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Everything landlords need to know about new insulation laws

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM

As a landlord, you want to give your tenants the best living space possible - so it's important that you stay on top of all the latest housing rules and regulations. The Healthy Homes Standard (HHS) is one such regulation that landlords need to be on top of, particularly because some of these sta..

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Topics: Managing Property

May property update: Queenstown peaks, Auckland dives

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 27, 2019 10:30:00 AM

It takes a lot of background research to make the right property decisions, whether you're selling or buying. However, it can be challenging to stay on top of the property market as it's always moving, month to month.

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Topics: Market Trends

What you need to know to move on from your lifestyle block

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 13, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Living on a lifestyle block is an excellent way of life - for those who have the time to dedicate to the expansive property. Many, however, find that they are a lot of hard work to keep up with, especially approaching retirement. The maintenance involved with owning a large block of land can be e..

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Topics: Selling

Five top ways to increase your home's value before a sale

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 12, 2019 10:30:00 AM

If you're thinking about selling your home you've probably asked yourself dozens of questions. Is this the right time? What's my place worth? What's the market doing right now? Do I need help or should I sell myself? Is it worth renovating to increase my property's value?

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Topics: Selling

April property report: Auckland falls and the regions rise

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 30, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Do you own a home or an investment property? Or are you waiting to enter the market, keen to take that first step up the property ladder? 

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Topics: Market Trends

Using online valuation tools

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 24, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Thinking of selling your home? Perhaps you want to move into something bigger and better that'll meet your needs for the next decade or so? Or maybe you've got a new job and are relocating to a new area.

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Topics: Investing

What's involved in managing your own investment property?

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 16, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Self-managing your own investment property is possible, but it's not for the faint of heart. You'll have to spend considerable time choosing the right tenants, dealing with problems, familiarising yourself with legislation, organising tradesmen for repairs and maintenance and much more.

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Topics: Managing Property

Can you trust online property valuations?

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Selling your current home and buying a new property can be challenging. You might be worried about getting a bigger mortgage, or unfamiliar with the process of selling a property. You might also have no idea what your current home's worth is - which is why many head online to check out free prope..

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Topics: Selling

March market update: Auckland's transition to buyer's market while most regions continue to grow

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

There are few better ways to store and build wealth for retirement than property investment. With that said, making property work takes a lot of time and you'll need to know your local market well to ensure you make the right decisions. 

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Topics: Managing Property, Market Trends

Sellers: Avoid these 5 buyer turnoffs for a successful sale

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 11, 2019 10:30:00 AM

When you sell your property you'll obviously want to get the best price possible. To do that you'll need multiple prospective buyers and interested parties - the more you have the higher your eventual sale price is likely to be. 

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Topics: Selling, Investing

How to build wealth with property investment: Part 2

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 4, 2019 11:30:00 AM

A third of total investment in New Zealand goes into property , making it by far our nations most popular investment class. There's a good reason for this - property can be a brilliant way to build wealth if you know what you're doing.

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Topics: Investing

February property market update

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 28, 2019 11:11:00 AM

There are few better ways to save for retirement or grow your nest egg than property investment. However, investing isn't easy - it takes a lot of time and effort to succeed.

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Topics: Market Trends

5 essential rules for buying a successful property investment

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 21, 2019 11:11:00 AM

Owning an investment property isn't hugely difficult - but succeeding can be. It takes time, expertise and effort to select, organise, manage and maintain the property, deal with tenants and ensure your investment is performing as it should be. 

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Topics: Investing, Buying

A guide to buying a commercial property investment

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Most property investors don't even consider commercial property - to the uninitiated, it seems overly complex, expensive and risky. 

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing

Everything you NEED to know before buying off the plans

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 7, 2019 11:45:00 AM

With property prices, the way they are, finding a home in a good neighbourhood, that you can see yourself in long term can be a challenge. In fact, buying the right place without compromising on quality and location is often near impossible. 

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Topics: Buying

10 things know before purchasing an apartment

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 28, 2019 11:11:00 AM

When you've got other expenses to take care of like holidays and kid's schooling but don't want to sacrifice on location - buying an apartment is a brilliant option.

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Topics: Investing, Buying

How to build wealth with property investment (Part1)

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 21, 2019 11:11:00 AM

 

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Topics: Investing

How to avoid expensive mistakes often made by new landlords

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 14, 2019 11:30:00 AM

There are few better ways to gear up for retirement and build wealth than buying and holding property long term in New Zealand. As lucrative as it can be, managing the property and tenants yourself is often difficult, time-consuming and stressful. But we're here to help you avoid that stress as b..

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing

Buying with friends or family? Here's what you need to know

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 7, 2019 2:00:00 PM

As a first or second home buyer, you probably want a property that leaves your family room to grow, in a neighbourhood that you'd like to live in - with good schools, cool cafes and friendly neighbours. High house prices mean it can be tough to find that perfect place. 

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Topics: Buying

NZ property market update: Wellington and Dunedin shine

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Keeping up with the market is essential to your success as an investor, whether you're looking to buy new property, sell your current investment or improve your rental returns. 

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Topics: Market Trends

Top tips to get started in property investment

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 17, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Have you ever thought about investing in property? If you've got a sound strategy it's a great way to build wealth for your retirement and make your money work for you.

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Topics: Investing

Where are the best industrial property investment areas in NZ?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 10, 2019 12:00:00 PM
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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

Why buying a second home is easier than the first

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM
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Topics: Buying

Are all property managers dodgy?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM
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Topics: Managing Property

4 key steps to follow post offer on your property

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A growing family, new job or a change in lifestyle... whatever the reason, you know it's time to sell up and move on. Selling a home is very different from buying a home. Unlike the emotion involved when buying a house to live in, selling is all about maximising potential profit so you can get th..

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Topics: Selling

The changing face of property management

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 6, 2018 4:30:00 PM

New Zealand's property management landscape is subject to significant change. Legislation changes regarding property are hard to keep up with, let alone comply with. But once these changes are in place, it'll be important for you to ensure you're following suit. 

