December 18th, 2014

Strong sales for sections in new Central Otago technology park

Highlands Motorsport Park development low res

Cromwell will soon have a vibrant innovation and technology park with more than 20 of 42 available sections on the Highlands Motorsport Park site already sold. Harcourts is the exclusive agent for the project.

The new innovation and technology park is the second phase of commercial development for the 88ha block of land purchased by Tony and Christina Quinn in 2012 on the outskirts of Cromwell. The first stage was the development of the Highlands Motorsport Park, which opened in March last year.

Motorsport Park owner, Tony Quinn says that the vision for the new innovation park is to create a hub where like-minded people can work alongside each other designing, developing and testing cutting-edge technology.

“The Motorsport Park has been hugely successful and as a result a need has arisen to create a place where people can work on their vehicles in a controlled environment.

“This development would also …

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December 17th, 2014

Real estate buyers becoming more mobile and social

Emerging technologies are helping to increase traffic to New Zealand’s favourite real estate group owned website Harcourts.co.nz.

New Zealand’s most trusted real estate group, Harcourts has today released figures demonstrating that Harcourts.co.nz is firmly entrenched as New Zealand’s premiere real estate group owned website.

Traffic to Harcourts.co.nz has increased 19% compared to last year with around 2.5 million unique users visiting the site and more than 6 million unique sessions recorded in the year to date.

Chief executive Hayden Duncan says that there has been a big uptake in visitors using mobility solutions such as smart phones and tablets.

“The number of users visiting our site on mobile phones has almost tripled compared to last year and the number of visitors using tablets has increased more than 50% reflecting the growing trend towards mobility.

“We’re also seeing a big increase in traffic via social media with numbers tripling in …

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December 16th, 2014

National MarketWatch (New Zealand, December 2014)

National MarketWatch December 2014

There is a sense of urgency in the residential property market with written sales up markedly from this time last year in all regions except Christchurch. Buyers recognise that now is the best time to buy.

Despite the LVR restrictions, average house prices continue to rise; up 8% in Auckland/Northland to $709,823. Wellington prices are also strong – up 5% to $387,566 – outperforming Christchurch Metro this month, which saw a 2% rise to $488,520.

We are seeing a slight easing in the Christchurch area with more choice available for buyers as new builds from post-earthquake construction come onto the market. Total new listings in the region are up 11% from this time last year.

You can read the full analysis in the December 2014 National MarketWatch.

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December 12th, 2014

New surgical equipment helps to save birds’ lives

NZ Bird Rescue low res

Survival rates for injured native birds will be enhanced thanks to innovative new surgical equipment to be used by New Zealand Bird Rescue.

An electrosurgery unit that is normally used for human operations will soon be put into action by New Zealand Bird Rescue veterinarians operating on injured birds in Auckland.

The surgical unit was purchased by the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust with support from local real estate group, Harcourts via the Harcourts Foundation.

Chair of the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, Dr Berend Westera says that the equipment will help to enhance the survival rates of injured birds undergoing surgery.

“Birds have tiny, fragile blood vessels that can easily be damaged unwittingly during surgery. This can lead to severe blood loss and death in some cases. The electrosurgery unit cauterises the blood vessels as it cuts making it much safer for birds,” says Westera.

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December 11th, 2014

Auckland/Northland MarketWatch (December 2014)

Northern Region MarketWatch

Residential data from New Zealand’s largest real estate group, Harcourts for the month of November shows written sales were up 25% compared to last year. Buyers understand that now is the best time to buy and Harcourts is not expecting any significant drop in price with demand continuing to exceed supply, particularly in the Auckland market.

Auctions account for more than 40% of all listings with buyers benefiting from the transparency of open competition that accompanies this method of sale.

Average house prices jumped 6% from last month to $709,823. Prices are up 8% from last year showing the LVR restrictions are not influencing the rising house prices in the Auckland and Northland region.

In the lead up to Christmas, total listings look strong but we will see the traditional decline in volume as the holiday period approaches.

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December 11th, 2014

Harcourts lends support for new bicycle track at Whangaparaoa Primary School

Students from Whangaparaoa Primary with Harcourts business owner Colin Hair low res

Whangaparaoa Primary School is a step closer to a new bicycle track thanks to a financial grant from Harcourts Whangaparaoa via the Harcourts Foundation.

Students at Whangaparoa Primary School have set their sights on developing an off-road bicycle track that will run the circumference of their school field. The proposed 650m track will provide the students with more space to practise their cycle skills and has been designed to include technical features to build confidence.

Whangaparaoa Primary School Teacher, Debbie Thompson, says the students conceived the idea as a way to address the need for more space to enjoy riding their bikes on regular cycle days held at the school.

“The students currently use the asphalt area for cycle practise and it simply isn’t big enough for our growing student numbers. The students identified this as an issue and have helped to design a new off-road bicycle course.

“The …

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