How to impress with your outdoor space


When you’re getting ready to sell your property, you’re probably thinking about one thing: how to add value quickly and inexpensively.

One of the most cost-effective ways you can do this is to make sure your outdoor space is in tip-top condition.

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AGENT ADVICE: buying investment property in Queenstown

Queenstown is a confident property market and investors are benefiting from extremely high rental occupancy levels and year-round tourism.

Airport numbers have risen by more than 102 per cent in the last six years, the average median dwelling value in Queenstown jumped a third in a single year (2015-16), and the average house price has topped $1M. It’s easy to see why national and overseas investors continue to choose Queenstown, but there’s also a lot to consider. Continue reading “AGENT ADVICE: buying investment property in Queenstown”

15 quick feng shui tips for good energy in your home

feng shui real estate

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”

Top tips for applying for a rental property as a pet owner

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Some property owners associate pets with added mess, damage and disturbance which can make it more difficult for pet owners to find a rental home.

However, many landlords are beginning to see the advantages of pet owners as tenants. They may be more responsible if they have a furry friend to look after and they may take even more care of the property.

But, when applying for a rental, pet owners will almost always face competition from people who don’t have the worry of animals. This can be a difficult situation, but we know pet owners deserve just as much of a chance! That’s why we’ve put together these application tips — they’re just a few extra ways that will help you get a look in if you have pets.

  1. Be honest

Never try to pretend you don’t have pets — we will find out! And it might be a problem down the line. Tell us your situation when you’re first looking for a property and we’ll be able to work to your situation.

  1. Tell us more!

The more you can tell us about your pet, the more likely an owner will be to choose you. What breed? How old? Long or short hair? Do they stay at home during the day? Where do they sleep? Do they make a lot of noise? Write it all down and attach to your application — you could even add a photo!

  1. Include pet references

It may seem silly, but references for your pet will go a long way. You could ask a previous property manager or landlord, your vet, doggy day care or pet trainer to put a few good words together about the behaviour and character of your pet.

  1. Understand the agreement

Tenancy agreements can include a pet clause outlining what will happen in the event of damage caused by pets. They may request the full four weeks’ bond as cover. Make sure you understand the implications and speak to your property manager if you’re unsure.

  1. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

It doesn’t hurt to ask — a property may be advertised as “no pets”, but exceptions can sometimes be made. If you can deliver on the above points, landlords may be encouraged to choose you.


We love animals and we don’t think you should sacrifice finding a good home just because you have pets. Our number one piece of advice is to stay in touch with your property manager — we can understand your situation and work hard to find you a place that suits you (and your furry companion!) down to the ground.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more about our property management services.


Four key ways property marketing increases the value of your home

property marketing

A strategic multi-channel property marketing campaign will almost always deliver a better sale result. Kelvin Collins, CEO at Harcourts Otago, shares four crucial marketing aims which come together to add value to your property. Continue reading “Four key ways property marketing increases the value of your home”

13 easy ways to stay on your property manager’s good side

property manager tenant

We’ve had times where relationships between our property managers and tenants have broken down.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Our friendly team sees your happiness and comfort as a priority — it’s just as important to us as keeping our landlords happy. Continue reading “13 easy ways to stay on your property manager’s good side”

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