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What Next for the Embattled Property Market?

Hi folks,

Well here we are at beginning of 2009, and after the rampant misery of 2008 I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping this will be a far better year. I actually thought 2008 wasn’t too bad looking back, sure there were challenges but I’m reminded of Chicken Little as I write this, in as much as whenever I opened a newspaper or watched the news I assumed the sky was falling in. Nothing but doom, gloom and misery but ultimately the minutia of life went on, the bills still needed paying, the washing had to be brought in, kids picking up from school etc.

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Understading QV figures

Hi folks,

The regular readers of this column will know that I like to talk about the property market sales statistics. I believe as a property professional that it is vital to know as much as I can about my market, its changes, fluctuations and patterns etc. I mention this because recently I have noticed a disparity between the Real Estate Institute figures and QVs figures regarding average/median selling prices which generally come out at the same time every month. The difference between them last month was fairly significant, the REINZ stats showed a median selling price of $285,000 while QV showed an average property selling at $320,000.

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Rental Yields Have Increased

Hi folks,

This week, I would like to discuss rental investments, why? Because as prices have dropped rental yields have increased and at some point in the future property prices will increase as well.

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The Real Estate Market's Peaks and Troughs

Hi folks,

I’ve had an interesting week after the Sunday Star Times carried out 2 stories in its business section stating that house prices had dropped 22.6% in Upper Hutt, interesting because a number of people have asked if it’s true, and if so what next?

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A Great Moment For First Time Buyers

Hi folks,

Well the REINZ residential statistics for property sales in Upper Hutt are out and combined with the latest count of properties for sale in the area, it doesn’t look great for those people selling. It does look good for buyers though with a large supply of great homes for sale.

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Not Good For Some People, Great For Others

Hi folks,

What great week it’s been sporting wise, the All Blacks took the Tri Nations beating the Aussies in Brisbane, the All Whites having defeated the Solomon Islands are now only 2 games away from sealing a place in the 2010 FIFA W orld Cup, The Warriors beating the Storm and moving into the NRL semis. I’m a roundball boy so good to see The Phoenix earning their first point of the season against The Mariners also England hammered the fancied Croatians in Croatia in another FIFA W orld Cup qualifier and it only gets better for me watching the Mighty Liverpool stick it to Manchester United 2-1.

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Behind the Median Price

Hi folks,

Just thought I would let you know that I’m in a good mood today (Monday), I had a pleasant weekend, caught up with friends, held some open homes, placed a property under offer (hi Sandy and Peter) oh and finally spent some time looking at the recent real estate statistics.

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It's a Great Time to Buy!

Hi folks,

Good grief, another week of real estate misery in the papers, I don’t know about you but I am so bored with it all. Just once could the stories go along the lines of "why now is a good time to buy"? It actually is a great time to buy. There is more choice available to buyers and the rate of property price growth has slowed almost to a standstill. Almost, but not quite.

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Is It a Bad Thing to Have Fewer Agents?

Hi folks,

I thought today that I might cheer a few people up and mention an aspect of the property market slowdown that some of you will enjoy. No not the affordability factor coming back, something that for some people is even better. What’s that Steve? I hear you ask. The ever shrinking number of real estate agents!!

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A Return to a Traditional Market

Hi folks,

For those of you who read this on a regular basis, you may have noticed that I haven’t talked specifically about the market for a number of weeks. I’m always happy to and indeed it seems I talk about nothing else while at work, actually I’m pretty much a boring date too as it seems that’s all I seem to talk about when I’m out and bump into people. So to cheer you up, today I will mention the market.

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