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A tale of two cities: How big is the off-the-plan settlement risk in Sydney?
Written for
White & Partners
sector:
Property
audience:
Investors
purpose:
Share insights

In the last edition of our newsletter, we pondered whether the Sydney new apartment market would parallel Brisbane’s and promised to bring you insights from our own exposure to this market. Looking at our five largest residential apartment projects in Sydney, our initial observation is that risk is location specific and not correlative across the city.  

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A good set of pipes and a bit of grit takes auctioneer far
Written for
AuctionsPlus
sector:
Agriculture
audience:
Livestock sector
purpose:
Connecting community

If there’s anyone blessed with a good set of pipes, it’s Paul Dooley. The renowned seedstock auctioneer says he got lucky with a voice that doesn’t crumble under pressure but plenty of hard work and dedication hasn’t hurt either. Paul grew up on a beef cattle farm in the Hunter Valley region. His father was a stock agent and Paul always wanted to follow in his footsteps.

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Strategic review of the national rural ambassador award
Written for
Agricultural Shows of Australia
sector:
Agriculture
audience:
Agricultural show sector
purpose:
Strategic review

The Rural Ambassador Award is a trans-Tasman competition that highlights and  celebrates young people who have a genuine interest in rural and regional Australia  or New Zealand. The Award aims to provide an opportunity for these young people  to promote rural communities and industries, as well as to be involved in promoting  the importance of agriculture and food production.

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ASX: YBR moves to franchise structure and consolidates
Written for
Yellow Brick Road
sector:
Finance
audience:
Investors
purpose:
Continuous disclosure

Wealth management company Yellow Brick Road Holdings Ltd (ASX: YBR) today announced the transition to a franchise model, consolidation in staff numbers and a focus on increased network productivity and adviser recruitment. The changes follow the acquisition of four businesses.


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Fair weather agents and the reality of sacrifice
Written for
Michael Finger Mentoring
sector:
Property
audience:
Real estate agents
purpose:
Promote knowledge

There are agents who are in it for the wrong reasons. The litmus test for me is seeing how committed they are when things aren’t as easy as they once were. Why are they really here? Agents who are in the game for a long career will get through down markets. They will leverage their leaders, and the experience of those around them who have been through similar markets.

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Even the Government is suggesting you refinance this month, but why?
Written for
Loan Market
sector:
Finance
audience:
Borrowers
purpose:
Influence behaviour

For Australians with a home loan, we’re dealing with two major factors that you should know about right now. The first factor is that banks have never been more competitive for your business, and the second factor is that those same banks, ironically, are largely failing to pass on the full rate cuts available, so you’re probably paying your current lender more than necessary in this market.

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It’s time for an intelligent debate
Written for
Wealth Market
sector:
Finance
audience:
Industry
purpose:
Challenge policy

By intelligent I mean let’s put aside far left and far right ideals and debate instead what works for the very stakeholder all of this is meant to be about.  The client: a stakeholder that should be at the front of the queue in our thinking! A best interests duty already applies to a financial planner, and the Royal Commission’s recommendation is that brokers will be subject to it too.


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Agent sells three Twynam Agricultural farms for $115million
Written for
Ray White Rural
sector:
Agriculture
audience:
Media
purpose:
Promote success

Ray White Rural agent Bruce Gunning and Gary Johnston of Johnston Rural Group Forbes have brokered the $115milion sale of three Twynam Agricultural Group properties, Jemalong Station and Jemalong Citrus at Forbes and Merrowie at Hillston, to buyers from the United States and the Netherlands. The properties are the first subject to Australia’s new foreign investment rules.

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David C Gray: end-to-end property entrepreneur
Written for
David C Gray
sector:
Property
audience:
Prospective clients
purpose:
Brochure website

David’s passion for property goes beyond his profession. His experiences as a purchaser, seller, portfolio holder and developer over his adult life have profoundly impacted his business offerings. Professionally, his team has expanded from real estate to finance, development to investment and everything in between.

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The influence of Feng Shui on Eastern Suburbs property
Written for
Sotheby’s
sector:
Property
audience:
Sellers
purpose:
Promote knowledge

Whilst we’ve all heard of the ancient design philosophy of Feng Shui, it has become a popular practice for Asians and non-Asians alike as Chinese influence on cultures worldwide has grown. What you may not be aware of is the profound impact Feng Shui has on the real estate market here in Sydney. The reality is that Feng Shui, grounded in millennia of study, is a driver of sales.

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Market commentary: the month of May
Written for
Sotheby’s
sector:
Property
audience:
Prospective sellers
purpose:
Promote knowledge

Did the eastern suburbs real estate market somehow subvert Covid-19  conditions? In some ways, yes. Prime properties are achieving pre-pandemic prices. It’s quite extraordinary. Those properties that have highly-desirable characteristics whether it be location, layout, parking, privacy, a great block of level land with a view, are being transacted as though nothing has changed.


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Open banking is closing in on Australia
Written for
Cashwerkz
sector:
Finance
audience:
Financial advisers
purpose:
Promote knowledge

Open banking was forced upon the nine biggest banks in the UK with the promise of increased transparency and competition for customers over a year ago. Here, it is set to be phased in from 1 July, with the four major banks obliged to comply and remaining ADIs to follow a year later. Yet little is understood about its potential. So what can we expect in July, and in the years to come?

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Agricultural aggregation and broadacre specialist
Written for
Kim Watts
sector:
Agriculture
audience:
Landholders
purpose:
Improve LinkedIn

There are three key attributes that underpin my approach to broad acre sales: farming family values, extensive expertise and making privacy paramount. These attributes have helped me achieve and maintain success in the industry, as a former number 1 agent nationally for the oldest and largest pastoral house in Australia before expanding with Ray White Rural.

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The future of commercial tenancy: should you attract co-sharing companies or stick with long-term tenants?
Written for
White & Partners
sector:
Advisory
audience:
Investors
purpose:
Promote knowledge

Are they the ‘uber’ of commercial leasing? Co-sharing workspaces like Wotso (17 sites covering 34,000sqm), Victory (21 ­locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth) and WeWork are taking up more and more leases in Australia’s CBD and suburban locations. More recently, they have been leasing and even buying the whole building.

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