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…

“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….

My 12 favourite personal finance websites

Jul 23rd, 2017 Lifestyle Andrew Duncan

Are you looking to further your financial education? Are you tired of living payslip to payslip? Would you like to start down the road towards financial freedom? Learning is growth. And education helps us make smarter decisions. That is what this blog is all about. With that in mind, here are my 12 favourite personal finance websites. These are the people that have helped shaped…

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…