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My Service Guarantee

Hi folks,

Following on from my last column about choosing an agent when selling your home, you have now interviewed several agents, assessed their marketing programmes and asked locals who have recently sold who they recommend -and you’re still undecided who to choose to sell your home.

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The Right Agent

Hi folks,

Are you thinking of selling your home? How do you choose the agent to do it for you? Many prospective vendors say they choose an agent based on their gut feelings and that having an eye for character helps as it does in any situation where trust is involved. In my opinion trust is the most important element of the sales process or any relationship where communication is at the heart of the transaction. It stands to reason that if you don’t trust the person that is selling your single greatest asset, communication is likely to break down and the sale process is unlikely to produce the best outcome.

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Go Meet the Market

Hi folks,

I have to start with an apology this week and say a large SORRY to a number of people I have spoken to regarding sales statistics in February. I rather foolishly told them that I thought there would likely be around 80 sales for the whole of February. So why the apology? 80 sales wouldn’t be a huge number of sales for the busiest selling month of the year. It’s because I was totally and utterly wrong!!

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Different Methods of Sale

Hi folks,

In my last column of 2009 I discovered that the number of sales in Upper Hutt had decreased substantially, this looks like an ongoing trend that shows no sign of reversing. At the same time we have pundits telling us that prices are up and we are back at the peak market prices. Now this may be true in Central Auckland, but it is plainly and simply not the case in Upper Hutt. We saw some price increases last year but not enough to take us back to where we were.

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What Does a Real Estate Ad Need to Achieve?

Hi folks,

Thought I would talk about property ads this week, a popular topic among my colleagues currently as we enter the listing season. Many people feel that real estate ads often exaggerate the features of the properties advertised. Yet agents frequently report that when it’s their turn to sell, many vendors just can’t help wanting to ‘oversell’ their property by insisting that every feature of their home is highlighted in every ad, or by insisting on ‘four bedrooms’ rather than ‘three bedrooms and a study’. But what does a real estate ad really need to achieve?

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The selling season begins

Hi folks,

Welcome to 2010, a brave new world or much of the same? Ask me in December and I will let you know. So did you enjoy Christmas and New year? Still on holiday mode? Yeah, me too!

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Merry Christmas to Everybody!

Hi folks,

Welcome to my last column for 2009 in what has been an interesting and mixed year for real estate in Upper Hutt. As regular readers will know, the real estate statistics I utilise take a few weeks into the next month to come through, so it is the 23rd December when you read this but I only have November figures.

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A Prediction About the Property Market

Hi folks,

So about 2 weeks ago I heard a real estate commentator on TV3 news telling the world that as a result of sales of property in September throughout New Zealand that the market is back to where it was at the corresponding time in 2007, the peak of the market. His comments were very likely edited so it was unclear but I suspect that he was talking about the Auckland market which is very different to our Upper Hutt market.

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People’s Feelings Around Property Won't Change

Hi folks,

So it looks like we are nearing the end of the recession according to commentators in the media and Alan Bollard the Reserve Bank Governor. Isn’t it nice that we finally have some good news. But hold on what’s this? On September 10th Mr Bollard says that we shouldn’t buy houses?? What on earth is that about?

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Upper Hutt and the National Trend

Hi folks,

I thought it was interesting to note a positive change in the housing marketplace over the last week. It has been reported that the average time to sell a property has fallen sharply from this time last year. Nationally houses took 37 days to sell in July down from 58 in July 08, this is the biggest year on year improvement since 1991 when records began.

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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