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Auctions get lower prices
If you're tempted by a real estate agent to
auction your home -- PLEASE DON'T!
Auctions are a financial minefield. They get a
LOWER price, and I'd like to explain why, as
simply and clearly as I can.
STARTING PRICE: It seems as if the price
goes up at auctions. But this is because the
auction starts LOW. You won't get a high price
RESERVE PRICE: The reserve price is the
price at which the home can be sold. It's the
lowest price a seller is prepared to accept and it
is the central focus of the auction. If you are
trying to get the highest price, NEVER make
your lowest price the main focus of the sale.
Instead start with a strong price, then adjust.
REPELS BUYERS: Research shows that more
than 90% of buyers do NOT like auctions. It
makes no sense to use a system of selling disliked
by most buyers.
INCONVENIENT: Many buyers see that a
home is for auction, and if the date doesn't suit
them, they don't even bother to enquire.
BARGAIN HUNTERS: Bargain hunters know
that auctions are one of the best places to find
cheap deals in real estate. The reason why
mortgagee sales are often by auction is because
the SALE is more important than PRICE.
COMPARATIVE: If two or more people want
to buy the same home, the worst thing you can
do, from a negotiation point of view, is to allow
each person to SEE what the other is offering!
Instead of offering their highest price, each buyer
will only offer a SMALL amount above what
the other buyer offered.
DECEPTION: To persuade sellers to auction
their homes, agents talk about high prices, and
then to get buyers to come to the auctions the
same agent talks about low prices.
FAILED AUCTIONS: When a home does not
sell at auction -- and most don't -- it is labelled
a "failure'. Buyers think something is wrong with
the home; and many will offer LOWER prices.
My plea is that you avoid auctions. If you want
to know how to get the best possible price in
todays market you can get some straightforward,
commonsense advice from the book "How To
Get the HIGHEST PRICE For Your Property"
by Gary Pittard. We have complementary copies
available now. Just call
Cox Partners Estate Agents
on (06) 835-4321 anytime.
Malcolm Cox, 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
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Helping newcomers to NZ settle in
Love my job: Settlement Support
HB's new coordinator Renske
By CAROLYN VEEN
The attraction of living and work-
ing in New Zealand continues to
draw a wide range of nationalities
and cultures to our fair land, and
whether it's by desire or design,
it's not an easy jump to migrate
from your home, comfortable or
not, into the unfamiliar territory
of a foreign land.
To help newcomers feel wel-
come and settle into their new
port Hawke's Bay
provides a wide
range of free
stands the myriad
because she is
When I moved to Napier from
the Netherlands more than four
years ago, I made use of the
Settlement Support services, and
it was very helpful.
I was able to learn the Kiwi
ways' and meet a lot of people
from England, South Africa, USA,
China, Holland and many other
parts of the world.''
When the position of coordi-
nator for Settlement Support HB
became available recently,
Renske, a former human resource
adviser in Holland, jumped at the
chance to apply.
I really wanted it because I
saw it as my dream job.
It was ideal, too, because I had
enjoyed the experience of being a
migrant and attending the vari-
ous workshops and networking
groups, and these were very help-
ful. One of the biggest challenges
migrants face is knowing where
and how to access the information
they need to become part of their
new community. Every fortnight,
we have newcomers' lunches' in
Napier and Hastings.''
While the Hawke's Bay office is
on the ground floor of the library
building in Napier, the team
works in Hastings as well.
Next Tuesday, June 7, Settle-
ment Support HB is holding a
workshop at the Hastings Library
at 6pm for newcomers to learn
how to write CVs and cover letters
for employment in New Zealand.
This is one of many ways to help
migrants with employment
For more information, phone
Settlement Support on
0800 222 733.
Culinary students take top honours
Culinary capers: William Colenso College culinary students and tutors, back from left, Lichelle
Gempton, Kayla Winter, tutor Damian Peeti, Olivia Takurangi, NZ Chef's Association central branch
president Roger Dennis, Robert Kathavong, tutor Craig Ireland and Ari Rodrigues. Front, left to right,
Desmond Terere-Cooper, tutor Brett Zimmerman, Jeremy Tutty and Kevin Thorensen.
Hard work and dedication
have paid off for students
from William Colenso
College's catering academy,
with Olivia Takurangi and
Robert Kathavong winning
the HB Team Challenge at the
recent Hawke's Bay Culinary
Fare, held at EIT.
Kevin Thorensen and Des-
mond Terere-Cooper also
attained bronze medals for
their work, while the rest of
the 13-strong team received
certificates of participation.
Tutor Brett Zimmerman
said the team worked hard to
prepare for the Culinary Fare,
giving up Saturday mornings
and Wednesday evenings dur-
ing term one to prepare.
Local tutor Damian Peeti
also came in to give the
students useful hints and tips
to help perfect the dishes
before cook-off. Robert and
Olivia were required to pro-
duce four entrees and four
mains within 90 minutes, and
once they have designed the
recipes, it's a matter of prac-
tice to get the timing perfect.
The winning entree of
chicken in filo with tomato
tart was tested on staff and
family before the day, so that
everything was ready to go.
I'm really proud of this
team. They put in the hard
yards and gave it their best
shot. I don't think people
realise how much work goes
into a competition of this type;
there's a lot of behind-the-
A great exchange
Loving it here: Beatriz Gil
de Olivera in her
Taradale High School
Learning as many
languages as possible is
what it's all about for
student, Beatriz Gil de
Olivera, who is loving
her time in Napier.
The 18-year-old, who
comes from Floriano-
polis in southern
Brazil, is being hosted
by four families from
the Rotary Club of
Taradale for one year.
With her father being
in Rotary, Beatriz was
familiar with the
student exchange programme, and she organised
everything herself -- with her parents' approval.
I wanted to do the exchange because it will help
me when I go to university next year to study
international relations and eventually work in the
In Brazil, it is compulsory to learn to read and
write in English. It didn't take long for Beatriz to
communicate fluently with her new friends.
One of the biggest differences she has noticed
between New Zealand and Brazil's teenagers and
education is attitude and school hours.
At home, we start school at 7.30am and finish
at 12.30pm, and then it's home for lunch and lots
of study because everyone wants to go to univer-
sity so they can get a job they love. It seems much
more relaxed here, and I'm not sure which is the
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