We have bought hundreds of homes for all sorts of people.
From our surveys, around 95 in every hundred are very happy with our service and the other 5 we are unable to find exactly what they want, in these cases there are no fees.
Below are testimonial snippets from some of our customers.
The value of James was the patience and knowing in negotiation that I don't think other advocates would have, it helped us to secure a favourable price in an ever changing market. The property we were interested in was passed in at auction, James stepped in, and the first thing they did was make sure we were really interested in acquiring the property, not from just an emotional point of view, but that it would really suit our growing family. They then engaged in an extremely patient and well informed negotiation with the agent on our behalf. We love the property and couldn't be happier. The value of James was the patience and knowing in negotiation that I don't think other advocates would have, it helped us to secure a favourable price in an ever changing market.
Lisa & David
Finally we won our desired house at a price that much lower than we have expected. My name is Roger Wang. My wife Grace and I had a memorable home buying experience with James Buyer Advocates in 31st of August, 2013. On this day, we bought our MontAlbert new home in the auction. We are very happy with the purchase. James Buyer Advocates’ professional team gave us great help during the buying process.
Gina Kantzas and Adam Woledge approached us by analysing the house’s market value and explaining current market trend. Their patient and comprehensive explanations cleared up many our concerns and doubts. They dedicated to provide us as many information and emotional counselling as possible, in order to assist us making smart and sensible decisions. They were highly professional and due diligence. One thing that strikes our deepest feelings was, Gina and Adam repeatedly reminding us “Is this house really your dream home?” They were not only concerned about how to buy this house. As you know, if we eventually change our mind and don’t want to buy this house any more, all the work they have done may not be rewarded. Their attitude of stand for the client and walk in the client’s shoes has earned our trust.
Another thing that worth to mention is, in the interest of facilitating our verbal communication and understanding, James Buyer Advocates also arranged a Chinese interpreter for us. Interpreter Diane Wang was involved before, during and after the auction. This arrangement has made us feeling more at ease, and also brought a smoother and more comfortable communication for us with the agencies and the vendor.
Grace and I was very nervous before the auction, but during the auction, James team’s accompany made us feel very confident and also very at ease. Mal James as a bidder who represents us, kept calm, imperturbable and determined. His biddings held the rhythm of the entire auction. His determination and aspiration successfully defeated other bidders. Finally we won our desired house at a price that much lower than we have expected.
James Buyer Advocates is a reliable professional buyers’ agent. Its’ team has not only helped us buying a house, but helped us buying our dream home. We feel very fortunate to meet James Buyer Advocates. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all its’ team members!
Grace Ruan & Roger Wang
great service to people who would not normally stand a chance at auction Hi Gina & Adam, It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all. All the best with your business - genius, you deserve great success, it provides a great service to people who would not normally stand a chance at an auction. My experience at each phase from commencement was superior. All of these tasks were accomplished with competence and integrity. Your bidding tactics were perfection. Furthermore, your service removes the ego and emotions out of the auction equation. But with all that said you were all patient, professional, empathetic and forthright in your approach and for that we are most grateful. We have no hesitation to recommend your services for buyer advocacy. We are ecstatic, most importantly I can continue to provide to...and those things you just can't put a price on. With sincerest gratitude, Dominique & Martyn King
Dominique & Martyn King
You both have paid for yourselves 5 times over today. Gina and Adam, we are still on cloud nine and even took the kids up to Milton Gray park for a kick and an ice cream in our new hood up on Glenferrie. We would never have achieved what we did without you. You both have paid for yourselves 5 times over today. Edwardian vision in Stonnington achieved - I still can't believe I am writing that!! We can't thank you enough, Lisa & Matt
Lisa & Matthew Saunders
We would never have managed to buy the property so stress free without your help! Hi Adam and Mal,
We really appreciate your guidance, invaluable knowledge and support shown to us in buying our new home.
We would never have managed to buy the property so stress free without your help!
Gillian and Lewis
Gilllian and Lewis
You asked us to place our trust in you from the outset and you made it very easy to do so. While we had considered using a buyers advocate previously, it was not until we missed out on what we thought at the time was a great home that we realised that we needed some assistance in making such a big decision.
You asked us to place our trust in you from the outset and you made it very easy to do so. At all times we felt that your goal was to assist us finding a great property, to make a good purchasing decision and, once we had made that decision, to ensure that we were successful come auction day. Adam you were excellent to deal and very patient in trying to really understand was it was we were after. Thank you also Adam for all of the work you did leading up to the auction to ensure that we were fully prepared. Mal, it was great to see you in action on auction day and I am certainly glad that we were not bidding against you!
Overall, we would recommend your service to anyone. It is very easy to be sceptical of buyers advocates in general, however, this is a highly professional business that delivers on its promise. After searching for many years it seems to us that great properties do not come up all that often, so when they do you want to make sure that you have excellent advice and assistance to give yourself the best chance to purchase one of the good ones!
