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  • Photo of Report reveals lead indicators for property market’s return to form

    Report reveals lead indicators for property market’s return to form

    A long-term study by MCG Quantity Surveyors is helping define investor trends which will flag the property market’s bounce back after COVID-19. MCG’s 1000 Assets report is a progressive, four-year analysis of investor direction and sentiment between January 2016 and December 2019. The report also took a pre-COVID snapshot of ‘normal market’ trends in place prior to the crisis. …

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  • Photo of Coping through COVID: tools to help you list and sell

    Coping through COVID: tools to help you list and sell

    Online auctions, virtual property tours and eSignatures are the new normal for selling houses. As agents, vendors and buyers adjust, selecting the right marketing tools could be the difference between a successful sale and a withdrawn property. Nailing the digital experience can be expensive. Creating high quality video, virtual reality walk-throughs and eSigning platforms all …

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  • Photo of Openn Negotiation announces partnership with Think Conveyancing

    Openn Negotiation announces partnership with Think Conveyancing

    In these challenging times of COVID-19 and the government restrictions surrounding property transactions, many agents have turned to technology to keep things moving. As both Openn Negotiation and Think Conveyancing facilitate digital sales, they’ve teamed up during this time to provide agents and clients with a safe way to transact property.  Openn Negotiations Chief Executive…

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  • Photo of Using online sales platforms during COVID-19: words of advice.

    Using online sales platforms during COVID-19: words of advice.

    With the growing number of COVID-19 cases each day, agents are being forced to limit interactions, physical contact and social gatherings: all staples on every agent’s to-do list. For an industry whose lifeblood is dealing with people, this is a huge curveball to overcome for the real estate sector – agents need to come up …

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  • Photo of Victorian property sells $52k over reserve with Openn Negotiation

    Victorian property sells $52k over reserve with Openn Negotiation

    Online real estate auction platform Openn Negotiation has reported a successful weekend as the industry turns to the online realm for property auctions. Open Negotiation said its first sale for the weekend occurred at 6pm Friday night, shepherding in a positive weekend of activity. “34 Maitland Street, Geelong West, Victoria has just been successfully sold …

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  • Photo of realestate.com.au to defer price changes; postpone customer events; assures customers of support through “unprecedented conditions”

    realestate.com.au to defer price changes; postpone customer events; assures customers of support through “unprecedented conditions”

    As the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact the global community, REA has announced this morning they will postpone customer events and provide additional support customers where possible during this time. A statement from Group CEO Owen Wilson this morning said, “We are focused on the health and safety of our employees, their families and …

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  • Photo of Relationships in real estate in an era of PropTech

    Relationships in real estate in an era of PropTech

    Over the last decade, PropTech has been changing the way the real estate industry operates, but at its core, property is about people. It’s always been said that real estate is a relationships business and even with the influx of PropTech firms that make transactions both easier and more transparent, buyers and sellers still need …

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  • Photo of Domain lodges complaint on Canberra competitor

    Domain lodges complaint on Canberra competitor

    Zango, the recently launched portal in Canberra has already attracted the ire of local competitor Allhomes, with the former filing an injunction for false and misleading advertising. The injunction, filed in the Federal Court within one day of the portal's launch asks the startup to cease using a variety of marketing statements including: Zango is…

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  • Photo of 2020 – New decade, new challenges: How to stay relevant in the digital age

    2020 – New decade, new challenges: How to stay relevant in the digital age

    If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that the real estate industry is changing – and it’s happening fast.  The rate of change is only accelerating and without a doubt will continue to do so in the decade ahead. Driven by new expectations of competitive pricing yet 24/7 personalised service, the sector sits …

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  • Photo of realestateview.com.au announces Antony Catalano as newest board member

    realestateview.com.au announces Antony Catalano as newest board member

    realestateview.com.au announced the appointment of Antony Catalano as a board member. Catalano and his business partner, Alex Waislitz, now hold the largest interest in realesteview.com.au with an economic stake of 26 percent.  This is another venture for the pair who are currently growing their media portfolio alongside the recent acquisition of Australian Community Media (ACM)…

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  • Photo of Vic Real Estate Group turns to Acquire platform for advertising feedback

    Vic Real Estate Group turns to Acquire platform for advertising feedback

    Greg Hocking Real Estate has announced a partnership with The Today Business to deliver a new approach in real estate advertising to its clients. Greg Hocking Real Estate CEO Greg Hocking said advertising was a significant portion of the total spend of most real estate sales campaigns, but there was an industry-wide problem with lack …

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  • Photo of New proptech ListReady is capturing the market with a clever alternative to manage property listing expenses

    New proptech ListReady is capturing the market with a clever alternative to manage property listing expenses

    Marketing is one of the best investments a vendor can make to attract buyers and create competition. An innovative tech-based ‘pay later’ solution is revolutionising this process by providing an alternative to credit cards to cover advertising and other listing-related expenses.

