1/3-5 Conway Crescent, Balwyn

I was lucky to be joined by my lovely vendor Jo, to show you this fantastic opportunity at 1/3-5 Conway Crescent, in the heart of Balwyn.
 
With its own driveway and double garage, Jo’s improvements to the three bedroom home include a new kitchen, painted throughout and her care of the beautiful garden.
 
This is an ideal home for a downsizer, small family or investor. Visit the Fletchers website to explore or view the Statement of Information: bit.ly/1at3-5conwaycrescentbalwyn
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Market Update

The Domain Group reports that Melbourne property listings are running at about five per cent below the stock levels of 2017 so far this year. Buyers have had less choice throughout the cooler Winter months, particularly during the school holiday period.

Despite a tightening of supply, buyers have been wary of paying too much for property and in many cases are constrained on what they can spend due to the widening clampdown on mortgage lending. This has been illustrated by lower auction clearance rates compared to last year and relatively lower levels of enquiry. So if you are considering buying, now is your opportunity. We have seen real estate circles like this before (2008/2011), where buyers have tried to pick the bottom of the market and outsmart themselves. Particularly if you are upsizing on your property, now is the best climate to take action.

Low interest rates, strong employment growth and strong population growth continue to be a positive foundation for the housing market. AMP chief economist Shane Oliver believes that some parts of the Melbourne market may hold up better than others going into 2019. Melbourne’s outer perimeter, for example, continues to grow. The REIV reports that the median prices for both houses and units have risen over 10.5 per cent from a year ago.

REIV President, Richard Simpson notes that, “auctions continue to be popular all over Melbourne, but clearance rates have fallen from the lofty highs of early 2017. Negative chatter about the future of the sector coupled with stronger lending controls by financial institutions has created some uncertainty and vendors need to be realistic with their price expectations”.

This is an important reminder, particularly as we should see an increase in stock levels in late Winter and as we move into the peak Spring selling season. If you would like a complimentary appraisal of your home or simply wish to chat about the market, give me a call on 0403 020 404.

Fletchers 2018 Annual Awards Night

Great night out with the Fletchers team, celebrating another fantastic year!
#Achievement #fletchersawardsnight

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8 Harris Street, Blackburn North

Join my vendor Greg and I on a tour of the near-new, four bedroom home at lucky Number 8 Harris Street in Blackburn North.

It’s single level living that’s just easy and the highlights include being a dual master home, the stone/Miele kitchen and the insulated, alfresco entertaining area.

All in that fantastic quiet, convenient location. I look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming open for inspections but in the meantime, learn more or view the Statement of Information on our website: bit.ly/8HarrisStreet

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Real Estate Business | Secrets of the Top 100 Agents

Tune into this REB episode where I discuss why I love to train others within the real estate industry, the state of the traditional real estate model and the importance of being resilient and adaptable!

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Buying At Auction

With 2018 auction clearance rates in Melbourne in the low-mid 60 percent range, you may be wondering if it’s time to reconsider your strategy or, perhaps adopt one! Here I take a look at all the different paths you could take, and their pros and cons.

Should I bid?

If you’re interested in buying the property, yes! There are several benefits to bidding, with the obvious one being that subject to reasoning the vendor’s reserve price, the highest bidder becomes the purchaser.

It’s important to remember that if you are the successful bidder, there are no delays. Contracts of Sale are signed and exchanged then and there so you must have your finance in order, and the sale isn’t subject to any conditions (an unconditional sale). With that in mind, it’s important to inspect the legal documentation and arrange any necessary inspections prior to auction day.

When bidding, stick to your budget but also keep in mind how much you would be willing and able to stretch if needed. If an extra ten, five or one even thousand dollars could knock out your competition and secure you the property, feel empowered to make those extra bids boldly. Sometimes, that’s the difference between winning and missing out on auction day.

One of the biggest advantages about buying at auction is the transparency. It’s an open forum where you can see who you’re bidding against and at the same time, have an opportunity to respond.

If a property doesn’t reach the vendor’s reserve price, the property will be passed in. The highest bidder has the first and exclusive right to negotiate for the property which is a fantastic position to be in. However, if you choose to hold back and not bid, you miss out on a terrific purchasing opportunity.

Potential purchasers often show reluctance to bid as they’re worried about paying too much under competitive circumstances. This is completely understandable however if you stick to your budget and know your stretch limits as noted above, you should feel confident about putting yourself in the best position to secure the property at a price you’re comfortable with.

If the property passes in, should I go inside and negotiate, or stay outside?

If the property passes in with no genuine bids, but you’re still interested, the agent may invite you inside the property to negotiate.

This may ultimately come down to your personal preference – you may be more comfortable to negotiate inside, where it’s more private. Alternatively, by staying outside, you can see and evaluate any remaining competition. On the flip side, the competition also has that same advantage if you stay outside and can see who is having conversations and try to analyse the body language and potential outcome.

Remember, if no one has bid, the vendor, via their real estate agent, is able to negotiate a sale with any genuine buyer.

Should I wait until after the weekend is over to show my interest, if the property has passed in?

Most agents will schedule an open for inspection on the Monday afternoon/evening if a property passes in on the weekend. This opens the property not only for potential buyers who had interest prior to the auction, but also to a fresh pool of potential buyers. The downside of this strategy is that you don’t have the transparency of auction conditions, and you no longer have a grasp on who you may be in competition with to secure the property.

Should I put in an offer to purchase the property prior to auction?

In many auction campaigns, the vendor provides instruction to their agent that they won’t consider any offers made prior to their auction. They would prefer to let the property go to auction and let the competition on the day determine what it sells for. Circumstances vary and can change, however, so it’s best to have a discussion with the agent and seek their advice. It’s so important to make your interest in a property known to the agent, so that they can keep you informed of any developments.

Purchasing your new home or investment property is an exciting experience but can also be a bit daunting. Ensure you do your due diligence and familiarise yourself with the sales documents, the area and recent local sales. Being properly informed will add to your confidence and increase your chance of success.

I’m available to help if you have any questions relating to a property we’re selling, or to assist you with any real estate advice you need.

1A Page Street, Balwyn North

Join me on a tour of the award-winning, four bedroom plus study Grollo home at 1A Page Street in Balwyn North.

Zoned for Balwyn High, it’s all about cutting edge sophistication and in addition to that magnificent kitchen, you HAVE to see the master bedroom.

To find out more or view the Statement of Information, visit the Fletchers website: bit.ly/1Apagestreetbalwynnorth

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