Thank you again for everything
We'd be happy for this to be used as a reference but request that we are not identified in any way.
Nonetheless we accepted the client’s right to complain. A client complaint was received for our tardiness in highlighting council documents relating to a flood plain.
We felt this complaint was harsh as the document was discovered by us as part of our due diligence which nobody else we are aware of actually does and it was sent to the client.
Nonetheless we accepted the client’s right to complain and accept we need to do better.
As this was discovered prior to completion of the home purchase the client was given the choice to not continue with the purchase – they chose to continue. After the job was completed the client was then given the option to not pay us, as they were obviously upset about this matter.
This was their response
This past week we remitted ?? as full and final payment for those services rendered in the purchase of our home (in accordance with the options you provided in your email of 1 June).
Whilst you had offered that we could elect not to pay anything this would not fairly reflect those areas where you did add value. It was never my intent to argue that no payment should be made. Other than for the lapses you are aware of we enjoyed working with your team.
Please thank the team for us.
I accept full responsibility for this complaint, which we had no compulsion to advertise, but felt we should. We are not perfect, but we try to be and we are transparent.
we really believe we would not have bought this house without you & the strategy. Thank you Gina & Mal, we are so so happy tonight and we really believe we would not have bought this house without you & the strategy.
Thank you again.
Linda & Matthew O'Keefe
It has been the best money spent with your service. Hi Gina, I am still smiling about the house and cannot wait till its all finished and we move in. It has been the best money spent with your service. I felt comfortable throughout the whole process. It is more than I ever expected. My words cannot express enough how grateful and thank you that you took this beyond a transaction and help me find a house that will be the beginning of our new life. Warm regards, T.Q. Malvern East
we sincerely appreciated the level, style and timeliness of communication delivered in preparing us for auction day and beyond. Dear Gina and Adam
We spent the rest of Saturday on Cloud 9 - hoping we weren't going to wake up - and shared the news with family the following day.
Ben and I really have much to thank you for, the auction photos, follow up documentation and contact, and most of all for being there with us through every step of that very short 10-day journey.
In this kind of situation, we are not open to "sugar coating", and sincerely appreciated the level, style and timeliness of communication delivered in preparing us for auction day and beyond.
We were also very impressed with how willing you were to work with us and your responsiveness given the little amount of time we gave you between our enquiry and the auction day itself, not to mention the high level of customer service you provided along the way. I hope that we were equally easy to work with.
Can I also take this opportunity to congratulate you both, as this is as much a win and a credit to you individually, and for your company, as it is for us.
Gina and Adam, once again, our sincerest thanks - we are very doubtful that we would have had this success without your services. We look forward to being in contact with you again soon, in preparation for settlement day.
Best wishes, Debra & Ben
Debra Lee Ben Liew
It was a journey (2+ years) and at all times, everything made sense, was completely logical and stress free. Mal, Gina, Guy and Adam,
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all in assisting me with the home buying process.
The service you all provide is truly wonderful and is a credit to James Buyer's Advocates. Should they ever be required, I would unquestionably use your services.
As most of my dealings were with Mal, I would like to particularly thank the big man with the hat for his sterling work and tireless efforts.
Please use this email for any marketing purposes and feel free to put it on your website with my details.
I would be delighted to speak to any potential clients you may have and act as a referee.
One day we can have a drink and BBQ after its all renovated... one day....
best wishes and many thanks once again.
Amy Ting & George Koulouris
You have been an absolute delight to work with Hi Adam, You have been an absolute delight to work with over the past two or so years. We would not hesitate in recommending your services. Warmest regards, Claudia and David Pace
Claudia & David Pace
we know that without your help we wouldn't have got the result today Hi Gina, Adam, thank you again for all your help. It still hasn't sunk in yet, but it is exactly the home we were looking for when we started out last year. We really do appreciate all the help and support over the journey, we know that without your help we wouldn't have got the result today. Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to Mal and the rest of the team. Regards Murray & Voula
Voula Harlaftis & Murray Cliffe
we know we would not have made the decision without your input. Dear Gina, We are very grateful to you for your work last week - we know we would not have made the decision without your input. We are very confident that we have made the right choice and are very much looking forward to settling into the house. We will certainly be recommending James Buyer Advocates to others.
Toni & Rupert Sherwood
We are so pleased that we ended up not compromising on location Hi Gina and Mal,
We are all really happy with our new home and are so grateful for your support and research. We couldn't have done it without you.
Craig and I are so pleased that we ended up not compromising on location and really glad that we engaged you to help us.
Sharon and family.
Sharon & Craig Murphy
Having been unsuccessful at previous auctions, we are sure that it was your expertise which secured the deal. Dear Gina and Mal,
We are very happy to now be the owners of ... Street. Having been unsuccessful at previous auctions, we are sure that it was your expertise which secured the deal.
