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NAPIER MAIL, OCTOBER 12, 2011
About Real Estate Agents
Someone once told me, "Experience is what
you get when you don't get what you want".
Unfortunately, quite a few people are
'experienced' in real estate!
According to recent research 9 out of 10 people
have had, or know someone who has had, a bad
experience with a real estate agent. Yet it's amazing
how little effort people put in to assessing the
agent they employ to sell their home.
People will go to extraordinary lengths to
research consumer items, like stereo and TV.
But when it comes to selling their home, their
biggest asset, they spend a few minutes or so!
When it comes to selecting the agent to sell
your home, do your homework.
We recommend that before you have an agent
come into your home, call those you are
considering and express interest in purchasing
a home they currently have listed and experience
FIRST HAND the treatment you receive. Ask
questions, lots of questions. Get a feel for the
competency levels of the individual agent.
Now invite the agents to your home. Ask them
to come at a time to suit you and your family,
say 6:30pm or later especially if you have young
children. Allow sufficient time to speak to you
and to see your home. Sort out those who are
prepared to put that extra effort into selling your
home at a great price.
Speaking of price, when an agent gives you
their opinion of price, please DON'T select the
agent who tells you the highest price. They could
be 'stretching the truth' just to win your business.
Ask the agent to show you how they came to the
figure they quote -- what evidence do they have
to support this? You can then decide if they're
telling the truth, or not. Then, ask the agent to
guarantee that amount!
Be careful, if an agent suggests you pay for the
advertising at the beginning OR once the home
sells -- please DON'T DO THIS.
Do your homework. The longer you talk to
and the more you ask questions of the agent, the
more likely you are to get a 'feel' for how
competent they are.
Always remember the golden rule; you may
like someone you don't trust but you'll never
trust someone you don't like! Never list your
home for sale with an agent you don't like.
For a complimentary copy
of the booklet How To Get
the HIGHEST PRICE For
Your Property call 835-4321.
Malcolm Cox on Property
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Strike a model opportunity
Model students: Pipe band members, front left, Kurt
Thompson and Bradley Hansen. Back left, Norman
Eria and Jaron Thompson.
Handmade during the 1951 waterfront
strike, this model meets the approval of
four students involved in this year s Model
and Hobbies Expo at Napier Boys High
School this weekend, October 15 and 16.
The model ship is of the Port Auckland, a
ship registered by Port Line of Liverpool.
The modeller, young apprentice carpenter
RM Sims, said that because the strike had
closed the Port of Napier for so long in
1951, he had plenty of time to study the
ship s specifications and have a go at mak-
ing a model.
The model is made from a solid block of
wood with very fine electrical wire for the
rigging. There will be many displays at the
expo, ranging from kitsets, through model
railways and doll houses. There will also be
a display of cake decorating, calligraphy
and gemstones. Entry is by gold coin
donation and proceeds will go to the
school s Japan Tour Group and pipe band.
Ultrafast broadband rollout
Eleven Napier and three Hastings schools
will have ultrafast broadband by July
The schools are: Napier -- Henry Hill,
Marewa, Napier Central, Napier Girls'
High, Napier Intermediate, Nelson Park,
Onekawa, Port Ahuriri School, St
Patrick's, Westshore and William Colenso
Hastings -- St Joseph's, St Matthew's and
Taikura Rudolf Steiner.
The broadband being rolled out by
telecommunications network operator
Chorus, together with Crown Fibre
Holdings, can deliver broadband speeds
of at least 100Mbps. Chorus CEO Mark
Ratcliffe says the remaining fibre-to-the-
school and UFB deployment plans for
Napier and Hastings are still being
Motelier on Kiwanis board
(pictured) has been
elected to the
of service club the
Kiwanis. A former
Mr Green is now one of 16 members of
the club's international board. Kiwanis
has 800,000 members worldwide and
about 1000 in New Zealand. Its Napier
branch celebrates its 40th anniversary at
the end of October. One of the Napier
group's upcoming projects is building a
new garden for the Nga Tamariki
Kindergarten in Cranby Crescent.
