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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Compact Living: Tips for Transforming Small Spaces
Transform your small living space into a stylish haven with these compact living tips. Maximise space, embrace simplicity, and invest wisely for a functional and efficient home.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Strong March Results: Sellers and Buyers Active in the Market
Discover the resilience of the New Zealand property market in March, with strong results for buyers and sellers. LJ Hooker Group sees a 27% increase in sales, showing returning confidence and stability.
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| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
The Changing Face of Property Investment in New Zealand
Explore the evolving trends shaping property investment in New Zealand, from sustainability and technology to changing demographics and alternative ownership models.
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| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Choosing Wisely: Urban or Regional Property Investment
Discover the pros and cons of urban vs regional property investments to make a wise choice for maximizing returns. Learn how location impacts your investment objectives and long-term goals.
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Unlocking Value: Exploring Hidden Gem Properties
Discover how to unlock hidden gem properties with high market potential by exploring overlooked opportunities and leveraging local expertise. Uncover valuable strategies for finding real estate treasures.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
A Guide to Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent
Discover how to choose the best real estate agent for your property journey. Learn about essential qualities like qualifications, local expertise, experience, market understanding, and more.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Deciding Whether to Buy or Sell First
Deciding whether to buy or sell a home first can be challenging. Explore the pros and cons, market dynamics, and financial considerations to make the best decision for your situation.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Protecting Your Privacy During Open Homes
Learn how to protect your privacy during open homes when selling your property. Discover tips to safeguard valuables and personal space while showcasing your home to potential buyers.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Crafting Perfection: Tips for Choosing the Right Architect and Builder for Your Home
Struggling to find the perfect architect and builder for your home? Learn from the experts with tips on choosing the right professional who aligns with your vision and understands your lifestyle. Avoid costly mistakes and make the right decision the first time around.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Invest with Confidence: A Checklist for Your Property Success
Invest with confidence by following this checklist for property success. From security checks to repairs and maintenance, this blog provides valuable tips for rental property owners. Discover how to future-proof your investment and attract good tenants.
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Top Tips to Consider When Upsizing Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Top Tips to Consider When Upsizing Your Home
There are many things you may be considering as you start your search for a larger home. You might have started to feel you have outgrown your current home.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Opening Doors: Parental Support Strategies for Young Home Buyers
Discover effective strategies for parents to support young home buyers in the current housing market. From financial assistance to education and rental options, learn how to help your children achieve their dream of homeownership.
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9 Tips to Style your Apartment to Sell
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
9 Tips to Style your Apartment to Sell
98 percent of our agents say that styling can make a big difference when you are selling. It can help add value, attract more buyers and help your property sell faster.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
From Viewing to Buying: How Floor Plans Transform Property Sales
Discover the power of floor plans in transforming property sales. Learn how they help buyers visualise and plan their future space, and why they are a valuable marketing tool for sellers.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Your Guide to Navigating House and Land Packages
Discover the benefits of purchasing a house and land package, including affordability, customisation options, and potential for future development. Get answers to key questions in this informative guide.
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Declutter You Home to Prepare It for Sale
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Declutter You Home to Prepare It for Sale
With all the effort you are putting into listing your property, it is crucial you maximise your chances to get the best price. Decluttering your house before selling is a great way to stack the odds in your favour and find the best buyer.
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How to Prepare Your Home for Santa’s Visit
| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
How to Prepare Your Home for Santa’s Visit
Santa and his eight reindeer will be on their way to your house soon, so it is imperative you take a few necessary precautions to protect your home and furniture.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
How to Buy a Home as a Couple
Learn how to navigate the process of buying a home as a couple with these valuable insights. From setting a budget to making an informed offer, this guide will help you create a strong foundation for your future together.
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| Lyall Russell
Investor's Guide to Renovating Your Rental Property
Maximise the profitability of your rental property with our Investor's Guide to Renovating. Learn when and how to make strategic renovations that attract high-quality tenants and increase rental returns.
