. The area had been booming for years. But, for me, it was too late. I had missed my chance…

HOME-BUYERS SAVE THOUSANDS

In these days of escalating prices, things keep getting tougher for home-buyers. But when a home sold in the Gold Coast hinterland the other day, the owners gave the buyers a generous discount…