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How to present your home when selling

If you’re looking to sell a property, presentation is paramount. Here are some top tips from the team at Iron Bridge Real Estate on how to stand out in the crowd and appeal to potential buyers.

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GUEST BLOG: Special Tax Codes

Phillip Smith is a Chartered Accountant with Enable Business Ltd specialising in tax, in particular, relating to property investment. He talks here about taking advantage of the tax benefits your rental property provides – so have a read, and make sure you’re on the money with your investment property.

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OPEN HOMES #4: How open homes reduce your agent’s negotiating power

Negotiation is probably the most important part of any real estate transaction. If your agent is a trained professional, they’ll be able to negotiate the optimum sale price for the seller, while ensuring the buyer is delighted with their purchase. To be successful in negotiation though, your agent first needs to build rapport with the buyer – and that takes time!

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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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Beware of auction clearance rates

You’ve probably heard the media gauging the state of the real estate market by quoting the current auction clearance rates, which is the percentage of how many properties actually sell at auction.

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NO OPEN HOME, NO WORRIES #3: Promoting your property or your agent?

Open homes are often the method of choice for agents too lazy or lacking sufficient training to prequalify buyers. The reasons for this are varied but if you scratch just a little dirt from the surface it will soon become very apparent why agents are so insistent upon their use. I am sure that some of you are already beginning to wonder just where I am going with this and what possible other reason could there be for conducting open homes other than to show potential buyers through the property? The answer is simple – to prospect for more sellers.

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MARKET REPORT: Rental Properties Early 2016

What’s the latest on rental properties in your area? While there’s been some recent reports that rents have dropped back to January 2015 levels, we’re seeing the exact opposite, with tenant demand increasing in the main centres where we operate.

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Price-fixing pandemonium: What's the solution?

In December last year, 13 well known real estate agencies were faced with charges from the Commerce Commission for alleged price-fixing and anti-competitive behaviour. So what does all that mean?

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NO OPEN HOME, NO WORRIES #2: Choose security, not risk

‘Open Home’ says it all really. You’re opening your home to anyone. So how do you know who’s stepping through the door? There will of course be sticky beak neighbours – and we’ve all done it – but it can get much worse than the nosy lady from next-door wanting to compare interior decorating styles.

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Keep your home safe this summer: Our 6 top tips

In the mad rush to get Christmas together and away on holiday, it’s pretty easy to race off without putting much thought into keeping your home safe while away. So here are our top tips to help you keep your place as safe as possible while you’re off enjoying that summer sun (hopefully)…

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