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Property report: Momentum remains subdued in the rural market

May 2024

Property report: Momentum remains subdued in the rural market

 Momentum in the rural property market remains subdued, with farm sales for the calendar year significantly down. PGG Wrightson General Manager of Real Estate, Peter Newbold, put that figure...
9 tips for buying in a provincial town or region you're not familiar with

May 2024

9 tips for buying in a provincial town or region you're not familiar with

There are many reasons we decide to move house. From needing something bigger (or smaller) to job relocation, looking for a change of lifestyle, or perhaps you’ve holidayed somewhere and could...
Concerns you might have when selling your property - and how to overcome them

May 2024

Concerns you might have when selling your property - and how to overcome them

Are you thinking about selling your property, but worried about the strain and inconvenience that might come with ‘going to market’? It’s not uncommon to feel that way - especially...
Coastal vs. Country - where should you set up home in the regions of New Zealand?

May 2024

Coastal vs. Country - where should you set up home in the regions of New Zealand?

From the bright lights of the big cities, to picturesque provincial towns and, as some may say,...
As the weather cools down, are the residential and lifestyle property markets warming up?

May 2024

As the weather cools down, are the residential and lifestyle property markets warming up?

Early autumn showed signs of new shoots of growth for New Zealand’s property market, and while we’re certainly a way off experiencing any kind of peak or boom, there’s evidence of a...
One of Northland’s ‘most highly prized coastal properties’ is ready for buyers

April 2024

One of Northland’s ‘most highly prized coastal properties’ is ready for buyers

The ‘winterless north’ of New Zealand has long been a favoured destination for those seeking an unsurpassed lifestyle. Now there’s the opportunity for an astute buyer (or even...
South Canterbury cottage from 1910 transformed into a renovation ‘masterpiece’

March 2024

South Canterbury cottage from 1910 transformed into a renovation ‘masterpiece’

A ‘picture perfect’ coastal property, at Normanby eight kilometres south of Timaru is for sale. Lyz Palmer of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Timaru is marketing the home, situated on a 4000...
First Manapouri residential subdivision for decades

March 2024

First Manapouri residential subdivision for decades

A Manapouri farming couple putting part of their property on the market as a residential...
Christchurch northern fringe property sells 40 per cent above government valuation

March 2024

Christchurch northern fringe property sells 40 per cent above government valuation

Wally Vaughan was born on the family farm, Beaconsfield in Woodend, North Canterbury in 1941, 26 years after his grandfather Henry Vaughan purchased the property, initially to farm sheep and...
Te Uku love affair reaching an end

March 2024

Te Uku love affair reaching an end

“Every day some aspect of the property touches my soul, I fall in love again and overflow with gratitude for the years I have spent here.” Jointly with her sister Vera, Nora Van der...
This home truly is their castle

March 2024

This home truly is their castle

In 1992, after Denise and Greg Powell bought a 13 hectare Portobello bare block overlooking Otago Harbour, they didn’t think they’d spend the next 30 years in medieval mode. Making plans...
Controversial highway opens up Horowhenua lifestyle opportunities

March 2024

Controversial highway opens up Horowhenua lifestyle opportunities

Almost two years on from the completion of one of New Zealand’s most controversial...
Casual drive to Cambridge leads to permanent move

March 2024

Casual drive to Cambridge leads to permanent move

For Auckland couple Mike and Linda Panther, taking a casual drive to Cambridge one weekend in August last year ended up taking them there permanently. “We have contemplated retirement for a...
‘Most significant’ far north offering set to become highly prized coastal settlement

March 2024

‘Most significant’ far north offering set to become highly prized coastal settlement

An exceptional Northland rural property, subdivided to enable the establishment of a series of spectacular coastal lifestyle blocks, is set to come to the market in April. John Duder, Northland...
Peter Newbold talks to us about... Market settling back into established patterns

March 2024

Peter Newbold talks to us about... Market settling back into established patterns

Recent sales data for lifestyle and residential property shows that the market is beginning to reorient following a downturn last year, re-establishing long term trends. We are generally returning...