Opinion

  • Let’s talk about ‘ego’. The concept of ‘ego’ can translate to many different things. For the purpose of this article I am referring to the drive to think about yourself in a positive light, your level of self-promotion and a sense of your own importance. People often talk about ego as if it’s an evil beast; however, from where I’m…

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  • From searching for the perfect property to bidding at auction and ultimately negotiating and settling, purchasing and selling their home is a stressful and complicated process for most buyers and sellers. And, despite a property’s booming sold sticker, the purchasing process often continues long after the auction hammer has slammed. Real estate agents are the public face of the property…

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  • Growing up as a competitive athlete I have always worked to implement the most efficient tactics to reach peak performance. Operating at a high level is not about working harder and exhausting yourself – it’s about working smarter. But what does that even look like? In business, we should be working towards this same ideal. If you consider any elite…

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  • As a global company with offices in Australia, China, the US and the UK operating a leading marketplace for off the plan property, we’ve learned a thing or two about attracting and targeting buyers all over the world. If you’re an agent who currently only sells to local buyers whilst your competitors seem to get a bigger slice of the…

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  • The customer experience will keep the industry relevant in the future. But to be truly successful in delivering someone needs to 'own it' says RER Network Head of Growth and Engagement Leanne Howard.

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  • I’ve worked in the off the plan property industry for almost 15 years now, so have seen the industry shift gears more than a few times. But recently we have been confronted with an unprecedented storm of activity causing uncertainty, from scathing media headlines to banking Royal Commissions to cash-grabbing state governments. So I did what any CEO of a…

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  • Don’t let the Reserve Bank’s inactivity fool you. Interest rates are actually rising. That might seem strange. After all, the Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate at a record-low 1.50 per cent since August 2016. The last increase came way back in November 2010 – and some economists believe the next one might not occur until 2019 or…

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  • The Australian real estate market is at a major tipping point, and agents need to look beyond their own backyards to online and connected selling models to survive changing market conditions. Leading the charge on these shifting grounds for real estate agents is the decline of housing prices in major capital cities, following years of rapid and often unsustainable levels…

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  • This years financial end preceded the decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia’s board to hold the cash rate at its current record low of 1.5 per cent, where is has been now for 21 successive announcements. The previous record was in 1995-1996, where it remained unchanged for 17 RBA meetings. The housing market, which we all recognise as something…

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  • There’s been an important development in Australia’s mortgage market that real estate agents need to be across. APRA, the banking regulator, recently told lenders to be wary of letting investors borrow at “very high debt-to-income levels” – which it defined as any mortgage more than six times their income. Although APRA didn’t categorically ban loans above this six-times-income benchmark, banks…

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  • property managers emerging technology

    The new wave of proptech disruption is seeing both residential and commercial agents introduced to a myriad of new technologies to streamline their sales process, showcase properties more favourably and reach new buyers (such as Gavl, Purplebricks, REALas, Next Address, StoreMatch, OpenAgent, Snaploader and Sellable). Auctioneer Justin Nickerson explains what agents should consider when choosing the latest quality tech to…

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  • When he’s not launching prefab affordable housing with YEEZY Home, Kanye West still #blessing us with some of the best gifs on the internet. Lucky for us, today (8 June) is his birthday, so we’re taking the chance to celebrate with some Yeezus reactions for your most frustrating agent situations (Shout out to our faithful band of readers who had…

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  • Let’s face it: real estate agents aren’t well beloved by the public. Which is a pity, really. As a nation who’ve built their wealth variously on the sheep’s back and on real estate speculation, you’d expect that homeowners would have more reverence for the role of the negotiator. Real talk is: the responsibility of improving our industry’s reputation lies with…

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  • The franchise model is being disrupted by technology that’s making it easier than ever for individual agents to run their own show more flexibly and efficiently. But could bots – backed by AI, automation and big data – come to the rescue and help the big real estate brands deliver new value to agents? To explore this idea, let’s look…

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