Blog - Buying a house

Think your home won’t sell over the summer holidays? Think again

As most of the country grinds to a halt over the Christmas and New Year period and heads to the beach, many people think that the summer break is a terrible time to sell your property. The reality is, it’s actually a time when sellers can achieve very strong results.

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Market Report Real Estate Sales Spring 2016

It’s certainly been an interesting few weeks! First came the US election results and the Reserve Bank cutting the OCR to its lowest-ever rate. Then there were the unwelcomed earthquakes, which will have a long-lasting impact. There’s been a fair bit to keep economists (and everyone else) on their toes. While we wait to see how things shape up, the latest real estate sales figures were also released. We’ve cast our expert eye over the market to give you some valuable insights about how the real estate sector is faring. Our tips for sellers and buyers are a must-read.

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Our top tips for bidding at auction

Auctions are high pressure affairs and this is why if you are looking to buy at an auction, you must be prepared. For the inexperienced, it can be dangerous.

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The Auckland Effect: A buyer's window of opportunity?

There are always windows of opportunity in the real estate market. Some small and others larger.

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Selling property at auction: Quote it low, watch it go?



Bidding at auction is a daunting and expensive prospect. It’s even been challenged on Fair Go as downright unfair, with buyers being 'enticed' to an auction and having to pay for all of their due diligence.

 Selling property at auction: Quote it low, watch it go?

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Keep it conservative: Why a long-term approach works in real estate

These days, conservative is not a word you hear often in regards to real estate. When you see people in places like Auckland raking in hundreds of thousands in profit after owning a home for only a couple of years, it’s very easy to start thinking ‘that’s easy – I should do it!’

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Renovating a property for sale: 5 tips to get the best return on investment

The thought of nabbing a tired property at a reasonable price, doing it up and then selling it on for a tidy profit is a tempting one for many of us. While the process might seem straightforward, in reality making a financial gain requires careful planning and smart decision making – especially where your renovation budget is best spent.

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Auckland’s housing shortage: when will it end?

As the selling price of the average Auckland house hit an all-time record of over $800,000 for the first time, the red-hot Auckland property market is certainly one of the most common topics of conversation at the moment. Amazingly the prices are up nearly 50% from $546,488 at the peak of the last property boom in 2007. We’ve said our piece on this a few times in recent blogs - housing supply and demand is the biggest influencer on where the market will head.

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The reality of property renovation – what TV doesn't tell you

Auction night is the climax of renovation reality TV. The viewers are hooked from the beginning, siding with their favourite teams and watching them transform hideous houses into ‘perfect’ homes. Tension builds, bidding wars begin and the hammer falls leaving a winning couple basking in the glory of a significant profit, for eight weeks of hard slog.

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Real estate agents: Make sure yours is highly trained

Given that they’re trusted with handling the biggest transactions most people make in their lives, you’d expect a high level of training for real estate agents. But alas, in many agencies, that’s far from the case.

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Record net immigration the key driver for NZ property prices

We seem to hear every week from some pundit about a new plan to ease the pressure on the Auckland and Christchurch housing markets, when staring us in the face is the key driver of house price inflation in New Zealand.

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2014 CVs in Auckland - How much weight do they hold when buying or selling property?

With the latest council valuations (CVs) released just a couple of weeks ago, a sense of déjà vu floated around the Iron Bridge office. All the hubbub that ensued over these new 2014 valuations struck me as very similar to the 2011 release. But what do these CVs mean off paper and in the real world of actually buying and selling property?

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