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May 31, 2019

Five Reasons Why Using a Good Agent is a Smart Decision vs Selling Yourself

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

Selling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make, so it’s important to do it correctly. While it can be tempting to sell your house without an agent, saving yourself the fees, it’s important to recognise the advantages you have if you choose a good agent instead.

Time

Selling a home can be a lengthy process. It can take many arduous hours to sell a home – free time an...

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May 31, 2019

Congratulations Brody

Brody Willis has been named Sales Rookie of the Year for the First National Australian Network.

First National Real Estate’s highest achievers were presented with National General Excellence and Marketing Awards at Singapore’s Flower Dome at the First National Real Estate Convention 2019.

Our very own, Brody Willis has been recognised as the Sales Rookie of the Year at the national level after having been awarded with state honours earlier in the year at the NSW awards night.

This result is testament to...

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May 24, 2019

Know Your Purpose for Investing in Property

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

Many people assume property investors are rich and carefree.

This is far from true.

Most residential property investors are simply striving to create a better future for themselves and their families. They own one property – or possibly two – and rent it out in the hope that one day, with smart management and capital appreciation, they can use the value in that property so they don’t have to rely totally on government assistance.

Surely...

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May 17, 2019

Advertising: The Golden Rule

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

If an agent suggests an advertising campaign involving upfront marketing costs, ask them to pay for it. If the agent is so confident their marketing plan will result in a sale, they should be happy to front the costs.

A good agent will always be happy to receive reimbursement for marketing costs after the sale is completed, which mitigates the risk of financial loss for the seller. Selling a property is stressful enough...

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May 10, 2019

The Cost of Advertising

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

Marketing is not cheap. That’s why so many property advertisements have agents’ faces and agent names so predominantly displayed. If agents’ marketing costs can be subsidised by sellers, why not? Although the house is advertised, agents are also marketing themselves to other potential sellers. One major website will not allow agents to have their name displayed on an advertisement unless it is upgraded, providing further incentive for agents to convince sellers to...

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May 03, 2019

Are you paying to market your property... or your agent?

By Andrew Trim
Author of Real Estate Dangers

The real estate industry has convinced itself and the marketplace that the more exposure a property gets during the sales process, the better the outcome.

While this may seem logical, it’s worth digging a bit deeper. For example, is there a level of exposure that does more damage than good? When marketing a property for sale, does it need expensive exposure? Paying for exposure through expensive advertising presents two dangers: the loss of...

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May 01, 2019

HOPE BALL 2019

The Goulburn Hope Ball was held on the last Saturday in April with another outstanding attendance.

Our team are proud supporters of the Goulburn Hope Ball and Relay For Life and have been to all 5 of the balls since their commencement.

The Goulburn Hope Ball committee are to be congratulated for putting on another successful Hope Ball fundraising for Cancer Council.

Our Principal, Barry McEntee conducted the auction and was also emcee for the evening. The auction provided spirited bidding with all...

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April 30, 2019

First National Supports Kids Helpline!

First National Real Estate Australia is proud to announce that its major sponsorship for 2019 will be Kids Helpline, Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. First National Goulburn is looking forward to embracing this initiative on a local level.

The national helpline has responded to more than 8 million contacts over the past 28 years, helping children; young people and families manage the challenges of modern life.

First...

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April 26, 2019

Should you renovate before selling?

By Andrew Trim 
Author of Real Estate Dangers

With TV shows such as The Block and House Rules gaining immense popularity in the last few years, many homeowners have been inspired to carry out their own makeovers and add value to their homes.

A question our sales team at Johnson Real Estate often get asked is “should we renovate before we put our home on the market?”. Sellers are often under the impression that if they extensively renovate their home, they’ll...

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April 18, 2019

Auctions & the 3 card trick

By Peter O’Malley 
Author of Inside Real Estate

 

Public auction involves multiple bidders competing against each other to secure the one house. This is the simplistic theory of auctions.

In order to get home owners to sign up to an auction, agents use the equivalent of the 3 card trick. They tell home sellers that auction is a 3 phase selling process. You can sell prior to auction, at auction or after auction. It is a normal part of the course to...

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