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Topics: Managing Property

Auckland a buyers' market as listings increase

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM
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Topics: Market Trends

Family home vs investment property, what's the difference?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 22, 2018 10:43:07 AM

For many Kiwis today, getting a step up the property ladder raises the question of investing in a family home versus an investment property.  Perhaps you can live where you really want to by renting, but own somewhere else (wisely)?

Whether you're preparing for retirement, your family's future, t..

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Topics: Investing

Are you selling or settling?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 7, 2018 2:30:19 PM

Every homeowner wants the best possible price when selling their property. A number of factors come into a sale price, and while you may feel you know your property's true worth, potential buyers can see things differently.

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Topics: Selling

What you need to know before buying off building plans

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 29, 2018 4:35:03 PM

Looking to buy a home? Here's something to consider at the start of your buying journey: will you buy an existing home, or buy off the plan?

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Topics: Buying

5 traps to avoid for first home buyers

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 15, 2018 4:17:00 PM

You're ready to venture into the market and take your first step onto the property ladder. Buying your own home is an exciting time but it can also be a daunting task, full of complexities if you're unprepared. 

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Topics: Buying

New Zealanders are back into the housing market

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 9, 2018 4:17:30 PM

If you’re considering a move on the property ladder, now is looking like a great time to do so, as listings soar in several regions across the country. 

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Topics: Market Trends

5 steps to a swift sale

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 2, 2018 10:56:20 AM

You’re ready to sell your house. Perhaps the kids have left home and you need to downsize and you’d like a change in lifestyle or it’s simply time to buy your dream home. Whatever the reason, your current home no longer suits your needs and it’s time to sell. 

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Topics: Selling

Change alert for those renting on Airbnb or Bookabach

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 27, 2018 9:56:28 AM

If you own a property and are considering renting it out through websites like Airbnb or Bookabach, proposed changes to rates could affect you. Under new council regulations, homeowners who rent out their properties for short-term bookings will be required to pay higher rates.

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

Early spring market for Auckland and Canterbury

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 13, 2018 9:47:07 AM

August was a month of record highs and lows in housing, with signs of an early spring market in two of the country's biggest centres. 

During the month, asking prices reached record highs across many of the regions, while half registered all-time lows in the number of houses listed for sale. 

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Topics: Market Trends

Where should I buy an investment property in NZ

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 9, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Rental properties are a great investment   if you make good choices. Before buying your next property you first need to do your homework to make sure it will be worth your while and provide a good return.  

As part of the buying process you need to consider: the current New Zealand property mark..

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Topics: Investing

Is my first home in reach?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 4, 2018 11:36:04 AM

Climbing house prices, a growing population and increased demand for affordable properties — it's no surprise many young Kiwis are worried they won't be able to afford their first home. Buying a property was once considered a rite of passage for all New Zealanders, but many feel it's become an al..

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Topics: Buying

Why is my property not selling?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 24, 2018 11:22:45 AM

Whether it's your first time or you've sold multiple properties before, putting your home on the market is a big decision. There's a lot to consider and understandably you want to make sure you get the best possible result. After all, getting a good price for your property will set you up for the..

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Topics: Selling

Tips for landlords taking on a first time renter

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 10, 2018 8:20:00 AM

Being a landlord is a great way to earn additional income, but it also presents its own set of challenges - from problem tenants to maintenance costs.When it comes to sidestepping problem tenants, references from previous landlords are critical. But, how do you deal with first-time tenants who do..

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing

Buying from afar: What you need to know when buying out of town

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 3, 2018 1:40:54 PM

Living in Auckland can be challenging. While you might love the long hot summers, beaches and vast range of restaurants and entertainment the city has to offer, it all comes at a price — namely, the high cost of property. It's no surprise then, that more and more Aucklanders are looking outside t..

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Topics: Buying

Are you ready to start your own real estate agency?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 30, 2018 10:13:41 AM

You're a successful, experienced real estate professional, proud of the results you consistently achieve for your clients. While you love your job and the fast-paced property industry, you feel like it's time for a change in direction.

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Topics: Recruitment

Auckland records a fall in new listings and asking prices are back to 2017 levels

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 23, 2018 9:20:44 AM

In June, the level of new property listings fell significantly across the nation compared to the same time last year, yet asking prices and buyer interest continued to remain steady, according to realestate.co.nz's latest findings.

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Topics: Market Trends

What a ban on letting fees means for the rental market

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 13, 2018 1:16:06 PM

Property can be a great investment, but it can also be a time consuming one. As a landlord managing your own property, you're tired of being time poor and the stress of dealing with all the demands involved. The pain of dealing with tenants, inspections, maintenance, rent arrears, confrontations,..

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing, Market Trends

What you need to know about selling a plaster home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 5, 2018 9:02:03 AM

If you've sold properties before you know what the process entails, but even if you haven't you might still have some concerns that are preventing you from taking that first step. Those trying to sell plaster homes can be particularly worried about how its stigma could affect the sale. You know e..

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Topics: Selling

What to consider when purchasing a lifestyle block

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 2, 2018 4:42:30 PM

Trading the city for country life is a dream shared by many Kiwis, and for good reason. There are so many things to love about rural living. 

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Topics: Selling

What you need to know about using KiwiSaver to purchase your first home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 22, 2018 12:03:36 PM

You've decided property ownership is for you and after a dedicated effort to save for a deposit, you're finally ready to take the plunge — with some help from KiwiSaver. 

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Topics: Buying

Buyers continue to feel the pressure as the shortage of properties grow

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 8, 2018 2:53:19 PM

The widening gap between supply and demand in the New Zealand housing market continues to increase, and it's causing a shortfall of homes.  

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Topics: Buying, Market Trends

Fieldays advice from a Professionals agent on selling your lifestyle block

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 5, 2018 11:54:15 AM

Whether you're an agricultural professional or simply call a rural lifestyle property home, Fieldays has something for you. Held in Hamilton on June 13-16, Fieldays is the Southern Hemisphere's largest agricultural event, bringing together cutting edge technology, latest innovations, and relevant..

