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Wanaka

A&P Show fuels Wanaka interest

Harcourts Wanaka has been an exhibitor at the Wanaka A&P show for decades and looks forward to returning this year. Wanaka A&P show is a local favourite and a staple in the regional annual calendar.

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Queenstown

Christmas Listings Brings Auction Success

Harcourts Queenstown is celebrating selling the first Queenstown properties under the hammer for 2024, and the success of its summer listings programme. Knocking the naysayers who believe that Christmas listings over what’s perceived as a

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Buying

Benefits of selling before buying

They say the first property you purchase is rarely the one that becomes your ‘forever home’. Many people decide to upsize their home due to growing families or downsize when heading into retirement. Some are

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Central Otago

A Small Office Achieving Big Things

A year and a half on from Tim Harris taking up the role of Harcourts Cromwell Sales Manager for a new challenge and new opportunities a lot has happened in the Cromwell office. As we

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Dunedin

Kate hits the ground running

To say Kate Croy has hit the ground running in the Harcourts Otago Dunedin office would be an understatement. Since joining the team at the beginning of November she notched up an unconditional sale, followed

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Balclutha

Christmas Activity Book

Our Christmas Activity Book is here! A collection of activities to entertain your children over the festive season. Download our 8 page activity book today! Our Christmas Activity Book includes: Arts & Crafts Puzzles Spot

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Central Otago

Cromwell Home Stands Test of Time

UPDATE: This property is now SOLD An iconic piece of Old Cromwell’s history has stood the test of time in authentic 60s style, for sale for the first time since its proud owners built it

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Queenstown

Benefits of a Christmas listing

There’s a widely-held belief that you don’t put your home on the market at Christmas. But what if listing your home for sale in the build up to Christmas is exactly what you should be

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Central Otago

Halloween Activity BOO…klet

A long-term vision created by two passionate ‘Cromwellians’ is coming to life on a former vineyard at the edge of the town centre. Steve and Thea Farquharson established the Wooing Tree Vineyard 20 years ago

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Buying

Your Guide To The Unit Titles Act

Whether you’re a property owner, investor or someone interested in understanding unit/apartment living, the unit titles act is a crucial piece of legislation to be aware of. On 9 May 2023 REINZ published several changes,

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Dunedin

Head Start With Harcourts

Carissa’s journey in real estate began with Harcourts when she first started as a personal assistant for a top agent and shortly took a chance on going out on her own as a sales consultant.

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Buying

Your Guide To The Overseas Investment Act

New Zealand’s migration flow is outpacing the rise in out flows and it comes as no surprise Statistics New Zealand population growth projections sit Queenstown-Lakes as one of the fastest regions for growth out of

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REINZ Auction Championships

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand has just held this week their annual Auctioneering Championships for 2023. Harcourts Otago were thrilled to have two of their Auctioneers competing in the Rising Stars Competition. Mitch

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Queenstown

From Retail Sales to Real Estate

Lydia’s journey in real estate began almost three years ago, when she first started working as a sales consultant at Harcourts in Queenstown. Coming from a background in retail sales at a local retail store

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Central Otago

A golden find in Central Otago

A rare opportunity to have a slice of Central Otago mining history has been brought to market by Harcourts. Located on the Fruitlands-Roxburgh thoroughfare just 15 minutes from Alexandra, the property boasts stunning views of

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Queenstown

Sold in 13 days with a record result

Some fresh real estate energy and the Harcourts Auction advantage has driven an outstanding result in the current Arrowtown market for a long time local. Harcourts Queenstown agents Megan Osborne and Jaiden Direen, aka ‘The

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Wanaka

Apartment Market Taking Off In Wanaka

Wānaka is moving into the big time with an international brand hotel, a town centre development and other commercial plans in the pipeline. And in line with that, interest is also steadily growing in the

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Balclutha

A collection of activities to entertain your children over Easter Download our 12 page activity book today! Our Easter activity book includes: Arts and crafts Puzzles Spot The Difference Wishing you and your family an

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks an annual call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Many will be

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The Lake Hawea Fishing Classic

One of the most highly anticipated family events on the Hawea calendar is almost upon us. The Lake Hawea Fishing Classic is an event anyone can enter and possibly win. Whether you’re fishing from the

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Christmas Activity Book

A collection of activities to entertain your children over the festive season   Download our 12 page activity book today! Our Christmas Activity Book includes: Arts & crafts Puzzles Spot the difference Wishing you and

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Community

The gift of giving

Harcourts Highland Group is always committed to giving and supporting the communities we work in, and Christmas is the perfect time to spread the love. This Christmas we’re thrilled to be supporting Foster Hope with

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Wanaka

Oasis In The Heart Of Wanaka

The word ‘unique’ is bandied around a lot, but a property like this one truly deserves that accolade. 71 Youghal Street is a secluded slice of paradise in the heart of Wanaka – just a

