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A Couple of Home Improvement Myths

April 5, 2019

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A lot of people think that adding a swimming pool and/or a hot tub is a sure seller. That’s not always true. Location is extremely important. If every day is summer in your climate and it’s a pool friendly region, that’s one thing, but if you live in a cooler climate, it could be a […]

Buying & Selling in the Same Market

March 28, 2019

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Real Estate agents often come across a situation where a vendor is asking why their home is not selling when other similar properties are selling. There are several factors that govern why a property will sell in what might be deemed a reasonable time frame. One is the amount of time and energy spent on […]

The Value of A View

December 6, 2018

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Why is valuing a view important? Are views, like land itself, a finite thing? With increasing scarcity of views, particularly of large bodies of water, properties that afford such outlooks have a point of difference. When people are vying for the ‘best’ views, a matter of metres in some property locations could make a difference […]

When Is The Best Time To Sell?

November 29, 2018

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Most sellers ask themselves “Is this the best time to sell?” You could approach this question scientifically. However, when it comes to real estate, science goes out the window and emotion is sitting at the front of the class. When a property appeals to a buyer, they go through a series of emotions but essentially, […]

The Refining Touches of Summer

November 26, 2018

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The new year usually brings an upsurge in the housing market and this year is no exception. In the current market, homes need a defining appeal. So if you are considering selling, embrace summer’s seasonal ambience to inject the ‘wow’ factor into your property. Remember to let your home be as spontaneous as the season. […]

Photos Drab to Fab

November 7, 2018

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They say a picture tells a thousand words. The photos we use in our marketing help sell the property and raise the profile of the property.   Some simple things to keep in mind when photographing your home for sale:   Watch the shadows. You may need to visit a property at different times of […]

Buy Or Sell First?

November 2, 2018

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Selling the home you’re living in before buying another one is the financially safe option in most circumstances. Selling first means you know exactly how much you are getting for your current property and correspondingly how much you can spend on the new one. Finance is more straightforward because all figures are known and stress […]

Is The Offer Too Low?

September 26, 2018

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One of the most stressful situations facing any home seller is finding that the offers on their property fall short of their expectations. The good news is that many vendors ultimately finish by achieving a sale price they are ultimately happy with – which is not the same necessarily as getting what they first hoped […]

Listen To The Market

September 18, 2018

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When the time comes to price your home for sale, you may be tempted to start with the price you paid for it, add in a healthy mark up and leave it at that. Unfortunately this will not give you an accurate selling price however listening to the market will give you a figure which […]

Pet Stress

September 11, 2018

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Moving to a new house can be stressful for every member of the family, so it is important you don’t forget to look after your pets when moving. Following are some tips on how to make the move easier for your four-legged friends: Before you move, visit your vet for a final check-up and get […]

Why List With Us

September 4, 2018

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Why you should consider listing with Haven Realty …. Feedback:   At Haven Realty we guarantee to contact you in person or on the telephone to provide feedback after every advertisement, open home and inspection. Recommendations:   From the day we are appointed as your selling agent we will act in your best interests and make constructive […]

The Best Way To De-Clutter

September 3, 2018

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Even if your house hasn’t been featured on “Hoarders”, clearing out clutter is vital. Buyers want the feeling that if they move into a new home it will be organized, clean and attractive. Even if your home is in good condition, if it’s cluttered, people will think it needs a renovation and that lowers the […]

Why Should You Use a Real Estate Agent

July 23, 2018

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Most people use a Real Estate Agent to sell their property instead of privately, but why should you? An agent’s local knowledge of the market allows them to value your property accurately and realistically.  They will be able to substantiate why your home will sell, the type of buyers that might be interested in it […]

Selecting the Right Salesperson

June 7, 2018

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Using a qualified local salesperson to sell your home is the first step towards obtaining the right balance. A good salesperson can give you an accurate picture of the market, which will help you price your property realistically.  They can advise you on the best way to sell your home & will develop a detailed […]

The Winter Sale

May 28, 2018

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Be brave and be different, and just maybe that sale may come sooner than you think, giving you the opportunity to be buying as a cash buyer just as all the new Spring listings hit the market.   The majority of new property listings tend to start to come onto the market in spring. Equally […]

The Dangers of Over Pricing

May 15, 2018

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Typically, when setting a price, home owners are tempted to ask for the moon with a view to negotiating down with a potential buyer? Make no mistake; we also want you to get the best possible price for your property. However, when a home is priced too high for the market the following is more […]

What Pays Off The Most?

May 9, 2018

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What pays off the most? Here are the top 6 ways of enhancing your property … 1. A well maintained lawn 2. An inviting social area 3. Good quality paths and walkways 4. Decorative trees and shrubs 5. Well kept hedges 6. Nicely designed flowerbeds Renovating a deteriorated kitchen or bathroom often pays off well […]

Testing, Testing, Testing .....

May 8, 2018

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Test it here, test it there, test it everywhere … Colour can be fickle.  It can change depending on its surroundings. Warm beige may look great in a sunny living room but drab in the back rooms. Test colours on every big wall you plan to paint. Use several paint pots and paint colours onto […]

So Many Questions ...

April 16, 2018

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As we head toward winter, which is typically a slower time for the Real Estate market, we are hearing a number of questions ……. Are prices trending up or down? Are homes selling quickly or languishing? Are interest rates attractive? Is the economy hot or cold? Will you be selling in a buyer’s market or […]

A Tropical Theme

February 28, 2018

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With Autumn here and Winter around the corner, it’s fun to dream about a tropical escape.  So why not create one in your own backyard!   There are a variety of subtropical to tropical plants that will thrive in the warmer parts of New Zealand, particularly in sheltered spots.   Good choices are palms, tree […]