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Demand for ‘as is, where is’ properties remains strong

As Is Update(3)

Backing onto a strong start to the “ as is” market Team Griff’s 100% auction strike-rate year to date reflects both a strength of this active market for 2018 and the team’s proven marketing expertise.
Underpinning this 100% strike rate is multiple party participation, with an average 4-5 bidders participating in each auction.

Providing our homeowners with a selection of active bidders on auction day is directly attributable to our 1800+ strong database of known ‘as is, where is’ purchasers gleaned from a long track record of sales of uninsured properties dating back to 2012. This translates to competition with the real benefit of not having to rely on one person’s perception of value, as is invariably the case with an “off the street” type sale.

As the supply of uninsured homes on the open market now begins to decrease, we foresee the demand remaining strong, reflecting the inevitable fact that there is a finite supply of these properties.

Whether you are contemplating to sell your ‘as is, where is’ property or simply need a sounding board to bounce options off, please feel free to contact us in confidence – we’re ready to assist.

 

Recent success stories

45 Medway Street, Richmond

45 Medway Street, Richmond
3 beds, 1 bath, 1 living, 1 garage
Declared reserve $110,000
Days on market: 14
Number of inspections: 30
PropertyFiles downloads: 47
Bidders: 5
Sale price: $155,000

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529 Bower Avenue, Parklands
4 beds, 2 bath, 2 living, 2 garage
Days on market: 21
Number of inspections: 56
PropertyFiles downloads: 32
Bidders: 7
Sale price: $397,000

591 Madras Sunny-5


591 Madras Street, St Albans
4 beds, 2 bath, 1 living, 2 garage
Days on market: 7
Number of inspections: 21
Bidders: 3
Sale price: $365,000

From Rags to Riches…

Rags to Riches

Talk about both ends of the property spectrum! Team Griff have just sold an earthquake-damaged flat in Waltham for $86,500 and a stunning architectural build in Waitikiri for a street record in excess of $1.3m – two Christchurch suburbs that are like chalk and cheese.

In both cases, assisting our owners to move forward with their lives for differing reasons is what makes this business so positively enjoyable. This sort of job satisfaction is hard to beat.

At Team Griff we pride ourselves with such versatility, having the skillset, systems and experience required to service a broad cross-section of both clientele and property.

For the cheapie in Waltham, it was a case of mucking in, digging deep into our 1,800 strong ‘as is, where is’ database of potential purchasers, not being too proud to do the hard yards of selling something that was rather undesirable. On the flipside, the $1.3m sale was one of my old neighbours simply touching base giving the heads up that they were intending to sell within the next twelve months. As it worked out we were working with a purchaser whose brief fitted the property perfectly – the rest being history. Needless to say, the owners were overjoyed with the result, let alone the convenience of not having to go to the open market with all the fanfare and intrusion of a full marketing campaign.

So whether your property is in the “rags” or “riches” basket (or somewhere in between) be sure to make contact, as there is a good chance we will be able to perform our magic for your situation and property too.

Why the New Year is a great time to sell

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Deciding when to sell is an important discussion most homeowners engage in prior to selling. Rating the new year market as a premium time to sell, Team Griff are already taking listings in preparation to hit the ground running in early 2018. Experience has taught us the new year market provides homeowners some real benefits when it comes to selling.

Here’s Team Griff’s key 8 reasons why to sell in the new year:

  1. Less immediate competition
  2. Time to prepare now ahead of a new year launch
  3. Purchasers are refreshed and enthusiastic in the new year
  4. Most of your pending competition are still relaxing on holiday
  5. It’s summer; the gardens look great and buyers are in a better mindset
  6. It’s an easier time to plan, plus it bodes well with new year job relocations
  7. With longer daylight hours there’s more flexibility to best showcase your home
  8. Simply push go now – we’ll do the preparation while you are enjoying family festivities

So if you thinking about selling be sure to touch base now to meet and “set sail” for a new year plan tailored to meet you specific criteria.

We are not the team if you want the cheapest commission, but do call us if you want experience, local knowledge and a team of experienced negotiators you can trust to get the very best possible result – our point of difference and your best saving! Let’s not forget the Harcourts machine and brand that has the reputation of premium selling prices.

