Real Estate News


The Mystery Equation Behind Misleading Auction Clearance Rates


As Melbournians endure yet another week of stage four lockdown restrictions, the future of the property market is at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds.   The decision of if, how and when to sell is always a difficult one, but today’s market presents challenges that sellers have never encountered and while no one has a crystal ball, there is some sound advice to consider when it comes to selling your home, particularly during a global pandemic.     In an article published for News Corp Australia Network in August this year, property guru, Andrew Winter, gave expert insight on how to achieve the best outcome when selling your property. Despite what most vendors would assume, Winter, warned of the perils of going to auction, saying “an auction is categorically not the best way to sell your home”.   “It can put unnecessary and artificial demands on you as a seller and place you in a precarious and highly stressful all or nothing situa...


The Barefoot Investor's Coronavirus Scare


An update from Scott Pape, The Barefoot Investor, about the intimate link between mental health and financial stress.  “Cough, cough, cough."My wife rolled over in bed and shot me a dagger: “What was THAT?”For the next few minutes I successfully stopped myself from coughing, but it felt like my head was going to explode. Then it burst out again: “Cough, cough, cough.”“First thing tomorrow, you’re getting TESTED”, huffed my six-month-pregnant wife.And the next morning I dutifully did.The lady came out to my car sporting full HAZMAT get-up, two oversized earbuds, and a rough curbside manner:“This is probably going to hurt”, she said from beneath her facemask and protective visor.“You really shouldn’t say that, because …”At that point she stuck the swab deep into the back of my throat. Then, as I was dry-retching, she poked the other stick so far up my nostril it felt like it hit my eyeball. The...


Buying a Property During Covid-19 Stage 4 Restrictions - FAQs


It is our top priority to support our clients, team and community throughout this challenging time.In order to help you understand the current state of play and make informed property related decisions, we have sourced a series of frequently asked questions for your reference. What do stage 4 restrictions mean for real estate? During stage 4 restrictions we are unable to conduct any onsite work, which means our real estate office in Essendon is closed with our team working from home. During this time we can only conduct virtual buyer inspections. Please contact our team for more information and to book a time. What if I have seen a property that I want to purchase? If you have recently visited one of our properties for sale and are interested in purchasing, please contact our team to discuss your options and how you can purchase during this time.We can still facilitate contactless transactions during this period and are here to assist you in buying Moonee Valley and Essendon real esta...


Selling Property During Covid-19 Stage 4 Restrictions - FAQs


It is our top priority to support our clients, team and community throughout this challenging time. In order to help you understand the current state of play and make informed property related decisions, we have sourced a series of frequently asked questions for your reference.  What do stage 4 restrictions mean for real estate? During stage 4 restrictions we are unable to conduct any onsite work, which means our office is closed and our team is working remotely from home. We can only conduct virtual buyer inspections during this time. Can I still sell during stage 4 restrictions? You are able to sell your property during stage 4 restrictions, but to be frank, this may not be possible without inspections. We do encourage you to reach out to us however to discuss your individual circumstances. Preparing a property for sale and a quality selling strategy that aims to get you the best price in the shortest time normally takes a couple of weeks, so now is the perfect time to start pre...


Being a Tenant During Covid-19 Stage 4 Restrictions - FAQs


It is our top priority to support our clients, team and community throughout this challenging time.In order to help you understand the current state of play and make informed property related decisions, we have sourced a series of frequently asked questions for your reference. What do stage 4 restrictions mean for real estate? During stage 4 restrictions we are unable to conduct any onsite work, which means our Essendon Real Estate office is closed and our team is working from home. We can only conduct virtual buyer inspections during this time. Please contact our team for more information and virtual tour bookings. Can I still contact my Property Manager or the Office? The Real Estate office in Essendon number is still operating as normal, however the most direct way to contact your Property Manager is via email. Please note our office is temporarily closed. Does this situation change any of my rights as a tenant? Despite the changing landscape, your rights as a tenant remain the same...


Being a Landlord During Covid-19 Stage 4 Restrictions - FAQs


It is our top priority to support our clients, team and community throughout this challenging time. In order to help you understand the current state of play and make informed property related decisions, we have sourced a series of frequently asked questions for your reference.  What do stage 4 restrictions mean for real estate? During stage 4 restrictions we are unable to conduct any onsite work, which means our office is closed and our team is working from home. We can only conduct virtual buyer inspections during this time and tenants are invited to contact our team for more information and virtual inspections. How can I contact my Property Manager or the office? Although our real estate office is closed, the office number is still operating as normal. Alternatively, you can contact your Property Manager at any time by email, or calling their mobile number.  Does this situation change any of my rights as a Landlord? Despite the changing landscape, your rights as a Landlord...