How To Identify the Best Real Estate Agent In Your Area

Spring is only days away and the busiest selling season is about to start so how can you find the best real estate agent in your area. The biggest mistake sellers make when hiring a Real Estate agent is that they do not do their homework before appointing their agent.

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Project Rebellion: RPData in the Firing Line

As a followup to recent articles relating to the industry revolt and ACCC investigation into RealEstate.com.au, Australian Financial Review journalist Ben Hurley has released another article that takes aim at RPData and their valuation strategy . RPData have been working on a valuation system similar to US portal  Zillow in the USA where they provide a valuation to consumers.  Naturally this has upset real estate agents and valuers alike around the country

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Project Rebellion: REA’s Problems Continue with ACCC Investigation Underway

In a followup article to the Front Page Project Rebellion article, Ben Hurley from the Australian Financial Review has published a new story on an ongoing investigation by the ACCC into the activities of RealEstate.com.au and to a lesser extent  Domain.com.au . Questions directed at some of Australia’s leading real estate groups have seemed to focus on excessive price rises (see 1 , 2 , 3 and 4 ) of realestate.com.au and the effectiveness of competition in the real estate online classified space. Simon Baker, the ex CEO and substantial shareholder in REA has made some interesting comments on this blog recently regarding realestate.com.au prices : If the franchise groups were serious about competing with realestate.com.au or at least providing a competitive offering, wouldnt they first start internally and attempt to organise group buying of REA subscriptions for their franchisees? Imagine if all Ray White or LJ Hooker offices got together and negotiated as one for their REA subscriptions (and additional products)

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Realestate.com.au 2011 Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey

In what seems like remarkable timing,  sitting in my email this morning was an invitation to partake in the Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey for realestate.com.au. Now is the time to let REA know what you think of them, the good and the bad. The email includes a comment “The survey questionnaire can be completed by personnel who have contact with realestate.com.au” which seems to infer that you can get anybody in your office to also submit on your survey link.

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Realestate.com.au Backs Down From The Fight!

Realestate.com.au has always promoted itself as a portal for real estate agents but recently we have seen a surge in real estate agents using technology to operate from a digital storefront and list their properties on the portal. At first many of these websites were not run by real estate agents but REA quickly enforced this rule.

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April Brain Teasers – Now Closed

Congratulations to JULIA LACZKO who won the last Brain Teaser competition. First National Nerang has a $100 Pre Paid Visa to give away for the January competition. Like always to be in with a chance you must be a Gold Coast resident and answer the following three Brain Teasers correctly. For every correct answer you will have one chance in the draw

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2011 REIA – Australian Real Estate Agency of the Year

Last night the 2011 REIA National Awards for Excellence was held at the Marriott Resort on the Gold Coast and First National Real Estate Nerang was awarded the  2011 REIA Australian Medium Residential Agency of the Year . The National Awards for Excellence are the pinnacle awards in our industry and are a celebration honouring Australia’s most outstanding performers in the real estate profession. This is the second year in a row that Nerang First National has been been accorded the real estate industry’s highest accolade.

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