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Buying and selling houses in the time of Coronavirus

A few of my friends and clients have asked me whether it’s a good time to buy and/or sell considering what is going on in the world. Here are my thoughts based on what we know so far… Note: Last updated 24th March 2020. Lockdown announced! This will effectively push a giant ‘pause’ button on nearly all real estate transactions and all the advice below…

How to achieve your 2020 property goals

Jan 12th, 2020 Property investment, Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

It’s that time of year when we sit down, take stock and decide on our goals for the year. When it comes to real estate, you might be looking to buy your first home, buy an investment property, or renovate your current home. We are here to talk you through how to achieve your property goals for the year ahead. Click on the link below…

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10 Property Truths

Dec 6th, 2019 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Here are 10 key property truths that I have learned throughout my career in real estate. These tips will help you make better decisions when buying and selling real estate. 1. Every property would sell tomorrow if price didn’t matter There is no such thing as an un-saleable property. Every single dwelling in NZ would sell tomorrow at some price. The house is never the…

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Buying a home when you have one to sell

Nov 8th, 2019 Tips For Buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Is having a house to sell holding you back from moving to your dream home? In this podcast episode, we sit down with mortgage adviser Jenny Cheevers to talk through the different options available when you are buying a home, but already have one you will need to sell. Our conversation includes: – Pros and cons of using bridging finance – Risks of offering ‘subject…

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What does a financial adviser actually do?

Oct 22nd, 2019 Personal finance, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

“That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially.” – Karl Pearson Are your financial habits helping you get closer to your financial goals? Or moving you further away? Do you have financial goals to start with? Is your KiwiSaver optimised? Do you have the right level of insurance? In this podcast episode, Tim Ellis from Fox Plan talks about what a…

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Tips for trying a plant-based diet

Oct 21st, 2019 Plant Based Diet Andrew Duncan

Plant-based eating is becoming more and more popular every day as more people realise the health, environmental and ethical benefits of reducing their intake of animal products. Before we made the switch away from meat, I considered myself something of a meatatarian, so I have some empathy for the reluctance you might feel before taking this kind of leap. The first piece of advice I…

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50 ways you can help reverse global warming

Oct 15th, 2019 Climate change, Plant Based Diet Andrew Duncan

My closest friends know I am passionate about reversing global warming. But until now I haven’t written about this topic on the blog. Partly because I wanted to learn as much as possible about the subject before putting my thoughts out there and partly because it’s such a big issue, it’s hard to know where to start! Below is a post I started writing at…


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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