We would like to thank you for your professionalism, sensitivity and the sharing of knowledge. On the day of the auction we were relieved to be able to take a back seat and enjoy the show. Afterwards, we both said that we had
felt totally confident in your ability to achieve the best result possible. We shall certainly recommend you to our friends.
Valerie & Stephen
We are under no illusion that we could not have achieved that outcome without your guidance, expertise and in fact complete control of the process. Adam and Mal,
A short note to thank you both very much for our very successful outcome. Sally and I are both very pleased with the outcome of the purchase of 10 Weybridge St in Surrey Hills. We are under no illusion that we could not have achieved that outcome without your guidance, expertise and in fact complete control of the process. We have been very impressed with the manner in which you have addressed each of the homes we have considered and we have definitely enjoyed a level of comfort that we would otherwise not have experienced. A huge thank you to Mal for your approaches to the negotiations and bidding in the action moments at each of the auction at Barloa and the negotiations for Weybridge. They were very impressive. An even bigger thank you to Adam for the professional and supportive manner in which he has dealt with us over the last few months as our key contact, in particular his responsiveness and his gentle but firm guidance when needed. We were really very impressed. We look forward to sharing a glass of wine to celebrate.
We would have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends, family and acquaintances and would be more than happy for you to publish this email as a testimony on your website.
Sally & Peter McKelvie
They gave a very balanced perspective on all properties under consideration, including both negative and positive aspects We really appreciated Gina and Mal’s approach – they really took the time to understand our requirements, some quite specific to our personal situation, and always kept us informed. They gave a very balanced perspective on all properties under consideration, including both negative and positive aspects, and even when there was very little on offer reassured us that we were still heading down the right path. We were always comfortable with their approach and confident they were working in our best interests. Their strategy on the day of auction was absolutely the right one for that particular situation, and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone considering engaging a buyer’s advocate.
Sarah & Ian McLeod
Thank you for leading us though the whole process and for providing the information to allow us to make an informed decision. Dear Adam and Gina,
A big thank you for assisting us with the purchase of ... street! We still can't believe that after searching for so long we have at last found and secured our family home - we can now move on to the next stage in our lives.
Thank you for leading us though the whole process and for providing the information to allow us to make an informed decision. Despite the short period of contact your professional guidance has been invaluable, we are extremely happy that we engaged in your services - We will be recommending you to others.
Karman and Binh
Karman & Binh
Overseas buyer - we think that we probably ended up paying less and, moreover, we feel better about the whole thing.
just to reiterate what we said on the phone, we are very pleased with the process.. Sherene and I have done a "post-mortem" and we will never know what the outcome would have been had we done it on our own. However, you have provided us with more confidence and more certainty on what a reasonable process and a reasonable price was. This has removed a lot of heartache for us. Thus, we think that we probably ended up paying less and, moreover, we feel better about the whole thing. So thanks. We look forward to inviting you around for a beer.
Sherene & Andre
I would like to share with you my positive experience on contacting your Company “James” Dear Gina
I would like to share with you my positive experience on contacting your Company “James”
In July my partner and I purchased a property in Port Melbourne, on our “cooling off” which happened over a weekend... I panicked !!!!
Hence spent hours looking at the surrounding area and streets etc.
I came across, by default, your business !!!
Wished I had done so way before, I learnt so much and really liked the style.
I emailed and that’s how I came in contact with Jacqui.
From my first contact with Jacqui ...
Jacqui’s attitude, professional manner, listening skills, empathy
and her ability to handle my questions (I needed answers) Alleviated my angst immensely, at the same time always staying within the professional boundaries of your business.
Jacqui sent me information on how your business works and explained it thoroughly where I was able to appreciate.
She was truly amazing, enough for me to want to write to you and say so.
I would now recommend and talk about your business to my friends far and wide.
My background is nursing and have now been in sales for 15 years and my role is a national one and I travel heaps.
What that means is, I come across lots and lots of people and first contact is so crucial.
No doubt you would be so proud with Jacqui as part of your team.
Interstate buyer - It was an extremely professional exercise Gina
Thank you so much and please pass on our gratitude to Mal. We are all thrilled. It was an extremely professional exercise. Well done. I almost enjoyed it! Barbara
Barbara & John Hay
We feel that your confident approach at auction secured the property for a great price, so we are very happy. Hi Gina,
We've been enjoying reading your weekly market wraps and have been watching all the listings that have come up in recent months. We feel relieved and delighted that we purchased our house as nothing else has come close in that budget and location. Now we are looking forward to moving in.
Without guidance from yourself, Adam and Mal we actually would never have purchased that property as we would have thought it was out of our reach. You gave us the confidence to purchase a better property that would suit our family for the long term. We feel that your confident approach at auction secured the property for a great price, so we are very happy.
