Monthly Archives: January 2014

December 2013 Nelson Property Home Sales Report

Jan 26th, 2014

The Real Estate Institute of NZ said in its headline “Mixed Price Data and Softer Volumes in December Market” when referring to sales data from December 2013 NZ House sales.

Here is their summary points for the last calendar month of 2013.

Dec13 summary

As for the region comment, more specifically, the Institutes local representative reported thus;

Sales volume compared to November rose 2.3% with an 11% increase in Nelson, but falls across the rest of the region.

…The median price trend is now steady, although the volume trend continues to ease. The days to sell trend continues to improve more strongly. The overall trend for the region is now steady.

The Nelson situation was commented on by the REINZs CEO, Helen O’Sullivan, who noted;

“the Nelson/Marlborough region is continuing to see an uplift in the median price and realtively strong volumes compared to the rest of the country. Market activity was stronger in December than November with more listings and a rise in the numbers attending open homes.”

Nelson cities December 2013 chart follows…

Dec13 medians


Wow…looks like FLIR is “flinally” here for Real Estate Agents / Realtors

Jan 13th, 2014

Having been involved in IT since the early 80s…this thing here is like seriously…. the “holy grail” of technology… a seriously real “meeting of the minds.”

Lets go “Back to the Future” …2009 style…

2014 that camera

Regular readers may recall my post a few weeks back to around about Dec 2009 when I mentioned that Craig, a friend of mine…had invested over USD$70k to import an aerial drone from the USA (radio controlled of course) to see what was “up there” and then… make a business out of it, and that he was also considering importing the associated FLIR cam to go with it. (NOTE – part of that USD$70,000 investment was the need/requirement to have a backup unit ….”just in case”)

2014 dragonfly

Crikey, when it arrived it back then…….it even made the front page of our local paper, the Nelson Mail.

One thing I do definitely recall very vividly about that time, was what the Manufacturers (well I just investigate that sort of thing) advertising brochure / website mentioned….and that was the ability of the drone to show, in real time ( if I remember correctly, after you had invested $$$$substainial USD to the bargain) a “real-time” FLIR image. ( pretty “cutting edge”, even for the late noughties.)

And although initially he had intended to use it to demonstrate…

2XXX for sale

….quite fantastically (if you ask me) for the time actually ….images pertinent to real estate…the Chch EQ detracted him for a year or two…whence forth he found the service that he offered “very much in demand.”

Fast forward to the future…and something called “Kickstarter.”

This really is the future, this KickStarter concept thing I feel.

I tweeted this today….

Jan 2014 tweet

…because of its “awesome-ness” and what would now seem to be a new found “accessibility” to many. (Check me out as Nelsonian on Twitter to see the site I mentioned)

Folks…it would appear that after quite some years of tracking…we are nearly there…..and for me… Well….

After seeing/tracking this concept a year or so back (ok ok maybe a bit longer than that…but hopefully you get my drift…2008/09 was a while ago….) …I was in the mind….thinking how long something like this would really take to get to ….well….serious taken…fruition / traction….and even more so….especially when considering the monster USD$ price these chaps/folks/ladies were hoping to launch the product at ….at first I was thinking…..are they even on the “same planet?


Amazon 2014

See here today …in your time and place the cheapest FLIR cam on Amazon….(and I have no idea how good it is…) is priced at….well see the pic for yourself. And the resolution is…ready for it …. 120 x 120 pixels.

To me…its a massive game changer to the “end user”….just like that Microsoft Kinect Cam thing was a while back… think the next bunch of 10-12years are about to show us in the next 5 yrs just exactly what this “tech” can do.

And know what….

2014 nz herald

I got a sense of that last night already…and it turns out I’m about 2 – 1/2 months late to the party because folks knew about this in October 2013…now this is what “venture cap” is about surely…..Latest is, a UV paint designed by a Kiwi (yup…sorry about that….but yet again….its another one born in Middle Earth) in the UK, that enables surface like footpaths, and potentially roads to “light themselves” to show patrons the way…and no they don’t rely on the Sun…just UV…so cloudy days are perfectly  fine (pun intended)

Man…what the h*ll is it about these folks that call themselves Kiwis?

Surely…they should just be happy with their lot in the antipodes….why the heck do they try to make such a fuss….?

Well….hey …that’s just the Kiwi spirit…unless I was born different?


Back to the topic I was meant to start todays post with….

Well it looks like there are two legged, red blood cell, understandable language speaking, excitement chasing, intelligent beings down under after this weeks announcement at CES 2014.

2014 flir image



If I could get $25 for every mention of this product on TV News in 2014 I reckon I could be a millionaire. Lets see?


No longer will you have to involve the services immediately of a $1000 per visit on-site specialist.

I suspect that (& I’m ready for the haters…) this will really be a game changer for the early adopters…and I reckon you’ve got 3-6mths maybe 9 at tops because after that it may be a $99 item produced in China by then. But as they say…

So to the forward ….embrace this tech…and show your clients that you really are trying to “go overboard” in helping them buy a new property for all the right reasons.

Does it mean you are the “new expert??”

Perhaps the wrong answer is No…but then I personally profess I do not know what the right answer is?

But it means you have definitely taken it to the next level of client involvement and indeed….could be no more happy than to tell your new property buyer….from what I / we can see here on this screen….see Mr Client look here…. I am about to suggest to you here and now….. that you should spend a few extra dollars ….. and based on what this screen shows….invest in a thorough examination of…..well ….what-ever tickles yr fancy I reckon.

From a New Zealand perspective it would be, more than 80% of the time an important decision about weather-tightness…but there could quite easily be other reasons too…and the fact that YOU were the person that first brought this to your clients attention cannot do you no harm…well thats my thought pattern anyway.

Rental Market Prices in Nelson, New Zealand

Jan 8th, 2014

The latest New Zealand wide market rent statistics covering the period for 1 July 2013 – 31 December 2013 have been released.

01-2014 Stoke - Tahunanui

The first lot of figures above are for the Stoke / Nayland and general Tahunanui zones.

8-01-2014 Hills

Then there are the Tahuna & Port Hills figures above, and lastly….

8-01-2014 Nelson

This lot above represents the general Nelson city area.

If you are curious about what rent is in your area, or if you are looking at purchasing an investment property in another part of NZ unfamiliar to you, you can also check out the latest rental statistics here;

Nelson City zone

New Zealand wide

DATA SOURCE – Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment NZ

Disclaimer – Re NZ Market Rent Prices