finance

How to buy your first investment property

Sep 4th, 2019 Personal finance, Property investment Andrew Duncan

Would you like to take a massive step towards securing your financial future? Sorry for the rhetorical question, but it’s worth setting the stage here. Buying the right first investment property can put you on a high-speed, cruise-control path to financial freedom. Disclaimer… Before we get started: I am not a qualified financial adviser. This article will share tips and strategies I (and clients of…

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Should I buy a home in a seller’s market?

Sep 3rd, 2019 Market Statistics, Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

Please note: I am not a qualified financial adviser and the opinions offered here are purely my own. It is critical that you seek professional advice from a solicitor before embarking on any property purchase.¬†Read: Don’t buy a home without speaking to these 5 people first What a scary time it has become for first home buyers, especially if you started looking 12-24 months ago…

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How to sell your home privately (if you want to)…

Sep 2nd, 2019 Property investment, Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

After more than a decade in real estate. I have seen the value that a really good salesperson can add to the process. I have seen houses sell for prices that blew me away – because the salesperson running the marketing campaign knew how to position the property. They knew how to attract the right buyers and how to create competition. At the same time,…

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10 things to love about Taipei, Taiwan

Jun 4th, 2019 Travel Andrew Duncan

“The coolest thing about Taiwan is that we were usually the only foreigners everywhere we went but no one treats you like a tourist. And while the locals were always lovely and nice to us, they didn’t expect anything from us since their economy isn’t built on tourism. Not one single person hit us up for money or tried to sell us a selfie-stick…” We…

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What to do if your home is taking a long time to sell…

May 3rd, 2019 Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

In this article, you will find straight-forward tips and advice on what to do if you have a home that is taking a long time to sell. If a house stays on the market a long time, does that mean there is something wrong with it? Not always. It is true that some properties are harder to sell. If there is unconsented building work that…

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Does the ‘net-positive life’ argument make it ok to eat meat?

Mar 14th, 2019 Plant Based Diet Andrew Duncan

Sam Harris is a human I have unbridled admiration for. I love the way he thinks. When he talks I feel my anxiety washing away, seeping out of my pores. His podcast interviews have altered my perceptions and changed my thinking of many aspects of my life. I certainly don’t agree with everything he says, however. Some of his views on immigration are too strong…

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Your finance questions answered…

Mar 5th, 2019 Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

I recently interviewed top Wellington mortgage broker Jenny Cheevers to get her thoughts on a few topical real estate finance questions, including: – What’s happening with interest rates?¬† – Should I fix for 1 year or 2 years? – Should I switch banks for one offering 3.95%? – Can I buy a home with only a 10% deposit? – Should I pay off my student…

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Is it a good idea to ban letting fees?

Dec 6th, 2018 Market commentary, Property investment Andrew Duncan

Letting fees are a cost which have historically been charged to tenants by property managers when they move into a property. It is usually equivalent to one week’s rent. It is a large cost for a tenant to bear, especially if they are only going to live in the property for 3 – 12months. While taking a sabbatical in Auckland in 2017, we rented a…

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Unconditional offers – Are they worth the effort?

Dec 5th, 2018 Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

First up, if you are unsure what we mean by the words conditional vs unconditional, check out this article for a bit of background. Needless to say, making an unconditional offer on a property takes serious effort and investment. The process of making an unconditional offer could (and should) involve: Speaking with your lawyer (asking them to review the title, LIM and offer document). Arranging…