If you’re not sure whether to sell your current home or stay put, draw up a “Ben Franklin” list.
That’s the advice of Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts Real Estate SA, who says business leaders, politicians and ordinary people throughout the world rely on Ben Franklin lists to help them make difficult decisions.
“A Ben Franklin list, named for Benjamin Franklin who was one of the founding fathers of United States, facilitates the decision-making process by not only listing but also weighting the pros and cons,” he explains. “It’s therefore an excellent guide for undecided sellers who are nervous about making the wrong decision. Moving home is a major life event for most people, hence the importance of ensuring that your reasons for selling are sound. If you have any doubts, draw up a list with the pros on one side and the cons on the other. Then…
Thousands of runners are expected to participate in one of the country’s premier 32km road races this year: the newly rebranded Harcourts Alan Robb 32km.
The race is run in honour of and named after four times Comrades winner Alan Robb, the popular road race is hosted by the Germiston Callies Harriers Club.
“While other sporting events are being cancelled or losing their sponsors as a result of the economic downturn, The Harcourts real estate group has stepped up to the plate with the signing of a three year deal with our club,” said Les Black, chairman of Germiston Callies Harriers Club. “The Alan Robb is our flagship 32km road race and we are delighted that its future has been secured.”
In 1976, one could buy a basic three bedroom house in Estcourt for R14 000 and an upmarket home in the best suburb for R28 000.
According to Emanuel, who has run a successful real estate practice there for the last 37 years, one can buy a decent family-size house for under R600 000 and a quality home in the best areas for less than R1 million, value not easily matched in the bigger towns and cities.
On the back of its strongly performing agricultural and industrial sectors, Estcourt’s property market has held its own during the countrywide real estate slump, with demand consistently high in the R500 000 to R800 000 price range,…
Owners of earthquake-prone commercial buildings will miss out on the benefits of an improving property market, property experts warn.
Colliers International’s national director research and consulting Alan McMahon told delegates at a Property Council meeting in Auckland that demand for high-grade, structurally secure buildings was high.
“The pendulum is definitely swinging back in the landlords’ direction, with the exception of earthquake-prone stock. Rents for top end buildings will go up.
“Overall the situation is pretty good. Rents in Auckland’s CBD and metro areas are improving, and we are predicting growth in the industrial market along with Wellington’s prime office market.”
McMahon recognised that the majority of owners of buildings built before 1976 were individuals who might not have the financial ability to strengthen their properties to the required earthquake standards.
ASB Bank’s chief economist Nick Tuffley agreed earthquake strengthening was becoming a property market issue, particularly but not exclusively in…
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NAI Harcourts has opened its new Auckland Viaduct office on Level One of Orcacom House at 32 Market Place occupying one of five floors within the building.
Nick Wevers, the new franchise owner of NAI Harcourts Auckland Viaduct, says he chose the location because it was close to the waterfront, has ease of access to the all the motorways and because it enables his team of four to be linked to all the main business hubs of Auckland.
The 259 sq m office has a mixture of open plan and closed office spaces with the fit out purpose-built to encourage the team communication in a collaborative and open working environment.
“With specially designed seating, up to twelve…
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Harcourts New Zealand recently announced the appointment of Campbell Dunoon as the new Wellington Regional Manager.
The 125 year old firm has injected the talent of Mr Dunoon into the brand which began in Wellington in 1888. This role will see him based in Wellington working and supporting Business Owners and Managers throughout the region as well as bringing his skills and guidance around auction, to the fore.
Harcourts New Zealand CEO Hayden Duncan says Mr Dunoon’s experience and professionalism will complement the business’ strategies in the capital.
“Whether training or working with negotiations or auctions, Mr Dunoon is a very experienced operator and has many skills across the board.”
Mr Dunoon moved to Auckland joining Harcourts Cooper and Co franchise as an auctioneer in 2004, after living and selling real estate in Melbourne. In 2007 he joined Bayleys…
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