Melbourne Real Estate Benefits from Events…and Non-Events!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

A couple of recent developments made the news recently that promised to impact Melbourne’s real estate scene either now or in the future. The one that got most of the attention last Wednesday came from a familiar source: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Her news conference’s less-than-stirring pronouncement (“Caution is appropriate”) made headlines nonetheless because […]

Home Prices in Melbourne Reflect Remodeling Choices

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Here’s an instant spot quiz— (see what comes to mind within a second or two): If you decide to sell your Melbourne home, if you had a crystal ball, what’s the most important detail about the sale result? Quick! Answer! If you’re like seven out of ten people, you were curious about the bottom line: […]

First Step for Choosing the Right Melbourne Real Estate Agent

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

When interviewed following the successful close of their home’s sale, a convincing majority of homeowners say that one of the most decisive factors came early on: choosing the right real estate agent. The reasons given go further than simply chaperoning the business transaction. The right agent does more than pare down the stress level that […]

Heads-Up! Melbourne’s Spring Selling Season is Here!

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Melbourne’s spring selling season is underway! Okay—it’s understandable if that seems like a somewhat premature announcement, but it is verifiable from any number of sources. Never mind that this year, spring doesn’t officially arrive in Melbourne until March 20…but that’s only what astronomers say (and they can’t even decide whether Pluto is a planet). Meteorologists […]

Today, Melbourne Homes for Sale have Two Levels of ‘Curb Appeal’

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

The way the ‘curb appeal’ phenomenon applies to a Melbourne home for sale is explained simply enough. Like the packaging on a store shelf item, its mission is to break through the competition—to strike a responsive chord with potential buyers. That is the goal, but no Melbourne home that’s up for sale can possibly ‘bat […]

New Survey Could Reveal Melbourne Real Estate Attitude Shifts

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Any way you cut it, real estate makes up a huge chunk of the overall economy. One consequence of that is that the health of the real estate industry is constantly being put under a microscope (if it were a human patient, it would probably grow alarmed by all the doctors and specialists constantly calling […]

How Do Melbourne Homes for Sale Fare in Election Years?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

This one was news to me. The Wall Street Journal had it buried in a ‘spread sheet’ section of their online Real Estate section: “Why It’s Harder to Sell Your Home in an Election Year.” If you are like me—never having had an inkling that Melbourne homes for sale have rough sledding in an election […]

You are the Ultimate Melbourne Real Estate Agent Recruiter

Friday, February 12th, 2016

A sizeable portion of the recruiting business has gone online, and a lot of small and medium-sized businesses are using them. We hear a lot of ads for them—promising job hunters an efficient way to distribute their resumes; promising business managers an efficient way to attract new talent. Busy Melbourne business managers are assured they’ll […]

Something Worth Keeping in Mind: Listings Don’t Wilt!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

It’s probably inevitable (and may have something to do with the way our brains are wired) that when most people start looking for a home in the area, they’re automatically drawn to the new Melbourne listings first. Let’s face it: all things being equal, who wouldn’t choose a new car over a used one? That’s […]

Home Loan Budgeting Sets Parameters for Melbourne House Hunters

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

When you first go shopping for a Melbourne home, loan budgeting—figuring out how much a comfortable monthly mortgage payment would be—pretty much dictates the price range you will be considering. Some listings do the lion’s share of the home loan budgeting work for you through a ‘payment options’ box that provides a thumbnail mortgage payment […]