Follow these tips if you want to be a successful buyer in the spring selling season

first_imgHaesley Cush offers tips on how to be a winner during spring selling season.Get pre-approved finance. In the industry if your finance is pre-approved and your offer is not ‘subject to finance’ we call that a ‘cash contract’ and Aussies always take less for cash!Pre-register as a bidder for any auction you have an interest on. Spring is renowned for properties selling prior to auction and buyers missing out. If you are pre-approved you have secured your seat at the negotiating table and agents should inform you if an offer is going to stop the auction.Negotiate terms. If you can’t pay a 10 per cent deposit or settle in 30 days, then tell your agent the deposit and settlement you need. In most cases owners are flexible.Put in offers. The only risk you run putting in an offer is the risk it gets accepted. So if you like it, make an offer and insist it goes on a full contract.Lastly, bid at auctions. If you want to buy a property at auction you need to bid. Waiting for it to go ‘on the market’ can be costly. Many owners will consider lowering their reserve if bidding falls short of their expectation. But without a bid to lower it too, they have little option but to pass it in. Tips for winning in the spring selling season.SPRING does see an upswing in sales.But if you really look at why, it has little to do with the romantic notion that the new life of spring infects buyers and they unwittingly pay through the nose for any available property.Key activities fuel this surge in sales.The best place to start is the end – Christmas. Buyers generally want to be in and settled before Christmas. This means a purchase no later than November. That psychological deadline sees a rise in sales. That rise in sales has historically given owners confidence in the seasonal spring market, which prompts them to list their home for sale, so hence you see an uplift in properties listed.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring Fever: Buyers Tips01:18Finally, the buyers who have been unsuccessful through winter, with less available properties, are now educated and cashed up with that money burning a hole in their pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThis pent up buyer demand all occurs as that fresh wave of properties start to fill the on line portals and decorate metropolitan newspapers causing this perfect property storm.To take advantage of the spring market here are a couple of tips to ensure your offer is taken seriously.last_img read more

Esports contracts: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

first_imgAside from a fortunate few at the top in their chosen esports, the dream for a the vast majority of players, org owners, managers, and staff remains simple. They wish to make it into a full-time and long-term career. It’s now feasible to make something that was once a hobby, into a stable and legitimate job. Unfortunately however, we see and hear about the misdoings of players and organisations when it comes to contract terms on an all too regular basis. Be it players failing to meet expectations, organisations flat out not paying players for either salaries or tournament winnings, it’s the same story with every dramatic event. The Team Secret issues appear a clear example of bad management. Despite the changing of staff after this revelation, Secret still received backlash as they tried to cover the hole they dug themselves into as an organisation. While most contracts are obviously not publicised, we wonder why this is a recurring factor in all gaming communities. As esports and the community hope to be more legitimized with players, organization owners, and managers alike hoping to make this into a career, why do we see this happening time and time again?Gaming and esports lawyer, Marian HartelGaming and esports lawyer Marian Hartel explained how some contracts might, in fact, simply be difficult to enforce: “If players are breaking them the only real reason is, that, on an international scope, they might be hard to enforce. The key reason might be bad contracts done by non-lawyers from templates available by Google. Sadly, many startups, and now esports organisations, would not dare to handle critical business tasks themselves, but at first hesitate to pay a lawyer to do it right. They usually come when it is ‘too late’. Make it right from the beginning. I’d say: If you cannot afford a good lawyer to start a business professionally, maybe you shouldn’t start a business.”It’s troubling to see some organisations actually run without contracts as well. Hartel added that this can be destructive to both the players and the organisation: “If you think ‘we do not need a contract, we trust each other’, I am certain that you have never run a successful venture. In the case of esports this is true for both sides, for the player and the team.”Thankfully there are many organisations that take steps to avoid contract issues, but none are completely immune. Recently we spoke with Dr. Alan Bunney who founded Panda Global after seeing his friends in the competitive community treated badly: “I just saw a lot of behaviour in esports that was just awful, and specifically to people I was close to. So at one point I decided, maybe I should just make my own esports team.” Other organisations have taken measures such as becoming completely independent and player-owned such as Evil Geniuses’ popular Dota 2 player, PPD becoming the new CEO. With similar cases in Astralis, Alliance, and OG, organisations owned by the players helps to avoid certain confrontations.While this is a troubling issue that seems to occur on a regular basis, if the esports community at large hopes to further legitimize itself, all parties involved need to take every measure seriously. The simple solution is that teams must run on contracts, and if for some reason controversy occurs then it must be seen to properly, with legal action if needed.  Hartel left us with some parting advice not just for players but for organisations that may be up and coming: “Make a contract and don’t trust people too much. This sounds enormously harsh, but the truth is that ‘friendships end when money gets involved’.”last_img read more