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Mould & Dampness

04-Jun-2021 09:00:00 Share this:

Rental homes need to be free from mould and dampness before being rented out. During a tenancy, tenants need to keep the house well-aired and remove any mould straight away.

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Topics: Advice, Tenants

Dude, where’s my heat pump!?

03-Jun-2021 15:19:25 Share this:

From 1 July 2021, private landlords must ensure their rental property complies with the healthy homes standards within 90 days of any new or renewed tenancy.

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Topics: Property Management, Advice, Tenants

New Pathway to Address Anti-social Behaviour

28-May-2021 12:43:21 Share this:

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 provides landlords with a new pathway for responding to anti-social behaviour in periodic tenancies. These changes were effective from 11 February 2021.

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Topics: Property Management, Landlords, Advice, Tenants

Online stock auctions: the pros and cons of going virtual

05-Jun-2020 11:54:41 Share this:

While the virtual world can never replicate the in-person experience, at a time when social distancing is the new normal, auctions have proven to be an effective method of selling everything from hand sanitiser to homes.

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Topics: Auctions, Rural & Lifestyle Properties, Advice, Online Auction

Rural women taking the bull by the horns

25-Feb-2020 15:43:57 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 & Lifestyle Properties, Advice

Holiday Homes: Owning your slice of the Kiwi dream

21-Jan-2020 13:22:56 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

Go beyond the farm gate to move up the value chain

06-Dec-2019 09:00:00 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: Rural & Lifestyle Properties, Advice

Reasonably clean – is it clean enough?

03-Dec-2019 09:00:00 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, Advice

Top ways to add value to your garden

20-Nov-2019 09:00:00 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 08:44:32 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