We give you more buying power

Under the guidance of principal Chris Curtis, who has worked exclusively as a buyers’ agent since 2007, Curtis Associates are experts at searching for, researching and purchasing residential and commercial property for clients all over Sydney.

Our unique and highly effective business model gives clients the freedom to choose from two distinct search options, depending on their needs. These are:

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1. We Find. We Buy.

The preference of most of our clients, this option starts with us researching and finding properties based on specific search criteria. Once we have found a property that meets our client’s requirements – we will then carry out all relevant due diligence and begin negotiations with the vendor. In most cases we secure a sale via private treaty, not at auction. In the six years to 2014 our failure rate under We Find. We Buy was only 1.7%

2. You Find. We Buy.

Works on the same principle as the above service, only difference being that the client will conduct his or her own property search. Similarly, once they have located a property which meets their criteria, we will then take over and start negotiations. As always, we will do everything we can to get you the result you want.

If you are ready to make your dream home a reality,get in touch with Curtis Associates today.

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Why work with us?

At Curtis Associates we’re committed to ensuring that every one of our clients is equipped with the information they need to make an informed buying decision. For us this means carrying out extensive due diligence on any property that meets their search criteria. Unlike many of our competitors, we make sure no stone is left unturned and that includes providing a report on a whole range of risks and opportunities including contamination risks, identifying planning proposals and talking to neighbours to get a better feel for the area.

But that’s not all. Here are some more reasons why so many Sydney property buyers have chosen us as their preferred buyers’ agent:

Plus all our work is proven through our Hindsight Test ™

Whilst past performance is not a promise of future returns, passing The Hindsight Test™ continues to be one of our most valuable performance benchmarks.

Essentially this means we test our purchasing track record against sales in the ensuing six months; looking closely at comparable properties to assess the level of returns we have made for our clients.

Over the years we’re delighted to say that many of our clients have made capital gains several times in excess of our fees, thanks to our comprehensive due diligence and unrivalled knowledge of the Sydney property market, which allows us quickly to identify capital growth trends.

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Surry Hills $820,000

“The assignment that my partner and I gave to Curtis Associates was very specific… The strength of using a buyers agent for us was not in trying to save bucket loads of money whilst buying in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, but to hire someone with experience in dealing with property sales. Above all else it was the strategy that Curtis Associates employed that won us the property we were seeking.”

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Surry Hills $900,000

“I have been utterly delighted with your service, your professionalism and skill have been exemplary. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to everyone I know.”

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Surry Hills $1 million

“After many years preparing to enter the Sydney property market, I retained Curtis Associates with a requirement for a well-located apartment and a highly rational investment.

Within a fortnight, Chris and his team had presented me with high quality on and off-market offerings representing some of the best I had seen in Sydney’s east. Chris’ due diligence report exceeded my expectations, enabling me to make a sensible decision in difficult market conditions. Under immense pressure Chris took my instructions to auction and secured the property at a sane price against fierce competition.

I am thrilled with the result that Curtis Associates achieved. Chris’ professionalism, thoroughness and experience enabled me to purchase an excellent property in otherwise difficult and frustrating market conditions”.

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Alexandria $1 million

“We are thrilled with the property and very happy!!

…Thank you for everything, I’m sure we would not have identified the area or the place without you and would have settled for something that did not make us nearly as happy!! (possibly imploded at the stress of it all).”

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Surry Hills $1.2 million

“We deeply appreciate the level of integrity and honesty given to us in your detailed analysis of the current market and our targeted property. Your skilful handling of the agent’s behaviour was invaluable, as was the strategic guidance.

We recognise the time pressure our project imposed on you due to the short notice and time frame.”

