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December Market Comment

As we move into the festive season, with the inevitable slow down of real estate activity that occurs in late December and over the early January period, it is interesting to read that the market commentators are now caught up with the reality of our market this year.  The blazing headlines in the Press property… (read more)

Looking Back at the Year 2018

As a person who sets high (at times ridiculously high) standards, it’s often a relief to get to the end of the year – and this year especially. Along with everyone else, whether working at a breakneck pace or to a simpler rhythm, I find it a good time to reflect on the events of… (read more)

Moving on: Transitions in Real Estate

Every day someone in our company is required to help with a transition in someone else’s life. The purchase of their first home, second home or subsequent homes. The sale of property because the owners are parting ways – harmoniously or acrimoniously – the purchase of investment property as a platform for wealth creation or,… (read more)

Ham it Up and Turkey On!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

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Advice: What’s good, what’s not?

Recently I’ve been thinking about wisdom. What constitutes being wise and what part advice plays in this. I believe wisdom is absolutely critical, especially as we tackle the minefields in life, but finding it is not easy. You don’t have to be Yoda, the tiny Jedi Master who was over 800 years old, or Professor… (read more)

Culture, What Is It?

At its best or most vital, I think of culture as a heartbeat, a pulse, providing purpose and substance for the people comprising the group. I imagine a massive tapestry where every person has contributed to the pattern, leaving a distinct impression, and that all of this creates something tangible and recognisable for others wanting… (read more)

August Market Comment

  There is no doubt that spring has come early to the Property Market in our city, with the release of the REINZ Sales figures for August. Sales volumes have leapt up yet again from the low levels experienced in July. August showed that there were 539 Property Sales in the City in August, up… (read more)

Plants in the home

  Greenery in your home can breathe new life to a space that once may have seemed lacking in comfort, or warmth. Placed on furniture or to fill an empty corner, an indoor plant is one of the easiest ways to update your décor for double or even single digits. Not all house plants are… (read more)

Talent Scouting: An Art, Not a Numbers Game

The lifeblood of a great business is people. All sorts of people. And in an industry like mine, it’s a constant search for individuals with attributes that will add up to an exceptional realtor. Over the years I’ve witnessed numerous industry techniques for identifying those attributes. Advertising of all types and across all sorts of… (read more)

Just a Word or Two

    One of the foundations of great communication and ultimately, success, can be found in an extensive vocabulary. Words are the stock-in-trade for anyone in a sales and marketing role, and it surprises me how many in certain positions give so little consideration to maintaining or growing their vocabulary. Unimaginative descriptions relying on ailing,… (read more)

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