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Tag: Tips On Selling

Buying or Selling? Keep your feelings under control.

Hi folks,

I’ve had an interesting week real estate wise! I’ve dealt with 4 different property negotiations, 3 of which were successful. By that I mean negotiations were completed and sales have been agreed but certainly 2 of them were touch and go as emotions were fried and the deals nearly lost. This led me to ponder about how much of my work is emotive and how easy it is lose track of the ultimate goal of purchasing a home.

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How and Where to Advertise

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Hi folks, I was asked this week, and not for the first time, about marketing and advertising. The costs, the different places to advertise, why we do it and how does a vendor decide which advertising vehicles are worth the money.

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The Five Most Common Reasons Houses Linger On The Market

Hi folks,

A house should always sell in a reasonable time frame or its price is likely to drop as it becomes stale and over exposed to the market. If you think purchasers are losing interest in your property, you need to do something and fast! Start by looking at the five most common reasons houses linger on the market and see if any of them could be holding up your sale.

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Look After That Exterior!

Hi folks,

Many home owners focus on interiors when putting their houses up for sale, especially in winter when it seems too cold to stay outside long enough to have a good look around the property let alone carry out maintenance. But most purchasers start making judgements from the minute they step out of the car and a bad first impression can stay with them when they go inside. The following ideas may help you get your purchasers off to a good start.

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Ask a real estate agent these questions

Hi folks,

So you are getting ready to put your home on the market but how do you choose which agent to use? Do you think we are all the same?

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Is There Life After LVR?

Hi folks,

I thought I would take the time for a look at the numbers in our local market as I haven’t discussed for some time. To my colleagues in Real Estate, look away now as this doesn’t make for pleasant reading! The sales statistics for March are now out and we can see a substantial difference in the number of transactions compared with 2013, the number of residential sales from 1st January to 31st March is 153, this figure is hugely down on the 224 from the corresponding period last year and the 182 in 2012.

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The Resale Value of Good House Design

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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

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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?

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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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Get an Agent, Not a Parrot!

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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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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