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The Ellam Property Buyers Agent Team – Left to right: Skye (Marketing & Operations), Suzanne (Property Management & Buyers Advocate), Jess (Buyers Advocate)

Why engage Jess & the team as your buyers agent?

Save Time using a buyers agent

We search, evaluate and negotiate exclusively for you. Sales agents work for the vendor – we work for you, the buyer and your unique brief.

Jess Is An Adelaide Local

Jess has 19 years experience in the Adelaide real estate industry – buying her first Adelaide property at the age of 17.

Because we’re local we have strong relationships with local agents. This means we get regular access to off-market and pre-market opportunities.

Stress Free property purchase

We are skilled and experienced in all aspects of property acquisition.

Selling agents are aware that if a client is working with us, it means we have a qualified buyer ready to purchase, meaning property buyers working with us have a step up on competition immediately.

No Guess Work

We help you find the correct property for the correct price, based on your unique brief, current market research and most recent sales.

We provide guidance to our clients, based on our solid experience in the Adelaide market and can quickly qualify a quality property & an investment grade property. 

Family Business

Ellam Property is a family-owned, local Adelaide business.

We have combined experience of over 23 years in the Real Estate and Property Management Industry.

Ready to buy in Adelaide?

Get in touch with Jess & the team by emailing us at jess@ellamproperty.com.au or calling Jess directly on 0400 084 804

Our Buyers Agent Services

Property Search

Our Complete Buyer Agent Service is available to property buyers who would like independent, professional guidance to manage the entire property buying process.

We put a property profile in place to suit your personal situation and housing brief. 

Evaluation & Negotiation

We negotiate on behalf of you – the purchaser and ensure you make an informed decision rather than an emotional one.

We work for you – the purchaser to get the best price possible and not overcapitalise.

Auction Bidding

Ellam Property Buyers Agent Adelaide are experienced at auction bidding.

We are available to property buyers who need a professional to act on their behalf.

Property Management

Our goal is to lease your investment property promptly and offer a selection of high calibre tenants.

We aim to maximise your rental returns on your investment property and can advise on any add value opportunities to help increase your return and capital growth.

Who uses a Buyers Agent?

Property Investors

For investors wanting to take advantage of the strong yields and consistent growth the Adelaide Property Market offers – employing an Adelaide based buyer agent is an essential part of the process.

First Home Property Buyers

Buying a property can be one of the most valuable assets one can buy and navigating the Adelaide property market for an inexperienced buyer can be overwhelming and daunting.

We guide first home buyers and educate them on all aspects of purchasing their first home. 

Dream Home Property Buyers

Ready to buy your dream home in Adelaide and enjoy our sensational city and lifestyle, we are property experts that live in Adelaide.

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for 2021, Adelaide is the third most liveable city in the world and is Australia’s most liveable city.

We search, evaluate, and negotiate on your behalf to secure your dream home in Adelaide. 

Overseas Property Buyers

Expat overseas buyers are a big part of our clientele, whether it be for an investment property or a place to call home.

If you are not an Australian citizen, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has restrictions for visa and non-visa holders regarding property purchases. 

Please visit the FIRB website to find out more www.firb.gov.au

Buyer Advocates

Jess Ellam

Qualified Buyers Agent, Adelaide South Australia

ABN: 20169031606 Licence: RLA293019


Meet Jess

Jess Ellam is a Licensed Buyers Agent, acting on behalf of home buyers and investors – local, interstate and international. She is a member of REISA (Real estate institute of South Australia) and REBAA (Real estate buyers agent association.)


Jess is highly driven, has thorough research skills when it comes to comparable sales analysis, ensuring that you are not overpaying on a property purchase.

Jess loves guiding home buyers and property investors through the property maze and delivering the deal – she loves that no two clients are the same and says everyone has their unique situation.

‘Selling agents are contracted to work for the vendor/property owner. Therefore, personally I believe every buyer would benefit from having a Buyers agent represent them.’

Jess shares her passion for working in the industry with her commitment to her two children, playing club soccer and always enjoys good food and wine.

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Buyers Agents FAQ’s

Aren’t buyers agents just for the wealthy?

Unfortunately, there is a common misnomer that buyer’s agents are just ‘for the wealthy’ and not for the average Australian home buyer. An investment in a professional who’s been buying property for 10 or 20 years, who has the contacts and knows how to negotiate, is actually making you money and saving you money all at the same time. Generally speaking extremely wealthy people can afford to lose more money than your average first home buyer.

It comes down to a level of risk and the average Australian first home buyer is not able to take that level of risk without professional advice. You only have to look at the average house price 10 years ago to now to see how prices have jumped in every capital city around Australia. Hindsight shows what you would have made in capital growth versus the cost of engaging a buyer’s agent. Likewise by panicking and either overpaying or not doing anything at all, costs a whole lot more than engaging a professional.

How much does a buyers agent cost?

Depending on the industry experience of the buyer’s agent you employ, for a full search, inspection, due diligence and negotiation service, the industry average fee is somewhere between 2% and 3% of the purchase price, plus GST and an engagement fee to get started, or a flat fee flat fee based on the purchase price and an engagement fee.

