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Will Raising Deposits for First Time Buyers Help Anyone?

Hi folks,

Today I’m going to offer my thoughts on a current topic in the housing market that will affect both homebuyers and sellers alike. Higher deposits for first time buyers. The media is quite correct to say that the national median selling price is an at all time high, I have no complaints with that as it is factually true. However, what I would like to see is at least a tiny inspection as to why so that we can get an overall picture and not just a good soundbite, especially when a substantial part of the marketplace is about be penalised rather unfairly in my opinion.

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Thought About These Costs?

Hi folks,

In light of recent news from the Reserve Bank regarding changes to deposits for first time buyers I thought I would discuss what else they are likely to pay for apart from the house they will eventually buy. Most first-time buyers are aware that the cost of buying a property is more than the amount they pay to the owner of the property. But how much should they budget for the actual costs incurred during the purchase over and beyond the purchase price?

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Moving to Your New House

Hi folks,

I’ve had an exceptionally busy year so far, last week I was lucky enough to put up 4 sold signs and it dawned on me that would be 8 families moving home, a process, which at the best of times is a bit of a pain to do. So today I’m offering 5 simple tips to consider when going down the moving route.

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The Balance Has Shifted Towards the Vendor

Hi folks,

For those of you involved in the property market, whether buyer or seller I can confirm, for the first time in a long time that the balance has shifted towards the vendor once more. The number of sales is up and the number of listings is way down in Upper Hutt.

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"Price Fixes Everything"

Hi folks,

Having just had my best sales month pretty much ever I thought I would address the issues of overpricing property. Sometimes it could be a real estate agent not doing their homework properly but sometimes vendors go about putting a value on their homes result in unrealistic expectations of the ultimate selling price. 

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Renting Out Your Home To Raise Capital

Hi folks,

As I’m meeting more rental investors of late I thought I would look at the strategy of renting out your home to raise capital and thought I would ask the question “Can you turn your home into a rental?” There are many reasons why homeowners may choose to change their current home into an investment property. Working away seems to be a key component but sometimes people go overseas for an extended period and want their home to be waiting for them on their return, Or perhaps they simply see the financial advantages of holding onto a property when buying another. What are they?

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Best Real Estate Sales in Six Years!

Hi folks,

I haven’t addressed the Upper Hutt market for a while and having recently seen the sales stats I thought this would be a great opportunity to catch up. The first thing to note is that the March 2013 was the best sales month in the last 6 years with 95 sales! This coincides with the lowest levels of stock available for some considerable time showing that the supply demand imbalance may be turning to favour vendors.

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Maximising Income From Rental Property

Hi folks,

Most experienced investors understand that $500 a week for fifty two weeks a year means more money in their pocket than $550 a week with several weeks vacancy during the year. So if maximising income from rental property investment comes from keeping their properties occupied, why do some landlords charge such high rents that their tenants move on whenever they get the chance and new tenants are slow to move in?

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Changes in the Real Estate Market

Hi folks,

As you read this we will be approximately halfway through a glorious 10 day stint of what has been called perfect weather. Isn’t it brilliant? The unfortunate thing for me and most of us is that it comes when we are back at work, which brings me on nicely to the Upper Hutt property market.

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Selling Tenanted Property

Hi folks,

Having had a number of properties for sale over the years that have been tenanted I thought I would discuss the choice vendors have to make when selling, do they sell with the tenants in or should they serve notice and sell without. Let me point out that retaining tenants during a sale certainly keeps the rental income coming in. Also, unless the property is dirty and untidy, it will usually present better with furniture and household items making it look lived in and camouflaging wear and tear.

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If you are considering selling your property in any of the suburbs below, please call or email Steve

  • Akatarawa
  • Birchville
  • Blue Mountains
  • Brown Owl
  • Clouston Park
  • Ebdentown
  • Elderslea
  • Heretaunga
  • Kaitoke
  • Kingsley Heights
  • Mangaroa
  • Maoribank
  • Maymorn
  • Moonshine Valley
  • Mount Marua
  • Pakuratah
  • Pinehaven
  • Plateau
  • Riverstone Terraces
  • Silverstream
  • Te Marua
  • Timberlea
  • Totara Park
  • Trentham
  • Upper Hutt Central
  • Wallaceville
  • Whitemans Valley