Nick's Weekly Blog



NICK LORD - DIRECTOR & LICENSED ESTATE AGENT


13th November 2020
Some Inspection Information
As we head into the warmer months and settle into a Covid normal way of conducting business it’s worth explaining in a bit more detail about what we can and can’t do in terms of property inspections. Open houses are still prohibited, meaning we are unable to advertise a 30 minute time frame which allows anyone to turn up unannounced and be allowed through. What we can do ... click here for full article.


6th November 2020
Geelong Leads The Way
Yesterday the Herald Sun published an analysis of the REA Insights Regional Australia Report 2020 which showed that regional Victoria is closing the pricing gap with Melbourne with particular focus on Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong where the market is booming and the upward trend is expected to continue. With Melbourne buyers back in the market ... click here for full article.


30th October 2020
Melbourne Buyers Back Soon
The announcement that the ring of steel around metropolitan Melbourne will be gone after the 8th November will mean a flood of Melbourne buyers back in business in terms of inspecting homes in Geelong to buy and rent and attending auctions.  Whist the market has remained steady and resilient through the last few months ... click here for full article.
 
 
23 October 2020
A Long Weekend
Today’s public holiday has been dubbed “Thank You Day” in the absence of its usual role as lead in to the AFL Grand Final. It’s a good time to stop and reflect on the year we have had and where we find ourselves now, on the verge of ... click here for full article.


16th October 2020
Great News for Regional Victoria
The September quarter figures for house prices have just been released and the result for regional Victoria may come as a surprise to some but certainly not to us, as we continue to experience strong and steady demand for housing in 2020.  The median house price for regional Victoria shot up by a massive ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
9th October 2020
A Bumper Spring!
We have had a very busy couple of weeks during spring with several new land releases hitting the market, one of which is almost sold out after one week and the other more than half sold.  In addition we've had some great results with homes selling right across the region including ...  click here for full article.
 
 
2nd October 2020
Land Update Spring 2020
The last few months has seen an unprecedented surge in land sales through our office, as buyers scramble to take advantage of all the government incentives on offer including First Home Owner Grant ($20,000), HomeBuilder Grant ($25,000) and ...  click here for full article.
 
 
25th September 2020
A Return to Auctions
Our team really enjoyed conducting our first on site auction last Saturday after weeks of having to negotiate the technological challenges of online auctions. We achieved a fantastic result of $826,000, with 9 registered bidders attending and competition taking the price ...  click here for full article.
 

18th September 2020
Some Good News For Spring
With yesterday’s easing of restrictions in regional Victoria, we are now able to conduct our auctions on site, as opposed to online, which is a great step forward for real estate in this spring selling season...  click here for full article.
 
 
11th September 2020
Tips for a Successful Sale
If your home is priced to meet the market and advertised correctly it should sell within a reasonable time frame (30 to 60 days). You should set a price based on advice from the agent and from a comparison of the sale price of similar properties in your area within ...  click here for full article.
 
 
 
4th September 2020
Market Update Spring 2020
For the past several years, the Geelong market has been one of the best performing in all of regional Australia. 2020 has been no exception, despite the unique and challenging circumstances we have faced this year. A look at some of the stats for the 12 months to June 2020 indicate that the Geelong market  ...  click here for full article.
 
 
 
28th August 2020
Land Update Spring 2020
The last few months has seen an unprecedented surge in land sales through our office, as buyers scramble to take advantage of all the government incentives on offer including First Home Owner Grant ($20,000), HomeBuilder Grant ($25,000) and other ...  click here for full article.


21st August 2020
August - Full Steam Ahead
During one of our numerous Zoom meetings earlier this week, the sales team tallied up the number of private inspections they had conducted in August to date. The figure was 92, which is a very satisfying number considering that we have had fairly harsh restrictions for the better part of this month. What was even more pleasing ...  click here for full article.
 
 
14th August 2020
Technology in 2020
This year has been challenging for obvious reasons but it is gratifying to see how enthusiastically our team at Maxwell Collins has embraced and welcomed new technologies to assist clients with their property needs. We are now old hands at online meetings via Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams and our sales team ...  click here for full article.
 
