Spring Update – The Eastern Suburbs Property Market

Everything you need to know about how the Eastern Suburbs Property Market is responding to the new norm Spring has sprung and the media continues to write about falling Sydney house prices & suffering property markets. It’s difficult to know where that actually puts us. What do the reported trends actually mean for sellers and …

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What the COVID is going on?

There is a lot of uncertainty in the residential and commercial property markets at present. Kim Ball answers some of the questions we at Rose & Jones are being asked on a daily basis.   The auction clearance rate was 76% on Saturday. Is the market back to normal? It is true that historically the …

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A Snapshot of What We are Seeing at Rose & Jones

As we start to see our economy restart and our lives slowly get back to normal, it’s been great to see the real estate industry snap back to life.   While no-one has a crystal ball and can foresee what the economic fallout will look like over the next six to twelve months, we are certainly …

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Secret Deals and Hidden Gems

In all the years of having media exposure this week we experienced a dramatic response to an article which quoted Rose & Jones regarding our current experience with the growing number of off-market property listings in this COVID-19 property market. It goes against the widely reported ‘slump’ of the Sydney property market since the corona-virus …

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Corona, Fires and Surging House Prices

There was a feeling of “business as usual” as we entered the New Year, the Banking Royal Commission is now a distant memory which achieved very little. The Federal election held in May 2019 would have had a major impact on the property market if Labour were elected but we saw Bill Shorten talk the …

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What Are Off Market Properties & How Do You Find Them?

One of the benefits of using a buyer’s agent is to give you access to 100% of the market. If you are searching for a property you can see all on market properties as they are listed on realestate.com.au and domain.com.au. But there are two other categories to consider; pre market and off market properties. …

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Caught up in Heated Passion!

Hot weather, hot air, hot competition and one sizzling property market! The heat and passion of the Sydney real estate market has kicked off for the year of 2020! In my 13 years as a real estate agent I have never experienced it hotter! Last week, on behalf of a client, I was the underbidder …

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Downsizing: The Great Leap from 1800 sqm to 180 sqm

In April of 2016, we sold our family home of nearly 20 years in the Upper North shore. It was a very quick off market sale, so we asked for a 6-month settlement as we had no idea where we wanted to live in the east or what type of home, we wanted to live …

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The Year That Was 2019

Banking Royal Commission Looking back on the last 10 months since the start of 2019, it has been a wild ride in every aspect including the property market, we have seen a banking royal commission which put the brakes on lending which in turn made buyers as scarce as hens teeth, the big 4 banks …

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Should I Stay or Should I go?

As more and more Australians consider the need to remain or lay roots in a capital city, the picturesque coastal area of the Gold Coast is receiving unprecedented levels of interest, not only from tourists but also new residents looking to take advantage of the lifestyle, affordability and opportunities on offer. With over 10 million …

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Is The Sydney Property Market Bouncing Back?

Sydney’s property market, everyone’s favourite subject, is back in the headlines. Did it ever go away?! So what is the current situation? As we have said many times before, it is impossible to treat the whole of Sydney as one housing market.  Different locations, price brackets and types of property behave differently. However, in the …

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Trade Secrets Revealed

Every purchasing situation is different and everyone involved in the purchase has an interest. That is why a tailored purchasing strategy is so important. When I am buying a property for a client, I believe there are 5 essential ingredients to a successful purchasing strategy.   My recipe for success is set out below: Lauren …

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Spring Market – Conflicting Indicators

Leading into September, commentators consistently talked up the real estate market. We all know about the election results, the rate cuts – with more expected, and the loosening of APRA’s mortgage serviceability conditions. Surprisingly, this has not resulted in a strong spring market as we have seen considerably lower property listings in August and September. …

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The Downsizer Effect

What is a downsizer? The dictionary definition of a downsizer is: “a person who moves to a smaller property, typically after he or she retires” At Rose and Jones we see this group of people as having an important impact on property prices, particularly in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Looking at census data we …

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Ahead of the Pack

What do the recent changes in the market mean for you and how can you take advantage of these changes?   It’s the perfect time to get ahead of the pack and avoid paying a premium in 6-12 months time.   Economic Events With the Liberal Party winning the Federal election on May 18th, 2019, there …

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Sydney: A City of Villages

“Sydney house prices plummet 15%” “House prices dropping and there’s no end in sight”   More realistic media headlines would insert the words ‘in some suburbs’ but that doesn’t grab the reader’s attention to the same degree! The fact is that we are experiencing a changing market. Prices have fallen in some areas and continue to …

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To Fee or Not to Fee? That is the Question

