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7 questions to ask when choosing a real estate agent

Choosing the right real estate agent can be a nerve-wracking decision – especially when everyone claims that they’re the best person for the job. You need some hard-hitting questions to sort out who’s an expert, and who’s just talking hot air. These seven topics should be at the top of your list.

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Investment Property: Time to hold, or time to sell?

Property investors are currently being kept on their toes with regular proposed legislative changes and new compliance requirements. When you add in the slowing real estate market, helped by tougher lending conditions, it’s easy to see why some investors are starting to re-evaluate their rental property portfolio. Could it be time to hold, or sell, when it comes to your investment property?

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Selling a house? Don’t get ripped off with advertising.

If you’re looking to sell your home, it’s crucial that your property stands out from the crowd to entice the buyers. Naturally, some advertising is required. However, there are some common myths which we think need to be busted to ensure you get the results you deserve – without getting ripped off by expensive (and unnecessary) advertising costs.

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Banning Letting Fees: Where does this leave landlords?

The Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill has been a hot topic amongst rental property owners and those in the property management industry. Just like the name suggests, the key purpose of the proposed legislation is to ban letting fees being charged to tenants. It sounds like great news for tenants, but where could it leave landlords?

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What you need to know about meth contamination in homes

We tackled the hard-hitting issue of meth contamination in a series of blogs last year and they proved to be one of the most widely read (and shared) topics on our website. Now, we’ve brought together the key information from our previous articles, along with a few important updates. Whether you own an investment property, or are looking to sell or buy a house, it’s an essential read.

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Market Update – Is now a good time to buy?

Timing is everything when you’re looking to buy a house. It’s hard to know when to enter the market with different (and sometimes seemingly conflicting) statistics being reported in the media. We explain the best ways you can do some solid research of your own, along with a few handy tips to help you obtain that essential mortgage pre-approval.

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Is it worth getting your own LIM?

Buying a home can be one of the biggest decisions you make for your financial future. Just saving for a deposit is a tough challenge, particularly if you live in Auckland. When purchasing a property it is important you carry out your due diligence, and a key part of that is getting a LIM Report.

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How to successfully manage your own rental property

Congratulations, you’ve purchased a rental property! One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether you need a property manager. Some people are great at managing their own property, so why not you? Find out if you’re up to the task with our quick checklist.

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Selling by auction? You may want to think again.

We’re all familiar with the TV real estate shows of packed auction houses and buyers clamouring to place bids. It can look all very glamorous. However, the reality in today’s market is quite different. If you’re considering selling a property by auction, great – but we’d recommend you seriously consider and compare other options too.

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Ensuring your home looks its best when selling

We all know the saying “first impressions count”. When it comes to selling a house, making a good first impression is crucial. It could mean the difference between a flurry of interest – or a few tentative enquiries. Most buyers look for homes that are bright and well cared for. Here are some tips on preparing your property to go on the market.

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