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Remarkable: Central Otago Lakes average asking price tops record $1.62 million

A bright start to 2024: new listings significantly lift, and demand rebounds in New Zealand's property market

Property prices double in a decade in most New Zealand regions

Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty was top of the table for five consecutive years, and Auckland’s Hauraki...

Did you get golf clubs for Christmas?

Blessed with miles of golden coastline, summer in Aotearoa is synonymous with days spent at the beac...

Property hot spots and growth opportunities

An analysis of all residential properties listed on realestate.co.nz during 2023 reveals the Top Fiv...

Remarkable: Central Otago Lakes average asking price tops record $1.62 million

A bright start to 2024: new listings significantly lift, and demand rebounds in New Zealand's proper...

Property prices double in a decade in most New Zealand regions

Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty was top of the table for five consecutive years, and Auckland’s Hauraki...

Did you get golf clubs for Christmas?

Blessed with miles of golden coastline, summer in Aotearoa is synonymous with days spent at the beac...

Remarkable: Central Otago Lakes average asking price tops record $1.62 million

A bright start to 2024: new listings significantly lift, and demand rebounds in New Zealand's property market

Property prices double in a decade in most New Zealand regions

Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty was top of the table for five consecutive years, and Auckland’s Hauraki...

Did you get golf clubs for Christmas?

Blessed with miles of golden coastline, summer in Aotearoa is synonymous with days spent at the beac...

Property hot spots and growth opportunities

An analysis of all residential properties listed on realestate.co.nz during 2023 reveals the Top Fiv...

Remarkable: Central Otago Lakes average asking price tops record $1.62 million

A bright start to 2024: new listings significantly lift, and demand rebounds in New Zealand's proper...

Guide to a successful rental application

We understand that finding the right rental property can be a competitive process, so we've pulled t...

Glossary of terms

Average asking price (AAP) is neither a valuation nor the sale price. It is an indication of current...

How to find the right long-term rental

Owning a home. It’s the Kiwi dream - right? Well, not for everyone! For many, homeownership isn’t al...

Tips for choosing the best broadband plan

Are you on the market for a new home? Moving house is a great time to think about what you want from...

Is life insurance on your list?

Should life insurance be on your ‘must-haves’ list? When it comes to buying a home, we all have diff...

What do you need in a first home?

So you’ve made the decision to purchase your first home - well done! You might be thinking to yourse...

5 ways to become the go-to agent in your area

Becoming the go-to agent or salesperson for your area means building trust and credibility within yo...

Sick of renting? How to know when you’re ready to buy a home

Buying a house is often considered the Kiwi dream. It offers security, stability and (for most peopl...

Tips for getting your first home deposit together

So you’ve decided to buy your first home - congratulations! Now that you’ve made the decision to pur...

Build your brand on realestate.co.nz

In a digitally-driven world, online research has become a crucial step in the property journey - and...

Create art-inspired interiors for your home

When it comes to art, it’s not all about following trends – it’s about following your heart. You wil...

5 instant kitchen styling ideas with Shelley Ferguson

Being inside during lockdown is the perfect time for a little DIY. But without being able to buy too...

Designing your home with neutral colours

Neutral colours are very on-trend for interiors at the moment, but how do you design cool, calm spac...

Website updates to support your business at Alert Level 3

You can now include a button to ‘Request a private viewing’ under inspection times, prompting users ...

How to prepare your home for sale with Shelley Ferguson

Are you looking to get your property on the market? Interior designer Shelley Ferguson shares her in...

5 top tips when pitching remotely

As sales processes are rapidly evolving due to COVID-19 and working from home becomes the new ‘norma...

5 tips on how to adapt your marketing plan

The real estate industry is fast adapting to the new ways of buying and selling property, since the ...

How you can bid in online auctions

Real estate professionals are searching for ways to counteract the impact of the nationwide lockdown...

Counteract social distancing with these handy tools

The real estate industry is fast adapting to social distancing regulations, due to the COVID-19 pand...

DIY ideas: Create your own storage boxes

There’s nothing more satisfying than organising and decluttering your home – but after you’ve put th...

DIY tips to make your rental feel like your own

Just because your house is a rental home and not your forever home, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ...

Top 10 tips for moving with pets

Thinking of moving home with your furry friend? Moving homes can be stressful for everyone involved ...

4 steps to a healthy rental property

If you own a rental property, it’s likely you already know about the new healthy homes standards tha...

Create a Tropicana-inspired Christmas table

One of our favourite things about living in New Zealand, is the beautiful summer Christmas’s we get ...

How to find your perfect broadband and power plan

With over 100 different broadband providers and 35 power providers in New Zealand, choosing the righ...

My property story: Creating Kelly & Mark’s dream home

What do you do after purchasing a renovation project only to find your plans are not achievable? You...

What to look out for at a rental viewing

It’s easy to get excited about a property from the pictures you see online. Then, when you arrive to...

Refresh your master bedroom with Shelley Ferguson

Your bedroom is one of the most used rooms in the house - it’s your personal space where you can res...

