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OCTOBER 18 2013

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repare to be impressed when you enter this distinctive designer home that has been beautifully built with family and entertaining in mind. From the moment you drive onto this immaculate 22.09 hectare irrigated lifestyle property you will be impressed with its presentation and appealing features. The well positioned home captures sun and has magnificent views to the mountains. Walk in the front door and you’ll discover features such as a chef’s kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan dining and living areas, separate formal lounge and a separate study. Bi-folding doors open from the living area bringing the garden right into your home. You’ll be tempted to step outside and enjoy the relaxing setting and views across the extensive lawn.

This home has four double bedrooms, master with ensuite, a walk in wardrobe and a large separate laundry with external access. It also offers triple car garaging. This property that has recently been used for dairy support, beef and lamb finishing but is perfectly designed for a family wishing to enjoy a rural lifestyle while living close to town.

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HASTINGS MCLEOD LTD 217 West Street ASHBURTON 03 307 9176

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WEB ID AU33004 WESTSIDE 23 Falcon Drive We are pleased to offer this well-appointed, generously proportioned home conveniently situated close to local shops, college and schools. Centrally located yet quietly nestled in this popular cul-de-sac affording privacy and peace. The current owners have taken great care in maintaining this mostly double glazed home to an excellent standard. It has an open plan kitchen / living area with an additional lounge and sun room, and a master bedroom with an en suite and dressing room. The garden is meticulously maintained, and a double garage with internal access ticks all the boxes. VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 12.00 12.30pm

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$495,000 WEB ID AU32991 $455,000 WEB ID AU27285 OFFERS OVER $298,000 WEB ID AU33181 $389,500 WEB ID AU32739 WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 122 Elizabeth Street 5 Goldrich Drive 2 Miller Avenue 153 Victoria Street Brand new 211sqm three bedroom home Great value here and hard to build for this Situated in a very popular location, this Sun filled attractive three bedroom 3 4 3 3 plus office, two bathrooms and a double price three bedroom home offers much to the townhouse. Close in east side location internal access garage. Designed to be • 218.9 sqm lucky buyer. Along with location you get close to Countdown Shopping Centre. spacious and warm. Sited on 666sqm • Open plan kitchen, dining and living with roomy living areas, including a Open plan living, three spacious bedrooms 2 2 1 2 section, this home is certain to impress. separate lounge conservatory, nice gardens with scope to - master having ensuite. Attached two car Don't delay. • Shower, bath and vanity in main do your own thing, a garage and storage garaging. Move now! bathroom sheds. 2 2 1 2 VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 10.00 - 10.30am VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 10.30 - 11.00am • Fully insulated VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 10.00 - 10.30am VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 10.00 - 10.30am









DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU33141 $339,000 WEB ID AU32995 $295,000 WEB ID AU33142 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU33037 WESTSIDE WESTSIDE WESTSIDE WESTSIDE 8 Churchill Avenue 1 Oak Grove Flat 1, 61 Short Street 179 Middle Road There is lots to like about this stylish home. You will be impressed with this Oak Grove Well not quite, but only a hop, skip and If you are looking for an immaculate home, 3 3 2 3 Sunny, warm and inviting. Open plan villa that feels "just like home". The home jump away. Fantastic views here look no further. Spacious dining and living, kitchen/dining. offers three double bedrooms (master with overlooking Borough School grounds and new kitchen. ensuite), updated kitchen and dining area, town centre amenities. Two double VIEW 19 Oct 10.30 - 11.00am & 23 Oct VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 11.30 - 12.00pm 1 2 1 1 office and huge separate lounge and bedrooms, full bathroom facilities. Good 5.00 - 6.00pm DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 25th formal entry. kitchen/dining opens to separate lounge. DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold October 2013 at 2.00pm prior) Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 2.00pm


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$250,000 WEB ID AU33126 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU33200 EASTSIDE WESTSIDE 33 Trevors Road 27 Burnett Street Great opportunity here to purchase a three Your chance to secure a sunny townhouse 3 2 double bedroom home with open plan close in westside with spacious living areas. living with access to sunny private patio. VIEW Sunday 20 Oct 11.00 - 11.45am The corner 1040sqm site with possible 1 1 DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Thursday 31st access from two streets adds to the October 2013 at 4.00pm potential development of this property. VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 12.15 - 12.45pm



