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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

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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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7 Tips to Consider Prior to Marketing

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As the first week of spring is upon us and we enter the time of year when, traditionally more properties come to market I thought I would offer 7 tips to consider prior to marketing, these aren’t gospel, just suggestions to enhance and possibly speed up the selling process. They are certainly cost effective, the important thing is to not throw thousands of dollars into your home that may not be required.

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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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Selling in a slow market

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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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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

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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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Empty Houses Sell For Less

Hi folks,

As we are in the middle of winter and I have a couple of empty properties to sell I thought I might offer some thoughts. It’s well known that empty houses usually take twice as long to sell and often sell for less. But why?

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Realism in Pricing is Hugely Important

Hi folks,

In the course of my work I find that realism in pricing is hugely important, the best price may be the soonest sale. In New Zealand today many Vendors of residential property are experiencing a falling in the sale prices of their homes. At times like this it is even more important to price property keenly to sell, as ‘waiting for a better price’ often has the opposite result.

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  • Riverstone Terraces
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  • Te Marua
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  • Totara Park
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  • Upper Hutt Central
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