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Common buyer mistakes

By Jacque Parker House Search Australia Because so many buyers only go through the buying process once every seven years (the average time that Australians move house) they can be a little “rusty” when it comes time to purchasing what...

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REBAA president sleeping rough

For someone who’s made a profession out of putting a roof over people’s heads, REBAA president Rich Harvey has found a worthy reason to sleep on the streets. For the 6th year running Rich will be joining business and community...

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Who wants to live in Byron Bay?

By Michael Murray Byron Property Search A good proportion of our clients are ‘Dream Changers’  – southern city escapees who have the desire and the capital to move to one of the most popular alternative lifestyle destinations in Australia. Here...

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Wise investors buy quality not quantity

As Australia’s leading association representing independent buyer’s agents, it’s our role to warn first home buyers and budding investors of ‘get rich quick’ property schemes. Slogans promising investors they can “retire richer sooner”, make “instant equity” and “become a millionaire in five...

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How to find value post boom

Media Release Australia’s largest body of professional buyer’s agents is reassuring home buyers and investors that it is possible to find value in the property market post boom. Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) president Rich Harvey said...

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5 Tips for building your property portfolio

A frequent question many of our REBAA members get asked is “How do I build a property portfolio?” You can start a property investment portfolio with as little as $250,000. The key is making sure you have the property team...

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Federal Budget 2017: A mixed bag of savings and incentives

The 2017 Federal Budget boasts several measures designed to increase housing affordability. Here’s a snapshot of the main ones: First home buyer savings incentives From 1 July 2017 buyers saving for their first home will be able to voluntarily contribute up...

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Buyer beware comparable sales data

In an escalating property market it’s more important than ever that homebuyers carefully analyse sales data provided by selling agents to qualify their offer price and do their own independent research of comparable properties to ascertain ‘like for like’. Often real estate...

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Why dipping into your super for your first home in Sydney sounds silly

By Fred Haggar, Property Search 4U Opinion The current debate around whether or not first home buyers should be able to access their superannuation to buy their first home has been polarising but it’s important to look at the facts....

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Survey reveals number one fear buyers have buying at auction

Media Release A survey of Australia’s peak body of professional buyer’s agents has revealed the biggest fear buyers have buying at auction. The survey by the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA), showed 60 per cent of respondents...

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The top 5 questions you should ask your real estate agent

With low stock levels driving prices upwards in many states including Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, we reveal the top five questions all buyers should ask before jumping in. The questions every buyer should ask a real estate agent...

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Don't let a selling agent bid for you at auction

Never let a selling agent bid for you at auction. Buyers need to be aware that selling agents acting as buyer’s agents and/or bidding on your behalf at auction, have a clear conflict of interest when it comes to buying...

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What should you look for in a buyer's agent?

As Australia’s largest national body representing professional buyer’s agents, we frequently get asked the question: What should I look for in a buyer’s agent? Generally speaking consumers should look for the following five qualities when looking to engage a buyer’s...

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In pursuit of excellence: REIQ's Buyer's Agency of the Year

Brisbane buyer’s agents, Property Pursuit, have a vision for their business – to be the most respected buyers’ agency in Brisbane. Last month Property Pursuit moved a step closer to achieving that vision after it was awarded Buyers’ Agency of...

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How to avoid the ups and downs of the property cycle

In any market, home buyers and investors should target suburbs primed for strong future growth that avoid the ups and down of the property cycle. It could have planned government infrastructure developments, gentrification potential, or if it is already established,...

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Don't be a 'wounded bull' bidder at this weekend's Super Saturday auctions

Media Release Australia’s largest independent body of professional buyer’s agents is warning home buyers and investors not to fall victim to the ‘wounded bull’ syndrome at the looming Super Saturday of hot auctions. With this weekend tipped to be the...

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Profile Tony Coughran: REIQ's Buyer's Agent of the Year

Tony Coughran’s dad has a saying. If you need a hand, look down your arm. That motto has stuck with him through life and the Gold Coast buyer’s agent has had to work hard for everything he’s ever achieved. A...

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Is the art of selling dead?

Given the strong Sydney market we’ve experienced, and especially in the last four years, buyers could be forgiven for viewing real estate agents as more “door men/women” rather than sales agents. After all, at many Saturday open inspections they take...

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Expert tips for home buyers and investors in 2017: REBAA

Media Release Australia’s largest body of professional buyer’s agents is recommending buying in suburbs with excellent established infrastructure, high demand and attractive amenities if you want to stay ahead of the property game in 2017. According to Real Estate Buyers...

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Major issues affecting buyers in 2017

REBAA’s state representatives give their insights into the major challenges facing the property market this year: Brisbane – Zoran Solano – Hot Property Buyers Agency If 2016 is anything to go by 2017 will continue to be an undersupplied market of...