My property story: Sisters find home together in Wellington

When sisters Kate and Lucy Morris found their would-be homes, they had no intention of buying yet - ...

#tryDIY: Create your own rope coasters

Want to get crafty and create your own rope coasters to use at home? Watch our video below to find o...

How to create buyer appeal when selling your home

Preparing a home for sale can be a big task. After so many years living in the place, it can be hard...

Haere mai! A guide to Kiwi rentals

Whether you’re working or travelling, you’ll find that there’s so much to explore here. But at the e...

How to move up in the (rental) world

Perhaps your flatmates are useless at keeping the flat clean and you’re over the revolving door of p...

Your ultimate spring cleaning checklist

Spring has sprung, and as the weather warms it’s that time of the year where we often clean parts of...

Fiona & Josh: A master bedroom makeover

Homeowners Fiona (make-up artist) and Josh Goddard (builder and owner of PRSA), along with their you...

Remote renters: How to rent when you already own a home

So you’ve landed a new job - congratulations! There’s just one catch; the new position has come with...

Finding the right rental for your family

Today, many families are renting for longer periods of time while that first-home deposit gradually ...

Should I get insurance when renting a home?

When you’re renting a house, it can be easy to think of insurance as your landlord’s problem. You’re...

Moving out? How to get your first flat

Your first flat. It means freedom, independence… and a break from mum and dad’s weeknight curfews. Y...

The benefits of insulating your home in New Zealand

As we head into winter each year, many Kiwi homeowners start thinking about how to keep their home w...

5 benefits of using a mortgage broker

If you’re looking to take out a home loan, it’s likely you’ve heard about mortgage brokers. But what...

Moving house with your pet?

If you’ve just secured a new home – congratulations! Wherever you are, it’s important to know your l...

Inside a tiny home on Waiheke

The tiny house trend has taken off in recent years, and there are now little homes popping up all ov...

#tryDIY: Create a string pendant lamp

Add some style to your outdoor entertainment area with this string pendant lamp. Using materials fro...

How the best agents are using technology to sell homes

Every real estate agent knows that house hunting can be a gruelling and time-consuming process for b...

What tenants need to know about insulation laws

If you’re renting a home in New Zealand the home must be insulated by 1 July 2019, or your landlord ...

A labour of love pays off for one family of five

A chance encounter with a dilapidated 1900s villa in one of Palmerston North’s sought-after streets ...

#tryDIY: Create your own personalised doormat

Want to create a personalised doormat to welcome people into your home? Follow our step-by-step guid...

What landlords need to know about insulation laws

If you’re a landlord in New Zealand wanting to avoid a $4,000 fine, it’s time to make sure your rent...

Our big little budget

Meet + Greet Kenny Hau, 29 (medical student), Nikita Hau, 28 (kitchen designer and registered nurse)...

The top 5 most liked homes on Instagram this summer

Summer has come and gone in a flash. As we wave goodbye to the hot and layer up for the cold, take a...

Renting a home in New Zealand - your rights as a tenant

Both tenants and landlords have rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting a home. Knowing...

My property story: Annika's bathroom renovation

In the coastal region of Taranaki, Annika and Brad Rowson purchased their 240 square metre home with...

Product update: Save open homes to your phone's calendar

Make your search to find the perfect home easy by using our calendar tool. You are now able to save ...

Looks good in paper

The power of wallpaper is truly realised in this home on Auckland’s North Shore, where colour and pa...

Calm your farm: stress-free farm buying tips

The pathway to owning a farm isn't as simple as it once was. Farms aren't only to be inherited by ch...

Do you believe in life after lifestyle?

Settling into a new way of life after selling your lifestyle block in New Zealand is something many ...

Is it possible to get a home loan with no deposit?

Since the global financial crisis, no-deposit home loans have become a ghost story in New Zealand - ...

My property story: Marlborough Sounds bach

A holiday house just 40 minutes from home makes it possible to live like you’re on holiday even when...

My property story: Kylie’s commercial studio renovation

A boutique event agency based in the Manawatu, Mustard Folk offers event management and styling serv...

3 ways Kiwis are thinking outside the box to buy

While an increasing number of Kiwis believe they will never own a home, others are thinking outside ...

What are hobby farms and how can you start one?

Eggs whenever you need them; fresh strawberries in the summer; the ultimate farm to table experience...

My property story: First time’s a charm

A run-down 1950’s cottage nestled beside a quiet West Auckland golf course, was the perfect project ...

5 questions to ask before renting a home 

Looking for a new rental property can be stressful, but it isn’t something you should rush into. Whe...

Nine common insurance myths for new home owners

You’ve calculated how much you can afford to spend, chosen a lender, been to countless inspections, ...

Creative decluttering and storage ideas

Whether you’re looking to make a dent in your spring cleaning or getting your house ready for sale, ...

Simple renovation ideas to refresh your lifestyle property

As the summer sun starts to shine, it may just be time to start thinking about doing up your lifesty...