 
7th August 2020
The Next 6 Weeks
As of yesterday, regional Victoria is back to Stage 3 restrictions for 6 weeks, after what has been a positive selling period since the last lockdown, with buyers active in the market, plenty of interest at our opens and auction properties and almost record levels...  click here for full article.


24th July 2020
Thoughts on the Market
A recent news article speculated that we will not see the downturn in the market which some analysts predict. The reasoning was that those who have maintained their employment or have seen an upturn in their business during the pandemic will look to ...  click here for full article.

 
10 July 2020
The Buyers Are Out There
The last few weeks have seen a rush on land as people seek to capitalise on the raft of government incentives on offer. Our dedicated land sales agent has been very busy. But so too have the rest of our sales team, as general sales activity has gone up ...  click here for full article.
 
 
3 July, 2020
Auctions and Opens
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.


26th June
Choosing an Agent
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.

 
 
5th June, 2020
The Next Round of Stimulus
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
More Restrictions Eased
In a boost for Victorians and in particular the real estate and tourism industries, the state government announced last Sunday a further easing of restrictions which will come into effect on the 1st June.  This is great news for real estate which will then allow a maximum of 20 people through our open homes  ....  click here for full article.
 
 
22nd May, 2020
Helping Those in Need
In these extraordinary times, it’s easy to narrow our focus to our own individual situations.  When will business get back to normal, when will the kids go back to school, when can I travel, eat out and so on?  All these are important and valid concerns but it’s good to spare a thought for those struggling with financial problems, job losses, loneliness, isolation, illness and mental health issues right here on our doorstep  ....  click here for full article.


15th May, 2020
Auctions and Opens Resume
In more good news for the real estate market, the Victorian Government has eased restrictions relating to open homes and auctions.  Agents may now conduct open homes and auctions in accordance with Stage 1 rules, which allow for a maximum  ....  click here for full article.
 

8th May, 2020
And Some More Good News
As our rates of infection continue to decline and the May 11 deadline approaches to signify the end of Victoria’s state of emergency, Geelong buyers and sellers are starting to re-emerge in greater numbers ....  click here for full article.
 

30th April, 2020
Some Good News!
In a win for first home buyers, the State Government has extended the First Home Owner’s Grant for another twelve months, until 30 June, 2021.  The $20,000 regional grant had been due to halve at the end of June this year, but these extraordinary times have pushed that time frame out.  To qualify you either need to ....  click here for full article.


17th April, 2020
Geelong - Flattening the Curve!
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.
 
 
9th April, 2020
Easter - 2020
Easter will be very different for most of us this year, with travel plans, camping, outings and any sort of social interaction off the agenda.  It’s a challenging time but it also has the potential to be memorable as we settle into lockdown ....  click here for full article.
 
3rd April, 2020 
April Update
We are still busy and active in the market, with our sales team working outside of an office environment and adhering to the strict guidelines put in place by federal and state governments during this unprecedented Covid-19 situation. In practical terms this involves conducting .... click here for full article.
 
 
27th March, 2020
We Are Still Open
Stage 2 Covid-19 lockdown restrictions came into force on Wednesday night. Our thoughts go out to all who have found themselves stood down, out of work, unwell, or separated from family and support by these strict measures which will hopefully bring this crisis to a speedier conclusion.... click here for full article.


20th March, 2020
What 2020 Means for Property
During this unprecedented period in global history it is important to focus on the positives and one of those is the resilience of the property market during a crisis, and in particular the Geelong market. Comparisons with the Global Financial Crisis are inevitable, with the volatility of the stock market ..... ... click here for full article.

13th March, 2020
The Challenges Ahead
It’s a bit hard to talk about anything other than the Coronavirus, with saturation news coverage, hourly updates on the infection and death rate, the shortages in supermarkets, the cancellation of major events and the disappointment ... click here for full article.
 
 
6th March, 2020
The Autumn Market Part 2
The last two weeks our office has seen a big jump in the number of homes coming onto the market. Now that summer is behind us and the kids are well settled into their school routines, it makes sense to pause for breath and think about future planning, whether that involves ... click here for full article.
 
