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The Lower North Shore could be your new neighbourhood

Located on the northern side of Sydney Harbour and stretching from the Lane Cove River in the west to Mosman in the east and Chatswood and Castle Cove to the north, the Lower North Shore is a convenient yet more spacious and leafier alternative to the Inner West and a cheaper option to comparable real estate in the Eastern Suburbs. Many homes and apartments have spectacular water views and houses sit on relatively large blocks of land considering their proximity to the CBD. There are also many reputable schools here, as well as on the Upper North Shore. Public transport options are abound with ferry, bus and train services. The automated Sydney Metro will also complement the existing train service when it begins operation in 2019.

The Lower North Shore is also blessed with numerous stunning National Parks and reserves with free entry, many of which front Sydney Harbour have views of the Harbour Bridge.

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The Lower North Shore Property Market

The Lower North Shore has recently seen a resurgence of interest in property due to its relative underperformance compared to its inner city peers over the last few years. Many pockets now provide excellent value while still providing easy access to the CBD and amenities.

The median Lower North Shore house price is $2.875 million according to Domain. Although quite expensive on average, the Lower North Shore has a lot of waterfront property and prices vary widely between waterfront and non-waterfront homes. The region will also have strong long term demand due to the factors mentioned above and limited housing supply compared to inner city areas.

Mosman is the North Shore’s premier location with a median house price of $4.7m while relatively cheaper options include Crow’s Nest and Naremburn with median house prices of $2.4m and $2.7m respectively. Period homes are common in the eastern half of the Lower North Shore in areas such as Cammeray, Neutral Bay and Cremorne, however many are being replaced with modern architect designed homes to capitalise on Harbour views. More modern properties make up the majority of homes in areas to the west such as Lane Cove that were colonised at a later date.

Apartments provide a more affordable entry point into property on the Lower North Shore, with one bedroom units with parking close to transport and amenities available for less than $900,000. Units are popular with a range of buyers from first home buyers to investors and downsizers. The latter category is continuing to expand as more baby boomers look for somewhere to live with less maintenance in the same neighbourhood but close to amenities. Developers are meeting this growing demand by constructing more large luxury apartments – sometimes the apartments are size of a house!

With so many real estate options available on the Lower North Shore it’s helpful to have a local buyers agent who is aware of the current area’s property trends and can help you make the best decision based on your individual needs – be it a small apartment or large family house. While the area is full of beautiful homes, it’s equally important to factor in the investment potential of the property and buy a home that is both a financial asset and a wonderful place to live. As buyers agents it’s our job to help you find the property which fulfils your requirements on every level. Lower North Shore price growth will  continue to be a stand-out performer due to its excellent amenities and proximity to the CBD.

 
 

Location and Transport Links in Lower North Shore

BUSES
Frequent buses travelling to and from all areas of the Lower North Shore to the city, Northern Beaches, and other Sydney areas.

FERRIES
There are a number of ferries to and from either Mosman and Cremorne Point direct to the City.

TRAINS
There are trains in North Sydney, Chatswood, St Leonnards and other suburbs within that trajectory which are a short drive away from most Lower North Shore suburbs.

Train services are fast and efficient and will be further improved in 2019 when automated services begin on Sydney Metro from Rouse Hill to the CBD via new stations at Crows Nest and Victoria Cross (North Sydney).

Non-stop bus services run direct to the CBD from Naremburn, Cammeray, North Sydney and Neutral Bay and also offer a convenient option for those with houses further from a train station.

Ferry services provide another alternative for people lucky enough to own a house near the Harbour that wish to access the CBD via Sydney’s most scenic form of public transport. There are ferry wharfs in Lane Cove, Longueville, Northwood, Greenwich, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Kirribilli, North Sydney, Neutral Bay, Cremorne Point and Mosman.

 

Shops and Restaurants in Lower North Shore

The regional shopping centre is in Chatswood, with Westfield Chatswood and Chatswood Chase having over 500 shops combined. There are also many shops and restaurants in the surrounding area, mainly targeted at the largely Asian demographic. Smaller shopping centres and shopping strips are spread throughout the Lower North Shore and residents usually prefer to shop locally where possible.

Cafés are sprinkled throughout local streets and villages but many can be difficult to get into for Sunday brunch, particularly those with views of Sydney Harbour. Crows Nest has a particularly large selection of cafés and restaurants on and surrounding Willoughby Road and offers a broad range of cuisines from the usual favourites to Brazilian and Hungarian.