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What Are Virtual Property Appraisals (And How Do They Work)?
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
What Are Virtual Property Appraisals (And How Do They Work)?
As more and more aspects of our lives migrate online, real estate recently picked up its pace and adopted digital tools to offer consumers a better experience. As a result, 3D tours, virtual inspections, online auctions or even virtual staging have now become commonplace. And so have virtual property appraisals.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
A Buyers Guide to Navigating the Real Estate Market
The real estate buying process can be daunting, but buying a house doesn't need to be scary. Understanding the buying process, from searching for a property, getting your finances in order and buying the process will ensure you have knowledge on your side.
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Top Reasons to Get a Property Inspection Before You Sell
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Top Reasons to Get a Property Inspection Before You Sell
As a seller, if you get a building inspection done before your property hits the market, it will uncover whether you have any issues. This will set you up for a more successful sale.
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| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Selling a Rental Property: Key Considerations and Strategies
Selling a rental property can be a complex process, especially when tenants are involved. Having tenants in the property while selling often makes financial sense for investors.
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Preparing Your House for an Open Home
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Preparing Your House for an Open Home
When selling, first impressions count. Spending a little bit of time and energy to ensure your property is presented in the best possible light can go a long way in attracting more potential buyers, achieving a higher sales price and selling in a quicker timeframe.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Revitalising Your Home Office: A Splash of Creativity, Functionality, and Vibrant Colours
In the contemporary landscape of remote work and home-based learning, our perception of home offices has undergone a significant transformation.
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
The Benefits of Using a Property Manager for Your Investment Property
Investing in property can be a lucrative venture, but it comes with its share of responsibilities and challenges.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Diving into Property Investment with Modest Capital
Property investment stands as a compelling route to shape financial prosperity and secure a brighter future.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Exploring Fresh Beginnings: Navigating Property Sales Post-Divorce
Life takes unexpected turns, and few changes are as significant as navigating the intricate path of divorce. For those facing the prospect of selling a shared property due to separation, the journey is not without its unique challenges.
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| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Escape to the Tropics: Transform Your Home into a Paradise Haven
Yearning for a tropical getaway but unable to follow your friends to Bali or the Cook Islands? No worries! You can still experience the serenity and relaxation of your favourite tropical retreat without leaving the comfort of your home.
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Considering Purchasing a New Build? Here's What You Need to Know
If you're considering buying a house, one important decision you'll face is whether to purchase an existing property or buy off the plan.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Unlock the Potential: Enhance Your Rental Income with Simple Property Improvements
Maximising the rental income of your property is a top priority for savvy property investors. Fortunately, boosting your rental returns doesn't have to be a daunting or expensive task.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
From Energy Drain to Money Gain: Smart Ways to Reduce Your Power Bill
Feeling a sense of unease when your monthly electricity bill arrives is all too common. Despite your efforts to monitor your power consumption, the amount due can take an unexpected toll on your budget.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Maintaining a Weatherproof Rental Property: Essential Tips for Landlords
As a responsible landlord, it's crucial to prioritise the upkeep of your rental property. You want to ensure it is comfortable for your tenants and meets Healthy Homes standards.
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Exploring New Zealand's Rural and Lifestyle Property Market Amidst Changing Interest Rates
Uncertainty has been a popular word recently. Uncertainty is why people have been slower to buy property. Uncertainty is why people have not wanted to commit to borrowing more money. Uncertainty is why many people have decided to sit back and see how the market plays out before making investment decisions.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Is it Time to Buy a House? Key Signs to Assess Your Readiness
Planning to take your first steps onto the property ladder? Timing is everything in the real estate market, and deciding when to buy a house can feel like a million-dollar question.
