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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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Selling an investment property

By David Kneebone: 2018-07-25

As investors, there will come a time when you decide to “cash up” and sell some of your portfolio.

When the time comes to sell your investment or rental property, there are some important processes to follow to ensure the best possible outcome.

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Just another month in the papers for the rental industry

By David Kneebone: 2018-07-16

Lodge City Rentals General Manager David Kneebone takes a look at the recent media coverage of the rental industry and explains why the reality, as usual, paints a somewhat different picture.

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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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Chief Scientist’s meth findings spot on, says Lodge City Rentals manager

By David Kneebone: 2018-06-19

The Government says we should no longer do composite methamphetamine testing in rental properties, and Lodge City Rentals General Manager David Kneebone says they’re completely right. He talks us through the decision and why it couldn’t have come soon enough.

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Build a new house? Here's how to get Hamilton city council building consent.

Topics: New builds

Every council has a slightly different process when it comes to obtaining building consent for a new residential home. Here’s how to go about it in Hamilton.

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No deposit? Get a loan to build a house with your existing home’s equity

Topics: New builds

Using the equity of a currently owned property in the place of a deposit is a popular option for many homeowners who are thinking of building a new house. However, there are a few key considerations to make if you choose to go down this path.

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