When experience counts, whether it’s your earthquake-damaged home or your palace we have the bases covered. We’ll tailor a plan best suited for your circumstances, you, and your home!

Contact us today to discuss your plans on 0274 330 445 or info@teamgriff.co.nz.

Be Sold By Christmas!

Bs Sold by XmasHere at Team Griff we are all about being one step ahead of the market.
Identifying current market trends and in order to maintain a proactive approach we are rolling out our “Be SOLD by Christmas” campaign. Our aim is to enable home owners to capitalise on this pre-Christmas window of opportunity.

Being sold by Christmas means you can kick back to enjoy the festive season prior to a 2018 settlement. Not only are our marketing packages designed to have it all wrapped up by Christmas, our client-tailored sale and purchase agreements drafted specifically to your needs and pre-approved by your solicitor will provide the peace of mind to sign it off anytime during this busy time of year. We call it best practise for a home owner and that’s what we are all about. Team Griff provides marketing and selling solutions that will minimise stress while providing a competitive advantage.

Teaming up with lead salesperson Peter Griffioen “Griff”, our team approach provides the advantage of experience with all activity shared by the same two team members throughout the campaign: teamwork for better results.

So, if you are contemplating selling, be sure to call/email us today to see how our “Be SOLD by Christmas” campaign will work for you, but remember time is running out so best do it now!

‘As Is, Where Is’ Market Update

Live Update- As Is Where Is Market (2)25 Foresters Crescent | Parklands
Inspections: 32
Bidders: 6
Sale price: $365,000 at auction
Vendor feedback:
“Good result today with the sale and appreciated the regular communication; a job well done.”

3 Kakariki Lane | Sumner/Clifton
Inspections: 
35
Bidders: 
3
Sale price:
$515,000 at auction
Vendor feedback:
“While it would be fair to say that ours was not the easiest of properties to sell Team Griff took on the challenge professionally, dug deep and produced several bidders on auction day. The result, a sale price that we were quite happy with.” 

‘As Is, Where Is’ current market comment

Numbers through open homes are still holding up and while some are feeling the brunt of lending institutions both tightening their belts and lending criteria, our owners are still benefiting from multiple parties bidding on the day. The large majority continuing to be sold under the hammer. Team Griff’s sizeable purchaser database of 1500+ “as is” purchasers is proving invaluable when it comes to getting these properties across the line in a firming market. To date with 246 sales under our belt home owners looking to sell can rest assured that they have an experienced team at the ready.
To have the peace of mind that your property has been fully exposed to the wider open market in order to achieve the best possible result.

Do contact us today for friendly chat and to explore the options available to you.
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238 ‘as is’ sales and counting

Pictured: 22 Titirangi Crescent - sold for a record 'as is' price in Tumara Park

Pictured: 22 Titirangi Crescent – sold for a record ‘as is’ price in Tumara Park

Celebrating our 238th ‘as is, where is’ sale is both rewarding and humbling, especially for a market that we didn’t originally set out to become specialists in. I have full respect for my team who have worked hard in a focused effort to help create the systems we have now, and the results simply speak for themselves. Of the 239 that we have listed 238 have sold! From the collation of property info packs both online and in hard copy to pre-drafting the sale and purchase agreement with appropriate clauses that protect both vendor and purchaser my team’s work ethic is nothing short of phenomenal.

Team Griff’s 99.6% success rate for ‘as is, where is’ sales
Such results are a direct reflection on our knowledge, expertise and systems. It may seem strange, but I am quite passionate about the process and the great thing about it is that process is very transparent. Post-quake and numerous scopes later, we have become “professional report” rich – great info to be able to prove the actual damage of a property.
Beware of the opportunists off the street or on the radio
With opportunity comes opportunists, and having heard some of their sales pitches, they are quite persuasive. The problem being their reality of value is based on both their perception only and in many cases, they pitch that conservatively to line their own pocket. Integrity is vital post-quake, especially so when people are vulnerable, some ground down by the process of fighting both EQC and their insurer for years. I recently met a gentleman who had been at it for more than six years – needless to say, he was at the end of his tether.

