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Happy mind, happy life

28-Mar-2020 12:55:10 Share this:



Top tips for your mind’s health and well-being.


We humans are social beings, and as more and more of us face the prospects of physical distancing or quarantine we need to ensure we remain healthy and happy.


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Topics: Health and Wellbeing, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Working from home, Active lifestyle

Low rates, physical distancing and your finances

27-Mar-2020 12:55:52 Share this:

A combination of low interest rates and the financial pressure on homeowners, investors and tenants, gives rise to the opportunity to review your financial position and take control of your situation. Here are 3 areas our partners at Mortgage Express can help you at this time.


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Topics: Finance, Mortgage Advisers, Mortgage Express, finance health check, Home Loan Advice, Investment Finance, Mortgage Advice, mortgage review, Refinance, Corona Virus, COVID-19

Rural women taking the bull by the horns

25-Feb-2020 12:43:57 Share this:

Rural Women New Zealand national president Fiona Gower was once asked why rural women were doing so well in leadership roles. Her response, their ability to multi-task. Often living in isolated locations, rural women have always had to be resourceful. "We're not just tea and scones", says Fiona.

Pictured: Suzanne Cottle, Lifestyle and Rural Specialist

Harcourts Rural and Lifestyle Specialist, Suzanne Cottle, knows firsthand what it feels like to be a rural woman and have your abilities underestimated. The impetus for her to learn about rural real estate came over 20 years ago when Suzanne and her husband tried to sell their farm.


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Topics: Rural, Advice, Rural market, Lifestyle and Rural Property Focus

Property maintenance - it's good for business

30-Jan-2020 09:16:02 Share this:

The new year is a great time to start planning for the year ahead and it's necessary if you're going to meet your obligations under the healthy homes standards. The July 2020 compliance date is less than six months away when you will need to know (and disclose) your current level of compliance with the healthy homes standards.


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Topics: Property Management, Renting, Landlords, Tenants, Property Management Focus, Property Manager, Harcourts Property Manager

Holiday Homes: Owning your slice of the Kiwi dream

21-Jan-2020 10:22:56 Share this:

If a holiday home has always been a dream of yours, now may be the time to make that dream a reality. Analysis done by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows that while house prices around the country may be on the rise, the same is not necessarily true for some popular holiday locations. The latest REINZ statistics reveal that some holiday hotspots are now more affordable than last year.


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Topics: Newsletters, Buying, Advice, Holiday Home, property focus, Buying Tips

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