W.B. Simpson & Son is a family owned and managed real estate firm with a history stretching over 135 years. The firm was established in 1872 by William Simpson and he was joined by his son J.W.A Simpson. Since that time, the eldest sons have followed their father’s footsteps into the family real estate business. More recently, the principal of the firm, Darrell Simpson was joined by his son Richard Simpson, the fifth generation of Simpson to work in the firm since its inception.
W.B. Simpson & Son has operated on the edge of the city in North Melbourne, West Melbourne, Flemington, Kensington, Carlton, Parkville and surrounding suburbs since its foundation. Over recent years with the growth of a number of major clients and our wide expertise, the activities of the firm have been extended throughout Melbourne. W.B. Simpson & Son is the pre-eminent real estate firm in North and West Melbourne.
We have built our reputation on integrity, honesty and dedicated commitment to service our client’s needs. Our vast experience, sound knowledge and considerable expertise bring happy, satisfied, successful clients.
W.B. Simpson & Son provides a high quality of professional service specialising in:
¦Auctions and Private Sales
¦Property Management & Leasing
¦Buyer Advocacy Services
¦Property Investment Advice
¦Insurance for all residential, commercial and industrial properties.
W.B. Simpson & Son’s experience in selling comprises a complete range of types of properties including houses, apartments, investment and commercial premises on behalf of hundreds of individual vendors and companies. Our wide range of corporate and institutional clients include:
¦Royal Melbourne Hospital
¦Melbourne City Council
¦Various Ministries and Departments of the Victorian State Government
¦Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board
¦Real Estate Institutes of Victoria & Australia
¦Australian Property Institute (formerly Australian Institute of Valuers & Land Economists)
¦International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)
W.B. Simpson & Son
30 Errol Street North Melbourne VIC 3051
Tel: 9328 1213
Fax: 9329 9030
Our Selling Strategy
Our job is not just to sell your property but to get you the hidden 10% extra price that is available in the current market place. We do this by:
1. Exceptional Marketing;
2. Finding the Emotional Buyer;
3. The highest Level of Negotiation; and
4. Using Buyer Competition.
Presentation of your property for sale is extremely important. It can mean the difference between selling and not selling or thousands of dollars on the sales price.
Generally properties present very well with minimal furniture, appliances and clutter. W.B. Simpson & Son can put you in contact with a professional property stylist who will provide quotations for furniture hire and styling if required.
Identifying the Likely Purchaser
Identification of the likely purchasers assists us in targeting the marketing campaign in the right areas so that you receive value for your advertising investment.
Many purchasers in in inner Melbourne are investors. With the largest property management business in the area, many of our client purchase additional properties from time to time and welcome our ability to source these for them.
Our Database of Registered Buyers
W. B. Simpson & Son actively maintains an extensive database of buyers who are actively looking to purchase property in inner Melbourne. The database is updated on a daily basis and each buyer is qualified as to the type of property, price range, property features, location etc. but most importantly by their willingness to purchase immediately.
Our buyers are generated by our sales activity in inner Melbourne areas as well as referrals, telephone, email, window display and walk in enquires.
Some agents will speak of their reach, such as having offices in other suburbs and large magazines, but we know from experience that most all purchases of property in inner Melbourne have registered their interest to purchase on our extensive data base. Remember, buyers follow properties not agents.
The Marketing Campaign
We tailor a marketing campaign specifically for your property to capture the attention of our previously identified most likely purchasers. The marketing campaign is likely to encompass the following channels
Internet & Social Media
Publishing full details and photos on the major Australian Internet portals gives the property the widest coverage and accesses buyers who are searching on the Internet both in Australia and overseas.
In addition, we will list your house on its own website for added exposure and easy Google searching.
Your property will be also be promoted on W.B. Simpson & Son’s social media websites on Twitter & Facebook extending the reach of Internet promotions.
A detailed glossy brochure that highlights the home’s potential with internal and external photos, and a floor plan on the back of the brochure.
Melbourne Times Weekly
This colour magazine is one of the key marketing tools for the area. The distribution is through North / West Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville, Fitzroy, Clifton Hill and all the way through to Richmond. We achieve excellent enquires through this source of marketing, the demographic is ideal for any property is this area.
The Age Newspaper
The Age remains the most effective newspaper advertising medium for Real Estate across all of Melbourne. These advertisements generate significant buyer enquires throughout all our marketing campaigns. In addition, we will include the property in the Domain ‘Open for Inspection’ liftout.
Our Errol Street office window, being located in the retail shopping centre draws many enquiries, 24 hours per day.
Many people who live in the area have friends who wish to live or invest in the area.
During the Marketing Campaign
We undertake a number of initiatives during the marketing campaign that maximize your property’s exposure:
Special Preview Inspection
A special preview inspection will be undertaken on the Wednesday or Thursday evening before the first official Open for Inspection. We will invite very keen registered buyers as well as our network of buyer agents to this inspection.
Open For Inspections
As well as our traditional Saturday morning or afternoons open for inspections we schedule opens for Wednesday or Thursday evenings to catch buyers on their way home from work.
45 minute Open For Inspections
Our 45 minute open for inspections allow the buyers to spend more time at your property and allows our sales team to spend more time with each buyer, answering their questions and talking about the benefits of buying your property. In addition, it allows buyers coming from other open for inspections to see your property where in a normal 30 minute inspection, they would miss out.
Given our proximity to the property, we are able to facilitate private inspections with buyers who are unable to make the scheduled times or for second or third inspections usually with an architect, builder or family member.
Buyer Call Backs
We record the names and telephone numbers of all parties attending our open for inspections or private viewings. All buyers are telephoned within a few days of their inspection to gauge their interest level and answer any questions. As the auction approaches, we telephone all keen parties to brief them on the Auction process and determine whether or not they will be bidding.
Feedback & Communication
We see the sale of your property as a co-operative venture between ourselves and you and believe that communication throughout the process is paramount. We will keep you constantly informed of buyer activity and comments as well as changes in the market place that might affect your property.
Written Pre-Auction Report
A couple of days prior to the Auction, we will provide you a written summary of the results of the marketing campaign. This will include number of hits on the internet, numbers of inspections, buyer’s profiles, key buying signs such as requests for contracts, second or third inspections, builder’s inspections etc. We also summarize buyer feedback including likely selling range and identify names of likely bidders.
We will meet with you prior to the Auction to discuss the conduct of the auction, answer any questions that you may have and set your reserve price.
Richard & Darrell Simpson are two highly qualified and respected auctioneers who are experienced in extracting the very last dollar from bidders.)