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The House Always WINS: Ben’s Barometer September 2018

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

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Rates And Daylight Robbery: Ben’s Barometer August 2018

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

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Real Estate Magic: Ben’s Barometer July 2018

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

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Real Estate Dreams And Nightmares: Ben’s Barometer June 2018

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

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Rich May, Poor May: Ben’s Barometer May 2018

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

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Let’s Talk Money: Ben’s Barometer April 2018

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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The Canary in the Coal Mine: Ben’s Barometer March 2018

The Canary in the coal mine When a market shifts, people are often left wondering ‘how have...

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Agents of Social Media #humblebrag: Ben’s Barometer February 2018

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? Ben’s Barometer December 2017

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

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Good Question: Ben’s Barometer November 2017

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

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How long is a piece of string? Ben’s Barometer October 2017

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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Get out of my sidebar! Ben’s Barometer September 2017

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

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It’s not a house, it’s a home: Ben’s Barometer August 2017

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

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All Agents Are…… Ben’s Barometer July 2017

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcFruJGfYNs It has been said that climbers who choose to scale...

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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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All real estate agents are scum!

In real estate you spend a fair amount of time driving to and from appointments. So the radio...

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No such thing as a free lunch!

FREE is such a powerful word which is why it is used so frequently and effectively in advertising....

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Broken record

When I started writing Ben’s Barometer back in 2011, I raised the point that home owners should...

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Auckland: The London of the South Pacific?

Our location at the bottom of the world often means that trends can take a little longer to hit our...

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A buyers best guide to property value

The process of buying a house presents all types of challenges. Is it structurally sound? Does it...

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Why Kiwis love property

New Zealanders do have a slight obsession with real estate. In fact, it might be an unhealthy one....

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Can you hold your breath for 6 weeks? 

For those in the industry, the slowing effect that the election had on the property and other...

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Kiwis hate to loose

Kiwis Hate To Loose No matter how much economists dwell on the fact that our housing stock is...

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Property bubble

The problem with any market bubble is that by the time you realise it’s happening the pin is only...

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Japs nicking logs

Growing up in Masterton, one of the most significant events in my memory was the sale of Namu...

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Taking market advice from a taxi driver

A family friend recently told me a story that back in the 1980’s, at the height of the stock...

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Fail to prepare and prepare to fail

A line I commonly hear from vendors when they place their property on the market is “we don’t...

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Cyber War

Sounds ominous, but some of you may have caught wind of the industry backlash in regards to the...

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Accommodation Oversupply

For those of you keen on keeping an eye on new and emerging Wellington developments, you will have...

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