Posted by: iolanthegabrie | December 13, 2010

Tower of Mordor for Kindy

 

It sounds a little humorous initially, but the impending ‘Tower of Mordor’ as locals have referred to it will in fact be a part of the Waterview motorway project. Rising ominously from the tarmac, the community has concerns over the disguised ventilation tower to be constructed near a kindergarten.

The architects plans are for a 25 metre high urban tower, featuring rusty coloured organic leaf patterns in thick metal. There will also be new industrial building constructed at a similar time to the tower – which will be right next to a kindergarten and a primary school. Obviously the parents and community have some reservations about this proposal. Designed in part by architect David Gibbs, he has acknowledged that the tower has the potential to dominate the landscape. He proposes instead for it to look like a large-scale piece of sculpture. The tower will also consist of a building surrounding it, similarly decorated with organic and earthy motifs.

The head of the Waterview Primary School board, Ms Watson, has said that the Transport Agency are not listening to their concerns about ventilation. They would like the ventilation pipe to be moved to the other side of Great North Road. You can read more on this important community issue by clicking on the New Zealand Herald’s website.

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | December 3, 2010

NZ Post now mailing to Santa

 

Big and little kids alike can get their Christmas wishes off their chest with New Zealand Post’s Santa Claus North Pole Service.

If you send through your letter to Santa Claus by Wednesday 15th December, you’re even guaranteed a reply. Make sure you send it to:

Santa Claus
Santa’s Workshop
North Pole 0001

Each year New Zealand Post delivers thousands of letters to Santa via their special North Pole daily delivery. If you’re helping a kiddy to post off their letter, make sure to include a return address so they can receive a message specially from Santa.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | December 1, 2010

Christmas Celebrations

Love it or loathe it, the Christmas season is here and in full swing. If you have rugrats at home, or if you yourself enjoy all the tinselly pine-scented campness of the festive season here’s a list of some fun local events to join in.

On the 1st day of December, the annual Papatoetoe Santa Parade gets swinging! Wending its way along Great South Road, Kolmar Road and Kingswood Drive from 7 to 8pm. It’s a great one to get the kids in pyjamas out and about.

Friday 3rd of December get ready for Christmas lights a-dazzlin’ from 7-9pm.  At Jellicoe Park, 131 Trafalgar Street Onehunga. Singing performers include Laura Schilperoort, Royal Oak Primary Ensemble, Te Papapa Primary Choir, Onehunga Primary School, local churches group, Marcellin College and the Philippines Christian Group.

The Lions Foundation and Classic Hits present a day of fun with market stalls, buskers, entertainment and Santa for the kids. Come along to Takapuna Beach Hurstmere Road, Takapuna from 9:30 to 1:30.

Three Kings by name, Three Kings by nature. Carols accompanied by Auckland City Brass. Friday 10th December from 7:15 to 9:15 at Three Kings Reserve 1011 Mt Eden Road.

17th Annual superfun Auckland Christmas celebration with the very best of the country’s performers.  11th December 2010 7:30 at the Auckland Domain. It’s free too!

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | November 25, 2010

Key To Wealth

Arn offers you the unique opportunity to attend Don Ha’s Key To Wealth Seminar!

Next week Don Ha of Ray White Manukau (who Arn works alongside) is putting on a unique Key to Wealth Seminar at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. Arn still has some seats set aside for VIP clients (30 in total were allocated), so if you are looking at a new way to address your finances, this would be a terrific seminar to go along to. It includes a beautiful lunch and is usually $99.00 – but if you use VIP COMP as the code, it’s yours gratis. Just go to http://www.donhaacademy.co.nz/ to find out more about this seminar, and get out of your financial rut! You’ll be able to learn many of the techniques that some of our wealthiest entrepreneurs employ in order to create greater wealth for themselves and their families.

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | November 24, 2010

Home Ownership Harder for the Elderly in Auckland

 

As the times change, it appears that home ownership is becoming increasingly difficult for Auckland residents as the price of houses continues to escalate.

In a recent article by the NZ Herald, a report is made mention of suggesting that half of Auckland’s 120,000 households who lease their residences were already under financial stress. This means paying more than 30% of their income towards their rental property. This statistic becomes worse for retired renters, whose earning potential is naturally capped. Their contribution is up to 56% of income towards their rental property. When you look at statistics for Auckland residents who own their own home, only 15% of these owners pay over 30% of their income towards their mortgage.

This is a double-edged sword. For home owners, their investments rose 95% in the 6 years running up to December 2007. In the long-term, home ownership is an excellent way to build prosperity. However, it could mean a potentially divided society where the average family with one income cannot afford to own a home. Whether or not investment in rental properties continues to be attractive remains to be seen, as the changes in this year’s Budget have removed some of the landlord tax breaks.