 

Schools and Educational Facilities in Lower North Shore

Some of Sydney’s highest ranking schools are located on the Lower North Shore including North Sydney Boys’ and Girls’. Others include Queenwood School for Girls, Loreto (girls) Kirribilli, Normanhurst Boys High School, St Aloysius’ College in Kirribilli, Wenona School and SHORE (Sydney Church of England Grammar School).

The Northern Sydney Institute (part of TAFE NSW) also has campuses in Crows Nest and St Leonards.

Having a wide range of quality public and private schools in the area adds to the value of property for sale in the Lower North Shore and makes it a smart move for investors and popular with those who have families.

 

Recreation and Other Amenities in Lower North Shore

Locals love sporting and physical activities, as noted by a recent study which found that Sydney’s Lower North Shore and Beaches had the lowest obesity rate in Australia. One of the most popular activities is taking in Harbour views via the 16.5km walking path from the Harbour Bridge to the Spit Bridge via Balmoral Beach and great lookouts at Cremorne Point and Bradleys Head. Optionally stop along the way to take in a beautiful Harbour sunset.

With great access to the Harbour, water sports are also very popular, particularly at Balmoral and Middle Harbour where the water is calmer. The Lower North Shore is home to a variety of gyms and many are now open 24 hours a day. Personal and group fitness training is gaining more support and often takes place in beautiful harbour front reserves.

Taronga Zoo is a must see. It has great Harbour views and evening performances during the summer months. If you’re feel like a movie, the historic Orpheum theatre in Cremorne is a trip back in time or alternatively Hoyts Chatswood offers all the latest blockbusters and ‘Hoyts Lux.’

Buying a home on the Lower North Shore offers a great lifestyle and appeals to a number of buyers. There is a nice variety of property for sale and the area caters for everyone from families looking for a home to investors with an eye on profits. Our buyers agents love helping people find property in the Northern Beaches as there are some truly wonderful properties to be found, some of which go on sale for surprisingly realistic prices.

 

How our buyers' agents can help you find your dream property in Lower North Shore

Buying a property on Sydney’s Lower North Shore is very competitive.  The blue chip Lower North Shore sits on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour and contains some very prestigious suburbs such as Mosman, Cremorne, Balmoral and Kirribilli.

Our local Lower North Shore buyers’ agent will help you uncover the ideal suburbs and the perfect property type that will suit your individual requirements and budget. Getting ahead of other buyers to secure a property on the Lower North Shore requires considerable research and a strong understanding of current market values.  

With the attraction of stunning modern and federation homes, larger land blocks and prestigious private schools from North Sydney to Roseville, the Lower North Shore has a family friendly community.  We help you uncover off market opportunities that you'd never discover looking on your own.  Our Lower North Shore buyers agents have a huge network to uncover more property for your shortlist.  Get your weekends back and engage an expert Lower North Shore buyers agent to put you on a path to property ownership.

 

Meet your buyers' agents in Lower North Shore

Rich Harvey

CEO & Founder

Rich specialises in the Eastern suburbs & Lower North Shore, prestige, commercial and investment property markets and development sites. With a Masters in Economics and extensive understanding of property markets, Rich enjoys advising his clients on the best strategy for their situation. Rich has served as President of REBAA and Chairman of the REINSW Buyers Agent chapter. He is also a regular media commentator. 

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"Rich said at the time, you know most people get a house between eight to twelve weeks, and I was having my doubts towards the end of last year that that was going to be me. But it all just worked and it was so smooth. So no, I couldn't fault the experience, couldn't fault working with Rich, and would recommend using him to anyone."

Matt Corbett

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

North Shore & Northern Beaches

Matt is a licensed real estate buyers’ agent with extensive experience in purchasing residential homes and investment properties for both local and international clients. He specialises in the North Shore and Northern Beaches and has secured dream homes for buyers with a wide range of needs, investment goals and budgets. A brilliant negotiator with expert knowledge. Matt is a great buyers' agent to have on your side.

Speak to Matt

"It paid off for us. I thought Matt was fantastic, I was very impressed with his skills and also with his network. He has that rapport with most real estate agents and he also knows their backstory. He's a great buyer's agent, he's got a lot of experience and is a fantastic negotiator. I'll rate Propertybuyer 10 out of 10 to be honest, they're very professional and have very good knowledge of the market."

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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