Suzie & Matt
Suzie Grant & Matt Roache
It was Pauline's first conversation with Gina on Monday night that helped convince us that buying so quickly was actually possible Hi Gina and Mal,
We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for helping us to buy yesterday. We couldn't have managed it without you and we were very impressed with your research, support and of course, work at the auction itself.
The week was full of different emotions for us and you both helped us manage those emotions in different ways.
It was Pauline's first conversation with Gina on Monday night that helped convince us that buying so quickly was actually possible and that perhaps we weren't as crazy as we first thought. Mal's explanation of his bidding tactics and what might happen on auction day was impressive and gave us as much comfort as we could possibly have given the unknowns of the day itself.
You both worked very well together to convince us that the property was "…worth fighting for…" and that we should be prepared to dig deep if needed on the day.
Pauline Lee James Harris
There's no way I could have done any bidding at that auction Dear Mal and Guy
I'm so excited about my new house! You can't wipe the smile off my face! I'm so pleased with it and I'm soooo relieved it's mine, plus I can stop looking for a property. My weekends are mine again. I have a great feeling about this house and can't wait to move in. My visitors have gone home and I can start packing and organising straight away. In between glasses of champagne of course! I went around there yesterday and took a photo of it with the "sold" sign.
Thanks so much for your assistance, thoughts and guidance. Your advice was spot on and I greatly appreciate the work you both put in. Your service was impeccable! As you know, the property ticks every box for me.
There's no way I could have done any bidding at that auction, it was completely nerve wracking for me. I'm very glad I engaged you as my James Buyer Advocate. I enjoyed working with you and wouldn't hesitate to recommend you.
Many, many thanks!
Off Market was the go Adam and Gina you were both great right from the outset. You encouraged us to be more open in our views on what we should look for in a house and kept us positive throughout what can be an emotional journey. The level of communication throughout the whole process was excellent and we appreciated your willingness to keep us updated even outside of normal office hours. The advice during the inspections was very helpful and insights into the negotiation process when things appeared to be going off the rails was very reassuring.
Adam, we particularly appreciated your research and chasing when it came to getting to the bottom of the situation with the pool's approval certificates, arranging the meeting with the pool builder, liaising with the lawyers etc. Your help with this was invaluable. It was way beyond what we expected of your role, but without it I doubt we would have proceeded with the purchase.
You have set a benchmark in terms of service, and we cannot speak highly enough of you both and JBA. In fact we have already referred JBA to a couple of people, including our contact in nab's private bank who was after a buyers advocate that she could refer onto her clients.
Alison Rowe Mark Thomas
I spent 6 months looking for a suitable property for my folks and you found a fantastic one in two weeks. Dear Mal how can I thank you for all help. I spent 6 months looking for a suitable property for my folks and you found a fantastic one in two weeks. Thank you again for your advice & professionalism. The property is awesome & I cant wait for my folks to move in. Kind Regards Ornella
Ornella & Eric Mourant
From day one with you both we felt an automatic sense of relief and assurance that we would find our family home and sure enough you did but it is actually the dream family home we never thought we could buy. Hi Adam and Gina,
Well it has nearly been a week since we went into overdrive to purchase ... St, Malvern East and the realisation that we have purchased our ultimate dream has finally set in! We wanted to say a very heartfelt thank you for all your help, support and encouragement, however just don't feel that a "thank you" does justice for how appreciative we are.
When we originally contacted you we were in state of confusion and frustration with the property market, we were even looking at houses in Box Hill as we thought we were priced out of Stonnington. I can even recall early in our house hunting driving through our "dream" streets, which incidentally was the Gascoigne Estate, and getting angry at him for showing me houses we would never be able to buy!
From day one with you both we felt an automatic sense of relief and assurance that we would find our family home and sure enough you did but it is actually the dream family home we never thought we could buy. Adam, we loved your honesty and straight talk as it gave us certainty that you were speaking the truth and Gina, your knowledge, warmth and sense of calm was reassuring when things got under pressure.
So a MASSIVE thank you from Carl, Charlie and myself for helping us find a home to create family memories for years to come. Rest assured we will be going out of our way to recommend
our friends to you and this is one invoice Carl is most happy to pay!
Thank you so much again
Kerry & Carl
I felt that he was very honourable in advising me of this, rather than just serving his own interests. James Buyers acted on my behalf as a Buyer’s Advocate to purchase a high-end property in October, 2011.
Mal James was at all times professional and did a lot of research pre-auction on this property.
Unfortunately, I was the under-bidder, as the property sold well beyond our expectations, but I must commend Mal on his handling of the situation.
I found it unusual for Mal to advise me that in future, I would need to find another Advocate, as it became apparent to him that the Agents knew he was acting on my behalf.
So to safeguard my future interests, he withdrew as my Advocate, so the Agents would not push prices to the limit we went to in the previous auction.
I felt that he was very honourable in advising me of this, rather than just serving his own interests.
