Our Twenty-Ninth Month - Jan 2021

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the blog, and about why it always feels a little like a chore writing one (and I’ve come to the decision that it’s because it’s become very ‘business’ and ‘numbers’ based), I think I gave it more of my energy and attention when it was mainly commentary - so I’m making a conscious decision to go back to that.

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01-Mar-2021

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Ecology

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Matthew De Maid

Our Twenty-Ninth Month - Jan 2021

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the blog, and about why it always feels a little like a chore writing one (and I’ve come to the decision that it’s because it’s become very ‘business’ and ‘numbers’ based), I think I gave it more of my energy and attention when it was mainly commentary - so I’m making a conscious decision to go back to that.

It’s finally happened; the month after has passed - and I’m only just sitting still for long enough to write the blog... tssk tssk.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the blog, and about why it always feels a little like a chore writing one (and I’ve come to the decision that it’s because it’s become very ‘business’ and ‘numbers’ based), I think I gave it more of my energy and attention when it was mainly commentary - so I’m making a conscious decision to go back to that.

January 2021 came back fast; the phone and emails over the Christmas break this year didn’t rest - usually it’s a little quieter at some point during the month of December, but not this year. We opened the office back up on the 4th of January, some businesses opted to do the same - a lot of sale agents returned on the 11th.

We’d organised for some listings to be ready in January; people & property that weren’t quite ready in November/December and also while I’m being honest, just to try to create a small gap in the workflow to have a little break with the families - to catch our breath.

It’s the land of multi-offers out there; that’s why I think we see the majority of stock being marketed without a price point. This is a quandary for me as I have always felt that the market responds better to having a price. Playing the transparency ‘card’ has always been my focus, it makes pricing property in a rising market a tricky thing... we just continue to put our clients needs and ambitions before our own: price to suit the market and then run a good campaign and offer situation (although usually quite brief at the moment) to ensure our sellers are thrilled at the end of the day.

I sit here on the couch at 6.31am as I wrap up writing this blog, thinking about what the year ahead will bring. I've never seen a market like this; listings are incredibly thin on the ground and there’s quite literally buyers everywhere for nearly every piece of property. The interesting thing for me though, it doesn’t seem location specific - all over Australia, capital cities and regional... even overseas looks to be the same. USA at the moment is experiencing the same situations. Certainly not what we all initially expected from COVID-19, it turns out that home is ‘our castle’ after all.

- Matt