Marketing expertise
Effective marketing will bring you multiple parties and fair competition, a much more transparent way of establishing true market value.

1528 as is where is buyers as the click of a button
Team Griff have built up a strong following of ‘as is, where is’ buyers – as easy to unsubscribe as subscribe, our database has proved invaluable for both purchaser and vendor. With our first port of call being e-notifying 1500 plus as is buyers, vendors can be assured that their property is being marketed to those most likely to respond, let alone the phone calls we can make if the going gets tough.

The proven value of the auction process
Without question the auction process achieves better results for most properties. The reality is that it is very seldom that we don’t have multiple interest in an ‘as is’ property and auction is the best and fairest way of dealing with competition. There are more times than not where we get a better selling price than expected and with just one property last year that didn’t sell under the hammer, it is no wonder most sellers rejoice over an unconditional result that is on their terms.

The listings keep coming
While the ‘as is, where is’ numbers have eased a little over recent months there are still a lot coming through the system, so expect more of the same and be sure to keep in touch for the heads up on that new listing before it hits the market. Here’s to many more win/wins for sellers and buyers – both parties securing upside!

 

Team Griff – 7 Points of Difference

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Teamwork
Team Griff is synonymous for their team approach to customer service. Combining their vast experience in the greater Christchurch market both prior to and following the earthquakes means each team member knows their role with a joint focus on a superior client experience. With our highly skilled administration support, plus a team focus on both the selling and purchasing process, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

Client and solution focused
We build a strategy around out clients’ personal requirements and utilize our experience and expertise to focus on your ultimate goals. We’re prepared to take the necessary steps to accomplish what you set out to achieve – with minimum fuss and inconvenience.

Market intuitive
“We never blame the market, we just adjust the game plan”.
There is nothing more inconsistent in the real estate market than inconsistency and having the intuition to adjust the plan to stay both abreast and ahead of your competition is essential, especially with all the curve balls than can be thrown our way here in Christchurch.

Proven track record
With nearing 30 years’ experience on the real estate coal face supported by an impressive array of accolades. Team Griff is well recognized for results, knowledge and pro activity when it comes to customer service. So whether it is your $1m listing on the hills or your earthquake damaged ‘as is where is’ property on the lean, rest assured we have the systems and expertise for a hassle free sale process.

Digital market leaders
We’re industry-renowned and respected for our online marketing expertise. We understand the benefits of a strong online presence in this fast-paced digital age. Embracing and utilizing these leading edge tools means our clients can benefit from the best 24/7 marketing and our extensive e-marketing campaigns.

Believers in our product
The skills and expertise of Team Griff coupled with the world-class marketing platform that Harcourts provides ensures higher exposure for a better result, plus the support of a well-motivated team.

Award winners
Harcourts Gold Customer Service Award 2015/16
Harcourts Gold Auction Excellence Award 2015/16
No. 5 Harcourts Christchurch Region 2015/16
No. 19 Harcourts New Zealand 2015/16
Harcourts $300M Club

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

Christchurch Red Zone Lake

 

 

Jack Fletcher at Stuff.co.nz reports:

The group behind a proposal to build a new lake in Christchurch’s residential red zone has released an indicative design of the flat water facility aimed to transform the city’s east.
The East Lake Trust, chaired by David Goodman, released the plans on Monday. He said trustees were “thrilled with the new design”, which reinstates an original bend in the Avon River around the back of Porritt Park.

Goodman said the trustees feel they are “now on the home straight” towards the lake becoming a reality. Bringing back the original bend had the added advantage of allowing the lake to join up to the Kerrs Reach rowing sheds, while remaining separate from the Avon River.

Aquifer-sourced water would make the lake swimmable, meaning it could be used for triathlons alongside canoeing, waka ama, dragon boating and rowing.

Goodman previously said the lake would be an place where people could swim, walk and picnic. It was also planned to be part of the City to the Sea walk and cycle way running from central Christchurch to New Brighton.

The Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee had previously said he wanted to make the city’s red zone the “sporting capital of New Zealand”.

He said building a water course could attract global attention and solve the area’s flooding problems.