You may also want to engage your buyer’s agent to negotiate only on a property you have found yourself, or attend an auction on your behalf and bid.  These fees can be tailored depending on the level of service required.

What valuation tools does a buyers agent use to determine market value?

There is a plethora of free information available on the internet and via mobile apps but the serious danger we see for buyers and investors is how this information is interpreted and acted upon. While an app can punch out a price estimate in five seconds, it can takes years of training and experience to understand property values accurately. If a property has been renovated, there is no way an online valuation tool can include the added value of that. Nothing beats physically inspecting a property and if you don’t have the time to do the legwork, then get a buyer’s agent to do it for you.

Engaging a buyer’s agent adds yet another layer of protection by analysing the data, negotiating on behalf of the purchaser and ensuring they make an informed decision rather than an emotional one. The buyers’ agents have access to real time data with the most recent sales and suite of other historical databases and predictive reports.

What things should you look for in a buyers agent?

Consumers should look for the following five qualities when looking to engage a buyer’s agent:

Field and experience
Look for agents who have a minimum of 12 to 24 months’ experience in the particular area that you are interested in. It is worth finding out about their most recent purchases.

Check with the relevant state’s department of fair trading to ensure they are appropriately licensed and insured. They should also have the relevant qualifications.

Membership of the Real Estate Buyers’ Agents Association of Australia
If they aren’t a member, ask why not. REBAA is Australia’s only national professional association for buyer’s agents. In order to become a member, agents must go through a stringent process. Once an agent is a member, they have to adhere to a strict code of conduct.

A good agent will have a wide network of selling agents to access properties off-market and earlier than the general public. They should also be able to connect with you the representatives of complementary professions.

A solid track record
Ask for references from at least three recent clients who you can contact to discuss their experience with the agent.

How does a buyers agent negotiate a better price?

The first thing that a buyer’s agent does is understand what the property is worth. They look at comparable sales in the same suburb in the same neighbourhood. Once you know what a property is worth you can move forward and negotiate with confidence. It helps you determine the best strategy on how to negotiate on a property.

A good relationship with a selling agent can assist with inside knowledge and help with the negotiation by previewing properties before listing and understanding the real price the vendor wants. A selling agent is much more likely to deal with a buyer’s agent they know and trust, versus a buyer who they have never seen because they are more confident they will make the sale.

How do I know if my buyers agent is truly independent and not getting kick-backs from the vendor?

Buyer’s agents are specialist negotiators. We specialise in property. We understand how to deal with selling agents, how to price a property, and then we understand the various methods of sale and how to get that deal across the line. The important thing is getting the right property at the right price, not necessarily getting a ‘bargain’.

Can a buyers agent guarantee to save me dollars off the purchase price?

Buyers agents are specialist negotiators. We specialise in property. We understand how to deal with selling agents, how to price a property, and then we understand the various methods of sale and how to get that deal across the line. The important thing is getting the right property at the right price, not necessarily getting a ‘bargain’.

I know a real estate agent who will bid at auction for me for free.

Selling agents generally bid in a very different way to how a buyer’s agent would bid at auction. Generally they bid the way they would like buyers to bid at their auctions (and push the price to the limit). Even though they may be not connected with the vendor, ask yourself if there is any vested interest? Ask yourself ‘Why are they willing to bid at auction for free?’ Usually it’s because they want to list your property for sale once you’ve bought. Beware and remember the golden rule: “Free advice is often more expensive than paying for the advice upfront”.

Why would I pay a buyers agent?

As a buyer you always need to ask if there is a vested interest in anything. Why are they wanting to act for you for free? Usually it’s because they want to buy developer stock or take their fee from the vendor – hardly exclusive or independent advice. Essentially, these “free buyers agents” are selling agents in disguise. They have a huge financial incentive to help you buy that property and that’s not necessarily in the investor’s best interest.”

Consumers should carefully check the credentials of any buyer’s agent and confirm they are firstly licensed and ask questions about their experience, time in industry, research methods, and how they are paid.

Some selling agencies have dedicated ‘buyer’s agents’, isn’t that the same thing?

The most important thing is that a buyer’s agent won’t have the same emotions and inexperience that most buyers have. A buyer’s agent brings a level head and good solid guidance based on experience. A good buyer’s agent will be able to qualify what’s a good property fast and will have the ability to narrow down the field so you can act quickly and avoid buying a lemon.

What can a buyers agent do that I can’t do on my own?

All REBAA members are exclusive buyer’s agents which means they only act for the buyer – they are not taking money from the owner as well as a buyer. Make sure you look at your prospective buyers agents’ website to see if they sell any real estate and ask them directly ‘Do you sell real estate or do you receive any commissions or kick-backs?” Check your buyer’s agency agreement carefully as there are sections included from the Office of Fair Trading where they are required to declare if they are receiving any kick-backs or commissions from any third party.

How is the industry regulated?

The main regulatory body in each state is the Office of Fair Trading. REBAA is the only national body representing professional buyers’ agents. REBAA has worked hard to raise awareness of buyer’s agents over the past decade and to improve the standards of the industry. Our members are committed to offering services with stringent ethical standards and undertaking proper due diligence.

To be a REBAA member, agents should:

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