About Tim Cullen

Since joining McGrath Estate Agents 15 years ago, Tim Cullen has defined himself as a first class industry leader with an outstanding track record and rapidly growing and loyal client base. He ranked 1st on the Northern Beaches in this year’s Real Estate Business’ Top 100 Agents List and ranked 21st nationwide.

How To Get The Best Out Of Property Auctions

Auction pic

Auctions are emotionally charged events for both sellers and buyers alike. But if you get the combination of elements right, you can achieve an exceptional result. To execute an auction successfully, a fine balance of ingredients needs to line up — the property, the marketing, the price, the timing, the agent and the auctioneer. If just one of […]

Tips To Help You Before You Buy

Signing contracts when buying a home

Joshua Mackow of ratemyagent.com.au guest blogs today, giving us some practical tips to help you when purchasing a property. Joshua’s advice will provide you with some great options that you may not have considered or even realised possible. So enjoy the article and feel free to contact us for more specific advice regarding your particular situation. […]

April 2014 Market Update

Auction - 14 Sanananda pic 2

It’s an exciting time in Australian real estate right now! The Sydney property market is the hottest we have seen it in many years. Last year Sydney experienced phenomenal growth with overall values (houses and apartments) up 14.5%.   About 30% of that growth occurred in the December quarter, so we had a very strong finish […]

Northern Beaches Rental Market Update

The Vacancy rate on the Northern Beaches remains in the low 1% band with demand for rental properties extremely strong. We expect this to continue which will support rents continuing to increase over time although increases are likely to be less than we have seen over the last 5 years. Supply and demand is the […]

Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions

Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions

With 2014 on the horizon, many of our clients are beginning to ask a lot of frequently asked questions in preparation for a sale in the new year. So to assist, Tim has answered these questions in six short videos, giving honest and straight forward advice which will guide you in making the right choices […]

Northern Beaches Property Market Wrap December 2013

whistler 3

Well it seems John McGrath has yet again hit the nail on the head when he predicted 2013 to be the year of recovery and prosperity. 2013 was exactly that, with the market making a strong and steady recovery all year and peaking in Spring, where we saw the strongest property boom we have ever […]

Should I Sell Now or in the New Year?

Christmas selling

Right now the question on everyone’s lips is “Is there still time to sell this year or should I wait until the New Year?” Ordinarily at this time of year we recommend our clients to hold off until the New Year if they are not on the market by the first week of December. This […]

What To Look For In A Strata Report

Block shot

  If you are considering buying an apartment, duplex or strata managed townhouse, it is crucial to obtain a strata report prior to an unconditional exchange. For private treaty sales this is often done in the “cooling off” period. A strata report provides you with the vital information about the building and overall condition of the property […]

Selling Your Home Privately vs Using A Real Estate Agent

Is using a real estate agent a cost or an investment?

When considering a move, the concept of selling your home yourself can appear very tempting and may at first seem like a great money saving tactic. After all, avoiding paying an agent thousands of dollars is pretty appealing right? The trouble is, whilst it may seem like you are saving money…in almost all cases, running the […]

Property Appraisals: And What to Make Of Them


Property appraisals – firstly, what are they? From my experience I have found that property appraisals are very often mistaken for property valuations. So before I go on I first want to clarify what the difference is. A property market appraisal is a real estate agents opinion of what a property is worth based on recent […]

New Trend Alert…Parents Buying Properties For Their Children


With the property market on the rise, a new trend has emerged for increased numbers of parents buying properties with or for their children. As a real estate agent and parent who personally intends to help my own children with their future housing, I have a very good insight into why so many people are […]

Divorce and Selling Your Home


  Quick tips to help minimise the stress and maximise your finances… When a relationship breaks down, it can have a devastating effect on your emotional and financial life. All of a sudden the world as you know it is turned upside down, and the comfort of consistency and stability is pulled from underneath your […]

Preparing Your Property For A Building And Pest Inspection

Building and pest image

When it comes to preparing your home for sale, many people understand the importance of styling and presenting their home so it looks its best. But quite often it is the areas of the house that you can’t see (such as underneath the house, storage areas and roof spaces) that get forgotten. Whilst it is […]

De-coding Real Estate Jargon Used On The Northern Beaches

Queenscliff beach shot

Buying or selling a property can be overwhelming at the best of times, particularly when the real estate industry is full of words and phrases that, to the untrained ear, can sound like a foreign language. So to help make things easier, I’ve helped de-code some of the most commonly used terms in real estate […]

The Forest Identified As One Of Sydney’s Top Areas

Frenchs Forest lifestyle shot

Sydney’s top suburbs have been announced, with real estate guru and McGrath Estate Agent’s CEO, John McGrath, identifying his top suburb picks for the months ahead. John McGrath selected three suburbs which present buyers with the best opportunities. These top three suburbs were: Forestville, Erskinville and St Ives. John described Forestville as “one of the […]

HOW the internet and social media are changing the real estate industry

In the not so far gone days, the real estate industry was a different world. Looking back to when I started in the industry 15 years ago, agents relied on having an office centrally located in the suburb where they sold homes. Time was spent printing out property lists of homes “for sale” and “rentals” […]

Allambie Heights and Freshwater – The Most Sought After Suburbs in the State for Real Estate!

