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Reality check on retirement

My years of teaching people how to build a retirement nest egg through residential investment property have shown me that a high proportion of people have no real plan for ensuring their retirement years are secure.

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Real estate advertising: Who should pay?

REINZ (Real Estate Institute of New Zealand) offers training and information for all of its members, some of which is very good. They also send all of its members a monthly industry magazine, which includes a section for training. An article in one edition of their magazine on one hand astounded me, and on the other hand is what you may have come to expect from the real estate industry.

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Selling earthquake damaged properties with claims outstanding

Five years since Christchurch was rocked by that first awful quake there are still hundreds of home owners battling their private insurers for an adequate pay out for their damaged homes.

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Wellington rental market outlook: Spring 2015

Wondering where Wellington’s rental property market is headed? Nick Close leads our Wellington Property Management team, which is responsible for nearly 200 investment properties throughout the region. In this blog, we ask Nick for his opinion on current and future trends for the local rental market.

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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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3 ways professional property managers attract quality long-term tenants

The thought of a lengthy gap between tenants is a sobering one for any landlord. After all, the bills won’t stop just because your rental income does!

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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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5 tips to take the risk out of your rental property

If you’re a rental property owner you’ll have heard stories of horror tenants! No doubt you’ve also imagined that exact scenario playing out at your property.

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Residential Tenancies Act changes: How will they impact you?

A while back the Government announced that the Residential Tenancies Act will be strengthened with new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms. This means there are changes afoot for both landlords and tenants.

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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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