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Property Market Update - Plan Ahead to Amplify Value


An auction hiatus took place at the weekend with many Melburnians taking advantage of the well-placed cluster of public holidays to take a break. A break provides time for reflection.It’s always challenging in a shifting market to pick the best time to buy or sell. The best time is always going to be when it’s right for each individual, couple or family. Does it suit your circumstances right now? Do the current conditions provide a good opportunity for you? For upgraders planning for the long term, the current conditions present probably the best priced opportunity we’ve had in the past five years. Interest rates remain at historic lows and it’s been predicted that a drop or two could ensue in the coming months.Our job as agents is to maximise the value of your asset. This takes considerable time invested in strategy, planning and execution. We encourage you to make contact with your agent early in the piece, to consider the calendar ahead and isolate the most a...


Property Market Update - April 2019


Having reached the culmination of the first quarter 2019, we reflect on our experience so far. As anticipated, the reality is that people are still moving home in considerable numbers. Sales performance has been consistent across the inner east, albeit there is a good deal of activity happening post auction, as more homes are passing in at their scheduled auction and post auction negotiation is a familiar process. These successes are not reported in the media.  Quality homes, in particular the upper end properties, continue to perform well in all areas. What constitutes a high end or quality home may differ slightly between suburbs, but they share commonalities: homes with broad base appeal in excellent positions, well presented and priced in line with current market expectations, those of both buyer and seller. The reality is now is the best opportunity there’s been in the last five years to upgrade.We are nimble to adapt to new changes in market activity. Looking ahead to...


Property Market Update - February 2019


Every year, as soon as the school holidays end, real estate activity turns ‘on’ like a light switch as buyers and homeowners want to know what’s happening, new stock hits the market and buyers begin attending opens. This year was no different. As we approach the end of February, some trends are becoming apparent with people adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach, both buyers and sellers, to get a clearer picture of the current real estate landscape. The banking royal commission report was released earlier this month. Whilst on first review it seems there isn’t anything terribly sinister therein, a new normal will emerge in terms of banks’ approach to home loan lending. Buyers have largely adjusted to new expectations with respect to lending approval already, as many changes were made in the latter part of 2018, and future adjustment may be necessary.Homes on premier streets, those with excellent renovations, homes with plenty of beautiful orig...


Supporting The Community - Holden Street Neighbourhood House


Collins Simms is proud to support Holden Street Neighbourhood House and Yarra Libraries annual Sustainability Fair and Movie in the Park event on Saturday 23 February from 3pm.The afternoon will begin with entertainment, activities and workshops focusing on sustainability and the environment.At sundown, the screening will begin for The Song Keepers. This Australian movie tells the inspiring story of an Aboriginal Women’s Choir who travel to Germany to perform German Hymns in their traditional language. This is a free entry event for all ages as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019.More information is available here: http://www.holdenstreet.org.au/programs-and-activities/sustainable-living-festival-events


New Partners Announced


2019 is shaping up to be a big year for us as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. As we reflect on our proud history, we also look towards the future, and as such are delighted to announce the appointment of three new partners, Kylie Carey, Antony Harbor and Nicholas Corby. They all have extensive experience in different facets of the business and will continue to demonstrate their skill and integrity as part of our new management team at Collins Simms. Kylie Carey is incredibly experienced in property management and our first female partner. Her twenty plus years in the industry have equipped her with a wealth of expertise and her passion for property management translates to her clients. Kylie is the leader of our property management department and new business manager. In her five years at Collins Simms, her genuine connection to everyone she works with has been evident from the strength of the relationships she has built. ‘I love the interactions I have with my clients and b...


Supporting The Community - Fairfield In Feb


  Collins Simms is proud to support Fairfield in Feb.Fairfield in Feb is back in 2019 at the iconic Fairfield Amphitheatre! Picture this: scenic views, family, friends, food, drinks and an excellent line-up of emerging artists. Spanning genres, cultures and fusing the traditional with the contemporary, this series of events explore the creative vitality and diversity of our local music scene.This event is produced by Foreign Brothers in collaboration with the Yarra City Council.Established as a community-based collective in early 2013, the Foreign Brothers have progressively become a driving force within the local Melbourne music scene. Their passion for inclusive and innovative events has lead them to work with the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Creative Victoria, Strawberry Fields Festival, PBS 106.7 FM, Federation Square and the Lights in Winter Festival, the Footscray Community Arts Centre and some of the best live music venues in Mel...