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…

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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…

When is the right time to buy? Should you try to ‘time the market’?

Nov 13th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

One thing stronger than our fear of missing out is our fear of making a bad decision. we become paralysed with indecision and anxiety when presented with too many choices. Isn’t it interesting how we get paralysis by analysis over something as simple as buying a vacuum cleaner, or deciding which hotel to book? You experience it on an even more intense level when you go…

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…