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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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Selling in a slow market

Hi folks,

Many vendors are noticing that in some areas the market is not yet picking up. Selling in a slow market means understanding more than at any other time the importance of timing in getting the highest price. What does this mean?

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Holiday Checklist

Hi folks,

Is yours one of the few houses in the street with an alarm, dog or well-secured doors and windows or where the occupants come and go at irregular times? Then give yourself a big tick for offering the least opportunity to aspiring thieves. But if you are going on holiday over the Christmas period you might want to make your home even less attractive to opportunistic thieves by using this holiday security checklist.

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Selling in Winter

Hi folks,

We are coming to the time of year when the real estate market traditionally picks up and agents everywhere assume we are going into the busy period where more sales will take place. But what happens when we look at all the residential sales in Upper Hutt in both 2011 and 2012?

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What Makes a Good Property Ad?

Hi folks,

Many purchasers report that they feel that real estate ads often exaggerate the features of properties for sale.

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How To Avoid Being Stuck With a "Stale" Property

Hi folks,

In the housing market, the concept of supply and demand – the forces of any marketplace – refers to the ratio of the number of buyers in the market at any given time to the number of houses for sale. In a buyers’ market there are lots of houses for sale competing for a small number of buyers. This means buyers are at an advantage. Properties tend to stay longer on the market, so purchasers have more time to do the research that makes them knowledgeable about exactly what they can get for their money. They have the time and the confidence to try to negotiate hard for a ‘bargain’. In this kind of market, buyers tend to be fussy about standards of maintenance, colour schemes and details that during a sellers’ market they often have to overlook in the race to actually secure a property before the prices rise even higher.

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I’m a Glass Half Full Sort of Person

Hi folks,

To the people that know me I think it’s fair to say that I’m a glass half full sort of person. I was reminded of this in a recent article I read by Paul Clitheroe in the May 2012 issue of Money magazine, in fact I liked what he said so much I’m going to share his thoughts with you.

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Saving For A Deposit

Hi folks,

In recent times the banks have kept interest rates the lowest in NZ history around the 5% mark, but it’s still not that easy to get onto the housing ladder so today I thought I would offer some thoughts on saving the deposit.

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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