Author Archive | Antonia Baker

Buying in Auckland? 10 reasons we reckon Te Atatu rocks

Over the last few years, we’ve had the pleasure of selling a number of properties in Te Atatu Peninsula and Te Atatu South. We’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this part of Auckland and we reckon, if you’re searching for a family home, Te Atatu should definitely be on your list of suburbs to consider.

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Are mainstream real estate agencies being a bit greedy?

The REAA questions standard industry commission fees.

Earlier this week, the REAA’s Residential Advisory Group met in Wellington for its six monthly industry review.

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Why it costs so much to sell a home in Auckland (and what we’re doing about it)

Many a New Zealand seller has bemoaned the exorbitant real estate commission fees that local real estate agents charge, but few realise just how over-priced the traditional service is.

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Buying or selling a leaky home? Here’s what you need to know

Sadly for kiwi home owners, leaky homes are a well-documented feature of the property market. Many owners of monolithic (plaster) clad properties built during the early 1990s to mid 2000s have since discovered weather tightness issues that mean their homes may need to be re-clad at significant expense, causing considerable stress.

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Selling a rental property? How to keep your tenants sweet

Selling your house is regularly rated as one of life’s most stressful experiences. Try telling that to investors who’ve gone through the sale of a tenanted property. I for one know many a hardened real estate agent driven to their wits’ end when selling a house occupied by untidy and unhelpful tenants!

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Selling your house? The beauty of an asking price

If you’ve bought or sold property in our largest city, it’s more than likely you will have at least a passing knowledge of the auction process. While real estate agents in New Zealand’s other main cities entertain a wider range of sale methods, it seems most Auckland agents are stuck on auction… Except, that is, for The Property Market – and that’s because we think times are changing.

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The Property Market: Our Quarterly Market Update for Auckland

Forget four letter words, there are three letters on the minds of most homeowners at the moment – OCR. If you’re a first home buyer, you’re probably just as interested in that other three letter word… LVR. Whatever your stage of the home ownership journey, take a gander at The Property Market’s Quarterly Market Update for Auckland.

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Why there’s nothing worse than a cheap real estate agent

Thinking of selling your house? That’s a mighty big financial decision and, in my opinion, not one to be taken lightly. For a start, there are a number of costs to consider – from advertising outlay to auctioneer’s fees, legal expenses and, of course, real estate agent commission fees.

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How To Choose The Right Real Estate Agent For Your Property

Selling your home is a big decision but it can be tricky finding the best real estate agent to represent your property. Do you go for a big agency or is it better to engage a boutique agency where your property won’t get lost in the crowd? Where do you start, what questions do you ask and how do you pick the good from the great?

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Selling your house? The importance of MEASURABLE marketing

If you’re selling your house, a well executed marketing campaign is one of the most important factors in getting you the price you deserve. In the not too distant past, this meant print ads in the local paper and specialist publications such as ‘The Property Press’. These days, the focus has shifted significantly in favour of online media.

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