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Property GUARDIAN

May 9, 2014

Rural outlook Mayfield Proudly marketed by O.J. - Martin Dodson Methven Professionals FURTHER DETAILS

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Rural outlook, Mayfield Interested in this property? 92 Mayfield - Klondyke Road, Mayfield

OJ – Martin Dodson 021-743-394 Office (03) 303 3093 This is your opportunity to a great quality country home. Located on the outskirts of the Mayfield township with rural outlook. Three bedroom home on ž acre (3364m2). Two car garaging and an enclosed lockable workshop with concrete floor incorporating a separate office and three bay shed. Off-street parking for at least six cars. House has underfloor insulation and roof insulation.

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Recently carpeted throughout. Logburner with safety fireguard. Sizable gardens,veggie patch and mature trees.

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$320,000 Listing ID: MHV10259 Methven Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed Real Estate Agents REAA2008

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217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

CHARMING HOME

SUPER SUNNY

JUST A CRACKER

SUPER LOCATION

OPEN HOME

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OFFERS OVER $330,000 WEB ID AU36187 OFFERS OVER $325,000 WEB ID AU36872 NEG OVER $288,000 WEB ID AU36909 $300,000 WEB ID AU36812 WESTSIDE WESTSIDE TINWALD EASTSIDE 7 Cross Street 169B Middle Road 181 Harland Street 51b Peter Street A great family home with 3 spacious Immaculately presented, sunny two Come and have a look at this three Your chance to secure this lovely sunny 3 2 3 2 bedrooms. Two large living areas with bedroom townhouse with pretty private, bedroom Summerhill stone home in a very townhouse with easily accessible garage heatpump and logfire. Brand new roof. easy care gardens. The updated kitchen quiet cul-de-sac. Very sunny home, open (with internal access) and located just a Excellent westside location with domain and open plan roomy dining living basks in plan kitchen dining with lounge off dining short stroll from the town centre. Private 1 1 1 1 and schooling nearby. Private well fenced all day sun. Walking distance to Allenton area. HRV system, aluminium windows, secure garden setting. back yard. shops and Argyle Park. Be quick for this! gas fire for heating. VIEW Saturday 10 May 10.30 - 11.00am VIEW Saturday 10 May 10.00 - 10.30am

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PRIVATE AND SUNNY

JUST THE SPOT

EXCEPTIONAL VALUE HERE

GENEROUS & GORGEOUS

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$495,000 WEB ID AU36250 $310,000 WEB ID AU34260 $499,000 WEB ID AU33824 OFFERS OVER $499,000 WEB ID AU36593 EASTSIDE WESTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 7 Orchard Grove 44 Lane Street 9A Allison Street 55 Chalmers Avenue This lovely home is ready for you. Located Attractive home in the always popular Lane Located in Allenton close to school and Both busy professionals or retired people 4 3 4 3 in a popular culdesac in Braebrook, this Street. Three bedrooms, spacious living shops all within walking distance. 253 sqm will love this spacious three bedroom home property has 4 bedrooms, master with areas opening onto sunny deck ideal for on a 728 sqm section. Fences, paths and with an easy care but well planted and laid ensuite and walk-in robe, large living area summer BBQ's, smaller easy care section driveways, lawns all completed. 4 out smaller section. The gorgeous open 2 1 2 2 and substantial kitchen. with private back yard. A handy location bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining, plan family/dining room and chefs kitchen Double internal access garaging plus off with Argyle Park, the Allenton shops. separate lounge, ensuite off master walkin with granite work surfaces. street parking. wardrobe. 2 1 2 2 VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.00 - 11.30am VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.00 - 11.45am VIEW Saturday 10 May 10.45 - 11.15am

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BRAEBROOK BEAUTY

ATTRACTIVE & CONVENIENT

SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER

ONLY TWO YEARS OLD

OPEN HOME

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OFFERS OVER $499,000 WEB ID AU36749 $278,000 WEB ID AU36380 OFFERS OVER $645,000 WEB ID AU33645 $359,000 WEB ID AU36876 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE WESTSIDE EASTSIDE 7 Magnolia Drive 62 Cambridge Street 20 Westpark Close 24A Grey Street This spacious quality built 4 bedroom An attractive style and in a great location Quality home of over 300sqm. You will not 4 3 5+ Most attractive and practical two bedroom 2 home sits on an easy care 690 m2 section with school and park close by. Three replace this home in this location for this townhouse that still smells brand new! This in the Braebrook subdivision. Featuring a bedrooms and two living areas capturing sort of money. Super sized kitchen, dining front stand alone property has very tasteful large entertainers kitchen large plenty of sun. Attached double garage and living area with separate lounge, both decor, sits well to the sun and is so handy 2 1 2 1 living/dining plus second formal lounge with internal access. with excellent indoor outdoor flow. Five to town. A small garden shed holds mower both open to patio and sunny outdoor bedrooms and an office. and tools. VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.30 - 12.00pm area. 2 2 3 2 VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.30 - 12.00pm VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.30 - 12.00pm VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.15 - 11.45am

