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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: How to make street appeal pay off

We recently published a blog about making the most of your budget when renovating a property for sale. While nailing the internal alterations (pun intended!) is very important, so too is presenting an appealing exterior… After all, first impressions count!

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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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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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Case Study: People matter in property management

When it comes to knowing what matters in property management, Iron Bridge Senior Property Manager Michelle Docherty certainly has first-hand experience. Michelle is an Iron Bridge landlord client, as well as a Property Manager employee, so the proof certainly is in the pudding for her, and she firmly believes the personal Iron Bridge service is a step ahead.

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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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HOUSES FOR RENT: How to be an attractive tenant

No, we don’t mean tall, dark and handsome. When it comes to nabbing the rental property that you love, you really do need to make an effort. Prospective tenants are in hot pursuit of great rental properties, and you’ve got to show just why you’d be the best choice for a long-term rental relationship.

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The property market's 'Golden Numbers': net immigration and inflation

In our last blog we promised you two “Golden Numbers”. These two golden numbers are the figures you should take into account when you’re assessing the future direction of the property market here in New Zealand.

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