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The rise & rise of real estate prices

It’s been over ten years since the global financial crisis caused a significant correction in our...

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Making your conditional offer attractive

Buying a house can be very frustrating especially when it’s your first time. And when it comes to...

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“You can’t handle the truth”

In my humble opinion, Jack Nicolson’s line: ‘you can’t handle the truth’ is the best quote...

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Home Delivery & Real Estate

Humans are naturally lazy. This statement may be somewhat confronting particularly for those of you...

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Choosing Your Real Estate Agent; Does the Brand Matter?

Last month we headed to the sunny Gold Coast for AREC, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest real...

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Uber enters the NZ Real Estate market

Sorry, the heading was click bait. But like Uber disrupted the transport industry, the traditional...

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What is the market value of a property?

It was chance, not aspiration, that saw me major in Valuation and Property Management at...

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Deadline Sales in NZ – Deadline Private Treaty

If you’re thinking of selling your New Zealand property, you will no doubt be considering what is...

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Real Estate Head Winds & The Changing Property Market

I might be guilty of using too many analogies but they’re a great way to paint a picture. For...

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Construction ‘Dirty Words’ – What you should look for when buying a house

In the world of residential real estate, there are some construction materials that have the buyers...

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Death & The New Zealand Capital Gains Tax

The great thing about a good holiday is the ability to escape reality, even for a little while. But...

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What is an RV (Rating Valuation)?

Wellington Property Market - 2018 RVs If you own real estate in Wellington, you will have recently...

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Below Expectations: Is the property market BOOM over?

When the music stops it normally signals the end of the party. New Zealand has experienced a...

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Why Use a Real Estate Agent?

What do you call a group of Real Estate Agents at the bottom of a cliff? A good start! Don’t...

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House Insurance & the NZ Property Market

There is an issue brewing in the Wellington property market and it appears it is completely out of...

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Wellington Council RV & Rates Payments

Wellington City Council Rates For those living within the Wellington City Council boundary, you...

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Real Estate Agent Magic – What to Look for When Choosing Your Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Magic Growing up, there was nothing more exciting than a televised David Copperfield...

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The Hidden Costs of Owning a Rental Property

Real Estate Dreams and Nightmares I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Kiwis love...

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Buying New Vs. Renovating a House

Rich May, Poor May A lot has been talked about the ever-widening gap between rich and poor in...

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The Best Question To Ask a Real Estate Agent When Buying a House

Trying to buy a house isn’t easy. And it can be even harder if you are new to the market and are...

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Signals the NZ Property Market BOOM is Over

The Canary in the coal mine - Signals the Property Boom Is Nearly Over When a market shifts,...

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Is Social Media Necessary To Sell Your House?

There is a new career opportunity directly associated with social media known as an...

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Will the ban on foreign investment affect your house price?

When something is going wrong, or we are unhappy with our position, we look for someone to blame....

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Five Questions To Ask A Real Estate Agent Before You Sell

I really enjoy questions. They give me the ability to address any issues that a potential client...

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How Long Does it Take To Sell A House?

We are often asked ‘how long will it take to sell my house? No two properties are the same so it...

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Digital Advertising And Selling Houses

It came to my attention recently, that roll around mid-afternoon, big takeaway chains bombard our...

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The Seven Best Things to Prepare Your House for Sale

For the movie aficionados out there you may have picked up the subtle reference to “The...

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How Much Does a Real Estate Agent Charge?

Real Estate Agent Fees A recent article published on Stuff once again put the spotlight on Real...

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Building Inspections: Ben’s Barometer May 2017

One of the biggest changes in the residential real estate industry is the reliance on building...

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When you’re hot you’re hot: Ben’s Barometer April 2017

When you're hot you're hot, but when you're not... It appears that the property market has had its...

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Alternative Facts: Ben’s Barometer March 2017

Alternative Facts January 20th 2017 will go down history for two reasons. Firstly, and perhaps...

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Feeling the cool: Ben’s Barometer February 2017

Feeling the cool The latest figures out from the major data companies have highlighted a...

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Now is your time: Ben’s Barometer December 2016

The last sixteen months have been tough work for buyers. Turning up to open homes five minutes...

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Back To The Future Part II: Ben’s Barometer November 2016

Back to the future Part II Whenever I am asked “what do you think the market is going to do?”...

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5 Top Tips for selecting your agent: Ben’s Barometer October 2016

As the spring market heats up, many of you will have started researching agents to sell your home....

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Turning off the tap: Ben’s Barometer September 2016

Normally when our property market is experiencing rapid growth, the Reserve Bank seek to steam the...

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The Unqualified Expert: Ben’s Barometer August 2016

Whenever there is hype in a particular sector of the economy, the media approach unqualified...

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The Big Freeze: Ben’s Barometer July 2016

There has been a lot of talk recently about New Zealand’s ‘property crisis’. This...

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The deadly descent: Ben’s Barometer June 2016

It has been said that climbers who choose to scale the mighty Mt Everest actually face the most...

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The $750k cup of coffee

I picked up a copy of the Dom Post property section recently and was surprised at how dated this...

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A Pinch of Rateable Salt: Ben’s Barometer April 2016

A pinch of rateable salt. For those who don’t live in Wellington, or read the Dominion Post, you...

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Making it like ‘The Donald’

The answer to a question I am often asked ‘What makes a good property investment?’...

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How to WIN the property Lotto

Real estate agents are very good sharing their ‘lotto stories’. They are the ones where the...

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$50,000 made in a day

For those in the Wellington City Council region you will now have received your latest council...

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Caveat emptor, YEAH RIGHT

Distrust in sales people spans the centuries. Only the other day we were reading an historical...

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One Year Warranty

My father-in-law owns a restaurant and he was telling me that the chest freezer he purchased just...

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Apart from shaving and checking that my tie is straight, I hardly look in the mirror.  It’s only...

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Brain vs. Computer

Brain vs. Computer Technology allows us to perform tasks with more efficiency while at the same...

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Private sales save you thousands!

Private sales save you thousands Private sales are fantastic.  They can save you tens of...

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The best burger in the world

Did you know the Kobe beef burger from the Park Hyatt in Tokyo has been voted the most popular...

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