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…

Who needs a ‘free appraisal’ anyway?

Apr 5th, 2017 Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

Up until recently, there were 2 common ways you could figure out the value of your property: 1. Contact a real estate agent and invite them round to your home to give you a ‘free market appraisal’ and have this awkward situation where you want to know the answer but you don’t want them to hound you every 2 days with a phone call until…

Quickfire Q&A with Jenny Cheevers, top mortgage adviser

Mar 21st, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

My first podcast with mortgage adviser, 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…

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…

A tale of two open homes… And an open letter to lazy real estate agents

Feb 7th, 2017 Real Estate, Tips for buyers, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

A few weeks ago my Wife, Annah and I visited two open homes in an area we are considering moving to. Open Home 1 The first house, a character ‘do up’ on a big flat section was well sign posted and we proceeded to stroll inside. We were able to walk through most of the house without meeting the agent which was slightly concerning but…

6 Real Estate Apps You Should Be Using For Every Open Home

Nov 25th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

Here are 6 real estate apps that we use on a weekly basis that will help you make smart real estate decisions. 1. Compass (Built in application on iPhone) Every iPhone has a built in Compass. This is a fast way to check the sun aspect and orientation for any home. I use this 5-6 times every Sunday when doing open homes and I am surprised…

Don’t Let Your Conditions Cost you Next Time You Make An Offer.

Nov 10th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

We believe most buyers in the Wellington real estate market would be shocked if they knew how many multiple-offer situations are won and lost, largely based on conditions. The amount of time you choose to specify for your due diligence and the number of conditions you insert, has a direct influence how attractive your offer appears. Owners will often take the 2nd highest offer available because…

Why won’t you just tell me the asking price!

Oct 7th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

This is always a debatable issue but it’s one I feel needs to be explained further for the benefit of anyone looking at buying in this market. Please let us know your thoughts by commenting below, we would love to hear from you. ———————————- I have the following conversation at least 30 – 50 times every Sunday during our open homes… Buyer: “How much do the owners want?”…

Buying Old or Buying New – Some Key Considerations

Aug 26th, 2016 Tips for buyers Andrew Duncan

Love the idea of an original weatherboard character home, or do you prefer something brand spanking new?  Before you decide on that ultra-modern pad, or start hunting for antiques for your little villa, there are some facts that may be worth considering. Location Historic or older houses will often be located in the more established suburbs (Khandallah, Miramar, Island Bay), whilst most newer properties will…