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What confuses first home buyers?

The process of buying property brings a tidal wave of technicalities, terminologies and ‘very important details’, much of which is easily lost in the small print. Add to that the feeling of needin...

5 things to consider if buying a home with friends or family

Do you get the feeling whenever you add some money into your savings that your home deposit target has inched out of reach yet again?   You’re not alone... and yet you are. Increasingly, singletons...

Classic mistakes first home buyers can avoid

Buying your first home is exciting and fun, but good research and being on to it will help to avoid the sorts of mistakes that many first home buyers make: 1. Don’t break the bank It sounds obviou...

How to avoid first home buyer mistakes

There are a pile of pitfalls in the property game, and one of the main ones has to be the risk of buying a complete lemon. Of course most bad buys aren’t technically a ‘complete’ citrus disaster, ...

Coping with first-home-buyer burnout

You’ve spent every weekend since you can remember going to open homes and attending auctions, yet every offer you’ve made on a property has been rejected. First home buyers, particularly those in ...

Long-distance house hunting

Like a long-distance relationship, house hunting in a place where you don’t yet live can be as fun and exciting as it can be fraught with logistical challenges.   Unlike a local house hunt, you ca...

5 tips to keeping warm without breaking the bank

Keep warm, New Zealand. Let’s be honest, some of New Zealand’s houses - particularly those built by our earliest pioneers who hadn’t yet discovered Pink Batts - leave a lot to be desired when it co...

5 ways to overcome house buying fears

The thought of buying a house can seem a terribly adult/scary thing to do. But really, does the thought of paying rent forever, until you’re living on a modest pension not scare you as well? It sho...

8 myths about home buying, debunked

For property buying newbies, the world of house buying can seem like everyone else is speaking a language you’ve never heard before, and the whole process can all seem terribly daunting. And rightf...

How to inspect your home before buying

When you’re looking through a property at an open home, look beyond the floral display on the bench or the smell of fresh bread coming from the oven… it’s time to look under the hood. When you’r...
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