With Mosman house hunters typically spending weeks trawling internet listings, inspecting properties and then bidding at auctions, securing a property has become a brutal sport, Ms Thomas says, “where the size of your cheque book is thrown into the public arena.”
“Off-market is a much more discreet way to buy or sell – it allows you to escape the public eye, and there’s also a certain exclusivity attached to these secret sales,” she said.
“After all, everyone wants something no one else knows about.”
With three buying groups disappointed to miss out on 9 The Grove, Ms Thomas said she is now in the process of matching them with unlisted local properties.
“These are buyers with more than $10 million to spend, prepared to pay a premium,” she said.
“But in broader terms, I am seeing a lot of local and ex-pat money in the mid-range market, particularly in the $4 to $7 million regions.
“I have several off-market Mosman properties ready for new owners, despite the low levels of supply.
“Good real estate agents – who understand our local area – haven’t been this busy in ten years.”