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  • Photo of New tech set to simplify photo listings

    New tech set to simplify photo listings

    Realtor.com®, today announced the release of its Photo First℠ feature, to help home buyers find their must-have rooms and finishes without the headache of scrolling through dozens of listing photos. They claim that this first-of-its-kind feature is designed to deliver the best browsing experience by making photos more personal and relevant than ever before. The…

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  • Photo of rent.com.au announces interest-free period for RentBond

    rent.com.au announces interest-free period for RentBond

    Rental property website Rent.com.au has announced changes to broaden the appeal of its flagship bond payment product, adding a new interest-free and fee free period to give renters some cash relief when moving between properties. Highlights for property managers: The 21-day interest-free period means renters can fund their new bond at no cost, while they’re …

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  • Photo of Partnering for experience

    Partnering for experience

    It’s no secret that agents find it quite challenging to ask consumers to rate on various platforms including realestate.com.au, Google, Facebook plus a video or written testimonial. Last week Domain and RateMyAgent announced a reciprocal partnership which links review data with Domains Listing Data. Domains Chief Operating Officer Tony Blamey explains the thinking behind the…

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  • Photo of ActivePipe welcomes +$6m investment

    ActivePipe welcomes +$6m investment

    ActivePipe, a Melbourne based Real Estate focussed Marketing Automation platform, announces that IAG's Firemark Ventures, the Corporate Venture arm of IAG, Australia's largest general insurer ("IAG"), and Second Century Ventures ("SCV"), the venture arm of the National Association of Realtors®, have invested into the ActivePipe +$6M Pre-Series B Convertible note round. The investment comes ahead…

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  • Photo of Herron Todd White welcomes Drew Hendrey to strategic national role

    Herron Todd White welcomes Drew Hendrey to strategic national role

    Australia’s largest independent valuation and property advisory firm has announced its latest strategic national team appointment, as the firm looks to build further on its already formidable presence in the industry. Drew Hendrey has accepted the position of Executive Director Valuations Advisory for Herron Todd White (HTW), confirming his resignation from CoreLogic late last week, …

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  • Photo of Rent.com.au posts a loss for the 2019 financial year

    Rent.com.au posts a loss for the 2019 financial year

    Australian rental platform Rent.com.au has posted a loss for the last financial year. The company released it’s annual report to shareholders on Friday and revealed it had generated a net loss of $2,497,183 for the year ended 30 June 2019. This was a slight improvement on the 2018 financial year that saw a $2,822,540 net…

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  • Photo of REA Group announces investment in Managed technology platform

    REA Group announces investment in Managed technology platform

    REA Group has announced its investment in Managed, a technology platform created to empower real estate agencies by automating workflows, reporting, payments, invoices and dramatically reducing rental property administration. REA Group Chief Customer Product Officer, Andrew Rechtman, said the announcement reinforced REA’s commitment to property management customers. “By working with new software providers, such as …

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  • Photo of Domain partners with RateMyAgent to “supercharge” agent exposure

    Domain partners with RateMyAgent to “supercharge” agent exposure

    Domain and real estate agent reviews and ratings ebsite RateMyAgent have today announced a partnership that will see Domain showcase recommendations from RateMyAgent across participating agents and agencies profiles on domain.com.au. The partnership will improve the service each platform provides to real estate agents, helping to build their brand and drive market share. RateMyAgent counts more than 670,000…

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  • Photo of BizCover offers Qantas Points on Business Insurance

    BizCover offers Qantas Points on Business Insurance

    Business insurance provider, BizCover, has announced an exclusive partnership with Qantas Business Rewards, allowing its customers to earn Qantas Points on small business insurance. The partnership between BizCover and Qantas Business Rewards is an opportunity for small business owners to capitalise on an ecosystem of partners that reward customers for spending money on their everyday …

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  • Photo of New data from OpenAgent reveals the behaviours of top-performing agents

    New data from OpenAgent reveals the behaviours of top-performing agents

    The behaviours that differentiate top performing agents from those in the middle and bottom of the pack are consistency, persistence, attitude and thoroughness, new research shows. An analysis of the listing success of more than 2000 agents across Australia by referral partner OpenAgent has revealed the first quantifiable data to identify the behaviours – and…

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  • Photo of Domain Profits Down But Upbeat About Outlook

    Domain Profits Down But Upbeat About Outlook

    Releasing their full-year Financial Results last week, Domain Group’s profits have fallen 30 per cent compared to last year, with the property slowdown in its major markets of Sydney and Melbourne hurting the bottom line. After an ‘extraordinary’ series of events, listing volumes around the country were down 20% to what is a 20-year low. …

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  • Photo of Measure it and manage it: PropertyMe

