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Should you have a
sign on your property?
Should you have a sign on your property?
How important is it to have a signboard
on your property when you're selling?
The short answer is "it's extremely important!"
No sign can mean no sale.
The reason is that the buyers who are most
likely to pay the highest price for your property
will specifically want your location.
Having seen a sign in front of a property, if
the buyers contact the agent for an inspection,
they have already 'bought' the property from
the outside. If the inside measures up to
expectation, and provided the price is fair,
they will buy. They will often pay more than
buyers who are attracted via other marketing.
A sign attracts these buyers. It is your 24
hour salesperson. It is often your best
Be careful, however. Occasionally some
people may knock on your door.
If this happens, insist they call your agent.
Trying to negotiate yourself could cost you
thousands of dollars.
For Sale Signs may also attract other agents,
in particular those who are too lazy to find
their own properties for sale, and those who
are maybe a bit unscrupulous. If other agents
approach you, have them call your chosen
agent, no matter how many times they tell
you they have a great buyer. If these agents
'steal' other agents' clients they will almost
certainly deceive you.
The best advice is, do not speak to buyers
or agents who approach you without being
first introduced by your listing agent.
As much as I love signs, there is one
circumstance when a sign should not go on
the property. If a single woman is selling and
does not want a violent ex-partner to know,
then this is a valid reason for not having a for
sale sign on the property.
Apart from this I can't think of any other
reason why sellers should not benefit from
having a For Sale sign.
For other great advice about selling your
home call Cox Partners
Estate Agents on 835-4321
for a complimentary copy
of the booklet, "How To
Get the HIGHEST PRICE
For Your Property".
Malcolm Cox, 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
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ists in the Cuisine New
Zealand Restaurant of
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In its seventh year,
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Netball has ruled her life
Tight team: Annemarie Kupa-Petera and daughters Parris and Aspen. Together, they form
a force to be reckoned with.
Well defended: Annemarie Kupa-Petera
passes on her netball skills to daughters
Parris and Aspen.
By VIVIENNE HALDANE
Annemarie Kupa-Petera s life is all about
teamwork and family. The 34-year-old
netball coach and player lives in Otane
within coo-ee of both sisters: her twin
Tammy and younger sister Rebecca.
Then there s her mum and dad and other
relatives who live in the same street.
We are all sports mad, says the fit-
looking mother of two, who started
playing netball at 13. Not only my
sisters, but my brother Jason who was in
the Magpies during 2005-2009 and my
other brother Marcus, who is very good at
It was family and an enduring love of
netball that drew her back home nine
The Otane Netball team were in the
first division and were going to be
dropped to second -- they didn t have the
numbers back then, so that s when I
decided to leave Physique 2000 after
being a part of them for 10 years and
come back to family roots. My sisters and
I, along with a couple of other players
joined the Otane team also.
Since then, the strength of the Otane
Force has seen them reach the regional
finals and win six championships. At the
weekend the team won Eastern Netball s
2011 Top Club competition in Gisborne.
We ve got a strong team -- with five or
six Otane-based players and others from
Dannevirke, Hastings and Napier.
As both player and coach for the Otane
Force, Mrs Kupa-Petera says she really
counts on her sisters for support.
They ve had lots of experience, both in
the NZ National Bank Cup competitions
and the NZ under-21 team. They are my
eyes and ears, if I don t see something on
court. We work closely together. If I
didn t have them, I don t know if we d be
so successful, to tell you the truth.
At times too, there s a bit of sisterly
rivalry going on. We have a few good
battles but we know when to zip it, she
laughs, adding, You have to be competi-
tive at training, as that s how we like to
play on the day.
And after the match when the cheering
has died down and the sweat washed off,
the three sisters will sit around the
kitchen table with poached eggs on toast
and a Milo to pull the game apart.
As for the Otane Force, who continue to
hold their own, Mrs Kupa-Petera says,
It s become a strong team -- we ve been
in the finals every year and have built an
excellent reputation for ourselves and
with that, we can pull players from all
over. We ve also had good sponsorships,
this year Speight s Ale House have been
brilliant. They ve kitted us out with
Puma gear and other extra items like
bottles of wine for player of the day.
Time and energy also goes into
fundraising, to pay for hiring a gym, as
well as buying items such as first aid
kits, new balls, and training equipment.
Netball keeps Mrs Kupa-Petera busy
all year round. One might think there s
some down time, but in summer, when
most are packing up a chilly bin to head
to the beach, she s back on court.
From November to February, I help
run a high-performance programme for
elite secondary school players. During
this time, 12 secondary school players are
selected to head away to the NZ Talent
Development programme. From this, top
NZ selectors come here to view potential
talent for the NZ secondary school team
and potential ANZ cup players.
It s through the regional ranks that
young players rise to national level. She
loves to encourage and nurture emerging
talent. What makes a good netballer?
It s all practice and hard work. With
shooting, you can t just get out there and
do things on your natural ability -- it s
about getting out on court and doing long
hours. You have to be mentally tough --
the way the game has developed makes it
a very physical sport. You need to be very
determined and set your goals in place.
And it s not necessarily the tall girls
who make the best netballers, according
to Mrs Kupa-Petera.
My sister was always told she d never
make the under-21 NZ team, because she
was too short. However, one coach said,
she can do it , so she kept working at it
and made it. When some coaches say you
haven t got it , you need to keep going,
because someone else may see something
different in you.
One of her regular coaching jobs is with
Iona College Senior A. I love coaching
these girls -- they are eager and willing to
learn. It s great to see players put things
out on court that we ve done in training.
It s hard to believe her, when she says
she doesn t think she will continue
playing netball for much longer. She s the
epitome of fitness: lean and energetic
looking. A recent knee injury and sub-
sequent operation have proved difficult to
bounce back from. However, she s not let-
ting that stop her.
Then of course, there s the next gener-
ation to encourage. Already, her daugh-
ter Parris, 8, is an avid netballer.
I ve tried to steer her into doing some-
thing different, but netball is all she
wants. No surprise really, because she
and her sister Aspen, 5, are around it all
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