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What to consider before buying a bach

03-Nov-2016 12:39:47 Share this:

Summer weekends in the sun at the family bach; it’s been the Kiwi dream almost as long as there have been Kiwis to dream. And when you’re on holiday beside the perfect beach, with the family squashed into a caravan or leaky tent, the dream of owning a bach is even more enticing. But it’s important to look before you leap. Here are some things to consider before you embrace the Kiwi dream.

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Topics: Buying, Holiday Home

Get more than a first impression from open homes

13-Sep-2016 08:29:19 Share this:

Open homes give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible.

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Topics: Residential, Buying, New Zealand, Buying Real Estate, Advice, House of Inspiration, Blog

Buyer's guide: Purchasing off the plans

05-Jul-2016 12:32:01 Share this:

You’ve seen your dream home – the only problem is it isn’t built yet. Is it ever a good idea to buy off the plans?

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Topics: Buying, New Zealand, House of Inspiration

What’s in your perfect home?

29-Jun-2016 09:38:01 Share this:

Our guest bloggers from Resene take a look at what buyers want in a dream home, and how to achieve it.

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Topics: Selling, Buying, DIY, Advice

A beginner's guide to buying and selling at auction

30-Mar-2016 11:06:22 Share this:

What the benefits of buying and selling property via auction?

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Topics: Auctions, Residential, Selling, Buying, Advice

Leave no room for buyer's remorse

24-Mar-2016 07:58:08 Share this:

You can return most things you buy if you discover that they don’t fit or don’t work.  But if you buy the wrong home, the chances are that you’ll be stuck with it for several years – or have to pay quite a price to correct your mistake.  However there are some tried-and-tested preventatives for what is known in the real estate industry as “home buyer’s remorse” and it is worth running through these before you go house-hunting.

A recent study in the UK revealed that about one new buyer in 10 regrets their choice to some degree, with the most common cause of their dissatisfaction, thinking they could have got a better deal if they had taken more time to choose.

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Topics: Buying

Where are the affordable Sydney and Auckland Properties hiding?

25-Feb-2015 21:50:00 Share this:

In January, major cities in both New Zealand and Australia were listed as some of the world’s most unaffordable, with both Sydney and Auckland appearing in the world’s top 10 most unaffordable cities according to the 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

It’s not exactly great news if you’re looking to buy, invest, or live in these markets, however, despite Sydney properties being listed as the third least affordable city in the world, and Auckland properties as the ninth least affordable, there are still reasonably priced pockets in both property markets.

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Topics: Buying

Can You Afford To Buy Your First Home in New Zealand?

03-Feb-2015 20:00:00 Share this:

The loan-to-value ratio (LVR) restrictions have created a lot of discussion about the affordability of buying your first home. We’ve put together some helpful advice to help you determine if you’re ready to take your first step onto the property ladder.

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Topics: Buying

What's Happening In The New Zealand Property Market?

28-Oct-2014 20:44:00 Share this:

Auckland and Christchurch have recovered from the winter lull that is traditional in real estate, with written sales up and average prices continuing to increase.

Elsewhere in the country the recovery is not so obvious, with the provinces still struggling under the Reserve Bank’s loan to value (LVR) restrictions.

The Reserve Bank signalled it may look to remove LVR restrictions at the end of the year and, as far as provincial New Zealand goes, this would be a much needed respite for the struggling real estate market. In Christchurch and Auckland LVR restrictions have done little to dampen demand for housing and the resulting price increases.

Harcourts CEO Hayden Duncan says it is simple demand and supply. 

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Topics: Residential, Selling, Buying