Once again I find myself putting pen to paper on the positive plans that continue to roll out for eastern Christchurch. A lake of this calibre would again be a real asset for the bordering suburbs and help put these locations back on the map. I take my hat off to the visionaries of the city, their initiatives and forward thinking is inspiring in itself. I think most of us will agree, that while we miss the “old” there is no doubt that the new is going to be far superior. Largely with affordable real estate, a new city and many new facilities emerging, Christchurch unquestionably has a positive future and certainly will be a great place to live for many years to come.

Team Griff takes out awards

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Following Harcourts Gold’s end of financial year awards where Team Griff took out both the Customer Service and Auction Excellence awards the following is my note to my team:

Good morning Top Team,

Foremost, thank you! Unquestionably it was you guys who put me on the podium, there is absolutely no way that I would have done it on my own without your support. Each one of you played a big part in this outstanding success.

To take out the Customer Service Award is stunning – the best award a team could ever want, the award says it all – well done!

The Auction Excellence Award – it was incredible to nail that one too – again you guys do it so well and are noted for your proactivity in the auction rooms; with opening bidding, negotiating, and engaging directly with your clients. I think we are true professionals and nice to get the recognition. I accept the cup with pride on behalf of us all. The auctioneers love the way we have our wee competitive bidding wars amongst our own team – much better and way more transparent than a multi offer.

Number 4 spot – while predicted it is well deserved and with recalculated figures of 12% ahead of last year that is one massive result.

As mentioned in my brief speech:

Tess – you gave and gave and then gave some more – thank you and watch this space with your new career in sales!

Caleb – unselfishness, your unassuming way and you gave above and beyond, thank you.

Renee – I believed in you, you believed in you, and you succeeded, plus more to come.

Sarah – our most experienced, most revered (don’t mess with Sarah in the auction room, known for spirited bidding with buyers) and at times a little feisty – also with exciting plans ahead.

Haylee – the new girl on the block, welcome. You have big shoes to fill but there’s exciting and challenging times to look forward to.

So team, where to from here? Well for me it is not about the big numbers, as much as I am keen to help you achieve yours. I hope I can be a better boss, be a more astute salesperson, give more time to my family and engage more to be in the present.

You really are the top team, thank you and enjoy such a stunning day.
May this year bring you all the dreams and goals you aspire for.

Griff, Griffie, boss, Dad and more 🙂

I have immense pride in my team who have supported me tirelessly through a big year. The hours they put in reflects their commitment and the work ethic we all subscribe to. Seeing this youthful, intuitive group of individuals succeed gives me great satisfaction as I watch them develop and grow their skill base, certainly a win/win for all involved.

So here’s to more of the same with embracing another year to team up with our valued clients who ultimately underpin our success through their loyalty and continued confidence in the service we provide. Heartfelt thanks to one and all.

Strong finish to the financial year

Auction Exce1llence

The Harcourts Parklands sales team was awarded the Gold Auction Excellence Award at Harcourts Gold’s End of Financial Year Awards on Tuesday.

Last Tuesday marked the end of yet another financial year for Harcourts Gold. For many offices and consultants it saw the achievement of many a personal best and the shattering of some long-standing records.

I was honoured to have achieved yet another year as the #1 Parklands sales consultant (and #6 in Harcourts Gold). My greatest thanks go to my team, Sarah and Caleb, who are there everyday working alongside me. Jane Meyer, our Parklands branch manager, who acts a cool, calm and collected sounding board and has helped our office as a whole achieve so many great things this past year. To John and Lynette McFadden, whose inspirational and dynamic leadership of Gold Real Estate Group has ensured its powerhouse status in the real estate industry – you two are absolutely phenomenal. And of course, to my loyal clients, many of whom have bought and sold with me multiple times – you are the lifeblood of my business and keep me going!

Recognition is also due to my colleague, Andrew Swift, who was awarded the Harcourts Gold Customer Service trophy – an award well-deserved for a consummate professional.

And to the Harcourts Parklands team, who were awarded with the Harcourts Gold Auction Excellence Trophy, recognising our collective expertise with eastside property – whether it be with regard to TC3 and TC2 properties, uninsured, or fully repaired and insured. Well done, team!