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  • Photo of Cost of insurance for real estate agents drops

    Cost of insurance for real estate agents drops

    SME retailers and professionals, including real estate agents, have seen price reductions on their Public Liability insurance. The news comes despite inflation and despite the fact prices have remained steady across other products and occupations. In the last quarter, the annual inflation rate in Australia rose to 1.6 percent, with food inflation at its highest…

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  • Photo of Knight Frank’s top predictions for commercial real estate in 2020 and beyond

    Knight Frank’s top predictions for commercial real estate in 2020 and beyond

    The Australian commercial real estate market will see further growth in capital values and strong returns, as the impact of lower interest rates flows through and creates the conditions for yield compression, according to the latest research from Knight Frank. Ben Burston, Knight Frank's Chief Economist said "The Australian economy should gradually regain momentum in 2020…

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    Win the cost war

    When it comes to your property management business, there are good costs and bad costs. Good costs provide a return on investment (ROI), while bad costs negatively impact your profitability. Here are some of the most common costs and why they are good or bad expenses. GOOD COSTS TRAINING Training is a good cost and…

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  • Photo of It’s not about you: Four tips for confident presenting in front of an audience

    It’s not about you: Four tips for confident presenting in front of an audience

    There's no single thing or magic formula that is a panacea for a lack of confidence when presenting. There are no short cuts, however, I would say that people who lack confidence should consider a change of approach. Begin by writing a slogan in big letters: It’s not about me, it's all about my audience!…

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne buyers getting aggressive

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne buyers getting aggressive

    It was another busy weekend for auctioneers across the country, with the 2,571 homes taken to auction making it the second busiest weekend of the year. Melbourne saw another strong result this weekend with 77 per cent of homes selling based on preliminary clearance data from CoreLogic., while Sydney was also strong coming in at…

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  • Photo of Steve Carroll: Reinventing and reimagining your capabilities

    Steve Carroll: Reinventing and reimagining your capabilities

    Originally from England, it was Steve Carroll’s lifetime ambition to move with his family to Australia and work in the media industry. At the time, Steve held a position in Europe’s largest media company, EMAP, based in London. Eventually, an opportunity came up in their Sydney office – and when opportunity knocks, Steve answers. He…

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  • Photo of The highlight reel from Street MBA Brisbane

    The highlight reel from Street MBA Brisbane

    Great weather, great food and great company: Street MBA headed to Brisbane in October and it was nothing short of amazing.  We visited some of the best in the business: Coronis, Image Property and Place, and the tour highlighted how three very different businesses share common goals and core beliefs.   Our largest tour yet made…

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  • Photo of Five Australian cities among world’s best for luxury residential price growth

    Five Australian cities among world’s best for luxury residential price growth

    Five Australian cities have ranked in the top 30 cities around the world for luxury residential price growth, according to the latest global research from Knight Frank. The Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index - Q3 2019, which tracks the movement in prime residential prices across 45 cities worldwide, revealed Sydney was ranked 17 for luxury…

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  • Photo of The do’s and don’ts of landlord insurance

    The do’s and don’ts of landlord insurance

    When you are in a highly-regulated industry such as real estate, things can change quickly and get complicated. Throw in the complexities of insurance, and we wouldn’t blame you if you started pulling your hair out. START AT THE BEGINNINGTo keep your locks intact, it is a good idea to know your rights and responsibilities…

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  • Photo of Holly Komorowski – growth and gratitude

    Holly Komorowski – growth and gratitude

    What's your most memorable moment/career highlight for 2019?It is difficult to identify just one moment or highlight. The year has been full of affirmations and amazing experiences. I am most proud of the culture that is home.byholly. I believe culture stems from the top and I foster culture leading by example. I embrace my team…

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  • Photo of Leah Jay – The quiet achiever

    Leah Jay – The quiet achiever

    At 4.40am on May 22, 2017, Leah Jay looked out at the curvature of the earth from the top of Mt Everest. It marked the achievement of a major personal milestone, drawing on “30 per cent physical ability and 70 per cent mental strength”. Leah describes summiting the world’s tallest peak as much the same…

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  • Photo of Cathy Baker – Building relationships over counting transactions

