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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/

 

NASAs “Rock Star” ISS Commander Hatfield gives NZ an XMAS present…

Dec 23rd, 2013

Well that’s how it felt to us here down-under in NZ.

Watch this and see for yourself. Take special note of the comments at around 5:40 into this video.

And just to remind you who Chris is ….heres his near on 20m viewed David Bowie Space Oddity cover performed on the International Space Station. Hes also the guy who took over 45,000 photos while he was up there…. on Nikon gear.

Time to turn up the volume!

Ok ok…so you only have dialup and can’t bear to wait for the answer…so here goes;

Interviewer: “I’m just indulging for a moment here…because I know when you’ve been in space…it must be very difficult to decide where to go on holiday …..but I was so thrilled…ah…to read that the place you want to go …MOST ON EARTH is….. ”

Cmmdr Hatfield: “the wine country of the South Island….in the North end (Island?) of NZ. It just looks so beautiful…….”

Commander Hatfield I concur! NZ does that to people.

And why was the interviewer so thrilled?

Well you’ll need to watch the video to find out the answer to that.

Heres what www.newzealand.com reported;

New Zealand, Hadfield said in an interview with BBC World News, represented the last landmass that the astronauts viewed before travelling east over the Pacific Ocean. “It’s so beautiful … after you’ve crossed New Zealand you have the long passage across the Pacific so it’s your real last sight of land for what’s going to be – gosh, it takes almost a half an hour to cross the Pacific – so looking at New Zealand, it’s just beautiful,” Hadfield told presenter Lucy Hockings

So just another reason to visit Middle Earth?

 

Is Pinterest of value to a Real Estate agent?

August 20th, 2013

I tend to believe the use of this product in real estate is of more benefit to out of town buyers than locals.

If someone is unfamiliar with an area, 10-15 listing photos are required to capture just enough of the home and grounds alone, there isn’t really any space to detail / illustrate with photos the area the home is in.

I have just finished a folder on Pinterest for Nelsons little seaside secret suburb, Monaco.

Google Maps Monaco-Nelson

This here above, is the general layout re Google Maps.

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And if you are interested to find out more about Stokes little seaside secret suburb, Monaco…..just click here.

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.