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Tips for first-time property investors

February 14, 2019


“Many people assume property investors are rich and carefree.” This is far from true, especially for the first-time investor. First-time investors are simply everyday people striving to create a better future for themselves and their families. They aim to buy property, rent it out in the hope that one day, with smart management and capital […]

Why do some homes sell & others don’t?

February 4, 2019


Have you ever wondered why some homes sell almost immediately while other similar homes seem to stay on the market forever? If a property doesn’t sell within the first few weeks of going on the market the chances are the asking price is too high. The other possibility that may be deterring buyers is the […]

Top agents sell more

February 1, 2019


How do you find the right agent to sell your property? Choosing the best real estate agent to sell your home is a decision worth getting right. Many experts advise sellers to first do their own research on the sales results of properties in their area in order to get an idea of what their […]

The 'heart buyer' and rejecting early offers

January 23, 2019


The location is ideal, it has the right number of bedrooms and living spaces, the yard is great – it feels like the perfect home. Occasionally, a buyer matches a property to perfection. This buyer is going to live in the property. It will become their home. There is an instant and strong emotional connection. This […]

Top tips - How to present your home when selling

January 23, 2019


If you’re looking to sell a property, presentation is extremely important. Here are some top tips from the team at York Realty on how to stand out in the crowd and appeal to potential buyers. First impressions count When a buyer approach’s your house, the exterior makes the first impression. Overflowing bins, an overgrown yard […]

Buyers are in the box seat

January 18, 2019


A live interview I did with Channel 7’s “Sunrise” began with this: “Finance expert Noel Whittaker says if you want to invest in property, you should stop reading newspaper headlines – would you agree with that?” That was the perfect entrée for me to discuss media misinformation. I often tell people the first rule of […]

January 11th 2019 Newsletter

January 11, 2019



Establishing a realistic market price can be fraught with danger.

January 10, 2019


The intentionally inflated price quoted by an agent is the most common. It is the improbable lie or the lie by omission. Other dangers that are not so obvious include well-meaning neighbours and friends, and the auto valuations provided by a myriad of websites. Neighbours will naturally have a valuation higher than market value in […]

It is simply not true!

December 19, 2018


Some people say there are no buyers around in the holiday period. However, this is actually what makes it a great time to sell. “Simply put, there is an unchanged amount of buyers looking to purchase, whilst there are fewer properties for sale.” This can dramatically tip the scale in the seller’s favour. With less […]

5 Tips on how to SELL… for MORE in 2019

December 14, 2018


Accept the market was overpriced – the market is not falling from fundamental value, it is falling to fundamental value. When you accept the market was overvalued, the downturn becomes less painful and the next decision becomes easier to make. Waiting for prices to return to fresh highs means you won’t be selling in 2019, […]

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

November 29, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]