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    Investor Hot Spots

    Investing in property is a popular way for Kiwis to earn income and build wealth. Whether you want to increase your cash flow, grow capital or take advantage of tax benefits, Location is crucial to your decision.

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    Understanding Property Valuations

    How much is this property worth? It’s a common (and smart) question to ask. Recently I’ve noticed a lot of confusion when it comes to property valuations. It’s understandable because there are two different types of property value. I’ve explained the ins and outs of both below.

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    Is budgeting a bad word?

    Budgeting. Ick. Just the word alone can be cringe worthy. I’m often asked for my top budgeting tips but it can be hard to get excited about. But perhaps it’s because we often look at what we’re missing out on rather than what we’re saving for. Let’s look at a few saving (a much more positive word...

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    Does three rises mean it’s time to fix?

    With three consecutive months of cash rate rises many home owners are considering fixing their home loan. Banks have been competitive with their fixed mortgage rates recently making fixed rates even more attractive to anyone looking for the cheapest deal.

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    Tips for presenting your home for sale

    It can be challenging to make your home look fresh and inviting in the depths of a rainy winter. When you’re selling and getting ready for the inspection use these tips to get your house looking buyer-ready.

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    Real life refinancing

    Would you appreciate an extra $300 in your pocket every month? Who wouldn’t! Reviewing your home loan options when you already have a mortgage makes it easy to pop into the too hard basket. But it could save you a lot of money and I can do most of the legwork for you.

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    Taking the plunge as a First Home Buyer

    Looking to buy your first home? Congratulations! There’s is a lot to take in when you start out, so here is an overview of some key things to consider when you’re buying property. Contact me to get more information and find out how I can help you get into your new home.

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    Maximise your tax returns

    With tax time upon us, now’s the time to review where your finances are at and where you’d like to be in 12 months time.

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    Can we use Census stats to predict trends and hotspots?

    Results from the 2013 New Zealand Census have been released and hold some interesting insights into home ownership and renting, the size of our homes and how much we pay for them.

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    Top renovation tips to add value to your property

    ​Renovations are a great way to add value to your home or investment property. Plan your renovation carefully so you don’t waste time or money. It’s a good idea to keep a scrapbook of ideas, gathered from magazines, books and the internet, to firm up the look and feel you want in your home.

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    Bringing the outdoors in

    ​Just because the cooler weather has kicked in it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fresh air and leafy surroundings. With the right indoor plant selections, you can bring the outdoors (and some of the benefits) to your living space.

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    Need to upsize?

    ​There comes a time in the life of every family when the question is asked - should we renovate or upsize? The home you had when your first child was born may not be big enough to comfortably live with a bigger family. So the hard task of deciding what to do pops up.

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    Sizzling winter heat

    In winter we all want to be cosy and warm at home. By making smart decisions about the way you heat your home you can save money and maximise the value of your property. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are many stylish or environmentally friendly (some are even both!) ways to heat you...