 
28th February, 2020
Thoughts on the Autumn Market
Autumn is a great time of the year. Gardens are still blooming and the autumn leaves add a poignancy to the landscape, signalling the end of summer and the start of the cooler weather.We expect autumn to be a bumper season for the Geelong real estate market. We have an influx of properties which will be hitting the market ... click here for full article.
 
 
21st February, 2020
Tips on Buying a Home
A home is likely to be the biggest financial outlay a buyer will make and buying a home can be a daunting prospect, particularly if it is your first. Achieving the best possible outcome in terms of value and your requirements/lifestyle is far more likely if you follow a few simple  ... click here for full article.


14th February, 2020
Property Styling - What is it?
Property styling is the process of applying design themes and creating attractive spaces in vacant properties by the addition of quality furniture, appliances and interior decorations.  Your home is your most valuable asset and in order to achieve the highest sale price ... click here for full article.


7th February, 2020
Suburb Watch - Belmont
The vibe around the real estate market recently (and this year particularly) indicates that Belmont will enjoy strong growth this year. In fact, it has been outperforming its nearest neighbour, Highton, for the past several years in terms of median price growth..... click here for full article.

31st January, 2020
One Month Down...!
January has certainly been a month of upheaval and extremes. We’ve had bushfires ravaging much of the country, panic and fear on a global scale caused by the deadly Corona virus originating in China, extremes of heat, gale winds, hailstones the size of golf balls wreaking havoc .... click here for full article.
 

24th January, 2020
Is 11 Your Lucky Number?
This week our sales team have listed 3 properties in Belmont which will be going to auction in February. This in itself is not a particularly unusual phenomenon in real estate, but when you look at the addresses, it is rather coincidental.... click here for full article.

 
17th January, 2020
Out and About in Geelong
Geelong is a fantastic town to live and work in. You can drive from one end to the other within 20 minutes and to the beaches of the Bellarine and Surf Coast within a similar time frame, all without the frustrations associated with city living. For both buyers and renters, real estate remains affordable and the burgeoning ... click here for full article.
 
 
10th January, 2020
And So Begins 2020.....
It’s been a difficult few weeks watching as severe widespread fires have wreaked devastation across the country causing human casualties, the loss of homes and livelihoods and the terrible decimation of our native flora and fauna.  But as always in times of hardship and emergency, it’s heartening to see... click here for full article.


19th December, 2019
Happy Holidays
The year has flown by and we are now hurtling head on towards Christmas and a new decade. It has been wonderful to assist our existing and new clients to meet their property goals this year, whether buying, selling, developing, building, leasing or renting.  Geelong is such a great place to live and work, run a business or raise a family and we anticipate that this strong and buoyant market... click here for full article.


12th December, 2019
A Market on the Rise
Yet again the real estate market has bounced back from the plateau which saw prices level off around the middle of 2018. The status quo continued for the first half of this year but the last few months have seen consecutive jumps in median house prices and auction clearance rates improve compared to... click here for full article.
 
 
5th December, 2019
Land Land Land!
December has been a busy month for us with 3 new land releases either just hitting the market, or about to hit the market... click here for full article.
 
 
29th November, 2019
Spreading the Cheer This Christmas
As the festive season draws ever nearer and you are gearing up for that inevitable launch into Christmas shopping mode, spare a thought for those in our community who are struggling - those below the poverty line, those living with illness, accident or tragedy, and those  ... click here for full article.
 

22nd November, 2019
First Home Buyer Incentives
If you are intending to purchase your first home in the foreseeable future, there are several government schemes on offer to assist you make the transition to home ownership.  For first home buyers in regional areas (Geelong is classified as regional) the First Home Owners Grant of  ... click here for full article.

 
15th November, 2019
Run4Geelong - This Sunday
We hope as many Geelong residents as possible can get out this Sunday morning for the Run4Geelong 6km or 12km run or walk. Apart from being a great cause (raising much needed funds for the Barwon Health Foundation) it really is a great opportunity for the whole family ... click here for full article.
 

