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Located just over 8km north east of Sydney’s CBD, the Northern Beaches is accessible, convenient, and a popular place to live. The Northern Beaches feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD due to the relaxed beachside lifestyle on offer, yet it’s easily accessible by ferry or car and is only a 30 minute bus trip from Dee Why outside peak hour.

It’s also surrounded by exquisite National Parks including Garigal and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Parks and waterways such as Pittwater, Narrabeen Lakes and Manly Dam, all of which are less than an hour’s drive from the city.

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The Northern Beaches Property Market

The Northern Beaches is an ever popular lifestyle choice and real estate in the area is in high demand. Blocks of land are relatively large and good value compared to their eastern suburbs peers.

The median house price on the Northern Beaches is circa $2 million according to CoreLogic RP Data, however real estate prices vary significantly between suburbs. Around $3 million will buy you an average house in Seaforth, while you will need $4.5 million+ in Whale beach

There are some charming period homes in the Manly area, however the majority of homes on the Northern Beaches were constructed post-World War II and built to capitalise on possible views. Some properties in Palm Beach, Narrabeen and Manly are even fortunate enough to have both ocean and still water views.

Apartments are also popular on the Northern Beaches as they appeal to a variety of demographics including downsizers, first home buyers and investors due to their low maintenance nature and spectacular elevated ocean views. Many people are also realising that suburbs such as Seaforth and Forestville are actually not that far to the city and are great locations to raise a family. Whatever your needs as a buyer, the Northern Beaches has property available for just about every demographic.

"With so many options available in the Northern Beaches it’s helpful to have a buyer’s agent who is aware of the current area trends and can help you make the best decision based on your individual needs."

While the area is full of beautiful homes, it’s equally important to factor in the investment potential and buy a home that is both a financial asset and a wonderful place to live. A Northern beaches buyer’s agent job is to help you find the property which fulfils your individual requirements. Northern Beaches property prices will continue rise significantly in the next two decades as land is scarce and demand is very high for an incredibly appealing lifestyle.

 
 

Location and Transport Links in Northern Beaches

BUSES
Frequent buses travelling to and from all areas of city

FERRIES
Ferries from Manly to the city and Mosman to the city run regularly during peak times and semi-regularly throughout the day.

TRAINS
The Northern Beaches have no trains.

The famous L90 bus route runs from Palm Beach to the city along Pittwater Road. Construction has started on the Northern Beaches Hospital Road Connectivity and Network Enhancement Project, which will include an underpass and new priority bus lanes. From late next year, double decker busses will run every five minutes in peak hour to encourage more people to use public transport as part of the NSW Government Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan.

Ferries will also be faster and more frequent and more bus services will run from Mona Vale to Macquarie Park and Manly to Chatswood. In the meantime, 480 additional weekly bus services will be added to meet demand. Longer term, ‘Beaches Link’ will connect WestConnex to the Northern Beaches via Seaforth and the new Western Harbour Tunnel.


These transport upgrades bode well for buyers who work in the city but wish to buy property in the Northern Beaches. Having such easy access from the Northern Beaches to the CBD and surrounds also expands the pool of interest.

 

Shops and Restaurants in Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches certainly has no shortage of dining opportunities. During the day, most cafés, restaurants and pubs are happy for you to stroll in wearing board shorts and thongs. Others keep the relaxed beach vibe but have an upmarket twist with gourmet food, such as the popular ‘Boathouse’ restaurants in Manly and Palm Beach.

At night, many of these venues turn a little more formal. There is also a growing number of higher end restaurants on the Northern Beaches as restauranteurs realise there is demand for their product.

The major shopping centre in the region is Westfield Warringah Mall in Brookvale, which is currently being expanded to offer more than 340 stores and additional parking.

 

Schools and Educational Facilities in Northern Beaches

Several schools on the Northern Beaches consistently rank highly in NSW such as Northern Beaches Secondary College in North Curl Curl and St Luke’s Grammar School in Dee Why.
The Northern Beaches Campus of The Northern Sydney Institute (part of TAFE NSW) provides courses in HSC and business as well as practical subjects such as automotive mechanics and building. Northern Beaches Community College in Narrabeen is not for profit and also runs a variety of courses.