For more information on this research, go to http://www.chranz.co.nz/

The message would be – if you can afford to purchase a property for lease or to move in – attempt to do so sooner than later. It appears that the market will continue to grow, and with rising home prices, affordability for those outside the market may become a thing of the past.

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | November 18, 2010

Local History to Make Way for Retail

It can often be a difficult balance between maintaining the history of a place, whilst still letting it develop and contemporize. This is the case with three beautiful spanish mission style homes in Auckland’s St Heliers which face the demolition ball.

The buildings in Turua St, St Heliers are identified as being ‘character defining’ and are very well-loved in their local community. Despite this, an application for redevelopment was lodged in 2007 and there has since been 100 submissions opposed to the demolition. The owners of the buildings successfully removed the ‘character defining’ status of the buildings, and now despite opposition they will be replaced with a retail and commercial development. According to the NZ Herald, heritage advocates are furious at the Auckland City Council.

Other areas with ‘character defining’ properties include St Heliers, Grey Lynn, West Lynn, Kingsland, Ellerslie, Eden Valley and upper Symonds St.

Do you think that progress should be more important than retaining heritage home? What are your favorite local architectural icons?

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | November 15, 2010

Can-Do Films

What are you and the family doing on the 10th of November? Here’s an idea – help the local community via the Salvation Army and the Watties Cans Film Festival.

In a witty play on words, the NZ Watties Cans Film Festival is an innovative marketing campaign that mixes fundraising with a tops night out for the family. What do you need to do to hold up your end of the deal? Merely exchange one can of food on the evening for entrance to see Despicable Me, Karate Kid, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Cats and Dogs 2. Watties will then donate a can to equal your own – and all of the cans go to The Salvation Army.

The films commence at 5pm – click here to see which cinemas are supporting the Watties Cans Film Festival.

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | November 15, 2010

Hillary Brings Wellington Accord

Foreign Minister Murray McCully and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the terms of the Wellington Declaration at the Beehive this afternoon.

According to the NZ Herald, the declaration will bring a new quality to a partnership which has been in disrepair for over 20 years. The source of the discomfort in the US-NZ relationships centred around NZ’s anti-nuclear legislation. The new declaration solidifies the US-NZ relationships with a view to working together more closely in the pacific region, with a focus on natural disaster relief and renewable energy. Also, political military talks will take place between dignitaries from both countries each year. The Foreign Minister remarked that working on global political issues in isolation was impractical, and that this new declaration would bring about a close cooperation.

What do you think of the new Wellington Accord? How will New Zealand play on the world stage in the context of this new agreement?

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | November 2, 2010

Sweet Time To Buy a Happy Home in NZ

According to statistics from the Realestate.co.nz the spring and summer market locally is going to prove an excellent time to purchase a home.

The industry leading website’s October report details the listing and sales trends for NZ as a whole, and that nearly 12,000 new properties came onto the market in the past month. Compared to last year at this time however, there are 12.5% less homes on the market. These figures could be representative of more owners holding onto their homes to let them appreciate. Some homes will stagnate on the market longer than necessary if not marketed correctly – which is why it is so crucial to ensure that a dynamic and effective campaign is undertaken on vendor’s behalf. If you are wanting to ensure that your home sells before Christmas, the next couple of weeks will be most important to speak to Arn from Ray White Manukau.

The national median asking price for homes on the market currently is $420,451 which is up from $418,759 in October 2009. The holding price is strong, and is only 2% below the national peak median asking price in 2007.

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

Posted by: iolanthegabrie | October 28, 2010

Update: Team Arn

This week at Team Arn it’s a huge one! Here’s the latest news on new listings, upcoming Auctions and more.

New Auctions This Week:

Make sure you take a little time to come along to these open for inspections, with these properties only just having arrived on the market and going to auction in November.

  • 9 Lochinver Road, Papatoetoe – The classic 60’s returns in this stylish 5 bedroom residence on 275 sq.m of land. This home goes to Auction on the 19th November.

In other news, the Ray White Quarterly Awards were held on the 27th of November. These awards ceremonies serve two functions: to highlight some of the best practice high performers in the Ray White NZ family, and also to educate Ray White NZ staff on any changes to the Real Estate Industry. These could be trending issues, or legal changes to the Act. The topic for the last ceremony were the changes to the Real Estate Agents Act NZ, namely the necessity of a signed authority from the vendors prior to an offer and acceptance between purchasers and vendors. This ongoing education is part of Ray White NZ ensuring that they are the most capable and well-informed agents in your local area.

Arn and Sarah look forward to seeing you at open for inspections this week!

*Arn Mehta has gathered this information to provide an interesting document for readers and subscribers. Information contained herein is gathered from a range of sources including but not limited to; local press both virtual and hardcopy, Valuer General Information & Agents own investigations. All efforts are made to verify the information provided. The information is not to be relied upon or used in dealings with third parties and people should make their own investigations regarding their own property or personal circumstances. Opinions and observations offered should not be treated as fact.

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