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  • Photo of What will this financial year look like?

    What will this financial year look like?

    What will FY2021 look like?

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  • Photo of 87.7% of homes sold for profit in March quarter

    87.7% of homes sold for profit in March quarter

    Less than 13% of house resold at a loss during the first quarter of 2020, despite floods, bushfires and COVID-19. New figures from CoreLogic analysed approximately 72,500 sales over the first three months of the year. It shows profit-making sales in March were only down 1% from the December quarter, a nominal amount. Gross profit…

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  • Photo of Landlord insurance and the Goldilocks principle

    Landlord insurance and the Goldilocks principle

    Too little or too much is a conundrum many landlords face when it comes to their insurance. While having too little (under-insurance) is rife among property owners, having too much (over-insurance) is also an issue, so landlords need to find the right balance to ensure they appropriately and adequately protect their investment. Under or over?Under-insurance…

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  • Photo of Unlocking potential

    Unlocking potential

    Unless your internet has been offline for the past decade, every business knows the importance of the customer experience, or CX as it’s more commonly known. Having your customer receive the experience you want them to have, and indeed the one they are expecting, requires you knowing and understanding your client’s journey. And, just as…

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  • Photo of Creativity, innovation and relationship building: where is property management heading?

    Creativity, innovation and relationship building: where is property management heading?

    There’s no doubt that property managers have had to adapt in response to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation. As far as Hannah Gill is concerned though, the pandemic has provided opportunity to accelerate some much-needed change and innovation in an industry that is “ripe for disruption". So, what does the property management industry look like right…

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  • Photo of Sophie Monk’s Gold Coast mansion up for rent

    Sophie Monk’s Gold Coast mansion up for rent

    If you're looking for a swanky bachelorette pad, or simply somewhere to watch The Bachelorette in style, Sophie Monk's Gold Coast mansion can be yours to rent for $1200 a week. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits on 4,000 square metres of land, and boasts an in-ground pool, ocean access, a boat ramp (and boat storage…

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  • Photo of The new normal? Office blocks with touch-less entry

    The new normal? Office blocks with touch-less entry

    The technology wasn't developed for COVID-19. It had been in the pipeline for quite some time. But The Gateway building on Macquarie Street in Sydney is the country's first office tower to implement hand-scanning technology, allowing workers to enter without touching a thing. The Gateway building at Sydney’s Circular Quay has become the country’s first…

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  • Photo of Oliver Bowler: Referral and repeat clients drive my business

    Oliver Bowler: Referral and repeat clients drive my business

    Years in the industry? Seven, I started at Ouwens Casserly in April 2013. What's a special place in your local area? Norwood Oval. I was born on Woods Street and love the buzz of the parade on a Friday night when the footy is on. The atmosphere at the oval and the surrounding pubs and restaurants can’t…

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  • Photo of Rentals see biggest price drop in over 15 years

    Rentals see biggest price drop in over 15 years

    Rental prices have plummeted nationwide, with unit rentals experiencing their biggest price drop in over 15 years, according to new figures released by Domain that show a historic fall of 3.2 per cent over the June quarter. “The rental market has become highly fragmented in recent months," Domain Senior Research Analyst, Dr Nicola Powell said.…

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    Service, please!

    Every client wants excellent service, but no two are the same. In order to deliver excellent service, you need to know what your client values and the outcomes they desire. You see, when you know what a client values and what they expect to happen, that’s when you have the potential to truly serve and…

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  • Photo of Tasmania first state to accept HomeBuilder applications

    Tasmania first state to accept HomeBuilder applications

    The Treasury has announced that, despite some initial hesitations, every Australian state and territory are now signatories to the HomeBuilder scheme. Tasmania is already accepting applications, becoming the first state to do so. ACT will provide information on how to apply next Monday, while QLD has promised information "shortly". Other states are expected to follow…

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  • Photo of REIV: Melbourne is prepared for new COVID restrictions

    REIV: Melbourne is prepared for new COVID restrictions

    As Melbourne returns to stage three lockdown, local real estate agencies are feeling a sense of deja vu - which, luckily, makes them well prepared to deal with the recent shift in fortunes. “Real estate in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will continue to service the community with online inspections returning along with online auctions,” REIV…

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  • Photo of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire return to lockdown: why we need to be vigilant

    Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire return to lockdown: why we need to be vigilant

    Philip Russo, Monash University and Brett Mitchell, University of Newcastle Metropolitan Melbourne and the shire of Mitchell will returned to Stage 3 stay-at-home restrictions as of midnight Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced, after 191 new cases were recorded in the state overnight - its highest ever daily case total. The lockdown means for the…

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  • Photo of Good news: HomeBuilder has caused a boom in new home inquiries

    Good news: HomeBuilder has caused a boom in new home inquiries

    The Federal Government's HomeBuilder scheme has led to a surge in new home inquiries since it was announced in early June. REA have today released their 'Insights New Homes Snapshot' for July, which shows inquiries to developers nationally jumped by almost 63% in June. Even more impressively, inquiries about land experienced a 93% lift over…

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  • Photo of Look inside Cate Blanchett’s $12m Sydney apartment

    Look inside Cate Blanchett’s $12m Sydney apartment

    Cate Blanchett's Macquarie Street split-level apartment in the historical Astor is on the market, with a $12 million guide price. Blanchett bought the eighth floor abode in 2015 for roughly $8 million. The 400sqm property has a stunning view of Sydney Harbour, overlooking the sails of the Opera House. For a further touch of glamour,…

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  • Photo of Walkability: the new gold standard for urban planning

    Walkability: the new gold standard for urban planning

    Once upon a time, the Australian dream was to buy a property in the suburbs, taking advantage of the vast networks of highways and the lowering costs of vehicles to get away from the rat race. The suburbs offered plenty of space to raise a family, even if it meant markedly more time in the…

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  • Photo of Capital city apartment values to be hit the hardest, experts predict

    Capital city apartment values to be hit the hardest, experts predict

    The latest Finder RBA Cash Rate Survey is out, and it's not the best news for apartment owners. 43 experts and economists were asked to predict various aspects of the housing markets, including the projected values of apartments and houses in the eight capital cities. They predict price drops of between 7-8% price drops by…

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  • Photo of NSW Government offers free mental health work programs

    NSW Government offers free mental health work programs

    Mental health is a growing concern in many industries, including real estate. The trauma of recent events has impacted workers far and wide, and the toll of such an upheaval in the day-to-day lives of all of us will be felt for some time to come. To help soften the impact of COVID-19, the NSW…

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  • Photo of Daily grind or creative mind?

    Daily grind or creative mind?

    Technology may be getting more sophisticated every day, and slowly cannibalising manual tasks and administration, but data shows it’s not a future of robot overlords we face, so much as technology-assisted work. That’s good news. Tech that cuts out admin and gives us powerful insights into our customers frees us up from the daily grind.…

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  • Photo of The social media plan for time-poor real estate agents (no blog required!)

    The social media plan for time-poor real estate agents (no blog required!)

    Video Length 51 min 45sec What You'll Learn: Why being one-dimensional on social media does not workHow to utilise market research to enhance your business functions and processesHow the data and trends collected over a series of surveys proves more value than an annual surveyWhy you should consolidate your databases and implement a data management…

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  • Photo of Finding yourself when all seems lost

    Finding yourself when all seems lost

    Who are you? This may sound like a strange question to ask, but it’s totally relevant and incredibly important. It’s a question that we should ask ourselves regularly, and it’s one we should not underestimate the importance of, especially given the current conditions. Sometimes, when we are feeling out of sorts, it can all be…

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  • Photo of Kevin Rudd has bought Pat Rafter’s former $17m Noosa mansion

    Kevin Rudd has bought Pat Rafter’s former $17m Noosa mansion

    While a lot of Aussies assumed we'd be watching week two of Wimbleton at the moment, nobody could have predicted that the mystery buyer for Aussie tennis legend Pat Rafter's $16m Noosa mansion is none other than Therese Rein, the wife of former PM Kevin Rudd.

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  • Photo of Are you eligible for a $3000 Small Business Recovery Grant?

    Are you eligible for a $3000 Small Business Recovery Grant?