8th November, 2019
Going 3 Times.... and SOLD!
We had a glimpse of summer last week with some brilliantly warm days but once again the cold has descended to remind us that summer is still some weeks away.  Despite the inconsistent weather (as I write this it is 14 degrees and the wind is howling) we have had some excellent results over the ... click here for full article.
  
 
 
25th October, 2019
The Class of 2019
It’s hard to believe that we will be into November next week and the countdown to Christmas will be on in earnest.Not only has the year flown by but seeing the Year 12 students finishing up for the year reminds me ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
18th October
Geelong's CDB Rennaisance
You can’t help but notice if you happen to be in the Geelong CBD the many large construction projects currently taking place or recently completed. In recent years we have seen the re-location of WorkSafe Victoria, the TAC and the NDIS to Geelong. GMHBA is currently building ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
4th October
Spring Market Update
We have finally had a taste of some warmer weather this Spring and with it we have see a significant influx of properties coming onto the market.  Our sales team... ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
27th September, 2019
The Power of Social Media
By now we must all be aware of the power and reach of social media.  From enabling a 16 year old Swedish girl to address the UN on an issue facing future generations, to inconceivable wealth creation via Instagram ‘ínfluencing’ and product spruiking, there is not a day that passes where we do not hear that something has gone ‘viral’and made ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
20th September, 2019
Prelim Final Week
Geelong are in another preliminary final.  Whatever team you follow, it is always great to see the buzz around Geelong at this time of year and the increased support of local business when Geelong go deep into the finals.  To those venturing up to the G tonight amongst a nest of Tigers supporters ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
6th September, 2019
Geelong - A Great Place to Live
With winter behind us now we can’t help turn our thoughts to the warmer weather and the great advantages we have living here in Geelong. Our beautiful waterfront at Eastern Beach comes alive over summer with ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
30th August, 2019
Land Update
If you favour building your own home as opposed to buying an existing one, you have plenty of options. The advantage of building is that you can design the home to exactly the specifications your budget allows - you can choose a floorplan that best suits ... click here for full article.


 
23rd August, 2019
Gearing Up for Spring Selling
We are in the home straight now with only one week of winter to go and one more round of AFL football before the finals. There is a definite buzz in the air as listing activity heightens and our auction schedule starts filling up for the coming months.  ... click here for full article.
 
  
 
16th August, 2019
Meet Our Property Management Team
It takes great care and skill to lease and manage a client's investment property effectively, whilst also maximising the return at all times. We take enormous care with tenant selection; we personally show all tenants through each property and conduct thorough reference and database checks.   ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
9th August, 2019
Suburb Watch - Highton
 
This week the Geelong Advertiser published their annual SOLD magazine which compiles sales data on a suburb by suburb basis and includes indepth analysis of market trends across the Geelong region.  ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
2 August 2019
Geelong Market Winter Update
 
The Geelong market is finally showing signs of rallying from a slight softening since mid last year.  An encouraging boost in activity in the past couple of weeks comprising an increase in buyer enquiry, a corresponding rise in sales and an influx of new homes coming on to the market ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
26th July 2019
It's Tax Time

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.
 
 
 
12th July, 2019
Another Interest Rate Cut
 
At its monthly meeting this week the RBA board followed up its June quarter percentage interest rate cut with another quarter percentage cut to the historically low level of 1%.  All 4 big banks have indicated their intention to pass on some or all of this latest cut  .... click here for full article.
 
 
 
28th June, 2019
Preparing Your Garden For Spring

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.
 
 

21st June
Supporting the Geelong Community

We feel a close affinity to the Geelong community and are always appreciative of the support we have received since 1993 which has allowed us to flourish as a business. It has been our pleasure to support the charities shown here .... click here for full article.
 
 
 
14th June
The Essential Buying Guide
 
Buying your own home ought to be one of the most exciting times of your life but it can also be stressful - attending many opens and inspections, bidding at auction or negotiating the price, liaising with financial institutions and legal  representatives, signing endless amounts of paperwork and finally ... click here for full article.
 
 
7th June
Selling in Winter
 
Often overlooked as the 'poor cousin' compared to spring, winter is actually one of the most desirable months to sell property. There are a few reasons for this:  .... click here for full article.
 
