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“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price. Why we do it?Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if

Private Escorts – Employment Options

When it comes to finding work as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can decide to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a

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“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.

Private Escorts – Employment Options

When it comes to working as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can decide to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a personal decision, but you need to consider the pros and cons of each thoroughly before commencing work.

If you are fresh to the business then it might be a good idea to work for an agency, at least for a while, so that you can become accustomed to the ins and outs of the escort business. This will also give you the chance to talk to other escorts employed by the agency, and learn from sharing their experiences.

The Benefits of Working for an Agency

There is more to working as an escort than many people assume when they first commence, and it can be nice to have someone else to look after some things for you, while you find your feet. For example, the agency will look after advertising, will screen prospective clients, will manage your diary for you, and will handle booking hotel rooms and arranging transport, when appropriate.

Perhaps most vitally for many escorts, the agency provides a safety net as they know where you are and what you are doing at any given moment, and the client is very aware of this. This provides you with a significant degree of protection, and with a backup team to call on if you fall into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, the law also plays a significant part in many escort’s lives, and the degree to which it affects you will depend on where you are working, and how you are operating your business. Many escort agencies have been around for a while, and are very accustomed to what you and cannot do. This again can be enough to stop you inadvertently running into issues.

The Disadvantages of Working for an Agency

An escort agency is just like any other business, and some are very well run while others are poorly run, and may even simply take advantage of their escorts without a care for anything other than the profit the business can make. For this reason, you need to do your research and make sure you know exactly what sort of agency you are joining.

While an agency will take care of much of the background work for you, such as advertising, client checks and arranging appointments, they will also ask certain things from you in return. For example, they may need you to be available for work between particular hours each day, and decide how much time off you can have each week. They may also dictate where you must be when you are not working, perhaps letting you go home, as long as they can contact you on the phone, or requiring you to be available in the agency’s office.

The agency is also in the business of making money and does this typically by taking a percentage of the fees paid by the client for providing him or her with an escort. Fees can be large, especially in major cities where it is not uncommon for clients to pay several hundred dollars an hour for an escort. You will have to look thoroughly at the financial arrangements required by different agencies and decide what is, and what is not, acceptable to you.

The Advantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Private escorts are very much their own bosses, choosing for themselves when they work, who they accept as clients, and what they are prepared to do. In effect you are enjoying all of the benefits, including the financial benefits, of being self employed and, for many people, these advantages often outweigh any disadvantages.

The Disadvantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Working for yourself means that you will have to handle everything yourself, including such things as advertising, sizing up potential clients, booking hotel rooms, arranging for transport, and indeed handling anything else that comes up. This can be a lot of work initially, but much of this routine work becomes simpler as time goes on. One thing that you have to deal with though, and which will never become irrevelant, are the risks that come hand in hand with escort work.

Like it or not, escort work can certainly be very dangerous, and you must not only be constantly vigilant, but must take positive steps to protect yourself. The list of precautions you need to take is far too long to detail them all here, but will include such things as certifying that any room you use with a client has an emergency exit that you can use, and being positive that someone knows where you are, and that the client is aware of this fact. Convincing yourself that this is a safe enough area and that nothing is going to happen to you does not work, and safety needs to be at the top of the list of things to consider for independent escorts.

On Balance

As with any job there are both good and bad points to becoming an escort, and this is deifnitely one job that you need to go into with a careful mindset. That said, independent escorts can enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle if they get it right, and the job can be good fun if you have the fitting personality for it, take the time to understand what you are doing, and set your business up correctly.

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