Selling

Gold Coast agents giving out money, food and coffee to attract sellers and buyers

Posted on October 17, 2016 by | 0 Comments
COMPETITION in the cut-throat real estate market is so intense one Gold Coast agent is giving out $1000 incentives for referrals. Andre Sharples, of Professionals John Henderson Real Estate, has given away $10,000 this year — and hopes to give out more. “It gets me business as I’ve got people out there promoting me to get their $1000,” Mr Sharples said. “Listings are very tight and it’s another way to promote yourself. “It doesn’t affect...

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Some Conclusions and Recommendations to Address the Market Price Manipulation Strategies Which Affect Real Estate Negotiations

Posted on November 17, 2013 by | 7 Comments
Author: George Rousos of Industry Training Consultants Some of the activities and practices of the real estate industry, that might be questioned in ethical terms are about the potential to distort pricing information in a market in which it is already very difficult to obtain relevant and dependable information. The pricing information is distorted because some of the conditions associated with the definition of market value have been manipulated, particularly the concept of the arm’s length transaction...

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Converting Your Home to an Investment

Posted on November 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments
Shannon Molloy, deputy editor of Australian Property Investor Magazine, has posted a commendably detailed and informative article on-line on the above topic. Discover what the legal and tax implications are, he writes, when converting your family home into an investment property: Whether you’re taking off overseas for a holiday or new job, moving interstate or buying a new house elsewhere, it’s probably crossed your mind to rent out your current family home rather than sell...

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Open slather: what really goes on at inspections

Posted on November 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments
For all the neatly angled flags, shining A-frame notices and freshly-stocked clipboards, the urban warfare of the Sydney open-house inspection has a slyly winking underbelly. Throwing the doors of our most valuable properties open to Joe Public has a way of bringing about the baddest of bad behaviour, from neighbourly sabotage to staged lunacy. Add to that the litany of minor accident booby-traps, alarm debacles and fiendish take-no-prisoners buying strategy, and the Saturday morning house-viewing...

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Woman sues real estate agent over sale price

Posted on November 3, 2013 by | 2 Comments
A newspaper report brings to light one of the perennial problems in real estate – the real estate agent valuation or “appraisal”. It is common practice for real estate agents to overstate the value of real estate in order to win a listing, and then “condition” the vendor into accepting a lower price. Few consumers ever complain about the practice, and the real estate agent is usually able to brush away a complaint with the...

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Agent commission trap?

Posted on October 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Claudia Fiori knew selling her home would come at a cost, but drew the line at paying commission to an agent who, she claims, did nothing. Ms Fiori believes she was led into a trap of signing an exclusive contract with LJ Hooker’s Kathy Phillips when she put her Woodridge house up for sale. However, 36 hours after signing the contract Ms Fiori sacked Phillips. According to Ms Fiori Phillips allegedly agreed to terminate the contract. However,...

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Sell old homes as is

Posted on September 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments
THE time has come for you to sell the rather dated home of your elderly relative or long-standing family friend. It is a home you may have known for many, many years. A house that is a time capsule full of your life’s memories, a place you played as a kid, and perhaps where even your own parents played. From the apple tree in the backyard out of which your sibling pushed you so many...

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Roll up your sleeves because minor improvements to a property can boost its appeal — and its income

Posted on September 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments
When looking to buy an investment property that will bring in a good rental return, location – in particular, proximity to public transport and the local shopping strip – is key. As is buying something that offers a sensible layout and, if you’re intending to lease it immediately, won’t require large capital works to bring it up to scratch. But once you’ve taken possession, what – apart from ensuring the property has been properly cleaned...

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Real estate photos that fail

Posted on September 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments
THEY say you can’t sell a secret, but some scenes are best kept hidden, especially when selling real estate. A goat tied to the clothes line, dirty dishes throughout the kitchen and grotty bathrooms – these all sound like scenes from a reality TV show about hoarders, but in fact all these “special” features have popped up in “unreal estate” listings online. Real estate commentator and host of Selling Houses Australia, Andrew Winter, said great photos...

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The reasons why your property isn’t selling

Posted on September 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments
The number one goal for every savvy property investor would be to sell your property and make a profit. What happens when your property has been on the market for awhile? We speak with real estate agents, property photographers and property stylists to gather their opinions on why your property might not be selling, and how you can improve the chances of a sale. Just Think Real Estate’s licensee in charge Edwin Almeida told Property...

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