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  • Real Estate Negotiation 101: How to Talk Turkey When Investing or Renting

    Unlike everyday retail transactions, the purchase and rental of investment properties features a great deal of negotiation in the search for common ground and agreement. The better informed and the friendlier you are, the further you will get, regardless of which part of the tenancy agreement you sign. But here … Read more

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  • Reading Body Language to Understand Tenant Psychology

    When expressing our attitudes and emotions towards something, our non-verbal language can account for over 90% of our overall message. Observing someone’s physical body language and listening to the way they speak uncovers a great deal about what they really think. Used correctly, this type of insight can be valuable … Read more

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  • Should you try to let your property over the Christmas shutdown?

    The festive season is nearly upon and for most it will mean spending a well-deserved break with our families. But what if you’re a landlord with an empty property? Is it worth pursuing tenants, potentially at the cost of your own knees-up? A quiet time for most The Christmas … Read more

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  • Six Amenities to Attract Long-term Tenants

    For landlords, an easy way to save money is to attract good tenants and have them occupy your rental property for a long time. Your ability to do this comes down to what you’re offering your prospective tenants, and how it compares to the rest of the market. To help … Read more

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  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Property’s Value in Summer

    It’s now spring and believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Some carefully planned jobs and additions to your rental property can help add value and raise its summertime appeal. The following five tips can transform your rental into somewhere tenants will love to spend summer. Some … Read more

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  • How Unexpected Costs Can Ruin the Landlord’s Dream

    The life of a landlord can appear to be a gravy train when looking from afar… You buy a property, rent it out and let the management company take care of everything while you lay poolside sipping gin and juice. This isn’t an impossibility, but neither is financial ruin, so … Read more

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  • Canterbury Rubble Foundations Dubbed a “Multi-billion-Dollar Problem”

    Anthony Harper partner and earthquake lawyer, Peter Woods is shining a spotlight on failed repairs to rubble foundation-homes damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. Woods hosted an assembly for owners of affected rubble foundation homes in June, with the caveat that no representatives from insurance companies could attend. The meeting was … Read more

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  • Quality Rentals Are Vital in Today’s Market

    For over a century, the New Zealand government has been concerned with the availability of quality housing in our country. In an effort to insure that quality housing is available to all people living in New Zealand, the government has conducted surveys about the state of residential properties since 1935. … Read more

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  • Estimating Expenses on a Rental Property

    Any seasoned homeowner is well aware that there can be steep expenses associated with homeownership. It’s no different when it comes to a rental property. In fact, expenses associated with a rental property tend to be even higher and your tenants will expect a speedy resolution to the issue, so … Read more

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