I can highly recommend James Buyer Advocates.
On the day, the agreed strategy worked perfectly and all parties were happy so can’t be bad! Hi Adam, Gina & Mal,
Just wanted to take this opportunity of expressing our heartfelt thanks to you all for assisting in the purchase of our new house. Being ‘new’ to the country, it made a big difference to us having your professional approach. Also appreciate the honesty of the conversations. On the day, the agreed strategy worked perfectly and all parties were happy so can’t be bad!
Sian & Mark Searles
Thank you all for your assistance in purchasing our home in Brighton (wow, what a location!) Dear Mal & Kristen, As buyers sitting in Houston, Texas, your advice, honest feedback, support and guidance meant we were very confident spending more money that we ever have on a property as we felt we really understood what the value was better than for any of our other 10 or so purchases over the years.
I liked the way you went thru your process and highlighted the uncertainties; you pushed but accepted our decisions on what to bid. I never felt like you were rushing us, and you were patient as we determined what our real needs were.
Mal, a couple of your quotes stood out "you're following a 0.5% strategy" "you're approach will result in you buying a house no-one else wants!" I will never forget the effect these had on us. You all provided very responsive service, we went from nothing to bidding twice in relatively short time as Samantha and I firmed up our personal needs and wants. We felt like we were your only clients, such was your excellent support.
Samantha & Robert Zammit
Your fee was earned and saved many times over Mal,
Thanks again for your help in buying our new home.
Your team did a great job in keeping us fully informed through the process and continually challenged us in terms of our thinking and decision making.
Importantly, you helped us avoid making the wrong decisions as well as ensuring we made the right decisions.
When it came to the pointy end, you made sure that we bought the right house at the very best price that we could.
Your fee was earned and saved many times over.
Please pass on my thanks to Adam and Gina and I owe you all a coffee!
Malcolm, Liam & Hugh Flanagan
Thank you for your consistent service, thorough research and honest advice over the last 15 months. Dear Mal, Kristen, Adam and Gina,
Thank you for your consistent service, thorough research and honest advice over the last 15 months.
We are thrilled with our new home, happy with the price we paid and, thanks to your team, the whole process of buying the home was relatively stress free!
Right from the start, we were very comfortable working with you and appreciated your “up front” and professional approach.
Our only frustration has been the modest supply of homes on the market that fitted with our ideal, but I’m pretty sure, even though you have a huge influence in the real estate game, even you can’t influence that!
Narelle and Nick
Nick and Narelle
The new owners said that they took note of your rating and summary, and that gave them confidence. Hi Mal,
As you know we are a big fan of your website and we sold our house on Saturday (as you know).
The new owners said that they took note of your rating and summary, and that gave them confidence. So, thanks to you and your excellent website. We have a 150 day settlement, so that gives us time to look for a new place. Anyway, thanks again.
PS ????? from ????? bought our house (for himself).
Dr David Weissman.
Thanks for your help in the negotiations and keeping the price at a level we believe is appropriate for our circumstances. Hi Mal & Gina,
We have 2 parents/parents-in-law who are extremely excited about the purchase and upcoming relocation, so much so that they made 2 trips passed the house today! We are now just counting down the days until settlement.
We truly appreciate the way you managed the negotiation and purchase strategy with the real estate agents. Dear Guy, After 4 years overseas it was good to be able to rely on the services of James Buyers to provide a balanced view of the tangible and intangible aspects of purchasing a family home in the Melbourne market. The rating system and review process certainly managed to provide increased clarity to our search and allowed us to narrow the potential targets.
Heather & Chris Davis
Quite simply, we wouldn't have bought the house without you. We wouldn't have heard about the property, wouldn't have looked at it, wouldn't have clearly assessed its short and long term potential for us, and certainly wouldn't have secured the property at a very hotly contested auction! We are both very methodical people and particularly appreciated the logic and clarity of your property rating system and, at the "pointy end" of things, the very detailed valuation which allowed us to arrive at the auction with well organised finances. Important though all these numbers were, your warmth and humour Adam, was probably of equal importance.. I, in particular, was so uncomfortable with the concept of using a buyers advocate but quickly felt that you were taking the time to listen, understand and ultimately help distill exactly what we were looking for in a family home. It was a very respectful and supportive process.
Cathy & Dean
We love the house and we're so glad we got it - for a great price too! We always felt we were in safe hands, and your depth of knowledge and attention to detail gave us confidence throughout the process. We especially appreciate your willingness to go the extra mile, and the professional level of service from yourself and the team.
Anna & Josh
You asked us to trust you, and in return, you helped sharpen our focus on the fundamentals Dear Mal & Guy,You asked us to trust you, and in return, you helped sharpen our focus on the fundamentals of a number of key properties. This was the beginning of an education process, one that challenged us to fully consider the emphasis we placed on various needs. We were overwhelmed to have bought a better home, in a better position, for a better price then we had dreamt possible. You can't really ask for more than that.