 
 
24th May
Investors and the Election Result
 
Australians went to the ballot box on Saturday and voted to maintain the status quo and in doing so gave a definitive no to the Labor Party’s suite of new taxes  .... click here for full article.
 

30th November
'Tis The Season
 
December is nearly upon us. And that means Christmas functions, kids’ Christmas parties, carols, festive get togethers, Christmas church celebrations and more. At this hectic time of year when we are rushing about attending all these events and buying presents for our family and friends ... click here for full article.


23rd November
Selling in a Changing Market

The last few months has seen a softening of the real estate market. Auction clearance rates are down and properties are taking more time than previously to sell. This is good news for buyers, who are now a bit spoilt for choice, but it is certainly not doom and gloom for sellers.   ... click here for full article.
 
 
 
16th November
Marketing - The Must Haves
 
In this digital age, deciding on how to market a home for sale is an absolute minefield. The options available are extensive and costs can quickly add up. That’s why it is important to tailor the marketing campaign to the unique features of the property rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ approach ... click here for full article.



2nd November
Auction Success in Newtown
 
We were thrilled to be able to sell 32 Laurel Bank Parade, Newtown at auction on Saturday for $1.92 million dollars. The lovely character Edwardian home received spirited bidding from
two committed parties until it sold under the hammer to a local family with 3 children ... click here for full article.
 


19th October, 2019
Geelong Market Update
 
We are halfway through Spring already and marching very quickly towards what is shaping up to be a very hot summer. Spring racing is well underway with a public holiday next week for the Geelong Cup and Term 4 of the school year having commenced with VCE students only a couple of weeks away from finishing their school careers permanently...   click here for full article.



28th September
Grand Final Weekend
 
It’s certainly all happening at the moment. School holidays are here, the Grand Final is this weekend and some of us are lucky enough to have Friday off to watch Collingwood and the West Coast Eagles parade through the streets of Melbourne in the lead up to their big clash the next day..... click here for full article.
 

 
 
21st September
September Market Update
 
It is pleasing to see the Geelong real estate market remaining buoyant and defying Melbourne and interstate trends which have seen a downturn in auction clearance rates and median house prices. The median house price across the Greater Geelong region has risen 12.2% this year to date compared to Melbourne's .... click here for full article.
 


14th September
Spring Auction Action

The Geelong Advertiser’s front page yesterday really summed up the buying sentiment in Geelong this past weekend. “Fast and Furious”was the headline with an accompanying photo of our auctioneer Shaun Carroll and in particular reference to our auction at Unit 2/6 Cortland Drive, Highton.

6 bidders competed to secure this 3 bedroom/double garage brick veneer unit with more than 50 bids .... click here for full article.
 
 


7th September
Spring Has Sprung!

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.



31st August
The Buzz Around Spring

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!
 


24th August
The Secret to Our Success
 
As we celebrate our 25 year anniversary it is a good time to reflect on our longevity in what is an extremely competitive industry and to pinpoint what it is about Maxwell Collins that has been the key to our success over these years.  Click here for full article.

 

17th August
Preparing for Spring Selling

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.
 


10th August
The Role of Technology in Real Estate

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.
 
 

3rd August
Celebrating 25 Years

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.
 


27th July
Spring Selling - Just Around the Corner
 
There's only just a month of winter left and then Spring will be upon us. This is the time when traditionally the market gears up and a rush of properties are listed for sale. If you have plans to sell by public auction in Spring ..click here for full article.

 
 
20th July 2018
Spotlight On - Mortgage Lending
 
If you are thinking of buying and need to borrow to finance your purchase it is advisable to be aware of the tightening of lending criteria by all major lenders over the past 2 or 3 years, fueled in part by government initiatives and more recently, by the royal commission ..... click here for full article.


13 July 2018 
Choosing an Agent - The Do's and Dont's
 
So you’ve made that all important life changing decision to move house. To either upsize, downsize, perhaps to a new location, or to a new chapter in your life. So how do you choose an agent to sell what is more often than not the most valuable asset you will own in your lifetime?.... click here for full article.

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