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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…

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Should you buy a cross-lease property?

Oct 20th, 2018 Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

I often get asked about cross-lease properties. It can be a confusing form of ownership, especially if you are new to the process of buying a home. The purpose of this article is to provide you with an understanding of whether cross-lease properties will provide a good real estate investment and/or whether you should avoid them at all costs. Thinking of selling a cross-lease property?…

What you need to know about Conditional vs Unconditional offers.

Sep 26th, 2018 Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

If you are buying a home for the first time, or if you haven’t made an offer in a while, the whole question of conditional vs unconditional offers can get confusing. This article explains how each type of offer works. When you make an offer on a property it will either be: UNCONDITIONAL Meaning the offer is not subject to any checks or due diligence….

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How to avoid paying too much for a property

Aug 30th, 2018 Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

This article will give you tips on how to avoid paying too much when buying a home. It focusses on the emotional side of the decision-making process. Why do some people end up paying too much? FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is an immensely powerful emotion and it can drive us to do crazy things in the heat of the moment. It is so easy…