Quickfire Q&A with Jenny Cheevers, top mortgage adviser

Mar 21st, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

My first podcast with mortgage adviser, Jenny Cheevers turned out to be a huge success. So we put together this little update where we answer some of your most common questions around finance. For example: Do you really need a 20% deposit to buy a home? How have the new 40% LVR rules for investors affected the market? Should a first home buyer pay off…

I tracked my phone usage for 30 days with RescueTime…

Mar 21st, 2017 Lifestyle Andrew Duncan

Do you ever wonder how much time you are spending on your phone each day? Now there is a way you can track it. Download RescueTime (it’s a free app). I was interested to see how much time I was actually spending looking at facebook, speaking to people and generally mucking around with my screen in my face, not being completely ‘present’ in my daily life….

How to cut through agent ‘quote prices’ and make better property decisions…

Mar 6th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

“It sold for $200k more than the agent told me it would!” Nothing frustrates a home buyer more than falling in love with a property, getting hooked in by the suggestion that it would sell in your price range, spending thousands on due diligence, only to get to the Auction and see it sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars over your budget. The truth…

Q&A: Should I sell my Wellington home now? Or wait till next Summer?

Mar 4th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

QUESTION: Hello Andrew, I was wondering if i could trouble you for an opinion on whether you believe there will be a significant change in Wellington housing market in the next 8 months? I was planning on selling next spring / summer (end of 2017, early 2018).  Selling right now would be possible (March 2017), but not be very convenient. However I’ve had another agent advise me about interest rates rises maybe affecting the…

Why I stopped eating meat…

Mar 3rd, 2017 Plant based diet Andrew Duncan

Annah and I made a massive change to our lives at the start of 2016: We stopped eating meat. I went from a steak addicted meat-atarian to an avocado loving vegetarian. 12 months in we strongly feel it is one of the best decisions we have ever made. This is our story (well, my side of it at least)… Part 1. Vanity. For 31 years…

Where are Kiwis moving to right now?

Feb 18th, 2017 Real Estate Andrew Duncan

The team at movingpro.co.nz recently shared this infographic with me and I thought it made for interesting reading. Scroll down below the image to read my thoughts… Key points (based on their last 1000 moving requests): 23% of kiwis are moving to Wellington. 43% of moves are to another City 65% of movers leaving are fleeing from Auckland The first stat is quite a surprise….

A tale of two open homes… And an open letter to lazy real estate agents

Feb 7th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

A few weeks ago my Wife, Annah and I visited two open homes in an area we are considering moving to. Open Home 1 The first house, a character ‘do up’ on a big flat section was well sign posted and we proceeded to stroll inside. We were able to walk through most of the house without meeting the agent which was slightly concerning but…

Real Estate: The next industry to be disrupted?

Feb 2nd, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Airbnb is making Motel owners broke all over the world. Uber is driving taxi drivers crazy (excuse the pun). Trademe made the ‘trade and exchange’ magazine obsolete almost over night. Will something similar happen in the real estate industry? Is it due for a shakeup? Firstly, it’s a question of trust. One of the main functions of any company is to provide a level or trust…

6 months of world travel with carry on luggage only…

Jan 28th, 2017 Travel Andrew Duncan

Intro: I have been a real estate agent in Johnsonville since the start of 2007. Due to a huge amount of support from family, friends and all my wonderful clients who have worked with me or recommended me over the years, along with a lot of late nights and working Sundays, I was fortunate enough to be able to take the second half of 2016…