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Kitchen renovations: the 5 elements of good kitchen design

Of all the renovations you might do to a home, the kitchen is almost always the most expensive. But don’t let the cost turn you off, a well-renovated kitchen can deliver significant returns—around 50 per cent in fact1

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Will I need to pay tax if I sell my house?

To help you determine whether you’ll need to pay a property tax, here’s a run through of how Zealand’s tax laws have changed—and what they could mean for your home sale.

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When is the best time to sell my house in Hamilton?

There are several factors that go into the timing of a home sale. Here are the top four considerations to make if you’re trying to pick your moment on the market.

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Thinking of selling a rental property? Your obligations as a landlord

If you plan to sell a house that is tenanted, be aware that your tenancy agreement may affect the sale of your rental property and your legal obligations to your tenants. Here’s what you need to know.

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Can you change real estate agents when selling your house?

Contracts are par for the course when it comes to selling and buying property. In the case of selling a house, the legalities of agency agreements can vary, especially if you want to change agents or agencies. Here’s what you need to know before you sign the dotted line.

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What to consider and the cost of preparing a house for sale

It’s not always clear to homeowners what home improvements will make the biggest impact on their home sale—or what costs are involved. To help you determine where your money is best spent, follow these four steps.

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Real estate agent commissions: what will I have to pay when I sell?

Sellers are often in the dark when it comes to New Zealand real estate agent commissions. To help shine a light on what to expect when you sell, we’re examining agent commissions and fees, how they compare, and how to negotiate a better rate.

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How to find a good builder in Hamilton

Topics: New builds

Finding the right builder whom you can work with is critical to a successful home build. Too often we hear stories of shoddy building practices or instances where the homeowner and builder have parted ways. 

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5 checks to make before buying land to build a house on

Topics: New builds

We all know the time-old property chant: “location, location, location”, but when it comes to choosing a section of land to build on, there’s a little more to it.

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House and land packages or custom build? All your build options weighed up

Topics: New builds

There’s more than one way to build a house, and more than one kind of home build package to choose. Today we’re examining the options available to home builders and how they measure up in terms of cost, time and the ability to customise.

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