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The Resale Value of Good House Design

Hi folks,

Have you ever wondered why some houses sell for a higher price than a similar property in the same street or subdivision? Here are a few thoughts that may explain why.

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Be Clear With Your Agent

Hi folks,

Many experts say that the best selling price is often achieved in the first few weeks of marketing, when the listing is fresh and exciting and all the unsatisfied purchasers converge eagerly on a new possibility. Often vendors think they have little impact on the sales outcome but their input can be crucial and the quality of the relationship between agent and client can make all the difference.

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Should You Buy... or Sell First?

Hi folks,

For the majority of the buying and selling market there isn’t a choice. But as I have been asked the question by a potential vendor, I thought I would try to give a balanced answer as to whether it is better to buy or sell your house first. Selling the home you’re living in before buying another one is the financially safe option in most circumstances.

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Is This a Buyer’s Market?

Hi folks,

The sales statistics for January 2014 are now out and, to my fevered real estate mind, make for some very interesting reading. There were 36 Residential sales in Upper Hutt, down somewhat from 61 in January 2013 and with 366 properties for sale on Trade Me as of the 17th February the question has to asked, is this a buyer’s market?

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A Very Happy New Year to You!

Hi folks,

A very happy new year to you and welcome back to my real estate musings, I hope that 2014 is going to carry on in the same vein as the last 2 years and see further increases in sale numbers in Upper Hutt while sending positivity out into our local market universe.

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Brief Overview of the Real Estate Market in Upper Hutt

Hi folks,

As this is the last column of the year from me I thought I would give a brief overview of the Real Estate Market in Upper Hutt as it stands today. It’s brilliant!

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Get an Agent, Not a Parrot!

Hi folks,

Real estate agents have a strong motivation to quote high when assessing the value of a house for sale, they want the listing! (In fact, the more professional agents don’t do this because it wastes everyone’s time and often leads to a no-sale stalemate.) Sadly, the more unrealistic vendors are about their own property, the more likely it is that agents will feel the need to up the potential selling price. But there are things home sellers can do to encourage frank dealings and make sure agents don’t over-quote to get your house for sale.

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Three Essential Criteria For Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago I offered suggestions on questions to interview the agent who you were considering using to sell your home. These are some more thoughts on that process.

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Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent

Hi folks,

Spring is here and some of you will be getting ready to put your home on the market. If so, how do you choose which agent to use? Do you think we are all the same? If you do then there’s not a lot I can do for you and you should go with the cheapest and stop reading this now.

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Spring Is A Great Time to Sell A House

Hi folks,

It's nearly daylight saving, yay, and with it comes Spring and I think it's fair to say that everybody loves Spring. And the important thing for vendors is that buyers love it too. Days are longer and buyers have more energy to put the plans that have been at the back of the mind all winter into practice. Quite simply, buyers start to come out in larger numbers at this time of the year!

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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