The pros and cons of rural lifestyle

Rural lifestyle is all about taking life a little slower and spending more time enjoying the things ...

My property story: designing our dream home

Covenants on new subdivisions can be limiting, but the owners of this Christchurch new-build managed...

A guide to building your perfect pool

A pool is a wonderful addition to a home and a perfect spot to spend your summer days. One of the mo...

7 ways to celebrate your first home purchase

Buying your first home in New Zealand is an incredible achievement. House hunting can feel like a lo...

Top 10 moving tips

Moving house can be a big job, but with the right tips you can make it easy. We asked our Facebook c...

How to prepare for a fixer-upper first home

The pathway to your dream home begins by getting your foot on the property ladder. Buying low can ma...

My favourite room: Lucy Slight

In a butter-yellow art deco house built in the 1940s, Your Home and Garden Magazine features directo...

Top tips for tackling your home renovation

Owning your own home is a feeling like no other and part of the Kiwi dream. But sometimes in order t...

What property investors need to know about asbestos

As a landlord or property manager, you will have heard that the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos)...

6 metrics to measure digital marketing ROI

Data - it's all the rage in every walk of business today and it's at the core of successful digital ...

My property story: Hannah and Connors’ Frankton cottage

A 1920’s Frankton cottage is lovingly renovated, transforming it from its rail worker origins into t...

What you need to know about meth

The topic of methamphetamine contamination has become even more interesting with the release of the ...

Your home design process

A good design process is the key to a successful project. Design evolves over a period of time durin...

Growing a property management business

Property management companies throughout New Zealand are facing the same challenges of growing. Havi...

Crafting an agent profile that will bring you business

Profiling yourself and your brand in this competitive marketplace is a must do. So how do you stand ...

Top 10 eco-friendly home tips

Whether it’s plastic bags, coffee cups or straws in your morning smoothie, we use many types of plas...

7 ways blog content boosts your brand

Sponsored content is all around us. Take a look at your social media feeds - how many articles or po...

My property story: Jess and Warren’s historical hall

How one young couple thought outside the box in their property search and found the home of their dr...

Spot the hallmarks of an excellent tenant

There's over 7,000 square metres of commercial property for lease in New Zealand, according to reale...

5 key stages of building your home

You’re about to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new home, whether it’s a new build or a ...

10 top cleaning tips for your home

Keeping your home clean can seem like a big task, but with the right tips you can make it easy. We a...

My property story: Unna's dream kitchen renovation

Making a rental property truly feel like your own home can be tricky. One couple, having rented thei...

The top 5 most liked homes on Instagram this autumn

As we head into winter it’s time to round up the most loved houses of the autumn season. Whether it’...

Preparing to move house

After you’ve cleaned the inside and outside of your whole home in preparation for the big move, it’s...

7 top styling ideas for your home

Whether you’re looking to put your home on the market or it’s time for a refresh, it’s a great idea ...

What do you need in your new home?

Every house has its own character, a character that reflects its occupants’ tastes, needs, and desir...

Getting your house interior open home ready

The moment a buyer steps inside your open home, they’ll have a gut feeling on whether this home is f...

5 benefits of ventilating your home

For many New Zealander’s, our homes face cold and damp conditions when winter sets in. Whether you’r...

Dress to impress - styling your home

When selling your home, taking into consideration who is likely to be your buyer is important. Famil...

Choosing an architect for your home

Looking to build or renovate your dream home? Choosing the right architect may be the most important...

Transform your backyard

Turning your backyard into your dream outdoor space may seem challenging but no matter the size, wit...

How to create an eco-friendly home

Building is, by its very nature, not overly environmentally friendly. Lots of energy and materials g...

Top 5 tips to cut your power bills

We know that receiving your power bill stinks, so we’ve pulled together our five top tips for slashi...

How to style your bedroom for an open home

Bedroom styles are very personal and so is choosing a new home. If you’re putting your home on the m...

4 facts to help with your first commercial property investment

At the end of 2017 there was over 1.35 million square metres of commercial space for sale in cities ...

Everything you need to know about our Property profile tool

Welcome to our Property profile tool. Property profile gives you additional information about a prop...

What is a LIM report?

Buying a home can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. It’s important to equip yourself with a...

The top 5 most liked homes on Instagram this summer

As we head into autumn it’s time to round up the most loved houses of the summer. From charming and ...

What to ask the real estate agent

Buying a property is an exciting but sometimes daunting process. However, it can be made easier by m...

How to create street appeal

When tackling a home renovation project the interior alterations can quickly become the main focus. ...

Urgent maintenance issues in rental properties

Ever experienced an issue in a rental home and wondered whether you should or shouldn’t call your pr...

How to style your home for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to spread some seasonal cheer and think about decora...

Summer maintenance for investment properties

The days are getting warmer, the pohutakawas are blooming and the song of the tuis have reminded us ...

Flatting 101: Keeping your stuff safer

There are a lot of great things about living in a flat, but your flatties ‘borrowing’ things from yo...