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Buying

Alexandra – Piquing Out Of Town Interest

In the heart of Central Otago, Alexandra boasts world-class cycle trails, delicious eateries, local orchards, spectacular scenery and premium wineries and vineyards. So, we’re not surprised it’s become a bit of a hotspot for North

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Wire Fence Vineyard Retreat

In the heart of Gibbston Valley lies a stunning north-facing house with its own established vineyard. The stuff of dreams? Absolutely – but even dream homes don’t sell themselves. Our vendors are long-term locals who

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Real Estate Sales Consultant

The Harcourts Otago values are; people first, doing the right thing, being courageous and of course fun and laughter. If your values align with ours and you want to know what the next step is, we would love to hear from you.

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Wanaka

Prime lifestyle on the Cardrona River

On a terrace backing onto the Cardrona River, a north-west facing property is a surprise and delight. It’s not until you venture down the front entranceway that you realise it boasts 360-degree views of Wanaka’s

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Buying

Premium Offering Drives Clyde Market

Gone are the days when the quaint village of Clyde might have been seen as a sleepy little Central Otago backwater. While house prices around the country are volatile to say the least, the market

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Spring Brings A Lift In Enquiries

Demand continues to drive up prices, not only with existing homes but also sections, as buyers snap up good land-only options to secure a foothold in Wanaka. The hesitation and apprehensiveness with regards to building – thanks to all the current media surrounding material shortages, delays and red tape — is usually quickly diminished when discussed with well-organised building companies.

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Community

4 Weeks Cold Cheeks

Most of us are a tough breed when it comes to the chilly Central Otago winters. We can happily cope with snow, ice, frosty mornings and below-zero nights. But would you go as far as

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Buying

A Lakefront Dream – Ready To Build

Sitting on the edge of Lake Whakatipu, boutique development ‘Lakeshore’ is about as premium and as rare as it gets. It boasts direct access to the water and is just minutes from the international airport,

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Buying

The deadline sale: clearing up confusion

Originally published on: November 29, 2016 Updated: August 23, 2022 By Kay Lucas AREINZ Sales Consultant, Harcourts Dunedin. We’re often asked by clients to explain what a deadline sale is — it seems to cause

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Buying

Rammed Earth Home Soaks Up The Heat

Soaking up the sun just back from Lake Hawea’s shoreline, sits an extremely energy efficient and charming family home. Built 22 years ago by a family of local builders, the rammed-earth home was constructed using

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Community

A Night Of Fashion

Community-minded as they are, the Harcourts Dunedin team put their hand up to support Dunedin’s Fashion For A Cure event. The annual event is held across the country and is hosted by Breast Cancer CURE

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Community

Raising Funds For A Mitey Cause

When it comes to good community causes, the Dunedin Harcourts team is always keen to get on board. They were more than happy to get involved in ‘The Mitey Drive’ fundraiser for the Sir John

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Central Otago

Fire The First Time With Harcourts

Reinvigorating the market Vendors of a stunning home and lifestyle property in Alexandra were keen for a quick sale as they were on the move. And that’s where Harcourts Alexandra manager Andrew Little came in,

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Buying

Negotiating Skills In The Current Market

Trusting the process Negotiation is the way forward in the current market. Take this recent success story from agents Cara & Dee from our Cromwell office. In this case, the negotiations weren’t with a potential

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Central Otago

Experience In A Changing Market

After twenty years in real estate, Andrew Little still gets a buzz from a sale that goes spectacularly well for his clients. On the day we talked, he’d just closed a cash sale on a

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Balclutha

Keeping Our Kids Warm This Winter

Community is at the core of our values here at Harcourts. And we’re always looking for fun ways to support the communities we work with. Helping children by supporting charities and organisations in our communities

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Buying

A New Challenge And New Opportunities

When Tim Harris decided it was time for a new challenge, he took himself and his partner Rachel “out of their comfort zone” by moving from Christchurch to take up a role as Harcourts Cromwell

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Buying

Ticking All The Boxes

It’s not often a new real estate agent comes along and ticks those boxes, from the get-go. But Richard Elvey joined the Wanaka office of Harcourts with an enviable pedigree. Deeply ensconced in the Wanaka

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Balclutha

Happy Easter Activity Book

A collection of activities to entertain your children over Easter   Download our 12 page activity book today!   Our Easter activity book includes: Arts & Crafts Puzzles Spot The Difference   Wishing you and

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Buying

Financing Your New Property

What a difference a few months makes. The ups and downs in the housing market have been well documented and late last year there were some catchy doom-and-gloom headlines around mortgage lending and the ‘new

