Nick's Weekly Blog
NICK LORD - DIRECTOR & LICENSED ESTATE AGENT
3 July, 2020
A spike in Covid cases over the past 2 weeks in Melbourne serves as a timely reminder that the social distancing practices currently in place for all open homes and auctions are still very important for the purposes of containment and contact tracing. The limit on attendees at both opens and auctions is capped at 20 and all attendees .... click here for full article.
Choosing the right real estate agent is one of the most important decisions you will make. The right agent will be experienced, enthusiastic, will know your area back to front and will be aware of recent market trends so as to be able to give you the most accurate market .... click here for full article.
19th June, 2020
Geelong House Prices
It’s been a challenging 2020 to date for obvious reasons, but the Geelong market has shown remarkable resilience, defying trends in the capital cities and undermining gloomy forecasts by the mainstream media who have been predicting the property market bubble would burst for .... click here for full article.
12th June, 2020
The Rush For Land
In the past few months it has been interesting to note that land sales throughout the Geelong region have remained buoyant in these extraordinary times. We have had a strong and steady stream of buyer enquiry and our sales rates have .... click here for full article.
The federal government has announced another round of stimulus, this one aimed at bolstering the construction industry and its associated trades and suppliers. Unit the end of September, the government will provide a $25,000 grant for new construction .... click here for full article.
29th May, 2020
Auctions and Opens Resume
30th April, 2020
17th April, 2020
It is heartening to see confirmed cases of Covid-19 flattening across Victoria and in particular the Geelong region where there has only been a few new cases reported in the last 10 days. Panic buying has declined sharply too and most supermarkets ..... click here for full article.
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19th December, 2019
We have just ticked over into the new financial year and with it, a bit of a cash bonus for some in the form of the Federal Government’s new tax rebate. When Parliament reconvened, the package was pushed through both houses and depending on your earnings this can mean up to an additional ... click here for full article.
We are almost through the first month of Winter and that means only 9 more weeks until the Spring selling season gets underway, with its associated influx of homes coming onto the market .... click here for full article.
Supporting the Geelong Community
two committed parties until it sold under the hammer to a local family with 3 children ... click here for full article.
19th October, 2019
6 bidders competed to secure this 3 bedroom/double garage brick veneer unit with more than 50 bids .... click here for full article.
Spring is here and the long, dark, cold months of winter are finally behind us. We’re excited as Spring always marks a period of heightened activity, of purpose and of optimism. Our sales team are busy listing property whose owners have been holding off on selling. So look out for plenty of new listings within these pages over the next several weeks. Click here for full article.
There is no mistaking the fact that Spring is nearly upon us. Whether it be the blossoms starting to flower or the warmer weather we just enjoyed this past weekend, there is a definite buzz in the air. Activity here in the last couple of weeks has increased significantly, with clients who have been holding... click here for full article.
Wishing you an enjoyable Spring!
The spring selling season is fast approaching and experience shows that vendors who invest in going that "extra mile" with presentation will usually achieve a quicker sale and sometimes, a higher price. Property styling is one way to improve a home by creating a WOW factor that will leave a lasting impression. Click here for full article.
It seems that everywhere we look technology is taking over our lives. From Google devices in the home that can turn on heating, music and lights to mobile phone apps that can conjure up food to our doorstep, give us directions or FaceTime someone on the other side of the world... click here for full article.
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Maxwell Collins Real Estate which came about by a merger between agencies run by Peter Maxwell and David Collins. It has been wonderful to watch the company evolve over the past 2 decades, to have welcomed staff who have come and gone in that time .. click here for full article.
13 July 2018
Choosing an Agent - The Do's and Dont's
6 July 2018
Social Media for Business
The last 10 years has seen the emergence of Social Media as a powerful tool for marketing businesses online. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter - these words form part of the common vernacular now, to such a degree that to ignore these omnipresent, all conquering tools would be to court disaster for any business. But where does... click here for full article.
29 June 2018
2018 - The Half Way Mark
It’s almost impossible to believe that we are at the half way mark of 2018, with the school holidays upon us again and winter already a month in (bringing with it those foggy mornings and iced windscreens).
The market jumped out of the blocks in 2018, starting the year... click here for full article.
15 June 2018
Land Estate Update
Land is still continuing to sell at a rapid rate and we are seeing unprecedented demand for blocks in both Ashbury Estate in Armstrong Creek and Bay Breeze Estate in St Leonards.
