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Now theres a novel thought…?

October 9th, 2014

In light of the serious ongoing discussions in the Australian Real Estate market over office charges, comes – well especially after the multi-billion dollar US Real Estate Portal merger… this below  statement.

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There are plenty of voices over their who have a point of view on it too

Far from the worry some are mentioning is the fact that any such large spend will expect a payback….and everyone is bandying around 2014’s new catchword “disruptive” as a way of describing something that could be a game changer. Admittedly we here in NZ are more like Australia and the UK in our buyer / seller relationships, and this is quite different than the MLS centric situation the US finds itself in.

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Well moving forward ….

Heres the article,

Makes you feel great to be a Kiwi … and having such forward thinking folk in our own industry, because years ago the NZ real estate industry already started down this path….

And it looks like its started.

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… feels like a touch of “seen this before…..”

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

July 2013 Nelson Property Home Sales Report

Aug 12th 2013

REINZ released the sales figures for homes sold in July 2013 in NZ today, and at the same time, obviously that included Nelson City.

They say the local median is NZD$345,500 and by my calc’s I reckon $345,000, but hey….what’s $500 between friends?

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The chart tells you whats happening…and I can tell you from an “on the ground perspective” ….. all of a sudden, it seems to have got “real busy.” But that won’t matter if you aren’t in the market anyway. So if you are …just call.

Its Monday, its May, it Must be winter…

May 6th, 2013

Well, in a nutshell ….. soon.

NZ’s Consumer has always been there to really help Kiwis out in deciding what to spend their hard earned money on…. and it continues….

But I digress. Kiwis are very fortunate that we have a national organisation like Consumer (like Choice in OZ, Consumer Reports in the States, et al…)

And why?

Well, one of the side benefits is that even if you don’t subscribe to their most excellent magazine and service, the folks there are still generous enough to provide heart warming reports for free.

And talk about timely?

Here is a question I have heard about a dozen times over the last year. (probably nearly the same for every year before that too!)

Whats best/most economical  – leaving the heatpump ** on 24hrs a day / 7 days a week … or only when you need it?

Well those gracious folks in Wellington provide the answers right here, just in time for that cooler weather.

Thanks Consumer!

* heatpump is the generic term in NZ given to what in OZ is called an air conditioner/ split system type.

**Eagle eyed readers will note the Consumer Report is from April 2012….but even with advances in Tech over the last year….by my reckoning its still 90% correct.