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Randwick $1.2 million

“As a busy professional who spends a good deal of his time living and working abroad, I found Curtis Associates’ service invaluable on a number of different levels. Firstly, in saving me the time, money and aggravation in finding an absolute gem of a property off market; secondly in terms of thinking of all the ‘known unknowns’ that will be quite intimidating to anybody not familiar with the intricacies of the Sydney property market. And finally, as a bottomless source of strategic and tactical advice in securing the kind of property my partner and I were looking for, at a highly competitive price. CA deliver all this – and more – for a modest investment, and at a level of service that is very hard to beat. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

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Kensington $1.6 million

…”For us, after so many years of looking – it was like lightning!!! We…will miss the countless conversations, emails and hypothesising….but mostly your rating system! …We look forward to working with you again in the future!”

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Surry Hills $1.7 million

“…I can’t recommend Curtis Associates highly enough… the place we’ve just purchased in Surry Hills is still so far from market it is almost unbelievable. Because of the groundwork…we were shown through the property only a day after the vendor had initially contacted the real estate agent and before the real estate agent even had the listing and well before a contract for sale had been drafted. Less than a fortnight later, we have already finalised the purchase and exchanged contracts… and, more importantly, we were never competing with any other purchasers for the house. Their knowledge and understanding of the lower north shore and eastern suburbs is incredible… and the due diligence they conduct is… beyond expectations.”

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Queens Park $1.8 million

“I cannot tell you how happy we are: you did an incredible job finding this for us. It is truly a gem. We are very happy”.

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Rushcutters Bay/Darlinghurst $2.3 million

“Thanks very much for your great advice, both on the entry and exit strategies… Much appreciated. Very happy!”

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Surry Hills $1.8 million

“We thank you so much for your dedication, persistence and hard work in securing us the property in … Surry Hills…

You have been a wonderful mentor to the two of us, and professional and polite throughout. We have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and family”…

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Bondi Beach $2.5 million

“I was looking for a particular property in a specific area of Bondi. As an overseas buyer I knew I would need on the ground assistance. There were very few properties for sale of the type we were targeting but…Chris patiently unearthed numerous properties through a combination of letter drops, agents and his own contacts. He actually advised me against purchasing several of these until we finally found the ideal property. It was an off market deal and the previous owners are now my tenants.”

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Bondi Junction $2.5 million

“Chris. Thanks again… for the result we achieved in buying…on the weekend, both in the execution of the auction strategy and in the post auction negotiations…we would be happy to (and indeed have already) recommended your service to others.”

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Vaucluse $4 million

“Chris Curtis has an exceptional knowledge of the upper end of the Sydney property market and has developed an enviable network of contacts within the real estate industry, providing him significant competitive advantage in sourcing and securing outstanding properties. Chris made sure he really understood what we were looking for in a property and was then able to meet our requirements in a timely and professional manner. The service was invaluable in our recent relocation… I highly recommend Curtis Associates.”

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Bellevue Hill $4.5 million

“We engaged Curtis Associates to represent us in buying our new home. We had found THE one and felt that after buying our previous home and a large number of investment properties, we were able to complete the task without a Buyers’ Agent. This could not have been further from the truth.

My husband and I had different opinions on aspects of the home and how to buy it. We had already sold our own home and were faced either with a double move or buying the house that week for settlements to line up conveniently. We were going round in circles and the stress was unbelievable!

Once Chris took the reins, the stress lifted immediately.

A very comprehensive building a pest inspection was organised – in some of the most torrential rain Sydney has seen. Chris took over all dialogue with the sales agent and even struck a rapport with the vendor who had been a little difficult. The vendor was under no financial need to sell the property and was quite willing to rent it out if necessary.

We were kept informed every step of the way. The Due Diligence report provided by Curtis Associates was especially informative and supplied us with the information needed to sort out our differences regarding aspects of the home. The building report also gave us some brilliant ideas on how improve some of these aspects and an indication of the costs involved.