Demand remains steady at Highton Ridge Estate.... click here for full article.
8 June 2018
The Property Profile Group
We are members of the Property Profile Group, a collective of top agents spread throughout both regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne. Membership in the PPG gives us a unique insight into the best practice of some of Victoria’s most successful agencies, through regular meetings.... click here for full article.
1 June 2018
The Key to Success
One of the most important aspects to running a successful business is ensuring that your staff enjoy their work and are made to feel valued. It is always with a sense of satisfaction that we mark the anniversary of the commencement date of every staff member with an acknowledgement and gift, the satisfaction obviously deriving from the fact that the staff member concerned has dedicated another year of his or her working life to our team here at Maxwell Collins.In the same way, it is paramount to ensure that every individual we have dealings with here, whether they be landlord, tenant, buyer, seller, commercial client or supplier knows that he or she is valued and has been given the best level of service, advice and respect at all times. Our business relies on people coming back. Wanting to deal with us again because they have dealt with us before and been pleased with the result. So when we ask “How can we assist you?” know that we will go out of our way to ensure we do the best job possible for you.
25 May 2018
Not Your Typical Morning at Ashbury
It was certainly a busy morning at Ashbury Estate, Armstrong Creek last Saturday and one not for the feint hearted. The forthcoming release of Stage 12 was much anticipated and we had quite a waiting list for the 16 blocks comprising this stage. In the interests of fairness it was decided the best course of action was to sell the blocks on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to the site office in Boundary Road last Saturday morning. A couple of dedicated buyers braved the chilly conditions and stayed the night and were rewarded with first and second in line as the dawn broke. They both secured their preferred block. As lunch time approached, 15 of the 16 blocks were sold and there were smiles all round as the 15 buyers contemplated their future home site, neighbourhood (and neighbours!).
The last 6 months has seen land selling at an unprecedented rate, which has put significant upward pressure on prices. If you are looking to build in the short to medium term, our dedicated land agent Simon Braybrook (0438 027 272) is here to help you secure the site of your next dream home.
11 May 2018
Autumn Market Update
After a red hot market during the last 2 years with record prices being attained in some suburbs and reserves being smashed significantly at auction we are now starting to see some transitioning in the Geelong area to a less volatile real estate environment, where pricing will likely level out and maintain at more customary levels. Some suburbs we anticipate will still perform beyond expectation for the short term which gives anyone thinking of selling a good window of opportunity to capitalise on the tail end of what has been an extraordinarily strong market.
Winter always provides a good opportunity to sell as the competition is significantly less before the spring selling season gets underway, meaning there are more buyers for each property on the market, which under normal market conditions means a better sales result.
If you are thinking of selling, we would be happy to assist you with our expert advice and tips for maximising your sale price.
4 May 2018
Three Out of Three
We had a very successful weekend last weekend, with the three properties going to auction all sold. Spanning across Belmont, Bell Post Hill and St Albans Park, we have some very happy vendors and purchasers.
With Mother’s Day looming on Sunday week we though it would be a good opportunity to run a competition on our Facebook page, with the prize of a lovely hamper going to the lucky winner. If you would like to spoil your mum with French champagne and an assortment of other goodies, find us on Facebook, like our page and then look out for competition details to be posted in the next day or so.
27 April 2018
Hope Bereavement Care
This week our team attended the 2018 Hope Charity Sports Breakfast at the Geelong Football Club where all profits went to Hope Bereavement Care who assist those in the Geelong community who have lost a loved one suddenly. Their services include running bereavement support groups, providing grief counselling and strategies for dealing with grief, through to providing information to help families and service providers. We are pleased to support such a worthy cause that impacts so many who suffer in silence but who can benefit by knowing that they are not alone in their grief.
If you are one of those who have been touched by tragedy you might consider contacting Hope Bereavement and perhaps find some comfort in their compassion and caring. If you are looking for a worthy charity to support that directs your hard earned donation to supporting the Geelong community then you might like to visit their website at https://www.bereavement.org.au.
20 April 2018
Our 70 Year Anniversary
It has been an exciting journey for Maxwell Collins Real Estate over the 70 years of membership in the Geelong Chamber of Commerce. From our inception over a hundred years ago as Gurr Collins and Davies, to our merger in 1993 with Maxwell Real Estate to become Maxwell Collins Real Estate, we have strived to lead th