Real estate agents leave in droves

One of the “tricks” used by apologists of real estate bubble is – “Don’t compared Canada to US, compared us to Australia. We are more like Australia.”

Here is a piece of Aussie news the apologists wouldn’t mention to you, I guess.

Real estate agents leave in droves as boom times end in Perth property market

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Property Exchange director Niki Peinke says persistence is key to survival in real estate. Picture: Ross Swanborough

YOUNG real estate agents who joined the industry to make “easy money” during the boom are leaving in droves as it gets harder to make sales.

Department of Commerce figures show 1516 sales reps, or one in seven, have left the industry since the peak period of 2007-08 when there were 11,013 on the books.

Professionals Real Estate Group state chief executive David Hobbs said most of those who left were younger.

“There’s no base rate in real estate, so if you have no sales, there’s no income,” Mr Hobbs said.

“New agents have found it tough, but experienced sales people are still getting listings.”

Real Estate Industry of WA president David Airey said the falling number of sales was caused by a drop in listings and the reluctance of some agents to complete compulsory personal development.

Retirements and natural attrition were also thinning the ranks.

He said the number of real estate agents who were no longer working compared with five years ago could be as high as 3000.

Property Exchange director Niki Peinke, who has been in the industry since 1988, said agents needed persistence and energy to survive.

“I think a lot of people enter real estate thinking it will be easy money, but you get paid on the result,” she said.

“You need staying power in the quiet times. I think some people give up if they can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Being real and authentic is also important.”

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And Spanish Realty Bellies Up ?

Spanish government property to be put on the market

Global Real Estate & Investment

Spanish government property to be put on the market

When it comes to Spanish property, coastal villas and apartments are undoubtedly the assets du jour, but from time-to-time investors can develop a thirst for something different. Buyers that are feeling a bit more adventurous will no doubt be interested to hear that the government is planning to put some of its real estate on the market. The Daily Telegraph reported that plans have been approved to sell a number of Spanish state-owned properties in a bid to generate further revenue for the government’s purse.

Last year Mariano Rajoy’s administration announced a commission to draw up an inventory of all government property, identifying the assets that could be let go. Last week the cabinet approved the sale of 15,000 state-owned properties, ranging from office buildings to agricultural land, the newspaper revealed. The real estate will be released over a period of seven years and is hoped to contribute to government attempts to bring down Spain’s budget deficit to within the EU target of three per cent by 2016 from 7.1 per cent of GDP recorded last year.

Among the properties to be offered are disused army barracks, an aerodrome on the island of Minorca, a military shooting range and office buildings. There are also expected to be ten buildings “considered unique”, which will be highly fought over among commercial investors. These include a mansion house on Madrid’s central avenue, the Paseo de la Castellana – former house of the secretary of security, and a country estate in Andalusia. According to the Daily Telegraph, the first batch of real estate to go under the hammer will be the former headquarters of the RTVE and a disused army barracks in Seville.

With Andalucia now so popular among tourists, hoteliers will no doubt be drawn to the latter as possible redevelopment opportunity. The area continues to draw in holidaymakers for its stunning beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery, climate and cheap property prices.

Mark Stucklin, founder of Spanish Property Insight, told the newspaper: “There will be some real gems in the portfolio I am sure but also a lot of dross. Those properties that will be sought after are those of historical or architectural interest in the most sought after areas of cities. But it will boil down to the price. There will always be interest in good real estate by foreign investors if it is sold at a bargain.”

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