Grant Harrod

Grant Harrod is the CEO of LJ Hooker.
  • Grant Harrod from LJ Hooker outlines three ways in which the New South Wales state government can address the much talked about housing affordability crisis for Sydneysiders who badly want to own a home. The appointment of Gladys Berejiklian as NSW Premier and her suggestion to review all options to address housing affordability should provide some optimism for a generation…

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  • The sustained growth in house prices in the major east coast metropolitan markets is creating a housing affordability crisis that can no longer be ignored by both state and federal political leaders, according to LJ Hooker’s CEO Grant Harrod. The average house price now costs 12 times the average salary (20 years ago this was only four times) and with…

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  • Tenants will be going to the polling booths on July 2 knowing the rental payments on their next lease could increase. This is a point that has been overlooked during the current debate about negative gearing, says LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod. It could be assumed the opponents of negative gearing for investment properties don’t appreciate how negative gearing contributes…

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    Australia’s property market is set to remain in the spotlight in the lead up to this year’s Federal election, says LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod. History has shown the market can slow in the countdown to polling day and almost `pause’ in the final stages of campaigning. Opposing property policies from the major parties and already moderating prices could also add…

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    Auction clearance rates give us insights into many aspects of the property market, but certainly not everything. As we return to more stable conditions, it is becoming increasingly evident that we cannot rely on clearance rates alone to create the full picture of what is happening in Australian real estate. Clearance rates refer to the number of properties sold as…

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    This time every year, with the close of February approaching, we all dream of an endless summer. But according to our agents, the sun hasn’t set on the marketplace, and won’t for some time, Spring and summer have traditionally been the major selling seasons for vendors, but conditions could turn that tradition on its head in the coming cooler months,…

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  • Connectivity could become more important than a ‘nice to have’ for future homebuyers as we endeavour to squeeze more into our already hectic lives, says LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod after returning from a trip to Silicon Valley. The digital world is fast changing the way we do business in real estate. People are already able to inspect potential properties…

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  • A swell in the number of listings this spring will bring positive changes to the property market, says LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod House-hunters will already have noticed a rise in homes for sale earlier in Spring than usual offering choice, better affordability and less pressure when it comes to finding a new home. It has started to shift into…

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  • A CRACKDOWN on speculative investor lending can only be good for the property market. The pressure placed on banks by Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), to curb lending to investors, will ultimately create a more stable market and lessen any risk poised by speculative buyers. It is hoped that the changes will also take some heat out of section of…

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  • HOMEOWNERS have always been reluctant to list in winter, believing that their property will not only look better come springtime, but will be worth more. That may not always be the case, says LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod. Gardens are in bloom, the sun is shining and everyone emerges from a house hunting hibernation ready to buy before the end…

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  • Housing bubble speculation has continued to dominate headlines but many commentators are forgetting what makes the Australian property market so unique, writes Grant Harrod, CEO of LJ Hooker. The simple fact is that there are just not enough homes to match the population growth in high employment areas, such as Sydney. We are seeing this year on year. The impact…

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  • THERE IS A NEED for real estate specialists to reposition themselves as being at the centre of transactions, writes LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod. TECHNOLOGY has transformed how we live, interact and work. It creates efficiencies in our daily operations and solves problems in real time. Every industry has been transposed to varying degrees by the advent of new technological…

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