R & A Smith
mont albert north
Learning when to say no to seems more important than what to say yes, and you helped us figure that out. Kristen & Adam, we have really appreciated your honesty. It really helped us. Learning when to say no to seems more important than what to say yes, and you helped us figure that out. Thanks for finding the extra time to give us your valued opinions too.
Tanya & Campbell
As expats living in Singapore we were faced with specific challenges in purchasing a home in Melbourne. Dear Mal & Kristen,Trying to purchase a property from overseas is fraught with potential difficulties but you made the process seamless. As we got to know you we felt confident in your assessments and you were able to be very forthright with us. Many times we asked you to look at properties for us that looked great on the real estate pages but were not so good on closer inspection. Many times you said "This is not the right property for you", "You can do better than this". Your advice proved invaluable.
Cindy & Jan
Many friends and family have asked us why we paid for help to find and buy our new house and more importantly they ask 'was it worth it?', we answer with a unanimous 'best money we ever spent!'. Kristen and Mal helped us by
- getting us clear about what we wanted & needed
- keeping us realistic about what and where we could buy within our budget
- stopping us make mistakes by refocusing us on our identified needs
- acting as a common sense sounding board when it was decision time
- dealing with the real estate agents for us
- helping us get clear on what we should expect to pay for different properties
- taking care of auction day and buying our home
Simone & Stuart McDonald
Mal and his team are all about making sensible, well thought out decisions using their intricate knowledge of the real estate market and how the buying process works and dealing with all the tricks agents use that we would have no idea about. They are diligent, patient, incredibly thorough and willing to put in as much time as it takes to get you the right home. The house we ended up purchasing was an "off market" one which we only found out about because Adam had spoken to an agent. As soon as we walked in we knew we had to have this house and within a week it was ours.
Gary & Jane
I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we're enjoying our new house. As time goes by we appreciate it more and more - it has been extremely practical and successful, and works so well for all of us, including the menagerie of animals! By the end of the year we will be adding another two to our family as I'm expecting twins. We're absolutely thrilled with the news, and of course thrilled that we bought somewhere with enough space to accommodate a family of 6!! So thank you - all of you - for all your hard work on our behalf. We really appreciate it.
Stephanie & Carey
What we both appreciated the most was your very frank and objective feedback. Your sagely "happy wife happy life" advice was very sound, and meant we could move on and look at other options. I think it saved a lot of long conversations! When the home we purchased with you finally came on the market, your guidance through the process was invaluable. I certainly had become less confident in global markets and the direction the property market was heading. Now that we own it we are incredibly pleased, excited and happy with the decision. The rigour and diligence that you showed made it significantly easier for us to make an informed decision that resulted in a great outcome for our family.
Dean & Linda
Your system of clarifying our needs and getting to know us made us feel very comfortable working with you and putting our trust in you. It was very comforting to know that we had an expert really looking after OUR interests instead of real estate agents (of very high quality and repute of course) who are obliged to look after vendors' interests..On the day of the auction we were so glad that we were not bidding and negotiating! Almost 2 months to the day since we engaged you, we bought our dream family home. A magnificent Victorian home in a lovely quiet street, moments from transport, parks and shops.
Nathaniel & Nicki
Your service was professional, and at all times I felt my interests were important to you. I found Mal and Adam trustworthy, diligent, open and honest and your ability to resolve the difficulties was very reassuring and expertly done. The time spent looking at a broad range of properties allowed me to make a more informed decision and ultimately the outcome was perfect for me.
Not having dealt with a buyers advocate in the past I was a little unsure as to the process and what to expect, but your communication, knowledge and impeccable negotiating skills helped us secure the property we wanted at a good price.
Matt & Sarah
We admired the way you conducted the auction and also for your personal compassion and understanding of all of us in the time up to, and, after the auction. We could not have asked any more of you or Mal, and we would highly recommend you both singly and together to anyone who would seek our advice. We will be reading all the advice you sent through also, and must say, that so far, this has been the easiest purchase Ron and I have ever done in our years together.
Although I think we remained in denial for a lot of the pre-bid phase it can only be said that your advice on the ultimate selling price was always accurate. We thank you for your considered and accurate advice, from the very beginning you gave us an accurate range of the likely selling price, for the extensive research you provided in assessing the property and indeed the assistance and the process you established to interview agents in order to assess the reasonable market value of our property. We were also particularly appreciative of your early arrival prior to the auction time and running us through the strategies and expectations of the process that would lie ahead. There is no doubt that when we gather ourselves and re-enter the process, we will be reaching out to yourself and to your team to assist us in the next campaign. (We have since bought for them)
Lyndon & Helen Hayward
Having little to no knowledge of the property market in Melbourne, I decided that getting a buyer's advocate was my best option to ensure I didn't get taken for a ride. Mal James did more than just ensure I got the best deal. He gave me invaluable tips about price estimation of land in my selected area: the floor plan; land price / size ratio; what to look for in terms of investments; best places to look; and the style of home in Melbourne compared to my home town. I sat down with Mal initially to discuss my needs and budget and from there Mal went in search of the ideal property. The months of looking and expenses paid out were all worth it. I imagine searching for myself, in the hard, fast and very competitive Melbourne market, I would have either given up or paid too much for an average property along the way. The investment of using a buyers advocate such as Mal, was priceless for the time, money, stress and results.