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Scents That Help Sell Houses
Enter any residence, and it's not the arrangement or design that leaves a lasting impression, but rather the scent.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
A Homeowners Guide: What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Mortgage
Owning a home is a significant accomplishment, but sometimes unexpected financial challenges can make it difficult to meet mortgage payments.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Starting Your Journey as a Real Estate Investor
Investing in real estate can be a lucrative way to build wealth over time.
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Warm this Winter
Winter in New Zealand can be beautiful, but it can also be chilly.
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Preparing Your Home Before Going on Holiday
Everyone loves a holiday. Whether it’s a mini break to the beach for a long weekend, or you are packing your suitcase and heading to the airport for an adventure abroad, you want to make sure your home is prepared before jetting away.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Significant Life Events That Influence Real Estate Decisions
Life is a journey and it’s full of change. Just like life, real estate is a journey too that is influenced by decisions you make or what happens throughout your life.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Getting your farm ready to sell
Farms are not just homes, they are investments, businesses, a place where families are raised, responsibilities are learnt and a place where people grow.
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Preparing Your Home for Autumn
The temperature is cooling, trees are turning orange, autumn is well and truly here. While you have probably pulled on a couple of extra layers, you home probably need some adjustments before hitting the market.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
What You Should Know Before You Rent a Property
Renting a property can be an exciting time. This is going to be your home, a place where you will grow and where you will spend a lot of your time. Before you sign that contract, it's important to be informed and prepared for that commitment.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Making a Smart Financial Move – Refinancing your Mortgage
Refinancing your home loan can be a smart financial move.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Staging Your Home to Sell – How to Get Attention in a Competitive Market
Selling a home is a big decision, and it’s important to maximise your chances of selling quickly and at the best possible price. That’s where home staging comes in.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Benefits of Having a Pet-Friendly Rental
Whether it be a cat, dog, bird, horse or rabbit – pets are part of so many families across New Zealand. They are seen as family members, and many pet owners will make life decisions with their ‘fur-baby’ in mind.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Getting Your House Weather-Ready
Extreme weather events can happen at any time, and if you are not prepared it can cause significant damage to your home.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster – A Path to Financial Freedom
An eye watering mortgage is a reality for many homeowners across New Zealand. With a 20 percent deposit to buy a house and the rest on loan, with repayments spread across 30 years, many Kiwis pay the minimum – but there are benefits to putting extra cash towards your mortgage.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Making Your Living Room Perfect
Your living room is a place to relax and to get comfortable. It is the perfect spot in your home to create a haven of relaxation. An area where you can come home, kick off your shoes, and unwind with a good book or a little bit of telly.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Making Your Rental Yours Without Breaking the Rules
Home renovations shows are always a source for inspiration, giving you ideas of what your dream home could be. Needless to say, if you are a renter, your ability to renovate your home is limited.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Tips to Help Master Your Home Renovation
Renovation projects can be rollercoaster events. It is an exciting journey, but it is one that can be full of surprises along the way. While it would be great to be able to fast-forward to the end of your renovation project to enjoy your new home, you will enjoy it even more knowing the hard work put into it.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Create a Comfortable Home with Natural Light
Flooding your home with natural light not only saves on electricity bills but it also creates a warm and inviting home. When your home is the place you spend a lot of time indoors, you want it to be comfortable – natural light could be the solution.
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| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Setting You Up to Successfully Sell Your Home
Buying a property can be one of the most challenging decisions you make, but when it comes to selling that home, it can be a hectic time too.
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Mistakes To Avoid When Investing In Property
nvesting in property is a dream for many. It is an investment that you physically own, and like former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world”.
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| Shannon Vos | 4 mins
The Ultimate Guide to Painting With Shannon Vos
Painting can be one of the simplest jobs, but it can also cause the biggest headaches. Our ambassador Shannon Vos shows us how to paint like a pro.
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Expert Home Renovation Advice – Mistakes to Avoid
Before and after renovation photos are captivating. Whether they appear on our social media feeds, or we see them in magazines, transformation between the two snaps make the renovation process look easy.
