Frequently Asked Questions

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A buyers agent or buyers advocates are the opposite to selling agents because they work for and are paid by the buyer. We are licensed real estate agents and our job is to level the playing field for you. Our team research, negotiate and buy properties as well devise a property investment strategy for you. Our job is to buy you the right property at the right price on the right terms and with unbiased advice.
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  1. Our research saves you money - and we'll be happy to explain this in detail at our first meeting.
  2. Our skills reduce your stress. Buying a home or investment property can be about as nerve-racking as it gets. It's emotional, exhausting and sometimes terribly discouraging. Our job is to make the process as hassle free as possible. We do it all the time. We love it.
  3. Our experience saves you time - and this is one of your most precious assets.
  4. Our industry knowledge levels the playing field - agents are not your friend, they represent their client - the seller.
  5. Our industry contacts widen your options - silent sales - "hidden properties" do exist and we regularly have access to these off market properties that you may never find out about.
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Metropole Properties was founded in 1979 and has been helping Australians create wealth through property for over 30 years. Our Melbourne team are true professionals who have been in the real estate industry for many, many years. Our Buyers Agents are former selling agents. Their qualifications, market knowledge and industry contacts ensure you get the unbiased advice and up to date market information.
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Firstly we are much more than buyers agents - we are property strategists, which means every property purchase, be it your home or an investment property, is part of a calculated strategy with your end goals in mind. The major differences include our years of market experience, full suite of services and our national presence.
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Many homebuyers and investors don't know what they don't know - how can they? Often they buy the wrong property, or they buy the right property at the wrong time or they pay too much. And this can happen whether we are in a buyers or a seller's market.
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No. Never!
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We guarantee to operate with integrity and honour so that your experience with us is one you would happily share with your friends and family. Our team have won multiple awards including Buyers Agent of the year.
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We help clients put together a sound property investment strategy as well as manage their investment properties for maximum return. We also give general property advice, recommendations for renovations and development and we give selling advice, but we do not sell properties. Find out more about Metropole Buyers Agents Melbourne.
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Actually, many people do, especially overseas. In Melbourne the numbers are growing and we have seen estimates that up to 1 in 5 buyers use an advocate or seek independent professional advice.
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A selling agent must act in the best interests of their client - the seller. They do not, and should not, work for you the buyer. We know some agents would like to work for both sides and have it both ways, but when you think about, they cannot possibly do both effectively.
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Not everybody can see the benefits of using our services. Some people do their own tax, represent themselves in court and sell their own homes. That's OK by us - we are only providing a choice.
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No, we operate in almost every property price bracket starting at $380,000 and going up to multi million dollar luxury homes or blocks of apartments. We purchase residential, commercial and industrial property for investors and owner-occupiers.
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No - we think it's important for you to get to know us and for us to understand your needs and explain how we can help you before you make any commitment.
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We provide a full strategy, research, locate, evaluate and negotiation service so you can relax and have everything done for you. However, many of our clients still scan the Internet and love running properties by us. That's fine. Let us know of any property that interests you so we can evaluate it for you. This doesn't change our fee once you have engaged us. Finding a property on the Internet is the easy bit - evaluating it's true investment potential, researching it's history, understanding the motivation of the vendor and knowing the best way to buy the property at the right price are the tricky bits.
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It may surprise you to know how many properties never appear in the press or on the Internet. While we would never promise you a "silent sale", it's good to know we have an extensive network of agents who call us before they advertise their properties to the public.
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We will provide you with a due diligence pack including property details, reports, recent sales, positives and negatives of a property and our assessment of its present market value to help ensure you understand the properties value. At times we also organise a valuation. Then we use our years of experience to purchase the property for you at the best price and on the most suitable terms.

Be warned...sometimes we pay the full price or above the asking price (with your permission) because it is the right property. We recognise you make your money when you purchase your property, but that's because you buy the right property - not because you buy a cheap property
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We use research, experience and "on the ground" market knowledge that money can't buy. Once we agree on a price we then commence negotiations on your behalf. Sometimes we are aggressive and at other times more gentle. Sometimes we negotiate in secret and other times more openly. We use our years of experience to "play the game" on your behalf. We take every transaction very seriously, as if it was our money on the line, because after all it is our reputation on the line.
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We charge a small initial engagement fee and then we only get paid a "success fee" on satisfactory purchase of your property. This covers:

  • All communications & meetings with you.
  • Our strategy meetings, which are critical for property investors.
  • Referrals to our inner circle of strategic finance, accounting and legal alliances if necessary.
  • Searching with or without you for a suitable property.
  • Use of all our research databases.
  • Communications and meetings with agents whilst searching for your property.
  • Evaluating properties using our objective and proven property criteria.
  • Preparation of property reports.
  • Communications with your finance broker, solicitor and accountant.
  • Arranging further due diligence checks - including strata, building and pest inspections as required (you are required to pay for these).
  • Execution of strategies to purchase the property for you.
  • Negotiation tactics and strategy.
  • Checking final contracts.
  • Pre settlement inspections.
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Many. In fact most properties on the market don't make the grade for our strict investment criteria and there are many attractive properties which we would not suggest you buy as your next home.
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Remember…we have no properties for sale, but access to every property on the market. Sometimes we find the right property in days, but it usually takes one or two months depending on what the market has to offer.
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There's an old Chinese proverb - when is the best time to plant a tree. The answer is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

Now is a good time to buy good property but it is a also a good time to let bad property pass you by. We wonder if we have made our clients more money by the properties we have said no to than by the properties we've said yes to.
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Yes, we regularly do that for interstate and overseas clients.
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Yes, we understand the intricacies of contracts and section 32's. However, we recommend your solicitor reads them prior to any purchase.
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Metropole has a full corporate real estate license and has substantial professional indemnity insurance. We are members of the REIV, REINSW, REIQ, PIPA.
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Sure, please contact us. As a client, we can help you answer questions like:

  • How much do I spend on my next home or investment?
  • How can I be sure that I don't pay too much?
  • What's it worth?
  • Is it a good deal?
  • But the auction is this weekend, can you help?
  • I'm too emotional, can you help?
  • But I'm scared - will I miss out?
  • I've been looking for too long, what can I do?
  • Should I buy first or sell first?
  • Should I renovate my property?
  • I've got no time and I'm stressed, can you help?
  • The agent is useless or not ringing me, what do I do?
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We are subject to the Privacy Act. We do not reveal the names of our clients to anybody (a) without their permission; or (b) unless it is in the normal course of signing contracts etc.
All references on this site are genuine and were provided by clients who were happy to have their names revealed.
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