That Due Diligence report provided two very good bargaining points which permitted us to make an offer that was considerably lower than the price being asked. Along with the strength of Chris’ negotiating skills, this due diligence made certain our offer was accepted. Included in the offer was a signed 66W Certificate waiving the buyers cooling off period. As my husband is extremely risk averse, waiving this right was an initial source of great concern. After being informed of the thoroughness of the comparable sales considered and analysed by Curtis Associates, we felt reassured that the risk involved was minimal.

On reflection, signing the certificate gave us increased control over the offer and acceptance process.

From retaining Curtis Associates to exchanging contracts took only five days! We were provided with a vast amount of information in order to know exactly what we were buying and Chris handled all our uncertainties and questions with professionalism and skill.

We will not be purchasing again, whether it be investment or a home without Curtis Associates. Not only did the bank valuation come in as hoped after contracts were exchanged, five days later a comparable property sold for considerably more than we had paid.

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Bellevue Hill $6.65 million

“Your letter to the vendor’s agent was expertly crafted and a pleasure to read. Outstanding research (thanks) and I can see some sensible arguments developing here that further justifies our figure being southwards of $5.5 million. Thanks so much for all of this. Helps enormously in the process.”

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Rushcutters Bay development site $10 million

“Thank you for your tireless effort and persistence with this deal…Well done!”

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Sydney $1.3 million

“Thank you once again for your excellent work and diligence. I’m very happy and impressed with how smoothly everything has gone.”

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Sydney $3.35 million

“We were looking to buy a property in Sydney for investment purposes and, at a later stage, for personal use. We are based in UK and therefore particularly in need of the services of a good buyer’s agent. After talking to a number of such agents sourced from the internet, we chose Curtis Associates.

It was a good choice. Chris Curtis listened to our requirements carefully and produced a short-list of potential properties after exhaustive research carried out by his firm. He talked through the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Through our many conversations we soon realised he understood what we were looking for. We were very much on the same wave-length. Where our interest was leaning towards a property he thought unsuitable, he produced additional evidence to convince us that we were on the wrong track.

The purchase of a $3 million plus property unseen is not something lightly undertaken. With Chris’s expertise and attention to detail, we felt confident to proceed. He was skilful at the negotiating stage and partly by relying on the results of some novel due diligence, secured a meaningful discount. He also provided useful guidance in selecting a local solicitor, immigration lawyer and agent, accountant and sources for mortgage finance.

Chris is a highly qualified, likeable and very capable buyer’s agent. With his support we felt confident proceeding with a multi-million dollar purchase unseen from ten-thousand miles away. We doubt there are many others with his unique combination of skills and abilities. We recommend Curtis Associates whole-heartedly.”

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Newtown $430,000

“We spoke to a number of other buyers agents before deciding to go with Curtis Associates – we have always been pleased with our decision. We were truly impressed by how quickly you initiated your research after we first met – literally the same day we signed our contract with you. This was important to us as we needed to find a property quickly.

You also rapidly appreciated the qualities we were looking for in a home and focused the search so that we didn’t waste time looking at unsuitable properties.

Your comprehensive market research and advice packaged in clear, concise and regular updates gave us the information we needed to feel confident in making our decisions. This was particularly important given that we are new to the Sydney market.

We were also grateful that you made yourself so accessible as our busy jobs make it difficult to deal with these sorts of matters during work hours. Your graciousness at our late night calls was particularly commendable.

Your advice on the best strategy for acquiring the property was the most valuable…On our own, we would surely have missed out at auction. Your management of this process also took away a considerable amount of stress.

…Overall we think it’s fair to say that your service is exceptional and unlikely to be matched, so congratulations and thank you again.”

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North Strathfield $600,000

“Many thanks once again for the brilliant job you … did for us on Saturday. We are still on cloud nine!”

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Chippendale $900,000

“My wife and I recently engaged Curtis Associates to act as our Buyers’ Agent for the acquisition of an apartment in Sydney. I am writing this letter as testimony to our satisfaction with the services provided.