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Why January is one of the best months of the year to buy property

Prime holiday times like January can present opportunities for those looking to buy a house which can translate to lower prices and more flexible conditions for a better buy. According to REBAA president Rich Harvey there are definitely ‘slower times’...

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Weekend Sunrise - Tips for tackling the property market in 2017

REBAA Vice President talks to Monique and Andrew from Weekend Sunrise with REBAA’s tips for tackling the property in 2017. Click here to watch the video. https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/33737795/tackling-the-housing-affordability-crisis/?cmp=st&cmp=st    

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New website launched to help Australians buy property better

 With the aim of helping property buyers make informed property purchases, Australia’s largest body of professional buyer’s agents is proud to unveil its new consumer website, www.rebaa.com.au and a fresh new logo. The new REBAA website is aimed to educate...

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REBAA's tips for buying a holiday home

Buying a holiday home is an ‘investment’ that needs to be approached with caution. With the holiday season almost upon us, here are REBAA’s top tips to consider when buying a holiday home: 1. Never buy a holiday home at...

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Performance Property Advisors appointed sole buyer’s agents for BRICKX Platform

Earlier this year, REBAA member Performance Property Advisors was appointed the sole buyer’s agency for a new residential investment platform called BRICKX. REBAA talks to Performance Property Advisors’ Ramon Mitchell about the new venture: How does the BRICKX Platform work?...

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Tips for buying in a hot market

With inventory levels struggling to keep up with demand in property markets in the lead-up to Christmas we give our tips for buying in a hot market. In this environment it is especially important to keep your emotions in check...

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How exclusive is your buyer’s agent?

When engaging a buyer’s agent it’s important you choose an exclusive REBAA buyer’s agent. The question of who pays the buyer’s agent is crucial, because that’s where their loyalty lies. If they are paid by a selling agent or a developer,...

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Homebuyers warned of buyer’s agents pushing up house prices

REBAA talks to news.com.au about the low barriers to entry to becoming a buyer’s agent and the importance of using a REBAA accredited buyer’s agent in the house hunt. The article looks at some of the misconceptions around how buyer’s...

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Why you should pay for a Property Depreciation Report

Property depreciation allows you claim a tax deduction for any wear and tear over time on any old or new investment property. It allows you to claim internal items like ovens and carpets (plant and equipment) and on the construction...

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Now is a great time for retirees to downsize their homes

With property prices continuing to skyrocket in many parts of the country, now is a great time for homeowners who are considering downsizing to sell their family homes and move to properties that are more appropriate for their age and...

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Why now is a good time to downsize

Media Release.  Record property prices means now is a great time for those home owners considering downsizing to sell the family home and move into something more appropriate for their age and future needs, says Australia’s largest professional body of...

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Renovations that add value

There is no denying well-planned and executed renovations can pay for themselves and earn home owners handsome rewards over and above their initial investment. According to the Housing Industry of Australia, Australia’s renovation market is the strongest it’s been since...

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REBAA state rep named REIV Buyer’s Agent of the Year

REBAA Victoria representative Janet Spencer has won the 2016 REIV Buyers Agent of the Year award announced at last night’s REIV gala dinner at Crown Towers. The REIV Awards for Excellence showcase the best of the property industry and celebrate...

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In the Media

8 signs you should be talking to a buyer's agent

With an endemic lack of stock around the country leaving investors at risk of paying premium prices for ordinary properties, Smart Property Investment Magazine looks at the tell-tale signs when you should probably be using a buyer’s agent for your...

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Survey of Australia’s top buyer’s agents reveals lack of stock number one issue facing home buyers

Media Release A survey of Australia’s top buyer’s agents has revealed a lack of good quality established property is the number one issue facing today’s home buyers. The survey, conducted by the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA),...

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Survey reveals lack of stock number one issue for buyers

Australian Property Investor Magazine published the results of a REBAA member survey in October this year which revealed a lack of good quality established property is the number one issue facing today’s home buyers. The survey showed 70 per cent...

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Looking for a simple life on the Gold Coast?

Husband and wife duo Tony and Eva Coughran from Simply GC love buying property for their clients and they’re keen to share their local knowledge with their new lifestyle blog www.simplygc.com For them it’s personal. Eva grew up on the...

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REBAA president named REINSW Buyer's Agent of the Year

Congratulations to REBAA president Rich Harvey who was last night awarded Real Estate Institute of New South Wales’ Buyer’s Agent of the Year at a gala dinner at Sydney’s Sheraton Hotel. The annual industry awards encourage, promote and recognise excellence...

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A buyer's agent can be man's best friend

Melbourne based buyer’s agent Melissa Opie has a strong team behind her including two very special employees of the four-legged variety. Tibetan spaniels Coco and Bella have been coming to work with her for the past two years and according to Melissa,...

