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The best thing that I really enjoyed, and I saved a lot of money at the end, was the negotiation skills. If you like the property, what's the next step? How do you choose your lawyer? With the help of Propertybuyer you can make this tough decision, and know that it's the right decision, because you always bounce your idea back at your buyers' agent.

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The Inner West is a melting pot of cultures and provides some of the most interesting gems Sydney has to offer. These gems include great people, great food, great houses and apartments, and that all important great community feel. Sydney’s Inner West region has plenty of character when compared to the ubiquitous picket fence of outer suburbia. Its density is higher and so is the energy, but that means that it has what suburbs want most - something for just about everyone.

The Inner West consists of approximately 54 suburbs, from Glebe across to Homebush and down to Tempe. As it covers such a large area, there is tremendous diversity between suburbs. Some continue to undergo gentrification and have plans for high rise apartments. On the other hand, those who like to preserve a small part of Australia's past (while still enjoying modern amenities) may enjoy areas that maintain their heritage listed properties and local village shops.

With so much variety available, you’d do well to engage one of our buyers’ agents to help you limit your search to areas that meet your specific needs. Buyers’ agents (also called buyers’ advocates) do all the research for you, so you don’t waste time travelling hither and yon, scouring the Inner West’s 54 suburbs to find that one perfect home.

Thanks to our contacts throughout Sydney’s real estate industry, we save you time and frustration in at least two other important ways.

We can recommend property managers who specialise in either residential or industrial property management, depending on your investment choice. Your property manager takes care of the essential and mundane tasks necessary to maintain a reputable and profitable rental property. This is so you don’t have to deal with tenants’ complaints and don’t have to worry about a maintenance schedule to keep your investment property in good nick. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about maintaining your property in accordance with the laws and regulations governing tenancies in New South Wales. This alone justifies the cost of professional property management.

We can also recommend registered financial service providers in Sydney and the greater New South Wales area. They can give you debt-saving advice about things like going the positive geared route instead of the positive cash flow route.

It’s worth noting that, given the fluid nature of the real estate market, especially across Australia’s states and territories, this kind of financial advice differs according to location. Make sure you hire a service provider who is familiar with the conditions unique to NSW in general and Sydney in particular.

Property information for suburbs in Inner West

Find the median price or rent, number of sold properties, average number of days on the market and more information for the following suburbs in Inner West:

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The Inner West Property Market

The Inner West property market is often hotly contested and records the highest auction clearance rates in Sydney. The driving force behind this trend is the fierce competition between serious real estate investors and home buyers looking for their dream family home.

Your buyers’ agent will not only know when auctions with suitable homes will take place, but they will also help you navigate the bidding process, as it’s not uncommon for inexperienced buyers to get caught up in the excitement and bid beyond their budget for the first property that comes up.

The keys to the Inner West’s appeal are its proximity to Sydney’s CBD, relative affordability compared to the Eastern Suburbs, walkability, and café culture. The wide selection of beautiful period terraces, cottages, apartments and larger homes are also major drawcards. Many properties have been renovated over the years to give the area a modern feel; however, you can still find the odd original period home if you look hard enough.

Other value adding options for houses include adding a second level, utilising attic space or changing the floorplan to create a more desirable open plan layout with a lounge room opening up to the rear yard by adding a rear extension.

Property prices

The median house price in Sydney’s Inner West grew 22% to $2.1 million in 2021 according to Domain, however real estate prices vary significantly between suburbs. Around $2.25 million will buy you an average four-bedroom house in Marrickville, while you will need more than $3.2 million for a four-bedroom house in Haberfield and closer to $3.8 million in Birchgrove.

Apartments range from charming boutique Art Deco blocks and converted mansions to modern complexes and high rises with amenities such as pools, gyms, theatres and convenience stores at your doorstep.

Apartments in the Inner West tend to be more popular than houses. The reason simply is that they offer a relatively affordable entry point to the real estate market. Apartments also offer closer proximity to shops and public transport than houses, which makes them an attractive option for buyers who aren’t quite ready to make a more significant property investment.

In terms of price, two-bedroom apartments sell for around $800,000 in Ashfield while apartments in modern complexes and sought-after converted warehouses in Camperdown sell for upwards of $1.5 million.

It’s worth noting that prices for apartments and houses have increased as the market switches from favouring buyers to favouring vendors. This is another reason to engage one of Propertybuyers buyers’ advocates. They can skilfully negotiate with the vendor’s advocacy group to ensure you get the most favourable price.

