Has “Bellamack (The Suburb) Community” Started A Communication Revolution?…
I wanted my neighbours to keep an eye out for each other, better yet I wanted to know who lives in our suburb. What are they like? You know, like the good old days.
Being as I am in Real Estate we all know we have to letterbox drop and frequently to keep a profile and get known as the area expert. It was through letterbox drops I would promote this idea I had, a group……
16th October 2013 Bellamack Community was created with initially 8 members. Walking my suburb promoting this group through my real estate flyers it started to grow, what happens next was inevitable…
We made the news and it didn’t stop there….
We made Channel 9 news!…
Posted February 28th 2014:
200 MEMBERS STRONG: It is with great pleasure to announce we are 200+ members strong! Thanks to all of YOU for being apart of Darwin’s 1st real community group, what a year 2014 is shaping up to be. 1 thing is crystal clear, Bellamack has a community spirit! Its this community spirit that helped reduce crime, its the community spirit that has assisted in returning lost animals to their owners, had the 1st NHWcommunity meeting, developers meeting thank you Hermanus, given away prizes and most importantly, slowly I am starting to meet members that have made this group all worth it! THANK YOU!
New social networking site for local neighbourhoods. Join your Palmerston suburb!
I’m now delighted to introduce a new concept for Palmerston residents & homeowners: a new social networking site for neighbourhoods we call social media for where you live.
When users join their suburb community they automatically connect you with neighbours so you know what’s really happening in your suburb. It’s a newsfeed for locals, by locals!
Now when was the last time a local drummer could actually communicate with his suburb….
Don’t get me wrong there has been up and downs to creating a open forum like this, but as I have said before in many of my community posts “the positives for out weigh the negatives”
With the countless request to create other suburbs you would also be surprised to know we’ve also created ‘Official Community Groups’ for every suburb in Darwin. In fact when Bellamack was created so was every other suburb apart from 1 or 2 at that time. Now with most of Palmerston suburbs up and running with a super admin team of 12 we are 1 step closer to re-connecting like the old days.
When you join you’re automatically subscribed to residents in your neighbourhood. Type in your suburb, then community..
These local community groups function as virtual ‘bulletin boards’ where residents can post crime alerts, lost and found & recommendations. It’s a great way to find lost dogs, source good local babysitters, tradesmen, and way more…
In summary, here’s how they run
What are the neighbours saying?
Discover what’s hot & what’s not in your area. Share tips, contacts & recommendations with other residents. It’s a newsfeed for locals, by locals!
Keep your streets safe
Crime alerts posted by locals on the news feed instantly. Meet the neighbours online and build a stronger community with your neighbourhood group.
Harness community power
Sell goods locally, promote your events, post lost & found animals or items. Mobilise support for issues that affect your community.
Today September 9th 2014 Bellamack Community will hit 600 members, friends, neighbours and residents. Community spirit is alive and a very special thank you to someone who has been so instrumental in the success of the group and my admin partner in crime Belinda Hatch.
Are you apart of these groups? Leave a comment about your experience…
If you’re not familiar with Authorship, the idea was a way to connect your online real estate content (like your blog) with your name and photograph in Google search.
By setting up an account, you were able (to an extent) to control how your articles were displayed in Google search. It essentially helped to put a name and face to your writing. If you’ve ever seen search results offset with a picture next to them, the author was set up with Authorship. Google recently decided that this information was not as useful to users as it had hoped, and could “even distract from” useful search results, according to Google’s webmaster trends analyst, John Mueller. Mueller shared a statement on the end of Authorship on his Google Plus page on Thursday.
What’s the reasoning behind ending Authorship?
In a conversation with Search Engine Land, Mueller explained that over three years’ worth of data showed that the resources needed to process Authorship data far outweighed the benefits users were receiving. This was mainly based upon two issues:
1. Authors and webmasters weren’t using Authorship. The adoption rate for Authorship was much lower than Google anticipated, and often when authors attempted to include the necessary code, they did it incorrectly. If you’ve set up Authorship in the past, this may not come as a surprise to you.
2. Authorship wasn’t benefitting those who used it. Though Authorship’s low adoption rate isn’t surprising, the data that came from the program is. Authorship linked posts were receiving little to no bump in overall clicks. If a program is complicated to adopt and the end result isn’t beneficial, it’s pretty obvious why it isn’t going to be successful.
What does this mean for real estate search results?
According to Mueller, “removing authorship generally does not seem to reduce traffic to sites.” It also didn’t increase clicks on ads. This is good news for your search rankings. As long as your marketing strategy wasn’t completely dependent on Google Authorship (which wouldn’t be very effective anyway), you won’t see a sudden drop in clicks.
