Brendan Wong

Journalist

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Real Estate Business

Real Estate Business
07/01/2013
Building a referral network

While good client relations are an effective way to gain business through referrals, establishing relationships with businesses and individuals outside the industry can be a big booster for your agency. Real Estate Business looks into how you can build your network and sustain it for the long term

Real Estate Business
09/01/2013
The pulse of the industry

Real Estate Business’ Half-Yearly Sentiment Survey revealed that the Australian real estate industry is not happy with the way in which the government has managed the economy but, going into the spring season, is optimistic about the housing market

Real Estate Business
08/01/2013
Pedalling to success

Raine&Horne’s Joshua Kersten spent six years as a professional cyclist, competing in championships all over the world before retiring 12 years ago. Now he uses his competitive edge to achieve the best results for his business

Rebonline
11/05/2013
Ray White gambles on waterfront property

A waterfront bungalow on the Whitsunday Islands is set to be auctioned without a reserve price, and could potentially be sold for just $1. Marketing agent for Ray White Whitsundays Steve Marks said it was not the first time he had auctioned a property without a reserve price.

Rebonline
10/28/2013
Agent seeks competitive edge with China venture

A Sydney agent is capitalising on growing interest in Australian property from the Chinese by travelling to China to target investors directly. Director of Richardson&Wrench Mosman and Neutral Bay in Sydney, Richard Simeon, will fly to Shanghai for the Luxury Properties Showcase from December 6 to 8 to promote his properties to Chinese buyers.

Rebonline
10/20/2013
Minister slams NOLA over national licensing

A NSW minister has expressed his opposition to the National Occupational Licensing Authority's (NOLA) proposals for national licensing. Speaking to Real Estate Business, NSW minister for fair trading Anthony Roberts said he was concerned by the lack of consultation between NOLA and the real estate industry.

Rebonline
08/19/2013
Nigerian man arrested over WA house scam

Ntuen Promise Ekenmini was apprehended by Nigerian authorities last Wednesday when he attended an international courier office and attempted to collect documents with a forged driver's licence in the name of an Australian homeowner. The documents related to a supposed settlement of a $780,000 home in Falcon, south of Perth, owned by an Australian living in South Africa.

Rebonline
06/19/2013
Real estate ad banned for being too 'offensive'

The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has banned a real estate network's outdoor advertisement for breaching the advertising code of conduct. The billboard for Professionals Real Estate featured an image of man, shot from behind wearing a coat, socks and shoes, and holding his coat open next to the words, "Expose Yourself!"

Rebonline
06/05/2013
Agents frustrated by poaching attempts

Agents across the nation have been venting their frustrations over repeated attempts by competitors to poach their clients. Property executive for Daniel Real Estate Amie Siggins told Real Estate Business a number of her properties had been deliberately targeted by a major competitor in the past fortnight.

Residential Property Manager

Residential Property Manager
08/01/2013
Shining the light on trust accounts

In the past few months, several real estate professionals have been caught committing trust account fraud, damaging the industry’s reputation. Residential Property Manager examines how agencies can protect both Themselves and their clients from this problem

Residential Property Manager
07/01/2013
PMs divided over outsourcing

Outsourcing maintenance is an issue that has divided property managers. While some see its value in improving efficiency, others see it as a loss of control

Rpmonline
11/08/2013
Gladstone agency defies vacancy trend

While the city of Gladstone is experiencing an oversupply of properties in the rental market, one real estate office has managed to keep its vacancy levels down. The latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) reveal the vacancy rate for Gladstone in September is 5.8 per cent.

Rpmonline
08/08/2013
Parking most important to tenants: survey

Parking, outdoor living space and high-speed internet are three features tenants look for in a rental property, according to a recent survey. Brisbane agency Bees Nees City Realty surveyed 485 tenants living in Brisbane's CBD and the surrounding five-kilometre radius.

Rpmonline
10/04/2013
PMs have little protection against fake listings

Online scams are on the rise and one state body is warning property managers that it is a problem that will not be going away. Adam Edwards from Western Australia's ScamNet told Residential Property Manager that property managers were limited in what they could do to protect themselves and their clients.

Rpmonline
09/06/2013
PM discounts rents to keep tenants

With affordable property prices and rising rental costs driving tenants away from the rental market, one property manager is discounting rents in the hopes of discouraging them from buying.

Rpmonline
07/09/2013
Tenant takes landlord to court over $1.65

The legalities of rental payment systems in Victoria have been thrown into question after a tenant successfully took his landlord to tribunal over additional charges to his rent payments. Michael Palmer began renting a property owned by James Hutchinson and leased by Ray White last October for $2,303 a month.

First Property Buyer

First Property Buyer
07/01/2013
Cracking Negotiation

Being able to negotiate effectively with a real estate agent is the key to securing your first home. Brendan Wong explains how

First Property Buyer
07/01/2013
How much can I borrow?

‘How much can I afford to borrow?’ This is the first thing almost every first home buyer asks. Brendan Wong explores how you can borrow wisely without breaking your budget

SBS World News Australia

The Southern Courier

The Southern Courier
10/09/2012
Going Gold

It's been a life-changing year for The Voice grand finalist Darren Percival.

The Southern Courier
09/25/2012
Blonde is more fun

Like his character Emmett in Legally Blonde — The Musical, Randwick actor David Harris came from humble beginnings as the son of a coal miner and a secretary.

Best Weekend Magazine
07/28/2012
Fashion frenzy

Check out some creative new designs at a unique market, writes Brendan Wong

The Southern Courier
09/18/2012
350 sign petition in protest

A 350-signature petition opposing an application for a full liquor license at the proposed Queens Park Pavilion Cafe will be forwarded to the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing.

The Southern Courier
09/04/2012
Take care of magpies

WARMER temperatures are a welcome sign of spring but they can also presage swooping magpies and southeast residents are being urged to take care around nesting areas.

U:Magazine

U:Magazine
11/05/2012
Delivering choice

The heated debate over homebirths has been reignited following an inquest into the death of three babies delivered at home in South Australia.

U:Magazine
06/04/2012
Driven to succeed

At just 18, Brandon Cowan has tasted more success than most people his age. He manages his own smartphone application development business, and in April 2011, his iParkedHere iPhone app – which helps people to locate their cars – was one of the top grossing in the iTunes store.

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
07/28/2012
Bone to pick with walkers

The leash is about to be applied to some of Sydney’s professional dog walkers.

PETS

PETS
07/01/2009
Siamese fighting fish

With their vibrant colours and dancing tails, Siamese fighting fish are among the most beautiful fish on the planet. Brendan Wong discovers why Betta splendens make splendid pets.

The South Sydney Herald

The South Sydney Herald
10/01/2012
Mad resources for healing

A new guide based on the 2010 film, Mad Bastards, has been released by Gamarada Indigenous Healing and Life Training Ltd.

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