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The Dangers of Over Pricing

June 5, 2017

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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 […]

Presentation Tips

May 29, 2017

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TIPS ON HOW TO GET YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR PHOTOS & OPEN HOMES It may be a bit overwhelming getting your property ready for people to view but here are some simple tips on where to start: – Clear away: rubbish bins, garden tools, hose, pet bowls, toys, general rubbish – Clear floor spaces, tables/coffee […]

Helicopter Vendors

May 23, 2017

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There is a style of parenting humorously called ‘helicopter’ parenting. Like helicopter parents, many vendors are so emotionally involved with their property they find it hard to hand over control of the sale—even to a professional. Unfortunately, the effect on the sale process can be surprisingly negative. For a start, many vendors insist on taking […]

Price it Right!

May 17, 2017

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Property presents the greatest single purchase most New Zealanders make today.  With a big group of potential buyers out there in our ever-changing market, it can be hard to know what price to set for your property. By working closely with your agent, you will reach a price that reflects both the market value and […]

Break the 'we are moving' news to your children

May 11, 2017

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HOW TO BREAK THE NEWS OF A HOUSE MOVE TO YOUR KIDS … Planning a move may be stressful & remember it’s likely to be a trying time for your children as well. Break the news about moving as soon as possible. Kids need time to get used to the idea of moving, so give […]

Home Ownership

April 26, 2017

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There’s a sentimental side to homeownership. Owning a home allows you to put down roots, both figuratively and literally.  You become part of a neighborhood and community. This means your home will see you through many of life’s important milestones.  Many people   plan on starting their own family and need room to expand and grow. […]

Pet Stress

April 21, 2017

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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 […]

The Great Presentation Advantage

April 6, 2017

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Potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your property. Presentation plays a major part in this process and can add significant value to your property. We will help in any way we can to present your property perfectly: Practical advice and checklists Referrals to gardeners, cleaners, florists etc Innovative storage solutions […]

Is The Offer Too Low?

April 4, 2017

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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 […]

Maximising Space in Your Garage

April 2, 2017

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Does getting something out of your garage involve running an obstacle course or seem more like a treasure hunt? If your garage is on the small to medium size, I guarantee you have unused space within.   The most commonly overlooked storage space is over your head. If you have room beyond the garage door tracks, […]

Modernising Your Bathroom

March 30, 2017

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Bathrooms often become our sanctuary from the pressures of our daily lives, a place where we can relax with a hot shower or soak in the tub and forget about the worries of the world. If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom, here are a few tips: First, consider who will be using the room […]

The Value of a View

March 27, 2017

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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 […]

A Good Agent is Worth the Fee

March 23, 2017

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You’ve sat down in the chair, the dentist is fitting his face mask, and the nurse is standing by.  Suddenly you remember what you needed to tell the dentist. “Oh by the way, I don’t want to pay the full amount for your services?  I mean, I’m only in this chair for half an hour, […]

How to Sell Quickly

March 21, 2017

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Attend open homes to check out other properties for sale in your local area in the same price bracket. What makes them appealing and what turns you off? Present your home well. Cleaning and de-cluttering are the first steps.  With any house sale it is paramount the kitchen and bathroom look clean, fresh and neat. […]

Why Smart Vendors Buy Bigger

March 21, 2017

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Once upon a time, there was a small town in New Zealand with a few hundred homes and some nice folks who all knew each other.  Putting your house up for sale meant tacking up a sign on the front fence. Times have changed. Property ads bombard us from every corner—letter boxes, newspapers, magazines, even […]

Tips for First Home Buyers

March 16, 2017

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What’s the Budget? It seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many buyers don’t start by figuring out how much money they have to spend on their house purchase. It’s easy to show up at open homes but why waste time looking at homes that are out of your price range?   Come […]

When is the Best Time to Sell?

March 14, 2017

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At the back of every seller’s mind is the question ‘is this the best time to sell?’  If you approach this scientifically, you might consider factors like the number of competing properties on the market, the general mood of the market and the general mood of the economy. When it comes to real estate, science […]

Photos from Drab to Fab

March 12, 2017

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They say a picture paints a thousand words.  Good photos will help to sell the property & raise your profile in the mind of purchasers.  Here are some simple tips for better property photos. Watch the shadows:  You’ll probably need to photograph the property at different times of the day.  If you’re lucky, you can […]

Kitchen - The Room That Sells

March 8, 2017

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The kitchen is the one room that can make or break a sale. It is usually the most expensive room in any house, so if you are selling your home, prospective buyers don’t want to see a kitchen that needs a total upgrade. Clear the clutter! If you have more on your kitchen benches than […]

More to Marketing Than Meets the Eye

March 5, 2017

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It is no coincidence that top agents are passionate about achieving the very best results for their clients.  That’s why they are top agents.  The best buyers for a property usually pop up in the first 30 days that it is on the market.  After that ‘golden month’, interest tends to wane. There are two […]