One interesting aspect of the Authorship removal is that Google Plus posts from users in your circle will still show up in search rankings, complete with name and picture. With all the mockery Google Plus has experienced since its creation, this could be a solid reason to continue using it for sharing blog posts and interacting with others. Perhaps a further integration of Google Plus into search results could be Google’s next step.
So how should the end of Authorship affect your marketing strategy?
According to Google, it shouldn’t. The only difference in your search results is that you won’t see your photo and name alongside your link. Your focus as a real estate professional should still be on creating value through relevant content, engaging social media posts, and a lead-capturing website visit www.peterkafkas.com.au
If your marketing strategy includes all of these aspects, you’re going to be just fine.
Buying a property is a big investment, so to make sure you’re on top of the fine print we’ve created this handy checklist of some of the legal things you’ll need to do in order to make the transaction painless.
1. Engage a conveyancer
The conveyancing process usually will be what kick starts your legal journey to property ownership so it’s important to engage a solicitor or conveyancer who will be able to take care of the legalities for you.
But what’s the difference?
The SA division of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers explains it well:
“Registered conveyancers are experts who specialise in conveyancing work … Some conveyancers are qualified solicitors but many are non-solicitors who have completed specialist tertiary education in conveyancing. In fact, many law firms employ registered conveyancers to undertake their conveyancing work.”
The conveyancing process will be what kick starts your journey to property ownership.
While there are DIY conveyancing kits available, these are useful only for the most straightforward property transactions.
But even the most simple-looking transactions can become complicated by legislation and regulations, making DIY a riskier move on your big investment.
You’ll want your conveyancer to consider things like local or national planning controls, permitted uses, heritage overlays and body corporate constraints.
And like any transaction, if you have any concerns or additional knowledge regarding the property you’re buying, communicate them to your solicitor or conveyancer to ensure the best outcome.
2. Know the sales process
Conveyancing in Australia varies slightly from state to territory. And so does the sales process.
For instance, there’s no cooling-off period for auctions (which are popular in the big cities), but with private treaty sales it’s different. In the NT a private treaty contract has a standard 4 (business) days when you name a conveyancer in the contract.
So make sure you know and understand the different sales processes before you start.
3. Check the title
Freestanding houses in Australia typically have a freehold Torrens Title. But other types of title exist for different property types and come with their own legalities.
Strata Title was introduced to Australia in 1961. It’s a system for handling the legal ownership of a portion of a building or structure including units, townhouses, villas, commercial offices, factories, warehouses, retail shops and more.
Before 1961 buyers used Company Title to effectively purchase shares in a building, and some older buildings remain under Company Title. Each system has its own pros and cons, as well as its own legalities.
So if you’re buying an apartment, villa or townhouse, it’s important to do some research first to make sure you’re familiar with how it works as well as conducting a strata search.
You’ll need to adhere to bylaws, take into account the fact you will be paying regular levies for maintenance and other expenses and enjoy the responsibility of voting at annual general meetings run by the strata management company and electing an executive committee.
There’s also leasehold or community title. Your conveyancer can guide you.
4. Do the paperwork
Again, the legal paperwork associated with buying property varies slightly from state to territory. The process usually includes these key events and documents:
The agent or vendor’s solicitor prepares a contract note or contract of sale concerning the property’s information and detailing exactly what is for sale. The settlement date should be specified – normally 30, 60 or sometimes 90 days. It can be very complex – for example, with properties sold off the plan.
The legal paperwork associated with buying property varies slightly from state to territory.
The contract is effectively made binding when it’s signed at “exchange”. This takes place either at the auction, or after a private treaty sale price is agreed, and a deposit is usually paid at this time.
Settlement is usually four weeks after contracts are exchanged (but the date is specified in the contract) and is when you pay the remaining amount for the property.
Is a document to be finalised at settlement by your conveyancer.
If you’re raising finance for your property via a loan, your solicitor or conveyancer will need to supply certain documentation to your lender.
Type of ownership
When buying a property with someone else, you can usually own it in one of two ways: joint tenants, or tenants in common.
5. Do the inspections
The building inspection process is an important part of the legal checklist for buying property.
For instance, the electrics and plumbing need to have been installed to certain requirements, and any renovations should have been approved by council. It’s also important to check the boundaries are in the correct position.
A proper building and pest inspection can find potential faults where you might not have seen any.
As long as you do your homework, and tick off your legal checklist, owning real estate grants you many freedoms – to buy, sell, renovate, invest and bequeath – or just to enjoy.
Ok Ok Darwin, it’s a question most Darwin homeowners will have lost sleep over: do I sell my existing home before buying its successor, or do I buy my next home and then sell?
