Andrew Cocks

Andrew Cocks is the owner and Managing Director of Richardson & Wrench and a Licenced Real Estate Agent. For more information visit randw.com.au
  • There’s been a predictably mixed response to the release of CoreLogic figures showing another month of declines in Sydney house prices. From some there have been howls that the sky is falling, the boom turned to bust, and the imminent collapse of lives and livelihoods. But there is one group for whom the slow-down we had to have has given…

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  • Financial stress is not something you would wish upon anybody, whether it’s due to loss of a job, business failure or unmanageable debt. Mortgage stress falls within its own special category given that the family home is often the single largest asset held by many Australians and embodies so many of the values we cherish most – family, shelter and…

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  • Planning for population growth in our capital cities is no easy task. There will always be entrenched opposition to change particularly when the benefits to many have to be balanced against the costs to a few. As Australia’s population has grown, and the shift to the cities become more pronounced, we’ve had to adjust what it means to achieve the…

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  • The many measures adopted to encourage more first home buyers into the property market have so far failed to produce the upswing that everybody had hoped for, leaving many to wonder if there is a solution to the declining rates of home ownership. But put yourself in the shoes of those contemplating the big step into a lifetime mortgage and…

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  • If you’ve travelled Sydney’s M4 in the past few weeks you’ll have noticed what a difference an extra lane can make; faster on and off ramps and a freer flow of traffic all equating to less time on the road and more time at work and home. The official opening of the revamped M4 on the weekend attracted predictable opposition…

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  • There’s an important lesson to be learned from the agreement reached between the South Australian Government and Tesla to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, and it’s got nothing to do with climate change, sustainability or energy security. It’s about the speed at which it has progressed from an idea on Twitter to an actual signed agreement with completion date.…

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  • Scott Morrison’s 2017/18 Budget passes the test for fairness and responsibility whilst offering some innovative opportunities that will support and encourage affordable housing for those most in need, according to Andrew Cocks, Managing Director of Richardson & Wrench, Australia’s oldest real estate group. Mr Cocks said the Treasurer had outlined a number of measures that would directly assist first home…

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  • Scott Morrison’s 2017-18 Federal Budget would have to be one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Speculation about its content has generated enormous media coverage, as well as a lot of angst in response to the leaks and red herrings on the subject of housing affordability. It’s all the more remarkable given that the Commonwealth Government has limited means…

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  • Richardson & Wrench Managing Director Andrew Cox says property investors need to are going brace themselves as interest rates are on the way up – irrespective of any moves by the Reserve Bank or APRA. NAB’s  and Westpac’s lift in rates to investors last week, preceded by the Commonwealth Bank in January, may just be the beginning of nastier surprises…

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  • There’s a reason why some aphorisms and proverbs stick around for centuries. In a few choice words they express timeless nuggets of wisdom; truths that could apply to any number of situations or people. In this vein there are three much-used proverbs the new Premier of NSW might bear in mind as she puts her stamp on government. A new…

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  • The shock resignation of NSW Premier Mike Baird last month was illuminating in many ways, but most especially in its stark illustration of what will be an increasing demographic trend over the next couple of decades. And yes, it will have an impact on real estate, says Richardson + Wrench MD Andrew Cocks. Baby boomers reshaped whole economies when they…

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