“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….

7 Signs you need to fire your real estate agent

Jun 20th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Let me guess – your salesperson promised you the world and bought you an atlas? What constitutes enough of a reason to fire them and start over? Let’s discuss the 7 signs you need to fire your real estate agent, and how to do it. Did you know… When you sign a listing authority, giving salesperson Sally Lotaleads permission to market your home (usually for 90…

Is now a good time to buy real estate?

Jun 6th, 2017 Market statistics, Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

I see changing market’s everywhere I look. Reports from Wellington describe buyers being more judicious and increasingly tentative. Priced properties are attracting lots of interest but some Tender dates are coming and going with no offers being received. Meanwhile there are 51% more houses on the market in Auckland than there were this time last year, and buyers are harder to come by. Suddenly agents are chasing…

Sick of waiting for the right home to come on the market? Here are 6 tips that might help…

Jun 6th, 2017 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

READER: I have a question, brought on by Wellington’s crazy house market. I sold my house last year and have been living with family since then, looking for a smaller place to buy. I haven’t yet found anything that ticks the majority of my boxes. I’ve developed relationships with three agents from different firms and do all the standard Trade Me / Realestate.co.nz checks every day….

9 things to know about buying ‘off the plans’

Jun 6th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

One of my readers recently asked me about buying an investment property off the plans (a property that has not yet been built). If you are considering this option, the advice I always give friends of mine is as follows: 9 things to know about buying off the plans… 1. Lock in equity from Day 1? There can be serious advantages to buying off the…

AREC 2017 Review – a.k.a Hair gel addicts anonymous

Jun 2nd, 2017 Real Estate Andrew Duncan

Golden sand, never-ending beaches, warm enough weather to wear shorts and a t-shirt – what’s not to like about being on the Gold Coast! Sadly for us, we spent our 2 days mostly inside a monstrous convention centre, but it was well worthwhile all the same. For anyone who hasn’t been before, AREC is the pinnacle of real estate conferences, especially in this part of…

Q&A Mailbag: Your property questions answered…

Apr 20th, 2017 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

In this weeks mailbag we provide a market prediction (living on the edge!), and answer a question around a potential bathroom renovation. Email your question to: property@andrewduncan.co.nz Question 1: “I’m a new migrant. I’ve arrived in NZ last October and have been living in Half Moon Bay, Auckland. We are living in a rental, and are now trying to buy our first house. One basic question….

9 Critical mistakes to avoid when selling your home…

Apr 20th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

You get one chance at selling your biggest asset. Isn’t it important that you get it right? When it comes to selling your home, it’s easy to make mistakes. Problem is, those mistakes can be extremely costly, and hard to recover from. These are the most common traps I see owners falling into. Avoid them at all costs! Mistake 1. Over capitalising on renovations. When preparing…