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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

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)

Success is not final

  One of my personal missions is to live an authentic life. I always try to measure this by my own yardstick, not that of others, and to do that I’ve had to counter something that challenges all of us at some time or another – fear, especially the fear of failure. More than anything… (read more)

May Market Comment

  Traditionally as we head into winter we expect the headlines and market comments to be all about a market hunkering down during the colder months, but this year it’s different. For several months now, I have been talking about Christchurch’s strong steady market, its not rampant, but it has been consistent, and the latest… (read more)

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