Tag Archives: ex-pats

Now if I was a betting man…

March 12th 2014

I would have to say there could be worse things to place your money on, than property.

12-03-2014 Nelson house prices buck trend

And where to buy in New Zealand?

Hmmm….seems a bit “deja vue” around about now?

December 2007

March 2008

July 2008

September 2008

October 2008

10th August (unsure of year)

Anyone spot a trend here?

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? :-)

Englishmen / Woman coming to New Zealand

May 2012

Aka “Englishmen in New York Nelson.”

A question I am constantly asking myself is this one……….

…..why do “Poms” seem to not consider “future selling” money when they build a home in Nelson?

So, whether a UK resident moves to NZ or New York, their thought patterns should, to all intents and purposes just about remain the same, the only real difference being the physical distance.

If you want to move the family “lock, stock & barrels” out to the antipodes, then here’s two really important tips that will result in you “netting thousands” instead of losing them. (trust me on this, I’ve seen and experienced the heartfelt collateral damage side of this over the last decade…….at the very least, on about 11 ~ 12 occasions)

Ok this is from a UK TV Program...but let me tell you I have seen it locally...in Nelson

No.1

Do Not build a home with associated utility pipework on the outside…….yes yes I know it goes for ok back home……and again yes, yes, yes …I know you need it / have to have it, where else to put it, etc, etc….. but out here in New Zealand….well, we tend to have a bit more room/space around us……and frankly this ole habit just really needs a real good “Dan Carter” kick right out into the paddock.

Let me tell you right here & now…..what a Kiwi buyer thinks when they see this…….“cheap…cheap…cheap” – now, surely, that is not the first impression you want any prospective buyer of your property to have?

Extra rooms aren't always an advantage....

No.2

The fact that you want 3/4/5/14 reception rooms may very well appeal tremendously to you…..but from an antipodean perspective…let me tell you – its almost a “death knell.”

Out here, well……..we want/desire/live for “open plan” living, surely you might have noticed that when visiting the brand new showhome exhibitions……heck, space is what its all about way down here near the great Southern Ocean.

I hope you’ll view this for what it is – just a couple of hints from someone whose seen both sides of the story.

As if you needed another reason….?

May 2nd, 2012

Woe be-tide me if I did not bring you this update.

A Record for sunny Stoke.

It is Stoke’s day in the sun with the announcement that April 2012 was the suburb’s sunniest on record…..while the wider region basked in temperatures almost a degree above average.

I’d have plenty of local feed back that would suggest I was not being the Stoke area specialist, if I did not bring this factoid to your attention, now…wouldn’t I?
But notice in the above article online, the highlighted link.?
I’ll help you out here and now and show you that LINK.
CREDIT – www.stuff.co.nz/nelsonmail

Welshmans Nelson investment sees 9967% return….

April 26th, 2012

….in less than one week, and its not over yet!

True Story.

According to the local paper, the Nelson Mail, Welsh tourist & backpacker Tim Bow likes garage sales. Using the words of the papers reporter, it would seem he even appears to have “a passion” for it.

Well it looks like this passion has really paid off for the traveler this time around.

Antiques Roadshow would have a simple antipodean believe that in smalltown NZ, only 200 year old Aoteroa, there just aren’t any surprises left to be found?

...this is the cover of the book he found in a box.....

Well this Welshman found one, locally, last weekend.

...and inside this book, in this $5 box of books, he found this.....

Here’s the kicker….

He bought the book as part of a $5 pile of books in the sale, but hoped to sell it for much more.

Is he on the right track here?

Well..….with still three days still to go on his auction site listing…his $5 investment is sitting there on the Trademe auction site, as of last glance, at a “not too unhealthy bid level” of NZD$1500.

Interesting to see he is thinking of the Commonwealth too, after Trademe user “Vat” asked Tim, whether he thought USA based Ebay would have given him a better shot of the $$$……

Tim replied above….

Perhaps even, the Enid Blyton society may look “downunder.” As a youngster I read all the books, and absolutely loved them all. Today….all of them put together would probably account for the first half of the first episode of some Xbox/Playstation shoot’em up.

But….. back then, they let your imagination do what it was really meant too!

Sunday, even apart from this Indian Summer weather we are all finding “most enjoyable”, should be an interesting day.

CREDIT – Nelson Mail (www.stuff.co.nz/nelsonmail )

UPDATE 10:15am 27-04-2012 – bidding now at NZD$3260!! I’m thinking everyone will be checking books at yard/garage/boot sales just a little bit more thoroughly now? Lets hope they are genuine bids.

UPDATE: 8:16pm 29-04-2012 – seems the gene pool has again been hammered tonight, after it eventuated that the winning bid was reduced to NZD$1510. Perhaps a spell on Ebay may have been worth a hit.

UPDATE: 5:45pm 30-03-2012 – seems its all downhill from here.