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The first rule of successful investing is "Stop Reading Newspapers!"

December 6, 2018

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A live interview I did with Channel 7’s “Sunrise” began with this: “Finance expert Noel Whittaker says if you want to invest in property, you should stop reading newspaper headlines – would you agree with that?” That was the perfect entrée for me to discuss media misinformation. I often tell people the first rule of […]

The importance of full disclosure

November 29, 2018


An agent that lies for you in order to achieve a sale, is certain to be an agent that also lies to you. These types of agents are not selectively unethical. It has been reported this week that a New Zealand based real estate agent has been fined $35,000 for lying to a prospective buyer […]

Selling an investment property

November 22, 2018

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Investment properties are generally sold in one of two ways: as a voluntary sale or as a forced sale. A voluntary sale If you’re considering selling your investment property, it is worth calculating the cost of keeping it. Lay out all monthly and quarterly outgoings – with interest payments, rates, body corporate, and agent’s fees […]

Tips for first-time property investors

November 22, 2018

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Many people assume property investors are rich and carefree. This is far from true, especially for the first-time investor. First time investors are simply everyday people striving to create a better future for themselves and their families. They aim to buy property, rent it out in the hope that one day, with smart management and […]

Market welcomes non-bank rise

November 21, 2018

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Non-bank lenders are serving as a “buffer” in the housing market by servicing borrowers that have been turned off by banks’ tighter credit policies, according to ANZ Research. According to an analysis from ANZ economists Daniel Gradwell and Shaurya Mishra, recent data from the ABS, APRA and the Reserve Bank of Australia has highlighted the […]

FHBs benefit in lending trends

November 21, 2018

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New housing loans have hit their lowest level in four years, latest ABS figures show, in a trend that’s good news for first-time buyers. In September loans to investors fell 2.8%, while loans to owner-occupiers dropped 4.2%. Year-on-year (comparing September 2017 to September 2018), lending overall was down 7.7%. RateCity research director Sally Tindall says […]

The deceptiveness of public auction

May 9, 2018

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  The most deceptive method used to sell property in Australia is public auction. For the agent, public auctions are all about the advertising revenue and the profile it buys. The real estate industry and major media organisations widely promote public auctions. Significant spend accompanies a public auction – through the vendor-paid marketing campaign. Public […]

The dangers in establishing a market price

April 12, 2018

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Establishing a realistic market price can be fraught with danger. The intentionally inflated price quoted by an agent is the most common. It is the improbable lie or the lie by omission. Other dangers that are not so obvious include well-meaning neighbours and friends, and the auto valuations provided by a myriad of websites. Neighbours […]

Property and the dangers of a digital footprint

March 21, 2018

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Before the Internet, properties were primarily marketed via newspaper advertisements, signs and in agents’ windows. These mediums had a remarkable and often overlooked advantage over modern forms of advertising – they left no easily traceable marketing or sales history (a digital footprint). There is an old saying ‘nothing is as useless as yesterday’s newspapers’. In […]

The two lies of the real estate industry

February 22, 2018


  When asked to price a property, a real estate agent has the opportunity to impress the owner and obtain a listing. Listings are the lifeblood of any real estate career. The two most common lies in the real estate industry involve the estimate price quoted to potential sellers. One is the lie real estate […]

The 'heart buyer' and rejecting early offers

February 15, 2018


The location is ideal, it has the right number of bedrooms and living spaces, the yard is great – it feels like the perfect home. Occasionally, a buyer matches a property to perfection. This buyer is going to live in the property. It will become their home. There is an instant and strong emotional connection. This […]

Knowledge, power and real estate advertising

February 8, 2018


A dangerous trend has emerged in real estate advertising with privacy and price implications. Too much personal information is being revealed during marketing campaigns. Circumstances such as divorce or illness are often featured in advertisements as agents try to use bad and distressing situations to attract buyers. The sale of a property should have no […]

Brisbane suburbs to watch in 2017

January 20, 2017

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Whether you’re looking to buy a home or perhaps purchase an investment property, it can be worth knowing what potential hot spots may crop up in the new year. A few of the directors at Johnson Real Estate Group weigh in on what suburbs they predict will perform well in 2017: Inala 4077 Shouldering a […]

Brisbane's property outlook for 2017

January 13, 2017

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  Brisbane’s steady growth won’t be going anywhere in 2017, according to Johnson Real Estate Group’s Managing Director, Andrew Trim. “On the back of price growth and affordability issues in Sydney and an increased investor interest in South-East Queensland, it should be a solid year for property in the greater Brisbane area.  Property here still […]

Five reasons why using a good agent is a smart decision versus selling yourself

December 2, 2016


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 […]

Why you should avoid guaranteed rental returns

November 22, 2016


With plenty of development projects coming to fruition and many cranes dotting the Brisbane skyline, it’s not hard to see that our city has experienced a construction boom. With so many purchase options available, many developers are offering incentives such as rental guarantees to enhance their projects in the eyes of investors. So what is […]

What you need to know about flipping houses

November 14, 2016

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Buy a house, renovate and sell quickly for a substantial profit – it’s not hard to see why flipping houses seems like an attractive venture. House flipping certainly isn’t a new concept, with shows such as the The Block making it appear like an easy, glamorous way to make money fast. While the process itself […]

Why people sell in spring

November 5, 2016


The temperature is warming up, Jacaranda trees are beginning to bloom and an influx of ‘for sale’ signs have popped up in your neighbourhood – spring is well and truly here. It is a commonly held belief that spring is the best time of year to sell, with many sellers often holding out until the […]

6 Handy tips for new landlords

October 28, 2016


So you’ve bought your first investment property and decided to become a landlord – congratulations! But what now? Property investment can be challenging at times, and if not executed properly, have dire financial implications. The team at Johnson Real Estate have put together their top six tips for landlords just starting out in the investment […]

What you need to consider before buying a unit

October 14, 2016


Often armed with a lower price tag and a central location, units can be a great way to break into the property market. They can also be a great way to live a low maintenance lifestyle while benefitting from a sense of community. Although there are many great aspects of units, it’s important to fully […]