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  1. Belinda
    September 1, 2022 @ 9:39 am

    I love reading your articles.

    There is so little integrity in the world, especially in real estate. It brings me joy to read something written by someone who so clearly upholds and champions having a respectable moral code.

    Thank you.


    • Neil
      September 1, 2022 @ 7:23 pm

      That is very kind of you Belinda. Comments such as yours are the best “payment” I ever receive.


  2. Mike Powell
    September 1, 2022 @ 2:43 pm

    Thankyou so much Neil,this our current situation to a ti. You have made our decision to withdraw our house from the depressed Sydney market so much easier.
    Absolutely insightful article. Cheers. Mike and Deb


    • Neil
      September 1, 2022 @ 7:18 pm

      Thank you for your nice comment. My wife just laughed and said there is going to be a lot more agents peeved with me – again. 😁


  3. Bob Macfarlane
    September 1, 2022 @ 3:39 pm

    Another thoughtful and insightful article. I enjoyed reading it I don’t know how you keep them coming, but don’t stop.


    • Neil
      September 1, 2022 @ 7:14 pm

      Thank you for your nice words, Bob. I feel so indebted to the many home-owners who chose me when I had a real estate agency. Aside from my wife, the real estate public are the reason I’m financially secure. I owe them (you) so much that I will always strive to tell you the deepest truths. It’s how I repay you.


  4. Frank
    September 1, 2022 @ 5:11 pm

    “Don’t Sell Your Home” is fantastic honest down to earth advice. Unfortunately a timely article personally for myself. I have always lived in the family home in Melbourne & do not own any real estate.
    Eight years ago I retired & it was then, that my father encountered health issues. In his later years, he was dependent upon me for his care and well being. With an interstate itinerant only brother and his two adult children living interstate (Coffs Harbour NSW) or overseas I received very little support from other family members. As I have a physical disability, my father had concerns that I would not be able to maintain the family home hence, the sale wish in his Will. Real estate prices most likely means that I will not be able to “buy” my brother’s half share of the house. If money was not an issue, this would not be a problem. At this stage, I would prefer to stay in the family home.
    A move to Coffs Harbour is a big decision & issues to consider are :
    – Would I be able to cope with a hot humid climate summer?
    – What about climate change impacts in that region?
    – Are medical and health services readily & easily accessible compared to Melbourne ?
    – Buy a villa etc. in my existing Melbourne suburb & try out Coffs Harbour by renting etc.?
    Any comments, advice and your “words of wisdom” welcomed.
    Thank you
    Kind Regards
    PS I have your books “Don’t Sign Anything” & “88 Reasons…..”


    • Neil
      September 1, 2022 @ 7:19 pm

      Because your questions are personal, I will respond to you in private. Thank you.
      Kind regards,


  5. Paul Fletcher
    September 1, 2022 @ 7:29 pm

    Without doubt, that would be your best article.
    Well said and thank you.


  6. Martin Storey
    September 2, 2022 @ 4:30 am

    great article Neil
    Unfortunately many homes become nightmares because of the neighbours with all their modern noisy machines, especially when the council has allowed high density dwelling in areas that use to be much lower density.
    While the home may be nice and comfy, the neighbourhood has become intolerable, which is why we sold.
    Would love to catch up with you sometime,
    Martin and Angela Storey


  7. Tonya Kokkolis
    September 4, 2022 @ 5:10 pm

    Great advice!


  8. Terry Laybourne
    September 7, 2022 @ 12:37 pm

    Niel, we recently went through the process of deciding whether to sell our home. Mary and I have lived in our home for over 30 years. It is the home we designed and built. We are on a bush block of 5Ha and have used the principles of permaculture to develop the block to entice the wildlife – we have put our hearts and souls into making it what it is today. However, we went through the process you have mentioned – “Is it getting too much for us?” A sister and her husband went through the same process and have now “downsized” and are happy with their decision. We used two agents that you had on your list and we are glad we did. They were both very good and thorough with us and at no point did they “pressure us into selling”. After our meeting with the second agent, Mary and I sat down and went through all the positives and negatives of staying here. In the end the positives of staying here significantly won the day. I don’t feel I could live anywhere else and I quite like the idea of becoming part of the landscape when my time finally comes. Thank you for all your articles – much appreciated.


  9. Sue Morton
    September 13, 2022 @ 12:24 pm

    I loved reading your story/advice. We’ve been inundated with agents lately asking us if we’re interested in selling. We are in our late 70’s. My husband’s response is as yours, the day I leave this house will be in a wooden box. They surprisingly reply that they hear this a lot, especially from older people.
    Yes the gardening is getting a bit harder, but when the time comes, we’ll get someone in to do it. We’ve kept it pretty basic so won’t be hard for someone else.
    Thank you for your sound advice. We really don’t want to move anyway, and are not being pressured by family to do so. Feel sorry for those that are. Regards Sue and Graham.


  10. Heather Curyer
    September 14, 2022 @ 1:30 pm

    Fantastic I agree
    Also, when people move due to relationship issues (looking for a new start) the couple encounter the same issues in a new location
    Plus they have had to foot the bill for moving and stamp duty Stay put and go to a councillor


  11. Mel Sowden
    September 15, 2022 @ 10:55 am

    A. Story that appeared in the West Australian quite some time ago; Italian migrant retired from working as a miner in Meekatharra(a town not noted for it’s high life and vibrant cafe culture) with his wife couldn’t wait to go back to Italy after many years there,was home for just a short while before busting to get back to Meeka.Think he was lucky and got his place back


  12. Tom
    September 17, 2022 @ 6:01 am

    That’s about the best advice I’ve ever read . I’m 76 and get a sore back after using the whisper snipper. I’m close to my GP and Cardiologist. 1 1/2 hrs from beach . 15 min by ambulance to Calvary Hospital. 2 of my 4 children are here and 2 of my 4 grandchildren are here. We can all fit together in our home for gatherings . I love my bed and it’s too heavy to move. Will have exciting gardening weekends with barbecue .


  13. Ron
    September 20, 2022 @ 4:57 pm

    Your articles always have honest inspiring messages to stay safe while it is becoming so difficult not to be scammed. I love your selfless dedicated work which has benefitted so many to live a better safe and secure life. Ron and Jan


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