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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

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

The insider's guide to buying or selling at auction

19-Jul-2019 06:44:32 Share this:

Whether you love the thrill of an auction or your knees tremble at the thought, auctions have become the preferred method of selling property in most of the major centres across the country.


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Topics: Auctions, Residential, Selling, Buying, Advice

How to add value in the kitchen without breaking the bank

31-May-2019 13:21:03 Share this:

If you’re planning on selling your home, the kitchen is a great place to start to add value. The kitchen is one of those spaces that can make or break the sale for many buyers, but before you make the decision to totally gut your kitchen and start again, here are some tips on how to get the best out of your existing kitchen without breaking the bank.


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Topics: Residential, Selling, DIY, Advice, Renovations

Moving house? We've got some handy hints!

05-Apr-2019 09:22:00 Share this:

Remember to cancel:

☐ Newspaper and/or milk delivery.

☐ Telephone, internet and cable TV.

☐ Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading).


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Topics: Residential, Selling, Buying, Advice, Moving House

Save on Winter Warming Costs

24-May-2017 08:00:00 Share this:

At this time of the year we are amazed that every time we get another electricity or gas bill in the mail it just seems to get higher. But the question we should be asking is how can I make the next one lower?


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Topics: Australia, Advice, Winter

Keep warm without breaking the budget

08-May-2017 18:00:00 Share this:

It’s that time of the year when the heaters come on or the fire gets lit – and power bills can sky rocket. How can you keep the family warm while keeping control of the bill?


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Topics: Residential, New Zealand, Advice, House of Inspiration