How To Get The Best Out Of Property Auctions

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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

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Joshua Mackow of 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. […]

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

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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 […]

What To Look For In A Strata Report

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  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 […]

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 […]

Finding A Home Near A Good School Is Easy…If You Live On The Northern Beaches!

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After years of helping thousands of buyers, I have noticed that high on the checklist for most families, along with finding enough space, good views etc… is to be within a close proximity to a desirable school or to have easy access to a good school. This is particularly important for Asian buyers who are […]

De-coding Real Estate Jargon Used On The Northern Beaches

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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

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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!

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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 […]

Tips for Finding a Pet Friendly Apartment on the Northern Beaches

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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 […]

Tips For Investing In Property On The Northern Beaches

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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 […]