‘The Block’ – Transforming ‘The Gatwick’ Into High-End St Kilda Apartments

By Jim Mcdonald | May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Channel Nine confirmed that it had purchased The Gatwick hotel in March 2017. However, it wasn’t until July 2017 that it became clear that the purchase price was close to $10 million dollars. As one of Melbourne’s top Buyers and Vendors Advocates, we can’t help but try and work out how much money will be…

How to Sell your Property

By Jim Mcdonald | March 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is more than one way to sell your property. The majority of sellers give this honour to a real estate agent. Using a vendors advocate is another way to sell.

Families Swoop on ‘Green’ Brighton East Property

By Jim Mcdonald | March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Brighton East is peeking out from Brighton’s shadow and property prices are attractive. It has an emblematic colour – and it’s not blue but green. Large swathes of parkland give it decidedly bucolic character and make it a magnet for families. In the 19th century, it was the home of the market gardens and farms, and…

A Buyers Advocates View Of 5 Melbourne South East Suburbs

By Jim Mcdonald | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The job of a Buyers Advocate includes working through the hard cold facts on everything and anything related to the purchase of a property. To that end, we’ve listed some of the more basic considerations relating to 5 of Melbourne’s more popular southeastern ‘Bay-Side’ suburbs – Brighton, Cheltenham, Beaumaris, Sandringham & Hampton.

Melbourne Property Auctions Rising In August

By Jim Mcdonald | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Melbourne property market will begin the final month of winter supported by unequivocally strong results reported over the month of July. This weekend well over 700 homes will again be offered for auction in Melbourne which is similar to the 776 auctioned last weekend and well ahead of the 612 auctioned over the same…

Is Melbourne’s Real Estate Bubble Special?

By Jim Mcdonald | May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are probably seeing the greatest real estate bubble in modern history. It is fuelled by low interest rates, liberal lending and the demand of the largest generation in history. The question is are these trends coming to an end? It is likely that the bubbles that have not peaked or burst yet will in…

Why Vendor Advocacy Usage Is Rising In Melbourne

By Jim Mcdonald | May 4, 2017 | 2 Comments

Melbourne’s cooling property market has put the heat on real estate agents and seen vendor advocacy usage rates soar. In this post, we’ll explain why many sellers are questioning the relationship with real estate agents, and choose to use vendor advocates instead. You may be thinking that a vendor advocate is just another costly middleman within…

Why You Should Use A Buyers Advocate When Buying An Apartment In Melbourne

By Jim Mcdonald | November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

A recent forecast from Morgan Stanley predicts that there will be an oversupply of apartments in Melbourne by 2018. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have been driving the surge in unit construction. The concentrated nature of the boom also raises concerns that in some inner city areas there are more units being built than will be…

Why Use A Buyers Advocate?

By Jim Mcdonald | August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

I often get asked what does a buyer advocate do. The simple answer is that buyers advocates source properties for clients. These properties could be ‘to live in’ properties or for investment properties. We source houses, townhouses, units and apartments. JMAC’s expertise in the Melbourne residential property market. Our clients might be local who are…

June 2016 Real Estate Growth Suburbs – Camberwell, Prahran and Richmond

By Jim Mcdonald | August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

There has been solid growth in the Melbourne real estate market in the June quarter, defying a slow economy and a moderating national real estate market. The median house price increased 3.6% which brings it to a record high $725,000, the largest  property price growth since September 2015. The biggest growing suburbs being Camberwell, Prahran…


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