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“From the desk of Ian Barnes. Relevant, topical real estate related opinions, thoughts and perspectives”

Ten Important Questions

April 14, 2014

Please find below ten of the most important questions that should be considered when selling your home. Before you select an agent, it may be a good idea to have an agenda to help provide the meeting with structure and determine the most suitable agent for you. After all if you don’t have the best agent representing you, you can’t expect the best results. 1)...

Is a property really worth?- 9 Different Perspectives

February 14, 2014

I am in the business of being asked often, “What do you think is this property worth?” It is interesting as I always see massive variation between different agents when I am competing on appraisals, and always see “lowball” offers coming in from supposed serious buyers, only to see properties sell for 10%-20% more a week later to another buyer. I also see owners that...

The 6 keys to determining market value

July 5, 2013

I am actively involved in appraising and talking about property values daily for the past 10 years. The Challenge: a) We all know the value of a property is intensely personal and subjective. b) We know that there must be an objective method for establishing a probable range for a property. The Solution: Over the years I have seen and heard of them all. To...

The results are in for 2012!

July 29, 2012

EVOLUTION REALTY IS STILL THE HIGHEST SELLER IN APPLECROSS “Recently Evolution Realty posted a newsletter to the public, and our database which had some factual errors, from outdated data. The result was incorrect Underselling of the facts, which were the figures for the 2011 calendar year, not the 2012 financial year. The correct figures are attached. We did not in fact sell 20 properties for...

Our clients say it best

July 29, 2012

We have recently competed a record 6 months in business. I am very thankful to say at the same time the amount of “fan mail” is also very high. Please read what one delighted seller said, and feel free to read many more on our website. “I rarely write testimonials and providing one for Ian Barnes is not a case of just gratitude, but because...

Markets can turn on a dime

June 6, 2012

Having just returned from a speaking gig in New Zealand where I addressed 250 agents there, I was amazed that they were in fact in an entire different real estate world. Literally a few months earlier they were experiencing the same market conditions as us, a buyer’s market, yet when I arrived to address them, what I learned was that they were reporting a shortage...

Look Who’s Been Selling in 2011!

January 24, 2012

Well the results, facts and figures are in for 2011, and they are very interesting. Evolution Realty is still selling the most in Applecross More than ever in a tough market, you need a hungry, energetic and thoroughly professional agent. Here are the facts for the past 12 months. (Of the top 5 agents in sales results for 2011 in Applecross) 1) No. 1 by...

THE 21 MOST COMMON MISTAKES PROPERTY INVESTORS MAKE-2

October 25, 2011

2. Mistaking cheap fees for quality service In property management we see many property investors making the mistake that all real estate companies are the same, and all offer the same service so the best way to differentiate between them is to get cheaper fees. However we have found a common pattern among agents is the cheaper they get, the lower their service levels. Often...

THE 21 MOST COMMON MISTAKES PROPERTY INVESTORS MAKE-1

October 24, 2011

Landlord Insurance- Tenant Performance Can’t Be Guaranteed Like any investing where we seek a financial return, there is a risk that an unexpected financial loss may occur. When we have an interest in investing in property, there are also risks to our investment return. When our return comes by renting a property to tenants, it would be fool hardy to think that a tenancy poses...

2011 FOOTY TIPS WINNER

October 4, 2011

Well we found him. The Elusive Booragoon Bomber. It was like unmasking of one of the super heroes, but we finally discovered who that top tipper really was. Alex Yurkov from Booragoon, and guess who he supports? “The Bombers”. As it turns out Alex is one of our clients so it is great to have him win. The prize is a substantial $500 dining experience...

Giving Back To The Community

October 2, 2011

At Evolution Realty we very much feel privileged to be a part of what is a wonderful community in the City of Melville. As individuals, we have grown up here, raised our families here and live here. To be able to help people in what is potentially one of the most stressful moments in their lives, moving house, be trusted to be part of the...

Years in the Making- It has arrived!

September 30, 2011

It has been years in the making. I have long wanted to offer the latest, content rich, expert information and tips for buyers, sellers and property investors and here it is. Evolution Realty is proud to announce and launch our FREE E-Books range. Three detailed, content rich, easy to load E-Books bursting with information for all segments of the real estate process, based on dedicated...

“I don’t get paid enough”- The value of customer service

September 22, 2011

The value of customer service. I had an interesting experience today. One of my suppliers, whom I spend on behalf of Evolution Realty a large sum of money annually, has one of their staff contact me about a query. I must say I usually have a lot of good things to say about this company, a National brand and major supplier. (You could call me...

The way to wealth creation

September 16, 2011

Recently the team and I attended a Michael Sheargold training seminar, and Michael said that according to the experts, of the Rich 200 list in Australia recently, 75% had accumulated their wealth through property. It tends to put things into perspective as buyers continue to “wait and see” in some cases before they commit. If you look at property as a medium to long term...