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Welcome to some of my more informal insights into the world of Real Estate. Here I’ll introduce some of the hot topics within the industry and add some of my tips to help you make the most of your career in this business.

Castle Hill Suburb Spotlight

Monday, November 13, 2017

A snapshot of Castle Hill - November 2017 Read more

A snapshot of Castle Hill - November 2017


Baulkham Hills Suburb Spotlight

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

With an annual growth rate of almost three times the Sydney average, Baulkham Hills properties are in high demand. 

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With an annual growth rate of almost three times the Sydney average, Baulkham Hills properties are in high demand. 


Why buying in the Hills District is the safest bet you can make

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Next Stop - The Hills District

Monday, October 16, 2017

There are dozens of great reasons to love living in The Hills district, not least of which is the fact that it’s a booming area for investors. Unfolding before our eyes over the last few years has been a project that will ensure the area continues to grow for some time to come: the Sydney Metro Northwest rail link.  Read more

There are dozens of great reasons to love living in The Hills district, not least of which is the fact that it’s a booming area for investors. Unfolding before our eyes over the last few years has been a project that will ensure the area continues to grow for some time to come: the Sydney Metro Northwest rail link.

History proves that nothing brings a suburb, no matter how remote from the CBD, closer to the main game like the good old railroad, and even though the link is not completed, the impact of the $8.3 billion project on population and price in The Hills has been enormous.  People are now clamouring to live in the area. The infrastructure to accommodate such growth is vigorous and visionary.

The “priority precincts” allocated by the State government have been earmarked for townhouses and high-rises. Those whose homes need to be cleared for the rail project stand to make up to three times the market value for their properties.

The buying activity of state-of-the-art developers like Toplace (2400 units at West Pennant Hills) and Sekisui House (1300 prestige apartments adjacent to the Castle Hill Country Club along Spurway Drive) has meant that many residents have had, or will have, their lives transformed by the unexpected windfall. Overall, thanks to all this activity, median prices have leapt over 100% in the last five years!

It’s exciting to contemplate the future of The Hills district. You should be excited, because you are living in exactly the right place. For the next twenty years, growth is assured, and that growth will only accrue to the growing status and privilege of living in the most sought-after area of Sydney.

So to our valued customers and friends in The Hills District: be optimistic about the property market in the area. To investors: be excited about the boundless possibilities presented to you by The Hills District. To everyone: now is the time to get into The Hills area!   

The potential downfalls of using a low fee agent or service such as Purplebricks

Friday, October 13, 2017

A common belief is that choosing a low fee agent or utilising a service such as purple bricks will save you money when selling your home. I explain why this belief is a fallacy and how it could actually cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Read more

A common belief is that choosing a low fee agent or utilising a service such as purple bricks will save you money when selling your home. I explain why this belief is a fallacy and how it could actually cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

2017 REINSW Awards for Excellence

Monday, October 09, 2017

Proud of the Harcourts Hills Living Read more

Proud of the Harcourts Hills Living team for being nominated for Real Estate Agency of the Year - Medium at the annual REINSW Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.  We didn't win this year but we are all hungry and determined to succeed next year! 
 

Is the Sydney housing market softening?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sydney's housing market appears to be softening // Andrew is back in this weeks' market update to discuss the impact this is having on buyers and sellers. Read more

Sydney's housing market appears to be softening // Andrew is back in this weeks' market update to discuss the impact this is having on buyers and sellers.


Q&A with Tom Panos

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tom Panos & Andrew Drane discuss success in the real estate industry. Read more

Tom Panos & Andrew Drane discuss success in the real estate industry.

// The mindset of a successful agent // Characteristics of a great agent vs an average agent // What agents need to do in a changing market // Fee discounting – is it a viable strategy?

If you are a real estate agent, or thinking about starting your career in real estate, this is a MUST WATCH.

 

Mortgage Stress in Australia?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mortgage Stress is the hot topic in the news this week - an interest rate rise of 0.5% will see 1/3 of Australians no longer able to afford their mortgages. Andrew provides his input on this topic in this week's update.

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Mortgage Stress is the hot topic in the news this week - an interest rate rise of 0.5% will see 1/3 of Australians no longer able to afford their mortgages. Andrew provides his input on this topic in this week's update.

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