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How Covid-19 is changing what we need and want from our homes

29-Sep-2020 14:31:53 Share this:

 

During this year’s lockdown, as our homes became ‘our castles’, many of us started to pay more attention to our surroundings.


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Topics: Rural & Lifestyle Properties, Residential, home improvements, Home Maintenance, Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19, Working from home

New Zealand wine industry goes from strength to strength

31-Aug-2020 12:17:17 Share this:

The burgeoning wine industry in New Zealand attracts a lot of interest, with many people acquiring property either for serious production purposes or a combination of production and lifestyle.


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Topics: Rural & Lifestyle Properties

To auction or not auction, that is the question

31-Aug-2020 12:16:56 Share this:

Why go to auction? As one Hawke’s Bay vendor recently discovered, going to auction was exactly what was required to get the result they were looking for, and quickly.


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Topics: Auctions, Rural & Lifestyle Properties, hawkes bay

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

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

Rural lending tightening despite record low interest rates

29-Aug-2019 09:00:00 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 & Lifestyle Properties

Living in the future

22-Feb-2017 11:00:00 Share this:

The homes of the future are already here. Our friends at Rockend take a look at some of the smart home technology available.


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Topics: Rural & Lifestyle Properties, Buying, Advice, Home Maintenance

Taranaki - cooking with gas

17-Oct-2016 14:24:22 Share this:

Taranaki’s local economy is unique in New Zealand in that it’s fuelled, literally, by oil and gas. Though there are plenty of other industries thriving the region – beef farming for one as well as revived dairy prices, not to mention a healthy demand for lifestyle property from those looking to escape the cities – it is oil and gas that separates the region’s economic profile from the rest of the country.


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Topics: Rural & Lifestyle Properties