How to choose a real estate agent

11 Questions to ask before you hire a real estate agent

Feb 5th, 2018 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

When it’s time to hire a real estate agent to sell your home, you will find there are basically two types of salespeople out there. The first type will chuck a sign outside, take a few photos, put it up on trademe with a few bullet points in the advert and wait for the phone to ring. The second type will pro-actively go out in…

5 Questions to ask yourself before buying your first home

Jan 26th, 2018 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

Buying your first home is a damn big deal. Not only from a financial perspective but from an emotional point of view as well. Kudos to you for embarking on this journey! When buying with a partner, spouse or friend, the purchase of a first home represents a huge leap of faith in your relationship. On the other hand, if you are achieving the incredibly admirable feat…

Who should pay for real estate advertising

Who should pay for real estate advertising?

Jan 14th, 2018 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

It often comes as a complete surprise to owners, that a real estate salesperson will ask them to pay not only their commission but a separate advertising bill on top (and up front). This real estate advertising program usually comes to thousands of dollars. Which begs the one question that nearly every owner ponders at some point in the home selling process: “If I am…

When is the right time to buy? Should you try to ‘time the market’?

Nov 13th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

One thing stronger than our fear of missing out is our fear of making a bad decision. we become paralysed with indecision and anxiety when presented with too many choices. Isn’t it interesting how we get paralysis by analysis over something as simple as buying a vacuum cleaner, or deciding which hotel to book? You experience it on an even more intense level when you go…

13 Cheap and uncommon ways to add value to your home…

Aug 9th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Are you looking for cost-effective ways to add value to your home? Would you like to increase your potential selling price or valuation without spending the earth? When it comes to renovating, costs can spiral out of control if you are not careful. So this list has been prepared with frugal-ness top of mind! You might think some of these suggestions are obvious but you…

7 Signs you need to fire your real estate agent

Jun 20th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Let me guess – your salesperson promised you the world and bought you an atlas? What constitutes enough of a reason to fire them and start over? Let’s discuss the 7 signs you need to fire your real estate agent, and how to do it. Did you know… When you sign a listing authority, giving salesperson Sally Lotaleads permission to market your home (usually for 90…

9 things to know about buying ‘off the plans’

Jun 6th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

One of my readers recently asked me about buying an investment property off the plans (a property that has not yet been built). If you are considering this option, the advice I always give friends of mine is as follows: 9 things to know about buying off the plans… 1. Lock in equity from Day 1? There can be serious advantages to buying off the…

AREC 2017 Review – a.k.a Hair gel addicts anonymous

Jun 2nd, 2017 Real Estate Andrew Duncan

Golden sand, never-ending beaches, warm enough weather to wear shorts and a t-shirt – what’s not to like about being on the Gold Coast! Sadly for us, we spent our 2 days mostly inside a monstrous convention centre, but it was well worthwhile all the same. For anyone who hasn’t been before, AREC is the pinnacle of real estate conferences, especially in this part of…

9 Critical mistakes to avoid when selling your home

Apr 20th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

You get one chance at selling your home for the best possible price. Isn’t it important that you get it right? When it comes to selling your biggest asset, it’s easy to make mistakes. Problem is, those mistakes can be extremely costly, and hard to recover from. These are the most common traps I see owners falling into. Avoid them at all costs! Mistake 1. Over…