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Interpreting the real estate Stats of winter


Hi folks,

I’m writing this on a particularly wet and miserable day and I’m counting down the days to daylight saving and brighter evenings (Only 35 to go). Winter on the whole hasn’t been bad for the weather but it has been good for real estate sales with the average number of days for a sale being 28 which is pretty good historically.

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I have won Tommy's Top Agent award. Not for the first time.

totara park

Hi folks

It’s that time of year again when Tommy’s Real Estate has their annual prizegiving and award ceremony and I’m very pleased to say that I have won the Top agent award. It’s not my first and I’m really hoping it won’t be my last so I would like to take this opportunity to thank a couple of people.

The first person is my wife Rosie, it’s fair to say that she must have the patience of a saint to put up with me! How many times have I said "Quiet night in, just me and you and the TV” And then gone back to work until late at night leaving her with our very cute pooch Ollie?  Way too many! I think she’s beginning to like the peace and quiet a bit too much, so I will try and do better. (It’s in writing now so I can’t take that back) The second thanks is to Paige, “Yep no worries, I will watch your game tomorrow” before saying sorry I’ve got to work Saturday morning. (Actually, that’s more of an apology, sorry Paget)

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Moving the family? Make it easy on yourselves!

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Hi folks,

After you’ve cleaned the inside and outside of your whole home in preparation for the big move, it’s probably time to de-stress, rest up and spend some quality time with your family. Here are my top tips to make the whole moving process a whole lot easier.

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I've seen booms and busts. Upper Hutt is in a strong growth phase.

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Hi folks,

As some of you may know, I’ve been doing this job for quite a while. (15 years in Upper Hutt at the end of 2018) In this time I’ve seen a property boom and a property bust, right now, it’s my 2nd NZ boom. Prior to moving here I was selling real estate in West London. I started in 1995 and still tell the story of selling property then for less than it was bought in 1987.

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Stand out in the sea of homes on the market!

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Hi folks,

When it comes time to sell your house, you want the process to go quickly and smoothly, all while getting the maximum value from your home. In competitive markets like Upper Hutt’s today, a few small tweaks can go a long way in setting your home apart from the others on the market. Here are a couple of cost effective methods to spruce up your home and make it stand out in the sea of homes on the market.

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A new year... and the phone is ringing off the hook!

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Hi folks,

So here we are in 2018 talking about property and all I can say so far is “same stuff, different year!”

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What a great 2017! A big "Thank You" to all my vendors and colleagues.

20171201 Martin Street

Hi folks,

This will be my last comment for the year regarding real estate in Upper Hutt and what a great year it’s been for me personally culminating in winning The Margo McCauley Memorial Trophy also known as The Tommy’s Supreme Agent Award. The market has been solid, the number of sales is well down on last year due to another year of Loan Value Restrictions but due to historically low levels of stock prices have more than held their own and increased in most areas and we no longer have to have conversations around negative equity! Unfortunately at the time of writing the stats are not yet out for November

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How do LVR changes affect Upper Hutt real estate?

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Hi folks,

Finally the Reserve bank is easing the Loan Value Restrictions (LVRs) after being put in place originally in October 2013. They were designed to take the heat of a fast rising real estate market, unfortunately it was only fast rising in Auckland. They were relaxed at the end of 2014 and reinstated in October 2016.

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Asking Prices Remain Static

airbnb vs traditional rental

Kiwis now have more choice when it comes to buying a home. An increase in new listings, coupled with static prices indicates the property market is back on track, says spokesperson Vanessa Taylor.

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BookABach, AirBnB... or traditional tenancy?

kingsley heights

Hi folks,

Who doesn’t want to put their feet up and watch their investment property make some money? Listing your home on short-term rental sites like Airbnb and BookaBach can be an excellent way to get great returns on your rental.

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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