Archive for February, 2016

Your reputation is the most valuable thing you own.

I recently wrote about my thoughts on the recent anti-underquoting legislation. Since the new legislation was announced, which I broadly support, I’ve noticed a number of overly negative stories in the media. Now this may simply be the government supporting their legislation with tough talk about “crackdowns’ and ‘shonky behaviour’ to appease the masses, however I don’t see much coverage on what the new legislation actually encompasses. Most of the changes are aimed at providing clarity around setting and reviewing price estimates. They require greater transparency in how selling prices are determined (or reviewed), including justification in writing to the client... View article »
Posted in Ethical practice, Legislation, Real estate commentary on 12th February, 2016

It may be the end for the ‘corner shop’ real estate, but not the end of the agent!

In today’s fast changing environment, we’ve seen the way we interact shift dramatically. Technology has changed the way we communicate: think smartphones and social media. Technology has disrupted the traditional way of doing things: think of Uber or AirBnB. We’ve also seen the shift in the way businesses serve the community. The small shopping precincts are being replaced with larger retail hubs and online shopping. This trend has also affected the real estate industry and it’s easy to see why. I’m a big believer in the theory that a good agent can sell property anywhere; we don’t need an expensive office... View article »
Posted in Ethical practice, Technology on 1st February, 2016