How to keep everything safer on moving day

Moving day can be stressful – there are boxes everywhere, your furniture is travelling across town o...

7 things to consider before becoming a property investor

Sunniva Holt is a property developer, mind-set strategist, speaker and author from Auckland. She fel...

Keeping your home safer this Christmas

Keeping your home safer this Christmas The sun is finally shining, the car is packed, and the road t...

Transform your old bedroom into an inviting space

When renovating a home, it makes sense to prioritise the things your family needs to function - like...

What you need to know about buying a business

New Zealand is the easiest country in the world to run a business in, according to the World Bank's ...

What you need to know about buying a motel in NZ

In the past year, New Zealand had at least 300,000 more international visitors than last, with over ...

How to choose the right estate agent to sell your home

Selling your home is one of the most significant financial decisions you’ll make in your life. Worki...

Slice of Paradise: A property match for first home buyers, Lucy and Adrian from Christchurch.

Back in Christchurch after spending some time away post-quakes, Lucy and Adrian were looking for a t...

Dampness and condensation issues in rental properties

Condensation The winter months can cause condensation issues - especially in the cooler parts of our...

Slice of Paradise: Olive and Josh settle in to their first home in Palmerston North

Parents of two, Josh and Olive, were looking for their first home in the Palmerston North area, when...

How to build a classic Kiwi outdoor swing

Add a bit of summer fun to your outdoor area with this stylish DIY rope swing. Resident builder Pete...

Slice of Paradise: Dan and Louise's first time home buyer story

As parents of newly born twins, along with three other children, Dan and Louise were looking to get ...

Slice of Paradise: Terry and Lesley are set to demolish and rebuild

Hamilton couple Terry and Lesley took part in Three's Slice of Paradise, hosted by Shelley Ferguson ...

What should Auckland retail property buyers look for?

Buying retail property in Auckland often means going up against serious demand, these tips can help ...

How to create a gallery wall

Creating a gallery wall in your home is a great way to make an impact in any room. It’s easy to inst...

Build rapport with your landlord

We understand that the market is a competitive one. So, once you've secured a rental property it's i...

Where is NZ's best commercial property outside of Auckland?

Commercial real estate isn't just a vehicle for capital growth and strong yields - it's the infrastr...

Find ways to love your old home

Lucky you, you live in an old house. That may not be your first thought... old houses come with a lo...

Creating a functional home office

Working from home can be a challenge so ensuring you have a functional work space goes a long way to...

Social media for real estate professionals

Social media is a simple, engaging and cost-effective marketing tool for property professionals. Ove...

Renovating your kitchen on a budget

Looking to renovate your kitchen on a budget? With a touch of style and some DIY know-how, Kelly did...

Farms provide non-farm income opportunities

Landowners are now able to diversify their farm’s income, thanks to new opportunities like wind farm...

Choose the right heating for your home

When looking to heat a home, it's important to consider the wide variety of heating methods on offer...

5 DIY projects for children’s rooms

Decorating children’s bedrooms is a favourite of mine. Maybe it’s the sense of fun that can be had w...

FAQs: A guide to renting in New Zealand

Have a query about renting? Here are some of the most common questions asked by tenants. Before you ...

17 tips for house hunters

Buying a home for the first time (or even the second or third time) can be a big learning curve. Get...

Renovating your home with children

Owning your own home is a feeling like no other, and part of the Kiwi dream. But sometimes in order ...

Your property inspection checklist

Are inspections before you purchase a property really needed? Well, imagine moving into your new hom...

7 things to know about bidding at auctions

At an auction, the purchase price of a property is determined through competitive bidding. By doing ...

My property story: Tessa’s new build

With two bustling boys in tow, it became clear to Tessa and Matt Benzie that their current home wasn...

What kind of cladding is right for your home?

Christchurch architect Cymon Allfrey discusses claddings and how they enhance the space and forms of...

Five ways to add value to your home

If you're planning to sell your home any time soon (or simply want to make it the best it can be), h...

Your 10 best children’s bedrooms

Decorating a child’s bedroom is about finding that delicate balance between fun and practical. The r...

What bathroom style suits your home?

In the market for a new bathroom? Explore these four bathroom designs to find a look you love that a...

Questions you didn’t know to ask

When building a house it’s important to end up with a home that you love with no regrets - and to ha...

What to consider before renovating

Planning and designing an addition or renovation to a home can be challenging. Because there is alre...

Kids’ rooms that actually benefit kids

There are so many children’s bedrooms coordinated to perfection by adults these days! Yes, kids’ roo...

Home: Hannah’s city apartment

As the Auckland property market remains hot, apartments are proving to be a more affordable alternat...

How to decorate your rental property

Shelley Ferguson, editor-in-chief of Your Home & Garden magazine and co-host of The Block NZ, sa...

Your new home construction checklist

To help you maintain control over your house construction – and be another set of eyes for mistakes ...

Master bedroom looks to love

The bedroom is our most personal space, so it makes sense that it tells a real story about you. Crea...