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Topics: Selling

Aucklander's continue to hunt in more affordable NZ regions.

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 16, 2018 10:04:10 AM

As autumn draws to a close, the New Zealand property market continues to undergo significant changes throughout the major centres and smaller regions. Let's look at the highlights.

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Topics: Market Trends

Is selling my investment property the right thing to do?

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 7, 2018 11:29:16 AM

Owning a rental property can be a great investment that brings cash flow and capital gains. However, over time the market and your personal circumstances can change, impacting your investment. This might be the time to reconsider whether being a landlord is right for you.

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Topics: Selling

How to add value to your rental property

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 2, 2018 3:17:06 PM

As a landlord you want to get the most out of your property. A rental is a significant investment, but done right it can yield huge financial rewards now, and for years to come.

Making the right renovations to your property will add value and allow you to increase your monthly earnings. These cha..

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Topics: Investing

What not to do when investing in property

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 26, 2018 9:44:55 AM

Perhaps you’re saving for your retirement and wondering how to do this while still covering two mortgages or you’ve always been interested in property investment but don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re already a landlord and want to expand your portfolio. Whatever your motivation, putting you..

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Topics: Investing

When selling your house doesn't go to plan.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 20, 2018 11:35:54 AM

While all sellers are hoping (and doing everything they can) to achieve the dream end result, sometimes things can deviate from the best-case scenario and become a bit of a nightmare.

Your best plan of attack when selling your home is to make like a scout and ‘always be prepared’ – prepared for ..

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Topics: Selling

Benefits of using an agent to value your property

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 12, 2018 8:34:52 AM

If you’re looking to sell your home, you have several options at your fingertips when it comes to valuing your property. These include accessible online data as well as traditional valuation providers - real estate agents. 

With evolving technology, it can be hard to know where to start and which..

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Topics: Selling

NZ housing market continues to surge

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 4, 2018 12:56:49 PM

The housing market bounced back in February with prices and volumes of houses sold ahead of the same time last year. Latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show strong growth across the country, indicating a property market in great shape.

 

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Topics: Market Trends

What's really involved in being a New Zealand landlord?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 26, 2018 4:25:39 PM

Quick tips for anyone new to running an investment property.

Oh the elusive passive income; does it really exist or is it a fable? Perhaps that tidy little brick and tile could be your mythical golden goose? That handy to the motorway, low maintenance unit – could it be the caviar on your retirem..

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Topics: Investing

How to choose the right agent to sell your home.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 19, 2018 9:52:00 AM

Finding your perfect match when hiring an agent

So you're looking to sell your property and looking for a real estate agent. Part job interview, part blind date, choosing the right agent to partner with takes a very worthy investment of time up front, but one which will likely save you stress, t..

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Topics: Selling

Getting behind The Big Hoot

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 13, 2018 9:04:15 AM
Giving back to communities is a big part of what we do at Professionals, which is why we’re extremely proud to be supporting the innovative event, The Big Hoot.
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Tips on getting your finances ready when buying a property.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 2, 2018 3:38:06 PM

Understanding your financial capabilities when it comes to selling your home and buying a new one, can be a bit like setting off on an adventure into the unknown.

So whether you’re looking for your first home, investing in a rental or you’ve grown out of your current home; it’s a good idea to gat..

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Topics: Buying

Top tips on selling your home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 19, 2018 11:48:02 AM

Thinking about selling but haven’t made a move yet? Our video series could help...

Chances are, your reasons for holding off making the big decision to move are many and complex – a daunting mix of “too hard basket” – knowing the time, emotional and physical effort required will be huge if you’re..

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Topics: Selling

5 things you need to know when buying a home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 8, 2018 11:24:49 AM

If you’re new to the world of property, buying a house for the first time can be an exciting and an overwhelming prospect. From getting your finances in order, to making an offer and understanding your legal obligations; it’s a complex process with many aspects to consider.

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Topics: Buying

How to get ready to sell your house. Tips for Kiwi home owners.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 7, 2018 7:05:00 AM

You've decided to sell your house...but are you ready for the journey ahead? Here’s what you need to know to get everything organised and to get yourself mentally prepared for becoming a vendor-extraordinaire!

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Topics: Selling

Can you really manage your property on your own? 

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 2, 2018 3:01:00 PM

It’s been a stressful week at the office which has left you longing for the rapidly approaching weekend.

Ahh the weekend; a time for sleep-ins, family brunches and perhaps a game of tennis. Or is it time to sit down with your lawyer to go through the finer points of the New Zealand Residential T..

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing

Property market growth looks set to continue in 2018

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 25, 2018 9:02:00 AM

 

New Zealand’s property market is in great shape and there’s more to come. Following the turbulence of fluctuating markets, legislative changes and political activity in 2017, the national real estate market settled into a positive position as last year drew to a close.

 

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Topics: Market Trends

What our real estate agents would never do when selling their own home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 18, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Insider knowledge from the people who have been selling homes for over 20 years.

It goes without saying that real estate agents have a lot of experience selling other people’s houses. But what happens when it comes to putting their own home on the market?

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Topics: Selling

New Zealand real estate predictions for 2018

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 9, 2018 9:03:00 AM

As we head into 2018, property watchers can expect a number of changes to the current climate, some of which have already been set in motion by the new Labour-led Government.

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Topics: Market Trends

Why the property market is looking up for buyers

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 19, 2017 9:15:00 AM

There are only a few days left of 2017, but what a year it has been for the property market. It will be remembered as one of extreme highs and lows in the housing cycle. A General Election, immigration and building costs all had an affect, putting pressure on prices and influencing stock levels. ..

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Topics: Buying, Market Trends

How to get your property investment game plan together

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Talk to any successful property investor and you’re likely to hear the same advice: achieving your goals has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with planning. Arming yourself with the right information and having a rock solid game plan in place is the best way to ensure you make good in..