VIEW Saturday 19 Oct 11.15 - 11.45am



HASTINGS MCLEOD LTD 217 West Street ASHBURTON 03 307 9176

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OPEN HOME DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AU33061 $305,000 WEB ID AU32835 $499,000 WEB ID AU32196 NEGOTIATION WEB ID AU30748A TINWALD WESTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE 23 Thomson Street 20 Harrison Street 11 Magnolia Drive 11 Farm Road Situated on a sunny corner site, this home An opportunity presents itself to live in this You will be impressed with the location • Four bedrooms with walk in wardrobe 3 3 4 4 is very spacious. Large kitchen. Spacious great location. Enjoy the convenience of and size of this family home. and ensuite off master living areas. the domain, Allenton shopping centre and • 257sqm big • Two living areas school and the College all so handy. The • Walk in wardrobe and ensuite in master • Open plan kitchen with dining area VIEW Sunday 20 Oct 1.00 - 2.00pm 2 1 2 3 home is extremely well presented both • Separate Lounge • Huge double garage with internal access DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 25th inside and out. • Open plan kitchen, dining and living • Large games room October 2013 at 2.00pm • Fully insulated 2 2 2 2 View By Appointment View By Appointment View By Appointment



The Braebrook story continues...

$218,000 WEB ID AU31031 EASTSIDE 30 Princes Street Tidy three bedroom home on small easy 3 care 421sqm section close to East Street. Good tidy tenant in place paying $280 per week and keen to stay on. New log burner, 1 cylinder and nice kitchen with Butlers pantry. View By Appointment



NEGOTIATION WEB ID AL31727 HINDS 4 Cracroft Street Motivated vendors offer this well appointed holding with large lockable shed and workshop, fenced into numerous paddocks with central lane and stockyards. Aussie style home with 360 degree veranda to follow the summer shade or winter sun. Generous living areas and three bedrooms. Centrally located, an easy commute to town.


$238,000 WEB ID AL31725 ASHBURTON Wilkins Road Nestled on a quiet road within three minutes of the CBD. Deep fertile soils. Power to boundary. Sets back to river margin and natural wetland in the title of approximately 1.4 hectares. Great building sites in a very popular location. View By Appointment

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$625,000 WEB ID AU31839A ASHBURTON 23 Innes Road 2 ha only 8kms from town centre. Waimakariri shallow silt loam soils. Four bedroom homestead, master with ensuite. Open plan living plus separate lounge/billiard room and smaller sitting room. Office. Attractive and mature grounds. Two bay open shed, two bay garage with large workshop. Renovated sleepout. Three phase power.


$1,030,000 WEB ID AL31708 ASHBURTON 212 Beach Road East "PENSCROFT" 4 hectares located in one of Mid Canterbury's highly regarded locations. Four to five bedroom character homestead with all the glory of a by gone era. Kitchen, living room, magnificent dining room, library, sitting room, lounge, billiard room. The ground floor features wood panelled foyer and hallways. View By Appointment


$205 000 INC GST WEB ID AR05275 ASHBURTON Winslow Willowby Road • Great up and coming area for lifestyle blocks • Close to town yet truly rural • Great building sites • 2.675 hectares View By Appointment

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27.1719 HA - TWO TITLES

$1,000,000 + GST WEB ID AL31787 STAVELEY 150 Boyds Road Two excellent properties side by side of 14.3 hectares and 12.86 hectares in elevated positions with views to die for. The popular Staveley hamlet is a good walk downhill for a good coffee and lunch at the cafe. Excellent bush walks and the ice skating rink nearby. View By Appointment


$472,500 + GST WEB ID AL26381 ASHBURTON Wakanui Road A rare 8 hectare corner site with many attractive building sites. Full open views over town to the Southern Alps and Mt Hutt. All in good pasture on quality soils ideal to develop your landscape. Well fenced and power at the roadside. Town 'n' Country with the boundary only 1km away. View By Appointment


$675,000 + GST WEB ID AL28305A TINWALD 152 Gartartan Road An attractive 12 hectare lifestyle property large enough to generate some income. Warm and comfortable home in settled grounds plus good out buildings including stables, implement shed tackroom/workshop and cattle yards. Opportunity for lifestyle and income. View By Appointment

HASTINGS MCLEOD LTD 217 West Street ASHBURTON 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008


WEB ID AR32819 ASHBURTON FORKS 1612 Ashburton Staveley Road The vendors have developed a very low cost system. Average production over the last 3 years of 333,234kgs. Budget of 400,000kgs for 2013/14 season. Real potential to increase production. All new effluent systems. 2 x 36 aside HB milking sheds and good range of accommodation. Spray irrigated with centre pivot, guns and k-lines with 45 hectares not requiring irrigation. A well located unit with a simple low cost management system. Price includes 340,000 Fonterra Shares.


