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Five million reasons the economists are wrong

Five million reasons the economists are wrong

Given everything that’s going on at the moment, you could be forgiven for missing that New Zealand’s population just topped the five million mark.  The milestone snuck up on us so fast, in just seventeen years in fact. We almost forgot to pause and think just what will be the impacts of the rapidly increasing […]

Is now a good time to buy?

Is now a good time to buy?

Over the last month we’ve been busy catching up with buyers to see if they still intend to purchase a home. And the overwhelming answer? Yes! So, why is it that some buyers are confident in property and what are the upsides of buying in this market? Off the pace It’s nearly impossible to pick […]

Coronavirus and property

Coronavirus and property

WOW. What a whirlwind of change. Barely three months ago the world was ticking along nicely, the Auckland market was back and booming and stocks were hitting record prices. We had winter getaways booked and Trump was licking his lips with the prospect of re-election. Our new reality? Forget you ever had a plan. And […]

No Pain, All Gain

No Pain, All Gain

The big change this year has been the number of parents looking to buy property for their children. There are two motives driving this change: providing accommodation in a tight rental market and securing a foothold in the investment market. The difficulty for any buyer at the moment is stock levels with only 552 properties […]

Predicting the unpredictable

Predicting the unpredictable

The market is back in full swing and now is the time we all better start looking forward to our Easter break!  We had a great holiday spending time with family but we’re excited to be back for another year in the property market. As we attempt to try and predict the unpredictable, here is […]

The year in review

The year in review

That’s right, we’re hurtling towards party season where the day to day grind makes way for champagne and frivolity.  This month we look at the year in review and share our motto for buying property in 2020. The beginning The year kicked off the same way as 2018 ended but started running out of steam […]

The rise & rise of real estate prices

The rise & rise of real estate prices

It’s been over ten years since the global financial crisis caused a significant correction in our property market. What was interesting about the growth between 2003 and 2007 (which preceded that correction) was as prices increased so too did interest rates.  Now, if you fast forward to more recent times, we’ve had a strong growth […]

Making your conditional offer attractive

Making your conditional offer attractive

Buying a house can be very frustrating especially when it’s your first time. And when it comes to presenting an offer to a vendor, less is obviously more. But with increasing risk aversion, pressure on lending and an insurance industry in turmoil, it is becoming more and more difficult to offer unconditionally. This month, we […]

“You can’t handle the truth”

“You can’t handle the truth”

In my humble opinion, Jack Nicolson’s line: ‘you can’t handle the truth’ is the best quote from the movie, A Few Good Men. In fact, it may just be the best quote from any movie ever. The funny thing is, it’s true. This month we ponder why it is so hard to handle the truth. […]