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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.


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.


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.


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

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


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....


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.

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.


Searching for Stoke – Nelson properties

March 12th, 2012

If you are not a local and are using the web to search for a property in Stoke, Nelson then you need to read this.

The good news is that this lesson it won’t take long at all.

First up, www.realestate.co.nz

...heres the realestate.co.nz search bar.......

if you select Nelson & Bays, then Nelson for the town…….

check all of these highlighted ones....

you’ll get a dropdown  list like I’ve depicted above..

...and these too...

just make sure you search the highlighted suburbs, now www.summit.co.nz,

the Summit.co.nz site makes it quite easy actually...

…..to ensure you cover all the areas of Stoke.

www.nzrealtors.co.nz is there to help your search too

The NZ Realtors group to which Summit Real Estate belong also have a site you can use, and need to search just the four suburbs high-lighted above to conclude your search.

Trade-me also offers up a selection of suburbs again adding a few more to the mix, but obviously on account

some repeats here from above ... just check them all out

of some having zero listings, most people aren’t aware of them, you just need to check them all.

In case you are wondering where all these suburbs names are, hopefully this takeout of the Summit map will help.


Water, Fish, Life…Nelson

No one doubts that there are some real necessities to life, four at last count I think.

1. Air

2. Shelter

3. Water

4. Food

And the usual computations of such…..reproduction (so the species wont die off), heat, love, clothing, companionship, but it would seem the top 4 classify themselves crucially as necessities overall. These are a humans basic needs. Everything else is a luxury.

And as far as number 4 goes, time to supplement this article, & roll out a couple of my “usual” factoids.

( you’ll see the definite “real estate perspective” of this post in its conclusion)

So first up….just spend 60 seconds to watch this…and see if you’re not moved?

Part 1: The Background

Obviously past readers already know, but for the benefit of new readers, I’ll share with you tonight that Nelson just happens to be, not just NZeds, but also the whole of Australasia’s largest fishing port.

New Zealand has one of the largest marine areas in the world, covering more than 1% of the Earth’s surface.

True. That’s not of the oceans land (or should that be sea?) mass, that’s of the whole of Planet Earths surface!

Read more here - http://blog.forestandbird.org.nz/good-fish-bad-fish/

Many of our marine species are found nowhere else in the world. Fact.

Scientists estimate that more than 80% of New Zealand’s biodiversity is found in our oceans, and much more is still yet to be discovered. About 15,000 marine species are known, while it is estimated that another 50,000 species are yet to be discovered – new species are being found all the time. Say What?

From a Kiwis perspective, our marine environment not only provides for our $1.5 billion fishing industry but it also almost “does everything else” to highlight / assist and mitigate our $20 billion tourism industry too. (Just try to imagine a NZ without marine life!)

Very importantly, it’s central to our day to day way of life, what Fish & Bird term our “national identity”, most New Zealanders live near the ocean (just in case you are curious, Nelsonians live the closest in all of NZ, to the sea!) and have a close relationship with the marine environment.

We collect kaimoana (“kai”) or seafood, swim, dive, snorkel and sail, and are truly appreciative of the bounty & variety of our marine life.

Just too important to ignore......

So if River Cottages’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & now Jamie Oliver want a follower, they have one here in Nelson, and I’m sure hundreds, if not thousands more, all over New Zealand.

Part 2…3 / 4, etc

Really there doesn’t have to be any other parts because Part One is so fundamentally important, and dare I say, crucial to the survival of a place like Nelson that if you get the “gist of” Part 1, then you’ve either “got with the program” or not………and frankly nothing at all further needs to be said. Forest & Bird have definitely got with the campaign…going so far in NZ to establish a completely separate website called http://www.bestfishguide.org.nz/, you really should check it out.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that even in the “old dart”, Hugh & co have managed to enlist some impressive “ears listeners to their cause.”


You could get your name up in lights too half way around the world. (hmmm…amazingly enough I did that once too)

I really do suggest you sign up at #FISHFIGHT (and on Twitter) , I have, and can see absolutely no reason why this petition of followers is sitting on the pity figure of under 1m supporting followers!

There’s just no justifiable reason on the planet why any Justin “whats his name” singer, some Ms Gaga, or some Kim “hey, let’s get married this week” personalities ….. should have more followers.

NOTE: did you notice what no. 3 was on my list at the top…interesting huh?

Nelson, and in general Nelsonians, ….courtesy of having both no.3 & no. 4 of that top list in abundance, are justifiably acutely aware of the incredible importance these items factor in the local economy.

Most everyone in the town has like 1 or for a few 2, at a maximum, degrees of separation between them and someone locally who has something to do with / an industry benefiting from / a service that relies on / ….you get the picture….

fishing is just a fundamental part of of life here.

So yes the sea / or the whole ocean really is incredibly important to us here in the Top of the South, and don’t we know it?

Oh yeah…that real estate perspective…

The real estate perspective that I promised when I started this post, yes its about lifestyle…but actually its even a bit more than that…its also about our livelihood / substance.

When so many incomes relate to actual “on the water” fishing,

…the dockside / spawning / research transfer/transport operations, the factory processing/storage, the sales/marketing, the many associated land based support industries / suppliers….let alone many who move here because their partner found a very fruitful income “from the sea” in one of these industries, we are talking hundreds, if not thousands of incomes related to our region, and from all of  that, well it leads me on to one big thing……

And that is…..they all need NUMBER 2 on that above list………..shelter….and yes that is where it relates 100% to real estate! Be it either a rental situation because there’s just not enough in the bank yet for a deposit on a home, or be it a full blown outright property purchase…the bounty of the sea does not stop at the shoreline.

Although the above bestfishguide had stated in last weekends papers that their smartphone app would be out two days ago on Wednesday, time has transpired since then and we are non the wiser, however it will be any day now I’m sure, and I will heartily recommend you download it to see if you as an individual, just through a few changes to your diet….could make a big difference to the sustainability of our fisheries……..again….if not for Nelsons sake, then for the sake of humanity.

Article Data / Info / Research

Thanks to the fabulous www.bestfishguide.org.nz (Forest & Bird too) site, it’s a treasure trove of info guys. But bring on the app soon please.


Just a tad of relevance here consider where this campaign originated. That relevance, well I’ll let Wikipedia explain….”Nelson has…..the highest proportion of residents from the United Kingdom and Ireland in New Zealand”…so they probably know who Hugh & Jamie are even more than us!

Final Footnote & Graph – just for a perspective take on the whole issue from a Nelsonians perspective


Hmmm...now I see what you mean.....

Here’s the chart that Statistics NZ put out showing who, or rather what percentage of your town / cities residency live within 5km of the sea.

But is it important in the future…well again I think I will let Statistics NZ tell you what they found…..

Sixty-five percent of New Zealanders lived within five kilometres of the coast in 2006, compared with 61 percent in 1981. The proportion living within 10 kilometres of the coast also increased, from 72 percent to 75 percent.