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116 Heaton St

Merivale

17 Crown Close

Prebbleton

20a Mays Road

Merivale

12 Knowles St

Merivale

95 Aikmans Rd

Merivale

146 Brookside Terrace

Bryndwr

3 Hamilton Ave

Fendalton

19 Jeffreys Rd

Fendalton

6 Beverley St

Merivale

8 Duke St

Albury

21 Jacksons Rd

Fendalton

22 Office Rd

Merivale

58 Warden Street

Richmond

893a Cashmere Road

Cashmere

49 Murray Place

Merivale

47 Tomes Road

Papanui 

107 Windermere Road

Papanui 

1a Sunningvale Lane

Fendalton 

9a Te Kura Street

Fendalton 

50e Carlton Mill Rd

Merivale

9 Uldale Place

Westmorland

603/113 Worcester Street

City

59 Glen Oaks Drive

Northwood

42b Oram Ave

New Brighton

21 Kilmarnock St

Fendalton

4/11 Church Lane

Merivale

4/31 Chester Street

City

32b Champion St

St Albans

16 Heaton St

Merivale

38 Gleneagles Terrace

Fendalton

320a Oxford Tce

Central City

9 & 9a Innes Rd

St Albans

41 Teesdale St

Burnside

20 Mays Rd

Merivale

86a Winchester St

Merivale

10 Church Lane

Merivale

63 Westpark Drive

Burnside

53 Maffeys Road

Mt Pleasant

91a Totara Street

Fendalton

49 William Brittan Avenue

Halswell

50G Carlton Mill Road

Merivale

231 Memorial Avenue

Burnside

4 Havelock Street

Phillipstown

29a Birdwood Avenue

Beckenham

30 Office Rd

Merivale

56 Davis Rd

Cust

32 Witham St

Hornby

49 Cairnbrae Drive

Prebbleton

4 Church Lane

Merivale

7 Peacock St

City

47 The Rise

Terrace Downs

15 Te Awakura Tce

Mount Pleasant

3 Lighthouse Lane

Governors Bay

75a Harakeke St

Fendalton

6a Braco Place

Ilam

35 Cashmere Rd

Cashmere

86 Clyde Rd

Fendalton

110 Panorama Rd

Sumner

11 Sedbergh Place

Westmorland

17 Joyce Cres

Ilam

2/161 Innes Rd

St Albans

1/30 Tonbridge St

Merivale

1/35 Church Lane

Merivale

52 Hounslow St

Ilam

10 Bentley St

Avonhead

70c Clyde Rd

Fendalton

23a Poynder Ave

Merivale

8 Circuit St

Merivale

65 Teesdale Street

Burnside

26 Merlincote Crescent

Governors Bay

15 Lascelles St

St Martins

595 Johns Rd

Harewood

6a Wai-iti Tce

Fendalton

10 Royds St

Fendalton

42 Bristol St

Merivale

4/337 Armagh Street

Central City

10 Millway Place

Cashmere/Broadoaks

451 Ilam Road

Fendalton

45b Memorial Ave,

Fendalton

34 Birkdale Drive,

Shirley

42a Oram Ave,

New Brighton

895 Cashmere Rd

Halswell

226 Kennedys Bush Rd,

Kennedys Bush

37 Westpark Drive,

Burnside

31a Studholme St,

Somerfield

24 Aintree Street,

Bishopdale

1 Kensington Ave,

St Albans

34 Merlincote Cres,

Governor's Bay

4 Palamino Place,

Opawa

27 Belfield St,

Shirley

9 Hamilton Ave

Fendalton

395 Selwyn Street

Addington

5 Matisse Place

Ilam

3/61 Hawkesbury Ave,

Merivale

House Lot 5DA

House Lot 22EX

5 & 7 Hartford St

Burnside

59 & 59a Middleton Rd

Upper Riccarton

32 Cardome St

Bishopdale

36a Brookside Terrace

Bryndwr

24a Grange St

Opawa

House Lot 61KI

House Lot 55KI

House Lot 8LO

House Lot 3LA

House Lot 6LA

34 O'Connor Place

Burnside

13 Jacksons Rd

Fendalton

243 Edgeware Road

St Albans

8/34 Spencer St

Addington

23 Roosevelt Avenue
23 Roosevelt Avenue
St Albans

5 Koura Drive
5 Koura Drive
Rangiora

40 Sledmere Street
Burnside

8a Bradshaw Terrace
Riccarton


78 Idris Road
78 Idris Road
Fendalton

1 Springvale Gardens
1 Springvale Gardens
Harewood

66 Farrington Avenue
66 Farrington Avenue
Bishopdale

1/33 Craven Street
1/33 Craven Street
Upper Riccarton

39 Brockham Street
39 Brockham Street
Casebrook

177 Blighs Road
177 Blighs Road
Strowan

117a Highsted Road
117a Highsted Road
Bishopdale

32 Whitewash Head Road
32 Whitewash Head Road
Scarborough

9 Jennifer Street
9 Jennifer Street
Bryndwr

45 Jervois Street
45 Jervois Street
South Brighton

3 Merivale Lane
3 Merivale Lane
Merivale

6 Roosevelt Ave

St Albans

32 Carrington Street
32 Carrington Street
St Albans

54 England Street
54 England Street
Linwood

7 Wai-iti Terrace
7 Wai-iti Terrace
Fendalton

21 Cole Porter Avenue
21 Cole Porter Avenue
Mairehau

47 Smith Street
47 Smith Street
Woolston

20 Holiday Drive
20 Holiday Drive
Mairehau

4 Brent Place
4 Brent Place
Bryndwr

2 Plynlimon Road
2 Plynlimon Road
Fendalton

5 Halligan Place
5 Halligan Place
Belfast

3 Deavoll Place
3 Deavoll Place
Heathcote

4/44 Ranfurly Street
4/44 Ranfurly Street
Merivale

