January 23rd, 2015

Top tips for buying a waterfront home

There’s something very special about a waterfront home – and even more special if it comes with a private berth for your boat.

But acquiring a home “on the water” can also be quite a complicated process, says Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts Real Estate, not least because there are so many different locations and types of waterfront property to choose from in SA.

“We have several marinas, both on the ocean and inland; at least two island developments with waterfront homes that have their own docks or jetties; secure estates around large dams with both shared and private boating facilities, and of course many freehold properties right on the beach or riverbank, some in remote, very quiet locations and some close to bustling holiday resorts and even within easy reach of a major city.

“So it’s very important to do thorough research and find the home that most closely …

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January 23rd, 2015

NAI Harcourts MarketLeader (January 2015)

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In the January issue of the Market Leader:

  • 2015 Commercial and industrial property outlook
  • Use Key Assets to give your property national and global exposure
  • Strong sales for technology park in Cromwell

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January 22nd, 2015

NAI Harcourts sets sights on continued growth over 2015

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NAI Harcourts has experienced a year of very strong growth in Australia over the last 12 months, with a total of 11 new locations established across the country.

Over 2014, the company established 12 new offices in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.

CEO NAI Harcourts, Richard Laery attributes this success to the industry knowledge and client-focused service NAI Harcourts professionals bring to the commercial real estate industry to help their clients succeed.

“I believe our growth stems from having local experts, who know the areas they operate in well, paired with an international team that has access to global resources,” Mr Laery said.

Growth in the world of commercial real estate has been on the rise in Australia, with NAI Harcourts seeing their written value increasing by 98% in the past 12 months, with the business involved in over 1700 transactions during this period.

With …

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January 20th, 2015

Home-buyers need to be savvy when looking to buy in Sydney

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According to the latest findings from the Demographia International Housing Survey, Sydney is now ranked as the third most unaffordable major housing market in the world. 

With interest rates tipped to drop in the first half of the year, and some speculating that property prices will largely hold steady over 2015, CEO Harcourts New South Wales, Mark Morrison, says now is still a good time to invest, it’s just a matter of finding the pockets of Sydney that are still affordable.

“Despite being listed as one of the world’s most unaffordable cities for property, there are parts of Sydney which still present home-buyers and investors with reasonable asking prices.

“Blacktown in Sydney’s west remains an affordable and family-friendly suburb, with the area becoming a major commercial hub, close to schools, and transportation, and still only 35 minutes to the CBD.” Mr Morrison said.

Blacktown had an average list price $535,500 …

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January 20th, 2015

Property Focus (Australia, January 2015)

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In the January issue of the Australian Property Focus newsletter:

  • Thinking of buying an apartment in 2015?
  • Market Facts
  • It pays to spend when selling your property through auction

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January 19th, 2015

Harcourts USA listed in top 200 franchises in the US

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Harcourts USA has been listed in the top 200 franchises in the United States for 2015 by the Franchise Business Review.

Harcourts were among only 10 other real estate groups listed in the report.

Harcourts USA now has 29 franchised offices in the United States and continues to grow. Harcourts USA Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Hodson spoke of the importance not just of aligning yourself with a large organisation, but one that is truly people-focussed.

“In our ever-changing market owning a real estate franchise is more than just about a brand, we know that our brand is our people and the better we make our people the better our brand and business will be for our clients.” Mr Hodson said.

Mr Hodson also spoke about being part of a brand that understands the importance of investing in training and technology to better support its people.

“We have the market leading …

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