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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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NO OPEN HOME, NO WORRIES #1: Genuine buyers will come no matter what

Are open homes a necessary evil when selling property? We think not. And we’re pleased to see others are beginning to think the same. A recent Christchurch Press article outlined the reality that not everyone who comes to your open home will be a genuine buyer, despite what the real estate agent may imply. Curious neighbours, passers-by acting on impulse, as well as the occasional ‘real estate tourist’ looking to compare their property and get decorating ideas, will all be walking through your front door.

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6 tips for successful property investment

Knowledge matters in property investment, and some things you will only ever learn through experience. Which is why I want to hand a little of mine over. I’ve invested and worked with property investors for over thirty years now and have seen many a success, as well as the odd investment failure along the way. Most of my clients are mum and dad investors who have steadily built their portfolio over time, rather than the more high risk/reward investors who do it as a profession.

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Location, Location, Location of your agent

In today's modern real estate world, let's look at how important the agency location is. The answers to a couple of questions may help with this: Q - How many properties are sold from the agents window advertising? A - Next to none! Q - How important to a buyer is it where the agent is located? A - Not very.

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Think your home won’t sell over the summer holidays? Think again.

As most of the country grinds to a halt over the Christmas and New Year period and heads to the beach, many people think that the summer break is a terrible time to sell your property.

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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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