Keeping Warm this Winter

Keeping Warm this Winter

The sight of snow on the mountains surrounding Marlborough this week has sparked action in terms of preparing our homes for the cooler months. Heating a home can be a daunting prospect for many as they think about the cost of their power bills, so we’ve put together some tips for keeping your … [Read more...]

KiwiSaver Helping First Home Buyers into Market

KiwiSaver Helping First Home Buyers into Market

The benefits of KiwiSaver are quickly becoming clear for first-home buyers who are tapping into their savings to help with a deposit. Recent calculations indicate only a small difference in the cost of servicing an average mortgage to that of paying the average rent price in New Zealand. In … [Read more...]

Buying a Home: New vs Old Property

Buying a Home: New vs Old Property

There’s no one right answer when it comes to choosing a home that suits your needs. Buying a home which needs work may save you some money at the purchase point, but it could end up costing you money in the long run. However, these homes generally overflow with character, making them the … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Preparing Your Home for Sale

It’s the little things that count when it comes to preparing your home for sale. Harcourts Marlborough sales consultant Whiona Hapakuku thrives on seeing homes shining and ready for an open home, and spends much of her time helping clients with the process. Operating the “Dress for Success” … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Labour Weekend Gardening

Top Tips for Labour Weekend Gardening

Have you let things go a bit in your veggie garden over the winter? Not to worry, Labour Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. If you’re not sure where to start, here are five top tips for getting your veggie patch ready for the coming summer months. If … [Read more...]

Winter Proving a Good Time to Sell in Marlborough

Winter Proving a Good Time to Sell in Marlborough

A lack of stock on the market is seeing amazing results for vendors as buyers compete to land their dream home. Harcourts Marlborough sales and marketing consultant Tanya Smith says despite a common belief that homes do not sell as well during the winter, buyers do not stop searching for the … [Read more...]

Utilising the Art of Auction

Utilising the Art of Auction

When it comes to buying or selling property, doing so through auction can produce some of the best results in the business. Harcourts Marlborough sales and marketing consultant and auctioneer, Bryan Palmer, knows the ins and outs of buying and selling property, and views auction as an extremely … [Read more...]

Meth-contamination – what you need to know

Meth-contamination – what you need to know

Over the past few weeks we’ve been unravelling the murky world of meth-contaminated houses. While this is an evolving issue, this week we break down everything you need to know - whether you’re a homebuyer, seller, landlord or tenant. Vendors Home buyers and tenants are increasingly asking if … [Read more...]

What a positive meth-test means for your property

What a positive meth-test means for your property

Last week we talked about methamphetamine contamination in houses, and the likelihood of new standards to be introduced for the testing and remediation of affected properties. Harcourts recommends all landlords get their properties meth-tested between tenancies to ensure they are providing a safe … [Read more...]

Meth contamination – an overview

Meth contamination – an overview

Methamphetamine contamination is a growing issue in New Zealand, and the lack of national testing standards is a serious problem facing buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants. While the Ministry of Health created the existing meth contamination guidelines in 2010, these addressed clean up … [Read more...]