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Topics: Investing

Choose the ‘A Team’ for property investing

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 6, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Kiwis have always had a love affair with property and understandably so. Bricks and mortar are an appealing investment that can help you build wealth and generate an income as you move towards retirement.

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Topics: Investing, Recruitment

New to property investing? Find out how to get started!

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 28, 2017 9:51:49 AM

Next to owning your own home, investing in property has long been a goal for many Kiwis. Why? Well, aside from the fact that our love affair with land and property ownership is part of our DNA, property investment has significant financial benefits. It’s an excellent way to create wealth and a pa..

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

Mike's view on property investment post election 2017.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 22, 2017 10:23:02 AM

I recently asked BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander to comment on what we can expect economically and from a property investor perspective in light of our new coalition Government.

He reflected that while attempts will be made to build 10,000 affordable houses per annum they will fail due to a la..

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

Three steps to help you choose the right investment property

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 22, 2017 9:01:00 AM

If you’re hunting for an investment property for the first time it can be a little tricky to know what exactly you're looking for. The process can start to feel a little time consuming, especially when you realise there’s so many different options available.

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Topics: Investing

Post-election thoughts on property investment from BNZ’s Tony Alexander

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 15, 2017 9:03:00 AM

We know you have been waiting to hear how the election results are going to affect your property investment decisions so I’m delighted to introduce to you the Bank of New Zealand’s Chief Economist Tony Alexander. Tony has reflected for us some of his ideas on the election results and what it mean..

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

A dummy’s guide to understanding the New Zealand Residential Tenancy Act (RTA)

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 7, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Unless you’re practicing property law you’re probably unaware of the ins and outs of the New Zealand Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). While this isn't exactly bedtime reading it’s key for landlords to have a basic understand of what it means for them   and their tenants.

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

5 Quick tips for first time home buyers

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 1, 2017 9:14:00 AM

Buying your first home is an exciting first step into a new stage of life. Yet as you’ll probably be feeling a mixed bag of emotions, it helps to have a good overview of how the whole process is going to look. So we’ve put together five tips for those entering the market for the first time.

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Topics: Buying

Forget what you’ve heard about a cooling market - NZ house prices are continuing to heat up

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Despite recent reports of the housing market beginning to cool, house prices in New Zealand are very much still on the rise. Yet according to data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand fewer properties have been sold – in August, not a single region saw an increase in the number of proper..

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Topics: Market Trends

September statistics show a stable buyers market

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you’re looking to a move onto the property ladder then now is looking like a great time to do so. September statistics are pointing towards a stable market, especially in Auckland.

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Topics: Buying, Market Trends

Rental properties: to DIY or property manager?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As Kiwis we love to be a little bit DIY. Owning a rental property is about much more than just watching the money roll through each week. Maintenance, tricky tenants, and hoarders can be all part of the package and need to be handled well if you want a great return on investment. If you’re feelin..

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing

Auction, Negotiation, or Tender: Which is best for me?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 20, 2017 10:06:46 AM

Deciding how you're going to sell your home is one of the biggest decisions you can make along your sales journey. And as you may feel unfamiliar with the selling process it can be hard to know what method is going to be most effective for you.

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Topics: Selling

Auckland market cools as Regions heat up

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 13, 2017 10:26:32 AM

If you’re a regional homeowner, the latest key market indicators suggest now could be a good time for you to sell. With many potential buyers being priced out of main centres like Auckland, demand has heated in the regions as people start to consider it a good alternative.

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Topics: Market Trends

Stay rent ready with the Healthy Homes bill

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 6, 2017 9:22:20 AM

If you own an investment property , it’s important to stay up to date with the latest property management legislation. And while you want to ensure your property remains rent ready, understanding and being aware of legal changes can be tricky and time consuming.

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Topics: Investing, Recruitment

Which home loan is right for you?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 30, 2017 12:53:43 PM

When buying your first home, it’s key to choose a loan that best suits your financial situation. Ideally, you’d have a basic understanding of the different loans available, but this can easily become confusing and add to the uncertainty of the buying process.

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Topics: Buying

Is Spring really the best time to sell your home?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 23, 2017 10:12:25 AM

Seasonality in real estate is worth considering- don't rule out the cooler months of the year, especially if your home is elevated and sunny pretty much all year round. There are plenty of buyers in the market in Autumn and Winter and less competition. So consider the choice to be brave and diffe..

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Topics: Selling

Rural market indicators show now is the perfect time to sell

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 16, 2017 9:41:52 AM

Maintaining a large plot of land or a lifestyle block can require a lot of time and hardwork. There comes a time when the natural progression is to downsize to something smaller.

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Topics: Selling

Selling your home? Here’s how you can list your property like a pro.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 9, 2017 9:50:02 AM

If you’re selling your home for the first time it’s understandable to feel a little unsure about the whole process. You probably have plenty of questions around entering the market, and how to ensure you get the best price possible.

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Topics: Selling

Could apartment living be your next move? Apartment numbers on the rise.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 2, 2017 2:08:41 PM

Gone are the days when apartments were just for students and young professionals. With many now designed for a range of lifestyle stages and needs, an apartment can be a great option for a first step onto the property ladder.

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Topics: Market Trends

What to expect when selling a home in New Zealand

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 26, 2017 9:41:24 AM

When the time comes to sell your home, it’s key to approach the process with clarity and confidence. It’s important to understand each step as you work towards selling your property. This blog aims to make the journey a little easier to follow as we look at the selling process from start to finis..

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Topics: Selling

Get open home ready with these 5 top tips

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 19, 2017 10:26:34 AM

In today’s increasingly competitive market, in order for your home to sell it needs to stand out and impress by ‘wowing’ potential buyers. Your open home is the perfect time to do this. It’s your opportunity to show your buyers why your house is the perfect property for them.

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Topics: Selling

Can you afford to move?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 12, 2017 11:25:38 AM

When it comes time to sell your home, preparation is vital- especially in getting your finances into order. As you begin your selling journey, it’s important you have a realistic idea of how much it’s all going to cost.