$16,500,000 + GST

WEB ID AC32746 ASHBURTON Windrowing Business September 2013 valuation of modern plant approximately $610,000 plus GST. Successful business covering from the Selwyn River to the Rangitata River. Concentration of efforts in the Dorie, Pendarves, Wakanaui and Flemington areas in the heart of Canterbury arable land. The Vendor has developed another growing business and wishes to concentrate on that and offers a "restraint of trade" and help to re-establish the new operator.




DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY WEB ID AR32611 OAMARU 88 Bushy Beach Road MORTGAGEE SALE Farming opportunity with subdivision prospects. Contained in four titles with subdivision allowed to four hectares overlooking the Pacific Ocean adjoining Oamaru town boundary. A popular tourist location adjoining the Penguin colonies. Stunning views and landscapes near to award winning restaurants and the Victoria era precinct of town. Comfortable family dwelling and older useful farm buildings. VIEW Tuesday 22 Oct 11.00 1.00pm DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 4.00pm




WEB ID AR32818 LEESTON 847 The Lake Road View By Appointment 97 hectare dairy farm only 6kms from Leeston, Central AUCTION Canterbury. Currently milking 290 cows. Last year 2.00pm, Wed 30th October, 2013 milked 300 cows and produced 93,000kgs (severe drought). 26 aside herringbone shed and support buildings. Four bedroom home with two livings. Separate office. A nearby 9 x 6 metre near new shed is used as a car garage/tractor shed.

AUCTION NEGOTIATION WEB ID AR31136 HORORATA 145 Aitken Road 496ha dairy unit located on the rolling downs 5 minutes from Hororata in Central Canterbury. Well setup dairy with modern facilities including 54 bail rotary cowshed with meal feeding system plus large concrete fed pad, two houses - attractive 3 bedroom home set on elevated site, second house is also 3 bedrooms with detached sleepout.

Industry Comment

Confidence Holds Firm

reports Bayleys Research senior analyst Ian Little.

rose in September reaching 323.2, the third highest figure recorded and just 3% below its April 2013 peak.

reasonable moisture. This allowed a stronger than anticipated recovery in pasture covers in most drought affected regions and saw good growth of winter feed crops.

Sales Resume Climb Following Drought Dip

The combination of what is likely to be a shorter supply this season and good climatic and pasture conditions at the start of the season has seem the ANZ lift its forecast 201314 season average lamb price to $100 per head (For a 17.5 kg carcass).

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data show there have been 328 farm sales in the June quarter of 2013, an increase of approximately 13.5% on the June 2012 figure, and the highest second quarter since 2008. On an annual basis sales were up just under 4% at 1,195, again the highest for a 12 month period ending in June since 2008.

Bill Whalan - Director Bayleys Canterbury


here is strong confidence in the future prospects for the rural sector, driven by historically low interest rates and the prospect of improved farm incomes. This confidence appears to have trumped concerns over the 2013 summer drought and recent quality issues relating to dairy product production, with both farm sales activity and commodity prices rising according to latest figures. Farm sales activity for both the June quarter and the year ending June were at their highest levels since 2008 according to sales statistics released by the Real Estate Institute of new Zealand (REINZ). The increase in annual sales was achieved despite a slow down in activity recorded in the March quarter as the rural sector dealt with one of New Zealand’s most severe droughts. The results of the recent Global Dairy Trade Auctions are also significant given recent concerns over quality control within New Zealand’s dairy industry. Prices of dairy products posted their sixth gain in eight auctions at the latest event (October 1st) taking the average winning price to a new record high. ANZ’s commodity Price Index also