Having a selection of schools in the area adds to the value of property for sale in the Northern Beaches and makes it a smart move for investors and popular with those who have families.

 

Recreation and Other Amenities in Northern Beaches

Residents love the relaxed atmosphere of the northern beaches, largely owing to the surfing culture and choice of 32 beaches and 19 rockpools and ocean baths from Manly to Palm Beach. Each beach is unique and range from expansive to secluded and calm water to popular surfing locales.

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. Popular sports including cycling (particularly around the bends of Church Point and West Head), golf, tennis, running, hiking and a variety of water sports such as swimming, sailing, kayaking and kitesurfing.

Manly is also the only location in Sydney with permanent volleyball nets and spotlights provided by the council. There are also many gyms to choose from and personal training/bootcamps are very popular as well.

Buying a home in the Northern Beaches 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 and investors. Our buyer’s agents love helping people find property in the Northern Beaches as there are some truly wonderful properties to be found, some of which go for surprisingly realistic prices.

 

How our buyers' agents can help you find your dream property in Northern Beaches

Buying a property on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is highly competitive.  The stunning Northern Beaches region contains world class surfing beaches and a wonderful lifestyle – the locals call it the “Insular Peninsula” as they never want to leave! 

The Northern Beaches of Sydney is bounded by Middle Harbour, the gorgeous Pittwater Bay, and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. It contains world-famous suburbs such as Manly, Narrabeen and Palm Beach and a host of beachside enclaves like Freshwater, Newport, Mona Vale and Avalon.  

Our local Northern Beaches buyers agent will help you uncover the perfect suburbs and the ideal property type that will suit your individual budget. Getting into the Northern Beaches market requires extensive research and a deep understanding of local value to get ahead of other buyers.  

We help you uncover off market opportunities on the Northern Beaches that you'd never discover on your own.  Our local Northern Beaches buyers agents have a vast network to discover more property for your shortlist.  Reclaim your weekends and engage an expert northern beaches buyers agent to put you on a path to property ownership.

 

Meet your buyers' agents in Northern Beaches

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.

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"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.

 

 

Google reviews for Propertybuyer in Northern Beaches

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Michelle Hanrahan
May 2018

Matt Corbett made it all happen. We really appreciated him working so hard for us over the past few weeks. He exceeded our expectations in helping us secure our dream ...

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Sarah Mulray
September 2019

We would highly recommend Property Buyer, Rich and his team were able to find us 2 investment properties in a short space of time that we would never have been able to ...

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Paul Farrar
September 2021

We engaged Propertybuyer to help us purchase a property after experiencing disappointment at auction. Our initial hope was to secure a property off market although it ...

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Andrew Stone
June 2018

Matt Corbett was fantastic and clearly made the difference for us. He listened to our needs and used his expertise to remove the stress and secure us our new family home. ...

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John Grant
December 2020

Matt from Property Buyer was able to bring his extensive real estate expertise, local knowledge and professional networks to the table. In the end, Matt was able to ...

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J Leith
May 2021

I’ve worked with Rich Harvey in multiple occasions around the Forest area. I found his honest and transparent approach very easy to deal with. He communicated very ...

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Anoush D
May 2021

Looking for a house to buy is an exhausting and frustrating process. We were looking for a while and getting quite desperate as our family is expanding and needing more ...

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Brian Fairweather
May 2021

We have had Rich Harvey and other members of his team buy properties from us on several occasions - they give clear communication, negotiate professionally and clearly ...

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Justin Riddett
May 2021

Matt Corbett at Property Buyer was fantastic. There is no way we would of got the house without him. If you're thinking of buying a property, contact Matt @ Property ...

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Fraser Turnbull
September 2021

Matt Corbett @ Propertybuyer Buyer's Agents comes very highly recommended from us. We were advised to go with a buyer's agent the way the market is currently going in ...

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Colin Irvine
November 2021
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Rebecca Furzer
May 2021

We approached Rich on a trusted referral as we were trying to achieve what felt like the near impossible - upgrading street and suburb with three kids in tow.  From ...

 

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