    Cathy Baker – Building relationships over counting transactions

    What's your most memorable moment/career highlight for 2019?My most memorable highlight from 2019 was being offered the Belle Property Franchise and Belle Property Escapes Franchise for the entire Central Coast Region. This, coupled with getting to spend a week on Necker Island with Richard Branson at a leadership conference, changed my life. What's the biggest…

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  • Photo of Sally Cameron- Changing with the market conditions

    Sally Cameron- Changing with the market conditions

    What's your most memorable moment/highlight for 2019?I have had some very memorable sales this year, but the most noteable is when I was showing a Singapore-based family through a beautiful home in College Park at 7.30 am on a Sunday. The family left, and as they drove off the next-door neighbours backed out of their…

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  • Photo of Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney’s second busiest weekend of the year

    Weekend Auction Wrap: Sydney’s second busiest weekend of the year

    Once again, Sydney was the market leader for auction results over the weekend, coming in with a preliminary clearance rate of 81 per cent. According to the latest data from CoreLogic, Sydney had 931 homes taken to auction making it the second busiest weekend of the year. In Melbourne, however, there was also a surge…

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    Whose goal is it anyway?

    What do dresses, my parenting skills and real estate have in common? You’ll never guess, so I’ll tell you – goal setting. More to the point, collaborative goal setting and the ability to know when to take over and when to co-operate. I came to the sudden realisation recently that collaborative goal setting may not…

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    Together with technology

    One day, in the not too distant future, instead of booking a photographer you might find yourself launching a flying drone into a property. It will scan the house in a few minutes and allow you to upload three 3D portal images directly to realestate.com.au. Maybe it won’t be you who does the launching. Maybe…

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  • Photo of Jeremy Wilkinson- More than  successful sales

    Jeremy Wilkinson- More than successful sales

    What's your most memorable moment/highlight for 2019?I know it’s not about the dollars, but for 10 years my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) was to crack $1 million GCI. I went over this by $250. What's the biggest thing you've learnt this year?On the back it not all being about the money, it’s really important…

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  • Photo of Well, well: the rise of ‘wellness homes’

    Well, well: the rise of ‘wellness homes’

    With so many threats to our health and well being posed by the changing environment and pollution, fresh air and clean water are no less than a luxury today. People are looking for new ways to ensure that the air they breathe and the food they consume is pure and while simultaneously trying to reduce…

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  • Photo of Betty Ockerlander – systems and sales

    Betty Ockerlander – systems and sales

    What's your most memorable moment/highlight for 2019? I think my career highlight for this year was winning the REINSW Sales Agent of The Year. I was humbled to receive it, especially as I was up against such tough competition. I was lucky to have my team with me too, which felt amazing. They play a big…

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  • Photo of How to beat real estate fatigue

    How to beat real estate fatigue

    Career fatigue is not often talked about openly in our industry. But career fatigue is real. As agents, we tend to be conditioned to accept tough outcomes, rejection and negativity and react by getting on with things. We’re expected to take the knockbacks and the disappointments on the chin, and keep going. While it is…

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  • Photo of How to stay productive in the lead up to the silly season

    How to stay productive in the lead up to the silly season

    Q: It’s almost the end of the year and I am feeling overwhelmed. I don’t know where the year has gone. Help! Ain a society where consistent connection into the matrix has become the new normal, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. As we head towards the end of the year, it is wise…

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  • Photo of Blood, Sweat and No Tears

    Blood, Sweat and No Tears

    Debt collection and resolving disputes in court are not usually at the top of employees’ most-loved work tasks. But Simone Firns is different. The Network Pacific Owners Corporation Manager loves the jobs others despise. “The legal component of my role is one of my favourites,” she enthuses with genuine passion. “I like doing debt collection…

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  • Photo of Weekly Auction Wrap: Lower volumes but strong sales

    Weekly Auction Wrap: Lower volumes but strong sales

    There was a lower number of homes going to auction over the weekend, thanks to the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. But that didn’t stop Sydney and the rest of the country from putting in another solid performance. The auction clearance rate in Sydney remained at a very upbeat 79.4 per cent, while Melbourne dipped…

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  • Photo of Finding your inner futurist

    Finding your inner futurist

    I’ll never forget the moment the managing partner of the mid-tier accounting firm I was working for looked up at me standing in his doorway for our scheduled 4 pm meeting. He peered over the top of his reading glasses and beckoned me forward. I felt like Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl, suffering a…

