Whether you are a time-poor owner-occupier, an investor, developer or non-local buyer, we know where to find your perfect Sydney residential, commercial or industrial property, how much to pay and the best way to win it for you.

Using our buying record since 2007 as a guide, that property is likely to be found and purchased before it hits the open market and we will far more double the choice of properties you would find on your own. Currently, over 75% of residential properties we find are either off-market or pre-market.

If you do find such property on your own and want us to research and buy it for you, we can help you there as well.

We are a wholly independent property advisor and buyers’ agent, act only for property buyers and do so from our office in Sydney. With zero tolerance for any conflict of interests, unlike many of our competitors, we are not also property managers.

Our analytical and due diligence methods are unmatched by our competitors. They are overseen by our Principal, Chris Curtis, Buyers’ Agent who is a former senior commercial barrister, investment banker and Certified Property Practitioner of the Australian Property Institute whose experience in the Sydney property market began in 1987.

Chris will handle your matter from start to finish assisted by a highly qualified team of employed property professionals. In every year since we started, through all property cycles including the GFC, our buying expertise has helped clients enjoy their Sydney property purchases and make capital gains several times in excess of our fees.

Indeed, for every property we have purchased both by private treaty and at auction from 2007 to date for which there has been a comparable purchase/sale within six months after our purchase, we have passed what we call The Hindsight Test.™

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Chris Curtis - Buyer's Agent

Chris Curtis

Certified Property
Practitioner Principal


I was a barrister for 16 years practising in high-level property, commercial, finance and building law before joining Macquarie Bank as a Division Director where I was responsible for conceiving various real estate opportunities including a managed investment scheme involving prestige Australian properties.

On leaving Macquarie and becoming a full-time exclusive Sydney buyers’ agent and AAPI Certified Property Practitioner, I used my diverse background and experience as a buyer, seller and developer of several residential and commercial properties since 1987, to develop a rigorous and holistic approach to property buying which is now unique to Curtis Associates.

As a Committee Member of the REINSW Buyers’ Agents Chapter for nearly five years, I was instrumental in achieving significant reforms to two NSW standard form agreements including formal recognition of buyers’ agents in the contract for the sale and purchase of land.

Sydney is undergoing major disruption caused by massive infrastructure projects and constantly changing planning controls.

As a result, Sydney property buyers now more than ever need the expertise I offer to help them identify the risks and as a professional negotiator and auction bidder, exploit great new on and off-market opportunities.

I share my views in our CurtiseCall quarterly, our Blog, on social media and when invited to do so, by others such as the Australian Government, think tanks, community groups and numerous media outlets including 7.30, Four Corners, AFR, The Australian, SMH, Domain, Bloomberg, Moody’s and Digital Finance Analytics.

If you believe as I do that buying Sydney property without competent representation is yesterday’s thinking, please call me anytime.




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    In keeping with our Principal being a senior lawyer, the fiduciary obligations we owe to our clients are at the heart of how we have operated since 2007 and explains why most of our business comes from repeat and referred clients. With long term relationships being more important than our short term bottom line, you have the peace of mind knowing that if a property is not right for you or is less than “A” grade within your budget, we will tell you. We are your advisors first and buyers second.


    Being paperless and 100% digital allows us to beat the competition by providing you with 24/7, onshore service if required. This capability has allowed us to find, research and buy an off-market property within 16 hours of being retained and our success rate for finding and buying residential property is over 92%.


    Depending on the asset class, you can expect that around 75% of the properties we find for you will not have reached the open market. How? By daily maintaining a database of thousands of residential, commercial and industrial property contacts, lots of energy from the get-go and our hard-earned reputation among selling agents for working with not against them while being tough but realistic, trustworthy, well researched and above all, fast.


    In addition to Sydney residential property, especially prestige Sydney property, we have expertise and experience across all real estate asset classes including retail properties, commercial properties, strata office suites, development sites, factory units and industrial land.


    Unlike other Sydney buyers’ agents, we do not just rebadge Current Market Appraisals produced by third party research houses. Far more comprehensive than a bank valuation, our unique, bespoke due diligence reports typically take over 50 hours per property to prepare and include primary research, in-field interviews, on-site measurements and paid online property searches – all designed to help you know and assess the multitude of changing economic, counterparty, regulatory and environmental risks involved in purchasing real estate in Sydney.


    Rather than dubious claims by almost every Sydney buyers agent to save you money, we test every one of our clients’ purchases against sales of closely comparable properties within six months of our purchase. When applied, this simple and evidence-based method proves that many of our clients have made capital gains several times in excess of our fees through all economic cycles.


    Many Sydney buyers’ agents who call themselves “exclusive buyers’ agents” also offer services like property management. We take ‘exclusive’ literally and it means “to the exclusion of other activities”. We believe the property advice you receive should not risk being influenced in any way by the interest your advisor might have in earning income for a related business.


    Armed with the control we give you over the buying process and the knowledge we provide as support, the stress of property buying is reduced significantly.


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    How do I choose the best buyer's agent in Sydney?

    You have to find a local buyers’ agent you can trust and one you feel has understood your property buying goals. Look at their online reviews to make sure you are dealing with a credible and professional buyer’s agent. Give them a call or meet with them in person to see if they measure up to your standards. Ask them to give you a few case studies and examples of what they have achieved for their past recent clients and especially

    i) the percentage of the properties they have shortlisted and bought for their clients in the past six months that have been off market and

    ii) how did the price their client paid for the property they bought compare to the price someone else paid for a comparable property within the six months after they bought for their client. Did they make or lose money for their client? And make sure they back both answers up with hard evidence. Also, don’t be shy to ask for contact details of past recent clients you can call to discuss how those clients felt about them after the buying dust had settled. Make sure they also explain their systems and processes for working with you. Remember, you are about to embark on one of the most significant financial commitments of your life, so you have to trust them 100%.