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Guide to Preparing Your Home for the Spring Selling Season
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Guide to Preparing Your Home for the Spring Selling Season
Spring is an excellent time to sell your property for a variety of reasons. As the seller, you will want to prepare your home in the right way, as this gives you the best chance of attracting great buyers, achieving a higher sales price, and, ultimately, locking in a successful sale.
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How to Encourage Tenants to Renew Their Lease
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
How to Encourage Tenants to Renew Their Lease
The end of the year often marks the end of rental leases, and finding new tenants can be a time-consuming and costly exercise for landlords and property managers.
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Respecting Tenants When You’re Selling
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Respecting Tenants When You’re Selling
Selling with tenants can be an opportunistic time; investors will automatically be attracted to assets which are tenanted, especially on a long-term tenancy.
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What Do Renovators and First Home Buyers Want?
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
What Do Renovators and First Home Buyers Want?
Many people would argue that home buyers have a similar wish list when it comes to buying a home, regardless of whether they are single, a professional couple, a young family or a retiree.
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Where to Buy - Country or City?
| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Where to Buy - Country or City?
There are no two ways about it, buying a house is a big decision. You can spend months compiling a list of all the things a potential home must have.
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Preparing Your Kids for Moving
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Preparing Your Kids for Moving
Moving homes can be exciting, nerve-wracking, and disruptive. There are many pieces of the puzzle that need to come together during this process, but do not undermine how unsettling this can be on your children.
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Measuring the Value a Bathroom Renovation Adds to Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 7 mins
Measuring the Value a Bathroom Renovation Adds to Your Home
There is a lot of value in renovating your bathroom. While it can offer a good return on investment, it is a huge undertaking, so to make the most of this room it is critical not to overcapitalise.
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Practical Advice to Successfully Selling Your Home in Winter
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Practical Advice to Successfully Selling Your Home in Winter
Although the weather is not usually at its best during the colder months, people search for property all year round. In fact, selling your home in winter can even have its own benefits.
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Pointers for Getting Ready to Buy a House
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Pointers for Getting Ready to Buy a House
We may often ask ourselves when is the best time to buy a house? There are many signs that can indicate a person’s readiness to purchase a home, but there are also others who might suggest the time is not right.
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Make Your Rental Property Stand Out
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Make Your Rental Property Stand Out
With new rental developments being completed, and a range of variety in the types of rental properties, landlords need to make their homes stand out from the rest.
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Simple Ways to Make Your Home Look Great From the Street
| Lyall Russell | 7 mins
Simple Ways to Make Your Home Look Great From the Street
First impressions mean a lot in many parts of life, and they are just as important when it comes to selling your home.
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Design the Perfect Nursery for Your Newborn
| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Design the Perfect Nursery for Your Newborn
When you have a newborn on the way, there is a lot to plan for. It is an exciting time as your family is about to grow. If planning what your child is going to wear is not exciting enough, you also have a whole room to decorate.
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Best Practice to Adding Plants to Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Best Practice to Adding Plants to Your Home
Indoor plants have been shown to have many health benefits, such as lifting moods and reducing stress, which is one reason they have become an important part of interior decorating.
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Top Tips for Adding Equity to Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Top Tips for Adding Equity to Your Home
Your mind might be instantly going towards those big ticket items, and you might be asking yourself where can I add another bedroom? Is there room for a pool or a granny flat? Read our top tips to discover more.
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Top Tips for Buying an Investment Property
| Lyall Russell | 7 mins
Top Tips for Buying an Investment Property
Adding an investment property to your portfolio can be an effective strategy for building wealth and securing your future.
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Avoid Over Capitalising on Your Home Renovations
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Avoid Over Capitalising on Your Home Renovations
Many New Zealanders choose to stay and renovate their home rather than sell. Yet, it is essential that you consider whether your renovation will add value.
