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

34 hours 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

15 days 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

43 days 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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Negotiation – how does it work in residential property sales?

50 days ago

Negotiating, it’s more common than you think! Especially in real estate. If you’re looking to place your home on the market, join our investigation into negotiation. 

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KiwiBuild joins the Waikato Property Market

57 days ago


For first home buyers, it can be tricky to understand the pros and cons of an initiative where there has been so much publicity and mixed messages. That’s why we’re here!

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Government proposes changes to The Residential Tenancies Act 1986

2 months ago

The property industry is ever changing. Last week, the Government announced potential changes to tenancy law which will give tenants more rights in the homes they rent, in a bid to increase security.


How interest rates affect your mortgage repayments

2 months ago

It’s the million-dollar question – what makes for an affordable home? Is it the initial price prior to your bank’s approval, or looking at the bigger picture?

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Are you ready for Lugtons Round the Bridges 2019?

3 months ago

Are you ready for this weekend’s inaugural Lugtons Round the Bridges! We’ve decided to get some kms in before the weekend, with 12 fun facts — one for each km that’ll be run this weekend

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Your go-to-guide for First Home Buyers

3 months ago

Congratulations! If you’re reading this blog, then you’ve taken the first step to home ownership – thinking about stepping onto the property ladder...


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Buying land. Is it a wise, or weary, investment?

3 months ago

We all want our own piece of land, some more literally than others. Join us as we investigate the pros and cons of purchasing standalone land, and how to make it work for you.


Conscious, liveable cities with Anna Smart

3 months ago

Lugtons’ own Anna Smart took to the PechaKucha stage as part of the 2019 Festival of Architecture to discuss how we, as real estate salespeople, get to see the change in our built environment. 

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Building inspection report: is it worth it?

4 months ago

We’ve all heard the saying ‘information is power’. That's why we’re looking at why you should get a building inspection report to assess your future investment.

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The 5 best kept secrets to selling your home… fast!

4 months ago

Some secrets are too juicy to keep... that's why we're sharing! If you’re looking to sell your property, and hit the market running, listen up, as we share our best kept secrets to help get your home SOLD fast.

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Going once, going twice, sold at auction?

4 months ago

The thrill, the passion, the excitement. Nothing beats the atmosphere in an auction room on auction day. In this blog we break down the auction process and look at why auctions are a great option for selling your home. 

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Is KiwiBuild for me?

4 months ago

KiwiBuild – it’s the buzzword of the moment, but unless you’re a first home buyer or second chancer, it’s something you may not know a whole lot about. As the Government sets to reset the programme, we’ve looked into what it offers and why you should be interested in the government initiative.

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Local Property Trends with Jamie Barakat

4 months ago

As we barrel towards summer, we sat down with Lugtons Real Estate Salesperson Jamie Barakat to discuss the trends that’ll be impacting the Waikato real estate market in the last quarter of the year.

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Rental property investment: is it still worth it?

5 months ago

Owning a rental property is a popular investment option. With their earning potential, rental properties have in the past yielded great returns for investors, but is this still the case in the Waikato?

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Build your equity… for a solid investment foundation

5 months ago

Using equity in your home is a smart way to build your property portfolio! In our latest blog we investigate how you can leverage your existing property to invest further into the market.

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Join the hunt! Kickstart your property portfolio

5 months ago

Are you looking to invest in property? From finance through to location, we're here to help you join the hunt with our top five considerations to guide you into an investment property. 


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

5 months 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. 

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