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  • 9 NEW ZEALAND DESIGN LIFE LESSONS

    By Catherine Smith in association with New Zealand: it’s at the bottom of the world, hours of flying from any nearest neighbour. This tiny corner of the Pacific has just a bit of Australia (a love of outdoors), a bit of England and Ireland (rolling green pastures), a little bit American (hello, … Read more

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  • TIPS FOR RENTING WITH PETS

    We’ve got our five tips for how to find a rental property when you have pets. Have a pet reference If you have a good relationship with your neighbor and they love your pet, ask them to provide a reference vouching for your pet’s behavior. Having this reference … Read more

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  • Top tips for first home buyers

    Struggling to get on the property ladder and feeling fed up? You’re not alone. Real Estate Authority (REA) research has found that more than half of all first home buyers – even the ones who successfully buy a property – find the process stressful and overwhelming. Lots of people will … Read more

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  • Our Top Tips to Make the Big Move Smooth

    Finally, the big day has arrived. All the paperwork has gone through and you have the keys in your hand. Moving into your new home should be the exciting and easy part, right? Some people rate moving houses as one of the most stressful experiences you can go through, but … Read more

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  • Anti-Money Laundering for Real Estate

    Anti-Money Laundering WHAT IS AML? AML means Anti-Money Laundering. AML law* has been in place in New Zealand since 2013. AML law is aimed at detecting and deterring criminals engaged in money-laundering and the financing of terrorism. AML law already applies to New Zealand banks and financial institutions, as well … Read more

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  • 4 Steps to peace of mind over the Holidays for DIY landlords

    4 Steps to peace of mind over the Holidays for DIY landlords It’s December, and the holidays are only a few weeks away. The kids are excited about Christmas, and parents are making plans with extended family and planning trips away over Christmas and New Years. Offices are … Read more

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  • Record high for NZ weekly rents

    Any shortage of supply drives prices up. It’s the iron laws of supply and demand. Think gold, diamonds or good service at your local. According to the latest Trade Me Rental Price Index, the current shortfall in rent able properties is doing just that to New Zealand’s rents. Plus, the … Read more

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  • Refresh your home for Spring with these ideas to brighten up any room

    As the sunshine returns and we head into spring, you may want to embrace the change inside your home. You don’t need to redecorate every room with each change of season – just changing a few key accessories or re-designing your space can bring a winter room to life. You’ll feel like you’ve … Read more

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  • Get a headstart on your spring clean to speed up your sale.

    The summer season is a busy time in real estate. If you are thinking of selling this summer, give your property a thorough spring clean to ensure buyers see your home at its best. It can also be a good idea to consider what else you can do to make your … Read more

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  • JUST HOW MUCH DOES A BATHROOM RENOVATION ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME?

    With certain renovations reported to provide a return of up to 70 per cent according to Business Insider, homeowners thinking of selling their home soon or who want to increase their home’s worth ahead of a future sale may be wondering which are the most valuable rooms to think about remodelling. … Read more

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