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Malcolm Cox on Property
How to establish the
best asking price
When selling, it is important to
establish the true value of your
property. If you do not understand
the true value, you risk pricing your home
A fair asking price will attract the best buyers.
There is a wise saying in real estate, over price
and you will undersell. Some sellers list their
property with a high price and low motivation.
Over time as motivation to sell rises, the price
usually comes down. The tragedy for sellers
who overprice is their final price, more often
than not ends up below what they could have
achieved when the property was first listed.
For this reason it s important to set a fair and
realistic asking price. Sellers who do this will
get a better result when they sell.
Having a registered valuation will help you
determine your asking price.
When you promote your home at a fair price
you will attract the best buyers.
If two properties similar to yours sold recently,
one for $275,000 and the other for $285,000,
then an asking price of say $299,000 might
attract the best buyers to your property.
There are several different ways that real estate
agents advertise property prices. Some methods
mislead and frustrate buyers. For example:
Price ranges $500,000 - $550,000
Offers over $500,000
Opening bid $480,000
These methods are designed to attract buyers.
The problem is, they attract buyers at the wrong
price. If a home seller wants $370,000 some
agents will advertise a much lower price.
Therefore they attract buyers from the wrong
price range. The lowest price that a buyer sees
is often the highest price they want to pay.
When you advertise your home at a fair fixed
price you will attract the best buyers. The price
you promote should be a price you are happy
We ll discuss this further next week.
In the meantime, if you want
information about selling a
home, please call Cox
Partners on 835-4321, feel
free to ask for me.
Malcolm Cox, 835-4321
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2011 BikeNZ Napier Commuter Challenge
starting Monday, October 31. Cyclists taking part
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Young mums urged to
further their education
Go mum: Four-year-old
Aurora is proud of her
mum, Katie Ivamy.
An EIT student and solo parent of a preschooler,
Katie Ivamy has some good advice for similarly-
placed young mums.
Get an education,'' she urges. The TPU (Teen
Parent Unit) if you are at that level and you need
to go through to tertiary study.
Getting your secondary qualifications is good
enough, but look where the world is going. To get
to where you want to go and to support your fam-
ily you need a tertiary education and be willing to
work your way up.''
Katie is doing just what she suggests.
She had Aurora, a lively four-year-old, a few
months after turning 17. Although she had
dropped out of high school before getting preg-
nant, she attended the TPU based at Napier's
William Colenso College for the next four years,
gaining her NCEA Levels 2 and 3, a barista certifi-
cate and national certificates in hospitality and
While she could have sought a job in the hos-
pitality industry, her sights were set on further
Teachers refer to me as an all-rounder, and I
wanted something more challenging,'' she says of
her decision to go to EIT. Having completed five
papers towards a diploma in applied science, she
is on track to finish the qualification this year.
Her next goal is to gain a degree majoring in
environmental studies and communications, with
a view to a career in environmental research.
Because she wants to remain in Hawke's Bay,
close to friends and family, she plans to study
through the Open Polytechnic.
Aurora -- who goes to the on-campus Otatara
Children's Centre when Katie is at EIT -- isn't too
young to appreciate her mother's ambition.
Staff at the centre tell me she's proud that I'm
going to be saving the environment and the world
for everyone,'' Katie laughs.
Tertiary study hasn't been an easy option.
Starting at EIT, Katie initially found herself out-
side her comfort zone. It was a very different
learning environment from the TPU, where a
close-knit group of 40 students and teachers were
EIT is a wider environment and although I was
shy, I had to talk to other people. At the TPU, each
student had an individual learning plan and could
study by correspondence. At EIT I was in a lecture
room surrounded by 40 other students I didn't
know. And there was no-one telling me I had to
turn up for classes.''
Attending EIT classes four days a week, Katie
gets Aurora out of bed at 6am, ready to leave the
house half an hour later. The pair often don't get
back to their Flaxmere home until 6.30pm.
It's challenging,'' Katie says of combining
parenting with tertiary-level study. Hugely chal-
lenging, but rewarding.''
One thing she has found helps is seeking assist-
ance when she needs it.
She likes her lecturers and has found them very
approachable, and she uses EIT's Learning Sup-
port Services for extra tutoring in chemistry,
which is a subject she doesn't find easy.
EIT is great,'' she says. It was just taking the
plunge, but it's what I needed. I've made new
friends and feel I have grown so much.''
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