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Get the Most Value From Your Home When Selling
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Get the Most Value From Your Home When Selling
Your home is where you create family memories, grow as a person, a place part of your life is attached to. When it comes to selling it is only natural to get the most value possible.
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Preparing for Moving Day
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Preparing for Moving Day
One of the most exciting, yet stressful days is on the horizon – moving day is almost here!
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Do Your Homework Before Making Offers on Homes
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Do Your Homework Before Making Offers on Homes
We look at a case study that explores what to do now that you've climbed property ladder and what you should do before making an offer.
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Style Your Living Room With Wall Art
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Style Your Living Room With Wall Art
Family photos, abstract images, landscapes and animals are all regular features on walls across New Zealand. No one likes a bare wall, but you want to strike the balance to make sure you have wall art that adds personality and interest to your spaces.
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All You Need to Know to Prepare for a Summer Sale
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
All You Need to Know to Prepare for a Summer Sale
Everything is at its best in summer, this makes your property look its best, and buyers are more willing to head out and view open homes when the weather is on their side.
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Ways to Find and Keep Good Tenants for Your Rental Properties
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Ways to Find and Keep Good Tenants for Your Rental Properties
While an investment property is a huge asset, so are responsible, long-term renters, but finding a good tenant for your rental doesn’t have to be a headache.
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Top Questions You Should Ask Your Agent
| Lyall Russell | 7 mins
Top Questions You Should Ask Your Agent
Navigating the property market can be a challenge, as there are many hurdles you must overcome. Whether you are buying or selling, it is likely to involve one of the biggest assets you will own, so you want to do it right.
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Property Auctions Fast and Simple
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Property Auctions Fast and Simple
Selling a home by auction can be both exciting and nerve-wracking but it's a process that is often misunderstood.
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What to Consider Before Buying Your First Lifestyle Block
| Lyall Russell | 7 mins
What to Consider Before Buying Your First Lifestyle Block
After a period of lockdowns, travel restrictions or just growing tired of being boxed into a densely populated community, the extra space that comes with a lifestyle block can be tempting.
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Real Estate Career ‘Fulfilling’
| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Real Estate Career ‘Fulfilling’
The real estate profession has become one of New Zealand's top 10 most popular jobs (*source Careers NZ) for the very first time and it's not hard to see why.
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Putting Your Best Foot Forward When Preparing a Rental Application
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Putting Your Best Foot Forward When Preparing a Rental Application
Finding the perfect rental to call home can be a challenge, especially in a competitive rental market. Property inspection can be frequented by dozens of others who, like you, feel that rush when you have found the perfect home, in the right neighbourhood and within your budget.
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Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home
After a wet and cold winter, spring is finally here and what better time to get stuck into a deep spring clean!
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What You Need to Know When Downsizing
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
What You Need to Know When Downsizing
From the moment most people start their property journey they have dreams of large mansions, sprawling gardens and plenty of space. But there comes a time when you may not reach those dreams, but you know it is time for a lifestyle change and a little less space.
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Making the Auction Room Digital – What You Need to Know About Online Property Auctions
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Making the Auction Room Digital – What You Need to Know About Online Property Auctions
Recent restrictions meant we had to stay home and could not host open homes or auctions. To be able to continue to help people buy and sell properties, the real estate industry had to embrace digital alternatives, and online auctions were one of these.
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Don’t Rule Out Staging When Selling Your Property
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Don’t Rule Out Staging When Selling Your Property
Selling an empty home can be tough. Some buyers struggle to conjure up the imagination to visualise how an empty room can be easily turned into a warm, inviting home.
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Don’t Wait for Spring Before Getting Into the Garden
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Don’t Wait for Spring Before Getting Into the Garden
When you flip the calendar to realise it is August, you know that spring is just around the corner. Making this month the perfect time to dust off your spade and prepare your garden for summer.
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Where Should You Add Value To Your Home?
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Where Should You Add Value To Your Home?
