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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. […]

Home Delivery & Real Estate

Home Delivery & Real Estate

Humans are naturally lazy. This statement may be somewhat confronting particularly for those of you who are self-motivated and hard working. But underlying all that, the preference, as a species, would be to do a lot less. Back in the day the ability to retain food stores meant survival during times of shortage. These days, […]

Choosing Your Real Estate Agent; Does the Brand Matter?

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 estate conference.  I know the thought of three thousand agents in a room would send shivers down the spines of many, but that is neither here nor there. It was an interaction I had with a Canadian couple en […]

Uber enters the NZ Real Estate market

Uber enters the NZ Real Estate market

Sorry, the heading was click bait. But like Uber disrupted the transport industry, the traditional real estate model has endured its fair share of attacks. There’s no denying that real estate is a lucrative industry. And anytime large sums of money are at stake, there will be people looking for a slice of the pie. […]

What is the market value of a property?

What is the market value of a property?

It was chance, not aspiration, that saw me major in Valuation and Property Management at University. Faced with the prospect of picking a specialty, a group of friends and I decided that following in the path of ‘Greg’s dad’ the valuer, seemed like a reasonable option. Given the old adage of strength in numbers we […]

Deadline Sales in NZ – Deadline Private Treaty

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 the best method of sale. An experienced real estate agent will be able to recommend the method which is most suited to your property and likely to get you the best price for your sale. Your decision may […]