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Is it worth getting your own LIM when buying a house?

March 26, 2018

Buying A House

Buying a home can be one of the biggest decisions you make for your financial future. Just saving for a deposit is a tough challenge, particularly if you live in Auckland. When purchasing a property it is important you carry out your due diligence, and a key part of that is getting a LIM Report. […]

Buying a house? Beware of bait pricing.

January 17, 2018

Buying A House

When it comes to the property market, we could take some useful lessons from our neighbours across the Tasman. One policy adopted by the real estate industry in most Australian states is the outlawing of ‘bait pricing’ or underquoting. Despite the softening in the New Zealand real estate market, this despicable practice is rife. Could […]

Our top tips for bidding at auction

May 23, 2016

Buying A House

Auctions are high pressure affairs and this is why if you are looking to buy at an auction, you must be prepared. For the inexperienced, it can be dangerous.  But the reality is if you want to buy a home, especially in the current Auckland market, auctions are hard to avoid. So, to give you […]

A buyer's window of opportunity?

September 3, 2015

Buying A House

There are always windows of opportunity in the real estate market. Some small and others larger.  In terms of buying in the Auckland market, it would be easy to say it has been a seller’s market for so long now that any windows of opportunity for buyers are a distant memory. In fact, while it […]

Buying at auction: What you should know

August 10, 2015

Buying A House

Bidding at auction is a daunting and expensive prospect. It’s even been challenged on Fair Go as downright unfair, with buyers being ‘enticed’ to an auction and having to pay for all of their due diligence. I agree. After all, if you’re putting yourself in a position to buy ‘under the hammer’ you need all of […]

How much weight do property CVs hold?

December 11, 2014

Buying A House

With the latest council valuations (CVs) released just a couple of weeks ago, a sense of déjà vu floated around the Iron Bridge office. All the hubbub that ensued over these new 2014 valuations struck me as very similar to the 2011 release. But what do these CVs mean off paper and in the real […]

Tips for buying a first home

May 5, 2014

Buying A House

With lending restrictions up, the number of first-home buyers is down – and property prices are really making it tough on most looking to own their first home. But when times get tough, the tough get creative.  What do we mean by creative? Well there’s more than one way to own a home, and we’ll […]