Hawke's Bay writer Mark Sweet will
launch his novel Zhu Mao at Clearview
Estate Winery tomorrow, October 13.
The novel draws on his experience in
Hong Kong and travels throughout China.
In 2010 Sweet was selected to take part
in the Maori Literature Trust's Te Papa
Tupu programme where he was mentored
in the development and refining of his Zhu
In 1999 he published Portrait and opinion
with photographer Richard Brimmer,
which addressed the subject of change
and its impact on the lives of 40 Hawke's
Zhu Mao is being published by Huia.
Earthquakes measuring 3.9 and 4.4 on
the Richter scale were recorded at
8.14pm Wednesday near Waipawa and at
2.42am on Thursday at Porangahau.
Pacific heritage workshop
A three day arts workshop for senior
secondary students with Pacific heritage
is being held at EIT this week.
Four artists from the Tautai Contemporary
Pacific Arts Trust will be tutoring painting,
fashion design, music and creative
Students will choose one area to work in
for the three days and their work will be
displayed and performed at the EIT
School of Arts & Design on the afternoon
of Friday, October 14.
Highland dancing back
After several years of there being no
highland dancing teacher in Napier,
teacher Anne Corney's classes begin in
Lessons are open to girls and boys aged
four years and over. They will have the
opportunity to learn the highland fling,
irish jig, sword dance and sailors
hornpipe and others.
Ms Corney is a qualified adjudicator and
teacher and is a member of the New
Zealand Academy of Highland and
National Dancing, the Piping and Dancing
Association of New Zealand and the
Hawke's Bay Teachers and Judges
For more information phone her on
Boulders a highlight
Rock stars: Lucia Rey loved the
boulders near Waimarama.
One of the highlights of visiting
Hawke s Bay for Swiss tourist Lucia
Rey was a beach walk to boulders
south of Waimarama. Hundreds of
almost perfectly spherical boulders
of various sizes ranging in size from
100mm to well over a metre in diam-
eter are to be found about 45
minutes walk from the southern end
of Waimarama Beach. Remember to
plan your walk for low tide.
You know when you reach them --
suddenly there is this collection of
perfectly round or oval shaped
boulders that almost feel like they
have fallen out of the cliff face, says
They are magnificent, really and
feature in a variety of different sizes
-- many of which look like dinosaur
eggs! What an amazing collection of
nature s creations.
If you have a great Hawke s Bay
experience like this, share your in-
SITE and you could win a fantastic
prize package for two. Visit the
napiercity.co.nz website to enter.
Spring! As the weather and the soil warm, keen
gardeners are out spreading compost and ferti-
liser, planning the summer display and stocking
up on flower and vege plants. Spring also means
the Napier City Garden Competition, run by the
Spirit of Napier Lions Club, and this year there is
a category for everyone, from children s flower and
vege plots, to established suburban estates.
Running alongside the competition is the
chance to vote for four of Napier s public gardens.
Centennial Gardens, the Spirit of Napier garden,
the Munroe St roundabout display and Bluff Hill
Lookout gardens will vie to see which is the most
beautiful and popular.
Entries close on Friday, November 4, and judg-
ing will take place on November 8 and 9. Entry
forms are available at garden centres or by
contacting Sylvia on 844 9775 or email nana
Specialist categories: First-time entry, Newly
established garden (three years and under),
Townhouses/units, Outdoor entertainment area,
Napier City Council flats, Retirement village/rest
home, Business/motel/hotel, Dob in a garden,
School gardens, Preschool, Vegetable garden.
Residential areas: Tamatea/Greenmeadows,
Taradale/Knightsbridge, Ahuriri/Bay View/
Westshore/Napier Hill/Napier City, Marewa/
Children s categories (12 and under): Vegetable
or flower garden.
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