Daily Archives: November 4, 2009

Boomers – Top 5 Value Add on’s for your New Home

Boomers thinking of building that last dream home before you consider options that may include not being able to be as mobile as before…..yes….I know I know of course it’s not going to happen soon…….but just humour me here will you.

After finding out, to my surprise that Rymans local Ernest Rutherford Retirement village is down to its absolute (land space says its so) last 4 units, 2 x 3 bedroom ones and 2 x 2 bedroom ones, I am really left wondering. (in fact the 3 bedders are available for 399 and 400+ for the 2nd one, and the absolute last 2 bedders are around the $300-320k mark)

The company I work for, Summit Real Estate, sold the land and obviously the site back in the mid 2000’s, we were privy to the plans that showed 64 separate x 2 bedroom villas were to be constructed on the site.

UPDATE …..Today…….well they have kinda surpassed that number…..in a time that many pundits would suggest was one of the worst Real Estate winters in memory.

By how much? Another 10 or 20, above the original 64 units? Strangely enough that original number has been surpassed, with in 18 months……….and how? They are closing soon on unit 112!

Tip 1

Most importantly………….insist 100% that “lever” action door handles are fitted on every single door.

This one is an absolute, and if you have to ask………..well frankly,……..don’t!

Simple yes and possibly no more than an overall $250 fix at max……but if you have been at the coal face and you hear “but the kitchen is the wrong colour” type of statements every weekend at Open Homes, then take it from me…………. this is an insight into the human psyche and how it works / thinks, and one that if you ignore, you ignore at your own peril.

Tip 2

Electrical Outlets – insist they are at least 600mm up, definitely not those 60mm above the skirting board types. Get your builder to recognize the room placement too.

They should realize that if your lounge has a picture window, or ranch-sliders that look towards the hills / sea, then  you should definitely be consulted about the otherwise (in their minds anyway) insignificant aspect of power point / TV antenna / Sky Dish / Stereo speakers inlet/outlet placement/location.

At the very least you should already be considering where your furniture will sit, and make allowances for that, for the cables, etc.

NOTE: – re furniture I mean the furniture for your new location, not the large oversize ones that occupy your 4-5 bedroom home presently. Think not only of the unit in the lounge, what about that one in the dining room, and while you’re at it, how are you going to fit that fantastically accommodating dresser from your master bedroom – hmmm – compromises?

We are still a few years off completely wireless setups.

You do not want to be leaning over the back of the lounge to switch on the reading light/floor lamp every night.

And the more that buyers demand these sort of things in a newer home, the better.

While I’m at it make sure you spend a few extra dollars to get raised outlets, or if your eye sight is failing for a few extra dollars get a switch outlet that has adjacent lights in the traffic light style format green = on and obviously red = off.

This might certainly not be that obvious to your 51 year old eyes……make sure that any numbers printed anywhere……….temperature controls………underfloor heating………heatpump, etc are in extra large type.

Actually…………Yes I do know that those Japanese heatpumps have their standized wall mounted semi-remote control mechanisms and that between the remote control and that standard wall mount there is not a heck of a lot of options. All I’m saying is that a prep conversation with your installer/supplier may alert you to another option for an extra $20-30, so why not ask.

Tip 3

…….coming up

Stoke’s Nayland College wins National Enterprise Award

4th November 2009

What has Stoke Nelson’s Nayland College** got that other NZ Colleges haven’t?

Well for the second year running, really special students it would seem.

Last November the Nelson Mail reported that Nayland College’s Marissa Renwick, 18 picked up a NZD$12,000 study grant for achieving New Zealands highest mark in the Young Enterprise Exam. She was competing against 1680 other students nationally.

Fast forward to 2009. This time Nayland College not only achieves first place, they take second place and then scoop the field by taking third place as well!

You tell me …………………….co-incidence?

Its great to see young adults being trained for the “real world” reality for which they will undoubtedly enter soon, not just in a theory sense, but – also in a very practical one – and in an award winning way.

For any parent, now this would be a crowning achievement for your youngsters.

The exam was set and marked by a university and moderated by Cambridge International Examinations. Students who passed gained 14 credit equivalents at level three.

Could there be something in the local water, after all nearby we have reputably rated by Guinness no less, the worlds clearest water.

Real Estate Agent helper No.7 – Earth URL

Like to give a link to a potential property buyer to offer them a visual overview of that listing, especially to someone not located in the town.

Then you need to check out Earth URL.

This simple URL here…..


…..will take you right to an overhead Google Earth aerial view of the location and its surrounding streets, parks, shops, neighbourhood.

Its a bit like one of those URL shortening services like 3.ly or tiny.url that tweeter users utilize to save character space, only this one is to make the use of Google Earth so much easier.

In fact Google have just announced a further update to their imagery and at the same time a competition of sorts for Twitter users, to allow those with too much spare time on their hands, to post interesting sites / pics they find.

Have noticed that the clouds we had over where I live have now disappeared in this latest imagery update.

This really is a great aid to Real Estate agents, enabling them to firstly setup, then instantly generate a specific URL for that address. Certainly saves you having to learn about kmz or kml files.

Also in passing, I’ve noticed Google Earth now shows sponsored links……. hmmmm …….. I sense a plan coming together here.

Will Nelson win 2009s Sunshine Capital of NZ race?

It’s looking like it might be on the cards after we were treated unfairly by the sun for the past couple of years and passed the crown onto our neighbor, Marlborough last year.

Coming out of the coldest October in over half a century, its nice to see and feel a the return to the warmth today.

The ongoing battle for the title of New Zealand sunniest place swung in Nelsons favour in October as we received an extra 12.4hrs more sunshine than Blenheim for the month.

Continuing on a theme seen many times before, if last nights weather map is anything to go by, that trend may be set to continue.

We aren’t exactly a mystery town any longer, not with Tripadvisors mention this year of Nelson being second runner up to Stratford Upon Avon as Worlds Most Charming Town winners.

By the end of last month, October 2009, Nelsons tally for the year so far is 71hrs of sunshine ahead of Marlborough.

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