 
 

Location and Transport Links in Inner West

BUSES
Frequent buses travelling to and from all areas of city

FERRIES
Ferries to the city and Manly available from Watsons Bay and Rose Bay.

TRAINS
Bondi Junction train station is a great option to quickly travel throughout broader Sydney.

One of the main reasons real estate is so popular in the Inner West is the proximity of houses and apartments to transport links to the Sydney CBD.

The region is serviced by light rail, multiple heavy rail lines and bus routes that criss-cross the area. The light rail line extends from Dulwich Hill to Central Station and will be extended to Kingsford, Randwick and ferries at Circular Quay by 2019.

Heavy rail lines include the Bankstown and Inner West lines. The Bankstown line will be converted for Sydney Metro by 2024, which will offer fully automated trains every four minutes in peak hour.

Stage 1 of West Connex will be completed by 2019, which will begin the process of rejuvenation for Parramatta Road. As traffic is redirected into the new tunnels, cafés with outdoor dining will spring up, making the area even more vibrant.

 

Shops and Restaurants in Inner West

The Inner West is known for its broad array of restaurants and trendy cafés that offer healthy and environmentally conscious options, and which favour alternative décor – all close to home. The international selection of cuisine includes Italian, Greek, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Turkish.

Many of the original pubs in the area are still open. Others, however, have been substantially remodelled and their menus updated so that they serve restaurant-quality food to keep up with the times.

People who like being part of a close-knit community are drawn to the shopping villages in the Haberfield and Annandale areas of the Inner West. Locals love the familiarity of these small shops and the fact that the shopkeepers remember your name. Summer Hill, Petersham and Newtown also have that special community vibe.

If you are looking for franchises and expensive labels then you might prefer the larger shopping centres in Burwood, Strathfield and Marrickville.

Bargain hunters can visit Homebush and Drummoyne for discount outlets.

 

Schools and Educational Facilities in Inner West

Many of Sydney’s top public and private schools are located in the Inner West. Some notable ones include Fort Street High School, PLC, Meriden School, MLC, International Grammar School, Santa Sabina College, Newington College, St Scholasticas’s College, and Burwood Girls High School. The list is not exhaustive, however, so parents can pick and choose neighbourhoods based on the type of education available.

The University of Sydney in Camperdown was ranked second in Australia by the Australian Research Council and the University of Technology Sydney in Ultimo was ranked first in Australia for Universities under 50 years old.

The wide range of top schools in Sydney, NSW, and Australia means that the area is not only attractive for families who want to put down roots in their chosen suburb, but also for those looking for residential property investment opportunities that cater to the family market.

 

Recreation and Other Amenities in Inner West

Most properties in the Inner West are positioned within walking distance of shops and transport links. There are numerous sporting ovals, gyms and fitness centres across the Inner West, so whether you want to play a game of soccer or visit a dog park, you won’t have to venture far from your house.

Much of the Inner West fronts onto Sydney Harbour, from there you’ll find many waterfront walking trails and parks to enjoy. In particular, the ‘Bay Run’ around Iron Cove and the extensive green space around Concord are popular with locals. Other large parks include Victoria Park (encompassing Victoria Park Pool) in Camperdown and the 40-hectare Sydney Park in St Peters.

Water sports are popular in summer and there are several sailing clubs where you can hire a yacht or kayak for the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Palace Theatre in Norton Street is popular on more dreary days.
Why choose our buyers’ agents?

The Inner West offers a variety of experiences and an equally diverse selection of houses and apartments for families and property investors.

Each of our buyers’ agents in greater New South Wales, and specifically Sydney, has specialised local knowledge of the communities in which they operate. Their specialisation can be further narrowed down to particular types of property, for example, commercial and industrial property, or exclusive prestige property and luxury mansions.

From expert advice in bidding at auctions to sourcing prime residential and commercial property investment opportunities and negotiating on your behalf to deliver the best price possible, our buyers’ agents in the Inner West area of Sydney go the extra mile to make the property purchasing process easy and stress-free.

 

How our buyers' agents can help you find your dream property in Inner West

Buying a property Sydney’s trendy Inner West can be challenging due to high demand.  The Inner West is strongly sought after as it contains some highly attractive suburbs around the inner-harbour foreshore. The Inner West suburbs suit an eclectic demographic mix of age groups, professionals, families, artists, musicians, ethnic groups.  

