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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 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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  • Photo of Learning from the best at Street MBA Sydney

    Learning from the best at Street MBA Sydney

    Where better to learn from the best of the best (and eat our weight in food); Sydney! Our Street MBA headed to Sydney in September and it didn’t disappoint! We were lucky enough to visit some of the best in the business: Di Jones, Novak Properties and The Agency. Whilst very different business models, the… …

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  • Photo of Highlights from Street MBA Melbourne tour

    Highlights from Street MBA Melbourne tour

    For Street MBA tour #2 we headed to not so sunny Melbourne, and what an insightful tour it was.  We had three well-respected agencies on the agenda and were hosted by exceptional operators: Sophie Lyons and Sam Nokes from Jellis Craig, Simon Fung from Woodards and Evan Thornley from LongView… …

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  • Photo of A ‘challenging’ year for REA Group but outlook is positive for property

    A ‘challenging’ year for REA Group but outlook is positive for property

    Despite challenging market conditions, REA Group has posted an eight per cent increase in both earnings and revenue for the financial year ending June 30. Australia’s major real estate listing service announced their results to the market on Friday, which also showed an eight per cent decline in listings over… …

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  • Photo of HTW Market Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne bottom out

    HTW Market Wrap: Sydney and Melbourne bottom out

    The national property market continues to be a tale of very different states and cities, with some strength in areas like Canberra and Hobart, and clear weakness in Sydney and Melbourne. The positive news for property owners is that the latest commentary from national valuers Herron Todd White is that… …

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  • Photo of 5 big lessons from Street MBA Adelaide 2019: Hannah Gill

    5 big lessons from Street MBA Adelaide 2019: Hannah Gill

    After much planning, anticipation and excitement, our first ever Street MBA study tour kicked off in Adelaide on 25 July. The good news: it was a huge success. We were fortunate to be visiting three of the best agencies in the state: Ouwens Casserly, Harris Real Estate and Toop &… …

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  • Photo of ‘Tremendous benefits’ –  What the Rockend acquisition means for real estate

    ‘Tremendous benefits’ – What the Rockend acquisition means for real estate

    There has been a lot to celebrate at Rockend over the past couple of weeks. Firstly, the milestone of 40 years of operation, an extraordinarily proud moment in the company’s history. Secondly, the acquisition of the company by global property software player MRI Software. While MRI Software is a global… …

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  • Photo of Weekly Auction Results: Sydney and Melbourne holding steady

    Weekly Auction Results: Sydney and Melbourne holding steady

    While the combined clearance rate across the country saw a slight dip this week, Australia's two major markets of Sydney and Melbourne have remained above the 70 per cent mark. In Melbourne, there were 500 homes up for auction with a 73.3 per cent success rate. That was up from… …

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  • Photo of Property prices continue to turn the corner

    Property prices continue to turn the corner

    There are more positive signs for property prices across the country as the latest data from CoreLogic suggests the market is moving into a recovery phase. This is the second straight month that prices have ticked higher in both Sydney and Melbourne as the positive sentiment in the market continues… …

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  • Photo of What to do when sales volumes are low

    What to do when sales volumes are low

    Difficult real estate markets can still provide an opportunity for business growth, a leading real estate accountant says. Live Real Estate Accounts Managing Director Chris Mercer says agency leaders should not only see a changing market as a threat but as a great opportunity for growth. “Not all businesses are on a solid financial footing,”… …

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  • Photo of Chinese buyers still strong in Sydney market

    Chinese buyers still strong in Sydney market

    What is the state of the Sydney property market in 2019? At Crown Group, we have definitely seen the Sydney property market pick up in the past few months. As early as March, well before the election, we saw buyer behaviour change, with more contracts signed and more exchanges than… …

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  • Photo of “Like Afterpay for VPA”: How CampaignAgent is streamlining cashflow for vendors and agents

    “Like Afterpay for VPA”: How CampaignAgent is streamlining cashflow for vendors and agents

    Sitting on a ski lift on the way up the slopes of a snowy Mt Buller in 2015 is where the idea for CampaignAgent took off. Founded by Seth Watts, a real estate printer, and Shaun Moriarty, a finance professional, CampaignAgent is a Melbourne-based financial technology company that is shaking up vendor paid advertising, reducing… …

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  • Photo of The Agency’s Jesse Raeburn to star on The Block

    The Agency’s Jesse Raeburn to star on The Block

    To succeed in real estate it takes a combination of tenacity and drive. It’s clear that the Agency’s Jesse Raeburn has both and it is one of the key reasons Jesse has found success as an agent in a short period of time. Those very same attributes have also managed to help Jesse gain a… …

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  • Photo of An ongoing success: Mark Sinclair

    An ongoing success: Mark Sinclair

    We recently facilitated a sale of a business as a going concern with positive outcomes for both buyer and seller. While there was additional due diligence and settlement requirements, this deal was relatively seamless for everyone involved. With so much interest from agency owners keen to understand each selling option… …

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  • Photo of Is now a good time to start your own real estate agency?

    Is now a good time to start your own real estate agency?

    After a few years, many agents dream of starting their own real estate business. Independence allows you to make business decisions and, in the process, grow in confidence. However, many real estate agents struggle to work out the right time to leap into freedom. Right now, with a softening market,… …

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  • Photo of Is Social Media Really Worth It?

    Is Social Media Really Worth It?

    As the real estate market stabilises, it’s tempting to look at where you are investing your marketing dollars and consider where you could potentially cut back. Things might be tighter for you cashflow-wise if you aren’t turning over the same amount of stock you were at this time last year,… …

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  • Photo of 10 Essential Takeaways from Digital Live 18

    10 Essential Takeaways from Digital Live 18

    After a packed-to-capacity session in Sydney on 19 August, it was another crowded house in Brisbane on 26 August, with agents tapping into the expertise of some of the brightest minds in the digital industry. Created by REA Director of Industry Relations Steve Carroll, the program sees agents scored on their… …

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  • Photo of Top takeaways from AREC 2016

    Top takeaways from AREC 2016

    Our Transform 2016 champion Ben Munro Smith provides his top takeaways from AREC 2016. 1 The size of your database determines your income – Ivan Bresic 2 Preframing expectations prevents frustration – Kate Strickland 3 Look for moments and opportunities to show you care – Mat Steinwede 4 Routine needs… …

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  • Photo of Are you giving your vendor advice that makes them feel useless?

    Are you giving your vendor advice that makes them feel useless?

    When Kylie Davis worked in newspapers a debate raged about ‘useless news’. What is the definition and are you guilty of doing the same with your clients? Useless news is when a story evokes a strong negative emotion in a reader – such as concern, despair, alarm – and the journalist… …

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