    Measure it and manage it: PropertyMe

    “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it”, and according to Lisa Pentland of PropertyMe, that’s just one of the reasons more and more large real estate offices are making the change from legacy products to PropertyMe’s Cloud platform. PropertyMe is online property management software for property managers that allows them to save time…

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  • Photo of Domain has launched school-based search experience

    Domain has launched school-based search experience

    In an Australian property listing portal first, Domain Group (ASX: DHG) has launched a new school-based search experience allowing property-searching parents to search by school name on Domain and find properties in that school catchment area.  Until now, it has been difficult for parents with specific schools or school catchments in mind to access school…

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  • Photo of Rockend acquired by global software provider

    Rockend acquired by global software provider

    MRI Software (“MRI”), a global provider of real estate software solutions has acquired Australian market leader Rockend. For MRI the acquisition expands their offering in the Australia and New Zealand markets, bringing with it more than 6,000 clients and 750,000 strata lots in the residential property management rental and strata sector. “Acquiring Rockend represents a…

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  • Photo of Property app Soho signs PRDnationwide

    Property app Soho signs PRDnationwide

    Social property app Soho has just signed over 400 PRD nationwide Real Estate agents and 80 offices across Australia The collaboration allows users more ways to discover properties on Soho, while also being updated on daily market insights into real estate trends. Property seekers will now get all their property needs more easily, and in …

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  • Photo of Cost effective content marketing platform makes it easy for agents to share

    Cost effective content marketing platform makes it easy for agents to share

    A new platform has recently launched to help agents share information about listing, selling and buying property. RealContent.guru was founded by Kylie Davis and delivers downloadable articles written from the perspective of a property professional providing advice to a client. “Marketing and promoting yourself as an agent has changed dramatically over the past few years,” …

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  • Photo of CoreLogic launches a new home loan analytics portfolio, merging portfolio and property data

    CoreLogic launches a new home loan analytics portfolio, merging portfolio and property data

    CoreLogic has launched a new home loan analytics portfolio, merging portfolio and property data to assist lenders operating in changing market conditions. According to CoreLogic Executive Head of Data, Analytics and Solutions, Tracey Ah Hee, this analysis solution will help lenders to identify portfolio blind spots. “We match a lender’s existing portfolio data to property-specific …

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  • Photo of Bendigo Bank reduces their owner-occupied home loan variable interest rates

    Bendigo Bank reduces their owner-occupied home loan variable interest rates

    Bendigo Bank has announced it is decreasing its Bendigo Express Home Loan and Basic Home Loan variable interest rates. Bendigo Bank Executive, Consumer Banking, Richard Fennell said the changes introduced will enhance customer experience by providing greater choice. “Some of our customers, particularly first home buyers, may prefer the assisted home loan journey and market-leading …

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  • Photo of Auction Tool Gavl to facilitate electronic signatures and transfers

    Auction Tool Gavl to facilitate electronic signatures and transfers

    Real estate auction platform Gavl has launched new features on its app, making it easier for buyers and vendors to sign contracts electronically and complete deposit transfers. Commenting on the updates, Gavl co-founder Joel Smith said he hopes to make Gavl the one-stop shop to complete auction transactions. “The additional tools that Gavl provides on …

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  • Photo of realestate.com.au aims to simplify tenant selection with new verification tool

    realestate.com.au aims to simplify tenant selection with new verification tool

    realestate.com.au recently launched Tenant Verification that aims to simplify the tenant selection process. Available through the 1form platform, Tenant Verification is a service aimed at helping prospective tenants submit a more complete application by verifying identity documents and rental history. How it works For a fee of $29 (payable by the tenant) the report details …

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  • Photo of Peer to peer office space market gets a reboot

    Peer to peer office space market gets a reboot

    Australian PropTech disrupter Rubberdesk recently announced the relaunch of its peer to peer marketplace for businesses. Through the platform, businesses are able to earn money by renting out their spare office space on a monthly basis. The platform currently has over 15,000 spaces available to rent, with the relaunch adding extended three-, six- and 12-monthly …

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  • Photo of Victorian buyers agent announces tech report card grading system for prestige properties

    Victorian buyers agent announces tech report card grading system for prestige properties

    A property inspection portal has been launched claiming to help future home buyers narrow down their search to almost half the time it would normally take. The portal is the brainchild of national buyer agency start-up BuyerX, who say they are attempting to transform the home-buying experience by combining local area specialisation smart technology. The …

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  • Photo of Record price for Melbourne Penthouse with $30M sale

    Record price for Melbourne Penthouse with $30M sale

    Luxury property developer GURNER™ has broken Melbourne’s price record for the most expensive apartment sale, contracting a $30m penthouse at its ultra-luxury Saint Moritz development in St Kilda to a high-profile Melbourne family. The sale, contracted off-market prior to the development’s slated public launch in June this year has achieved an unprecedented $40,000 per square …

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