Glenn Curran wins 2016 North Shore Businessperson of the year

Glenn Curran wins 2016 North Shore Businessperson of the year

I received a very unexpected but welcome accolade last night at the Local Business Awards. Very humbled to receive the North Shore Businessperson of the year for 2016, especially given the calibre of the finalist’s I was up against. There are some great business leaders on the north shore; it certainly was a crack field. It was a double celebration for Curran Property, with the team also recognised as a finalist for the real estate business of the year. This award has added to what has been a great year with a number of highlights such as achieving a record upper... View article »
Posted in Community involvement, Upper North Shore Real Estate on 11th November, 2016

Off market selling: Is it a good option?

It’s a question I’ve heard raised a little recently: Is there any value in selling my property off market? With real estate prominently in the press for a variety of reasons, from housing affordability to the auction clearance rates, I’m not surprised there’s interest in new ways to sell a property. Selling off market for those of you not familiar with the term, is to sell your property without a public listing and marketing campaign to drive buyer interest. There’s some suggestion it’s on the rise, especially in the major capital cities. For me, I would question whether the rise is... View article »

Social media: It’s more than just a sales tool

A recent Google study found that more and more consumers are going online in their search for an agent to sell their home. In 2014 this trend grew 14% alone. To be fair, that’s hardly surprising when pretty much everyone lives online these days. But how are we as an industry leveraging and adapting to this shift in the market? Like many industries, digital marketing is not new to real estate. Your website is the first thing one thing you need to get right, but there’s lots more to attracting our vendors and buyers online. Take social media for example: In my... View article »

How your culture will affect your future success

Howard Schultz, the legendary founder and CEO of Starbucks, once said, “The only competitive advantage we have is the culture and values of the company”. It’s a sentiment that I think is just as relatable in real estate as it is in selling cups of coffee: The culture you create is a key driver in what sets you apart from your competition. Just like the coffee market, we have an industry of competitors both large and small. But there’s a bigger reason why I believe culture is important. More than just setting you apart from your competition, building a strong culture... View article »
Posted in Ethical practice, Real estate commentary, Recruitment on 28th September, 2016

The rise of the Millennial Generation: How does real estate adapt?

This week I was fortunate enough to speak at the Business of Real Estate event on the Gold Coast. It was a great couple of days involving some industry heavyweights, with a lot of thought-provoking material covered. Like many of the posts on Curran Insights, my topic area was looking to the future of our industry, in particular the make up of the future real estate agent. I thought I’d share a few of the key points from my presentation. What’s the biggest factor driving the future agent? Some people probably think technology. While regular readers will know I’m an unabashed fan... View article »
Posted in Mobility, Real estate commentary, Recruitment on 15th September, 2016

Glenn Curran presents at ‘Business of Real Estate’

This week I presented at the Business of Real Estate event on the Gold Coast. This event brings together industry leaders to talk about the future of real estate and the key trends and challenges we face. I spoke about the future real estate agent: what do they look like and how do we need to adapt our business to attract the best talent. I’ve attached a PDF copy here for those of you interested, I’ll also be writing further on the themes raised here over the next few weeks. Download a copy of my presentation here. View article »
Posted in Mobility, Real estate commentary, Recruitment, Technology on 15th September, 2016

The rise of the ‘smart home’: Will it add value to your property?

I was speaking with a good friend the other day and she explained a story about a colleague of hers that was using an Apple Watch to remotely turn off lights her kids keep leaving on! This technology is advancing quickly so that you now have the ability to control your home environment, via a wide range of appliances and utilities, from anywhere with a WIFI connection. I’ve written before about the role technology plays in real estate from an agent’s point of view. We like to think we’re ahead of the curve in the industry when it comes to technology... View article »

3 reasons why the upper North Shore is a hot spot

With the election behind us, it’s worth looking at the road ahead for the upper North Shore. It’s our core market and we’re involved in it on a daily basis. After feedback from some of our clients, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on what I see as the key points to consider in the market for the next few months. Sydney’s North Shore out-performs other areas The North Shore continues to be ‘hot house’ bucking the trends across the rest of Sydney and the rest of the country. I’ve written recently about the real benefits to selling in the... View article »

Property and the Federal election: What you need to know

As we head to the polls this weekend, it’s been hard to escape the coverage of the 2016 Federal election. Like you, I’m tired of the seemingly endless campaign and the constant political advertising! It’s also clear that real estate has been a hot topic in the 2016 campaign; namely housing affordability and negative gearing. Given many Australian’s have structured their wealth creation around property, its not surprising. In fact overall I think it’s a good thing that real estate is a part of the debate. It’s a crucial sector for the economy as well as an indicator for other issues/challenges. But... View article »

3 reasons why selling this winter makes perfect sense

At the end of December 2015 I wrote a post on my 3 predictions for the market in 2016. As we approach the halfway mark of 2016, I wanted to revisit this and take stock of where we’re at: The bubble won’t burst, there will be growth: we got this one spot on. In fact, according the CoreLogic RP Data Sydney saw 4.5% growth on the median house price January-April. International and local demand will remain high: Tightening in legislation in China on restricting capital outflows, coupled with lending changes by our major banks, means international demand has... View article »