Category Archives: General

Reserve Bank of New Zealand makes a serious statement…

….and you know what….for once they don’t seem to be happy about the level of the NZD, in its current incantation!

Oh wow seriously guys…..

Anyway if you’re interested the statement is here

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and just in case you are wondering what Google are sayin’ (as at 9pm anyway) about this event which was “all over” the NZ media today….

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…actually am slightly stunned by there (“Googles that is”) lack of news about it….maybe the world really is changing and its looking like I can imagine what it feels like to live in China?

Free Sunshine Data for any NZ Property…..

May 9th, 2014

Yes you read that right!

free info

Anyone with internet access can now obtain weather, temperature and sunshine data for any address in New Zealand.

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But as they say….wait … there’s more.

as well as the sunrise and sunset times throughout the year you can see the average minimum and maximum temperatures, average rainfall, and average wind speed.

How do I access this?free info II

Just head on over to Quotable Values sub-site right here and type your desired address in. Then, just like the graphic above, make sure you click the “FREE LOCAL INFO” tab.

 

SOURCE – Blog Article here – over at www.qv.co.nz

GIS Tech to the rescue of home buyers….again

April 29th, 2014

Many times when a buyer moves to a new town, they are challenged with picking the best location.

That experience is doubly difficult if youngsters are involved, then it needs to take into account bus routes, distance to schools, distance to after school sports and activities, etc, etc.

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I’ve talked before about Walkscore and how relevant their info is.

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In fact I see NZ real estate companies are now incorporating this info in their data set, and publishing it along with other details of a property.

And although they do a good job, from the the “if its not broke, don’t fix it” stage left pops up a new comer … Isoscope.

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And their view takes a slightly more visual approach all around. You’ll note there is also a time line there to tell the program what time you would like to set off on a journey of discovery, and presumably….background data will depict traffic situations around that time and offer up yet another way to view data.

Both are worth a look if you are looking to visit a new place, or even look to buy a property there.

SOURCE:

Walkscore – http://www.walkscore.com/score/76-trafalgar-st-nelson-nelson-new-zealand

Isoscope – http://www.flaviogortana.com/isoscope/

 

Slow local broadband can really knock a home price around

April 11th, 2014

The Telegraph in England has published an engaging topic, via data from Rightmove, arguably the UKs biggest Property portal.

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In the article, they contend that by not having fast/ultra fast broadband, then homeowners could potentially suffer up to a 20% reduction in their assets value.

They, Rightmove UK,  base this on…

“research it (they) conducted among among 3,000 people found that broadband details were ranked as a more important feature when searching for property than information on transport links and nearby schools.”

Makes for interesting reading, and even more so amongst the amount of #gigatown vibe out there in NZ at present.

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The “fuel guage” they use above is quite compelling too. What data should always be….easy to read and understand.

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Mind you, paying GB£5,000,000 you’d probably expect no less.

It certainly would aid any New Zealand area, including Nelson where hundreds already support the #gigatownNSN hashtag.

SOURCE – Slow broadband wipes 20% off house prices – The Telegraph UK