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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 […]

The Refining Touches of Summer

January 17, 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. […]

Create a Haven on Your Balcony

November 9, 2017

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If your home has a balcony and limited outdoor gardening space, you can still create a pleasant outdoor living experience. A balcony garden and seating area is fun to design and increases the appeal of your property if you decide to sell. Simple additions such as a patio table and chairs plus potted annuals, small […]

Anticipating the Sale Price

October 30, 2017

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Our agents will price a property only after careful assessment and analysis of recent sales in your area, anticipated market movements and the current market climate. The actual sale price may well exceed our forecast. However we believe our initial quoting range should incorporate your expected reserve and the price estimate. A property’s worth is […]

Putting a Price on Your Property

October 27, 2017

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It has been recognised for some time that there are four prices in the market: ** The Sellers price ** The Agents price ** The Valuation price ** The Buyers price The buyers price is the only “opinion” that will ultimately create a sale. To sell successfully, the question you should ask your prospective salesperson […]

What's Up With Rateable Values?

October 16, 2017

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What’s Up With Rateable Values?   Unless properties are individually inspected, rateable values can be a little erratic. Whoever does the rateable values in your area simply doesn’t have the resources to visit every property when rateable values are due for reassessment. Therefore there has to be some sort of in-house assessment, done with the […]

Intelligent Investing

October 5, 2017

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Choosing the right investment property gives you the potential for income & capital gain. To maximize your return, choose wisely. Always ‘do the numbers’ first. You need to know that an investment property will give you maximum return for your investment, produce income & capital growth. Give yourself some time to watch market cycles & […]

When is the Best Time to Sell?

September 27, 2017

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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, […]