To be able to talk to someone who had no emotional attachment to the situation was of enormous benefit in helping us make our final decision. After numerous discussions with you, we felt comfortable with our situation, basing our decision on a more financial level rather than an emotional one. We were extremely impressed with your professionalism and your ability to channel our thoughts away from our emotions and focus on the property from an "investment" point of view. The advice you gave was clear and to the point and made sense in every way.
It was the first time we had purchased commercial property, and we greatly appreciated your guidance, frank and straightforward explanation of the processes involved and especially your patience in both dealing with us and also real estate agents acting f We looked at a number of properties, with your guidance and assistance. We even made an offer on one property, only to miss out due to the (unpredictable) actions of the vendor's real estate agent. We felt quite 'low' at that time, but you provided a great deal of encouragement, and we persisted. Eventually, we found another property, which provided an even greater opportunity than we initially planned for.
We would like to confirm our overall happiness and pleasure in your efforts and success in not only finding, purchasing and outbidding a bunch of enthusiastic buyers for our new house in Surrey Hills. You were able to get us into an ideal home within two months of employing your company. We had been the under-bidder on at least five occasions. It was so pleasing to not only obtain our property within our maximum elected price range but to also knock out a bidder from Sydney who was obviously very annoyed with your tactics as mentioned to us by the selling agent.
Ken & Janine Franklin
Just over a year ago you negotiated the purchase of our little place. One of the units opposite ours (ie with the back courtyard backing the railway line and the crossing about 3 units up - the side you wouldn't let us buy on), which is exactly like ours, recently went on the market and sold at the first open inspection for considerably more. Thought you would like to know, and another very big thank you from the Happy Hippies.
Mal's style clicked with us immediately. Straight down the line, open, genuine, laid back, confident but most importantly honest. Mal did not baffle us with promises of immediate purchases in the best suburbs at low prices - we knew we had some work to do. It became clear very early on that Mal was prepared to tell us if he thought our opinion was off the mark, not within market conditions or just simply over exaggerated. We looked at a lot of properties & quite often the three of us had different opinions about places, which made for all the more fun. Overall we are 100% confident that we would not have been able to secure our home without the assistance of Mal. We trusted him completely & have full faith in his ability to advise & direct on one of the biggest purchases that we will ever make.
Andrew & Michelle Peterson
You were right it was (almost) the best week of my life!!! Thank you SO much for your help & guidance and tremendous professionalism. I have really appreciated the way in which this whole process has progressed. Of course the outcome is wonderful and to have it all happen so smoothly without any fuss or drama is an added bonus. I certainly have been singing your accolades to everyone who comes within Cooee of me. So from the bottom of my heart thank you very much.
Mal James provided a property advisory service of a high professional standard. The 'Property Report' was very useful and detailed a broad range of issues and market information on the house we eventually bought. We found Mal's input into sales negotiations particularly valuable and it was most reassuring to have his expertise in this area 'on hand' at the time of auction. We would recommend the services of Mal James to anyone looking for a professional buyers advocate.
Kevin & Judy Mullen
Mal did the entire running around as regards phone calls and paperwork and made a potentially stressful situation completely stress free. In fact, all we did was inspect the property and sign the contract. We are convinced that had we not adopted the strategy Mal advised, and tried to buy the house at auction we would not have been successful as we're sure it would have gone over our budget. At all times Mal was friendly and helpful. He acted with complete professionalism and was always available to talk things through. We would strongly recommend engaging the services of James Buyers Advocates.
Rachel Kenyon & Max McGrath
I am over the moon with the house I have purchased, which I have no doubt eventuated because of your involvement. Thanks to your guidance and good advice. I enjoyed the process enormously from start to finish. Once you identified a property that met your strict criteria, you then proved to me through various methodologies the value of the property, and that it would be make a great investment at the right price. The value you add to the process is not just in what one buys, but also in what one doesn't buy along the way as a result of your guidance. In acting as my buying agent at the auction the tactics you employed along with your firm and confident bidding psyched out prospective bidders allowing me to purchase I believe below what I may have done otherwise.
Knowing we had a professional working for us took a great deal of stress out of the whole process. Mal's support was invaluable when we eventually did find a property we wanted to buy. The background information he was able to obtain through his contacts and his detailed property report were both very helpful. We went in to (the auction) really well-prepared, and as confident as we could be that we had done all we could. We were extremely pleased with the outcome. Buying a property can never be totally stress-free, however in our case Mal was able to minimise this. The knowledge and support given throughout made the relatively small cost worthwhile.
