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The Mentor You Never Knew

It has been suggested in recent media that some new options for the sale and leasing of property could emerge as disruptors in the industry. Actually, over the last 20 years there have been many attempts to dumb down the real estate process. They can provide a sign, a newspaper advert, now an online posting on realesta...
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Changes in our Illawarra property market

In this month’s Market update video, our Wollongong director, Andrew Hedley spoke about the current sentiment in the marketplace and used the word patchy, like the snow coverage in Spring. Good way to describe our Illawarra prope...
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Styling for Results

We all know how important it is to prepare a property for sale, and how buyers are easily distracted by clutter, dirty surfaces, obvious repairs and any assault to the senses. Ask any salesperson whether investing in presentation with give them a real and quantifiable return and they will tell you of ten case studies where st...
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The Elite Economic Club

A new IMF report confirms that Australia belongs to an elite economic club - one where house prices are way above historical norms.   The International Monetary Fund's data places Australia third among developed nations on the ratio of house prices to incomes, and fifth on the measure of house prices to ren...
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Alien Investment Review Board

This week we heard about the huge investment being made into finding evidence of alien life. The new Breakthrough Listen initiative is scheduled to operate for 10 years and will search for signs of non-naturally occurring communications in both radio frequencies and laser transmissions.   The initiative wil...
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Think Like an Investor

While researching to compose this week's newsletter I was reminded of a previous newsletter we sent close to 2 years ago. And after reading, found that it is still relevant...     Legendary business magnate Warren Buffett says, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone pl...
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The Sharp End

I have been having a lot of conversations this week with people from various industries and workplaces about competition. Sometimes it starts off as a complaint about being screwed down on price, other times it is just about the aggressive nature of the business that they are in. Of course, not everyone bases their bus...
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Never Fear Your New Home is Here

A lot of our owners are stuck with the model that says: prices are going up and I can’t find the right property to buy at the right price. Therefore, I don’t want to sell my home, in case I can’t find a property to buy afterwards.   Well, the reality is, if they look hard enough then they ...
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Wollongong on the Map

This week one of our team sent through this interesting link to an article that appeared in the New York Times.   It talks about the state of the market in the US and compares it to the economic state of affairs in Australia. Apparently to purchase a home in Wollongong it costs around 8 times the annual med...
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Auction Action in Thirroul

Last weekend the commercial property on Lawrence Hargrave Drive known as the Buck Hamblin Shoe Shop went to auction. A large crowd attended and the result was a great achievement for the Thirroul Office, in particular for Jason Ward, who handled the campaign. My message here is not really about the end result but about...
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The Internet Experience

As agents and property marketers, we are often drawn into real estate websites because we need to know what is on the market and how they compare to our own properties being marketed. But what about the experience once we land on a real estate website? Recently I have noticed that domain.com.au have revamped their site...
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The Sneaky Sale

While we are experiencing high levels of buyer enquiry and indeed buyer desperation, the market has produced a bit of a domino effect when it comes to selling too. While sellers may be hesitant to go on the market until they find a property to move to, some agents have been approaching property owners with a buyer in t...
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How Much Technology

Just wondering how you feel about getting this newsletter? Real estate has always been an innovative industry and our clients who follow the property market are probably familiar with a variety of ways that agents like to keep in contact with them. Of course, depending on your situation, different kinds of communicatio...
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Renovating vs Moving

In this current market there have been a lot of our clients who are attempting to renovate their homes and quite often this is the best option and in alignment with our agent’s advice. Lot’s of work for tradespeople out there. Over the past ten years I have moved home on average every 2 years and part of my...
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A Hot Market Means a New Game Plan

In last Wednesday’s edition of the Illawarra Mercury, the front page read “Wollongong property market: property market on the boil.”   In the article, Domain’...
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Hashtag Bevans

Social networks are used by 73% of adults online and 52% of them use multiple sites. This, in turn, multiplies the ways in which we relate and experience products and services.   The latest phenomena of aggregating websites to make our consumer choices easier to make will be short lived. While it might be convenie...
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Presentable or Well Presented

Coming back into the marketplace with the usual staccato start, half in holiday mode, half planning mind, we still get the feeling that the market across the illawarra is going to pick up where we left off. High buyer demand and healthy competition around good quality properties. It makes me ask…what is i...
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If You Like It Then Just Buy It!

A friend of mine is a Sales Director on a cruise ship travelling around the Caribbean (tough life). This role involves her telling guests all about the goodies they can buy along the way.  Her catch phrase is ‘If you like it – then just buy it!’ (said with a sing song American drawl).When it...
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Investing and Tenants

Investing and Tenants When buying or selling an investment property, beyond the location and condition, you also need to consider the tenants.  Buying With a Tenant If you are buying a property that is already tenanted you will need to honour the terms of the ...
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The Importance of Strata reports

Buying an apartment, townhouse or villa can be a cost effective and convenient way of getting into the property market. However it is essential to obtain and properly understand the Strata report.   What is a strata...
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Do We Really Need Real Estate Agents?

One of our staff members is currently selling their home. Of course they have listed with Bevans and it has been fascinating to witness the dynamics of working with someone who both knows the industry and our office intimately.   What has surprised me most is that it has been business as usual. The schedule...
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The Never Never's Of Investing

1. Never make a purchase based on emotion Buying an investment is very different to buying a home. This kind of purchase should be a rational one, based on the numbers stacking up and a long-term plan.   2. Never rush into finance Choosing and structuring you...
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Surfing Real Estate

Last week, our very own Nakia Flueren won the prestigious title at the Mid North Coast Women’s Classic at Rainbow Beach in Bonny Hills. She seems to be equally good in her role here at Bevans as she is in her surfing, and it got me wondering do the two connect?
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Make Your Home a Reflection of Your Lifestyle

Our homes should be a reflection of us and how we live. In a world of Pinterest boards, home magazines and lifestyle bloggers it is easy to be seduced into wishful thinking. As real estate agents we also have to take part of the blame because we love to style a property and get it looking its best. There is no denying that a...
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The Bubble Story

Talk of a ‘property bubble’ is making the rounds within the media again. The last time I wrote about the impending burst of the ‘bubble’ was back in September last year, almost to the date we are back here again. So is there a ‘property bubble’ or not? To be perfectly honest I read o...
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DIY Dreaming

In the midst of House Rules, the dawning of The Block Glasshouse series, the new season of Grand Designs and blustery winter days, even I am looking around Bunnings and dreaming up projects to do around the house. Not being a very experienced DIY’er I have gathered some key strategies for success. ...
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The Great Outdoors

A good outdoor space can greatly enhance the experience of living in a house. It is a place to entertain family and friends, for the kids to play in and a tranquil retreat to read the paper on a Sunday morning. But what makes a good outdoor space?   1. PlanningFirst decide wha...
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Baby Boom

In 2013 the natural birth rate was 8.6% higher than the 10-year average and 19.1% up over the 30-year average. The fact is that we are having an awful lot of babies and our homes need to accommodate them well into their early twenties. It’s not uncommon to see hugely pregnant women walking around Opens with both...
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