Your most valuable asset should be in the hands of EXPERIENCED AND SUCCESSFUL agents with a proven track record.
Simon and Susan have been in the business of marketing homes in Auckland for over 30 years combined and have successfully SOLD IN EVERY TYPE OF MARKET.
OUR GOAL: To obtain the BEST POSSIBLE PRICE for your home by tailoring a marketing package to showcase your property in the best possible light whilst PUTTING YOUR INTERESTS FIRST and foremost.
OUR RESULTS: All properties listed with us within the last two years have sold apart from one which was withdrawn.
We believe the success of a campaign is to have OPEN COMMUNICATION so that all parties involved feel respected and well informed enabling them to make the right decision WITHOUT STRESS OR PRESSURE.This has resulted in repeat referral business.
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Quite a bit has changed in the real estate market recently with a noticeable cooling both in prices and sales volumes. This has been mostly caused by the changed appetite for risk of the Australian owned banks. This may have been with some prompting from our Reserve Bank but I believe is more from the increasing perilous condition of the Australian property market particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. Recent comments from the Australian Reserve Bank suggest there is an increasing disquiet about the market particularly as it relates to the levels of debt and the large number of apartments settling in the near future.
This is without question a situation worth keeping a weather eye on from a New Zealand point of view but interestingly the change in fortunes in Australia isn’t all bad news for the New Zealand property market. For a start there is little risk of oversupply in our market with record levels of immigration plus an ever increasing number of returning Kiwis driven in part at least by an increasingly inhospitable attitude from over the Tasman.
In fact other than the fact that to pretend there isn’t a downturn is to deny what is blindingly obvious nothing about this market feels like the last Bear market that came with the 2008 debacle. There is no Blue Chip and associated fraud and in fact rather than an oversupply of apartments there is the opposite. What this market does have in common with 2008 is that it is a temporary aberration. Australian Banks may be risk averse at the moment but they are addicted to the real estate market and a drop in loans means a drop in profit and clearly that cannot stand. Moreover there are anecdotally a number of perfectly sensible deals going to the wall based on the new stricter lending criteria, not just the increased deposit requirements but also the debt to income requirements that a number of the banks have instituted. This is creating a market vacuum and like nature the markets abhor a vacuum.
What we can expect to see if the major banks don’t spring back into the game is the second tier lenders re-emerging. Lawyers, Building Societies and who knows perhaps even Insurance Companies (once a powerful force in the mortgage market) will get back into what is clearly good money going begging.
As for what to do right now if you have money to spare the obvious answer is BUY!
Susan and Simon were awesome in the process of selling our home. The house had some unique features and they appeared effortless in the management of everything. We didn't get stressed as they were open and up front on the whole process. They didn't oversell to us or give us false hopes, they know the market and were pretty much bang on. We had a successful sale on auction night and the follow up was flawless. Thanks guys.
The best thing about selling our house was being piloted through what can be very choppy real estate seas by Simon Dew. From first meeting to last, his energy, drive and humour were infectious. He made no promises other than to do his best and always kept his word. Not only was that, his clarity and direction on the state of the market and real estate hurdles and pitfalls a book in itself.
Susan is an utter gem, empathetic and hard-working. During the sale process, we were kept informed by email, phone and weekly reports, both verbal and written, and never felt pressured in any way. Most importantly, they sold our house. They’re fabulous agents and we’re most grateful they came into our lives when they did.
Alannah O’Sullivan and John Cairney
Simon and Sue handled the sale of our last three properties. We found them to be thoroughly professional the whole time and all three sales achieved our asking price and more with minimal hassle and stress. We highly recommend them.
Tony Smith and Kim Hurring
I have known Simon Dew for thirty odd years so getting him to sell my last house was a no-brainer and in the real estate world, populated by 'interesting' types, Simon is refreshingly straight up. He doesn't over promise, got us more than we had expected and made it all fairly painless. If you want to deal with someone who won't inflate your expectations, empty your wallet and add unnecessary stress - give Simon a call.
We recently sold our house with Simon and Susan and found the whole experience from start to finish fantastic. From our first meeting we knew we were dealing with relaxed yet totally professional agents. Their down to earth and realistic approach meant all expectations were extremely measured, with the process of regular feedback and reports keeping us totally informed. Simon and Susan’s team effort is a great combination and we never felt that we didn’t have their full attention. Their marketing strategy showed all their experience and their confidence in executing it was flawless. Simon’s skill and expertise as an auctioneer was an added bonus and very comforting for us, as he was completely familiar with everyone who had expressed interest in our property. His determination at the auction was wonderful to experience and resulted in a sale price beyond our expectations. Simon and Susan’s marketing of our property left all parties involved with a smile on their face, and made for a completely stress free event. We would love to work with them again.
Richard Scott & Elly Toft
Auctions are still the most popular and effective way to sell and most buyers and sellers in the Auckland market over the past 10 years have certainly been exposed to the auction method of selling.There are many reasons why vendors are choosing to sell this way.
Some recent sales data comparing the past 11 years of sales in the Auckland property market
As soon as your property is on the market you will have potential buyers driving by so it’s important to have the outside of the property looking neat and tidy as first impressions count.
EXTERIOR WALLS: Check paintwork for cracking, flaking or chalking; check walls for holes plus dirt and salt build-up or for moss/lichen growth along with other signs of dampness or staining. Check for corrosion of nails or flashings along with degradation of any sealant and see if your cladding is at least 175mm above the lawn or garden or 100mm above paved surfaces and that underfloor vents are clear.
Get the exterior chemi-washed after winter so that the paintwork looks clean and fresh and it’s easy to see whether some touch ups are needed.
ROOF: Investigate the condition of your cladding, flashings and any chimney(s), along with the stability of your TV aerial and receiver dish (if you have one).
Consider getting the roof re-painted if it’s looking a bit tired it makes a big difference to the overall appearance of the house and prevents further deterioration.
GUTTERING AND DRAINS: Check out the condition of these important features, ensuring they are clean, secure, unblocked and in good repair.
UNDER FLOOR: Look for problematic levels of moisture.
BALCONIES, DECKS AND FENCES: Inspect wooden balconies/decks for protruding nails, splits or rot and concrete ones for cracks or other problems, and inspect your fences for loose boards and posts, rot etc. See whether it’s time for a fresh coat of paint or stain.
WINDOWS: Check that they are in working order and clean.
FOOTPATHS AND PAVING: These often need a good water blasting after winter to get rid of lichen and moss.
GARDENS AND POT PLANTS: These can make a huge impact and should be refreshed and tidied so that the property looks its best.
DE CLUTTER: Put away bikes, bins, toys and any garden equipment.
OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING SPACES: These can be enhanced with stylish furniture and some colourful cushions.
PETS: Often dog owners are unaware of dog smells which non dog owners usually pick up as soon as they enter a property. Dog beds and carpets are usually the cause of unpleasant smells. Dog beds should be put outside or in the garage for all open homes and carpets should be cleaned. A scented candle can sometimes help but won’t mask strong odours.
INSIDE: Firstly de Clutter then clean, ensure all beds are made, kitchens and bathrooms are gleaming plus add some fresh flowers to add some colour. If the property is vacant hiring some furniture, beds, linen and artwork will make it more appealing and will help the buyers visualise where they can put their own furniture. There are several companies specialising in this.
HELPFUL TIPS: Have a few washing baskets which you can throw items into quickly such as toys which then go into the car before an open home.
In the cooler months put the lights on and some heating just before leaving the house and make sure the kitchen and bathroom have been well ventilated.
Buying a few modern pieces of furniture and some fresh linen which you can sell again afterwards may be a cheaper option than paying for staging.