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

WESTSIDE TOWNHOUSE

OPEN HOME

OPEN HOME

OFFERS OVER $399,000 WEB ID AU36919 OFFERS OVER $265,000 WEB ID AU36107 ASHBURTON WESTSIDE 3/168 Walnut Avenue 50 Harrison Street This quality three bedroom townhouse is An established townhouse located in a 3 2 generous in size with a large floor area of convenient westside location with great 218 m2. street appeal. Well designed with elevated living A sunny and spacious 2 bedroom home 1 1 enhances outlook and provides a sunny with benefits of internal garage access. aspect. A central location and easy care Easy care, private gardens make this grounds make this property ideal. property appealing. 4 1 VIEW Saturday 10 May 11.30 - 12.15pm

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217 West Street ASHBURTON ashburton@propertybrokers.co.nz 03 307 9176

Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY

PRIME LOCATION

OPEN HOME

NEW LISTING

$278,500 WEB ID AU36581 $24,850 P.A + GST WEB ID AC36925 TINWALD EASTSIDE 11 Graham Street 161 Burnett Street Having many happy years here, the owners Enjoy wide frontage, with excellent window space and 3 of this three bedroom home would like to modern premises in the heart of the Ashburton CBD. see it brought back to life. Three double 71.25 m2 floor area with light bright feel. bedrooms, kitchen flowing to dining area View By Appointment 1 and stepping down to a good sized family lounge. VIEW Saturday 10 May 2.00 - 2.30pm

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ON THE WATERS EDGE

BRAEBROOK- FULL PACKAGE

CANAL SIDE LIVING

PRICE REDUCED

NEW LISTING

$499,000 NEGOTIABLE WEB ID AU35702 $168,000 WEB ID AU36963 EASTSIDE ASHBURTON 4a Ben Elder Place 8 Trent Place The Vendors are motivated and have Don't look past this prime canal side section. Limited 3 priced this home to sell! Their loss is your opportunities for canal side living within stage 5. gain. When it comes to a high quality build Own your own 817m2 canal access section positioned and finishing, this home has it all. Three to capture all day sun and great views. An affordable 2 double bedrooms with built-in furniture in option to a south after Lake Hood lifestyle. wardrobes. View By Appointment View By Appointment

CANAL & MOUNTAIN VIEWS

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"PAVILION STYLE" GRANDEUR

TOPS IN PRESENTATION

NEW LISTING OFFERS OVER $198,000 WEB ID AU34943 ASHBURTON 20 Torbay Avenue Build your dream home on this large 1007sqm north west facing canal section. Situated amongst quality homes in Torbay Avenue overlooking reserve with the lake on your door step, this section will be in high demand.

$210,000 WEB ID AU36734 ASHBURTON 24 Torbay Avenue Situated in an established cul-de-sac, this 978sqm section is the perfect size to build your dream home. North west facing, ideal for outdoor living and positioned on the canal making Lake Hood on your door step. Don't delay - be in your home for summer!

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SPACE, STYLE AND LOCATION

$629,500 WEB ID AU36975 OFFERS OVER $405,000 WEB ID AU36669 WESTSIDE WESTSIDE 14 Catherwood Avenue 4 Glassey Drive Modern and sunfilled "pavilion style" This sizeable family home has been 3 3 home on 1080m2 superb landscaped completely updated over recent years stream frontage section. Two separate carpets, drapes, paintwork, kitchen and living areas plus separate kitchen/diningbathroom are all in top condition, and 2 1 attractive courtyard with lap pool. Formal tastefully done. All the rooms are of style entry opening into formal living. generous proportions. View By Appointment

