Monthly Archives: July 2012

Air New Zealand …. yes please

July 31, 2012

As you know many times on here I have spoken of the love Kiwis have for their airline, Air New Zealand.

And how, with much anticipation we are awaiting the world release of the Boeing 787-9, for which we are the launch customer/airline.

This mockup just tweeted by Air NZ begs to be shared around.

Lets hope that they haven’t signed off on the boring one at the top, and consider something like the one under that.

Surely, seeing how this has come from an official tweet channel of the airline…. there is more to this story? 🙂

Still more Weekly info on the region

July 16th 2012

In our region we have one main daily newspaper, The Nelson Mail, published each afternoon, usually available in Newsagents and dairies around noon.

We also happen to have The Leader which is published weekly as well.

just the facts, the Good News facts....

And rounding out the selection, we have the two weekly “good news only” papers……..The Nelson Weekly and The Waimea Weekly.

Two Editions back,  the Nelson / Waimea Weekies announced they had just undergone a revamp of their website, so I thought I should ensure that you are aware of same.

Head on over there, or rather click here to be taken there now.

NZ Car Logbook Dilemma Solved

July 2012

Real Estate Agents are no different than other independent contractors or self employed persons in New Zealand, who spend a good percentage of their working day “on the road” so to speak.

To calculate a “working Vs a private usage” situation for the vehicle used, IRD request that a log book must be kept, covering & detailing a continuous period of three (3) months. And it needs to be updated every 3 years.

This logbook is really no more different than what I suspect truck drivers complete every working day, it needs to state your start, your finish, your kilometers and the purpose, as in whether each trip is for private purposes, or solely business related.

Erwin Wernsen is a chap who, between projects, decided to write an app, in this case an Android app that works brilliantly on the Samsung S3 I can attest.

His little app will save the real estate agents of New Zealand heaps and heaps of time, and yet into the bargain, provide an even more detailed and accurate “log book.”

As any new Smartphone user already knows these devices today come standard with the ubiquitous GPS. To ensure you don’t lose any points on your license, most everyone I know has a Bluetooth handsfree carkit in said business related vehicle as well.

Great, that’s the only two ingredients required for this little app, the cunningly named “Auto Mileage Log” to do its business and log your journeys.

Time to throw away that paper based book!

The one other item required is an internet connected PC so that you can review, analyse and download your “logbook” reports.

And in the words of the developer himself, here’s the neat little trick that makes this app a standout winner in my books………

But while I was developing the app I got the idea to use the bluetooth connection as a signal to start and end the trip logging. This way the logging would be fully automatic and I would not need to remember to start and stop the registration. At that time that was a unique feature so I decided to publish the app on the market. I guess more people liked this feature since I had quite a few downloads right away. Some of the users also provided me with good feedback…..

So you don’t even have to remember to turn anything on! Just remember that you have started the app, and that you have the GPS and Bluetooth activated on your phone, oh and obviously that its connected “paired” to your handsfree carkit.

You can even review your maps right on your Smartphone just to check you got all the details correct

Another exciting feature is that when setting up the preferences you select what time of the day, I think mine is set for 23:00hrs, that the phone will upload your “logbook” data automagically to the dedicated website. Yes, yes…… upfront you do need to register on the site, and use a special PIN that the site generates for you, but it works a treat. You can also download the report in .CSV.

Oh, and did I mention at this stage the app is FREE.

I suspect that not just Real Estate Agents would benefit from this app/website combo, and would be interested to know of other industries in NZ where something like this would be handy.

Thanks Erwin for a great app, I’m thinking this won’t be the last one you write.

PS: When you review the details online you can adjust the report so that, for example. you may require to change Business to Private.

Also this works better with a car only Bluetooth unit, not one of those wireless ones people clip to their ears. If you have one of those, then this app will track you everywhere you go….?

June 2012 Nelson Property Home Sales Report

July 12, 2012

With an increase in median price across the region of $14,000 (+4.2%) in June and an 8% increase in Nelson, the region mirrored what REINZ are reporting this morning in the Home Sales figures for the month of June 2012 in New Zealand.

Nelson City Median Sale Prices - June 2012

One notable aspect of this months results, quite visible in the chart this month above, is an increase in sales volume of larger 4 bedroom properties as compared to our usual high percentage of mainly 3 bedroom properties.

Motueka jumped into mention this period too, by witnessing an almost 20% increase in local sold pricing.

When compared to June of last year, the price increase was even more ambitious, demonstrating an increase of $21,750 (+6.6%), with REINZ noting that “all parts of the region contributing to the increase in the median price.”

Volumes were up slightly, and Days to Sell remained quite healthy, certainly a reflection of the reduced quantity of newer listings coming to market. Days to Sell for the core Nelson 3 bedroom market was certainly an indication of our current state of that market?

In summing up the REINZ local representative reported

The number of days to sell in the Nelson/Marlborough region eased by six days in June, from 49 days in May to 55 days in June. Compared to June 2011 the number of days to sell also eased, from 45 days to 55 days. The trend in the number of days to sell had been improving, but is now turning towards an easing trend.
The trend in the median price has turned upwards after an extended period going sideways, although the volume trend continues to move sideways. There has been some weakening of the trend in the days to sell, which gives the Nelson/Marlborough real estate market an overall steady trend.

All in all a healthy but steady month.

DATA – www.reinz.co.nz