Playing Real Estate “Marco Polo”

In a quickly changing real estate market where only 5%-7% of homes are selling week to week and 12%-21% of area sellers are dropping their price, sellers who are frustrated with few showings and no offers are finding themselves in a game of real estate “Marco Polo” with prospective home buyers.

I got to thinking of this after reading yesterday’s Sacramento Bee article by real estate columnist Andrew LePage titled “Housing Market Cools Off.”

Back in 1992-1998 was the last time we had a real estate market where inventory levels how property valuation company works in Brisbane zoomed upward and all but a few home buyers seemingly went underground. I vividly remember how sellers and real estate agents struggled to find buyers for their listed homes just as the kid stuck with being “Marco” had a hard time finding the kid named “Polo.”

If you remember how the game is played you remember that after a short while of groping around without being able to grab “Polo” the game wasn’t nearly as much fun.

The same is true when a seller is having a tough time grabbing a buyer. The longer the hunt goes on for your elusive “Polo”, the less fun it is. Eventually, if the game goes on too long, you want to give up and not play anymore.

Unlike the silly kid’s game, in the real estate version, for most sellers giving up isn’t an option. Job relocation, the new home you want to or already have moved to, or economic or physical reasons that necessitate your move don’t allow you the option to quit the game. As luck would have it I was always better than any other local real estate agent at knowing where to find plenty of “Polo’s” for my listed homes, regardless of the worsening market conditions.

There were 3 things I always did to find “Polo” in a tough market, here’s how you can do it too.


The Ombudsman suggested that the Agency should write to the occupiers of the Property Valuation concerned to ask if they would be willing for the information sought to be released. The complainant sought information relating to a particular drug. Among the exemptions quoted by the Medicines Control Agency to justify refusing to provide the information was exemption 13. They told him that they had no objection to the disclosure of information about the drug, and much of the information was then released.

Nearly all of them were cases which the Office were trying, usually successfully, to resolve without a formal investigation.  AAPS is a scheme funded by the European Commission which offers payments to farmers in respect of land used to grow certain crops. To qualify for payments farmers are required to set-aside a proportion of their land. He included a sketch map of one of the fields in respect of which the application was made, which showed that the field was divided into two parts; 6.08 he was in Marley and the remaining 4.47 he was in set-aside.

On 3 September MAFFs Northern Regional Service Centre (the Centre) wrote to They said that in his 1996 AAPS application he had shown the field as 4.86 ha in barley, 2.07 ha fallow and 3.94 ha in set-aside; comparing the sketch maps included in the two applications. they said that it appears that the area he had declared as set-aside in 1997 included the area declared as fallow in 1996. At the end of the year, there were only two cases over three months old which has not been decided.

Land that had been fallow in 1996 was not eligible for a set-aside in 1997 accordingly that area had been deducted from the set-aside claimed for 1997, resulting in a total eligible set-aside area for that claim of 2.40 a. As the discrepancy between the claimed and the eligible area exceeded 20% Mr. X would receive no set-aside payment, and his claim in respect of cereals and oilseed would be reduced proportionately to the reduction in the set-aside area.

What major steps are involved when people do the Property Valuations process?

Oak and sycamore, used extensively in the building, was sourced from well-managed, sustainable sources in Scotland and Europe. Kemnay granite, from Aberdeenshire, was used for cladding and flooring, while Caithness stone was used in flooring and sink units. The working Parliament and Sydney property valuations use paper from 100% recycled waste and recycling of paper, cardboard, drinks cans and printer cartridges is encouraged.

By limiting the number of car parking spaces within the complex to 66, including six for disabled drivers, parliament employees are encouraged to travel sustainably. I fly to the island of Nias, 500 miles south of Aceh in the Indian Ocean (apparently a surfer’s paradise, but sadly I don’t get to the beach). I visit a tented camp in Aceh Barat, West Aceh, for over 500 people who were made homeless by the tsunami, and I am horrified at the conditions.

One of Oxfam’s solutions is to train community representatives to be our eyes and ears in the camps. It is interesting to hear the volunteer’s stories: they all lost homes, livelihoods, friends, and relatives in the tsunami. Yet, despite these experiences, they talk optimistically about the future: about improving drainage on the camps, minimising waste and educating their neighbors about hygienic sanitation. I am here to review progress with Oxfam’s composting projects, which are being implemented through local farmer’s groups.