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Topics: Selling

Are you ready to move? Take the test!

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 5, 2017 10:10:46 AM

 

Should you stay or should you go? Take our test to see if now is the right time for you to make the move.

Tell tale signs that it’s time to sell up for ‘greener pastures’ are when your home stops being something you gush about to a friend over morning coffee, or you're late for work because y..

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Topics: Selling

May statistics show: It’s a buyer's market out there

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 28, 2017 10:38:51 AM

Following April reports, May numbers continue to show that it is a great time to get on the property ladder. An increase in housing stock along with stable asking prices means buying your first home is beginning to look a little easier. This blog will explore what the latest data around New Zeala..

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Topics: Buying, Market Trends

To buy or to sell – which comes first?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 21, 2017 10:12:08 AM

Selling your first home can present an assortment of emotions- from anxiety to sheer excitement. You’re most likely at a stage when you want something bigger and brighter and you want to just get started. As a result, it’s easy for people to rush into a decision that may not be the wisest. So the..

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Topics: Selling

Agent or go it alone? 
A reality-check for (first) home sellers.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 14, 2017 9:32:51 AM

Like any true blue kiwi, you pride yourself on turning your hand to most things. Selling your wheels at the car fair – no problem. Turning your old couch into cash – too easy. You worked in retail to pay your way through university; so you are, by definition, a pro at this selling lark! But what..

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Could now be the perfect time to get on the property ladder?

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 24, 2017 10:11:00 AM

If you’re considering buying your first home, recent changes in the real estate market mean it could be a great time to do so — especially in Auckland. With prices flattening out and an increase in stock available, buyers can have confidence that the housing market has turned in their favour.

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Topics: Market Trends

Buying an investment property- What you need to know

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 17, 2017 11:01:08 AM

Buying an investment property can be a smart and lucrative decision. Choose the right property and you’ll be putting extra income into your pocket for your retirement, but choose the wrong one and it can be a costly mistake.

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Topics: Investing, Buying

Selling Lifestyle vs. Selling Residential: What's the difference?

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 10, 2017 2:12:49 PM

However you look at it, lifestyle property is hard work. You love your house and you’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it, but now you’re starting to think it’s time for a change. Perhaps your family circumstances have changed and you’re looking to downsize. Whatever the reason, the des..

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Topics: Selling

March exceeds February’s residential listings: Could now be the time to sell?

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 3, 2017 10:06:00 AM

For only the second time in a decade nationally, the number of new residential listings in the month of March exceeded the number of new listings for February.

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Topics: Market Trends

Law abiding landlords: Know your responsibilities under new tenancy regulations

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 26, 2017 9:00:13 AM

If you’re a landlord who’s managing a rental property (or several of them) yourself, you know how time consuming it can be. Even when tenants are a dream, landlords who self-manage their properties still have a lot on their plates: conducting regular inspections for your insurance, keeping up wit..

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Topics: Investing

11 key things to look for in an ideal tenant

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 19, 2017 10:12:24 AM

Not all tenants are created equal, and as a landlord, taking the time to choose the right one can help to protect your investment. Avoid the pain of costly evictions, non-payment, and damage to your property, by finding the right tenant the first time round!

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Topics: Investing

Selling your home: Three ways to prevent common pitfalls

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 12, 2017 10:36:52 AM

As a seller, you and your agent are doing everything you can to get a great result when selling your home. There’s a lot going through your mind right now – from whether it’s the best time to sell, to contemplating the upheaval of moving house, or whether you’ve gotten the very best price. And – ..

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Topics: Selling

Greener pastures. Is your region a property value winner?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 5, 2017 4:36:22 PM

Many New Zealand home buyers are being tempted by the open spaces and brilliant value of the regions. As a little of the lustre wears off in the Auckland and Wellington property markets, regional property is in hot demand. And it’s a trend that looks set to continue.

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

The ins and outs of selling a home in New Zealand

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 30, 2017 9:48:40 AM

With New Zealand’s strong population growth being driven by record migration numbers, and low interest rates encouraging borrowing, 2017 property market trends are pointing to this being a great year to think about selling a home.

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Topics: Selling

Selling up: How New Zealand property tax laws affect you.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 16, 2017 10:51:16 AM

Thinking about selling? Find out whether New Zealand property tax laws may affect you (by taking a chunk out of your capital gain). Whether this is your first home, or you’ve been out of the market for a few years, now’s a great time to brush up on your tax obligations.

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Topics: Market Trends

Property market heats up across the regions – but Auckland isn’t one of them.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 9, 2017 4:01:16 PM

All fingers are pointing to seasonality being in full swing – particularly in the regions. In a turn-up for the books, asking prices in Auckland remained at a standstill during January, while nine out of 19 regions in New Zealand recorded an all-time asking price high. The bottom line being that ..

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Topics: Market Trends

6 reasons to include property management in your business

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 1, 2017 11:14:35 AM

When you’re starting your real estate business it’s a wise idea to ensure you have measures in place that will generate recurring revenue. Having a strong property management portfolio can be the answer - the cornerstone of your successful enterprise. 

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Topics: Managing Property, Recruitment

Sell, renovate or become a landlord?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 27, 2017 10:44:12 AM

Looking at selling your home but would like to consider your options? Selling your home is often the first option that springs to mind when thinking of making a property change. This could be the way forward for you, but it’s worth looking at alternatives.

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Topics: Selling

How to make a good first impression when selling your home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 16, 2017 4:56:27 PM

An open home is your chance to create the perfect first impression. It’s like a first date with your prospective buyer – it’s your chance to really wow them and win them over.

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Topics: Selling

Is now a good time to buy an investment property?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 9, 2017 5:01:38 PM

If you’re thinking of buying an investment property you may be wondering what’s involved and when’s a good time to make the move.

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Topics: Investing, Buying, Market Trends

Over the lifestyle lifestyle? Apartment living could be your perfect next move.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As New Zealanders, we have always idealised the lifestyle-block lifestyle. And while the appeal for many of us has been obvious, in these changing times of rapid growth and demand, many are changing their perspective and considering the benefits and appeal of apartment living.

