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When to sell your real estate

When to sell your real estate

Scott Bentley   8/04/2019 12:12pm

Deciding when to put your property on the market is one of the toughest decisions facing owners. 
Most people want to list their homes or investments when there are strong signs they can attract a top sale price. However, life is far from predictable. Circumstantial events – family changes, job relocations, rate changes – can also tell us the time is right to sell.

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Mortgage choice

Mortgage choice

Scott Bentley   1/04/2019 12:12pm

There’s no end to the number of upsides at living the New Zealand dream, but there is seemingly only one major downside: A mortgage. As part of making a life-long commitment to having a roof over your head that you can call your own, the vast majority of buyers will have to take out a home loan.

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Winter Warmers

Winter Warmers

Scott Bentley   1/04/2019 11:11am

With summer days almost behind us now and cooler weather lurking just around the corner, it’s a good time to do some last minute exterior maintenance to protect your home or your rental, and ensure a warm, safe winter. Here’s what should be on your seasonal inspection checklist.

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Show me the money!

Show me the money!

Scott Bentley   18/03/2019 12:12pm

Money truly makes the world go around, and nowhere more so than in real estate. It talks in terms of what and where you can buy, and it speaks volumes about your aspirations and motivations. In the case of first-time buyers, spending power will be the biggest single factor in determining the choices available to you.

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PROPERTY INVESTORS

PROPERTY INVESTORS

Scott Bentley   18/02/2019 7:07am

Overall, most analysts expect 2019 to be a relatively quiet one in the property market with Auckland house prices consolidating after recent rapid growth, and most predict modest rises across the regions. Some are tipping small interest rate rises, but current downward trends would suggest the opposite.

investment, investor, property management

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AT FIRST NATIONAL, WE’RE HERE TO HELP

AT FIRST NATIONAL, WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Scott Bentley   18/02/2019 6:06am

The process of buying or selling a property can be a bit overwhelming with paperwork galore and hours of signing contracts and other conveyancing documents. The good news is that First National has recognised that fact and is working hard to find ways of making things easier for their clients.

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THE MAGIC OF MARLBOROUGH

THE MAGIC OF MARLBOROUGH

Scott Bentley   7/02/2019 10:10am

Right at the very top tip of the South Island lies Marlborough, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions and perhaps best known for its fine wines. In fact, nearly 80% of the wine produced in New Zealand comes from Marlborough.

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