11 Brenchley Avenue
11 Brenchley Avenue
Strowan

49 Weka Street
49 Weka Street
Fendalton

1 Charente Way
1 Charente Way
Yaldhurst

30e Lyndon Street
30e Lyndon Street
Riccarton

25 Sarabande Avenue
25 Sarabande Avenue
Redwood

Ask & Ye Shall Receive

In my last newsletter - and it seems I wrote that just yesterday - I was lamenting the lack of stock available in the market place and thus the lack of choice for the many buyers still looking. It seems that my prayers have been answered, as you will see we have recently listed some delightful properties.

And you know that when you see the word 'auction" on my sign or advertisement, this is a real call to action as the sellers we represent are very serious about selling and this is why they make substantial investments to ensure that their properties are comprehensively marketed. So they are all most worthy of your inspection.

You will have read conflicting reports about stock levels in the marketplace. The numbers are bolstered by the volumes of new homes being feverishly built by the numerous building companies in Christchurch now. Recent stories make me all too aware how important it is to do business with rock solid, reputable businesses - otherwise, as some are finding our, the consequences can be disastrous. Tim Keenan (from Grant Thornton and Associates) wrote a very good article about building companies in The Press recently - worth a read here if you are contemplating building. Amazing that more builders go bust in good times than bad.

But I often see people make similar poor choices when it comes to selling their property. Lured by cheap commission rates offered by under-resourced businesses who have inadequate marketing reach and lack strategies and critical negotiation skills. For the sake of a "perceived" commission saving of a couple of thousand of dollars of their hard earned equity - tragic, but so often they don't know what they don't know. I learnt in the very early days of my real estate career the difference between an average and excellent negotiator - just that, tens of thousands of dollars.

Spring is just around the corner, and our new city well on its way. Travel well. 

 

 

 

 

Regards,

Ally

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

We may currently be experiencing a cold winter, but there is a warm glow in the Alison Aitken office with the news that our team member  Rachel Campbell is now engaged.

We congratulate Rachel and her fiancée Sam and wish them a lifetime of happiness as they look ahead to planning their nuptials in 2015.


 

Monthly Mortgage News with Sue Clydesdale of Mortgage Express

Sue ClydesdaleMedia has done a very good job of explaining and advertising the LVR restrictions. So good in fact that first home buyers have all but given up even trying to get a loan over 80%. The lenders are constantly telling us that they are not using up the 10% allocation of funds at the higher level of lending.

Money is definitely available and there are other options for first home bueyrs as well. Interest rates are very competitive even with the recent rises. There are extremely good specials at most banks, 5.89% fixed for two years being one of them. Feel free to call me anytime to discuss your options.

For further information please contact Sue Clydesdale at Mortgage Express on 0272 117 209,  freephone 0800 226 226.

Alison Aitken Auction Success

If you've never sold your home at auction, it can seem like a very intimidating experience.

Recently one of our In Rooms Auctions was filmed and at the conclusion our vendors were kind enough to say a few words about the auction process. Please Click Here. to view.

If you have any questions about the auction process I'd be more than happy to meet you and discuss this highly effective marketing option.

Auction vs Non-Auction Statistics - 2014 results

Below you will see our clearance rates comparing auction listings to non-auction listings for the first 6 weeks on the market.  You can see that auctions have a considerably higher clearance rate than that of non-auction listings. 

Graphs like this speak for themselves and I am more than happy to discuss the process with you at any time, so if you have any questions or queries regarding Auctions, give me a call anytime.
Auction vs Non Auction