As most of Australia is duly aware the financial sector is in the midst of a drawn out, yet necessary, shake up with mortgage brokers facing the brunt of suggested changes. Regulators have shared their scepticism around lender-paid broker remuneration, doubting if the industry can act in the best interest of their customers whilst operating …

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Why Engaging an Experienced Buyers Agent is a Value Proposition

The most frequent questions a Buyer’s Agent (BA) is asked is “Why Do I Need a Buyer’s Agent?”  and “How does a Buyer’s Agent add value to my Property Acquisition?” Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned property investor, the answer is the same. A buyer wants: Access to 100% of properties …

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History Repeating

The word is about, there’s something evolving, Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving… They say the next big thing is here, That the revolution’s near, But to me it seems quite clear That’s it’s all just a little bit of history repeating. The newspapers shout a new style is growing, But it don’t know …

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Buyers Agent MythBusters

If you are familiar with the television program MythBusters, you know their goal is to put to test myths and urban legends that have been going around for donkey’s years and prove whether they are right or just that – a myth. Well here at Rose & Jones, we aim to provide insight into what …

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Looking Through the Mist

After a booming 4 years of property sales and property price growth across the Sydney market, clearance rates consistently above 80% and seemingly unrestrained lending, as the middle of March 2018 approaches and clearance rates (as reported) are hovering around 66%, if you believed what you read, we are heading for market crash. Firstly, a few …

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Year in Review 2017

2017 has been a big year for Rose & Jones. We have expanded in a number of ways, including welcoming new staff to the team as well as broaden our reach to Victoria & Queensland. To those of you who have been following Rose & Jones for some time, we re-branded at the end of 2016 and began our next …

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Certainty in an Uncertain Time

Certainty in an Uncertain Time The last three years in the Sydney housing market have provided vendors with perfect storm like conditions. Money has been cheap and banks have been providing record breaking competitive lending. This coupled with stock shortages and a rapidly increasing population in major cities has lead to a property BOOM in Sydney. There has …

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Plan for Success: Tips for Taking the Stress Out of the Search Journey

Searching for and securing a property can prove to be a very time consuming and stressful experience, as well as a potentially costly one. In this regard, the old adage “fail to plan and you plan to fail” is particularly applicable to the property search and buying process. Fundamental to any successful property search, is …

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Are You a Property Expert?

Real Estate. It is an excellent topic for any social engagement. Everyone is interested in it. They either want in, want out, want nothing to do with it or (in most cases) fancy themselves as a bit of an expert at it. Real estate is one of the only industries that no matter what the …

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Nuts to Normal – Part 2

The ground under the recent price boom has started to shift, though. Some noticeable changes have taken place in the last 6 weeks: • Interest rates to investors have gone up • Lending criteria has changed including equity and serviceability requirements and this has started to take the heat out of prices • Lower clearance rates have …

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Bubble Mania: Fact or Fiction – Part 1

Are we watching a bubble deflate, or could it simply be an over heated market normalising. Debunking the ‘bubble will burst’ theory. We all remember the balloon deflation and inflation experiment without bursting the balloon, right? For those who don’t, the balloon represents the property market, the air is interest rates and lending criteria coupled with consumer …

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Get Ahead of the Pack

We are now well and truly into March, the holiday season is behind us and 2017 is in full swing. Vendors are ready to sell and more stock is coming on the market. What you may not know however is that there are far more sales occurring “off market” than there is on market. As …

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To Buy or Not to Buy? That is the Question

Record prices continue to be recorded for properties throughout the Sydney Region, with over 100 suburbs in Sydney recording double digit (Median) price increases over the past 12 months (Australian Property Monitors). A range of factors are at play that are continue to place upward pressure on housing prices for the foreseeable future: The current lack of …

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Downsizing in Sydney, No Easy Task

There are numerous reasons as to why both current residents, and those living elsewhere, are drawn to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and its surrounds. The combination of lifestyle options provided by the world famous harbour and pristine beaches coupled with efficient proximity to an international CBD, which is thriving off the back of world …

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Is off market the new on market?

Recent months have seen increased activity amongst off market property sales. This presents both an opportunity and a challenge for buyers, in that buying off-market offers significant benefits – but sourcing the cream of the off-market crop requires an intimate connection to the local market and its participants. Off-market listings represent a significant portion of …

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A Personal undertaking, 18 years in the making.

As we approach the milestone that is our third decade, we are excited to announce a significant change at Rose & Jones. Over the last year, we have worked to re-imagine our established and trusted brand – and to develop an enhanced service offering that supports this commitment. Since its inception, Rose & Jones’ personal …

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