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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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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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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