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Houses Are Still Selling

Hi folks,

As regular readers know, I’m really not a fan of the LVR (Loan Value Restrictions), in fact I would go so far as to say it’s a ridiculous tool used in entirely the wrong way. Think using an LVR sledgehammer to crack an Auckland peanut where the market is on fire and prices have been rising rapidly.

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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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Negotiation Is Not Always About Money

Hi folks,

Vendors and purchasers alike expect that in a private sale, the asking price will be negotiated to take into account the different expectations of the two negotiating parties. Few realise, however, that attributes other than money can also be subject to the negotiation process for a mutually beneficial result.

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Waiting For The Market To Hit Bottom

Hi folks,

Many homebuyers think that if they put off buying a property for a bit longer, they are likely to secure themselves a 'bargain' as the market declines but what happens if the market is stable?

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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

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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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