Warrnambool – History

Warrnambool – History

The word Warrnambool originates from the local Indigenous Australians name for a nearby volcanic cone. It is interpreted to mean many things including land between two rivers, two swamps or ample water. A popular legend is that the first Europeans to discover...
Warrnambool – Cityscape, Economy, Demographics

Warrnambool – Cityscape, Economy, Demographics

Cityscape The original City of Warrnambool was a 4×8 grid, with boundaries of Lava Street (north), Japan Street (east), Merri Street (south) and Henna Street (west). In the nineteenth century, it was intended that Fairy Street – with its proximity to the...
Moyne Shire: About

Moyne Shire: About

The Shire of Moyne is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 5,478 square kilometres (2,115 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 15,955. It...
No Price Marketing or No Brains Marketing?

No Price Marketing or No Brains Marketing?

‘No Price marketing’ – or should that be ‘No Brains marketing’ Article by Bill Glover I am constantly amazed and surprised by the sellers who opt not to disclose the price they would like to achieve for the sale of their property. What are they hoping to achieve using...
The winners and losers in all markets

The winners and losers in all markets

Written by Peter O’Malley. There is a simplistic thought pattern that rising property markets are good and falling markets are bad. Supporting the point, transaction volumes historically increase in rising markets and decrease in falling markets. These...
Don’t Do It

Don’t Do It

Why print doesn’t add up The real estate industry’s greatest fear is that home sellers will work out how easy it is to find a buyer for your property without using a real estate agent. Private sale companies and private sellers are emerging in larger numbers each...
‘Open for Buyers’ Means an Open Agency

‘Open for Buyers’ Means an Open Agency

If you hire a real estate agent to sell your property, you have every right to expect him or her to work hard for you. You also should expect the same from the salesperson’s agency. Nobody expects anybody to work seven days a week, but just because a salesperson has...
Abolishing stamp duty for first home buyers

Abolishing stamp duty for first home buyers

About this initiative From 1 July 2017, first home buyers purchasing properties valued below $600,000 will be exempt from paying stamp duty. Further, first home purchases valued between $600,000 and $750,000 will receive a concession applied on a sliding scale. It...
How much does it cost to sell a house?

How much does it cost to sell a house?

When choosing an agent to sell your home don’t make the mistake of only looking at the commission rate each agent charges. If you base your decision on commission alone you will be in for an unpleasant surprise. So, how much does it really cost to sell your home?...
Get the Highest Price for Your Property

Get the Highest Price for Your Property

If you are like most people considering selling their properties, there is one question you most probably want answered above all others: HOW CAN I GET THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR MY PROPERTY? My name is Gary Pittard, CEO of the real estate business consultancy, Pittard. I...
Real Estate’s Greatest Dangers

Real Estate’s Greatest Dangers

When selling your property, if you want to get the highest price possible, avoiding real estate’s greatest dangers is crucial. Andrew Trim, head of one of Brisbane’s most successful group of agencies, Johnson Real Estate, has written a book entitled Real Estate’s...
Happy Mother’s Day to All Our Mums

Happy Mother’s Day to All Our Mums

At Wilson Real Estate, we love our Mums – and, sadly, in some cases, the memories of Mums. But then doesn’t everyone with a heart just love Mum, the one who does so much for so many with little thought of thanks. Well, this Mother’s Day, we thought we’d remind all of...
The hidden cost of a cheap agent

The hidden cost of a cheap agent

Choosing an agent when selling your home is a big decision – this is why many people research a few different real estate agencies before they make their choice. Costs can add up quickly when selling your home, which is why some people consider hiring a discount agent...
Be Choosey!

Be Choosey!

When selling your property, it pays to be choosey.  Choose Skill, Not Opinions Some agents tell lies to win your business. Be very careful that you do not choose the agent who tells you the biggest lie about how much ‘you will get’ for your property. This is called...
Open houses: The lazy real estate tactic

Open houses: The lazy real estate tactic

Many in the real estate industry speak highly of open homes. This tactic has become so common that many sellers are under the impression that open homes are the only way to sell a property. What many people are unaware of is that open homes typically have more...
Repeat happy seller!

Repeat happy seller!

It’s great in business when your past clients come back and choose to deal with you again – It shows that you are doing something right! Hear briefly from Jason, a second-time-round delighted...
Come on in!

Come on in!

