Meet The Team: Garry Macartney

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Garry Macartney is our Local Property Expert in Cranbourne, South East Melbourne. Discover more about him below…

What’s trending or newsworthy in property in Cranbourne?

Cranbourne East is popular because of the price point and larger block sizes. The whole Cranbourne region has been growing steadily year on year for some time now and the trend should continue.

Cranbourne East was the country’s largest growing and second-fastest expanding suburb, increasing by 88 people per week according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Any top property tips for sellers in Cranbourne?

Presentation, it’s a term that’s well used but there’s a reason for that. First impressions are so important when presenting a home for sale as buyers start to analyse your property the minute they arrive.

What top three pieces of advice would you give sellers preparing their home for sale?

  1. Determine your sale price.

Do your research into recent sales of similar properties in your area. Your agent will also provide this information for you.

  1. Property presentation.

During your property’s assessment by an agent or valuer, consider repairs or renovations that may be recommended to increase the value of the property.

  1. Private Treaty or Auction?

Along with researching the different types of sales in your local area, discuss with your Local Property Expert the best method of sale for your situation.

Any tips and tricks to improving the value of your home?

Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Walk outside and look back at your property. Be honest with yourself and make the necessary changes to your property in order to improve its presentation and saleability.

How is the property market in Cranbourne performing?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Cranbourne East in Melbourne’s outer south-east increased by 4,600 people in 2014-15, the largest growth of any area in Australia. The ABS also cites that Cranbourne East had the fastest growth in the state, increasing by 32 per cent in 2014-15.

Quick fire time…

Why did you join Purplebricks?

I have always felt there was a better and fairer way to buy and sell real estate. I’ve been in the real estate industry since 2003 and I’ve seen many different trends come and go. Purplebricks has truly come up with a model that offers a low cost and is transparent and fair for buyers and sellers. Purplebricks is changing the way we handle real estate transactions that will benefit everyone involved.

What is the best thing about your job as a Local Property Expert?

Introducing people to Purplebricks and letting them know there is a better way to buy and sell real estate.

Tell us one thing about you that would surprise people?

I always wanted to be a race car driver.

What is your own property dream?

I would like to retire to a property on a few acres in rural Melbourne and enjoy the lifestyle it would bring.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Obviously not given to me personally, but it’s a great piece of advice. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” – Sir Richard Branson.

What is your favourite song?

Already Gone – The Eagles.

What is your favourite sport?

AFL Football – Richmond Tigers

And finally…what type of coffee do you take?

Skinny Vanilla Latte

About Garry

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Garry has been in estate agency for a number of years and is also a gold accredited Certified Practicing Real Estate Agent (C.P.R.E.A). He enjoys the high level of commitment and responsibility required to meet his client’s expectations. Feel free to contact Garry any time via:

garry.macartney@purplebricks.com.au

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