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The best time to sell
I've heard it debated many times, in many
contexts : when is the best time of year to sell
Some say spring, when the weather is
improving, the flowers are out and gardens are
beginning to sparkle.
Others argue autumn, with cool sunny days
and trees boasting the colours of autumn.
Many say winter is a not a good time to sell
because it's getting cooler, wetter and the colour
is leaving the garden.
Who's right? Who's wrong? Who knows?
Although spring and autumn might seem to
make sense, there are often many more properties
being offered for sale at these times. This
competition could affect your chances of finding
the buyer you're looking for.
A smarter time to sell might be when there
are fewer properties competing for buyers
attention. This may well be during the winter
months. Well presented homes look good no
matter what season.
I've been tracking real estate data for over 15
years, and I've found no statistical association
with the seasons. Real estate is a year round
"fruit" - when presented well it will be "picked".
Residential real estate is linked with the cycles
of life. People buy and sell for many different
reasons. They get married, divorced, deceased,
have babies, transfer or move to be closer to a
certain school. No matter what time of the year,
people sell and buy property, dictated by their
particular circumstances. The demand for quality
housing exists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Because everyone's personal and financial
situation is different the best time to sell a
property is when it suits you. Don't worry about
the season. There are buyers ready to buy all
times of the year.
If selling during the winter months fits in with
your plans, then sell. When the time suits your
plans, do it!
And 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 free of charge
and without obligation. Just
call Cox Partners Estate
Agents on (06) 835-4321.
Malcolm Cox, 835-4321
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Youthful 60-strong choir sings out
Forty years of excellence: Award-winning youth choir Christophorus-Kantorei.
Germany's best An internationally renowned
youth choir from Germany
performs in Hawke's Bay this
The 60-strong Christo-
phorus-Kantorei, from the
Black Forest town of Alten-
steig, plays concerts in Napier
and Hastings on June 17 and
The choir has been winning
national and international
prizes for 40 years and last
year was named Best German
The group is the concert
choir of the Christophorus
Music Gymnasium in Alten-
steig and is comprised of 60
male and female singers
between the ages of 15 and 19
Young students start in
specific choir classes and par-
ticipate in the children's choir.
By the time the singers reach
the Kantorei, they have well-
As well as intensive
rehearsals, every choir mem-
ber takes voice lessons
from expert voice trainers.
Its repertoire includes
sacred and secular a-cappella
The Hawke's Bay concerts
are expected to include music
by JS Bach, W Byrd, F
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, John
Rutter and Eric Whitacre.
Friday, June 17, 7.30pm, St
John's Cathedral, Napier.
Sunday, June 19, 2pm, St
Matthew's Church, Hastings.
Admission $10 at the door --
proceeds to the Christchurch
Love, laughter and loss
By NEILL GORDON
and Anni ''were
just like father
Two worlds will come together in Napier
this month for a young German woman.
For Anni Shanks -- the daughter of a
Kiwi dad and German mum -- being in
New Zealand with her school choir is a
long-held dream finally realised. That's
the happy part of the story.
The other part of the story is that Anni
has a special bond with a Greenmeadows
family who hosted her for six months in
Three months into her stay, one of her
host parents, Karamu High School
teacher Brent Dark, died suddenly while
mountainbiking, leaving Brent's wife
Catherine, their four children aged 9, 11,
14 and 15, and Anni, bereft beyond
Two years on, the answer to
the question how do you
cope?'', Catherine says, is
simply some days, some
weeks, you don't.
If you'd come last
week you'd see that I
don't. It's bloody hard
work. And the kids all
still take turns at
blowing and blasting.''
A fortnight ago, Cath-
erine lay wiped out by a
48-hour tummy bug while
one of her children was cry-
ing themselves to sleep in
the next room but I had
nothing left to give''.
Last week, I said to mum
there's nothing you can do, I'm
sad, I'm grieving. Next week I'll be
ok'. There's times, like this week one
of the boys has needed a dad and there
isn't one. It's hard.''
Anni's visit next week will be a
reminder of the grim weeks following
Brent's death but also much happier
They had a neat relationship. They
were just like father and daughter.
Anni was at Easter Camp with the
boys and they came home to find [he'd
It was an incredibly intense time.
She grieved like a daughter does for a
Catherine recalls the 16-year-old
coming to her a couple of days after Brent
died: I was in the bathroom and she said
I need to tell you that if you need me to
find somewhere else to live I understand
and that's ok'. I remember grabbing her
and telling her You're not going any-
where. If you're prepared to stay, I'm
The Dark family's church, Pirimai
Baptist, was an incredible support, Cath-
erine says. One of the practical ways they
helped was delivering two meals a week
to their door for a year.
In the weeks after Brent's death and
after Anni returned home, the web-based
video/phone service Skype enabled the
Darks to share the full emotional spec-
trum of times with her family in
The families had known each other for
years. Anni's Wellington-born dad Neil, a
freelance video editor, and Brent had
been mates at Vic-
in the early
1980s. Neil is
also coming to
Napier as choir tour director.
Skype was good because they [Anni's
parents] were able to come in and almost
be part of it with us.
There were times I thought, crap, four
grieving kids is enough to deal with, I
don't need five' but we worked through it.
We'd gone from this family of seven
down to six but it wasn't until she left we
became a family of five and there was
this empty space at the table.
We still Skype twice a month. You
can't fake anything. They know if I'm
having a bad day because they can
see. Anni wrote a song after Brent
died and the other night she
played and sang it for me.''
The technology meant it was
almost like having her still
here in the house with us'',
I'm prepared that it
[her visit] is going to
bring some stuff back
again. Having the
father and daughter
in the house again --
there'll be some
stuff. But it all
It's a compli-
cated mix of
emotions -- the
times we had
with Anni here were
the best of times
and the worst of times. She
is truly part of our family and we
are really looking forward to more
fun and laughter with her. The kids
will have the guitars out and be
jamming; we're so excited about her
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