We all know the saying that there is no second chance to make a first impression. This is most relevant when selling your house. You should do everything you can to make buyers feel at home, to create the atmosphere that implies Come on in! The inside atmosphere...
The Pricing Game

The Pricing Game

It wasn’t so long ago, when a homeowner decided to sell their property the agent would advertise it for the agreed price. The price was set by the agent in consultation with the homeowner. The advertised price was simply the price the owner wanted. It was...
Mortlake Saleyards to go ahead

Mortlake Saleyards to go ahead

Exciting news for the Mortlake district with the announcement after Tuesday night’s council meeting of unanimous support for the granting of a planning permit for the new facility to be built.  Forecast to bring 100 new jobs for the 10-month construction phase,...
Flipping houses – What you need to know

Flipping houses – What you need to know

Buy a house, renovate and sell quickly for a substantial profit – it’s not hard to see why flipping houses seems like an attractive venture. House flipping certainly isn’t a new concept, with shows such as the The Block making it appear like an easy, glamorous way to...
How to run a silent auction

How to run a silent auction

Just like a public auction, there are times when a silent auction works better than a standard private treaty and vice versa. The success of a silent auction is equally dependent on the right agent and the right circumstance. A public auction sells to the highest...
Thanh Loc Project – Helping the poor in Vietnam

Thanh Loc Project – Helping the poor in Vietnam

The Thanh Loc Project was born out of the desperate need for education and basic standards of living experienced on a visit to the Thanh Loc commune in southern Vietnam some years ago.  Thanh Loc commune is a very poor area where many children do not have the...
What to expect when selling your home

What to expect when selling your home

Whether you’re downsizing or moving to a new area, most home owners will find themselves selling at one point in their lives. Selling your home can be a stressful period, particularly if you’re not sure what to expect. This blog post will guide you on the process to...
What is equity and how can it benefit me?

What is equity and how can it benefit me?

Simply put, home equity refers to the difference between the market value of your property and how much is still owing. Equity is the unencumbered interest an owner has in a property. For example, if your property was worth $500,000, and you still owed $400,000 on...
Why you should consider rentvesting

Why you should consider rentvesting

Eager to enter the property market but can’t afford to buy where you want to live? It might be time to consider rentvesting. With headlines in the media often touting rising living costs and housing unaffordability, it is no surprise that many young people feel like...
Home Safety Tip – Do you have a fire extinguisher?

Home Safety Tip – Do you have a fire extinguisher?

There has been much talk about ensuring that your property is adequately fitted with smoke alarms (and is law in many states), but what would you do if a fire did occur? Investing in a fire extinguisher can help protect your property in the event of a fire. Following...
Should you renovate before selling?

Should you renovate before selling?

With TV shows such as The Block and Reno Rumble gaining immense popularity in the last few years, many homeowners have been inspired to carry out their own makeovers and add value to their homes. A question our sales team at Wilson Real Estate often get asked is,...
The extra mile

The extra mile

Meet Carla & Murray, more delighted clients of Wilson Real Estate. Hear how Linda Miller went the extra mile to find them their dream property, all from the other side of the country. And the process couldn’t have been...
Homefinder finds home

Homefinder finds home

Our aptly named “Homefinder”, Daniel, knocked on Sharon and Daryl’s door, and within a week, with Linda’s help they had sold their home for a great price and purchased another, which they are very excited about!...
ONE SHEEP PLEASE

ONE SHEEP PLEASE

Imagine you’re planning to cook a lamb on the spit.  A Greek delicacy.  You visit your local butcher and ask him for a lamb and he replies, Butcher:   “Sorry mate, I’m all out of lambs but give me $200 and I’ll go to the market tomorrow and try to get you one”. A day...
Purchasing off-the-plan?

Purchasing off-the-plan?

Three things you need to know before purchasing an off-the-plan development as an investment property. Many investors gravitate towards purchasing off-the-plan developments due to the perceived benefit they offer. Off-the-plan developments are often marketed as an...
Open 7 days – Benefits in action

Open 7 days – Benefits in action

Hear from 2 delighted clients, Glen and Julie, buyer and seller of 72 Kerr Street, Mortlake. Sold within a week, with all the action happening on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday, when Wilson Real Estate are open for business, and the others are...
Another delighted client!

Another delighted client!

Linda recently handled the sale of Manny’s house in Illowa, then found a house for him to purchase, and to cap it all off – an investment property as well.  Another delighted...
40+ Years of Wilsons

40+ Years of Wilsons

In 1976 real estate agency Mark Wilson and Associates began trading in Warrnambool. The business strategy of putting the customer’s best interests ahead of their own has assisted in the longevity and success of this family owned and operated real estate agency. 40+...
Property investing tips

Property investing tips

5 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN INVESTING IN PROPERTY: 1.     Not doing your research. When purchasing an investment property, it’s important to do your research about the location, local amenities, rental yields, vacancy rates and the property itself. While it may not...
SOLD – no stress, no risk

SOLD – no stress, no risk

Jak and Brooke talk about their recent successful sale, the good communication they had from their agent, peace of mind offered by a risk-free system, and the fact that they found what is often a very stressful process,...
Expensive web advertising drives off market transactions.

Expensive web advertising drives off market transactions.

