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The insider’s guide to buying or selling at auction

Whether you love the thrill of an auction or your knees tremble at the thought, auctions have become the preferred method of selling property in most of the major centres across the country. For those who are new to the process, buying or selling at auction can appear daunting. Don’t be put off! There are…

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Decluttering your home and your life

Decluttering, minimising what you own and generally living a simpler life with less possessions is trending in 2019. Japanese ‘tidying celebrity’ Marie Kondo has kicked off a fascinating movement in ‘organising’ which has taken the world by storm and has now become a New Zealand phenomenon.

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How to: Add value in the kitchen

Kitchens are widely touted as a room of a house that can add value when it comes to selling your property. But not all kitchens are created equal. What can you do to yours to catch a potential buyer’s eye and persuade them to make a good offer? As with any pre-sale renovation or spruce…

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What puts buyers off

There’s a lot of talk about what adds value and attracts buyers when it comes to getting a good price for your property. But just as important are they key things about the property that will put most buyers off

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Your moving house checklist

Remember to cancel: ☐ Newspaper and/or milk delivery. ☐ Telephone, internet and cable TV. ☐ Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading). Organise for moving day: ☐ Obtain supply of boxes (the supermarket can be one supplier). ☐ Get packaging tape and heavy marker pens. ☐ Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm…

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Beginner’s guide to commercial property investing

Investment property – commercial v residential Intro: Familiarity mean residential tends to win the competition for investors’ money. But there are real advantages in investing in commercial property. When it comes to property investment the residential market gets the lion’s share of attention, whether it’s constant media coverage or advice on where and what to…

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Real Estate Terminology

Appraisal – A written analysis of the estimated value of a property prepared by a qualified appraiser. Agreement – The written contract for the sale and purchase of property between the buyer and seller Auction – A preferred marketing option where you list your property without a price, supported by very intensive marketing leading buyers to the auction…

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What To Look For When Inspecting Property At An Open Home

So you’re ready to start looking for a new home in earnest? Congratulations! Inspecting potential properties can be both fun and at times draining. Before you begin inspecting property at open homes, the best thing to do is to have a list of features in mind. These would be your must-have features, nice-to-have features and…

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Understanding the Buying Process 2.

Property purchase costs Financial fees vary greatly, depending on such matters as what percentage of the property value that you will be borrowing, the amount of the loan, the amount of the purchase and which bank you are borrowing funds from. If you speak to your local Mortgage Express representative you can quickly ascertain approximate…

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Understanding the Buying Process

Going to contract When you are ready to write up a contract, the next step is to decide on the price you wish to offer the seller and under what conditions you wish to make the offer. Common conditions of sale are: subject to finance, a builder’s report, sale of another property, solicitor’s approval of…

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Autumn Home Check

Autumn is traditionally a busy time in real estate, but the changing weather can also bring its own set of challenges when you are trying to ensure your property is presented at its best for potential buyers. The following is a checklist of ideas to help with that presentation:  As the season of falling leaves,…

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Advice for buyers on achieving success

Whether you’re looking for your first home, thinking about upgrading or buying an investment property or holiday home the same basic steps will help you achieve a successful result. Buying a home is a big step, but the following should help guide you through the process successfully. Know your financesWork out what deposit you can…

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A little paint, a long way

Painting your home may seem like a daunting job, but the rewards of a fresh coat of paint go a long way.  Keeping up on the condition of your interior and exterior walls guarantees not only pleasant surroundings, but also less to worry about in the event of a sudden move.  Potential buyers will often…

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Andrea Palotas -  Harcourts Tandem Realty
Andrea Palotas - Harcourts Tandem Realty
As we head into Christmas it’s fitting to talk about giving and community at this time of the year. In recent weeks we were delighted to present donations to both the Harbour Hospice and Tui House to support the fantastic work they do. Our clients appreciated the fact that money was going to local people to support them in their time of need.
We are also gathering donations for those who find Christmas a tough time so we are collecting toys and non-perishable food items for the Rodney Women’s Centre and The Coast Families Organisation. It’s heartening to see gifts already coming in from our supportive community. If you have a new present or food donation that you’d like to make, please visit a Harcourts Tandem branch.
In terms of the property market, December is shaping up to be a busy month. We are running auctions right up until 18 December, with some high-quality properties on offer. What we have noticed over the last month is a rise in pre-auction offers as purchasers are keen to get their property goals sorted before the end of the year. This is resulting in some extremely positive results for our vendors.
If you’re thinking of selling your property in the New Year, talk to us before the Christmas break. One of the advantages of this area is the influx of summer visitors – if your home is on the market you may attract a passive visitor who falls in love with your property, plus your listing details are available to those spending their Christmas break actively searching for a home.
Andrea Palotas -  Harcourts Tandem Realty
Andrea Palotas - Harcourts Tandem Realty
Merry Christmas Manly team! Thank you for Nigel and Karen to share their beautiful home with us!
We had a great party last night! Thank you for my lovely boss Brian for the great food he provided and cooked for us.
Andrea Palotas -  Harcourts Tandem Realty
Andrea Palotas - Harcourts Tandem Realty
5 double bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 240sqm house, 1037 sqm land.(more or less) Visit my open home Sunday at 2:30pm.
Andrea Palotas -  Harcourts Tandem Realty
Andrea Palotas -  Harcourts Tandem Realty
Andrea Palotas - Harcourts Tandem Realty
Today’s announcement from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to keep LVRs at their current level was the right decision and is one REINZ has welcomed.
Andrea Palotas -  Harcourts Tandem Realty
Andrea Palotas - Harcourts Tandem Realty
This Christmas Harcourts Tandem Realty are assisting the Coast Families Trust by contributing and collecting NEW toys and non-perishable food items for their Christmas Toy and Food Hamper Appeal to be gifted to families in need.
Tandem Realty and Coast Families would like to thank you for your support and generosity this Christmas ♥