Buy your home for less

23-Aug-2016 15:45:12 Share this:

Some tips for trimming the cost of your mortgage by our mortgage advice partners Mortgage Express

As a homeowner, paying off your mortgage before you retire is important. Once you hit retirement age, the last thing you want is to be saddled with debt, or to have to continue working to pay off the balance of your mortgage. Here are some ways to help you reduce your total mortgage and help you buy your home for less.


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Topics: Mortgage Express, new zealand

The art of choosing the right white

16-Aug-2016 07:52:12 Share this:

White is white is white, right? Wrong. Our guest bloggers from Resene have some useful advice on choosing the which white – or other neutral colour option – is going to work best for your project.


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Topics: Residential, DIY, new zealand, house of inspiration

Create a home office to increase your sale price

11-Aug-2016 13:18:58 Share this:

Many jobs can now be done remotely and working from home is becoming increasingly common.


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Topics: Residential, Open Homes, real estate, home office

Wrapping up your home for winter

08-Aug-2016 08:40:08 Share this:

Keeping your house heated efficiently when winter hits is all about good insulation. The team from Pink Batts NZ have some tips:


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Topics: Residential, new zealand, advice, house of inspiration

Tips to keep kids happy on moving day

01-Aug-2016 14:22:46 Share this:

Moving house can be stressful and upsetting for everyone, but particularly young children, especially if they’ve previously only known one home. But with a little foresight, planning and some good old distraction techniques moving to a new home need not be traumatic.


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Topics: Residential, house of inspiration, Moving House

Getting to know your new neighbourhood

28-Jul-2016 07:53:37 Share this:

Buying a new home often means moving to a new suburb, city or even country. It may be a new location you chose simply because you loved it, or it maybe it’s where you need to be for work or family. Whatever the reason for your change in location, it can be a little daunting finding ways to get to know the neighbourhood and have it start feeling like home.


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Topics: new zealand, house of inspiration, Moving House

Manuka honey - the new liquid gold

21-Jul-2016 07:01:02 Share this:

There is increasing interest from overseas based investors wishing to purchase land in Northland for the farming of manuka honey.


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Topics: Rural, Northern Region, lifestyle, NZ

Choose the lifestyle that suits you

20-Jul-2016 07:04:36 Share this:
The idea of giving up on the rat-race and moving to the country for a simpler life is one that’s occurred to almost everyone who lives in the city, at some point – often while you’re stuck in nose-to-tail commuter traffic.

And it’s a dream that plenty of Kiwis turn into reality. REINZ figures show sales of lifestyle properties around the country for the three months to the end of June 2016 were up 19% on the same period last year.


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Topics: Rural, lifestyle, new zealand, house of inspiration

Yes - you can sell your house in winter

15-Jul-2016 06:41:28 Share this:

The standard response when you’re thinking about selling your home but are not sure when, is “sell in spring”. And there’s plenty of truth in that as warmer, drier weather and post-winter itchy feet drive potential buyers out to open homes.


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Topics: Residential, Property tips, new zealand, buying real estate

Buyer's guide: Purchasing off the plans

05-Jul-2016 12:32:01 Share this:

You’ve seen your dream home – the only problem is it isn’t built yet. Is it ever a good idea to buy off the plans?


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Topics: Buying, new zealand, house of inspiration