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Queenstown

Queenstown Market Remains Strong

At a time when there’s media commentary about a slower market and changes to financial lending rules, there’s plenty of evidence out there that the market is still going places. Take this recent sale (fittingly

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Central Otago

Central Otago Gold On Offer

Nestled on the cusp of Bannockburn, surrounded by award winning wineries, world-class cycling and walking tracks and a stone throw from away from the ever-popular Highlands Motorsport Park, sits River Terrace – offering an exclusive

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Investment property

Gibbston Valley – One Year On

And just like that, we are one-year in. We have made serious progress with the Gibbston Valley Resort development, over the last 12 months and seeing as Christmas Eve marks the one-year anniversary (not including

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Central Otago

A warm welcome in Millers Flat

Local knowledge is something you just can’t buy when working in real estate. The best agents know “their patch” inside out and upside down, that success is when opportunity meets preparation. No need to tell

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Buying

Cromwell Takes Centre Stage

For years, Cromwell’s been seen as a dormitory town in comparison to Queenstown and Wanaka. Priced out of either of NZ’s glittering resort towns, you’d head there to buy a home and accept the 40-minute

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Queenstown

Continued success on Earnslaw Terrace

A gorgeous property in the amazing location and sought after address of Earnslaw Terrace sold for $750,000 over CV at auction on the 29th April. Purchased as an older home by a lovely long term

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Balclutha

Hoppy Easter Activity Book

A collection of activities to entertain your children over Easter Download our 32-page activity book today! Our Easter activity book includes: Arts & Crafts Puzzles Treats & Recipes Outdoor activities Movies, jokes and more!

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Property Management

Tenancy Law Changes- Phase 2

The Residential tenancy amendment bill aims to strengthen tenants rights, bringing more changes for landlords. All landlords, including boarding house landlords, must comply with the laws in the Residential Tenancies Act. This is in addition

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Queenstown

25 Years of Project Marketing

When it comes to project marketing, Harcourts Otago is second to none in terms of knowledge and expertise. Over the course of 25 years Harcourts has been involved in project marketing for thousands of properties

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Central Otago

Paving the way with auction success

Auctions  are all the rage right now. The property market’s defying all the ‘doom and gloom’ pandemic predictions of six to nine months ago and showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. For all those

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Investment property

Healthy Homes Standards

The Healthy Homes Standards aim to make a significant change to the quality of New Zealand rental homes. We are well on our way to achieving a fully compliant rental portfolio for our six offices

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Buying

Mortgage Express Otago

Mortgage Express is the fastest growing mortgage and insurance adviser company in Australasia. In operation since 1998, it has access to a wide range of lenders, insurers and products, and has helped more than 20,000

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Investment property

Short term letting and maximizing your investment

Queenstown short-term holiday home letting has fast become a highly competitive and lucrative option for Queenstown property owners. Could a residential space you own also serve as an accommodation destination for tourists? What are the

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Buying

Queenstown Country Cottage

Islay Cottage, on Lower Shotover Road in Queenstown’s Dalefield is for sale with Harcourts Queenstown. This restored country cottage is named after the Scottish island of Islay, which original property owner Alexander Brown left in

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Balclutha

Looking for a career change?

Why should you consider a real estate? As a real estate sales consultant, you will be running your own business, based around your own work, in a thriving sector of the economy that impacts almost

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Buying

Wooing Tree Estate

Offering exceptional sites in a prime location, Wooing Tree Estate is being developed alongside the iconic Wooing Tree Vineyard from which it draws its name. Vineyard owners Steve and Thea Farquharson have made the decision to

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Dunedin

Harcourts Live Auction Streaming

At Harcourts we are advocates of the auction process, time and time again we have seen this process exceed client expectations and maximise the sale price of their property. Aside from the benefits you can

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Investment property

Queenstown Holiday Homes Market Update

Despite the initial prediction businesses made during the early stages of lockdown when looking at the future of Queenstown’s holiday homes market, the Harcourts Holiday Homes team have seen a remarkable amount of bookings and

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Balclutha

Mother’s Day Activity Book

A collection of activities for Mother and child to do together. Mother’s Day in isolation may not be ideal,  but there are many things you can do and many ways you can show your appreciation

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Balclutha

Superheroes Colouring Competition

  Welcome to our SUPERHEROS colouring competition! To enter please follow the instructions below; Download/ right click and save the image below to print out. Once you have completed your masterpiece, please take a photo

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Balclutha

The Online Property Appraisal

With the COVID-19 lock-down eliminating physical contact with those who are not in your “bubble”, there is a growing reliance now more than ever on digital capabilities. At Harcourts Otago we are fortunate to have

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Balclutha

The Harcourts guide on selling at Auction

If you’ve decided to sell your home, you’ve now got another huge decision on your hands: which method of sale to choose. Auctions have become the preferred method of selling property in most areas across

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