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  • Photo of Gen Z and home-ownership: How might the future look

    Gen Z and home-ownership: How might the future look

    The real estate industry needs to take notice of the rising trend of Generation Z turning into homebuyers while they are still in their 20s. An idea which would be unthinkable of 5 years back is gaining prominence, as Generation Z steadily starts flitting towards the real estate market.  At this point of time, the…

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  • Photo of Starr Partners opens office in Sydney’s North West

    Starr Partners opens office in Sydney’s North West

    As Sydney's Hills District continues to grow with the development of major residential and commercial precincts, Australia's leading boutique real estate group, Starr Partners, opened a new office in North Kellyville on the weekend. The Starr Partners office, located at 13/21 Hezlett Road, North Kellyville, was opened by Raj Bhandari, who previously managed the Starr Partners' Fairfield…

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  • Photo of 10 ways to future proof your real estate business

    10 ways to future proof your real estate business

    IT CAN BE HARD TO KNOW where to start when implementing technological changes in your business. Futurist Gihan Perera has done the head-scratching for you and explains what to do now to remain relevant for tomorrow’s consumer. Australia is perfectly positioned for growth in this “Asian Century”, and Australian real estate will be highly-sought and…

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  • Photo of Call for industry to stop using the term ‘off market’

    Call for industry to stop using the term ‘off market’

    A real estate expert has spoken out against using the term 'off market', claiming it is confusing and misleading customers. Starr Partners CEO Douglas Driscoll urged agents to reassess their use of 'off-market', which is used to describe properties up for sale without being advertised on the major property portals. "There's no such thing as…

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  • Photo of Future proofing in the tech age

    Future proofing in the tech age

    Working closely with many of Australia’s leading agents allows us to see what separates the best agents from the pack. Despite the transformation in real estate right now, it almost always comes down to the same factors. The best agents have mastered four things: prospecting, listing, negotiating and – of course – selling. We believe…

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  • Photo of Leveraging your assets

    Leveraging your assets

    Leveraging your assets With so many new and exciting tech offerings in real estate, it would be easy to become swamped without knowing if what you’re doing is working. Caroline Bolderston explains why sometimes keeping it simple is best. Humans are a complex bunch. Many of us are attracted to what is new, exciting and…

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  • Photo of 2019 REISA Awards for Excellence announced

    2019 REISA Awards for Excellence announced

    South Australia’s real estate elite battled it out at the 2019 REISA Awards for Excellence on Saturday night. The 2019 awards celebrated a night of sophistication and glamour with a Soiree theme. The Adelaide Convention Centre transported attendees back to a time when Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan were the toast of the town. This…

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  • Photo of Business without borders: Inside eXp Realty

    Business without borders: Inside eXp Realty

    Since its inception in 2009, eXp Realty has broken new ground with its cloud-based real estate brokerage. Now that the USborn realtor has expanded to Australia, Kylie Dulhunty takes a look at what the virtual agency has to offer on our shores. The rapidly burgeoning cloud brokerage, eXp Realty, has hit Australian shores with its…

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  • Photo of Empathy and Understanding the key to service

    Empathy and Understanding the key to service

    In an increasingly technological world, David Holman knows people are more important than ever. The Direct Connect Chief Executive Officer says the moving services company’s employees and the vibrant culture within the organisation are what makes things tick. Of course, technology aids their workflow and makes things easier for customers, primarily renters who are moving…

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  • Photo of Eyes onsite: Architects respond to ABC 7.30

    Eyes onsite: Architects respond to ABC 7.30

    A commitment to safety, quality and putting the consumer first is the only way to restore confidence and ensure the ongoing integrity of Australia's construction industry, according to the Australian Institute of Architects. Responding to the ABC 7.30 three-part series on defects in the construction industry, which concluded this week, National President Professor Helen Lochhead…

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  • Photo of 10 things to attract top Gen Z talent to your business

    10 things to attract top Gen Z talent to your business

    It wasn’t that long ago that folks out there were scratching their heads trying to work out ways of attracting, recruiting and retaining millennials to businesses. Now, with the 2019 HSC well underway and school leavers looking for jobs the conversation needs to turn to attracting Generation Z talents to businesses.  So push the smashed…

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