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Topics: Selling

The Auckland market isn’t taking a holiday

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

During the holiday season, while we were unwinding and taking stock, it could be easy to assume that the property market was also taking it easy. And although this has been the case for many of the areas around the country, Auckland stands out as continuing to have an increase in the number of pr..

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Topics: Market Trends

Housing activity relaxes for the holidays

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 11, 2017 1:16:24 PM

Continuing on from our last blog "Key influencers of buyer confidence: what they mean for you" this blog covers further key trends currently occurring in the NZ property market. In this blog, we’ll look at the current status of key parameters such as values, sales volumes, market activity, and li..

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Topics: Market Trends

Key influencers of buyer confidence: what they mean for you.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 14, 2016 9:55:32 AM

Buyer confidence is influenced by a number of external factors. By understanding the wider forces that shape the property market, you can make well-informed decisions.

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Topics: Buying, Market Trends

The silly season: a not-so-silly time to buy or sell property

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 7, 2016 12:09:05 PM

As the weather heats up, the New Zealand property market is cooling down, as demand slows down in the lead up to the holiday season. While everyone else makes their summer holiday plans, this could be the perfect time for you to make a move.

Gain an insight into the current trends on the NZ prope..

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Topics: Market Trends

If you’re an investor or first home buyer, you might start looking further afield when buying a real estate property

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 28, 2016 1:00:00 PM

In this month's edition of Professionally Speaking, we’ll take an in-depth look at the fascinating things that are happening in real estate around New Zealand right now. 

Sign up to our video series "Professionally Speaking" to get all the latest advice, trends and reports from our experts.

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Topics: Investing, Buying, Market Trends

Thinking of selling your house? Time to get a plan!

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

So, you’ve been thinking about selling your home, but aren’t sure about making that life-changing leap, yet. It can be overwhelming, but that’s to be expected when you’re selling your biggest asset. Don’t despair, you just need to develop a selling plan before charging headlong into the glorious ..

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Topics: Selling

Are you an Auckland home owner thinking about selling? What the Auckland unitary plan means for you.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

With the introduction of the unitary plan in Auckland, as a homeowner you are probably wondering what this change means for you. You may be asking how it will impact the NZ property market, and if you were to sell your house now, how does the new unitary plan affect this? These are great question..

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Topics: Selling, Recruitment

Buying, selling or investing. Our market predictions for 2017

Published by: Steve Lovegrove, Oct 26, 2016 11:10:00 AM

In this edition of Professionally Speaking, we'll be talking about a few current hot topics in real estate. We’re now in that final run to Christmas, and the marketplace is a very fascinating place indeed - let's get into it!

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Topics: Market Trends

2016 proves to be a very unpredictable year when it comes to real estate.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 19, 2016 9:02:00 AM

Spring may have sprung, but the property market is not in bloom. The traditional lift in the housing market activity during September failed to eventuate, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the property market in 2016.

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Topics: Market Trends

Spring has sprung but the property market is not in bloom.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Average asking prices across the country fell by $7.556 (1.3 per cent) in July 2016 — the first decline the NZ housing market has seen in the 3 months since April.

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Topics: Market Trends

New Zealand boasts a healthy lifestyle property market as sales boom nationwide

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

The sale of lifestyle blocks is booming and property owners can confidently say it is a seller's market across the country. Between April and June this year there were 2480 lifestyle property sold. That’s a sales increase of 401 properties when compared to the same time last year (2079 properties..

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Topics: Selling

3 pitfalls of selling lifestyle property and what you can do about it

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 27, 2016 10:55:00 AM

At present, the lifestyle block market is experiencing an overall lift nationwide. However, lifestyle properties come with their own set of nuances, and when it comes to selling, they are the most at-risk type of properties for not selling the first (or second!) time around.

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Topics: Selling

What should you look for in a lifestyle property agent?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 20, 2016 11:54:28 AM

 

Selling a lifestyle property is much more complex than selling a residential property. There are financial, legal and tax implications, not to mention the cost of losing out on getting the best possible price for your property.

And, a lifestyle block on the market a second time around is one of..

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Topics: Selling

What’s going on in the NZ market and how to sell your home before Christmas!

Published by: Steve Lovegrove, Sep 16, 2016 12:17:26 PM

 

In this edition of Professionally Speaking, we’ll be talking about planning your sale before Christmas. Yes, spring is here and we need to start thinking about those timelines. We’ll also be talking about first home buyers, investors, and buying that beach holiday home.

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Topics: Market Trends

Selling a lifestyle property? Get your land in tip-top shape.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 7, 2016 9:08:12 AM

You’re already well aware that lifestyle properties take a lot more maintenance than the average residential property and can take longer to sell. 

So even if there is a remote chance you might sell-up in the future – whatever you do, don’t let the maintenance slip. Otherwise, when it comes time ..

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Topics: Selling

House prices in New Zealand fall for the first time since April 2016

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 23, 2016 2:10:06 PM

In July the average asking price for houses fell, which has been the first decline for the housing market within a 3-month period.

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Topics: Market Trends

Net migration affects the NZ housing market.

Published by: Steve Lovegrove, Aug 23, 2016 1:45:31 PM

This month we're talking about what’s affecting the New Zealand market from both outside of New Zealand, and around the world. And also, what’s happening between the Auckland market and the regional market.

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Topics: Market Trends

Average asking prices nationwide fall for the first time in months.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 16, 2016 4:08:33 PM

Average asking prices across the country fell by $7.556 (1.3 per cent) in July 2016 — the first decline the NZ housing market has seen in the 3 months since April.

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Topics: Market Trends

What are my options after selling my lifestyle property?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 8, 2016 2:40:12 PM

 If you’ve mentally moved on from life on the property, chances are you’ve got a vision for where you want to be. But before you hang up the gumboots completely, here’s a few options you could consider.

