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EOFY impact

Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

Have you noticed anything in terms of the end of financial year and the residential real estate market?  Me either.  It’s interesting isn’t it?  It is a major date on the financial calendar and it really has little impact on the market. When you think about the market it does move with a gentle rhythm.  We analyse ev ....

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Get serious in Winter!

Tuesday 20 Jun 2017

The thing about the weather cooling is that it changes the way we work. I don’t just mean our team, I mean everyone. When it’s cold you don’t want to go out unless you really have to, and in terms of residential real estate that has an impact. It influences attendance at both inspections and auctions, but it can be a good thing. T ....

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The Honour of Service

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

I think few would argue the value, regardless of your stance on the monarchy, of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List honouring those committed to community service. It is a wonderful quality that should be honoured and too often great service is something we take for granted. I think ‘good service’ can be considered to be a slightly ....

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Always Right

Wednesday 07 Jun 2017

It is a common wisdom that when it comes to providing a service it should be assumed that customer is always right.  I agree.  But how to manage that when in real estate we work to many masters?  You need to focus and you need to know.At Morton our clients are vendors and buyers, landlords and tenants. In my opinion each is as import ....

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Market Movements

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Last week I said I think the market is changing.  There is an increasing degree of caution applied by buyers when making their decisions to purchase. Caution is never a bad thing when making a significant financial decision but in terms of the current state of the market it is important to note that buyers ARE still proceeding to purchase.&nbs ....

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May 2017 Director's Desk

Monday 29 May 2017

Things are changing Okay. It’s time to talk.  There is definitely a change in the air and it isn’t just the chill of the oncoming Winter. There is no reason to panic but I think it is important for our clients to be mindful. For many months now I have been determined to counter hysteria that the market was doomed.  I have been ....

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Changing expectations

Wednesday 24 May 2017

In the wake of the Federal Budget I think it is timely to reflect on the value of skilful negotiation. As our Prime Minister continues to discover making a decision is one thing. Negotiating to successfully implement that decision is a whole other story. And that is certainly the case in real estate, now more than ever. The reality is buyers and ve ....

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The danger of crying wolf!

Tuesday 16 May 2017

I’m sure everyone has heard of Aesop’s fable of the little shepherd boy who cried wolf.  It is a story told to children for hundreds of years to illustrate the dangers of not telling the truth, but I actually think it is a lesson relevant to the residential property market today. Be careful of the consequences if you keep crying wo ....

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Don’t budget for a decrease in demand

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Once again, the Budget has been delivered. Full credit to the Treasurer for introducing a range of measures aimed at addressing housing affordability I don’t think anyone really anticipates any of those measures will have much, if any, dramatic impact on the extraordinary strength we continue to experience across the residential property mark ....

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Can’t you see the positives?

Tuesday 02 May 2017

Why the negativity? It amazes me. There is so much to be positive about in terms of the residential property market in 2017 and residential property values across Sydney. I find it frustrating that the focus is not on how fantastic the market is. Can’t we cut the negativity. There is no reason to be down.  The market certainly isn’ ....

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