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New Listings Attract More Buyers

Hi folks,

In the last few weeks I have had a number of listings that have attracted offers within a couple of days of coming to market, in 2 instances the first person through the door made an offer. Fortunately these were negotiated successfully but there will be times when this may not happen and that got me thinking.

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If I Don’t Get My Price, I’m Not Selling!

Hi folks,

Agents often hear home owners say “If I don’t get my price, I’m not selling!” In many cases home sellers don’t have the luxury of holding out for an in your dreams figure because they have to sell in order to buy another home to live in. But if the market can’t deliver the price there is another option for those who have the flexibility to take it on. In some cases it is in the vendor’s best interests to hold onto a property rather than selling for less, especially if they have the borrowing power to own more than one property and turn the unsold home into rental investment income.

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Listing Your Property Online

Hi folks,

Listing your property on an agent’s website is an inexpensive way of getting wide exposure. But if you are counting on internet exposure to sell your home, you need to feel confident that purchasers wanting to purchase in your area will be using the site as a source of property information. How can the layperson determine whether an agent’s website will direct inspections to the property?

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Meeting the Real Estate Market

Hi folks,

I have to confess that I barely remember Christmas, not because I over indulged on the hard stuff but because I have been so busy since the New Year with work appointments. So I was struggling to believe that there were only 34 sales in Upper Hutt in January, If pressed I would have guessed that the figure would have been nearer 50, but that’s why I wait for the actual sales statistics to be released so that I can take the guess work out of it.

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Hi, Folks

I have a couple of properties currently for sale that are most definitely “do-er uppers”, so this week thought I would discuss the potential perils and advantages of buying such a home. There is no doubt that some buyers are attracted to the clean slate potential of a property advertised as “renovators delight”. After all they get the layout, décor and colours they have always wanted and completely brand new. It’s also a way of getting into a preferred area at a lower price than normal. So is it really that easy?

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Should you buy or wait?

Hi folks,

As this is my first column of the year I thought I would address the new years market, the people who are thinking they should move but are a little unsure. They may be nervous of market conditions or apprehensive of potential work changes. So the question is “Should you buy or wait?”

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Some Interesting Sales Figures

Hi folks,

Well this is my last column of the year, so I thought a good one to look back at the real estate market in Upper Hutt and see how we compare with recent years. This year perhaps more than any other since 2007 has been the most surprising for me.

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Put the Agent’s Site to the Test!

Hi folks,

You may not know this but the Tommys website has had a complete revamp, some would say about time too and I can assure you I have shared buyer frustrations, I’ve found it previously to be too convoluted and difficult to negotiate my way round. The new version is infinitely superior and that got me thinking about other property websites.

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Bridging the Expectation Gap

Hi folks,

After a shocking October in terms of sales of real estate in Upper Hutt are we now going to see vendors bridge the expectation gap between their wants and needs in terms of price? There are many reasons why vendors’ expectations are higher than the market indicators suggest. A few vendors have unrealistic expectations of what the market will bring, some have held out too long for a nonexistent top dollar and have lost the momentum of marketing, others simply misunderstand that the market responds to supply and demand and as such, prices are not theirs to dictate.

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Advantages to Trading Up in a Buyers’ Market

Hi folks,

I’ve had the same conversation recently with a number of potential vendors, some of whom realise that the value of their home has dropped and are stuck in limbo deciding whether or not to move in the current market. My opinion is simply this, if you are moving up the ladder, thinking of a larger home, “better” area, extra bedroom, living room bathroom etc, then this is a great time do it! The reality is that most people move when markets are rising, we get rushed along in the positive media spin, many of our friends are moving and for many other different reasons. What people don’t realize is that while you are getting more money for your own home, you are also paying more moving up the chain.

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If you are considering selling your property in any of the suburbs below, please call or email Steve

  • Akatarawa
  • Birchville
  • Blue Mountains
  • Brown Owl
  • Clouston Park
  • Ebdentown
  • Elderslea
  • Heretaunga
  • Kaitoke
  • Kingsley Heights
  • Mangaroa
  • Maoribank
  • Maymorn
  • Moonshine Valley
  • Mount Marua
  • Pakuratah
  • Pinehaven
  • Plateau
  • Riverstone Terraces
  • Silverstream
  • Te Marua
  • Timberlea
  • Totara Park
  • Trentham
  • Upper Hutt Central
  • Wallaceville
  • Whitemans Valley