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Go beyond the farm gate to move up the value chain

06-Dec-2019 06:00:00 Share this:

Farmers receive a relatively small percentage of the consumer dollar paid for their products and are always on the lookout for ways to increase their margins.

An obvious way to achieve this is by increasing the size of the operation. Economies of scale are present in most types of farming, but higher total production does not always lead to greater margins. And for smaller producers who are producing a premium product, this may not be an option or even desirable.


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Topics: Advice, Lifestyle and rural property

Reasonably clean – is it clean enough?

03-Dec-2019 06:00:00 Share this:

The word ‘reasonable’ is found throughout the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 but this can be difficult to navigate because one person’s interpretation of ‘reasonable’ is not the same as another’s. One area that has proven troublesome for landlords and tenants is to establish what is ‘reasonably clean and tidy’ when it comes to vacating a property.


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Topics: Property Management, Renting, Advice

James' and Charlotte's Journey to Business Ownership with Harcourts

28-Nov-2019 11:07:50 Share this:

In 2009, Charlotte and James Marshall were high performing sales consultants working 7 days a week for another real estate company and looking for the next step in their real estate careers. “We were ready to make the move into business ownership, but we didn’t really know where to begin,” said James, “so we shopped around and looked at all our options.”


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Topics: Careers, House of Inspiration, franchise, harcourts careers, Career Change, Franchise ownership, business owner, new business

Top ways to add value to your garden

20-Nov-2019 06:00:00 Share this:

Spring and summer are a popular time to sell your home, but where do you begin? Most people will spruce up their property by decluttering and cleaning their house, but many people don’t realise how much impact their garden can have. Here are some easy ways to help ensure your garden adds value to your property before you put it on the market.


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Topics: Selling, Advice, Garden

Property Focus November 2019

18-Nov-2019 10:33:28 Share this:

This issue of Property Focus features:

  • Top ways to add value to your garden
  • Helping grow the next generation

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Topics: Newsletters, News, property focus

Help us protect tenants, landlords & property managers

29-Oct-2019 05:31:49 Share this:

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the OECD that does not regulate its property managers. Property managers are the gatekeepers of housing for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable residents.

With home ownership at its lowest level in 60 years and the demand for rentals increasing, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is calling on the Government to formally review the need to regulate the property management industry, including public consultation, and announce its recommendations for reform before the 2020 election. Harcourts fully supports this initiative
by REINZ.


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Topics: Industry Update, Property Management, Landlords, Tenants, Property Manager

Cut the cost of your mortgage

18-Sep-2019 07:00:00 Share this:

Here are some tips for trimming the cost of your mortgage from our partners at Mortgage Express.

As a property owner, paying off your mortgage before you retire is important. Once you hit retirement age, the last thing you want is to still be saddled with debt. Here are some ways to help reduce your total mortgage and essentially help you pay less for your property.


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Topics: Mortgage Advisers, Mortgage Express, Mortgage Advice

Should you sell first or buy first?

17-Sep-2019 07:00:00 Share this:

When you’re looking for a new home, one of the first things you need to consider is the order of events – do you sell your existing property before you buy, or after? Here are some factors to consider before taking the plunge.


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Topics: Residential, Property Tips, buying and selling

Property Focus September 2019

16-Sep-2019 07:04:30 Share this:

This issue of Property Focus features:

  • Should you sell first or buy first? 
  • Cut the cost of your mortgage

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Topics: Newsletters, property focus, buying and selling

Rural lending tightening despite record low interest rates

29-Aug-2019 07:00:00 Share this:

Interest rates are at an all-time low but access to funding for rural property is becoming more difficult. The Reserve Bank’s proposal to increase capital requirements will reduce the banks’ ability to lend, at least until their reserves are built up, and could increase the cost of capital as the banks move to protect their margins.


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Topics: Rural, Rural market, Lifestyle and rural property