May 18th, 2015

There is money in suburban stands

Three major trends are converging at the moment to make large stands in established residential areas some of the best property investments available.

That’s the word from Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts Real Estate, who says the first of these trends is the strong movement towards the better use of land and existing resources for environmental reasons, which is resulting in the densification of cities everywhere.

“In older cities such as London or New York, it is already very rare for anyone except the super-rich to have a garden of 1000sqm or 2000sqm, and infill and brownfields developments are familiar concepts. In SA, of course, large gardens are still common in many traditional suburbs, but we are now rapidly catching up with the drive for densification and sustainable development as urbanisation accelerates, and most new developments offer much smaller stands.

“What is more, as lifestyles change and the costs of …

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May 15th, 2015

Rural Property Focus Winter 2015

Rural Property Focus

The Winter issue of Rural Property Focus is now available:

In this issue:

  • A challenge facing farming
  • Industry news in brief
  • 2015 National Fieldays

Rural Property Focus May 2015

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May 15th, 2015

Harcourts recognises top performers in Waikato/BOP

The rise and rise of Aaron Davey continues as he is named the number one sales consultant for Harcourts Central Region for 2014/2015.

Aaron received this coveted award at the Harcourts Regional End of Year awards held in Hamilton last week. Along with the overall top award, Aaron was also named Top Rural sales consultant for the region.

Aaron told us that it was very satisfying to take out the top award amid a fiercely competitive field of talented sales consultants.

“My team and I have worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months to deliver great results for our clients. I’m thrilled to receive this award on behalf of my team. It means a lot to be recognised here today among friends and colleagues.”

Harcourts CEO Hayden Duncan says that Aaron’s success can be attributed to his unrelenting commitment to delivering service excellence to each and every client.

“Professional, …

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May 14th, 2015

Property Focus (May 2015)

Property Focus May 2015

In the latest issue of Harcourts Property Focus newsletter:

  • Top 5 tips for winter interior decorating
  • Best Places to Live Survey

Property Focus May 2015

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May 14th, 2015

Changes to LVR restrictions set to lift property market outside Auckland

New Zealand’s largest real estate company, Harcourts believes that the new LVR restrictions will do little to solve housing issues in Auckland but that the changes should provide some benefit to the rest of the country.

Harcourts CEO Hayden Duncan says that the Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) restrictions for property investors announced by the Reserve Bank yesterday will not address the fundamental problem with Auckland’s housing market.

“Ultimately, Auckland is suffering from a lack in supply of housing. The demand and supply imbalance is so great that even if some property investors are removed from the equation, or choose to purchase outside Auckland, there will be plenty of buyers to fill their place,” says Mr Duncan.

“We have a growing population in Auckland that needs both rental accommodation and property to buy. Penalising property investors who are providing the rental accommodation, that’s needed by first home buyers and new …

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May 14th, 2015

Harcourts recognises the best of the best in Canterbury

Cameron Bailey

Above: Cameron Bailey with Harcourts International Chairman Paul Wright

For the third year in a row, Papanui-based sales consultant Cameron Bailey has been recognised as the number one sales consultant in Canterbury.

Cameron received the trophy at the Harcourts Regional End of Year Awards for 2014/2015 held last week in Christchurch.

Cameron, who became a partner in the Harcourts Gold Real Estate Ltd business in 2009, is one of New Zealand’s top performing real estate sales consultants.

He says, “I’m incredibly proud to be recognised by Harcourts as the number one sales consultant in Canterbury. My focus has always been on doing the simple things well, acting with integrity and professionalism, and always striving to exceed my clients’ expectations.”

Harcourts CEO, Hayden Duncan says that the real estate market in Christchurch has faced its challenges over the past few years and that it is a testament to Cameron’s character and …

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