Monthly Archives: March 2012

Nelson City Council produces new video clip…

March 30th, 2012

According to the Nelson City Council publication, “Live Nelson” this is a fabulous youtube video clip promoting Nelson.

….it opens with an aerial view of Nelson looking from behind town….

They mention that the clip takes the viewer on a journey….

through the Wakefield Quay Art Walk, along Nelsons waterfront..

CREDIT – Nelson City Council, Nelson


Map and information for the Quay Art Walk:
Audio file of the walk on The Prow website:


Property Sellers, be aware of this….

At least three local companies are offering “you pay for your feature advertising in the weekly press/paper” and then, …..”when  the property sells” we’ll refund you what you spent.

And, what – after a typical 3 mth agency, if the property doesn’t sell, and the property owner has spent $2 ~ 3,000??

.....truly folks, would you REALLY want your photo amongst this lot?

Really good advice to you Mr/Mrs Seller. here….is BEFORE you list your property……visit your local property press / media weekly advertising medium and ask yourself this question………

Prefice the situation depicted above! ……as in, would I really like my property to be one featured on this sample 2012 Nelson page????

Ask yourself….

How did half the properties on that page get themselves into that situation, because I am sure there are at the very least, 4 (well from this Feb 2012 page at least)  pretty unhappy campers (all with their very own personal stories) who were told an appraised selling price of $x…but now…for some reason 4 out of 8 of them are experiencing something they don’t want to.

Well you have decided to go to market at $XXX, but now…hmm looks like the table is turning. Make sure you don’t get caught like this is all I’m saying?

And around about now……. such a normal property owner would more than likely be thinking, even seriously considering……….hmmm, this hasn’t worked out so far has it…….just like any normal human would think…….I think I want a change……what to do next?

Change agencies, surely that’ll give the product a very practical & important refresh, a new platform, new attention, different focus / audience /  positioning and perhaps in to the bargain….a newly enthused team of agents, etc…..BUT WAIT……there is just this simple matter of thousands of dollars already spent….”and if we change agencies”….well, we won’t get a cent back….will we??

Well what you have just stated is exactly the intention of someone trying to get you into a “contract period” by this method. Think about it?

I could go on for paragraphs about this, but I won’t because like last time………there is the chance that it would be deemed “unprofessional”……and just like last time…….the local paper will pick up on it….and yes, again, just like last time…….I’ll be in a mighty lot of trouble with real estate company directors!

No, please sellers, think thrice before you commence an agency contract based on this type of strategy.

Our company “DaySheet”, the daily “bible” sheet distributed to company offices/sales people shows that yesterday, Summit in the Nelson region (whom I am an independent contractor for) had 10 properties go unconditional on the one day (yesterday 27th March 2012) …… add into that my 2 unconditionals from today, and we have at the very least, 12 SOLDs in 48 hours.

(Perhaps, in our companies case, it could be suggested this type of result amply demonstrates the “power of the team” ….but that sounds kind of simplistic without trying to make it sound that way…..and that’s just my own personal opinion showing through anyway)

Surely a seller should do one thing up front, invest more time in selecting an agent / co to assist with aiding them to get the best premium possible for their, in most cases, most expensively prized asset that they possess …….than (well I’ve seen this in real time) they would typical invest in buying a microwave or big screen LED TV?

And that folks …… that is all I ask.



Serendipity strikes tonight – here I am reading the local paper online at 10:30pm ….and look here.

This I posted to Posterous a year ago…

and its never ever been truer….


Been around for thousands of years, but Who Am I?

Who am I?

I am the basis of all wealth, the heritage of the wise the thrifty and the prudent.

I am the poor man’s joy and comfort, the rich man’s price, the right hand of capital and the silent partner of many thousands of successful men.

I am the solace of the widow, the comfort of old age and the cornerstone of security against misfortune and want.

I am handed down to children through generations, as a thing of great worth.

I am the choicest fruit of toil, credit respects me, yet I am humble.

I stand before every man bidding him to know me for what I am and possess me.

I grow and increase in value through countless days.

Though I seem dormant, my worth increases, never failing, never ceasing.

Time is my aid and population heaps up my gain.

Fire and the elements I defy, for they cannot destroy me.

My possessors learn to believe in me; invariably they become envied.

While all things wither and decay, I survive.

The centuries find me younger, increasing in my strength.

I am the foundation of banks, the producer of foods and the basis of all wealth throughout the world.

Yet I am so common that thousands, unthinkingly and unknowingly pass me by.


Original –

New Zealand is, well actually has been now for a while…

……the perfect test case.

This I recall from my IT days chatting with project folk from the major companies, even when it was something that wasn’t the most popular thing, NZ was, they recanted, just a perfect “test case” situation. Another likened it in these words… a “control” experience for his company.


Well, from what I was told…it went like this……….

1] english speaking country

2] accustomed to most / easily adjustable, even taking local customs into account, to Australia / Canada / USA / UK, and hence scalable …..

3] the ability to “test market” anything for a pittance of what it would cost to do “the same” in one of the countries named in no. 2 above

4] plenty of other “not at first glance” obvious reasons…..

….and that precisely brings me to this…….


many media sites are reporting tonight, like the ole days of IT, that Google Maps will deliver “live traffic” updates to 3 countries, us, Hong Kong, and Norway.

So good on you Google – well done…can’t wait to try this out.

And while I’m at it on the subject of driving in New Zealand – can I recommend all Kiwis check out the most excellent site here…..

It just makes this new road rule change (thats due in about a week) so so so easy to comprehend and more importantly, understand.




February 2012 Nelson Property Home Sales Report

March 16th, 2012

Two days ago the Real Estate Institute of NZ ( REINZ ),  officially released the sales figures covering the month of February 2012.

In difference to last month, Nelson was mentioned in their covering statement.

Nelsons mention was in that it followed the Canterbury region as having the shortest “days to sell” period of the 17 regions.

Here’s what the Institute reported;

Canterbury/Westland recorded the shortest days to sell at 35 days (-4 days), followed by Nelson/Marlborough with 37 days (-20 days) and Auckland with 38 days (+1 day).

A very healthy number of sales were transacted also. to enlarge

The usual large numbers of “family oriented” 3 bedroom properties were joined by a “pick-up” in the number of 2 bedroom sales.

In the month prior, the “days to sell” metric on 4 bedroom properties doubled to 87, however the number was just 1 up on Jan sales at 13 units. There was also a median increase from $455,000 up to $467,000 for these 4 bedroom dwellings.

In contrast to the four bedroom situation, the  situation with the 5 + bedroom (albeit a small number) solds, was almost the reverse. In January the days to sell figure was 63 compared to 26 in February.

Overall a month depicting as it was on the ground, quite busy both in terms of seller activity, and also buyer activity. On the buyer front it was notable, and Open Home registers certainly show this factoid out, the amount of “out of town” buyers visiting, and wanting to spend their money.

Quotable Value NZ have also just released their nationwide “Property Valuemap” covering Feb 2012, the chart above shows that Nelson is still holding steady… you can read the full report over at QV by clicking here.