Blog - Property market

5 crucial questions you should ask when choosing a real estate agent

Choosing the right real estate agent is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when selling your house. It will determine whether you get a good – or great – result. There are five crucial questions you should ask when selecting an agent.

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Could your property be contaminated with meth?

Methamphetamine or ‘P’ contamination is close to a landlord’s worst nightmare. And if you’re looking to buy or rent a home, it adds a whole new level of complexity. We’ve checked out the facts to give you some important information – including what can you do to detect meth contamination in a home.

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How a lack of FOMO could impact your selling price

‘FOMO’ – or fear of missing out – is an uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling. It has been especially poignant in the property market recently. FOMO tends to kick-in late in the property cycle. The classic example is when buyers feel like everyone else has got on the property ladder, but they are missing out.

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Should I Sell, or Should I Wait?

One of the biggest worries people face when selling their home is trying to predict when the market will be at the perfect position for a successful sale. This isn’t easy. Most people hope they can pinpoint the perfect time when the market is at its peak, if it's the best time of year to present the property, and if it suits their personal circumstances.

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Market Report: Real Estate Sales – Summer 2017

Summer is normally a boom time for property sales. But, as Bob Dylan famously sung, “times, they are a-changin.” Instead of the usual rocketing prices, the market appears to be going through a period of consolidation – particularly in Auckland. Let’s take a look at where the changes are coming from.

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The pitfalls of rear vision reporting in a shifting property market

Just like a loaf of bread, property sales data has a tendency to go stale. Yes, there’s plenty of information and data out there. But is it helpful? Not if it’s looking in the rear view mirror.

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How do you negotiate the best price in the current market?

Over the past few years the booming property market meant that many real estate agents became facilitators when selling houses, rather than negotiators. With willing buyers at the ready, and fierce competition, they simply facilitated the process of finding the highest paying buyer – or highest bidder at auction. Times have changed and we’re now seeing a period of consolidation. If you’re considering selling, it’s crucial that you choose the right type of agent for the current market.

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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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Auckland property: Where to from here?

Opinions are pretty divided on whether the Auckland property market is now at or nearing its peak. Some industry experts and economists that say there is some way to go, are pointing towards to the three fundamentals still being very much in play.

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WINTER PREP TALK: Top tips to protect your property this winter

With winter here and temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time to undertake maintenance on your home or rental property for the weather ahead.

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MARKET REPORT: Real Estate Sales - Autumn 2016

As we head into a usually quieter time over the winter months, it seems the market is doing the opposite, with a steady stream of buyers on the lookout for both family homes and investments. Here’s the latest on what we’re seeing happening in the Auckland (North Shore), Christchurch and Wellington real estate sales markets, at Iron Bridge.

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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.

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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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Christchurch property market outlook: Winter 2015

After several years of post-quake fluctuations in population and property availability, the Christchurch residential property market finally seems to be finding its new ‘normal’ level again.

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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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