Glenorchy’s real estate market is taking off as the township is increasingly viewed as value for money in the Wakatipu. Leading the charge is the top-of-the-lake’s largest subdivision, 60-lot Alfred’s Terrace, where 25 sections have sold and four are under contract. Prices ranging from $300,000 for 800 to 1250sq m sections represent “by far the best-value sections in the Wakatipu”, local Ray White co-owner Bas Smith, whose firm has the master agency, says. “These days we are finding Queenstown people, young families, professionals, health advocates and lifestylers, are seeing Glenorchy as amazing value when they consider the growing, vibrant community culture alongside the incredible amenity of nature which is right there for them.” Smith – who personally named the subdivision after one of the first white men to set eyes on Glenorchy, Alfred Duncan – says it used to be “a bit of a macho town”, but that’s changed … [Read more...] about ‘Amazing value’: Real estate on rise in Glenorchy
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Janna Herron USA TODAY Published 4:15 PM EDT Jul 23, 2019 Amazon is getting into the real estate business The e-tailing giant is joining forces with Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest residential real estate company in the U.S., to create a new program for homebuyers called TurnKey that provides products and services to help with the home search and move into a new house. The companies say the goal is to help streamline a typically stressful and time-consuming process for homebuyers. That platform also will help to increase sales for both companies. Through the TurnKey site, Amazon connects homebuyers with a local Realogy-affiliated agent chosen based on their record and market expertise to shepherd their house hunt. Realogy owns such brokerage brands as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby's International Realty. After the buyer closes on their new home, Amazon then connects them with services and experts in their neighborhood … [Read more...] about Amazon, Realogy team up on new real estate platform
Property James Max 15 May 2019 Read on Looking to buy your first London home? Go west, not east! James Max Yes. But hang on, it’s not that simple is it? Everything and everyone is being disrupted by tech. There is no certainty that house prices will continue to rise and you need to have your wits about you. Fees can be expensive and you could avoid paying them by going online. But are these savings genuine? And are you just as likely to sell your house? I’ll declare my hand. Until recently I was on the UK Board of one of the largest firms of UK Property advisors. My firm bought a partnership that although commercially focussed has a very well-known brand of estate agency under its wing. In addition, back in 2006, along with a friend of mine I invested in a firm that set out to disrupt the market by offering a fixed fee selling model, not unlike the one used by Purple Bricks. It did not end well, and I learnt some important lessons. Here are four factors … [Read more...] about Should you use an estate agent?
A COUPLE in their 30s from Hertfordshire have finally got their first home 10 YEARS after they first started saving for a deposit. Andrew Bourn, 31, and his partner Alex Clayton, 32, had never even moved out of their parents' homes before buying their £230,000 one-bed flat in Potters Bar. It took the pair, who met four years ago, a decade to save up the £40,000 they needed for just over a 17 per cent deposit on the flat they moved into in September last year. Andrew received a hefty compensation pay-out of £13,000 after a car accident in October 2011, but says the remaining £26,100 came through the couple's "hard work and sacrifices". While both now have "quite well-paid jobs" at graphics and bathroom companies, they saved much of their cash while working in lower-paid customer service roles at gym chain David Lloyd and Sainsbury's. Neither Alex or Andrew went to university, and so the couple stayed at home with their respective parents paying just £150 pounds … [Read more...] about First-time buyers, 32, spend 10 YEARS saving £40k deposit for one-bed flat in Hertfordshire
The plan to transform the property had already been drawn up by Paul Sinnott of the well-known Stewart and Sinnott Studio Architects, (known for the televised contributions of its other partner Duncan Stewart). Its client had acquired the house almost 20 years ago and had always intended making it into a private family home. In the interim he rented out the property. Last year he got to grips with the project and commissioned Sinnott to come up with detailed plans for the run-down home's full transformation. Earlier this year the builders got stuck in, stripping out the old fittings and pulling out perished ceiling areas. But circumstances have since changed and the decision was taken to put the property on the market. However, it would be a bad idea to bring the house to market without potential buyers realising how perfect this finished project would be. With a three-month run in for hitting the Easter sale season, some very fast moving but also intricate and intensive work was going … [Read more...] about Edwardian house gets a touch of CGI thanks to designers from Eastern Europe