Our objective was to purchase an inner city apartment to be used by our daughter while studying at university in Sydney, and also as a long term investment. As non-NSW residents, the selection and purchase of an apartment posed many difficult challenges and traps. We were so fortunate to have Chris Curtis acting on our behalf who made the process smooth and efficient.

I found Curtis Associates via an internet search. I made appointments with several Sydney Buyers’ agents but was immediately impressed by Chris Curtis’s professional approach, obvious experience in local real estate and his legal background…

Upon engaging Chris he found a suitable property in surprisingly quick time. His background search and investigations were amazingly thorough and his due diligence report was absolutely comprehensive. Chris’s experience came to the fore when, following what seemed a disingenuous representation of market value by the vendor’s agent, Chris’s research resulted in a more realistic estimate that proved extremely accurate. Armed with this knowledge, Chris represented us as at the auction where he controlled the bidding is a way that we never could have managed alone.

I unreservedly recommend Curtis Associates to anyone requiring the services of a top-class Buyers; agent in Sydney. Others may be cheaper but I would be surprised if any are better.”

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Petersham $950,000

“We have no doubt that we scored well. Various friends who have lived in the inner west for longer than us said the price was very good. And we have you to thank for that”.

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Glebe $1.2 million

“The secret to our successful acquisition is to a large degree owed to the (very professional I might add) services of … the buyer’s agent we had hired to negotiate the price on our behalf since we had already found the house we wanted. It took exactly 7 days from the moment we decided to purchase this property to successful exchange at 8% below what I was prepared to pay. Due diligence on the property was incredibly extensive and included many information tidbits only obtainable through personal research such as interviews with neighbours, policemen and council workers in the area. The information he provided on the neighbourhood was meticulously researched and flawless, and his assessment on the property spot on.

Also found were numerous off the market sales in the neighbourhood as well as comparable properties to give a good price indication and negotiating tool. …. I can highly recommend Curtis Associates to anyone looking to purchase property in the Sydney are…the best professional services my wife and I have encountered in almost 8 years of living in Australia”.

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Abbotsford $1.35 million

“We were very pleased with the result achieved on Saturday. Your service, professionalism and capability served us greatly on the day, thanks for saving us a small fortune! [We] both agree instructing Curtis Associates was one of the best decisions we have made and will happily recommend you…”

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Dulwich Hill $1.4 million

“We remain absolutely thrilled…and very grateful to you for making it all happen…

The due diligence report is exceptional, thank you. The document is a valuable resource and enables us to feel even more confident about our purchase”.

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Hunters Hill $1.06 million

“We recently engaged Chris Curtis to help us buy our second property – our first family home.

Before we met Chris, we had our real estate alerts set up and Saturday inspections organised and thought that was enough. Chris pointed out that you use professionals to sell your home, but often not to buy; which is absurd given you pit yourself against professionals who do this every day.

Chris drove us through all the areas we were considering with his guidance, he helped us narrow our brief to a very specific set of requirements. He remained in contact with us from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, providing us with information, guidance and recommendations on our desired location and house. We always felt he was working entirely for us and had his full attention.

We never thought our budget … would buy us everything we wanted, but it did – a beautiful home in a quiet, leafy culdesac in Hunters Hill, which we would not have got without Chris. The house was not yet on the market when we found it and Chris took us to see it mid week before it was advertised. We loved it instantly and he booked building and pest inspections on the next working day. The following day Chris then couriered a carefully crafted offer to the agent and 15 hours later it was ours.

Words can not express how thankful we are for having Chris on our side – his professionalism, passion and drive to succeed for his clients is second to none. We will use Chris every time we buy, and will recommend him to anyone thinking of using a buyers agent.”

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Crows Nest $1.25 million

“I would not be here were it not for your services. Particularly, providing the impetus to shake me out of the stagnation that had prevented me taking this plunge for so long. I am still in awe of the fact that I/we purchased the property off-market, with a clear and complete head-start, ahead of any other (known) competitors; and before others were even aware of the opportunity. This is the sort of advantage that makes your services so attractive. I also particularly acknowledge your advice on price to bid, which as you know was accepted without any negotiation, and secured the property for myself within a week of first inspection.