Allambie Homes for Sale

The Northern Beaches continues to attract national attention for being the hottest area in NSW for buying a home. According to Australian Property Investor research, 4 of the top 10 most searched suburbs are on the Northern Beaches! Allambie Heights ranked number 1 and Freshwater ranked number 2. Interestingly enough, McGrath is the number one […]

Insights into the Northern Beaches Property Market 2013

northern beaches property update 2013

2013 is off to a flying start! Last quarter we sold a record 27 sales in three months with an average of 18 days on the market. We have not seen such a buoyant market for a number of years. For a full rundown on why we are seeing such positivity in the market, check […]

Did You Know? 10 Quick Real Estate Facts That You May Not Be Aware Of…

10 quick facts

According to the January 2013 RP Data-Rismark Home Value Index, home values across Australia’s capital cities rose 1.2 per cent in January alone! 43.5% of buyers only looked at 1-10 properties before buying. To vendors this is crucial information as it demonstrates just how important it is to attract all your potential buyers in the […]

10 Quick Tips For Earning More From Your Investment Property

increasing investment property value

1. Professionally style and market your property Professionalism with every aspect is crucial. The styling, photos, copy and all marketing strategies must all be done to a meticulous standard. Having your property professionally presented and marketed will attract quality tenants and maximise your return. 2. Perfect timing The rental market is very seasonal. Capitalising on […]

2013 – The Year Of Confidence and Growth

2013 Northern Beaches Property Growth

2013 is set to defy the unlucky 13 myth, with 2013 instead being marked as the year for new confidence and solid growth. On the Northern Beaches of Sydney this is certainly the case. As we enter the second month of the year, we are seeing buyer enquiry on the rise and sales prices becoming […]

Tips for Finding a Pet Friendly Apartment on the Northern Beaches

pets in apartments on northern beaches

With a growing population, limited land supply and a high cost of housing within Sydney and the Northern Beaches, never before have we seen so many residents making the lifestyle switch to apartment living. Developers are enjoying the need for more high density developments, with the quarter acre block and backyard Hills Hoist being overcome […]

Places To Visit On The Northern Beaches

Freshwater beach

The Northern Beaches – One of the few places where you don’t have to leave home to feel like you’re on a holiday. It’s that wonderful time of year when most of us are enjoying a well deserved break and finally have a moment to really breathe, relax, soak up the warm sun and enjoy […]

Preparing Your Home for Real Estate Photography

preparing your home for photography

With Christmas mere days away and excitement in the air, we have just entered the quietest two week period for real estate of the entire year. With a huge amount of fantastic properties lined up for January though, it is clear it will be a short lived rest. In fact, we predict the heat will be […]

Asian Investors Boosting the Northern Beaches Property Market.

asian investors flock to northern beaches property market

For many decades, Asian investors have been dominating the property investment markets. In the early 1980s and 1990s they were led by Taiwanese and Hong Kong investors. The 1990s it was the Singaporean and Malaysian Investors that took the lead. However over the past 10 years, mainland Chinese investors, property buyers and developers have dominated. […]

Tips For Investing In Property On The Northern Beaches

property investing in northern beaches

On the Northern Beaches, approximately 30% of buyers coming through our open homes are investors. That means that around 70% of people looking for homes on the beaches are owner occupiers. So, whilst it may be very tempting for investors to choose the cheapest properties that attract the highest yields, these statistics indicate that it […]

Property Trends & Fast Facts On The Northern Beaches

Northern Beaches NSW Real Estate

Trend 1: Living Within Walking Distrance To Local Villages The Northern Beaches features many clusters of colourful villages where residents can eat, drink, shop and socialise. Living within walking distance of the local village is increasingly on buyers’ list of non-negotiables. Here’s five of the Northern Beaches most popular villages. Manly – The main commuter […]

Marketing Your Home For Sale – An Investment or Cost?

marketing your home for sale

In such a competitive market it can be difficult to make your property stand out. Many agents will tempt you by the idea of saving money by using cheap or even free marketing. Although at first this may sound very appealing, the trouble is, it will actually end up costing you a lot of money […]

Step By Step Checklist Prior to Property Settlement

step by step property settlement checklist

As the sold sticker goes up and the champagne comes out, there is usually a sigh of relief and a blissful moment where you feel you can finally relax! The reality though is that this feeling is likely to be short lived, as the moving process ahead dawns on you. With good planning though it […]

How To Get The Best Out of Property Auctions

house auctions

Auctions are emotionally charged events for both sellers and buyers alike. But if you get the combination of elements right you can achieve an exceptional result. To execute an auction successfully, a fine balance of ingredients need to line up — the property, the marketing, the price, the timing, the agent and the auctioneer. If […]