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REBAA members lead the field of finalists in the REIV and REINSW awards for excellence

The state-based REI Awards for Excellence showcase the best of the property industry and celebrate leading real estate agency practices and professionals. The annual awards recognise and reward members who have gone the extra mile in pursuit of service, ethics...

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What to know about buying off-the-plan

In this interview with realestate.com.au, REBAA warns buyers about some of the pitfalls in off-the-plan purchases. Click here to read the full article: http://www.realestate.com.au/advice/what-to-know-about-buying-off-the-plan/

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Expert tips to avoid overpaying for property

Home ownership is expensive in Australia and the last thing you want to do, especially in a competitive market, is to overpay for your home and regret the decision later.  The reality is it’s more important than ever for buyers...

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A superhuman buyer's agent

A freak car accident at work almost a decade ago saw Michelle Winkler lose a leg at the tender age of 24. Life for the co-founder of Master Advocates in Melbourne would never be the same again and together with husband...

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Buyer’s agents aren’t just for the wealthy

Media Release Help is at hand for first homebuyers losing sleep over finding their dream home, according to Australia’s largest professional body of independent buyer’s agents. Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) president Rich Harvey said it was...

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What's special about Northern Queensland?

In the first of a series of profiles on national markets, we take a look at North Queensland. REBAA member Jennifer Smith from NQ Buyer’s Agent tell us what’s special about her neck of the woods: North Queensland The tropical...

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Sorting the good apps from the not-so-good apps

New technology is making it easier for home buyers and investors to assess property but REBAA warns it’s risky business to invest based on technology alone. In this interview on Real Estate Talk, REBAA warns buyers against relying on technology...

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REBAA's Spring auction tips

With the spring selling season fast approaching we’d like to remind buyers about the importance of being prepared before bidding at auction. Buying a house at auction can be both exciting and stressful but by planning ahead, doing your research,...

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In the Media

Association chief slams new 'free' buyer's agent services

When engaging a buyer’s agent it’s important you choose an exclusive REBAA buyer’s agent. The question of who pays the buyer’s agent is crucial, because that’s where their loyalty lies. If they are paid by a selling agent or a developer,...

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Buyer beware ‘free’ buyer’s agents – REBAA

Media Release Australia’s leading body of professional buyer’s agents, the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association (REBAA), today slammed real estate companies misrepresenting themselves as buyer’s agents and offering free services. REBAA president Rich Harvey said it was regrettable that an...

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Warning: "Free" buyer's agents for property investors

As Australia’s leading body of professional buyer’s agents, we always get concerned whenever we see mention of anyone advertising “free buyers agent services”. Red flags instantly start waving when words like “the seller pays the fee not the buyer” and...

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The top 5 questions you should ask before buying a house

With interest rates cut this week to a fresh record low of 1.5 per cent, it’s never been a more attractive time to start climbing the property ladder. In response, REBAA has put together the top five questions home buyers should ask before jumping in....

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Why you need a buyer’s agent and not an app

Media Release New technology is making it easier for home buyers and investors to assess property but the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) says it’s risky business to invest based on technology alone. REBAA President Rich Harvey...

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How to avoid buying a rebound

Have you ever met someone who married on the rebound? It’s a messy situation and once they realise what’s happened their choice is either to make the best of it or get out. The same thing can happen with house hunters after they miss...

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Why I became a buyer's agent

REBAA talks to Matt Reeves, buyer’s agent and founder of Your Property Hound in Brisbane, about why he became a buyer’s agent: What do you enjoy about being a buyer’s agent? I am passionate about investing in property, and particularly enjoy...

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Queensland's property policy announcements: Simon Pressley

Property markets are complex and very much intertwined with the economy. If only our political leaders and those empowered to manage federal, state and local economies had a better understanding of that. Recent policy announcements by the Queensland Government are...

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Why I love being a buyer's agent

Nick Viner gives the top 5 reasons why he loves his job: 1. No two days are the same You are constantly meeting interesting people and inspecting new properties in different suburbs every day. You can start the morning thinking...

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Why you should consider buying in an election year

This year’s pending Federal election could present opportunities for astute home buyers and investors with a lot less competition at auctions and open inspections in coming months as historically people tended to sit on their hands in the lead-up to...

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Why pay somebody to help buy you a property?

Many people are concerned that they can’t afford to pay a buyers agent, especially if they are already finding it difficult to secure a property within their budget. However, when it comes to buying property it’s important to realise that you could...

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Which bank? The family and friends bank

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows in the past 12 months property prices across all states have increased, pushing the average loan sizes up to $416,300 in NSW, $367,900 in Victoria, $305,400 in Queensland and $277,800 in South...

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