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…

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…

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…

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 home for the best possible price. Isn’t it important that you get it right? When it comes to selling your biggest asset, 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…

What happens when you can’t agree on which house to buy?

Apr 5th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

Have you fallen in love with a home that your partner just can’t stand?  Choosing a home can really test a relationship. The act of buying such a large asset is fraught with emotion which can seriously cloud our judgement and effect our ability to make sound investment decisions. Houses are interesting because for most of us it is the single biggest financial investment we…

Quickfire Q&A with Jenny Cheevers, top mortgage broker

Mar 21st, 2017 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers Andrew Duncan

My first podcast with mortgage broker, Jenny Cheevers turned out to be a huge success. So we put together this little update where we answer some of your most common questions around finance. For example: Do you really need a 20% deposit to buy a home? How have the new 40% LVR rules for investors affected the market? Should a first home buyer pay off…

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How to cut through agent ‘quote prices’ and make better property decisions…

Mar 6th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips For Buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

“It sold for $200k more than the agent told me it would!” Nothing frustrates a home buyer more than falling in love with a property, getting hooked in by the suggestion that it would sell in your price range, spending thousands on due diligence, only to get to the Auction and see it sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars over your budget. The truth…

Q&A: Should I sell my Wellington home now? Or wait till next Summer?

Mar 4th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

QUESTION: Hello Andrew, I was wondering if i could trouble you for an opinion on whether you believe there will be a significant change in Wellington housing market in the next 8 months? I was planning on selling next spring / summer (end of 2017, early 2018).  Selling right now would be possible (March 2017), but not be very convenient. However I’ve had another agent advise me about interest rates rises maybe affecting the…