You’ve heard it. Repeatedly doing the same thing expecting a different result will get you carted off.
Then how do you explain now, when no matter what anyone does, everything is different.
How do you explain agents stirring the pot of confusion when they’re so confused that they don’t get that they’re the ones they’re hurting the most.
88 St V’s Place. A shocking $11.2m.
Shocking? No. Only compared to a whole handful of promises. It was right in line with expected.
11 Linlithgow Road. Hung out to dry weeks and weeks after its closing date — like so many of its neighbours which have experienced The Curse Of Lin Rd.
The lights going out at 39 Irving Road? That’ll be because everyone’s exhausted and gone to bed. A sale after being on and off the market over 24 very long months. Over $30m! (And under the hoped-for $37m!)
Still , not a bad return on the $3.75m it cost 25ish years ago. Outstripped inflation. Nice little capital gain.
And then just when you think it’s terminal stupid, something sensible happens.
Litmus land. $6.35m, $11k/sq m. But only two bidders?
Is that a bell ringing?
There are agents who think so. Game over for this year. Vendors’ cues put back in their racks.
There are vendors who think not. That there are still heights to be scaled pre-Christmas. Play on.
Sell in March?
Or February. Some agents are getting listings already.
But it’s only November.
We know. We know.
Grubby, grubby, grubby
It’s Tut, Tut, Tut, time at Consumer Affairs.
Six out of ten agents audited by CAV came up as underquoters.
Facing massive fines.
As much as $10,000 for a transaction when they’ve only scored a $100,000 fee.
“It’s just the cost of doing business.”
And ruining it for everyone.