Almost every home buyer will need or want to move location, upsize or downsize at some point and considering we are a transient bunch here’s my advise…
So how do you decide if you should buy or sell first?
1. Do you eat risk for breakfast?
Starting with the question: “what is my risk comfort zone?”
“Working out if you should buy or sell first totally comes down to your own risk profile and risk management.”
“If someone has a high risk threshold, buying first works best, particularly in a rising market and if you can negotiate a longer settlement.
If you have a high risk threshold, buying first works best, particularly in a rising market.
“If you are someone who is risk adverse, selling first will suit you better as, to a degree, there is lower financial risk because you know exactly what you have to spend.”
2. Why are you buying and selling?
Are you trading homes to be near ageing parents – or grandchildren – sooner rather than later?
If personal circumstances are pressing, it may be advisable to find a suitable property in a target area and buy it before selling your home.
Supply and demand means that, in a tightly held area, you may have to wait many months to find another property.
“Consider your individual reasons for buying and selling, as this impacts the best order to buy and sell.”
3. Is the tide rising or falling?
It can also be helpful if homeowners can access both their buying and selling markets’ cycles.
“If the market is hot and property prices are rising, you can have a little more confidence to buy first knowing your property is likely to sell pretty easily.”
Homeowners can make the most of both the buying and selling market cycles.
“If the market is falling and time on market statistics are painting a poor picture, you’d be less likely to sell your property in the short timeframe required.”
Pros and cons of selling before buying
Wally David, Certified Financial Planner from The Smart Money, says he usually advises his clients not to sign a contract to buy another home until a sale is secured on a current home “regardless of how marketable you think your current home may be”.
“I have witnessed this a few times and it can get ugly, causing unnecessary stress on those involved,” David says.
“It may necessitate the need to obtain bridging finance or the selling of other assets, which complicates things even further and can become very expensive.
“I do believe that for most people selling first is the best strategy for reducing stress and cost in the long run.”
Potential pros include:
If you can negotiate a delayed settlement it can give you time to buy another property and potentially move into the new place before settling your original property.
There’s less pressure to achieve the sale before a certain deadline.
It stops potential buyers trying to cash in on the fact that you have already bought and really need to sell.
Potential cons include:
If you’re too picky, nothing suitable is on the market or you simply miss out on a few properties, you could end up having to move out with nowhere to go. You can always rent short term, but there’s the added expense and hassle of having to move twice.
Prices might go up after you sell and you might be priced out of the market, or not able to find the dream home for the right price.
You’re at the mercy of what’s on the market at that time.
Pros and cons of buying before selling
Potential pros include:
The possibility of negotiating a conditional offer subject to the sale of your own property.
Not being bound by any financial pressure to commit until you find a property that ticks every box.
In a rising market you can potentially get more for your money, and make more from your subsequent home sale.
Potential cons include:
The extra cost and stress of bridging finance when you have to finance two mortgages at once.
Conditional offers can turn off vendors and make them unlikely to negotiate on price.
You might need to make a higher offer to to convince an owner to hold the property while you sort out your circumstances.
A Facebook page named “Enough Is Enough” is helping the ‘Massive’ national movement against REA(RealEstate.com.au) fees!
Like-minded real estate groups across the country are coming together to take collective action against realestate.com.au’s fees, according to the chairman of one of Australia’s leading networks.
The news comes after it was revealed that over 300 offices in Melbourne had joined forces to establish a new collective bargaining group in an attempt to secure fairer listings charges.
Controlling the monster we created
There have been a number of meetings and conversations about REA in recent weeks, all designed to put pressure on them to reduce their prices.
REA is a ‘monster’ we helped create through our own lack of unity in the industry and our competitiveness.
In recent weeks we have seen over 400 agencies in Victoria unite and propose working with a media buyer to obtain better pricing from REA and discuss the upcoming announcement of a new portal that will hit the market in July or August.
This is perhaps the first time there has been significant unity against REA. We have had a multitude of opportunities provided to us to disrupt their monopoly, but as an industry we have not supported any.
REA representatives inform our businesses every year that prices are increasing and there will be no room for negotiation.
REA Reps Pressure Real Estate Agents To Get Online Renewals
Representatives of realestate.com.au appear to have used the threat of suspension from the website to entice real estate agents to renew contracts with the property advertising service.
News of the tactics comes amid an escalating battle between REA Group, which is 61.6 per cent owned by News Corporation and is the operator of the No. 1 property website realestate.com.au, and Fairfax Media’s Domain Property Group.
