Light up the night

28-Feb-2018 12:04:27 Share this:

It’s often Christmas time when thoughts turn to lighting up your home exterior – and then it’s all about creating a bold festive focus. But, if, say a visit to the Auckland Lantern Festival, has you inspired to light up your landscape in a more permanent way that’s really going to show your property off while maybe making it safer, here are a few things to think about:

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Topics: Auckland, DIY, House of Inspiration, Outdoor

Enjoy the darker side

19-Feb-2018 12:14:44 Share this:

It's all too easy to associate dark colours with negative connotations and a general sense of doom, but don't be too hasty, say the team at Resene.

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Topics: Residential, DIY

Have you considered a career in real estate?

09-Feb-2018 11:40:53 Share this:


Have you considered a career in real estate?

If you’re thinking about a career change and are looking with something that offers a huge amount of flexibility and the ability to manage your own workflow, with the potential for huge rewards, you may want to consider a career in real estate.

If you’re considering it, here’s what you should know:


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Topics: Careers, New Zealand, recruitment, Real Estate Agents

What does the national average house price buy you around the country?

17-Jan-2018 11:30:31 Share this:

Our latest market figures show the average house price at $618,459. Let’s have a look at what that – or less – will buy you around the country.

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Topics: Residential, National Market Watch, buying and selling, Values, Market Watch

The five essential marketing tools for your property

06-Nov-2017 07:56:12 Share this:

The decision to sell is made, but how do you ensure potential buyers know your house could be their dream home? Here are five top marketing tools to help you get the best possible result for your sale.

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Topics: House of Inspiration

Ensure you're properly insured when you buy, sell or renovate

31-Oct-2017 11:52:18 Share this:

Buying, selling, moving and renovating are all major life events, and it’s important you are covered by insurance every step of the way. Here’s how you can best manage insurance requirements so you aren’t caught short.

When purchasing a house

It’s best to contact insurance companies to arrange house insurance ahead of time as they may need extra information such as building reports, and if it’s an older home, details of re-piling, re-wiring and new plumbing.

If you can’t secure insurance before putting in an offer, then consider inserting a ‘subject to insurance’ clause into the sale and purchase agreement so you have time to confirm before it goes unconditional.

Take the time to understand the different types of insurance available to you – in New Zealand you can get total replacement, sum specified, and present day value policies. See the Insurance Council of New Zealand website for more information –

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Topics: House of Inspiration

Going, going, gone! Why we recommend auctions

13-Oct-2017 12:43:10 Share this:


When it comes to selling your house, we know getting the very best price with the least stress is your top priority. Auctions are often the best way to achieve this, as well as offering several other benefits for sellers too. Read on to find out why going under the hammer will likely work for you.

  • Short and sweet

Auctions get maximum exposure for your property in a short period of time with a structured, intensive marketing campaign over a few key weeks. This approach not only creates a sense of urgency for buyers, but has the added advantage of meaning you won’t have to keep your house clean for months of open homes or agent visits, and you have a defined timeline to plan around.

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Topics: House of Inspiration, Auction

To downsize or not to downsize: Pros and cons

27-Sep-2017 08:50:49 Share this:

Whether you are retiring, looking to free up some capital, or simply wanting to de-clutter, downsizing can offer some real advantages – but it also comes with some downsides. We weigh up the pros and cons of making this lifestyle change.

PRO: A smaller home means smaller bills

If you are looking to save on daily living costs, downsizing into an apartment or smaller home usually means you will save on basics such as heating costs, electricity, and house insurance.

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Topics: House of Inspiration

Building plans and consents: Will they add value when you sell?

19-Sep-2017 09:48:27 Share this:

Many of us have an idea for a potential add-on or major renovation for our home, but we don’t always get around to doing it. So, when it comes time to sell, is it worth getting the plans and/or consent ready to show potential buyers?

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Topics: Selling, Buying Real Estate, House of Inspiration, Blog