Many of my friends and colleagues have been interested in my use of a buyer’s agent. It is still a service that is not generally widely known. I only became aware of it myself over a dinner table conversation which is how you were referred to me. Although your success fee is not insignificant, it is a relatively small proportion of the purchase costs. And – in the final analysis – achieved the successful result I would not otherwise have achieved”.

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North Ryde development site $2.25 million

“Being a property developer/investor for the past 10 years, I have not an issue with acquiring property; therefore initially I was hesitant in deciding to take a step back and allowing someone else to take charge of purchasing part of a development site, as I generally like to be involved in these aspects of the business. Chris’s calm and confident approach gave me the confidence to proceed. His professional manner with the seller helped secure the first purchase; all conversations between the selling party, conveyancers and Chris were disclosed to me in detail, in an open and very timely manner.

Once the first purchase had been completed, I had no hesitation in signing Curtis Associates up for a second request to purchase property. The acquisition of these two assets was important to the future business of our company, and I found that by allowing Curtis Associates to be involved, I was able to proceed with other work that our business had commenced, rather than having my complete attention taken for the purchase of these properties.

Chris was able to remove any concern I would have had during the purchase process with the sellers. His communication skill, time input and general knowledge were valuable and would be a great asset for anyone considering purchasing property.

I have no hesitation in recommending Curtis Associates as a buyer’s agent for any business or personal plan to acquire property.”

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Mosman $3 million

“…I thank you very much for your assistance in finding us a new home. [W]e were sceptical about hiring a buyer’s agent and unsure of the value in doing so. From day one, your significant and tenacious efforts to secure the right home for us were apparent and we have been pleasantly surprised by your hard work and dedication to our campaign. You were true to your word that you would influence and restore some equality to the unequal balance of power that the vendor and agent usually has… I think the most appropriate compliment we can give…is that we wished we had hired you much earlier on and be rest assured we will be seeking out your services in the future.”

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Mosman $6 million

“Wow. Thanks is not enough. Spectacular work.”

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Mosman $6.5 million

“I was initially hesitant to spend the extra money on a buyer’s agent, but after having done so I can say without hesitation it was a hugely worthwhile investment and I would not contemplate buying another property without engaging Chris again.

His background as a barrister and having been involved in large commercial property transactions for Macquarie Bank both give Chris the perfect mix of skills for this role.

I negotiate deals every day in my business but still found it invaluable in this case to be ‘represented’ in such a large transaction by someone who is a former barrister, knows the local real estate industry inside out [and] is familiar with the selling agents…

He did a great deal of due diligence on this property, and analysis of comparable sales data before commencing negotiations which:

1. gave us peace of mind that there were no hidden surprises before making such a big investment and

2. meant that he went into the negotiating process extremely well prepared

Chris was on-call to us 24/7 through the process, and was extremely proactive and completely professional throughout. His service is self funding in that I believe he would always save clients a multiple of his fee on the purchase price, this was certainly the case in our experience.

I strongly recommend his services.”

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Warawee $1.2 million (vacant land)

“…Thanks for your assistance on the purchase of our property… Your patience in looking at a number of properties prior to our purchase was greatly appreciated. I valued your advice on the tactics of engaging with the vendors’ agents and your balanced and dispassionate view on the re-sale prospects of the properties we looked at. I’m sure we will use your services the next time we are looking for a property.”

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St Ives $1.3 million

“Feeling very pleased. After a weekend’s thought feel like we did well. Your strategy was 100%. Looking forward to a glass of champagne.”

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Roseville $2.5 million

“Chris Curtis acted as our buyer’s agent on the purchase of our home. He was able to respond to our request to act in a very short time frame and provided us with objective, well researched and comprehensive written advice on the value of our target property relative to other available properties in the area.

