HOMETOPIA insights

LATEST NEWS, UPDATES & Opinions

Entries for July 2014

News Pick: Do agents need to tell prospective purchasers that there was a previous adverse building report?

What are an agent's obligations if a home has failed one building inspection, but then passed the next one?

Read More »
News Pick: Property price searching online needs to be more accurate

"I also make the point that only a small sample of buyers indeed search for property using price search criteria." Whaaat....?!!! 

Read More »

News Pick: A Tale of Two Cities

News Pick: A Tale of Two Cities

Auckland property values led the way and rose by 12.3% year on year (to June 2014), while Wellington values increased the least of the major centres at just 1.8%. 

Read More »

News Pick: 10 houses over $10m in Auckland

News Pick: 10 houses over $10m in Auckland
In New Zealand's biggest city 10 big ones will buy you everything from a house to a mansion to a luxury estate. It's no secret that Auckland's housing market is over-inflated, so we've scoured the real estate offerings of the moment to discover what $10 million will buy you. Read More »
News Pick: Just how competitive is real estate in NZ?

The differentiation between one real estate agent and another, or one real estate company and another in NZ is paper thin - they all have a list of glowing referrals as long as your arm and offer "Free Appraisals" as if this was a compelling point of difference. Should there be more pragmatic measures for comparison?

Read More »
News Pick: Video has its place in real estate marketing
I stood up at a real estate conference a couple of years ago and challenged the presenter when he expounded the view that the “Next Big Thing” in real estate marketing was videos for individual listings.  Read More »
News Pick: House-price rises leave pay increases for dead

Kiwi wages have risen $34.53 on average in the past year while house prices have skyrocketed $38,000.

Read More »