How to choose a builder for your new home

As with choosing an architect/designer, it’s essential to select a builder you can trust and feel co...

Upcycle your leftover renovation materials

After a home renovation, you may find yourself with a stack of leftover materials. Whether it’s exce...

Kitchen refresh: Under $1,000

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost the earth. A few clever tweaks can go a long way in makin...

Cheat’s kitchen makeover $15,000

A beautiful kitchen is not only the heart of the home – it can make or break it come sale time. A fe...

10 questions to ask a potential flatmate

Flat sharing is popular among both young and older homeowners who are after some extra money to help...

2017 property management

Vesna Wells, realestate.co.nz's property management specialist, looks ahead to the rental market in ...

Should you add a pool to your home?

A pool is a wonderful addition to a home. In December, “pool” was the most popular search term on th...

Financing your building project

Financing the building of a new home is very different to arranging finance to buy an existing one, ...

The entertainer's dining room

Is your dining space feeling tired, neglected or non-existent? Give this integral space some time an...

The cost of building in New Zealand

Every build is different so you won’t find anyone who can give you an accurate ballpark figure (a co...

6 mistakes to avoid as a first-time seller

Selling a property for the first time can be a big learning curve. It can also be an emotional time,...

2017 living room inspiration

The lounge is one of the most-used rooms in your home, which is why successful living spaces “combin...

11 ways to love your living room

It’s called the living room because it’s one of the most-used rooms in your home. Make it a room you...

5 reasons to paint your front door

As the new year blossoms many of us are thinking about ways to refresh our home in 2017. Add a pop o...

The importance of sustainable building

Joseph Hampton of Warren and Mahoney discusses sustainability in house construction, and how to redu...

12 ways to makeover your entrance way

I’m starting this story with full disclosure – my entrance way is a currently a disaster zone. We’re...

Do I need to apply for building consent?

A building consent is Council’s written authority to carry out building work that it considers will ...

What to think about before building a home

The Brief – the foundation of your project The brief to your designer is an important step. This set...

Guide to a successful rental application

We understand that finding the right rental property can be a competitive process, so we've pulled t...

Glossary of terms

Average asking price (AAP) is neither a valuation nor the sale price. It is an indication of current...

How to find the right long-term rental

Owning a home. It’s the Kiwi dream - right? Well, not for everyone! For many, homeownership isn’t al...

Tips for choosing the best broadband plan

Are you on the market for a new home? Moving house is a great time to think about what you want from...

Is life insurance on your list?

Should life insurance be on your ‘must-haves’ list? When it comes to buying a home, we all have diff...

What do you need in a first home?

So you’ve made the decision to purchase your first home - well done! You might be thinking to yourse...

5 ways to become the go-to agent in your area

Becoming the go-to agent or salesperson for your area means building trust and credibility within yo...

Sick of renting? How to know when you’re ready to buy a home

Buying a house is often considered the Kiwi dream. It offers security, stability and (for most peopl...

Tips for getting your first home deposit together

So you’ve decided to buy your first home - congratulations! Now that you’ve made the decision to pur...

Build your brand on realestate.co.nz

In a digitally-driven world, online research has become a crucial step in the property journey - and...

Create art-inspired interiors for your home

When it comes to art, it’s not all about following trends – it’s about following your heart. You wil...

5 instant kitchen styling ideas with Shelley Ferguson

Being inside during lockdown is the perfect time for a little DIY. But without being able to buy too...

Designing your home with neutral colours

Neutral colours are very on-trend for interiors at the moment, but how do you design cool, calm spac...

Website updates to support your business at Alert Level 3

You can now include a button to ‘Request a private viewing’ under inspection times, prompting users ...

How to prepare your home for sale with Shelley Ferguson

Are you looking to get your property on the market? Interior designer Shelley Ferguson shares her in...

5 top tips when pitching remotely

As sales processes are rapidly evolving due to COVID-19 and working from home becomes the new ‘norma...

5 tips on how to adapt your marketing plan

The real estate industry is fast adapting to the new ways of buying and selling property, since the ...

How you can bid in online auctions

Real estate professionals are searching for ways to counteract the impact of the nationwide lockdown...

Counteract social distancing with these handy tools

The real estate industry is fast adapting to social distancing regulations, due to the COVID-19 pand...

DIY ideas: Create your own storage boxes

There’s nothing more satisfying than organising and decluttering your home – but after you’ve put th...

DIY tips to make your rental feel like your own

Just because your house is a rental home and not your forever home, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ...

Top 10 tips for moving with pets

Thinking of moving home with your furry friend? Moving homes can be stressful for everyone involved ...

4 steps to a healthy rental property

If you own a rental property, it’s likely you already know about the new healthy homes standards tha...

Create a Tropicana-inspired Christmas table

One of our favourite things about living in New Zealand, is the beautiful summer Christmas’s we get ...

How to find your perfect broadband and power plan

With over 100 different broadband providers and 35 power providers in New Zealand, choosing the righ...

