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Nov 17, 2023

A Tale of Two Sales Campaigns

We recently had the privilege of managing the sale of two properties, A and B, both nestled in the same location and bearing striking similarities. However, the variation in their sales campaigns highlights the difference in how strategic decisions can affect the outcome. Property A: A Transformative Journey When the owners of Property A expressed their intention to sell, we embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of its condition. Despite having a renter and furnished lease, the property, dating back to its 2005 origins was in its original state. After careful consideration and consultation, the owner opted to vacate the property. This decision paved the way for a transformative process, including painting, new carpet installation, and strategic staging. The property was then listed on major real estate websites like Domain and REA. The results were impressive - a successful campaign that culminated in a sale above the asking price within just two weeks of launching. The proactive approach to presentation and accessibility proved instrumental in attracting potential buyers. Property B: Lessons Learned On the flip side, Property B, also occupied by a renter, opted to proceed with the sale with the renter still in place. This decision, while financially practical, presents challenges. The renter, though tidy, had configured one bedroom as a home office. Prospective buyers struggled to envision it as a bedroom, often referring to it as a studio. This limitation, connected with access issues, and the actual tenancy length, impacted the property's market appeal. After a period on the market with lukewarm interest, a decision was made to serve the renter a notice to vacate. Subsequent improvements, including painting and carpet replacement, were undertaken to enhance the property's overall presentation. Navigating the Tenancy Dilemma We acknowledge the financial implications of keeping a property empty and understand why some owners opt to sell with a renter in place. However, this decision can present challenges ranging from cleanliness and presentation to access issues. In certain cases, the tenancy agreement itself can shape the success or failure of a sales campaign. Property owners must recognize the potential impact on the sales price, as a poorly presented property may signal desperation, attracting lower-than-desired offers. If you find yourself at the crossroads of deciding whether to sell with or without a renter, consider seeking advice from our team. Our insights will prove invaluable in tailoring a strategy that aligns with your specific circumstances, ensuring a successful and lucrative sale. Written by Elli Blanco...

Nov 3, 2023

Have you heard of Passive House?

Australia is witnessing a surge in sustainable construction practices, and leading the charge is C Street Projects with their groundbreaking development, Echo, in Hawthorn. Echo promises not just a modern luxury but also a commitment to a sustainable, energy-efficient future for its residents. At its core is the internationally acclaimed concept of Passive House construction, a game-changer in energy-efficient building. So what is Passive House? Originating in Germany, Passive House construction is gaining global recognition for its energy-saving potential. Now, Australia is embracing this approach, and C Street Projects is at the forefront with their Echo development. Passive Houses set a new standard for Australian construction, showcasing the synergy between luxury living and environmental responsibility. Here are some of the key features: Energy Efficiency: The design significantly reduces energy consumption through insulation, airtight building envelopes, and energy recovery ventilation. Superior Comfort: Residents enjoy consistent indoor comfort year-round with minimised temperature fluctuations and excellent air quality. Sustainability: Eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient systems minimise the project's carbon footprint. Financial Savings: The design leads to cost savings on energy bills, making it an appealing financial choice for residents. As the popularity of Passive House construction grows in Australia, we can expect more projects like Echo to transform our cities. These developments offer both luxurious living and sustainability, improving residents' quality of life and contributing to a greener, more energy-efficient future. If you're curious to experience the Echo project firsthand, don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange a tour and see the future of sustainable living for yourself. Written by Peter Hannon Partner & Auctioneer ...

Nov 2, 2023


We are thrilled to announce that Caine Real Estate has been honoured as the winner of the Medium Residential Agency of the Year at the Real Estate Institute of Victoria’s (REIV) 2023 Annual Awards for Excellence. The award ceremony took place last night at the Crown Palladium, with a stunning turnout of over 700 attendees from across the industry. An Unforgettable Evening Hosted by the renowned Australian radio announcer and television personality Myf Warhurst, the event was a true celebration of the finest talents and achievements in Victoria’s real estate sector. Jacob Caine, our CEO and the current President of the REIV, had the privilege of giving the opening address and presenting two awards during the evening. Recognition Across the Board Our successes didn't stop there. We are immensely proud that our Operations Manager, Rachel Boggs, was a finalist in the Operational Leadership Award category. Property Manager Ashleigh Sumpter also made waves as a finalist in the Achievement Award category. A Team Effort We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to every member of our extraordinary team. This recognition is a testament to our collective dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional service to our clients. Looking Forward Winning the Medium Residential Agency of the Year award is an incredible milestone for us, but we're not resting on our laurels. We are committed to continuing our journey towards excellence and innovation in the real estate industry. Thank you to the REIV for this remarkable honour and to all our staff, clients, and partners who make our successes possible. Written by: Toby Campbell Partner & Auctioneer...

Sep 25, 2023

Why We Can Expect Slower Rent Growth in 2024

Why We Can Expect Slower Rent Growth in 2024 Rent growth has been on a steady climb for 35 months nationally, reaching an all-time high in July. There has, however, been a noticeable easing in rent increases over the past four months. “Days vacant” and rental enquiry levels have normalised, even decreased in some areas, and application numbers have declined since the July peak. So, what does 2024 hold for the rental market? Three Factors to Watch Interest Rate Changes: Most of the major banks are predicting a decline in the cash rate in 2024. Lower interest rates often stimulate investment in housing, increasing the supply of rental properties and consequently easing rent growth. Slowing Income Growth: Throughout the pandemic, income growth surged due to fiscal stimulus and tight labour market conditions. As income growth slows, renters may reconsider their housing choices, possibly opting for shared accommodations. This could redistribute demand and contribute to slowed rent growth. We are seeing this trend regularly, groups of three, four and five renters applying for properties that have historically rented to couples or colleagues/friends. The same number of renters remain in the market as a segment, however, they’re applying for fewer properties. Rental Affordability: Rent costs have reached an alarming 30.8% of national income as of March 2023. The stretched affordability limits how much further rents can rise before renters make significant changes, like moving to more affordable areas. The Broader Impact Several market indicators point to an impending slowdown in rent growth. Cities like Canberra are already seeing a decline in rents, and other areas like Hobart and Melbourne may soon follow suit. This is further supported by internal migration trends; renters are moving to more affordable areas, thus reducing demand in pricier markets. The Need for Reform While the expected slowdown in rent growth is noteworthy, it's not a cure-all for rental affordability challenges. Ambitious initiatives, like the Federal Government aiming to build 1.2 million homes over the next five years, can go a long way in making rents more manageable. As we’ve discussed in this blog previously - supply is fundamentally the most significant factor in this issue. The Victorian State Government released its “Long-term Housing Plan” this week, which included a raft of initiatives designed to ease the pressures on housing.  We welcome many of these proposals - it is, for the most part, a positive and meaningful policy set.  That is, however, contingent on the delivery of the promised outcomes. This is a policy area that, at both the Federal and State level, governments have disappointed the Australian people in recent decades Let’s hope this time it is different. ...