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…

6 Real Estate Apps You Should Be Using For Every Open Home

Nov 25th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

Here are 6 real estate apps that we use on a weekly basis that will help you make smart real estate decisions. 1. Compass (Built in application on iPhone) Every iPhone has a built in Compass. This is a fast way to check the sun aspect and orientation for any home. I use this 5-6 times every Sunday when doing open homes and I am surprised…

Don’t Let Your Conditions Cost you Next Time You Make An Offer.

Nov 10th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

We believe most buyers in the Wellington real estate market would be shocked if they knew how many multiple-offer situations are won and lost, largely based on conditions. The amount of time you choose to specify for your due diligence and the number of conditions you insert, has a direct influence how attractive your offer appears. Owners will often take the 2nd highest offer available because…

Why won’t you just tell me the asking price!

Oct 7th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

This is always a debatable issue but it’s one I feel needs to be explained further for the benefit of anyone looking at buying in this market. Please let us know your thoughts by commenting below, we would love to hear from you. ———————————- I have the following conversation at least 30 – 50 times every Sunday during our open homes… Buyer: “How much do the owners want?”…

5 Things you must do before you sell your home.

Sep 16th, 2016 Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

There are 5 activities that will add value to your existing home. These steps will provide you with the best possible return on time and money invested when it comes time to sell: 1. Painting You should paint bathroom ceilings if they need it, paint kitchen cupboards if the colours are dated. Consider changing the handles as well – a very inexpensive way to modernise…

Buying Old or Buying New – Some Key Considerations

Aug 26th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

Love the idea of an original weatherboard character home, or do you prefer something brand spanking new?  Before you decide on that ultra-modern pad, or start hunting for antiques for your little villa, there are some facts that may be worth considering. Location Historic or older houses will often be located in the more established suburbs (Khandallah, Miramar, Island Bay), whilst most newer properties will…