The Australian Financial Review, published by Fairfax, has obtained emails that show an agency in Melbourne was told if it chose to cancel its subscription for advertising with the website instead of allowing the account to automatically renew, the agency would be prevented from marketing with the website for three months.
“If you don’t want to auto renew, your options moving forward are to downgrade to Flexi w/Feature All or Standard subscription, or cancel your Flexi/Highlight All contract,” said the email from a realestate.com.au account manager. “If you do nothing, the contract will automatically renew on Flexi with Highlight All.
“To confirm, if you do decide to cancel your subscription and account with REA, you will need to be off the site for three months before you can sign a new Standard or Flexi subscription as a new customer.”
The email came about after the agency was sent information about REA’s new pricing model, which will see the cost of ads aligned with postcodes, based on a median house price basis and supply and demand, resulting in an increase in rates when averaged across all areas.
Lets Get Ready To Rumble!
Their most recent decision making/price increases etc has done to their share prices in recent times…
Century 21 chief executive Charles Tarbey has confirmed to Real Estate Business that the movement by agents against the REA price hike is gathering pace on a national level, not just in Melbourne.
Mr Tarbey, who is one of the network leaders heading up a the new industry site, revealed he’s aware of similar moves being made in South Australia and in the Illawarra region of New South Wales.
“I’ve never witnessed as much interest from various groups in the industry as there is right now,” he said.
“We’ve been raising the issue of the industry controlling its data for the last 15 years, but this is the biggest move I’ve ever seen. It’s very much a massive sign of the recent dissent [to fee changes] we’ve witnessed.”
Mr Tarbey said it’s not happening in a “uniform way”, dominated by the franchise groups, but it’s more of a national shift, including individual agents at a grass-roots level.
“I know about it because I get a national perspective, but I don’t think the guys in Victoria would probably know that the guys in South Australia are doing something very similar,” he said. “It’s all happening at the same time.”
However, Mr Tarbey warned that organising real estate groups to collectively negotiate fees with listings sites could only be viewed as a stop-gap solution.
“What are they going to do? Go to Domain or realestateview and still get charged?,” he asked. “Are they going to give someone else a monopoly and then in two years’ time have the same problem? To me, it’s a temporary fix and won’t solve the problem.”
I also question how REA will be able to justify to its shareholders that they’re going to take a big hit if realestate.com.au needs to reduce its prices to do a deal with the newly-formed buying groups.
“How does realestate.com.au justify going back to its shareholders with a story like that?”.
Here’s a comment made from a fan of the page – Applaud the folks that put together the page Real Estate Agents Rebel – Enough Is Enough (pls like if you are a fellow agent) as a protest against realestate.com.au ‘s EXORBITANT and very regular increases which just go UP & UP (9000% since 2009 for a feature property) ! Talk about real estate being driven by greed! Real estate agents across Australia are held hostage by these companies with their super portals. Pls try to avoid using realestate.com.au for your property searches if you can – and use Domain or realestateview.com.au or realestate1.com.au. When we upload a property it goes on 10 different sites. So pls protest by not using them to do your searches or ultimately YOU will be doing yourself and real estate agents around the country a disservice (when you wish to sell) as we continually get hammered by these corporate bullies. OFF MY SOAPBOX
AMAZING FEEDBACK FROM AUSTRALIA’S TOP REAL ESTATE COACH ABOUT PETER KAFKAS!
REINT multi award winning sales & video marketing specialist Peter Kafkas has forged an enviable reputation with his out of-the-box video marketing and social media strategies.
I have trained over 10,000 real estate agents in Australia and internationally, and rarely have I seen an agent, in fact, never have I seen an agent so innovative and quick to implement the latest ideas to get the most money for his sellers !!
If you’re within coo-ee of Peter, put him on your shopping list and let him PROVE why he’s the one to sell your property in Darwin !!
– Glenn Twiddle
Best Selling Author, Speaker and owner Qld Real estate Agents’ Summit
Amazing Facts On Peter Kafkas:
REINT 2016 Public Nominated Salesperson Of The Year
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Over 350 Properties Sold in NT
Over $500 Million Dollars worth of Real Estate SOLD
38% of Homes SOLD have acheived OVER THE ASKING PRICE
Only agent in NT to sell OVER $15 Million Dollars using REAL VIDEO
82% of his clients see a SOLD SIGN
REINT 2014 & 2013 Innovation Back To Back Award Winner
REINT 2014 Salesperson Of They Year nominee
Social Media & Video Markting Elite Agent
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In 2013 Peter separated himself from the pack” becoming Darwin’s 1st video marketing agent and utilising social media to attract more buyers to your home, selling properties for RECORD prices! His YouTube channel alone boasts over 23,000 views with his innovative reputation now spanning Australia wide.
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