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What To Do If Your Offer Gets Turned Down?

Everyone loves a good deal. But when it comes to real estate, most buyers and sellers are just trying to avoid making a big mistake. Here are a few thoughts on how to manage the fear of overpaying.

How to manage fear of overpaying when buying a home

Everyone loves a good deal. But when it comes to real estate, most buyers and sellers are just trying to avoid making a big mistake. Here are a few thoughts on how to manage the fear of overpaying.

If I was a seller, what would I do?

If I was a seller, what would I do?
We all understand the market has changed. Prices have moved and buyers are harder to come by.

41-Step ULTIMATE preparing for sale checklist

41-Step ULTIMATE preparing for sale checklist. Maximise your sale price. Leave nothing to chance.

How to find the best real estate agent in your area

How to find the best real estate agent in your area
Selecting the right real estate salesperson to market your home is the single best way to increase your chances of a positive result. But how do you know who to choose?

How To Read a Building Inspection Report

When buying a home a barrier to progress is often the builder’s report. Here are 5 suggestions to keep in mind when you review your builder’s report.

Five Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Home

Buying a home is a monumental step in anyone’s life. Avoid these five common mistakes to increase your chances of securing a good outcome from your home buying journey.

Five Reasons Not To Sell Your Home Privately

It is completely understandable to be tempted by the idea of selling your home yourself, without the help of a real estate agent. When it comes to private sales, there are traps to watch out for though.

How To Sell Your Rental Property

Investing in property is a proven way to build and store long-term wealth. But there may come a time when the money you have tied up in that rental property could be used for better things.

Holiday Homes – Are They Worth It?

In this article, we’ll run through the key points to consider whether you are thinking of buying that dream holiday home, or you already own one and are trying to decide whether to keep it

Is The Real Estate Market Starting To Turn?

Are we switching from a hot, seller’s market to a more balanced market? So what does this mean if you’re trying to sell or buy a house right now?

Maximise Value Before Selling Your Home

Most owners understand that presentation can have a big influence on their final sale price.

When it comes to optimising that presentation aspect, owners naturally jump to the spaces where they spend the most time, like kitchens and bathrooms when deciding where to spend money.

Winning the Real Estate Negotiation

There is something about buying a home which brings out the inner-negotiator in all of us. I’ll explain the reasons why the real estate negotiation might not be everything you expected and provide tips for getting the right result in the end.

Five questions to ask before you make an offer on a property.

When it comes to buying a home, one of the most exciting points in the process is when you realise you are going to make an offer. What do I ask?

What is a Free Property Appraisal?

If you own a home already, you have probably been offered a ‘free appraisal’ dozens of times from local real … Read More

How to Use Online Property Valuations – Tips for Sellers

Online property valuation websites have been a game-changer for real estate, providing buyers and homeowners with easy access to quality information that can help them make informed real estate decisions.

Selling Unconsented Improvements

Selling a home with unconsented improvements? Here’s what you need to know The first thing to understand is that lots … Read More

Have You Got the “4 Ps” Right?

Pay attention to the 4 Ps to sell your house quickly and for a great price even in a tough … Read More

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)

Find out more about AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and CFT (Countering Financing of Terrorism) Acts and what you need to know… … Read More


Can I subdivide? Find out your options for subdivision under Auckland’s Unitary Plan Under the new Unitary Plan, the way … Read More

Unitary Plan Information

What is the Unitary Plan? Understand Auckland’s Unitary Plan and what it means for property owners What is it? The … Read More

Tips for Decluttering

Spending time on a declutter is the single most effective strategy to prepare your house for a quick sale. And … Read More

Recommended reports

Scott recommends you consider viewing or commissioning these specialist reports before purchasing a property. Land Information Memorandum (Council LIM report)  A … Read More

Property inspection checklist

Buying a property is often the biggest investment you’ll make. Our handy list of tips will help you find your … Read More

Is your home ready to sell?

Invest some time before your house goes on the market to attract more attention from buyers Do your homework Check … Read More

Buying at Auction

Benefits of buying at auction More homes than ever before are being offered for sale by auction. While that can … Read More

Buying by tender

When a property is for sale by tender, buyers give confidential written offers to the salesperson by the set deadline.  Understanding … Read More

Negotiating a price

When a property is advertised with a price, price band or by negotiation, buyers are invited to make an offer … Read More

Mortgagee Sales

A mortgagee sale has different terms and conditions to a normal property sale, so you’ll need to do your research. … Read More