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  1. Jon Chown

    Cheap but good enough areas in Brisbane.

    Of course they are - no one wants them, it's called supply and demand. Ever tried driving around on the North side?
  2. Jon Chown

    Purchasing common property

    For security and better use of otherwise useless balcony, this is not an uncommon occurence. The land would be given as exclusive use and the upkeep and maintenance would be payable by the owner of the unit receiving the use. Cost of fencing would also be borne by the unit owner. Before...
  3. Jon Chown

    How much does it cost to sell?

    Hi Sarah, I feel that unless you are prepared to suffer a loss the likelyhood of your townhouse selling is slim at best. A quick check on RP Data shows that there have only been 8 sales of townhouses in the last 6 months in Morayfield and 6 of those have been lowsets (perhaps elderly) combine...
  4. Jon Chown

    Cheap but good enough areas in Brisbane.

    I have just performed three quick checks on this site and from my knowledge of what is actually on the market then if you only want half the answer this site may be OK but if you want the full story in Brisbane you would be better served by visiting www.Realestate.com.au
  5. Jon Chown

    Our offer has been accepted....mixed feelings-are we doing the right thing?

    Hi Neaka, Babies aside, purchasing 2.5 acres in Flaxton for $400K has to be a steal. Flaxton, Maleny, Mapleton and surrounds have to be part of Gods own country and are quite sought after by retirees. Provided that you have not over extended yourselves, I can't possibly see how you could...
  6. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    Stumunro has answered this correctly in my opinion. Any agent using this approach without fact is looking for a fall. Thank you for those comments, I try to give a balanced perspective because we all understand that there are three sides to all stories. Your side - My side and the truth.
  7. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    Winston, this information is already available and I provide my Sellers with a comprehensive CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) which runs to around 30 pages. The real problem is that all houses are not the same and a Seller believes that theirs is the best and the Buyers believe that there are...
  8. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    Well stated Stumunro. I'm sure that most people act with this belief, it is only the few that spoil it for the many.
  9. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    Marc, I fully realise that I am on a hiding to nothing with any attempt to try to explain my beliefs and feelings when it come to the Property Industry. I remember reading that you have had a couple of months experience and quit due to the frustrations that you felt trying to do the job with...
  10. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    VBplease asks Hi VB, Most agents who have been in the industry for any period of time will learn that multiple offers need to be trearted with caution and respect. I am not aware if it specifically states in the act how this must be handled but in Queensland we have a specific form that...
  11. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    Evand, I guess it depends upon which side of the fence you are sitting on and the age old question about which came first - the chicken or the egg. Sure this is an Investor site with Investors looking for advice and while I am not suggesting for one moment that all Agents are angels (Just as...
  12. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    Hey! Loosen up guys - The comments were a little tongue in cheek, but perhaps they were too subtle for you to see, you are so fixated at looking at the negatives of negotiation that you help to perpetuate the very things that you despise.
  13. Jon Chown

    Sydney - why are strata fees so high???

    Please tell me that you are kidding. The age old complaint about Body Corporate fees really amazes me. The only difference between Body Corporate fees and basic house maintenance is that with Units, you actually know in advance what your bill is going to be. With houses (especially old...
  14. Jon Chown

    Dealing with REA's at their own game - strategies and ethics

    About as unethical as the Real Estate Agents that everyone on this site seems to have pleasure in bagging, but then you are 'Investors" and agents have learnt to take what you all say with a grain of salt.
  15. Jon Chown

    Town Planner for Brisbane/Logan council area

    Not sure exactly what you are wanting but try Sebastian Trovato, he is a private certifier and if he can't help. I'm sure he can put you on to someone who can. His work number is 3394 2744. If you are doing any development or restoration works, he is your man.
  16. Jon Chown

    Im not having much luck

    And Buyers still wonder why, generally, Agents can't help them.
  17. Jon Chown

    1 bedroom apartments

    Exactly the same thing happens in new housing estates where developers have worked their margins on an average and new house prices remain the same untill the estate is sold out. Try and sell a secondhand house in this situation and you are destined for a loss. It's all in the timing and...
  18. Jon Chown

    Some refreshing honesty

    You guys/gals amaze me! I,m sure that if you won the casket, you would complain that it wasn't enough. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the photos in that advert. They portray a good semblence of what the property looks like, all you have to do now, is get off your backside and have...
  19. Jon Chown

    One for the Real Estate Agents

    Wylie, I am also sure that if you ask your mum she will also tell you that after almost all auctions we will get the obligatory phone call from anti auction buyers who will tell you that they would have paid more than the auction price. They are so dumb that they can’t even see the stupidity...
  20. Jon Chown

    How should property be marketed and sold?

    He! he! he! good one KP. Another Kudos given
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