Otago on the up
We all know Queenstown’s a heavy hitter for tourism, but it turns out the Otago and Waitaki districts are hot on our heels! Consider the numbers: Last November, the Queenstown Lakes district’s guest nights were up 15.6% to 344,796 for the month. Given that November has traditionally been a quieter ‘shoulder season’ month, that’s a figure that begs to be given attention. The Otago region is showing impressively similar increases, with November’s...
Wed 20th Jan 2016Full post
Moving day – 6 tips on how to get organised!
Moving house…it’s something we’ve all done, or will do at some point in our lives – many of us multiple times. Your life and all its belongings are packed up, tossed into a moving van and shaken out at the other end, as you hope for the best. Patience is tested, nerves are frayed – yes, moving can be an organisational nightmare! Thankfully, we’ve come up with six tips to help make moving easier, stress-free and even a fun process. Start sorting!...
Wed 23rd Dec 2015Full post
5 tips for attending open homes!
Attending open homes can be over-whelming, especially when you’re a first home buyer and in a hot market. What do I take? What should I be looking out for? How do I remember the last fifteen houses I went into?! There’s a lot to think about. To make things easier, we’ve put together 5 simple tips to help ease the anxiety and make the process a fun one. Bring your tools - No, we’re not talking hammers and nails, this isn’t the time to show off your best DIY...
Fri 11th Dec 2015Full post
8 tips on how to pay off your home loan faster
Consistently low mortgage rates mean it’s the best time for home owners to pay extra dollars off now, saving thousands in the long run. Running some numbers in an online calculator will give you an idea of just how much you stand to save by committing to paying down your loan faster. For example, on a $300,000 30 year loan at 7% the minimum monthly repayment will be $1995. If you pay an extra $100 a month from the start, it will knock around 4 years off the loan and save you a huge...
Mon 19th Oct 2015Full post
China - A growing market
Fast-growing, educated on the market and well-placed to buy, there’s no denying the increasing power of the Chinese buyer. And our sellers know it. When going to list properties in 2015, the question has regularly been asked about how we are targeting what is perceived as this powerful domestic and overseas market. Our team undertakes comprehensive training, some of which we thought you might be interested in. So why are Chinese buyers interested in NZ...
Mon 19th Oct 2015Full post
Interest-only mortgages - a growing phenomenon
As the high demand and low stock levels drive prices around the country, property purchasers are increasingly considering the option of interest-only mortgages. For those new to the mortgage market, it’s important to understand the difference between a regular mortgage and an interest-only one – and the potential pitfalls. The benefits of an interest-only mortgage include: It’s cheaper – you’re only paying the interest amount on the loan, hence your...
Wed 7th Oct 2015Full post
Open homes – 6 reasons to have them
They’re a time-honoured tradition in real estate, but they can be a thorn in the side of vendors; think what you will, there’s no denying that even in this digital age, open homes remain an effective marketing tool. Yes, we totally understand the seller’s perspective – it can indeed be a nuisance to go to all the effort of making your home sparkling and taking the children out for an hour when there’s a chance no-one will even come though, or that the person who...
Wed 19th Aug 2015Full post