My property story: Creating Kelly & Mark’s dream home

What do you do after purchasing a renovation project only to find your plans are not achievable? You...

What to look out for at a rental viewing

It’s easy to get excited about a property from the pictures you see online. Then, when you arrive to...

Refresh your master bedroom with Shelley Ferguson

Your bedroom is one of the most used rooms in the house - it’s your personal space where you can res...

My property story: Sisters find home together in Wellington

When sisters Kate and Lucy Morris found their would-be homes, they had no intention of buying yet - ...

#tryDIY: Create your own rope coasters

Want to get crafty and create your own rope coasters to use at home? Watch our video below to find o...

How to create buyer appeal when selling your home

Preparing a home for sale can be a big task. After so many years living in the place, it can be hard...

Haere mai! A guide to Kiwi rentals

Whether you’re working or travelling, you’ll find that there’s so much to explore here. But at the e...

How to move up in the (rental) world

Perhaps your flatmates are useless at keeping the flat clean and you’re over the revolving door of p...

Your ultimate spring cleaning checklist

Spring has sprung, and as the weather warms it’s that time of the year where we often clean parts of...

Fiona & Josh: A master bedroom makeover

Homeowners Fiona (make-up artist) and Josh Goddard (builder and owner of PRSA), along with their you...

Remote renters: How to rent when you already own a home

So you’ve landed a new job - congratulations! There’s just one catch; the new position has come with...

Finding the right rental for your family

Today, many families are renting for longer periods of time while that first-home deposit gradually ...

Should I get insurance when renting a home?

When you’re renting a house, it can be easy to think of insurance as your landlord’s problem. You’re...

Moving out? How to get your first flat

Your first flat. It means freedom, independence… and a break from mum and dad’s weeknight curfews. Y...

The benefits of insulating your home in New Zealand

As we head into winter each year, many Kiwi homeowners start thinking about how to keep their home w...

5 benefits of using a mortgage broker

If you’re looking to take out a home loan, it’s likely you’ve heard about mortgage brokers. But what...

Moving house with your pet?

If you’ve just secured a new home – congratulations! Wherever you are, it’s important to know your l...

Inside a tiny home on Waiheke

The tiny house trend has taken off in recent years, and there are now little homes popping up all ov...

#tryDIY: Create a string pendant lamp

Add some style to your outdoor entertainment area with this string pendant lamp. Using materials fro...

How the best agents are using technology to sell homes

Every real estate agent knows that house hunting can be a gruelling and time-consuming process for b...

What tenants need to know about insulation laws

If you’re renting a home in New Zealand the home must be insulated by 1 July 2019, or your landlord ...

A labour of love pays off for one family of five

A chance encounter with a dilapidated 1900s villa in one of Palmerston North’s sought-after streets ...

#tryDIY: Create your own personalised doormat

Want to create a personalised doormat to welcome people into your home? Follow our step-by-step guid...

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If you’re a landlord in New Zealand wanting to avoid a $4,000 fine, it’s time to make sure your rent...

Our big little budget

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The top 5 most liked homes on Instagram this summer

Summer has come and gone in a flash. As we wave goodbye to the hot and layer up for the cold, take a...

Renting a home in New Zealand - your rights as a tenant

Both tenants and landlords have rights and responsibilities when it comes to renting a home. Knowing...

My property story: Annika's bathroom renovation

In the coastal region of Taranaki, Annika and Brad Rowson purchased their 240 square metre home with...

Product update: Save open homes to your phone's calendar

Make your search to find the perfect home easy by using our calendar tool. You are now able to save ...

Looks good in paper

The power of wallpaper is truly realised in this home on Auckland’s North Shore, where colour and pa...

Calm your farm: stress-free farm buying tips

The pathway to owning a farm isn't as simple as it once was. Farms aren't only to be inherited by ch...

Do you believe in life after lifestyle?

Settling into a new way of life after selling your lifestyle block in New Zealand is something many ...

Is it possible to get a home loan with no deposit?

Since the global financial crisis, no-deposit home loans have become a ghost story in New Zealand - ...

My property story: Marlborough Sounds bach

A holiday house just 40 minutes from home makes it possible to live like you’re on holiday even when...

My property story: Kylie’s commercial studio renovation

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3 ways Kiwis are thinking outside the box to buy

While an increasing number of Kiwis believe they will never own a home, others are thinking outside ...

What are hobby farms and how can you start one?

Eggs whenever you need them; fresh strawberries in the summer; the ultimate farm to table experience...

My property story: First time’s a charm

A run-down 1950’s cottage nestled beside a quiet West Auckland golf course, was the perfect project ...

5 questions to ask before renting a home 

Looking for a new rental property can be stressful, but it isn’t something you should rush into. Whe...

Nine common insurance myths for new home owners

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Creative decluttering and storage ideas

Whether you’re looking to make a dent in your spring cleaning or getting your house ready for sale, ...

Simple renovation ideas to refresh your lifestyle property

As the summer sun starts to shine, it may just be time to start thinking about doing up your lifesty...

