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bring good news!
Recent headlines indicate that property prices
have been falling. But behind the headlines,
there is a point that few people realise. A
"flat" market is not only good for buyers, it's also
great for most homesellers. How can this be?
Well, it's simple. Most people who sell a family
home are purchasing another home - usually a
more expensive one.
And so, instead of feeling miserable about
getting less for their homes, sellers should
celebrate because the price of their next home
is also likely to be much cheaper. The changeover
costs can be thousands of dollars less.
Let's say that prices have eased by five per cent
and a home which may have sold for $300,000
in 2009, now sells for $285,000, a drop of $15,000.
But a $400,000 home will now sell for $380,000
-- a drop of $20,000.
So, while there is a "loss" of $15,000 when
selling, there is a "win" of $20,000 when buying.
When property prices are going down and sellers
are trading up, the change-over costs go down.
This means both sellers and buyers can be better
off in a falling market.
But for most homesellers, a falling market
creates a strange psychological phenomena.
Why should your neighbours (that you rarely
spoke to) sell their home (which was not nearly
as good as yours) for more money than you?
If they can get a huge price for next door, you'll
be darned if you'll sell yours for less.
Selling a home is only part one of the moving
process. Part two is buying another home.
Sure, when you put your home for sale, today's
buyers might give you a hard time with low offers.
But all you have to do is take the best offer and
then you can move to part two -- where you
become the buyer. Then you make the low offers!
Every cent you drop from the price of your
existing home, you'll get off the price of your
next home -- and then some!
So don't worry about what you could have got
for your home yesterday, think about how much
less you have to pay for your next home today.
Ignore the gloomy headlines. You are about to
save thousands of dollars.
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ENROL NOW FOR
Tours of the Napier Hill
Cemetery have recom-
menced. Hawke s Bay
Museum and Art Gal-
lery curator Gail Pope
and author Peter Wells
are giving guided tours
for those wanting to
hear stories of some of
the early colonists
Interred are the
famous to the infa-
The next tour is on
Sunday February 26 at
2pm, followed by
another on Sunday
March 18. Funds will
go to the Hawke s Bay
Museum and Art Gal-
lery redevelopment and
the Napier Hill Cem-
etery planting project.
For bookings ($10)
phone 835 7781 or
Popular Napier rockers Ninja Monkey will support
Wellington band Supermodel and Christchurch s
Sleeping Dogs at The Cabana on Thursday, Febru-
ary 2. Ninja Monkey has gained a big following for
its original pop/rock and harmonies created by
bassist/lead vocalist Cara Ferguson, lead guitarist
Owen Vickers, rhythm guitarist Ben McKinlay
and drummer Paul Sunley.
Award finals spot takes
campaigner by surprise
Community hero: Pat Magill has made an ''immense contribution'' to Napier.
By CLAIRE HAMLIN
Being named as one of three finalists in
the Senior New Zealander of the Year
2012 awards came as a complete sur-
prise to Napier s Pat Magill, who has
campaigned for restorative justice in the
community for more than 30 years.
The overall winner will be announced
at the 2012 New Zealander of the Year
Gala on February 12 in Auckland.
Up until now there have been few
warm fuzzies towards strengthening
communities, not prisons, with the main
opposition from the Sensible Sentencing
Trust, also born in Napier, he said.
Many of my friends over the years
have shared with me the view that the
SST has the right idea: Lock the
bastards up and throw away the key .
The Robson Collection, (of books on
restorative justice) housed in the Napier
Public Library, proves otherwise. The col-
lection has been most supportive in deter-
Mr Magill s citation said he had made
an immense contribution to Napier.
In the 1980s he was part of a group
that invited academics to study and make
recommendations to develop and expand
the community sector in the city. This led
to the development of Citizen s Advice
and 200 Neighbourhood Support groups.
Mr Magill also set up Napier Pilot City
He had either led or assisted in the
organisation of a range of events includ-
ing an annual Unity Week celebration,
Unity Walk, Pilot City Awards, Robson
Lecture, Treaty of Waitangi workshops,
community seminars, court support and
children s holiday programmes.
The Treaty of Waitangi workshops are
an encouraging aspect of my community
development work, he said.
Two are held annually in Napier, with
over 700 attendees to the first two-day
workshop, with almost everyone asking
Why did we not learn this at school? , or,
I am so grateful to have attended the
workshop, as I now feel less unsure on
the subject . I also feel privileged to work
with people such as facilitators Kerry
Kitione and Robert Consedine.
Mr Magill s next move is to encourage
central government to revert to non-
vocational off-campus education once con-
ducted at the Hawke s Bay Community
College (now EIT).
Education should challenge the pres-
ent social welfare delivery of services by
responding to need in the community -- a
model which has proved successful in the
past but shut down by a non-community-
Sport, culture and environment
should continue the amazing work now
administered by some wonderful teachers
and take over from the dole , meaning
our prisons would be less crowded with
Hopefully those administering the
awards will agree with the comments
made by Bill English -- that prisons are
expensive and not healthy places.
A second Hawke s Bay man, Henare
O Keefe, made the final three in
the Local Hero category.
Mr O Keefe s citation said his
experience of growing up in a
lower socio-economic household
had stirred his deep commit-
ment to uplifting and inspiring his com-
Henare seeks to reverse negative
social statistics and is dedicated to com-
bating family violence, mentoring youth,
and assisting in the reintegration of
Already the recipient of a Queen s Ser-
vice Medal for services to Maori and the
community, Mr O Keefe has worked to
stamp out violence in the family and com-
munity through the New Zealand Police
Youth Education Service. In 2008, in
response to an act of violence against one
of his own family members, he organised
the Enough is Enough hikoi to galvanise
community action. More than 3000
people joined him on his march from
Flaxmere to the centre of Hastings.
The three finalists in the overall New
Zealander of the year, awarded for major
contribution to the nation, outstanding
service to the country and inspiration
through achievement are Dame Suzie
Moncreiff, an entrepreneur in the arts,
Nelson, Sir Richard Taylor, of Weta film
industry fame, Wellington, and Dr
Sharad Paul, medical doctor who has
invented skin grafting techniques, Auck-
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