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Spring 2019


Often as buyers we are influenced by economic and market perspective, typically by the opinions of others such as the media that steal away our willingness to buy and this point is supported by what we are currently hearing from our buyers. To ensure you have the complete picture, we believe our job here is to round out your understanding of the market knowledge and give you local statistics so your decision to buy or sell is one that is based on sound educated facts. Firstly what helps you in your decision making is that real estate is a cyclical business; all of these markets have happened before and will happen again in the future. What goes up must come down. And more importantly what goes down has always come back up. We have observed over many decades now that home values will most certainly continue their long-standing trend of appreciation over time. For most Australians equity built up through mortgage debt pay down still remains a proven path to financial wealth. The econom...

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Autumn 2019


Anyone who professes to know the exact top or bottom of a market cycle is speculating at best and lying at worst.  All markets are prone to run on emotion in the short term, over reacting both positively and negatively to economic indicators and government stimulation and restraint.  But ultimately, all markets, including ours locally are governed by economic fundamentals such as tighter credit conditions, which are out of our control.  But what we can control if your buying or selling is to share with you local knowledge, local sentiment, local comparable sales and local history.  And while our current real estate market may have some more price growth left in it, we are having to adjust our expectations and accept a softer market reality in some pockets of our local area. It has been a sellers’ market for the years leading into 2019, with more than one buyer on a property, now it’s the exact opposite whereby were seeing buyers have more options and tak...

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December 2018


It is the most wonderful time of the year, where we enjoy too many Christmas carols, shopping for gift giving, writing Christmas cards, decorating trees with our children’s art work attempts, over indulging in food and egg nog but most importantly it is the best time of the year to be fulfilled with the relationships, love and kindness of our nearest and dearest. For me it’s all of this plus a good fiction book! During 2018 our team focused on our max - acts and that we all have the capacity to make each day a masterpiece. We recognized that time is the new currency, our clients are busy, we are busy so we made time management a priority and simply put we decided that our intention is always to “be there” where ever this is to fully engage, physically, mentally and emotionally in the moment, the conversation or the activity. While we are at work its work, while at home it is reserved for family. This commitment to our clients, our team and our families has seen...

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August 2018 - Failure is Fertilizer


“Failure is Fertilizer”   Can you remember that time when you had to read in front of the class, or present to a group of people or perform an activity that did nothing but humiliate you…. me too! In a town I swear I will never return too, my emotions were so heightened and the memory is so vivid, it takes me right back to that moment in time! I suppose upon reflection that is life it is the collection of experiences and their intensity both the good and the bad.   This experience, (the auction competition) is so clear that I remember the man on the left of the crowd looking at me with eyes of sorrowful encouragement, the girlfriend of a fellow contestant with satisfaction/relief on her face knowing her boyfriend is so much better than me as a contestant and then the 3 judges acknowledging my attempt with a nod of the head and avoiding note taking for fear it will derail me more than I was currently. I have such clarity around as it was that moment when...

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March 2018


“Intergenerational living” – The new buzz There’s been a tonne of research on this and the results are actually incredible…. There’s the practical benefits which include shared finance and shared jobs (though in our experience the shared is a little off kilter toward mum and dad) then there is the “wisdom” I mean can you imagine living with adults that have had a lifetime of experience in everything from raising children, then teenagers, to work, to cooking, to travel versus us that are relying on our own limited knowledge of raising a 4, 11, 14 + 15 year old….Well, here our family is, 3 months in and at first I admit we have all enjoyed the novelty of it, but I wonder how mum n dad spend their first 5 mins of their time as we tornado out of the front door. Are they holding onto the bench for dear life or just flaked out on the couch exhausted from the 6 different conversations between breakfast, the cooking of the ‘eggs an...

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December 2017


At this time of year it can feel like we are all scrambling to the finish line, for me I have just got accustomed to writing 2017 and now need to re wire myself to not just write the numerals 2018 but plan my 2018 goals, 2018 team goals and 2018 family goals.  Life is moving so fast these days, that now more than ever before it’s important to embrace the festive season as a time to slow down, to be reflective and to gather family and friends around to spread some love and fun. Writing a Christmas letter to share with all our clients is a little tradition for me and actually it’s not the act of writing but it’s the process of re reading the previous 9 letters, it evokes emotions as I remember key moments from the past.  The years always bring doses of awe, sadness and elation as we remember local news, particular sales that we enjoyed, celebrations within our team, the learning and the growing that we do, the speed at which we bounce back and re set or just t...

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