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How to negotiate when a house is passed in at auction to you

How to negotiate when a house is passed in at auction to you

When you’re buying a home and a house is passed in at auction to you, it’s time to negotiate. This can be a bit daunting, as estate agents are ready with a strategy to encourage you to buy.  So you need a strategy too.  When the house is passed in at auction, it means...

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Three surprising benefits to selling a house in winter

Three surprising benefits to selling a house in winter

by Carly Susic, Melbourne property advocate  Some say you should avoid selling a house in winter. But I disagree. When you are selling, regardless of the time of year, you should always take advantage of market conditions. Even though the weather is dark and gloomy,...

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Melbourne property market predictions for 2022

Melbourne property market predictions for 2022

  by Carly Susic, Melbourne property advocate   With 2022 now well underway, many buyers and vendors are asking me: ‘where is the Melbourne property market headed in 2022?’   After the epic highs and lows of the previous two years, we’re hoping for a calmer year....

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What to do when you can’t afford to buy a house in Melbourne

What to do when you can’t afford to buy a house in Melbourne

Owning a house is the Australian dream. But for many, it’s increasingly out of reach. Here in Melbourne, many buyers are getting frustrated because they can’t afford to buy a house. Particularly the house they want, a forever home in their ideal suburb.  Today, I’m...

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Selling a house privately: is it right for you?

Selling a house privately: is it right for you?

If you’re thinking of selling a house privately, there’s two ways you can go about it:  you can sell it yourself, without an agent  you can retain an agent, but avoid an auction and choose a private sale campaign    In this guide, I’ll cover the pros and cons of...

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How to bid at an online auction

How to bid at an online auction

If you are purchasing a home in Melbourne in 2021 (or 2022) it’s likely you’ll need to know how to bid at an online auction. Taking away the drama of the in-street auction changes the playing field somewhat—so it’s important for you to understand how online auctions...

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Don’t risk buying a home sight unseen

Don’t risk buying a home sight unseen

Are you thinking of buying a home sight unseen? As Melbourne’s lockdown continues, buyers are increasingly purchasing properties without inspecting them first. But in our view, it’s incredibly risky.  Buying property is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll...

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Four (strong) reasons to avoid an out of suburb agent

Four (strong) reasons to avoid an out of suburb agent

by Melbourne buyers advocate Carly Susic  When you are selling your home, you may be tempted to consider an out of suburb agent. But beware the pitfalls. When you are selling a home, the right agent can make or break your campaign. So it’s important to choose the best...

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Can you buy a house before the auction?

Can you buy a house before the auction?

by Melbourne buyers advocate, Carly Susic  Many home buyers ask me about how to buy a house before the auction. They’ve been to dinner and a well-meaning friend has told them to swoop in early with an offer. The assumption is that the vendor will be delighted by the...

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13 Reasons You Need A Vendor Advocate

13 Reasons You Need A Vendor Advocate

Are you thinking of selling your home in 2021? A vendor advocate may be the game changer you need. Just like a coach brings out the best in the athlete, the vendor advocate manages the smooth sale of the home. Selling a home is stressful. You need to get the timing...

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Buying a house after lockdown

Buying a house after lockdown

by Carly Susic  Are you thinking of buying a house after lockdown? If supply increases and demand drops, so should prices. Suddenly, the home you thought you could not afford may now be within your budget.  It’s an exciting opportunity. We all want to ‘buy low, sell...

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How will coronavirus hit the property market in Melbourne?

How will coronavirus hit the property market in Melbourne?

Many are asking us how will coronavirus hit the property market in Melbourne. Naturally, the current circumstances are unlike anything we’ve witnessed in our lifetime, let alone in our combined 40 years of real estate experience.   We feel for the many people who are...

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Making an offer prior to auction

Making an offer prior to auction

by Michelle Lee You’re in love. You’ve found the property of your dreams, and it just feels ‘right’. You imagine yourself opening the front door, relaxing in the lounge and entertaining on the deck. You really want this one. Do you wait for auction day? Or is making...

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