    As we all know all too well, the real estate industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. Luckily, things are improving, but many businesses still need a cash boost in order to make the transition back to normal.If you are a small business owner, you may be eligible for a grant of up to $3000…

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  • Photo of Talisha Buttsworth: Clean workspace, clear mind

    Talisha Buttsworth: Clean workspace, clear mind

    Years in the industry? Going on eight years. I started on reception straight out of high school at 17, and I am now a Property Manager at Island Sands Asset Management. What's a special place in your local area? We have so many. Our local beach in Tannum Sands, walking onto Wild Cattle Island at…

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  • Photo of Thodey report recommends land tax, not stamp duty

    Thodey report recommends land tax, not stamp duty

    NSW stamp duty should be replaced by land tax, according to a recommendation of the Thodey Report, which was released today. Instigated in 2019 by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and chaired by former Telstra Boss David Thodey, one of the draft report’s key recommendations is that broad-based land tax is more efficient and equitable than…

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  • Photo of Who are your customers?

    Who are your customers?

    At what point does someone become our customer? While there is not too much travel going on right now, let’ssay you go online and book a flight with Qantas, you proceed tocheck-in and head to the lounge before boarding the plane. When do you think Qantas believes you become their customer? If the experience at…

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  • Photo of EBM RentCover stresses importance of following rent freeze process

    EBM RentCover stresses importance of following rent freeze process

    EBM RentCover is stressing the importance of following the government’s rent freeze process after receiving an influx of inquiries from landlords relating to COVID-19. EBM RentCover Managing Director Sharon Fox-Slater explained while there hadn’t been a notable rise in insurance claims during the past couple months, there had been a significant uptick in inquiries from…

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  • Photo of 30 minutes with Daniel Lee – Plum Property Brisbane

    30 minutes with Daniel Lee – Plum Property Brisbane

    Only 10 seconds into a video depicting an Indooroopilly home, it’s hard not to break into outright laughter. On screen is Plum Property principal Daniel Lee looking for all intents and purposes like a dodgy used car salesman espousing the virtues of a true “renovator’s delight”. It’s irreverent, it’s downright amusing, and it’s nothing like…

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  • Photo of HomeBuilder a potential win-win across six key areas

    HomeBuilder a potential win-win across six key areas

    The federal government’s new HomeBuilder scheme offers eligible Australians money to renovate or build a home. While it’s attracted controversy, HomeBuilder does offer a much-needed opportunity to make old homes more energy-efficient. Research released in March showed the energy performance of housing must improve by an average 44-48% in the next decade for Australia to reach net…

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  • Photo of How a pandemic could improve the traditional workplace

    How a pandemic could improve the traditional workplace

    Having had to rapidly adjust to working from home due to COVID-19, many people are now having to readjust to life back in the office. Many will have enjoyed aspects of what is sometimes called “distributed work”, but some may be dreading the return. So is there a middle ground? Could hybrid work arrangements, known…

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  • Photo of How COVID-19 changed business practices

    How COVID-19 changed business practices

    The pandemic literally changed the world. It certainly changed the way we conduct business of all kind. The real estate industry has learnt a lot of lessons from March through to the end of June, and continues to learn. These lessons learned from how we have been forced to adapt have a great many positives.…

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  • Photo of PR isn’t what it used to be

    PR isn’t what it used to be

    In the last five years, digital and social media have fundamentally changed the way PR works. Once upon a time, media outlets had the power to decide which ideas, products and services the public wanted to hear about. Now, audiences hold the power. With search and social at their fingertips, consumers know what they’re looking…

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  • Photo of The new opportunities of working from home

    The new opportunities of working from home

    Obviously, the pandemic is still a very much a reality for everyone. Yet as restrictions ease, it is also clear that people, at least in terms of mindset, are thinking about what comes next. It’s true across many aspects of our lives, including our homes. After being in lockdown for so long, many people are…

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  • Photo of Client survey masterclass with Brock Fisher

    Client survey masterclass with Brock Fisher

    Video Length 56 min 45sec What You'll Learn: Brock's decade of experience in client surveys and how it betters his relationship with his clientsHow to utilise market research to enhance your business functions and processesHow the data and trends collected over a series of surveys proves more value than an annual surveyWhy you should consolidate…

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  • Photo of Tony Issa: Being true to others and ourselves

    Tony Issa: Being true to others and ourselves

    Years in the industry?  Since 2010 in different capacities, but always related to property.  What's a special place in your local area?I really love Finesse Eatery and Espresso Bar in Sylvania, and Cup and Cook in Kyle Bay – they are relaxing environments where I can chat to the operators and locals while enjoying great food…

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