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”

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”

AGENT ADVICE: what to consider before building your home

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There are plenty of parcels of land available in the Wanaka area and people are extremely excited about the chance to build a home in what they call paradise.

Subdivisions like The Heights, Hikuwai and Alpine Estate, as well as many individual sections in fantastic locations, are making the quintessential Kiwi dream available to a huge range of buyers. But there’s plenty to consider and many things to organise, especially if you’re building for the first time. Continue reading “AGENT ADVICE: what to consider before building your 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”

Buy first or sell first? How to decide on the right order for you

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By Chris Wright, The Wright Team, Harcourts Wanaka.

Moving house is a stressful time and the decision of whether to buy or sell first is often a huge contributor to this anxiety.

But it needn’t be a scary dilemma. There are pros and cons to both methods and hopefully this article will get clear in your mind what they are. Remember — there’s no right or wrong way and, with a little research, you’ll be able to decide on the process that’s right for you and your family. Continue reading “Buy first or sell first? How to decide on the right order for you”

CEO’s update: the latest in the rural market

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By Kelvin Collins, CEO, Harcourts Otago.kerural-property-update

There was a rural cell meeting in Cromwell last week and it proved highly illuminating with several key trends and facts becoming evident as we discussed the state of the rural market in Otago and New Zealand. Continue reading “CEO’s update: the latest in the rural market”

The buyer’s guide to real estate agents: do you really need one?

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By Richard Stringer, Manager, Harcourts Dunedin.

Buyers often want to go with a DIY-approach to purchasing property. After all, real estate consultants work for the seller, don’t they? And they’re not there to help anyone buy property?

This is a common misconception and, in actual fact, most consultants are just as prepared and eager to get results for a buyer as they are a seller. Continue reading “The buyer’s guide to real estate agents: do you really need one?”

VIDEO: Cromwell’s real estate superstars and why they love it here

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Our Harcourts team adores Cromwell and the surrounding areas. From the world-class walking and bike trails and the best lake in the region (in our opinion) to entrepreneurial and innovative businesses (like Highlands 101), this town is something special. Continue reading “VIDEO: Cromwell’s real estate superstars and why they love it here”

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