The Secret to Making Money in Real Estate…

May 11th, 2016 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

I’m going to drop a bomb here that might just surprise you. After 14 years in the real estate industry (5 years in software, 9 years in sales) I have learned that the secret to making money in real estate is….. to never sell. That’s it. Never sell. That might sound crazy coming from a guy who makes his income selling property but I have…

That home sold for how much?? (Recent sales explained – get the inside word here)

In a market where the majority of properties are marketed by Tender / Auction / Deadline Sale, it is critical that you become proficient in valuing property as quickly as possible, so you can: A: Avoid missing out on your dream property by pitching your offer too low, and… B: Avoid paying too much for a home you fall in love with. First up: Valuing…

5 things you must do before you sell your home…

Jan 2nd, 2016 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

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 your kitchen and most cupboard handles are a standard size so they…

Bridging Finance – What You Need To Know

Nov 26th, 2015 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

What is a bridging loan? If you’re in the market to buy a new home but you haven’t yet sold your existing home, you may need a bridging loan. Bridging finance funds the purchase of a new home until the old home has been sold. It’s a convenient way of moving quickly on a new property, without having to wait until your current home is…

How accurate are Northern Suburbs Rateable Values right now?

According to Wellington City Council, new Rateable Values are set to be released mid November 2015. With that in mind I thought it would be an excellent time to examine the relevance of current RV’s. We are going to look at average sale prices compared to RV for each main suburb and tell you exactly what is happening out there. It is fair to say…

27 Moving Tips To Make Your Life Easier…

Oct 19th, 2015 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

One of the most stressful things you can do in your life is move house. Here are 27 moving tips to make your next move a little easier…  Note: Would you like someone to transfer all your utilities for you? Completely free of charge? Click here to find out more about our business partner Movinghub Moving Tip No.1: Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. Chances are,…

11 Most Common Home Buyer Questions / Real Estate FAQ’s

Oct 5th, 2015 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Buying a property is a big undertaking and a long term commitment. The goal here is to provide you with a resource that answers your questions and helps you avoid any nasty surprises by getting the right advice before you jump in and buy your next home. Throughout the post below you will find links to other articles which will expand on each point. They…

Is Wellington set for another property boom?

Good old Wellington, with it’s slow & steady real estate market that sets us apart from the rest of the Country. We don’t have the big ups and downs of Auckland but we truck along quietly in the background with house prices that seem to show so much promise but deliver so little capital gain (over the last 7 years at least). I started in…

Beware of agents that under-sell properties. They are out there….

Aug 11th, 2015 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

In case you missed it, TV 3 showed a story recently (10th Aug) about real estate salespeople being approached by property developers wanting to buy houses cheap (avoiding an Auction situation), and offering in return to renovate the property and sell it through the same agent, allowing them to achieve 2 commissions. One of the agents in question told the undercover reporter that she had such…