Once we decided to proceed, Chris took over all dealings with the vendor’s real estate agent and quickly positioned us as the buyers to be first dealt with by the vendor’s agent. His advice during the negotiations stage and his conduct of these negotiations was of great assistance. Despite a most competitive and emotional buying environment he was able to secure our property for us.

At all times we found Chris to be most professional, available to us, reassuring and communicative. His coolness, calmness and pragmatism were a bonus. His presence in the process meant that we could stay arms length from the negotiations and leave it in the hands of a professional advocate. Testament to all of this, we are now living happily in our new home.

We have no hesitation in recommending using Curtis Associates as a buyer’s agent.”

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Killara $3 million

“We engaged Chris after identifying a property going for auction that we liked, and being based offshore, we needed someone we could trust to lead the diligence and negotiation process on the ground. We were immediately impressed with Chris’ approach and attitude – he is the consummate professional, acting with a high level of integrity and is attuned to his client’s requests. The due diligence that Chris’ team undertook was extremely comprehensive and covered almost every aspect of the property including potential risks, positive aspects, and a thorough valuation based on recent market comparables. This gave us a high degree of confidence on the attractiveness of the property, and importantly, its fair market value which allowed us to set the right bidding limits. From his assessment of the competitive environment, Chris recommended a pre-auction bid strategy which proved successful – we secured the property the night before the auction at a good price and also allowed us to avoid the stress and potential risk of an auction. Overall, we are extremely pleased to have used Chris for the purchase, as without him, there would have been a high risk that we would have overpaid for the property, or lost control of the situation in an auction environment. We therefore have no hesitation in recommending Chris as a buyers advocate, and look forward to using him again on future purchases. “

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Manly $1.3 million

“I just wanted to thank you again for all your assistance in sourcing and negotiating the purchase of our house… We had initially thought there was little possibility of finding a place that met our criteria within our compressed timeframe…

Moving back to Australia after five years in London, [we] were very keen to buy however were a little concerned about our lack of knowledge of the market and our ability to devote the necessary time to the search and execution. The service that you provided with respect to focusing our search efforts, negotiating the purchase and coordinating all the third parties were invaluable to us given our circumstances.

I appreciated your frankness and honest advice which ensured we never had any unrealistic expectations about the market and were comfortable in being more or less aggressive in the pursuit of a particular property.

I have no doubt had it not been for your efforts that we would be back on the rental train rather than living our dream…

I have no hesitation in recommending your services to friends and colleagues and I look forward to speaking again when it comes time to upgrade.”

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Balgowlah Heights $2 million

“We had never used a buyer’s agent before. But, after being gazumped twice on two very ordinary properties on the Lower North Shore, we turned to Chris Curtis. First Chris, a lawyer by training, spent several hours precisely understanding our requirements. Then came the drive – a two-hour tour of potential districts, streets and properties that had recently sold. He steered us away, with good reason, from three places that seemed initially desirable, found one home we all thought would work, but, in negotiation, advised it was overpriced. One weekend, when we were away on the Mid North Coast, three hours from Sydney, he called us back to a home that was “not yet on the market”, a quiet sale. We drove back, saw it, and exchanged contracts within the hour, and now happily have moved in. It meets all our requirements. Chris earned his fee, and saved us money and time.”

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Seven Hills $320,000

“It was the first auction I’d ever experienced so I was very nervous but am so glad now that I have it and for a very good price, thanks to you! The money I’ve saved will certainly go a long way to making further improvements in the future…

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us in the purchase of our new home…the information you provided on each of the properties was invaluable. Your support and encouragement along the way also made the job of finding a new home much easier and the expertise you showed on auction day certainly helped to calm my nerves!

I will definitely seek your assistance again in the future for any other property purchases I need to make and will also be recommending your service to anyone I know who is looking to purchase a property.”

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