Buying with Ironbark

Our buyer advocacy process takes three main forms: Full Search Service, Negotiate and Secure and Auction Bidding.

Full Search Service


Our Full Search Service is comprehensive and allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the search. We take the reins and find the best options available which suit your brief and budget. Because of the way we structure our fees, there is no pressure to buy your home within a certain amount of time. We keep working until we find the right property for you.

Our professional standing within the real estate industry as buyer advocates affords us streamlined communication with agents and access to property before it is advertised. By applying analysis and removing the emotion from a property transaction, we help you identify the most important aspects of a property to you and negotiate on your behalf in an uncompromised fashion. Having the experience of Ironbark Property Advocates behind you provides reassurance and guidance through what can be a stressful, but should be a thoroughly enjoyable, process.

Our Property Search Process

Formulate the brief

Property location, style, size, price

Before we begin our work on the ground, we have detailed discussions with you about your brief: what size, type and age of property you’re looking for, in what area, at what price. We discuss your preferences and the non-negotiable aspects of your ideal property, so we have a solid understanding of the brief before launching our search.

Scour the market

Rest easy while we search on your behalf

We hit the ground inspecting available properties and form a shortlist of the best options. This is not limited only to public open for inspections. We speak to agents in the areas you are searching in and find out what other properties they have coming up for sale. Early access and off market access to properties are the result of our agent communication during this phase and are of great benefit to you.

Inspect together

Spend time with us inspecting the shorTlist

When we are confident that we have found the best options within your brief, we make arrangements to view the top 5-10 properties with you. This ensures that we understand your brief, and you understand the property options within the parameters of your brief. If the right property isn’t on the shortlist yet, we make any adjustments needed, and keep on searching to find it.

Advice and analysis

Understand the value and quality of property

During our inspections together we will provide advice regarding the value and quality of each property inspected. If you select a property to purchase, we prepare an appraisal of value using comparable market analysis and provide guidance as to current market value.

Due diligence

Ensure everything is in order

Once you have identified a property to purchase, we assist you in completing due diligence. We help you arrange for the Contract of Sale to be reviewed by a solicitor, can arrange a pest and building inspection, make enquiries with the relevant council, and help you examine planning schemes and overlays if necessary.

Negotiate to secure

Strategise and implement

When you are satisfied with the property quality and result of the due diligence, we formulate a strategy to purchase. This will differ depending on the method of sale. Our experience and insight holds us in good stead over competitors because we know what to do and when to do it. If we don’t manage to buy the property, we go back to scouring the market and repeat the shortlisting process until we find and buy your ideal property.

Negotiate and Secure


You have found the right property, and you’d like us to step in and secure it for you. A word of advice: make sure you engage us sooner rather than later. Property supply is limited in Victoria at present and this is increasing competition on quality properties: if you delay, you may miss the opportunity.

There are many ways that Ironbark Property Advocates provide an advantage to you, simply by taking over the negotiation. Having professional insight and ability to communicate with agents is a key highlight of this service. We frequently speak to people who lament that they missed out on buying a property that they actually had the money to buy, just because they didn’t understand the purchase process. 

Our Negotiate and Secure package includes the following steps from the Full Search Service:

  • Advice and analysis
  • Due diligence, and
  • Negotiate to secure


Chair in front of windows in warehouse bought using buyer advocacy process with Ironbark Property Advocates

 Auction Bidding


Auctions are far more complex than arriving and hoping for the best. In the case of an auction, failing to plan is most definitely planning to fail. Sadly, many people approach an auction underprepared and without an idea of their maximum purchase budget or a strategy.

Employing Ironbark Property Advocates to represent you on auction day means you are employing a professional bidder to execute a well thought-out plan and capitalise on their experience. Having a qualified professional on your side if a property passes in to you can make tens of thousands of dollars worth of difference to the sale price.


Modern kitchen in home bought at auction by Ironbark Property Advocates auction bidding service

Professional representation really does make a difference.

Give yourself the advantage by employing a qualified property expert.


Tertiary level qualification


Years of buyer advocacy experience


Negotiation expertise


Gain off market property access


Gain strategic insight


Save time & money


Receive current market value advice


Receive investment grade advice


Licensed Estate Agent


Alice was an invaluable resource to us

“We made the decision to work with Alice after we had been unsuccessful in purchasing a property for over 6 months. We found working with Alice incredibly productive and were able to secure a property that we are both thrilled with, after a short time of receiving her input and help. She helped us refocus on our goals and be more systematic throughout our property search process.

Alice was an invaluable resource to us. If left to our own devices, we would have initially disregarded the home we ended up buying, as we would have assumed that the property would not fall within our budget. With Alice’s keen eye and ongoing determination, she was able to find an opportunity for us to secure this property and we are very grateful for her help.

Alice is very well organised, extremely thorough and we cannot fault her efficiency with her communication. She is also incredibly approachable, and we felt supported and very comfortable working with her at every step of the way. Even on auction day, she calmed our nerves and we were able to have complete faith in her process and professionalism.

We both highly recommend working with Alice and have absolutely no doubt that if we hadn’t chosen to employ her services, we would still be house hunting or have purchased a significantly inferior property to the one she helped us secure.”


Sarah & Darryl

Alice’s negotiating expertise as a former lawyer gave us a huge advantage

“After a frustrating and fruitless house hunt, we belatedly made the excellent decision to engage Ironbark. We should have done so from the start! Alice’s negotiating expertise as a former lawyer gave us a huge advantage in a competitive market, and her knowledge of the property market gave us much needed confidence as first home buyers. Thank you Ironbark.”


Hugo & Grace

There is no way I would have found my off market property without Ironbark

“I didn’t know where to start when looking to buy my first home, and thankfully was introduced to Alice McKenna. Alice showed me options in my price range in a range of suburbs I nominated and we worked out, together, where the best area was for me. We looked at so many properties together that I was confident that Alice knew exactly what I wanted.

Alice was patient and persistent over the months we worked together. When we looked at the off market apartment that would become my first home, I knew it was the right one because of the work Alice did to show me all the best options in previous months.

Alice was able to negotiate a great price and get me an advantage through her professional relationship with the selling agent. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Being off market, there is no way I would have found my property without Alice at Ironbark Property. I am so happy with the result! Thank you, Ironbark Property Advocates!”



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