Our local expert Inner West buyers’ advocates will work with you every step of the way to help you uncover off market opportunities that you'd never discover on your own.  The deep and established relationships that our local Inner West buyers’ agents give you the upper hand. Forget attending endless weekend inspections and getting frustrated by lack of stock, just one call to our Inner West buyers advocates will have you on a path to property ownership in no time.

Our team of buyers agents in the Inner West will help you identify the perfect suburb and most suitable property type for your individual budget. 

 

Meet your buyers' agent(s) in Inner West

Nick Taylor-Fick

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

INNER WEST, NORTHERN SUBURBS, HILLS DISTRICT

With over 25 years’ experience as a qualified property valuer and buyers’ agent, Nick’s extensive knowledge of intrinsic property values and his highly personal approach to buying property ensures you peace of mind and confidence in finding the ideal  property.  Nick has an in-depth knowledge of Sydney’s Inner West,  Northern Suburbs.

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"My wife and I are busy professionals and had been planning to buy our first home for years. We finally had our deposit saved when COVID hit. During this time of uncertainty we weren't sure whether to postpone our dream of buying our first home. It was at this time we decided to use a buyer's agent. We teamed up with Nick Taylor-Fick from Propertybuyer and found him to be a steady calm presence. Nick guided us through the whole process from developing our search criteria, to shortlisting options, all the way through to exchange (all of which happened within a month). He provided us with expert advice, asked the right questions and very quickly surmised what we were after. He was patient, showing us various types of houses across different locations, all the while managing our expectations. As we refined our vision, Nick found the home we wanted and negotiated everything to our satisfaction. We found him responsive and engaging, a true fount of property information. I would recommend Nick to any property novices such as ourselves!"

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need a buyers’ agent?

You will save yourself money, time and stress when you engage a professional buyers’ agent to help you with your next investment property purchase. You will be empowered with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about the value of a property without all of the sales “hype” often associated with property purchases – we protect you from making an emotional decision. You will have the benefit of our extensive research and analysis into past sales and comparable market data and will be protected from paying too much. You may also gain access to properties not yet advertised, otherwise known as “silent listings”.

Investors will gain access to our wide network of excellent investment opportunities and also get the inside knowledge of the best areas to invest. As property investors ourselves we understand the strict criteria required to buy high performing properties.

Our testimonials describe the ways we have been able to add value to our many clients. Most of our increasing client base stems from glowing referrals given by clients who have been impressed with the value and service we provide.

 

Does a buyers’ agent need to have a real estate background?

Yes.  Rich Harvey, Director of Propertybuyer and his team have the expertise, knowledge and real estate background to deliver what they promise – many of the team are ex-real estate agents that have switched sides.  Rich is a property investor himself, with a Masters in Economics, a Diploma of Property and is a Licensed Real Estate Buyers’ Agent. He is also a Member of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales. If you are looking for a buyers’ agent team with exceptional qualifications and over 60 years combined experience, that understands property investment analysis, market trends, and can think creatively and intuitively, then the Propertybuyer team is your smart choice. Read our testimonials and you will be impressed by the results – not only with investors, but also home buyers and corporate clients.

 

Is A Buyers’ Agent worth the money?

Yes! We regularly save clients far more than the fee we charge, through our understanding of the property market and our skilled negotiation techniques. We offer a fixed fee service. The advantage of the fixed fee structure is that you only pay the same fee regardless of the price of the property. There are three key areas you will get great value for money by engaging Propertybuyer:

1. Saving Time:

  • Reduce the time spent searching – You will need to look at between 50 to 100 properties to get a true understanding of the market.
  • Most buyers take between 6 to 12 months (or more) to buy – we can cut down the process to under 60 days
  • Lost leisure and family time due to searching and attending inspections on weekends
  • Time wasted at work calling real estate agents
  • The time it takes you to get full market knowledge

2. Saving Money:

  • Don’t risk making an emotional decision and pay too much
  • Negotiating is an art – we know the tricks of the trade to secure a property at the lowest possible price
  • Leverage your knowledge by tapping into ours
  • Get a professional evaluation done so you have confidence to pay the right price

3. Saving Stress:

  • Remove the stress and pressure of dealing with real estate agents in your search
  • Get the upper hand with a buyers agent by your side
  • Buy with confidence knowing you are getting totally independent advice
  • Remove the frustration of being constantly outbid at auction

A buyers’ agent can save you a packet of money if they are experienced, knowledgeable and have your best interests at heart. They can take the emotion out of the negotiation and auction process and give you accurate advice on property values. They should have an extensive database of agent contacts to help you find off-market properties.

