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Light on the Horizon

Light on the Horizon
This may have been the last of my regular, really long, walks for a while. It’s 6.00 pm Saturday and what a change in outlook this week from last week. We have moved from pause Pre-Easter, to part-time Post-Easter, to full-time from next week. The phones are ringing again, meetings and walk through of homes are happening and [...]
2nd half up market – here’s how

2nd half up market – here’s how

Executive Summary: Improve our economic situation immediately at NO ADDITIONAL COST to governments through a property market improvement. 3 key components of actionable demand, as opposed to underlying demand where friction and barriers lie: Belief, Trust and Money 3 property market lubricants – the WD-40 if you like –  that will reduce friction/barriers thereby encouraging underlying demand to move to [...]
New Decade – New Market

New Decade – New Market

Looking to establish an industry-wide, single style online Auction platform – managed by each agent? It’s Saturday 6.00 pm and this week felt a little more positive in the Inner Melbourne high-end property market. Why? We think we all know we are at a bottom in terms of activity (almost none) – so it can only be up [...]
Cash is Why

Cash is Why

It’s 6.00 pm on Saturday, the first of 3 weeks in our May 100 Auction test. It played out to an expected script, with a near cold 63% clearance rate on family homes over $2 million and the James Bidderman is a consistently chilly 1.3 (bidders per auction), on what are relatively low stock levels for a “normal” May. Look at the [...]
Bang a Big Easter!

Bang a Big Easter!

The 2018 market has been challenging for buyers & sellers and therefore buying & selling agents. So it was good to have a laugh with the great GERALD on his Vespa – after our client bought in Sorrento on Easter Saturday. Good work as well by the third musketeer – Liz Jensen of Kay and Burton. Left Field [...]
Values versus Pricing at the Highest End

Values versus Pricing at the Highest End

Week One: Value is not a number, it is a feeling. Price has no emotion, no conjecture, it’s factual. Price is not value and value is not price. I buy a number of family homes for people –  perhaps more than anybody else in Melbourne, perhaps not – and at some point in the client and buyer advocate discussion [...]
It feels like it’s going to be OK early.

It feels like it’s going to be OK early.

Hello everybody for 2018! As is our tradition, it’s a decidedly lightweight first-up Market News, as we ease our way back into the saddle. Giddy-up! Today was the first serious day of opens and we have started the year with a some impetus having bought two homes already; contrasting with the flat feeling the market left for most buyers late [...]
A tale of two

A tale of two

This weekend on one of the quieter October Auction Days, we were involved in two auctions – one we bought and one we missed. We bought 307 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park (Simon Gowling), under the hammer with 2 bidders @ $6,370,000. We missed 40 Berry Street, East Melbourne (Paul Caine), under the hammer with 2 bidders @ $4,550,000. It was a [...]
October Market Start  / Stonnington Heritage Reversal

October Market Start / Stonnington Heritage Reversal

Contents October Market Start Edition 1. October Market Start 2. Inside James – An incredible story from Malvern East to Tanzania 3. Game Changer – Stonnington Heritage Reversal It (usually) attracts more than a Grand Final, a bigger array of stars than the Cup Carnival – the results are more telling than the Bathurst 500: that’s what Super Saturday, October 28th will represent to [...]
Game Changer – Stonnington Council Destroys Auction

Game Changer – Stonnington Council Destroys Auction

At 6.00pm Saturday, the overall Inner Melbourne $2M+ market results: Family Home Clearance Rate of 81% on the 36 Inner Melbourne $M+ auctions we covered. Combined with James Bidderman (bidders per auction) @ 1.7 on lowish auction stock numbers. Is the market on a turn? As we said last week, for the first time in a long while, the ingredients [...]
3 Melbourne Property Market Changes you need to know!

3 Melbourne Property Market Changes you need to know!

  The Inner Melbourne $2m+ Market is CHANGING.   “3 Big Melbourne Property Market Changes are/could be happening in the next month.” Mal James – James Buyer Advocates   At James Buyer Advocates we are preparing a special James Big 3 Report on changes and possible changes hitting the Melbourne Property Market in the next month. What do they mean to you, the buyer? To get [...]
The Elements, Sniffs and Senses are there – but the buyers Mmmmm.

The Elements, Sniffs and Senses are there – but the buyers Mmmmm.

The BIG question for the next two months before the July winter hiatus is………Price. Will seller expectations match buyer expectations? At auctions the answer appears to be a yes, but away from auctions (off markets) we are not so sure. In our opinion, most market inaction away from auctions is due to sellers. There is no doubt there are [...]
G’day 2016!  The Peninsula, Melbourne OFI’s and James has started more positively than the newspaper headlines.

G’day 2016! The Peninsula, Melbourne OFI’s and James has started more positively than the newspaper headlines.

Welcome back to James Buyers Agents and Advocates 2016. We have started James Market News a little earlier than planned because we are experiencing solid market interest right here and now in January. SOLID START We have already been involved in substantial buys and sells this year (2016) and currently have seven homes in negotiation; with a [...]
This is beginning to feel like boom conditions but it’s early days and it may just be another short spike. After all this is Berocca February.

This is beginning to feel like boom conditions but it’s early days and it may just be another short spike. After all this is Berocca February.

At 6.00 pm on Saturday, the James Clearance Rate for Melbourne’s $M+ property was 76% on the 29 auctions we covered. The Weekly Review Bidderman, our bidders per auction measurement was at 2.8. It was hot out there today as predicted – 80% of auctions we covered today had 2 or more bidders. Welcome to the first game of the season – the pre-season [...]
It was bloody tough for buyers today (as expected)

It was bloody tough for buyers today (as expected)

At 6.00 pm on Saturday, the James Clearance Rate for Melbourne’s $M+ property was 77% on the 43 auctions we covered. The Weekly Review Bidderman, our bidders per auction measurement was at 2.1. The crowds were MASSIVE. Very strong figures when you consider this was a Super, Super Saturday. For example, today was three and half times the [...]

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