Sales figures would have been stronger had it not been for the March figure total which was down on the corresponding period in 2012 as the rural sector dealt with what was, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Niwa, the worst drought since 1945-46. It was also one of the most widespread with only the 1972-73 drought coming close in terms of geographical spread. MPI has analysed what impact the drought has had on primary sector export revenues and this shows a decline for the year to June 31 of $1.3 billion. In addition some effects of the drought will continue to be felt over a longer term. Many sheep and beef farmers, for example, need to rebuild breeding stock numbers. The impact of the drought was felt across most sectors of the agriculture industry. Dairy production tapered off earlier than normal as herds were dried off, given the lack of pasture, while beef and lamb culls increased. In the case of the meat sector the lift in supply that this occasioned saw prices fall away. Recently however, as the peak of the cull has passed and supply has tightened, upward pressure on prices has returned which, when combined with a weakening of the New Zealand dollar, has seen a lift in farm gate returns. The outlook for the 2013/2014 season is positive. Post drought, pasture recovery has been aided by a relatively mild winter. The end of autumn and start of winter, in particular, featured above average soil temperatures and

Recent concerns over quality and quality control within the dairy sector also appear to have been allayed with dairy commodity prices resuming their recent upward trend after a short term retreat according to the results of recent Global Dairy Trade Auctions (GDTA). The average winning price of $US 4,980/ MT was the highest recorded since the inception of the GDTA. The latest rise was the sixth in the last eight auction events with the decline at the 6th August auction coinciding with the false botulism scare. Another indicator of the on-going confidence in the sector has been the high quantities sold at the auctions with the 60,587 MT sold in early August being the highest volume on record. While it is too early in the season to make accurate forecasts as to total production, the mild winter means that cows enter the season in good condition and initial signs point towards a lift in the annual total. Westpac’s agriculture economists are predicting a 5% rebound in production this season after the drought affected 2012/2013 season saw production falling by 2%. The continued strong results from the GDTA, along with weakening of the $NZ, has led to Fonterra revising their forecast pay out for the 2013/2014 season to $8.30 per kg of milk solids, if this is achieved it would be a new record high surpassing the previous record, set in 2010-11, of 7.60 per kg. Economists calculate that the latest revision alone would add about $500 million to dairy sector revenue this year. The sector is now looking at taking in $4.3 billion more in revenue compared with 2012/13. Many economic commentators believe that the final payout could be higher still, although

Median Sales Value per Hectare          Three Months Ending           Growth Over Period July 2011 July 2012 July 2013 higher prices are likely to result in a supply make meaningful farm value comparisons particularly $20,208 as farm sales are,$27,287 in effect, response from other markets. Arable $17,980 business sales and therefore subject to Sale Prices On The Rise Dairy $32,854 $22,679 $34,882 additional, non property considerations As with sales activity, the latest REINZ during the sale process. In this regard Finishing $12,050 $23,028 $22,500 statistics show land values to have REINZ in conjunction with the Reserve continued to trend upwards despite the $4,691 Bank has developed a Farm Price Index Forestry $3,130 $7,485 impact of the drought earlier in the year. (FPI). Grazing $10,935 $13,023 $15,367 Across the major sectors values have The index has been developed to take Horticulture $114,794 $100,667 generally risen strongly over the last two account of$130,000 some of these factors and, in years as illustrated by the table below.

doing so, generate measures that are more

REINZ All Farm Price Index August Index Level 2980.9 Growth Over Period 1 Month 0.9% 3 Months 0.4% 1 Year 10.3% Median Sales Value per Hectare 5 Years* 4.3% 10 Years*          Three Months Ending 6.0%           Growth Over PeriodSource: REINZ *Compound Annual Growth Rate July 2011 July 2012 July 2013 Relatively small sales numbers within reliable than a straight dollars-per-hectare Arable $20,208 $27,287 certain sectors can lead to high levels of$17,980 measure. volatility when comparing prices over a Dairy $22,679 three month period. This is particularly$32,854 An index measure works best $34,882 because the true in regard to horticulture, where sales focus should be on the rates of change Finishing $12,050 $23,028 $22,500 volumes over a three month period tend rather than the overall level at any one toForestry sit at below 40, and forestry which $4,691 time. $3,130 $7,485 generates fewer than 20 sales over the The August $13,023 All Farm Index rating is 2,980.9 Grazing $10,935 $15,367 same period. reflecting an increase of 0.9%, on the July Horticulture $100,667 The diversity of farm types, farm sizes$114,794 figure, and$130,000 10.3% over the last year. and locations also make it difficult to

REINZ All Farm Price Index August Index Level 2980.9 Growth Over Period 1 Month 0.9% 3 Months 0.4% 1 Year 10.3% 5 Years* 4.3% 10 Years* 6.0% *Compound Annual Growth Rate Source: REINZ