Linda & David Wollan
We could not have bought our home in Melbourne, particularly from a distance, without Mal's help. The advantage of having your 'eyes open and ears to the ground' on our behalf, was a real bonus in a process made a great deal less complex than if we had not had access to your local knowledge, contacts and research resources. We achieved a very good outcome (via your patient negotiations, of course) and one that met the majority of the needs you so diligently reminded us about whenever we got sidetracked!
Julie & Richard Levine
You helped us clarify our goals regarding purchasing the property and importantly discussed the worst-case financial scenarios. From there we could then understand the sensible price needed to buy the property. We were comfortable coming up to auction with the big decisions already made in advance. At the time of signing, it was great to have a knowledgeable party on our side to catch any errors and to oversee the various steps involved which seemed to occur at a rapid speed. Your in-depth knowledge of buying and selling property saved us thousands of dollars on the day and we are very grateful.
Not being based in Melbourne meant that I absolutely needed to trust someone on the ground, and Adam was fantastic in this regard, saving me considerable stress. You really took the time to understand our needs and kept me focussed and patient. As a result of this, we have bought a house that we are truly delighted with.
Craig Jeffrey Carr
Engaging Mal turned out to be one of the best decisions we have ever made. With just a little over a week until auction day, Mal provided a very substantial report identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the property, plus their opinion as to the likely price range on auction day. On the day, against fierce bidding, Mal stuck to his auction plan and was eventually able to secure the property for us, and within budget. We are indebted to Mal, not only for his skilful bidding tactics, but also for his pre-auction advice, his counsel during post auction proceedings and for his encouragement.
John & Dianne Lockwood
Mal, led us through the process in a logical concise manner where it became obvious to us that the decision should be to buy the property. Your handling of negotiations was superb...the Vendors could do nothing else but accept our offer. It made good sense to them and us. Prospective purchasers think with emotion and whilst you took that into consideration, you also guided us very gently in the right direction. We are proud to say that in the property game you are our "trusted Advisor".
You equipped us with knowledge that gave us confidence in the decisions we had to make in the emotional and stressful environment of selling our home and purchasing a new one. You put much thought into developing strategies and your negotiating skills, under pressure, were outstanding. Your calm disposition was employed to our advantage while being reassuring to us. And you were always willing to "go the extra mile for us". We truly believe that we would not have been successful without your expert counsel, especially at the crucial moments.
Stephen & Lisa Ring
Your firm did everything it said it was going to do and more. You told me what I needed to know, when I needed to know it, whether or not I wanted to hear it. That advice has been completely invaluable. Your bidding was *incredible* to watch! I wouldn't have had the expertise or presence of mind to achieve that result on my own (and I will *never* bid against you!). I put a premium on being professional and ethical, and really appreciated the fact that Mal James operates within those parameters.
Although we considered ourselves as educated buyers, we are very confident that we could that we would have either paid more for the home we bought or missed out on it altogether if you and your team had not acted on our behalf. You understood our needs immediately and worked objectively to help us assess each property, always acting as the sound voice of logic and reason. Your reputation within the industry as the leading advocate, your business ethics and the respect given to you by agents was very evident. You also stepped us through the paperwork and led the formal processes associated with buying a home, giving us a real level of comfort that everything had been covered off.
Damien & Michelle Bourne
Mal and his team were well worth the investment; we have a beautiful home in a great location and at a good price. Living overseas and purchasing property (not just any property - our first home) is quite a daunting prospect. We couldn't rely on online photos and didn't want to put pressure on family and friends helping us out (what if they got it wrong?). The process and guidance that Mal and his team provided meant that we didn't rush into something that wasn't quite right for us. With being such a long way from home, we were concerned that we wouldn't know a good deal from a bad deal. Mal and Kristen made this analysis a lot easier, providing their experience and good comparatives to ensure we knew what constituted a good deal and what would be to high a price to pay. On auction day the team prepared well, used their experience and the result turned to our favour. After the auction Mal and Kristen took care of the paper work and ensured there were no irregularities and continue to ensure that we are doing everything we are meant to.
Kate & Brook Logan
My experience with Adam and JBA resulted in a great start to my investment portfolio, giving me the potential to acquire additional properties in the very near future, for all of which, I will be seeking Adam's expertise. Adam's years of experience as an Architect and conducting building inspections, proved invaluable when it came to assessing the potential for renovations, additional costs that may arise and recognising the cardinal aspects of what will be most profitable and advantageous for me in the future. This process educated me along the way to be able to see through the superficial aspects, to the fundamentals of what makes a great investment property and with Adam always keeping me well informed and maintaining regular contact. I ended up purchasing a property in a great area, for less than the asking price.