If you are considering selling, or you want to invest in your house to make it more homely yet increase its value, then this is a question that has weighed on many minds.
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Taking the Plunge, Deciding to Sell Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Taking the Plunge, Deciding to Sell Your Home
Homes are a place where we create memories. It is a place where we grow as people and celebrate life milestones. However, there are times in life where you must make the decision to move on and find your next family home.
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Getting a Former Rental Ready for Market
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Getting a Former Rental Ready for Market
Long term rental properties do not tend to get the cosmetic updates that homeowners invest into their own properties. While the majority of rental homes are in tip top structural condition and meet legal requirements, they may look tired or not as inviting.
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Preparing Your Home for a Hassle-Free Winter
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Preparing Your Home for a Hassle-Free Winter
The days are getting shorter, the temperature has dropped, and you always grab a coat when you leave the house - winter is nearly here.
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Making Your Home Appealing for a Winter Sale
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Making Your Home Appealing for a Winter Sale
Nobody likes a cold and draughty home, and if you are getting your home ready for a winter sale, you want people to know how warm and toasty their future home will be. Before Jack Frost starts nipping at your toes, and ice crystals blanket your lawn, you want to plug all those gaps that allows cold air to bring down the temperature in your home.
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How to Get the Most Money Selling Your House
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
How to Get the Most Money Selling Your House
When someone decides to sell their property, their sights are often set on one goal: getting the best price. This may seem like a straightforward aim, however, there are lots of smaller moving parts to achieving this.
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Top Tips for Renters to Save for a Home Deposit
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| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Top Tips for Renters to Save for a Home Deposit
Renting is a big expense in most people’s budget, so buying a home can often seem like just a dream. However, with tried and tested strategies it is undoubtedly a reachable goal. In just 18 months you could have built your savings enough for a deposit.
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Small Steps Property Investors Shouldn’t Overlook to Be Great Landlords
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Small Steps Property Investors Shouldn’t Overlook to Be Great Landlords
The latest reforms to the Residential Tenancy Act have been an opportunity for all property investors to make sure their investment properties meet the new standards. The changes could also be a time to consider how you could better invest your time to maintain your property and look after your tenants.
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Top Tips for Finding That Perfect Bach
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Top Tips for Finding That Perfect Bach
Families across New Zealand ventured to the beach this summer. They got their dose of sun, sand and salt water. Folks enjoyed the slow and relaxing life, getting their toes wet, licking up the ice cream before it dripped down their fingers, and enjoying life with their family.
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Top Tips to Boost the Value of Your Home
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
Top Tips to Boost the Value of Your Home
The questions are endless when you start thinking about how you can add value to you home. Should you add another bedroom, build a pool or a granny flat, or would a garage be better? The list goes on.
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Six Ways to Know if You Have Found the One
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Six Ways to Know if You Have Found the One
House hunting is a little bit like the modern approach to dating. You come across several pretty good matches, the photos look good online so you swipe right and arrange a viewing. Some don’t quite match up to expectations, others seem pretty alright, but how to know you have found THE one you want to buy?
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How to Add Value to Your Home With a Budget of $2,500
| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
How to Add Value to Your Home With a Budget of $2,500
With a budget of $2,500, there is a fair bit you can do in a home when it comes to giving it a fresh, new look. If you are planning to sell soon, then maybe prioritise the kitchen and bathroom which are rooms that can make or break a sale.
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How to Style Your Outdoor Space to Sell in Spring
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
How to Style Your Outdoor Space to Sell in Spring
From your front door to your outdoor living area, styling your outdoor spaces is just as important as styling inside your home when preparing to sell your home.
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5 Things to Look For to Find the Right Real Estate Agent
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
5 Things to Look For to Find the Right Real Estate Agent
To make sure you pick the right real estate agent to take care of selling your home, look for these 5 signs.