 

How Do I find A Buyers’ Agent?

Apart from searching online, ask a local selling agent if they have seen a good buyers agent in action. You can also ask family, friends and work colleagues about their experience with using buyers agents.

An important question to ask a buyers agent is whether they are truly “exclusive” or “independent”. If they accept sales commission from vendors or developers then they cannot be classified as “independent” as they are acting in the interests of the seller. Only deal with a licensed buyers agent (you can check license via the Office of Fair Trading in each state) and one that is a recognised member of your state Real Estate Institute and the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia.

There are seven factors to consider when selecting a good buyers agent.

  1. Industry experience - ask how long the buyers agent has been operating?
  2. Market coverage - what geographic specialisation do they have?
  3. Results oriented - ask about case studies and testimonials from past clients - what have they achieved?
  4. Network and contacts - can your buyers agent access off market properties easily?
  5. Research system - ask what due diligence and research systems they have in place to evaluate properties and provide real time market insights.
  6. Credentials - check licencing, qualifications and affiliations and if they have won awards.
  7. Cost - confirm the fee structure and check they don’t get kickbacks from agents.

 

Is it affordable to use a buyers’ agent?

Yes. We typically save our clients far more than our fee in the transaction by negotiating well. We assist property buyers of all budgets, saving you money by doing extensive research and analysis, looking at comparable sales and market data, and by negotiating hard to secure the best price, terms and conditions possible. You will make an informed choice and will be confident that you have bought well, whatever your budget. It’s a small investment to make when you consider the savings you will make on your property purchase!

 

Are buyers’ agents fees tax deductible?

If you are purchasing a property for investment purposes, the cost of using a buyers’ agent is generally tax deductible (forms part of the acquisition or “cost base”). Check with your accountant to see if the fee would be tax deductible in your case. Unfortunately you cannot claim the fee as a tax deduction if the property is purchased to live in.

 

Do you offer any guarantees with your service?

Propertybuyer is currently the most awarded Buyers Agency in Australia, and this public scrutiny is an unbiased testament to our integrity, value and quality of service.

We guarantee not to waste your valuable time sourcing inappropriate properties. We will deflect all the stress and detail and save you months of endless searching. We will spend time with you up front so that we clearly understand your needs and will target the search based on agreed preferences. With our help, you will save time, money and stress on your next property purchase. You will gain access to more properties, be better informed about comparable sales, the true value of a property and capital growth projections for the area, and you will make a more informed decision. When you decide on the right property, we will negotiate for you so you will be able to make a rational decision about price without the stress and pressure of dealing with real estate agents or having to negotiate.

 

Do you have professional indemnity insurance?

We have professional indemnity insurance to $4 million.

 

What is the process and how long will it take?

Our average turnaround time for investors is around 30 days and for home buyers between 40 to 65 days. After the initial meeting, where our services are further explained, questions are answered and your “buyers brief” is established, an engagement fee is paid (this amount varies according to the service you choose). Once your finance is pre-approved, the engagement fee is paid, and you are ready to buy, the search begins. We conduct thorough research and then present you with a shortlist of properties. The decision to buy is then yours.

 

If I engage the services of propertybuyer, will you guarantee to find me a property?

Yes – as long as your buyers brief is realistic. We guarantee to give you personal and professional service and a detailed analysis on each property we evaluate, based on your specific criteria. At our initial meeting, we will listen carefully to find out your exact requirements. We will advise you before you engage us if your property brief is unrealistic. You will also need to have your finances ready or be pre-approved for a loan before the search can begin. Once these have been established, the search can take as little as a week (up to an average of about 4-6 weeks) depending on your wishlist and the market conditions.

We work with you in partnership to help you achieve your goals quickly and efficiently. You may cancel the agreement with notice in writing.

 

What happens if I change my mind on an area or a type of property once I engage you? Do I have to pay another engagement fee?

We will always be working in your best interests and realise that your ideas about the type of property you want may change. When we meet initially to discuss your “buyers brief”, we will work hard to ensure that your wishlist is achievable and also realistic, so the likelihood of changing your mind is reduced. However, if you change the initial brief significantly, there may be a review of the fee, and an additional fee would be charged to cover the time already spent searching. We will work with you to make sure you are completely happy with your next property purchase, even if you change your mind.

 

 

 

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Inner West, South Sydney & CBD

1300 655 615

Level 29 Chifley Tower

2 Chifley Square

Sydney

NSW 2000 Australia

 

 

 

 

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