10 property truths

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…

Wellington houses

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…

Keys on table

How to sell your home privately (if you want to)…

Sep 2nd, 2019 Property investment, Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

After more than a decade in real estate. I have seen the value that a really good salesperson can add to the process. I have seen houses sell for prices that blew me away – because the salesperson running the marketing campaign knew how to position the property. They knew how to attract the right buyers and how to create competition. At the same time,…

Propertyfiles is a game-changer for buyers and real estate agents

Jun 18th, 2018 Market commentary, Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

There is now a real estate file delivery system available that every single real estate salesperson should be using to allow prospective buyers access to reports and other related info. This system is called propertyfiles and from our experience, it’s a game-changer. I’ve worked in real estate sales since 2007. Since the day I started, one of the most time-consuming tasks has been getting property info…

Property investors

Are property investors making the housing situation better? Or worse?

Apr 27th, 2018 Market commentary, Real Estate Andrew Duncan

Lately, the ‘stop being so tough on property investors‘ rhetoric has gotten a little bit much for me to bear. Fellow property investors – it’s time we started being honest with ourselves. Taking care of your financial future is a good thing and you should be commended for it. You won’t be a burden to the state if you take care of your own finances. At…

Homeowners: Don’t sign until you’ve read the fine print.

Mar 21st, 2018 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

This article explains why you need to think long and hard before you choose an agent and before you sign their listing agreement. What is a listing agreement or ‘agency agreement’? It is the contract you sign when you hire a real estate salesperson to market your home. Find out more on the REA website. The standard duration is 90 days and therein lies the problem….

Mailbag: How do you feel the real estate industry needs to change?

Mar 7th, 2018 Market commentary, Real Estate Andrew Duncan

I recently asked my newsletter recipients the following 3 questions: How do you feel the real estate industry needs to change? What would give you more confidence when dealing with real estate salespeople? What part of the real estate process do you find the most confusing? The feedback blew me away. I am touched by the amount of time many of you took to write…

11 Questions to ask before you hire a real estate agent

Feb 5th, 2018 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

When it’s time to sell your home, you will find there are basically two types of real estate salespeople out there. The first type will chuck a sign outside, take a few photos, put it up on trademe with a few bullet points in the advert and wait for the phone to ring. The second type will pro-actively go out in search of the perfect…

5 Questions to ask yourself before buying your first home

Jan 26th, 2018 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

Buying your first home is a damn big deal. Not only from a financial perspective but from an emotional point of view as well. Kudos to you for embarking on this journey! When buying with a partner, spouse or friend, the purchase of a first home represents a huge leap of faith in your relationship. On the other hand, if you are achieving the incredibly admirable feat…

Who should pay for advertising? Agent or Owner?

Jan 14th, 2018 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

It often comes as a complete surprise to owners, that a real estate salesperson will ask them to pay not only their commission but a separate advertising bill on top (and up front). This advertising program usually comes to thousands of dollars. Which begs the one question that nearly every owner ponders at some point in the home selling process: “If I am paying my…