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How do you know if you’ve found the right home?

November 29, 2018

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Most people only spend a few minutes in a home before they decide they want to buy it. More often than not, the decision to buy is based purely on emotion, a feeling they get when they first walk through the home. The old saying that first impressions are lasting impressions is true. The home […]

Questions to test the agent

November 22, 2018

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When it comes to selling real estate, there are plenty of mistakes, pitfalls and painful experiences you can easily avoid. On appointing an agent to sell your property, don’t forget that you are the owner of the property, and you are in control of the sale. You have the control before you sign up. So […]

How’s the Market?

November 16, 2018

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Buyers willing if banks are. Despite the sensationalist reporting in some sectors of the media, there is no shortage of buyers in the current property market. Leading indicators of market sentiment such as internet activity, enquiry level and inspection numbers all remain healthy. The challenge comes when the interested buyer approaches their respective financial institution. […]

How will you be paying today?

November 1, 2018

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Cheap finance powered the booming property market. That’s ‘cheap and readily available’ finance. The property market is undergoing an adjustment as the Australia Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) enforce lending regulations on the retail banks. The regulations are not necessarily harsh in and of themselves. The impact on the market is harsh given the lofty level […]

Timing your buying and selling decision

October 25, 2018

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Market conditions such as; supply and demand, interest rates, market confidence and the general economic outlook have an impact on the price and the time it takes to sell. Historically, property values in Australia have increased by about 10% per year. Therefore holding property over a long-term will inevitably protect you against any highs or […]

Know what you are signing

October 18, 2018

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A common mistake made by home sellers when they appoint an agent is signing an authority to sell without checking the length of time on the agent’s authority. Sellers may think they are signing up for 30 or 60 days, only to later discover that they actually signed for much longer. This can be a […]

Should you renovate before selling?

October 5, 2018

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Sometimes a good spring clean and a coat of paint is all a property needs to attract more buyers! Once a decision has been made to put a property on the market, thoughts turn to how to get the best return on your investment. To renovate or not to renovate? This is the question vendors […]

The keys to a successful sale in the current market

September 20, 2018

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The key to successful selling in the current market requires three elements: The right agent The right sales process The right price The right agent: The two worst criteria to select an agent on is the value they assess your property at and/or the selling fee they quote. Most people inadvertently select their agent on […]

Choosing the Right Property Manager

September 13, 2018

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Buying an investment property is an important step forward in your financial future. It also represents a major outlay that needs to be managed carefully. The right management helps to minimise the risks and maximise the returns associated with your new ownership. One of the best ways to do this is to employ a property […]

The factors that will determine the spring market

September 7, 2018

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The spring market is upon us and there are several key market indicators that will determine how the market fares between now and then. Availability of credit: The current market slowdown has been a manufactured slowdown, driven by a credit squeeze through the retail banks. The respective bank’s willingness (or lack of) to work with […]

Where will you be when Santa comes?

September 6, 2018

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If you’ve been thinking about selling your house and perhaps buying another, then, if you want to be happily moved and settled before Christmas, you’ll need to start doing something soon. Right now, in the Spring/Summer season, it’s traditionally the time of high activity in the real estate market. There should be more properties to […]

High Prices at Auction This Spring?

August 30, 2018

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At an auction, the seller’s minimum is known as the ‘reserve’. That’s the price at which the property can be sold. Many properties sell above reserve. When this happens, the auction is hailed as achieving a high price. True. But it is not true to say it is the highest price. It is not the […]

The two lies of the real estate industry

August 24, 2018

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When asked to price a property, a real estate agent has the opportunity to impress the owner and obtain a listing. Listings are the lifeblood of any real estate career. The two most common lies in the real estate industry involve the estimate price quoted to potential sellers. One is the lie real estate agents […]

How much does it cost to sell a house?

August 10, 2018

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When choosing an agent to sell your home, don’t make the mistake of only looking at the commission rate each agent charges. The real estate commission fees are not the only costs of selling a house. If you base your decision on commission alone you will be in for an unpleasant surprise. So, how much […]

Setting the Asking Price when Selling

July 26, 2018

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Many people think that there is a correlation between putting a high initial asking price on an advertised property and achieving a high final selling price. There’s certainly a link, but it doesn’t work the way many people think. In fact, the opposite is often the case. If a property is really overpriced, purchasers just […]

Over Capitalising

July 13, 2018

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There is a danger of spending large amounts of money for very little return. Works completed on a property rarely if ever increase the value of the property in line with the amount of money spent. Repairs and maintenance are often needed and are sometimes essential for the sale of a property. Nevertheless, some larger […]

Top Tips for Selling Your Home - Part 2

July 6, 2018

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Following on from Part 1, here is Part 2 of York Realty’s 12 best-selling ideas to help you sell easily and get the best possible price for your home. Be realistic about the price. Quote the price you want not a misleading ‘bait’ price. Today’s buyers have easy access to information on the net and are […]

Top Tips for Selling Your Home - Part 1

July 3, 2018

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Here are York Realty’s 12 best-selling ideas to help you sell easily and get the best possible price for your home. We will present the 12 tips in two parts. Below are the first six tips and the other six will appear in the next edition. De-clutter. Clear your property of anything that does not add […]

Is winter a good time to sell?

June 28, 2018

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As the cooler weather sets in, many people considering going to the market will be faced with a conundrum – sell in winter or wait until spring? Aside from the practical considerations such as work commitments, school terms and actually being ready to go on the market, the impact of the season on a campaign’s […]

Believing the Improbable Lie

June 15, 2018

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When asked to price a property, a real estate agent has the opportunity to impress the owner and obtain a listing. Listings are the lifeblood of any real estate career. For an untrained agent who lacks high-level marketing and negotiation skills, the only way to impress and subsequently obtain the listing is to promise the […]