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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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Keeping On Top of the Sales Process

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In hindsight, those for whom the selling process was particularly stressful say that their main gripe is that they didn’t know what was going on throughout the marketing process on account of their agent not being in contact on a regular basis. While lack of feedback about viewings or the marketing process may not mean that an agent is slack, it is inevitably interpreted by anxious vendors as such.

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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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Speak To Your Bank

Hi folks,

Thought I would aim this column at anyone thinking of buying a property whether as a first time buyer or selling to buy elsewhere. This may come as a surprise to regular readers of my musings but the real estate agents are not the most important cog in the buying wheel. We are the people to approach AFTER speaking with your bank or mortgage broker.

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Sales Levels Are Now More Consistent

Hi folks,

I thought it was time to revisit the Upper Hutt market as I haven’t done so for a while and it seems to be the only thing I talk about these days. Memo to self, try to get more of a life!

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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