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As the school holidays come to an end its been a great opportunity to reflect on what has been an enormous Easter vacation in Lorne, highlighted by a diverse selection of sporting events, markets, arts and culture offerings. And for us there was one common thread across nearly every Easter event – and that was the support given by Great Ocean Road Real Estate – and … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

During the past week we were successful in completing the final negotiation on the sixth auction we conducted over the Australia Day long weekend. That concludes our end of January auction campaign with 100% success rate and a range of very happy purchasers and vendors. It reinforces the benefits and strengths of the auction system especially for a vendor who wants a result. There is one … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – MARKET ROUND UP

The weather was not the only thing that was hot last weekend – the coastal auction market showed strength not seen since prior to the Global Financial Crisis of 2009. We had six auctions scheduled across Lorne, Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven that produced an exceptional run of results. Of the six, one sold prior to auction, four sold under the hammer and the final property is … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – MARKET ROUND UP

History has proven that the back half of January has continually produced stronger selling numbers than the first and this trend looks likely in continuing this year and the past few days has seen the market lifting in momentum. With four contracted transactions across the past seven days and a number of negotiations commencing, the market is warming.

The stand out for the week was the sale … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – MARKET ROUND UP

The Pier to Pub weekend historically will be huge and the week following will see the town take a “deep breathe”, put the champagne glasses down (well maybe lifted less frequently) and a more normal pattern return to holiday enjoyment. It’s similar with our market where traditionally the back half of January is always stronger than the front, albeit this year has been stronger than most. … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

The town is gearing up for a bumper summer season and there have been some great things happening around Lorne through the winter months – none more exciting than the much anticipated Live Wire adventure park on the Erskine Falls Road adjacent to Lorne’s Industrial Estate.

The vision of Chris and Luke Nisbett, the park is scheduled to open on the Australia Day weekend in January after … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

Those regular readers of this column will know that Lorne has been so lucky over the generations to have the exclusive use of the Allen Dam as our sole water source. It was good to hear during the week that construction works on our local reservoir over the next six months will increase the dam’s flood level capacity of the concrete spillway and upgrading the reservoir … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

A huge weekend in town last weekend with the Melbourne Cup holiday bringing numbers back to the coast and reinforcement that summer is not far away. Our open for inspections were all well attended and real estate enquiry from both buyers and sellers well and truly on the increase.

It always interests me how vendors look to select their agent when they make the decision to sell … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

A super big weekend coming up in Lorne which is already underway with running of the Lorne Country Club’s Annual Golf Open Tournament which continues daily through until Sunday afternoon. If you’re not a golfer, the Lorne Lions Club has their major Foreshore Market all day on Saturday and the Deans Marsh Community have their market on Sunday.

The Lorne S.E.S. also have their fundraising B.B.Q. outside … Continue Reading »

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LORNE – HERE AND THERE

An interesting trend over many years has been the performance by comparison of leisure resorts on the eastern Australian sea-board. Whether it be Byron Bay, Port Douglas, Portsea/Sorrento or Lorne, they all remarkably follow a very similar trend. Being a frequent visitor to far north Queensland, and an interested property following, the trends I have tracked in Port Douglas are all but a replica of what … Continue Reading »