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526 Isleworth Road

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Hepburns Road

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340 hectare freehold traditional sheep farm close to Hinds with all amenities including a modernised three bedroom homestead and two bedroom cottage. A mixture of spray and borderdyke irrigation this is a rare opportunity to purchase a larger irrigated property which has the size and shape for a number of development options. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 7 Nov 2013 View by appointment

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Located minutes from town in a popular area Amazing rural views to the mountains Exceptional soils Road frontage If you're looking for land to build on, then this is it. All that is needed is your dream home. D





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M 027 430 7041 B 03 307 7377

Selling at Auction

Going once…going twice…SOLD! S Amanda Wright

elling your house at auction can be a scary thought for a real estate newby, but there is little to fear from this fastpaced selling method. However there is one important factor which has the power to make or break your sale, and this is the skill of the auctioneer.

With auction popularity on the rise there are many things to consider when deciding whether an auction is the right decision for you as a seller. Given the competitive nature of buyers on the day, many believe that an auction is the best way to secure top dollar for your property, as buyers no longer have the power to negotiate. If they want it, they must pay the price as dictated by the other bidders. Considering you can set your reserve price, there’s little to lose if your house doesn’t successfully sell under the hammer, other than the possibility of the costs associated with another auction.

in action before deciding on whom to go with. Try to select an agent with multiple successful auctions under their belt and don’t be afraid to ask them exactly what their track record is like. Ask them about their agency’s strategies to maximise the best price for your property, and choose an auctioneer with a proven track record in auctions and an excellent knowledge of the local area. When interviewing potential auctioneers, don’t be afraid to ask them for a breakdown of how they intend to advertise your house and their personal preferences regarding the auction process.

A good auctioneer will create a sense of urgency, to give buyers the impression that there is a definite end date for the sale of this home, and if they want it, they must act fast.

The auctioneer will play a key role in the success of your sale, particularly in a scenario where only one or two bidders turn up on the day. A good auctioneer will create a sense of urgency, to give buyers the impression that there is a definite end date for the sale of this home, and if they want it, they must act fast.

Above all, make sure you visit an auction to see them in action. Sure their track record may indicate a high success rate for first auctions, but were the reserves set low? Did the auctioneer fight for every dollar and encourage competitive bidding? Your auctioneer must be a master salesman with the ability to think fast on their feet, to encourage the bidding war to persist as long as possible. A lacklustre attitude to the sale will only eventuate in a dull result for the seller.

A good auctioneer will also play on the competitive nature of the bidders to push the bidding higher, as no-one wants to look like the lesser person in front of a crowd.

Don’t assume that the one who charges the highest fees is going to be the best, any more than the one who charges the lowest is automatically the worst. An auctioneer who receives a percentage of the sale as commission will have more of a reason to fight for a high sale price for you.

Considering the important part your auctioneer will play on the big day, it’s important for you to choose wisely. Firstly, it’s essential to ensure your chosen agent is competent and qualified. Ensure you see several auctioneers

Whatever decision you make, try to enjoy the ride. It’s a process that you will likely only go through once, or a few times in your life, so learn what you can and enjoy the thrill of the sale.


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Auction Price On Application View by appointment Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

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This three bedroom home has an open plan kitchen/living area with french doors out to a sunny terrace. Double garage plus large storage area on a well fenced section must add appeal for buyers.

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Ashburton Office 03 307 8317 Mid Canterbury Real Estate Limited LICENSED (REAA 2008)

COUNTRY AUCTION!!!! This 15ha block which comprises 2 titles is set up beautifully for a diverse range of activities. From growing feed supplement to rearing calves to horse training, options are aplenty. There are 9 looseboxes inside the generous horse stable. The purpose built calf shed has a multitude of paddocks to go with it for calf rearing. Other shedding consists of workshop with open pit. SO MANY OPTIONS HERE! AUCTION onsite 8th Nov 2013

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Great investment property as it is close to the town and you are not paying over the top for your section.

1012 m2 section (approx) Allenton area. Clean site, services and vehicle access at gate. Well and pump plus fenced on three sides.

793 metre square (more or less) Rectangular section next to the park on Cambridge street. CV $101,000

Potential for investment or build your own new home. 1872m2 (more or less freehold land. Application to District Council for 4 allotment subdivision, subject to resource consent.