Real estate agents across the country are increasingly moving toward off market transactions. An off market transaction is defined as one where the agent only markets the property to their database and known buyers rather than listing on prominent media websites....
Living in the Future

Living in the Future

Imagine this! Your home is totally self-sufficient for all its energy needs! – No more power bills! Buildings in the future will not only be designed for living and working in, they will incorporate mini-power stations, producing and storing clean, renewable energy,...
Are those ads real?

Are those ads real?

John Downie explains his successful sale, after ringing up Wilson Real Estate when he saw a couple of “property wanted” ads, initially wondering if they were a made-up...
Rejecting the first offer

Rejecting the first offer

High offers often come early during the selling process, however owners will often hold out in the hopes of a better deal coming along.  Sellers can be lulled into a false sense of security making the assumption that a good offer in the early stages of selling can...
Inspection Etiquette

Inspection Etiquette

Much has been written about the pros and cons of Open Inspections versus taking individual buyers through properties by way of personal inspection with the agent. Without opening up a can of worms, the salesperson in me favours personal inspection because it is a...
A fishing tip for landlords.

A fishing tip for landlords.

When trying to attract a super tenant make sure that you use good bait.   Generally we have noticed that the tenants you attract are as good as the property you’re offering.  Nice people want to live in nice properties, not dumps. Experience also shows us that owners...
Top 3 ways to prepare for Real Estate photos.

Top 3 ways to prepare for Real Estate photos.

High quality photos have become an integral part of marketing your home when selling. When searching for a property, almost all buyers will turn to the internet to find their next home, with buyers perusing many listings before making their final decision. Excellent...
Appraisal or Valuation?

Appraisal or Valuation?

What would you do if you wanted to find out what your property is worth in today’s market? Would you ask for an appraisal or do you get a valuation? They may sound like they are the same but they’re not. Do you know the difference? A valuation can only be conducted by...
Meet Anna…

Meet Anna…

Meet Anna, another happy Wilsons customer. As you can see, Linda from our office went to great lengths to find the right home for Anna. If you’d like us to help you find your dream home, contact us any time. If you’re thinking of selling, it makes sense to...
4 letters that can change your life

4 letters that can change your life

4 LETTERS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME.  These four letters stand for HIGHEST PRICE NEGOTIATION SYSTEM! And that’s what we now use at Wilson Real Estate. A brand new negotiation system written and researched by Australia’s trusted consumer...
Cheap isn’t always cheerful.

Cheap isn’t always cheerful.

Why budget property management costs landlords. A common mistake that many property investors make is assuming that all property management is the same. This assumption can often lead to landlords choosing the cheapest service on the market, as they feel there is...
Your chance at a stress-free sale

Your chance at a stress-free sale

Matching your property to one of our existing buyers can be the most effective way to sell your home, both in terms of achieving a great price as you can rest assured these are genuine buyers ready to pay good money for the right property, and also in terms of...
Nobel Prize-Winning Concept

Nobel Prize-Winning Concept

If you are like most sellers, the thought of selling your home can be daunting. Selling your home is not usually something you do more than once or twice in your life. So how do you know what to expect or more importantly how to sell for the highest price? When it...
Is this the one for me?

Is this the one for me?

Knowing when to move on the right property. Written by Peter O’Malley. Buying a home is one of the most important and largest financial decisions that you are likely to make. Getting it right will result in years of security and happiness from your home. As...
Pricing your property

Pricing your property

Pricing your property: Why overpricing as a selling tactic does more harm than good. Setting a price for your property is one of the biggest decisions you will make during the selling process. Choosing the right price gives you the greatest chance at selling your home...
Our latest happy buyers

Our latest happy buyers

Ashleigh Porter and Ben Martin are our latest happy purchasers – having just bought a block of land in Koroit with the assistance of Percy Eccles, we wish them all the best with their plans for the...
Present Your Home – Selling

Present Your Home – Selling

If you’re looking to sell a property, presentation is paramount. Here are some top tips from the team at Wilson Real Estate on how to stand out in the crowd and appeal to potential buyers. First Impressions count When a buyer approach’s your house, the exterior makes...
Don’t wait until it’s too late

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Article by Paul Kounnas Unfortunately many elderly people put off selling their family home until it’s too late and the decision to sell is no longer theirs to make, it’s made instead by others. It is sad to see this happen to many of our elderly. Generally the reason...
What you’re really signing when listing with an auction agent!

What you’re really signing when listing with an auction agent!

Article by Paul Kounnas A common mistake home sellers make when listing their home for sale with an agent is that they sign the agent’s authority without fully understanding what they are committing to.   The auction authority in particular is the one that catches...
5 Tips For First Home Buyers

5 Tips For First Home Buyers

Buying your first home can be daunting – both financially and emotionally. It’s likely to be one of the biggest investments you’ll make, so the team at Wilson Real Estate have compiled their top 5 tips to guide you. Start saving now House deposits can take a while to...