Why winter could be the perfect time to sell your home

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Tradition tells us winter is a difficult time to sell: it’s easy to think that buyers are staying at home and waiting to buy when the days warm up again.

But, while the fire crackles, wine is mulled and chestnuts are roasted, the most common reasons for buying and selling property continue to occur. People will still have job changes, promotions, pregnancies, marriages and bereavements. They’ll still need to upsize, downsize, change location or move for financial reasons. Rain, hail or snow, people always need to buy and sell houses. Continue reading “Why winter could be the perfect time to sell your home”

15 quick feng shui tips for good energy in your home

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Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of laws that aligns the arrangement of your home in relation to the flow of energy (chi). Based on the idea that our homes are a mirror of what’s happening in our lives, it’s thought you can affect what happens to you by encouraging good energy and repelling bad energy from your home. Continue reading “15 quick feng shui tips for good energy in your home”

5 reasons why property is the best investment you can make

By Wendy Bowman, Residential Sales & Investment Consultant, Harcourts Dunedin.

The idea of purchasing an investment property conjures a feeling of apprehension for many people.

What if tenants don’t pay their rent on time? What if they trash my property? It’s too hard — it’s not for me.

I disagree: it could be for you, just as much as it is for anyone else. Continue reading “5 reasons why property is the best investment you can make”

5 creative and damage-free ways to decorate your rental home

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Many tenants are cautious of decorating because they see their own comfort as less important than ensuring their entire bond is returned with a happy landlord at the end of their rental tenancy.

But, just because you’re renting, it doesn’t mean you can’t decorate to suit your style and taste. With a little due diligence in checking your rental agreement, you can get the best of both worlds — we think it’s essential, for your own happiness, to add personal touches and create a space that relaxes, comforts and inspires you every time you come home. Continue reading “5 creative and damage-free ways to decorate your rental home”

KiwiSaver: How it works and why it’s great for first home buyers

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Home values have sky-rocketed over the past few years and it’s harder than ever for first home buyers to get a foot in the market. Government schemes such as KiwiSaver offer financial assistance but many people aren’t sure if they qualify and how much help they can get. Continue reading “KiwiSaver: How it works and why it’s great for first home buyers”

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