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Topics: Selling

Is now the right time to sell your lifestyle property?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 3, 2016 4:31:21 PM

Are you a lifestyle property owner but finding it’s becoming a bit of a stumbling block? 

It’s clear that residential property all across New Zealand is in a seller’s market – but what about lifestyle property?

Do you own a Lifestyle block? If you’re thinking about selling in the near (or distan..

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Topics: Selling

Is there life beyond the lifestyle block?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 3, 2016 4:27:08 PM

Are you a lifestyle property owner but finding it’s becoming a bit of a stumbling block? 

Maybe it’s the cost, the upkeep, the commute to work or perhaps you just don’t need all that space anymore – whatever the reason, your lifestyle block is feeling like it isn’t the “lifestyle” for you anymor..

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Topics: Selling

Auckland housing market loses its lustre as buyers begin to look to other regions.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 20, 2016 10:25:02 AM

Interest in the Auckland property market has dropped on the back of ever-increasing house prices and falling returns for investors. Average asking prices rose again to another all-time high of $888,493 in June; but searches on realestate.co.nz for properties in the city has fallen.

It appears Auc..

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Topics: Market Trends

Changes to tenancy laws to make homes warmer, drier and safer for New Zealanders.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 1, 2016 2:54:15 PM

What do landlords and tenants need to know about new laws to ensure rental homes are kept warmer, drier and safer to live in? 

Sign up to our new video series Professionally Speaking to get all the latest advice, trends and reports from our experts.

From 1 July 2016, changes to tenancy laws will ..

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Topics: Investing, Market Trends

Low stock levels nationwide drive up asking prices in NZ housing market

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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In a classic supply and demand situation, the New Zealand housing market reached record highs and lows for the month of May with low stock levels driving up average asking pr..

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Topics: Market Trends

I’m a rental property owner. How does the HSWA apply to me?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM

How are you affected by various property laws? Find out by downloading our eBook: My House, Your Castle. A guide for anyone new to running an investment property in New Zealand.  

According to the new Health and Safety Work Act 2015, you are considered a Person Conducting a Business or Undertakin..

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Topics: Investing

In a market heavily favouring sellers, average property asking price up 7.2 percent for May.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Average property asking prices are good indicators of current market sentiments. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold.Real-time market statistics released by Realestate.co.nz show the May national average..

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Topics: Market Trends

Quiet enjoyment: What are my rights and duties as a landlord?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jun 7, 2016 3:48:01 PM

Quiet enjoyment means being able to enjoy reasonable peace, comfort and privacy, and allowing others to enjoy the same.

According to the Residential Tenancies Act, tenants are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of the house they rent, which means the landlord may not harass the tenant nor interfere ..

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Topics: Investing

Record highs and lows for Wellington Housing Market in April. Less inventory drives up prices.

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 31, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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High demand for property in Wellington means available inventory has fallen a record 61% since April last year.

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Topics: Market Trends

If you don’t tell, it won’t sell: Leverage social media to sell your home faster.

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 24, 2016 1:46:08 PM

 

Our eBook “How to Get Ready to Sell Your Home” is full of useful advice, but for specific advice around leveraging social media to help sell your home, read on!

 

Social media is a powerful connectivity platform that allows us to stay in touch and share information with friends, family, acquai..

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Topics: Selling

April property asking prices indicate an increasingly seller’s market

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 18, 2016 6:11:20 PM

Average property asking prices are good indicators of current market sentiments. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold.

Recent information released by Realestate.co.nz indicate a seller’s market for the ma..

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Topics: Market Trends

When it comes to relationship property, know your de factos.

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 9, 2016 4:38:45 PM

Separation or loss of a partner is a stressful and upsetting time. And unfortunately, it can also have negative implications for any wealth, property or plans for the future you and your partner have acquired over the span of your relationship – even if you never married.

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Topics: Market Trends

Forget what you’ve heard about a cooling market. NZ housing prices continue to heat up.

Published by: Mike Henderson, May 5, 2016 11:09:05 AM

In March it was reported that the NZ housing market was beginning to cool when prices in the Auckland region fell 0.4%. But recent fears (or hopes) of a levelling market were quelled as Auckland housing prices have rebounded, setting a record median high of $820,000 – surpassing the $800,000 mar..

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Topics: Market Trends

Perfect property manager – wherefore art thou? How to find your ideal property manager and engage them.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 25, 2016 11:39:00 PM

 

Whether you simply don’t have the time, patience or skills to manage your own property, leaving your investment property nest egg in the hands of a complete stranger is rarely a decision made lightly. 

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Topics: Managing Property

What to do when things go wrong. SOS for Kiwi landlords.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 4, 2016 12:59:57 PM

It’s not always plain sailing when it comes to property management, but there are some solutions. 

It’s all going swimmingly: you’ve found the perfect property, your bank is happy with the numbers and your ideal tenant has signed the tenancy agreement and moved in. Now all you have to do is sit b..

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Topics: Managing Property

Property prices on the rise in New Zealand

Published by: Mike Henderson, Apr 4, 2016 12:51:30 PM

Good news for potential property sellers

The New Zealand property market is booming, with record national average asking prices in Auckland, Coromandel, Hawkes Bay and Otago regions reported in February 2016.

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Topics: Market Trends

Find the ideal tenant. What to look for and how to keep them.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Great expectations? Good luck!

To paraphrase Forrest Gump, renters are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. There are many different types of tenants, and without a methodical screening process, it’s hard to tell whether your prospective renter is a house proud Howard ..

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Topics: Managing Property, Investing

The 5 things every NZ landlord should know

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 21, 2016 4:30:57 PM

You own the dark blue neighbourhoods on the Monopoly board, packed to the brim with hotels. That’s a bit how you feel as you sit back and wait for the rent to roll in. After some researching and a lot of searching to find the perfect rental property, it’s time to reap the rewards. While you sit b..

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Understanding your motivations for buying a rental property to maximise your profit.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Mar 11, 2016 12:21:00 AM

What’s your type?

