Steve Hart

Steve Hart

Expats and first-home buyers buoy regional markets

Thirty houses on a new sub-division in Masterton will go some-way to addressing the area’s housing shortage says Anita Baker of Baker & Co. She sold a 3 hectare block of land to a developer on the day we spoke

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Hot market with auctions delivering good results

Among the ups and downs caused by Covid-19 the country’s real estate market has remained buoyant – especially so given the traditional dip in activity during the winter months. However, the issue of setting a fair sale price, which is

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What is recent data saying about house prices?

House prices, the unofficial barometer of the nation’s economy, are basically unchanged despite early talk of them dropping by up to 10 percent when the Covid-19 crisis shut the country down. According to a report by CoreLogic, drawing on data

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Homebuyers rethink what they want post Covid-19

Although the Covid-19 lockdown is already starting to become a distant memory for most of us; the pandemic has caused some homebuyers to think differently about what they want when it comes to buying their next property. Larger gardens and

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Now might be the time to sit tight

While home buyers and sellers have been stopped in their tracks by COVID-19, it’s good to reflect on past economic traumas and use our time wisely. It was turning into a busy year for real estate until the nationwide lockdown

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Agents find ways to keep working

Open homes and auctions may be on the back-burner due to the Covid-19 outbreak and countrywide lock-in – but that doesn’t mean estate agents are sitting on their hands.  It’s tough going though with the people unable to move home

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Why you might need a bigger home

Making room for older parents, providing children with their own space, and having a home office is among the key reasons homeowners are trading up to larger properties according to one industry professional. Auckland home stager Janine King of Janine

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Live long and prosper

According to Stats NZ people in the South Island live a little longer than those in the North Island – by one year on average. Dig a little deeper in the data though and you can identify regions such as

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What does the property market hold for 2020?

New Zealand’s housing market looks primed for another rally in house prices, with low-interest rates and constrained sales stock fuelling the fire. However, the market is set to cool by mid 2021. That’s the view of Brad Olsen, senior economist

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Plenty of options for first home buyers across the country

There’s plenty of advice for first-time homebuyers looking for a step on the property ladder. While one option is to buy a property and rent it out; that doesn’t help those wanting to settle down and lay down roots. Thankfully,

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Selecting an agent is like picking a business partner

You can only sell your house once; so the pressure to get the best price by hiring the right agent can feel immense. The trick is to take the selection process slowly and not rush into signing up an agency

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The selling season is here

If you put your home on the market during winter and have been worried about a lack of buyers then now is your chance to start a-fresh. Summer’s almost here and so is a whole new set of buyers. So

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Show and tell with a property video

homes.co.nz is a big supporter of real estate videos, and one reason for this is that people are attracted to video over static images. Video creates a higher engagement with house hunters. It means buyers far and wide, across New

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Tiny homes meeting the needs of the next generation

There’s anecdotal evidence of a sea change when it comes to young people and real estate. The 20-somethings I’m meeting in Auckland do not want a mortgage for life, nor a huge home with rooms they don’t need, nor do

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