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Switch on to the effects of light 

11 days ago

Lighting: it can set the mood of a room, decorate, enhance and brighten a space. So why is it that when we buy a residential property, we often settle for the lighting that comes with the house, accepting that good enough is literally that? 

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Bathe your bathroom in inspiration

25 days ago

The humble bathroom: a true selling point of your home. Usually known for it's monotone aesthetic, we're ready to talk colour themes and small interior design changes that you can make to help it sparkle!

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How to plant new life into your residential property

39 days ago

Here at Lugtons, we understand how a plant can bring new life into your living environment literally. We want to help you grow your knowledge with our top tips to find plants that suit your home and your lifestyle.


Exemptions to the Building Act: what you need to know!

53 days ago

In August 2020, the Government will be scrapping their requirements for low risk building consents to reduce the regulatory oversight on your backyard projects. Yes, this means you’ll be able to build and renovate your property, but don’t get too carried away, it does come with some restrictions.

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Turn your house into a winter wonderland

2 months ago

Don’t put off listing your home until the weather warms up – instead, dress it for the season. Get ahead of the competition and attract eager buyers by transforming your home into a winter wonderland with these five tips. 

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Create your perfect WFH retreat and add value to your property

3 months ago

Two months ago, most of us packed up our work desks, stationery, and swivel chairs, to work in isolation from home. Now, we look at constructive solutions to make your 'new normal' an at home retreat. 


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Lugtons Real Estate at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

3 months ago

From 11.59pm, Wednesday 13 May 2020, New Zealand will move from COVID-19 Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2. How will this affect how we operate? Read on to find out. 

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RBNZ lifts LVR restrictions. What does this mean for you?

3 months ago

On Thursday 30 April, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) resolved to ease the loan-to-value (LVR) restrictions in New Zealand.

What could this mean for you? Read on to find out.

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What COVID-19 Alert Level 3 means for real estate

4 months ago

We’re all in this together! And our team of 5 million Kiwis are all committed to our fight against COVID-19. Because of this, we need to do our part.


Spring (autumn) clean your residential property during isolation

4 months ago

Cleaning your residential property can either be a sprint or a marathon... it all depends on the time you spend (now) tidying.

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Our company protocols during COVID-19

5 months ago

These are the new protocols we have put into place at Lugtons in the current environment.

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Add $10,000 to your deposit (with the Kiwisaver HomeStart grant)

5 months ago

If you’re trying to get onto the Waikato property market, but are wondering how you can optimise your deposit, we’re here to help.

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February Market Update with Claire Lugton

5 months ago

Can you feel a change in the air? With autumn approaching, the weather isn’t the only thing changing – just ask Claire Lugton, Director of Lugtons Real Estate.

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Property Managers: protecting your investment

5 months ago

You’ve worked out the maths, and taken the plunge into starting or expanding your investment portfolio. Now, you need to decide: do you manage the property yourself, or hire a professional?

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What’s your offer? Conditional vs. unconditional explained!

6 months ago

For first home buyers, purchasing your first property can be a whirlwind of new jargon and processes. Don’t run into the property market blind. 

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Wait! Have you held an open home?

6 months ago

Have you ever wondered ‘what if’? When selling your home, don’t let this be something you’re left asking!

At Lugtons, we’re here to help you capitalise on your investment.

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Lugtons January 2020 Market Update

6 months ago

Did you know your property value is forecast to increase by at least 5% in 2020?

Tune into our monthly market update with Claire Lugton, Director of Lugtons Real Estate, and find out how you can get yourself in the best position for the year ahead.

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Ready, steady, GO! Get the green light on your new home

6 months ago

You’ve started your preliminary investigations, got the green light from the bank, and now you’re ready to clear your social calendar calendar and take 2020 for a joyride towards home ownership.  

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Get 20:20 this year, with our guide into financing your first home

7 months ago

We’ve hit 2020! But today we’re talking about 80:20, or more how you can use the 80:20 rule (alongside other financial information) to help you join the property ladder.


What the RBNZ changes mean for first home buyers

8 months ago

We’ve seen a lot of media hype across the last two weeks, focusing on the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s announcement for the big four Australian-owned banks and the new minimum capital requirements But, what does this mean for first home buyers?

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