Money in the bank is nice, but money that’s making money can’t be beaten! If you’re considering an investment property, understanding your motivations is pivotal – both to purchasing the perfect investment, and renting it out according to your goals.

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Topics: Investing, Buying

6 reasons why 2016 is the year to buy your first home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Feb 15, 2016 10:00:02 AM

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to become a first home owner this year, then you could be in luck!

With a series of favourable movements around world markets, the New Zealand economy is being picked to suit first home buyers. Find out why…

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Topics: Buying

Sell your home like the pros: 5 insider tips from a professional estate agent

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Selling your home can sometimes feel like going to the dentist.

You imagine it might be painful and try to avoid it for as long as you can but eventually, you know it’s a good decision to make and that you shouldn’t delay it any longer.

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Topics: Selling

4 more New Years resolutions to get your dream home in 2016

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Last week we gave you four great New Years resolutions to guide you towards your 2016 dream home.

This week, here’s another four resolutions that could help you set those goals and get into your new place even sooner!

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4 top New Years resolutions to get your dream home in 2016

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jan 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

The Christmas tree’s come down. The kids new toys are now part of the furniture. 

And you've just recovered from all the festivities and visitors. Finally you have some time to relax and dream about the year ahead. If moving house is on your wish list this year, then here’s some resolutions you m..

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Topics: Selling, Buying

The ultimate guide to a holiday declutter session!

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 21, 2015 3:11:19 PM

Ahh the holidays at last.

With long hot days ahead, it’s the perfect time to tackle some serious decluttering – especially if you’re considering putting your home on the market in the New Year.

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Topics: Selling

Top tips from agents who know how to get houses SOLD

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 7, 2015 1:27:00 PM

Our Home Straight video series is proving a hit and our next installment really gets into the nitty gritty of the selling process....

In the latest episodes, our agents cover important topics such as developing your pricing and marketing strategies to help you get that ‘Sold’ sign up as quickly ..

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Topics: Selling

What’s the real property market situation in NZ?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Dec 1, 2015 3:29:42 PM

Have the changes in the current housing market left you feeling unsure about selling your home?

IIn order to help you arrive at a more informed decision, this article will walk you through the current trends in the market based on recent data from Real Estate NZ, give you a better understanding o..

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Topics: Selling, Market Trends

Get on the home straight with our new free video series [video]

Published by: Mike Henderson, Nov 8, 2015 6:00:00 PM

For most people, selling a house isn’t something you do every day.

In fact, you’ll probably only ever sell a few properties in your life. So before you embark on the journey, it’s a really good idea to familiarise yourself with the process by watching the next episodes in our free video series.

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How to successfully market your home for sale

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 27, 2015 2:41:27 PM

As with all products, the longer they remain on the shelf, the less appealing they become. Don’t let your home meet the same fate as deli goods that have outstayed their welcome – price reduced for quick sale. Whether you dust off the bugle, book the town crier or sit down with your agent and dis..

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Topics: Selling

5 quick tips to help take the stress out of selling your home.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 13, 2015 5:03:21 PM

If you've been holding back making the decision to sell your home because you're not ready for the upheaval ahead, then grab a coffee and take a look at our 5 quick tips.

It's not rocket-science, but it is common-sense advice. Follow these tips to help reduce the stress involved in selling your ..

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Topics: Selling

From 'for sale' to 'sold'. Methods to sell your house.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Oct 5, 2015 5:49:02 PM

Getting from ‘for sale’ to ‘sold’

Your price is set; you’ve enlisted the expert help of a great real estate agent, and together you’ve cemented a marketing plan for selling your home. Now it’s time to get sold.  It’s a case of different strokes for different folks (or cities) when it comes to ..

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Topics: Selling

Top tips for creating a good first impression at your next open home

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 28, 2015 4:53:01 PM

Getting ready for open homes when selling your house

All that marketing has done its thing and potential buyers are literally on your doorstep. And my, what a clean and tidy doorstep it is. Oh, and the planter box of seasonal blooms beside the front door is a nice touch. Come on in, make yoursel..

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Topics: Selling

How to get your financial ducks in a row when selling your home.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 21, 2015 12:57:20 PM

Duck, duck, goose? Getting caught out by overlooked debt, an unfavourable builder’s report or a new mortgage that removes the fun factor from your life can really put a spanner in the works (or a cat among the ducks, so to speak). A quick financial WOF prior to selling your home will let you exa..

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Topics: Selling

How to decide whether to renovate, become a landlord or sell.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Sep 7, 2015 12:00:02 PM

As you tentatively dip your toes into the waters of becoming a first-time seller, perhaps you’re asking yourself “is there another way?” Depending on your financial situation and motivations to move – there could be. Have you fully considered the options of staying-put (and renovating), holding ..

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Topics: Selling, Investing

The time has come to sell your home. Or has it?

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 31, 2015 10:33:00 AM

You’ve finally got everything (and everyone) in order. You’re ready to ring the agent and get those signs up! But wait... Christmas is coming and you’ve offered to host it at your house this year... will that be in the middle of your settlement period and consequently coinciding with your ‘packi..

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Topics: Selling

Ready to sell your home? How to get Team Family on board.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Aug 17, 2015 2:23:00 PM

You've mentally moved on and into your next home. And you have the Pinterest boards to prove it. Perhaps you've had 'the talk' with your partner several times and as soon as you hit an obstacle you both beat a quiet retreat, and throw another log in the ‘too hard’ basket. When selling your home,..

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4 tips to be financially ready if you want to sell your home.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 29, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Selling your home can be full of highs and lows, both emotionally… and when it comes to your bank balance.  

If you are harbouring an aversion to facing the financial impact of selling (and buying) a home, consider these four crucial points and get a step closer to deciding if the time is right ..

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To sell or not to sell – that is the question.

Published by: Mike Henderson, Jul 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Things to consider before you hit the property ladder (again).

The idea of selling your house pops in and out of your mind and conversation, but is quickly squashed once you dip your toes into the sea of information involved with putting the idea into action. Are you simply delaying the inevitab..

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