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Why invest in property now

Why invest in property now

Scott Bentley   10/10/2019 1:13pm

The beginning of August saw the Reserve Bank of New Zealand drop the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 1 percent. On 25 September, it held at that rate but the commentators are saying another cut could be in the offing. If you rely on bank term deposits for your income, this is not good news.

invest, investment property, rental

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Think ahead when preparing to sell – First impressions count!

Think ahead when preparing to sell – First impressions count!

Scott Bentley   20/09/2019 11:11am

Preparing to sell your home can involve more than simply choosing your agent and tidying up. Taking time to step into prospective buyers' shoes and looking at your property from their perspective, well in advance can pay off. You might be thinking about some renovations. Focusing on what's important when there's limited money and time, is essential.

First impressions, Kerb appeal, Think ahead

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Is winter a good time to sell

Is winter a good time to sell

Scott Bentley   5/08/2019 7:07am

Some prospective sellers might think buyers are put off by winter's chill and think selling in summer could be a better option. But think again. Winter and early spring can be just the right time to sell, because that's when buyers can see properties, warts and all, and it's actually a seller's time to shine.

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Declutter your home, and set your mind free!

Declutter your home, and set your mind free!

Scott Bentley   31/07/2019 10:10am

In an increasingly busy world, our home is supposed to be a hideaway—a place of peace and relaxation, but with more ‘stuff’ on the market than ever before, at prices which are often ridiculously low, it’s easy to acquire things of questionable usefulness!

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