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4144 min

Buying vs. Building: which is better for first home buyers?

4 days ago

The residential market is in a constant state of change, and the reality of owning your own home can seem complex as you try to size up which window of opportunity is right for you. But we’re here to help. This blog investigates whether you should buy an existing home or build new.

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White wear… and tear: when it’s time to update your appliances

11 days ago

Knowing whether to replace or keep your appliances is a wishy-washy situation.

To help you through your decision-making process while your appliances are still alive, we’ve created a simple guide to identify how often you should replace the major appliances in your home.

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Sorting out Stains: How to remove those pesky marks

18 days ago

You’ve tried and tried again to remind people to be careful on your new carpet, but it happened. And now you're left with cleaning up the mess.

Before your reach for the nearest bottle of cleaning fluid, make sure you check out our top tips to help your deal with stains. 

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Our 5 top tips for a low maintenance garden

25 days ago

To help transform your outdoor area, we’ve come up with five top tips to create an easy, low maintenance landscape in your backyard.

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Adding value: how to gain a positive ROI on your property

32 days ago

When selling your home, it’s easy to get lost in the myriad possibilities that could increase . To help you hammer through your DIY options, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you focus your attention on only the upgrades that will add value to your home.

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Selling in winter - is it worth it?

39 days ago

When buying, or selling your home seasonality is an important element to consider when deciding to put your house on the market. We share the opportunities and challenges this cold season brings, and how you can maximise your return on investment (ROI), no matter the weather.

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What to look for in a Real Estate Salesperson

46 days ago

You’re ready to place your property on the market, and it’s time to take the first, all-important step towards selling your home: finding the right agent.

As you start looking into your options, we've created our top four traits to look for when choosing your agent. 

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Healthy Home Standards - Everything you need to know

59 days ago

As we barrel headfirst into winter, we’re all trying to stay warm – whether crossing the street, in the car, or at home. With the new Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) set to turn up the heat on your investment properties come 1 July, read on to find out everything you need to know about the HHS.

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An Investor's Guide: Loan to Value Ratios

2 months ago

If you’re looking at investing in property, knowing your loan-to-value ratio is the first all-important step. To help you make the leap into investment, we're here to help with our guide to loan to value ratios.

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Claim it! Your guide to which expenses rental property owners can claim on

2 months ago

When it comes to claiming your tax returns, it’s important you understand what your legally entitled too. To ensure you’re claiming the correct returns for your investment property, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to help identify the expenses you can claim, today.

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Setting the Stage – Six effective home staging tips you can do yourself

3 months ago

When it comes to selling a home, first impressions count, so make yours a good one! To help you set the scene for prospective buyers, we’ve constructed six simple-yet-effective-steps to help you stage your own home for a successful sale.

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Invest with Success: 4 Tips For New Property Investors

3 months ago

Investing in property can transform into a profitable business that can benefit you and your family for generations to come. Here we outline four things you should know before diving into this exciting industry.

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Become an open home pro: Tips for making the most of your visits

7 months ago

You’re in the market for your first home and could be about to spend a heck of a lot of money on a house you’ve had less than 30 minutes to look at. So how can you make the most of your open home visits to get as much value out of them as possible?

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Making an offer on your first home

7 months ago

If you’re looking to buy your first home and it has an asking price, or is for sale by tender, negotiation or deadline sale, how on earth do you determine what your offer should be? 

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First home finance and government grants – where do I start?

7 months ago

If you feel your first home savings goal still seems far out of reach, don’t despair. Keep up the good work – you will get there! How about taking the time now to look into finance available from the Government for first home buyers just like you?

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Bank or mortgage broker? Where to go for your first home loan

8 months ago

Arranging your first home loan can spark many questions. Do I have to get a home loan from my current bank, or can I go to another bank? Which home loan providers offer the best interest rates for first home buyers?

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Everything first home buyers need to know about pre-approval

8 months ago

Pre-approval, conditions, LIM and builders’ reports, life insurance... there are lots of new terms that crop up as you begin the journey to first home ownership. 

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Research tips for savvy house hunting

8 months ago

Remember the last time you took a holiday? Perhaps you went somewhere exotic, or explored your own backyard? Wherever you went, you probably spent more time researching, planning, saving and packing than you actually spent on holiday!

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How to find affordable housing in a city that’s taking off

8 months ago

2018 has been a strong year for first home buyer activity in Hamilton. Across the market, the median house price was $562,000 (as at April 2018). 

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Saving for your first home deposit: Small steps make big change

8 months ago

Owning your own home is the great Kiwi dream. This year the Government took steps to protect this dream for more New Zealanders.

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