    What are the benefits of using a buyers' agent?

    There are so many benefits to using a buyer’s agent, and the following are just a few.

    i) Saves you lots of time: Browsing the internet, speaking to real estate agents that may not be 100% transparent, spending weekends going to opens and auctions all takes time, energy and lots of patience. It can also be quite disheartening to lose out continuously.
    Professional buyers’ agents cut all the hassle and headaches out by doing the legwork for you. They have all the contacts in the real estate industry and will source properties that suit your budget, investment needs and lifestyle. Just think about all the time you can save by using the services of a buyer’s agent.

    ii) Buy for a lower price than you would on your own: An experienced buyers’ agent can negotiate on your behalf for the lowest possible price. Because they do this every day, they will be better at negotiating a lower price on your behalf, and for many people who are afraid to bargain, this is an excellent service. According to Domain, first-home buyer couples for example, need to spend an average of six years and eight months saving a deposit for an entry-level house in Sydney. If a buyers’ agent can help you shorten that time, it’s an exceptional service.
    Negotiating can be stressful and put many people in an uncomfortable situation – especially when dealing with skilled real estate agents. These agents have lots of tricks and tactics to use on naive buyers. If you use a buyer’s agent’s services, you can rest easy knowing that you have purchased your property at the best possible price.

    iii) Saves lots of stress: Buying a property is a very stressful and emotional time for many people. A buyers’ agent can eliminate a lot of this stress by taking the emotion out of the buying process. Using a buyer’s advocate can mean you never have to deal with sometimes slick, fast-talking real estate agents whose job is to get as much money out of you as possible.

    iv) Give you access to off-market sales: many vendors don’t want to advertise their property on the market and prefer to sell it privately. A buyers’ agent (with their real estate agents’ and other contact networks) can get you access to these off-market properties. According to the AFR, there’s a substantial amount of property being offered for sale not listed online with its best guess being that such properties account for at least 50 per cent of all properties. At the coal face, the percentage is a lot higher than that. If you want access to all these fantastic off-market real estate opportunities, you should be using a buyer’s agent.

    What's the difference between a buyers' agent in Sydney and a real estate agent?

    Both are licensed real estate agents, but a buyers’ agent in Sydney works exclusively for buyers and helps them in all aspects of the home or commercial property buying process – from searching, shortlisting, evaluating and negotiating on your behalf. Essentially, they take your brief and do all the property hunting for you.

    A Real Estate Agent works for the vendor to sell a property and helps with marketing, advertising, open homes, auctions, and private treaty negotiations. A real estate agent’s job is to get the best price for the vendor at your expense and is paid by the seller – hence the need for a buyer’s agent.

    How do I choose the best buyer's agent in Sydney?

    You have to find a local buyers’ agent you can trust, and one you feel has understood your property buying goals. Look at their online reviews to make sure you are dealing with a credible and professional buyers’ agent. Give them a call or meet with them in person to see if they measure up to your standards. Ask them to give you a few case studies of what they have achieved for their clients and what percentage of the properties they have shortlisted and bought for their clients in the past six months have been off the market. Make sure they also explain their systems and processes for working with you. Remember, you are about to embark on one of the most significant financial commitments of your life, so you have to trust them 100%.

    What is a buyers' agent's fee structure?

    Buyer’s Agents in Sydney generally charge a fixed fee or a fixed fee in your price range. This fee is for their time, effort, contacts and advice they have given you in the buying process. Most people generally ignore this fee and think about all the benefits they received by not having to deal direct with the real estate agent and about the financial and lifestyle gains they achieved by using a buyer’s agent instead of buying on your own.

    Does the seller pay the buyer's agent?

    In Sydney, the vendor or seller does not pay the buyers’ agent. The buyers pay buyers’ agent’s fees for their work to secure a property, such as finding, researching, shortlisting, appraising and negotiating on your behalf.

    Can I represent myself as Sydney's buyer's agent?

    A Buyer’s Agent must hold a NSW real estate licence. So you cannot represent yourself as a buyer’s agent without these qualifications. A professional buyers’ agent will also have many years of experience in the local property market, which you will unlikely have as this might be your only purchase.


    Dulwich Hill

    Can’t recommend Chris highly enough. Chris was incredible through the entire process, helped steady our nerves when we felt stressed and when we doubted whether we would ever get a house, he was always available for any questions we had, and managed to get us our dream home for a great price! He really went above and beyond for us, and we will always be grateful. Thank you Chris!

    Lauryn Bae


    “You have been so helpful and patient. We will be forever grateful for your expertise and guidance through this process.  Your service was above and beyond. You are one in a million.

    This is a life-changing day for us and that is in no small part because of you.”

    Travis and Hannah


    “Chris Curtis was recommended to us and we couldn’t have been happier with the work he did for us. Chris is very diligent, responsive and highly experienced. He operates with great integrity and has a warm personality that is easy to work with. The due diligence reports and analysis he produced were first class and provided us with a lot of comfort. He brought great insight and strategy when it came to making an offer on the house we purchased and we have no doubt we would not have been able to do so without him.”

    Tim Holden