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Preparing Kids and Pets to Move House
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Preparing Kids and Pets to Move House
Children can become quite upset when moving house - whether it’s the unfamiliar surroundings or perhaps leaving friends behind.
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Stress Reduction Strategies for Rental Inspections
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Stress Reduction Strategies for Rental Inspections
Rental inspections are inherently stressful. There is an abundance of cleaning followed by an overwhelming worry that the landlord might find something wrong.
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How to Make an Offer on a Property?
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
How to Make an Offer on a Property?
One of the most common ways people buy a property in New Zealand is by Private Treaty, better known as a negotiation – this is when a property is listed for sale with an asking price and potential buyers make offers in writing to the real estate agent who will then presents it to the vendor for consideration.
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7 Tips for Keeping Cool This Summer
| Lyall Russell
7 Tips for Keeping Cool This Summer
To enjoy summer, we have to combat the high temperatures and the sun that’s heating our homes. Here are some easy tips from our Summer Checklist.
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10 Tips on How to Be a Successful Investor
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
10 Tips on How to Be a Successful Investor
What makes one investor better than another?  Here are 10 tried and true steps successful investors use to help steer their decisions and to help them get the most out of their investment.
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Preparing Your Home for Holidays
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Preparing Your Home for Holidays
Counting down the days until your holidays start? There's more to just packing your bags and hitting the road before the r 'n r commences.
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How to Best Negotiate a Private Treaty Sale
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
How to Best Negotiate a Private Treaty Sale
A private treaty sale occurs when a property is listed for sale with an asking price, the buyer makes an offer to the agent, who then presents the offer to the seller, who can then decide whether or not to accept it.
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Property Investing Basics - What to Look For in an Investment
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Property Investing Basics - What to Look For in an Investment
Have you been like a cat looking at a fish bowl, looking into the New Zealand property markets only to find yourself unable to make that final commitment?
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Why Use Video to Sell Your Home?
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Why Use Video to Sell Your Home?
The popularity of videos is growing and buyers love them.
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Questions to Ask a Home Loan Consultant
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Questions to Ask a Home Loan Consultant
Are you looking to get a home loan but not sure where to start? Here are 10 important questions to ask home loan lenders to ensure you are choosing the right partner for you and one that is best aligned to your individual circumstances.
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Top 10 Moving House Tips
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Top 10 Moving House Tips
Huge congratulations you have sold your property! After the celebrations have calmed down, you need to start thinking about getting ready to move out and into your new home.
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One Week to Moving Day Checklist
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
One Week to Moving Day Checklist
With only one week until you move out of your home, you are probably feeling a mix of emotions.
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What to Expect at a Pre-settlement Inspection
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
What to Expect at a Pre-settlement Inspection
A pre-settlement inspection is your buyer’s opportunity to inspect your property before the final payment is made.
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What Not to Do on Auction Day
| Lyall Russell | 2 mins
What Not to Do on Auction Day
Discover the essential dos and don'ts for a successful home auction. From maintaining confidentiality to setting a realistic reserve price, this blog provides expert tips for sellers.
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How to Set a Reserve Price for Auction
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
How to Set a Reserve Price for Auction
As part of our on-going series on how to sell your property by auction, this blog looks at how to set a reserve price and what factors you should consider.
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The Auctioneer’s Job and Rules of Auction
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
The Auctioneer’s Job and Rules of Auction
Essentially the role of the auctioneer is to control a public negotiation process where potential buyers are competing to buy a property.
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Open Home Day Checklist
| Lyall Russell | 2 mins
Open Home Day Checklist
Your house has hit the market, and your open home day is here! Buyers are going to have the opportunity to inspect your property for the first time.
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Selling? Do You Understand the Key Auction Terms?
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Selling? Do You Understand the Key Auction Terms?
You may have heard many of these auction terms, but you may not know what they mean.