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iscover inspiration underwater, says interior design and fabric expert Rebecca Bowering. ALBERT EINSTEIN said: “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” I don’t think that’s entirely necessary, but certainly I believe there is no such thing as an original idea. We take cues from our environment without realising it. Sometimes it seems that our fabric designers and interior decorators come up with the same, or similar, idea simultaneously. I believe this is because the same prompts send our senses of creativity in parallel directions. We are all good at taking wonderful ideas from nature, but are biased towards our everyday world. Taking sky blues, leaf greens and other colours and initiatives from nature we see all the time is almost instinctive. But we’re not often influenced by the underwater world, which remains more of a mystery. I recently went snorkelling in Bali. What amazed me was that every colour combination that is in fashion was mirrored in the colours of the exquisite fish, corals and sea lettuces and anemones. There were combinations of beige, tan and gorgeous cream; taupe with highlights of jade and cobalt blue; yellow, black and grey; and an assortment too huge to list. Even the relatively plain fish displayed glimpses of pale lemon, ice blue, or blush pinks that twinkled in the scattered rays of the sun. The easy flow and myriad colours seen underwater can be just what we need for our decor. The artist Richard Smith captures it beautifully in his Barramundi and Funny Fish fabric designs for No9 from Jim Thompson. As we head into summer, consider some cushions featuring fish and coral which will make us all dream of the sea, of holidays, and the enchanting underwater world. Take aqua and turquoise and blend these colours with the neutral colours of sand, rock and shell. Alternatively, use bright colours together against a backdrop of fresh white linens. Use shells to decorate mirrors and candlestick holders or even sit one or two larger shells atop your coffee table - your guests will place them to their ears and hear the sea. Use coral and fish patterns as you would florals - mix many together or use one design as the focal point and pull out other colours. Consider coconut and shell trims for finishing details on cushions, ottomans and lampshades. Take another look at this amazing world we live in and perhaps this will give you your soul’s true desire when it comes to your interiors, rather than a magazine or decorating book. Your interior designer will be there to help you turn vision into your own enchanting reality. Have fun! Atelier Textiles owner and managing director Rebecca Bowering explores the latest textile trends and new interior design ideas every week. For more information visit

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Strong Start To Spring In September Real Estate Market REINZ


EINZ, the most up to date source of real estate data in New Zealand, announced today that there were 6,720 dwelling sales in the month of September, up 18.9% on September last year and up 2.6% compared to August. The national median price increased $10,000 compared to August to $400,000, and is now equal to the record median set in March 2013. Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) Chief Executive Helen O’Sullivan says, “Real estate sales volumes have been strong in the lead up to the introduction of LVR restrictions by the Reserve Bank, with sales up over 19% compared to September last year.“ “Sales volumes are ahead of what we would normally expect for this time of the year, with strong growth in sales coming through in several regional centres. Northland is experiencing a very strong uplift in its sales volume trend, with Taranaki and Nelson/ Marlborough also showing positive trends in sales volume and price, although these three regions remain some way behind Auckland and Canterbury/ Westland in terms of pure price movements. Waikato/ Bay of Plenty is also seeing a noticeable uplift in sales volumes.”

REINZ data shows there were 6,720 unconditional residential sales in September, an 18.9% increase on September 2012, and an increase of 2.6% compared to August 2013. On a seasonally adjusted basis the volume of residential sales was up 4.6% compared to August, and up 14.1% compared to September 2012. All but two regions recorded increases in sales volume compared to September last year, with Taranaki recording an increase of 50.8%, followed by Northland with 28.0% and Southland with 23.9%. Seven regions recorded an increase in sales volume in September compared to August, with Taranaki recording an increase of 15.3%, followed by Nelson/ Marlborough with an increase of 10.8% and Southland with an increase of 10.7%.

Prices The national median house price rose by $10,000 (+2.6%), from $390,000 in August, to $400,000 in September to equal the record median high reached in March 2013. Compared to September 2012 the national median house price increased by $29,000 (+7.8%), with eight regions recording an increase in the median price. Three quarters (75.0%) of the increase in the national median price compared to September last year occurred in Auckland and almost 20% occurred in Canterbury/Westland. Together these two regions accounted 95% of the increase in the median price between September 2012 and September 2013.

