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  • Elite Agent

    No limits to real estate success in bush country: Troy Kearney

    One of Century 21’s leading regional agents, Troy Kearney, believes that geography is no limitation for success in real estate. He shares his top tips for operating in the bush. Mr Kearney opened his office, Century 21 Bathurst Region, two years ago and during that short period achieved prestigious Double Centurion status, placing him amongst the top one per cent…

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  • Case Studies

    How to Succeed as a Real Estate Rookie: Jamie Smith

    Coming from a small village in the south of England to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland with little more than a surfboard bag and some board shorts, it hasn’t taken Century 21 agent, Jamie Smith, very long to establish himself as a real estate identity in the Sunshine Coast region. Taking out the Rookie of the Year award at the Real…

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  • Elite Agent

    Negative Gearing: A Balancing Act

    Bruce Oliver from Xynergy Realty in Melbourne says that while negative gearing doesn’t necessarily help the affordability for first home-owners, it cannot be scrapped completely. The contentious topic of negative gearing is one that doesn’t seem to disappear, with the biggest question being what to do with negative gearing where housing affordability is an issue that is affecting many. It’s…

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  • Brand Editorial

    Cyber Liability Insurance: the Safety Net Real Estate Agents Need

    At long last, the wider public is starting to realise that hackers aren’t hooded movie villains – they’re real people doing real damage across the globe, especially in Australia and especially to small businesses. Real estate agents, in particular, are prime targets for cyber-criminals due to a combination of factors, including the amount of valuable client data they hold, a…

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  • Elite Agent

    Landscaping Trends for 2018: Matt Leacy

    What’s in? Texture, fire-pits, outdoor rooms, strip lighting, succulents, cactuses, cloud and sphere pruned plants. What’s out? Metal imitating timber. The return of texture “Texture in flooring is definitely coming back into vogue – and I see this becoming more popular in 2018,” says Matt. “For a while now, we’ve been in a bit of a minimalist period. And while…

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  • Elite Agent

    Is selling houses online the way of the future?

    You’ve heard of selling your pre-loved furniture or clothes on eBay, but would you sell a house through an online bidding process? Recently, our Stockdale & Leggo Ringwood office utilised online offer management system Click & Bid, to sell a home located at 3/7 Fortuna Avenue, Croydon, by private treaty, achieving a result well in excess of the vendors expectations.…

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  • National

    First time buyers entering the market but face long battle to save deposit

    These are the findings of a national report released today by Bankwest, who note 94,135 properties were bought by first home buyers in the year to August 2017. The figure reflects an increase of 5.6% year-on-year since 2015, and accounts for 14.3% of all purchases recorded from January to August. Noting these were encouraging signs in an otherwise cooling market,…

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  • Brand Editorial

    From Property Manager to Entrepreneur– what does it take?

    Is being a great property manager sufficient grounding to go into business for yourself? Or, does it take more than experience, talent and industry knowledge? What makes one business succeed and another fail? We have all seen evidence of sports stars failing at coaching, or your star residential salesperson not cutting it as a Sales Manager or Agency Principal. So,…

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  • Opinion

    The Sydneysider’s guide to renting; based on RAI findings

    Property commentator and valuer Anna Porter looks at the Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on November 29, and what it really means for Sydney’s renters and prospective house buyers. BAD NEWS, LET’S GET IT OUT OF THE WAY “Firstly, the most curious part of this data is that the only ‘affordable’ location within Sydney catchment shown on the Rental Affordability…

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  • Opinion

    The Truth about Clearance Rates: David Holmes

    With price growth slowing in Australia’s biggest housing markets, many sellers have been pondering what is the best strategy for a strong sales result. Prospective sellers keenly eye the auction clearance rate as a leading market barometer, and with a bumper volume of properties to go under the hammer this weekend, property pundits will have their opinions on what figure…

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  • News

    Rising buyer activity points to a stronger Darwin property market.

    “Compared to 12 months ago we have double and even triple the number of groups at each open home on a Saturday,” said Glenn Grantham, General Manager, Raine & Horne Darwin. “Around 75% of buyers are savvy locals, who have been at our open homes regularly over the last six months. “They recognise that a median house price of $445,000…

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  • Supplier News

    Rentvestment hotspots in Australia for under $600,000

    Rentvesting now accounts for one third of all Australian property investments, accounting for $202 billion on loan. With Australian property prices rising by 618% over the past 30 years and national incomes failing to keep up, the rentvestment trend is gaining traction according to Mozo property expert Steve Jovcevski. “The Australian housing market has undergone a period of dramatic change.…

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  • Brand Editorial

    How to protect your reputation when things go wrong

    Every real estate agent understands that the process of buying and selling property is complex, and the stakes are high. Agents are entrusted with the effective transfer of substantial assets, and clients expect flawless service at every point. When things go wrong, tensions can run high. Professional Indemnity insurance could be the key to protecting you and your reputation from…

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  • Industry News

    From restaurant failure to real estate success story: Ivan Tandyo

    The last thing you’d associate with the co-founder of a thriving real estate agency would be the story of a failing restaurateur. However, for Ivan Tandyo this was just the start of his journey towards successfully starting and managing Xynergy Realty. Now managing nearly 2,000 properties, and holding its own as a competitive player in the real estate industry for…

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