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Selling by Auction - What to Expect on the Day
| Lyall Russell | 6 mins
Selling by Auction - What to Expect on the Day
We’ve all seen the drama of an auction on TV - the auctioneer with their quick-fire speech, waving hands and pointing fingers.
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14 Ways to Prepare the Outside of Your Home to Sell
| Lyall Russell | 5 mins
14 Ways to Prepare the Outside of Your Home to Sell
We all know the importance of good curb appeal. It draws people in off the street and can make your home a bright star in your neighbourhood.
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Day Before Inspection Day - What to Do
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
Day Before Inspection Day - What to Do
Your property is open for inspection tomorrow, so it is time to do some last minute jobs to help create the all-important WOW factor!
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Furnished vs Unfurnished Rental
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Furnished vs Unfurnished Rental
We are often asked by our investors whether they should lease their property out furnished or unfurnished.
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Preparing Your Home to Maximise Photo Potential
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Preparing Your Home to Maximise Photo Potential
Great photos are a vital element of a successful sales campaign. Most people’s first impression of your property will not be up close and personal, it will be through the photographs presented in the online listing.
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How to Attract High-Quality Tenants for Your Property
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
How to Attract High-Quality Tenants for Your Property
An investment property can be a huge asset. Naturally, landlords want high-quality tenants to make the venture as profitable and stress free as possible.
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Money Saving Tips to Moving Into a New Home in Winter
| Lyall Russell | 2 mins
Money Saving Tips to Moving Into a New Home in Winter
Moving into a new home sure is an exciting prospect. Unless, of course, you are moving into a freezer, not literally. If you are buying a property in winter, it is essential that you make sure everything is warm as can be from the get go.
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Tips on How to Research the Real Estate Market
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| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Tips on How to Research the Real Estate Market
Whether you are looking to buy a new home or your next investment property, doing your research is critical, but knowing where to start can be tricky. Here is a look at some of the resources you have available at your fingertips and others that you can explore on foot.
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Hot Tips to Prep Your Property for an Autumn Sale
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
Hot Tips to Prep Your Property for an Autumn Sale
Autumn is a great time to sell. Buyers have well and truly settled into the year, most people are back at work, kids are in their school routine and those who have made a new year’s resolution to buy a new home, are eager and ready to home hunt.
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The Value of a Local Agent and Questions to Ask
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
The Value of a Local Agent and Questions to Ask
Finding the right agent to sell your property is a big decision. Your home is probably the most valuable asset, then for you choosing the right agent will have a direct impact on how quickly you sell, how much you sell for and how many potential buyers are interested in your property and how much you sell for.
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What to Compromise on and What Not to When Buying
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| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
What to Compromise on and What Not to When Buying
If you are anything like most buyers, you will undoubtedly have a wish list for your new home that is pages long, but few of us have a bottomless pit of money to fund our long wish list and we are therefore forced to make some compromises when buying.
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9 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster to a Younger Buyer
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
9 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster to a Younger Buyer
If you think about it, when you put your home on the market to sell, the next owner will most likely be younger than you are.
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8 Insider Tips to Achieve Your Property Investment Goals
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
8 Insider Tips to Achieve Your Property Investment Goals
A proven way to property investing success is to set yourself some clear and measurable goals.
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What Is a Rental Appraisal
| Lyall Russell | 3 mins
What Is a Rental Appraisal
For property investors, putting up their home for rent is a good way to secure another stream of income.
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4 Key Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling
| Lyall Russell | 4 mins
4 Key Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling
Have you not priced your home to sell?
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Renting Basics: What to Do if You Have Pets
| Lyall Russell | 2 mins
Renting Basics: What to Do if You Have Pets
New Zealand is a nation of pet owners with more than 60 percent of New Zealand households owning a pet, which makes for plenty of tenants looking for a home for themselves and their furry family members.
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| Lyall Russell
Questions You Should Ask When Looking for a Flat
What to ask a landlord before renting a house is very important to ensure that you stay there happy for a long time.
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