“While these regions are seeing the number of sales lifting the same cannot be said for prices outside of Auckland and Canterbury/Westland. Auckland’s median price has increased by $120,000 (+26.7%) since the end of the previous price cycle in November 2007, and Canterbury/Westland’s median price has increased $61,000 (19.4%). However, for the rest of New Zealand combined, the median price has actually Auckland and Canterbury/Westland recorded new fallen $3,000 (-1.1%) over the same time period. median highs in September, with Auckland reaching $570,000 and Canterbury/Westland $375,000. Sales Volumes

Compared to September 2012 Canterbury/Westland recorded the largest increase in median price, up 13.6%, followed by Auckland with 10.7% and Taranaki with 6.3%. The REINZ Stratified Housing Price Index, which adjusts for some of the variations in the mix that can impact on the median price, reached a new high in September and is 9.8% higher than September 2012. The Auckland Index has risen 17.5% compared to September 2012, with the Christchurch Index up 11.4% and the Wellington Index up 0.6%.

Days To Sell Houses took three days less to sell in September compared to August, improving from 34 days in August to 31 days in September; this is the shortest number of days to sell in September since 2006. Compared to September 2012, the number of days to sell improved by two days. Eight regions saw an improvement in the number of days to sell between September 2012 and September 2013, with Southland recording the largest improvement of 23 days. For the month of September, Canterbury/Westland recorded the shortest days to sell at 26 days, followed by Otago at 27 days, and Auckland at 29 days. Central Otago Lakes recorded the longest number of days to sell at 69 days, followed by Northland with 66 days and Waikato/Bay of Plenty with 49 days. Over the past 10 years the median days to sell for the month of September has averaged 35 days across New Zealand.


Auctions Nationally there were 1,606 dwellings sold by auction in September representing 23.9% of all sales and an increase of 55.5% on the number of dwellings sold by auction in September 2012. Auctions are increasingly favoured as a sales method in certain centres; for the 12 months to September 2013 the total number of sales by auction reached 16,005 or 19.9% of all sales, compared to 10,295 or 14.6% of all sales for the 12 months to September 2012. Transactions in Auckland again dominated the auction market in September, representing 75.3% of the national total of auction sales. 43.8% of all dwelling sales in Auckland were by auction in September; up from the 39.4% of sales by auction in September 2012. Sales by auction in Waikato/ Bay Of Plenty accounted for 8.1% of the national total, Canterbury/Westland accounted for 9.8% of the national total, and all other regions combined accounted for the remaining 4.7% of auction sales in September 2013.

$2.62 billion in September 2012. For the 12 months ended September 2013 the total value of residential sales was $39.36 billion. The breakdown of the value of properties sold in September 2013 is: $1 million plus 382 5.7% $600,000 to $999,999 1,245 18.5% $400,000 to $599,999 1,743 25.9% Under $400,000 3,350 49.9% All Properties Sold 6,720 100.0% REINZ Stratified Median Housing Price Index The REINZ Housing Price Index increased 0.8% compared with August to sit at 3,778.1 to reach a new record high. Auckland fell by 1.0% in September, Christchurch rose 1.8% and Wellington fell 1.9%. For the 12 months to September, the Auckland Index rose 17.5%, the Christchurch Index rose 11.4% and the Wellington Index increased

0.6%. The National Index increased 9.8% compared to September last year. CAGR is Compound Annual Growth Rate. The Christchurch data needs to be treated with some caution due to compositional changes in the suburb mix caused by the earthquakes in the city.

Further Data Across New Zealand the total value of residential ING IST in sales, including sections was $3.41 billion L NEW in August, and September, compared to $3.31 billion

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lifestyle, rural, commercial, investment and rental properties, visit - REINZ’s official property directory website. The monthly REINZ residential sales reports remain the most contemporary and up-to-date statistics on house prices and sales in New Zealand. They are based on actual sales reported by real estate agents. These sales are taken as of the date that a transaction becomes unconditional and includes sales as of 5:00pm on the last business day of the month. Other surveys of the residential property market are based on information from Territorial Authorities regarding settlement and the receipt of documents by the relevant Territorial Authority from a solicitor. As such, this information involves a lag of four to six weeks before the sale is recorded by the Territorial Authority. The REINZ Monthly Housing Price Index is calculated using a technique known as stratification, which provides an averaging of sales prices for common groups of houses. This approach is considered a more robust analysis of actual house price trends and was developed in conjunction with the Reserve Bank. The REINZ Monthly Housing Price Index is based on a value of 1000 in January 1992, the first month for which electronic information is available. Changes in the index represent movements in housing prices, where the mix of sales between the groups is held constant and are more likely to reflect genuine property price movements.

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Guardian Property, 18 October 2013  

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