The pros and cons of rural lifestyle

Rural lifestyle is all about taking life a little slower and spending more time enjoying the things ...

My property story: designing our dream home

Covenants on new subdivisions can be limiting, but the owners of this Christchurch new-build managed...

A guide to building your perfect pool

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7 ways to celebrate your first home purchase

Buying your first home in New Zealand is an incredible achievement. House hunting can feel like a lo...

Top 10 moving tips

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How to prepare for a fixer-upper first home

The pathway to your dream home begins by getting your foot on the property ladder. Buying low can ma...

My favourite room: Lucy Slight

In a butter-yellow art deco house built in the 1940s, Your Home and Garden Magazine features directo...

Top tips for tackling your home renovation

Owning your own home is a feeling like no other and part of the Kiwi dream. But sometimes in order t...

What property investors need to know about asbestos

As a landlord or property manager, you will have heard that the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos)...

6 metrics to measure digital marketing ROI

Data - it's all the rage in every walk of business today and it's at the core of successful digital ...

My property story: Hannah and Connors’ Frankton cottage

A 1920’s Frankton cottage is lovingly renovated, transforming it from its rail worker origins into t...

What you need to know about meth

The topic of methamphetamine contamination has become even more interesting with the release of the ...

Your home design process

A good design process is the key to a successful project. Design evolves over a period of time durin...

Growing a property management business

Property management companies throughout New Zealand are facing the same challenges of growing. Havi...

Crafting an agent profile that will bring you business

Profiling yourself and your brand in this competitive marketplace is a must do. So how do you stand ...

Top 10 eco-friendly home tips

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7 ways blog content boosts your brand

Sponsored content is all around us. Take a look at your social media feeds - how many articles or po...

My property story: Jess and Warren’s historical hall

How one young couple thought outside the box in their property search and found the home of their dr...

Spot the hallmarks of an excellent tenant

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5 key stages of building your home

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10 top cleaning tips for your home

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My property story: Unna's dream kitchen renovation

Making a rental property truly feel like your own home can be tricky. One couple, having rented thei...

The top 5 most liked homes on Instagram this autumn

As we head into winter it’s time to round up the most loved houses of the autumn season. Whether it’...

Preparing to move house

After you’ve cleaned the inside and outside of your whole home in preparation for the big move, it’s...

7 top styling ideas for your home

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What do you need in your new home?

Every house has its own character, a character that reflects its occupants’ tastes, needs, and desir...

Getting your house interior open home ready

The moment a buyer steps inside your open home, they’ll have a gut feeling on whether this home is f...

5 benefits of ventilating your home

For many New Zealander’s, our homes face cold and damp conditions when winter sets in. Whether you’r...

Dress to impress - styling your home

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Choosing an architect for your home

Looking to build or renovate your dream home? Choosing the right architect may be the most important...

Transform your backyard

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How to create an eco-friendly home

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Top 5 tips to cut your power bills

We know that receiving your power bill stinks, so we’ve pulled together our five top tips for slashi...

How to style your bedroom for an open home

Bedroom styles are very personal and so is choosing a new home. If you’re putting your home on the m...

4 facts to help with your first commercial property investment

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Everything you need to know about our Property profile tool

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What is a LIM report?

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The top 5 most liked homes on Instagram this summer

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What to ask the real estate agent

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How to create street appeal

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Urgent maintenance issues in rental properties

Ever experienced an issue in a rental home and wondered whether you should or shouldn’t call your pr...

How to style your home for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to spread some seasonal cheer and think about decora...

Summer maintenance for investment properties

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Flatting 101: Keeping your stuff safer

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How to keep everything safer on moving day

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Keeping your home safer this Christmas

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Transform your old bedroom into an inviting space

When renovating a home, it makes sense to prioritise the things your family needs to function - like...

What you need to know about buying a business

New Zealand is the easiest country in the world to run a business in, according to the World Bank's ...

What you need to know about buying a motel in NZ

In the past year, New Zealand had at least 300,000 more international visitors than last, with over ...

How to choose the right estate agent to sell your home

Selling your home is one of the most significant financial decisions you’ll make in your life. Worki...

Slice of Paradise: A property match for first home buyers, Lucy and Adrian from Christchurch.

Back in Christchurch after spending some time away post-quakes, Lucy and Adrian were looking for a t...

Dampness and condensation issues in rental properties

Condensation The winter months can cause condensation issues - especially in the cooler parts of our...

Slice of Paradise: Olive and Josh settle in to their first home in Palmerston North

Parents of two, Josh and Olive, were looking for their first home in the Palmerston North area, when...

How to build a classic Kiwi outdoor swing

Add a bit of summer fun to your outdoor area with this stylish DIY rope swing. Resident builder Pete...

Slice of Paradise: Dan and Louise's first time home buyer story

As parents of newly born twins, along with three other children, Dan and Louise were looking to get ...

Slice of Paradise: Terry and Lesley are set to demolish and rebuild

Hamilton couple Terry and Lesley took part in Three's Slice of Paradise, hosted by Shelley Ferguson ...

