Wellington median sale price up 8.7% – Market update, October 2017

Oct 14th, 2017 Market statistics, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

An extreme shortage of properties caused the Wellington median sale price to jump 8.7% in September. Read on to find out how this came about. But first… Uber sees 100% increase in new driver applications! An underwhelming 181 properties changed hands in Wellington City in September (based on REINZ stats). To put this in perspective, nearly twice as many properties (334) sold in September last…

How to sell a plaster home: The 7 step guide

Oct 14th, 2017 Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Are you contemplating selling your plaster home? In this article, I outline the seven key steps you need to take to maximise your chances of achieving a successful sale. Disclaimer: I am not a builder. Please, please, please speak to your solicitor, building inspector and other professional advisers as necessary before buying or selling a plaster home. This information is based on my experience working…

Wellington real estate market update, September 2017

Sep 15th, 2017 Market statistics Andrew Duncan

What effect does the election have on the Wellington real estate market? REINZ figures show 210 sales for Wellington City in August. This was up 5% from the month before (199 sales in July) but down a whopping 27% from August 2016 (290 sales recorded). So volume is down… Quite a bit! To be fair, this is pretty typical, especially in Wellington where most potential…

Q&A Mailbag: Should you buy an apartment as your first home?

Sep 6th, 2017 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

In this weeks mailbag, we answer a common question about whether you should consider buying an apartment as your first home. Email your question to property@andrewduncan.co.nz Question: “I found your blog whilst doing some research re. potentially buying our first home. I’m a firm believer in doing my homework, and in particular, getting an unbiased opinion… Hence, I was wondering about your thoughts re. our…

Who should first home buyers vote for?

Who should first home buyers (and real estate agents) vote for?

Sep 6th, 2017 Market commentary Andrew Duncan

The home ownership rate in NZ is currently the lowest it has been in 66 years (approx 63%). It peaked at a high of 73.8% back in 1991 and has been falling ever since. So what’s happened since then? We can all agree, I hope, that a higher home ownership rate is a good thing for families, for children and for our society as a…

What is the best way to sell? Auction vs Tender. We ran the numbers…

Aug 16th, 2017 Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Wellington has always been the Tender capital of the world, and now Auctions have become popular as well. Right now you might just feel like every home you look at is up for Tender or Auction. Why so many Tenders/Auctions? Why won’t they just give us a damn asking price? Smart home owners will always look to employ a strategy that will allow them to…

13 Cheap and uncommon ways to add value to your home…

Aug 9th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Are you looking for cost-effective ways to add value to your home? Would you like to increase your potential selling price or valuation without spending the earth? When it comes to renovating, costs can spiral out of control if you are not careful. So this list has been prepared with frugal-ness top of mind! You might think some of these suggestions are obvious but you…

“On Work” by Kahil Gibran

Aug 9th, 2017 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

Some Wednesday motivation for all your hard working people out there. And a little bit of encouragement for those of us who fall off the wagon now and again.  I was recently introduced to this poem by Kahil Gibran (Author of ‘The Prophet‘) while reading the Hohepa ‘Wednesday Flier’ newsletter. It was reproduced paying tribute to their long time volunteer of 33 years, Robert Simpson….

My 12 favourite personal finance websites

Jul 23rd, 2017 Lifestyle Andrew Duncan

Are you looking to further your financial education? Are you tired of living payslip to payslip? Would you like to start down the road towards financial freedom? Learning is growth. And education helps us make smarter decisions. That is what this blog is all about. With that in mind, here are my 12 favourite personal finance websites. These are the people that have helped shaped…