What should Auckland retail property buyers look for?

Buying retail property in Auckland often means going up against serious demand, these tips can help ...

How to create a gallery wall

Creating a gallery wall in your home is a great way to make an impact in any room. It’s easy to inst...

Build rapport with your landlord

We understand that the market is a competitive one. So, once you've secured a rental property it's i...

Where is NZ's best commercial property outside of Auckland?

Commercial real estate isn't just a vehicle for capital growth and strong yields - it's the infrastr...

Find ways to love your old home

Lucky you, you live in an old house. That may not be your first thought... old houses come with a lo...

Creating a functional home office

Working from home can be a challenge so ensuring you have a functional work space goes a long way to...

Social media for real estate professionals

Social media is a simple, engaging and cost-effective marketing tool for property professionals. Ove...

Renovating your kitchen on a budget

Looking to renovate your kitchen on a budget? With a touch of style and some DIY know-how, Kelly did...

Farms provide non-farm income opportunities

Landowners are now able to diversify their farm’s income, thanks to new opportunities like wind farm...

Choose the right heating for your home

When looking to heat a home, it's important to consider the wide variety of heating methods on offer...

5 DIY projects for children’s rooms

Decorating children’s bedrooms is a favourite of mine. Maybe it’s the sense of fun that can be had w...

FAQs: A guide to renting in New Zealand

Have a query about renting? Here are some of the most common questions asked by tenants. Before you ...

17 tips for house hunters

Buying a home for the first time (or even the second or third time) can be a big learning curve. Get...

Renovating your home with children

Owning your own home is a feeling like no other, and part of the Kiwi dream. But sometimes in order ...

Your property inspection checklist

Are inspections before you purchase a property really needed? Well, imagine moving into your new hom...

7 things to know about bidding at auctions

At an auction, the purchase price of a property is determined through competitive bidding. By doing ...

My property story: Tessa’s new build

With two bustling boys in tow, it became clear to Tessa and Matt Benzie that their current home wasn...

What kind of cladding is right for your home?

Christchurch architect Cymon Allfrey discusses claddings and how they enhance the space and forms of...

Five ways to add value to your home

If you're planning to sell your home any time soon (or simply want to make it the best it can be), h...

Your 10 best children’s bedrooms

Decorating a child’s bedroom is about finding that delicate balance between fun and practical. The r...

What bathroom style suits your home?

In the market for a new bathroom? Explore these four bathroom designs to find a look you love that a...

Questions you didn’t know to ask

When building a house it’s important to end up with a home that you love with no regrets - and to ha...

What to consider before renovating

Planning and designing an addition or renovation to a home can be challenging. Because there is alre...

Kids’ rooms that actually benefit kids

There are so many children’s bedrooms coordinated to perfection by adults these days! Yes, kids’ roo...

Home: Hannah’s city apartment

As the Auckland property market remains hot, apartments are proving to be a more affordable alternat...

How to decorate your rental property

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Your new home construction checklist

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Master bedroom looks to love

The bedroom is our most personal space, so it makes sense that it tells a real story about you. Crea...

How to choose a builder for your new home

As with choosing an architect/designer, it’s essential to select a builder you can trust and feel co...

Upcycle your leftover renovation materials

After a home renovation, you may find yourself with a stack of leftover materials. Whether it’s exce...

Kitchen refresh: Under $1,000

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost the earth. A few clever tweaks can go a long way in makin...

Cheat’s kitchen makeover $15,000

A beautiful kitchen is not only the heart of the home – it can make or break it come sale time. A fe...

10 questions to ask a potential flatmate

Flat sharing is popular among both young and older homeowners who are after some extra money to help...

2017 property management

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Should you add a pool to your home?

A pool is a wonderful addition to a home. In December, “pool” was the most popular search term on th...

Financing your building project

Financing the building of a new home is very different to arranging finance to buy an existing one, ...

The entertainer's dining room

Is your dining space feeling tired, neglected or non-existent? Give this integral space some time an...

The cost of building in New Zealand

Every build is different so you won’t find anyone who can give you an accurate ballpark figure (a co...

6 mistakes to avoid as a first-time seller

Selling a property for the first time can be a big learning curve. It can also be an emotional time,...

2017 living room inspiration

The lounge is one of the most-used rooms in your home, which is why successful living spaces “combin...

11 ways to love your living room

It’s called the living room because it’s one of the most-used rooms in your home. Make it a room you...

5 reasons to paint your front door

As the new year blossoms many of us are thinking about ways to refresh our home in 2017. Add a pop o...

The importance of sustainable building

Joseph Hampton of Warren and Mahoney discusses sustainability in house construction, and how to redu...

12 ways to makeover your entrance way

I’m starting this story with full disclosure – my entrance way is a currently a disaster zone. We’re...

Do I need to apply for building consent?

A building consent is Council’s written authority to carry out building work that it considers will ...

What to think about before building a home

The Brief – the foundation of your project The brief to your designer is an important step. This set...

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