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CLASSIC, CLASSY TOWNHOUSE GREAT VALUE HERE

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APPEALING LOOKING HOME

OFFERS OVER $480,000 WEB ID AU36660 NEGOTIATION WEB ID AU36678 $239,995 WEB ID AU35727 NEG OVER $368,000 WEB ID AU36233 WESTSIDE ASHBURTON WESTSIDE WESTSIDE 66 Cameron Street 51B Walnut Avenue 1C Kermode Street 75 Creek Road Always sought after in this location. Currently rented, these fantastic tenants This has always been a attractive looking 3+ Really good bones here! Designed by Bill 2 2 3 Substantial family home within easy Skews in 1978, this property is set in a are keen to stay. You must consider this home. 3 good sized double bedrooms, spa walking distance to towns main amenities cluster of five townhouses, near the immaculate Body Corporate property built bath in main bathroom, separate shower all the things you would expect to find in college on Walnut Avenue. Two double in 2007. One of six similar units, sunny and room, kitchen dining, good sized lounge 2 1 1 1 this quality home and more including bedrooms with loads of wardrobe space double glazed containing two bedrooms. plus extra room on the end. Modernised spacious living areas, a wonderful and built in furniture. Open plan kitchen/lounge. kitchen, double garage with attached conservatory. wood shed. 2 1 1 2 View By Appointment View By Appointment View By Appointment

ESTABLISHED BUILDING SITE

OFFERS OVER $230,000 WEB ID AU36183 WESTSIDE 7 Woodham Drive This sunny 1012 m2 section in a quiet west side cul-de-sac is all ready to build on with all services at gate. A pump and its own well already on site and some existing garden with a watering system in place from when this was part of a larger garden, more than 3/4 of the fencing is complete. Enquire now to view. View By Appointment

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CONVENIENT, BUT PRIVATE

FANTASTIC FIRST HOME

$277,000 WEB ID AU35977 $259,000 WEB ID AU35899 EASTSIDE EASTSIDE Fl 2, 350 Burnett Street 6 Adams Street A really nice townhouse close to town in Beautifully presented bungalow with two 2 2+ excellent condition. The two bedrooms are living rooms, two bedrooms plus sunroom generous with good wardrobe space. alternatively could be used as four Separate kitchen, with morning sun, bedrooms. Recently insulated and heating 1 1 opening to living area. Patio enjoys privacy provided by log burner and heat pump. A and sun. Single garage has auto door timber deck extends from living room. opener. 1 2 View By Appointment View By Appointment

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Hastings McLeod Ltd Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY

HUNTINGDON DEER FARM

WEB ID AR36748 ASHBURTON 192 Griffiths Road 15 HA located only 12 kms from town. Fertile Waterton silt loam soils. School buses at the gate. The property has its own well for domestic and stock water. The homestead is approx. 350m2 in size and features 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and large sunny living areas. 3 car garage attached with 3 phase power. Farm buildings include 3 bay shed, deer yard & cattle yard. A good first step farm or add on. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY Friday 23rd May 2014 at 4.00pm

1025 HA MAJOR DAIRY

DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY DAIRY SUPPORT/ARABLE WEB ID AR36664

WEB ID AR36871 MAYFIELD 135 Anama Settlement Road

RAKAIA Bankside In Central Canterbury, this iconic property consists of 3 dairy farms of 917.6 hectares plus adjacent 107 hectare support unit and leased and managed support unit providing long term control of most facets of the business. Currently in an irrigation redevelopment phase, work has begun on extending centre pivot irrigation and further intensifying the properties with an additional rotary milking shed. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold prior) Tuesday 20th May 2014 at 3.00pm

THIS IS SPECIAL

DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY

"Waipuna" 114 hectare total (being 100 hectares free hold, 14.5 hectares AMF) seldom do farms in this location become available to purchase. Located at Anama on quality Wakanui soils with some river wash silts and approx. 3kms to Mayfield Township. Currently run as a arable/dairy support property growing a wide mix of cereals, rape and kale for dairy grazing. View By Appointment DEADLINE PRIVATE TREATY (unless sold prior) Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 3.00pm

$1,200,000 + GST IN THE HEART OF WINCHMORE

$960,000 + GST

WEB ID AR32747 ASHBURTON 364 Ashburton Staveley Road

WEB ID AL36356 ASHBURTON Winchmore Dromore Road

18 ha of fertile soils fully irrigated. Located in a peaceful country area only minutes from town. The property is complemented by a magnificent new homestead with features not usually found EG: alternative back up power supply. The east wing locates the master room with ensuite, the office and amenities room. The west wing has bedrooms, bathroom and access to 3 car garaging. The farm buildings include lock up workshop, open bay shed, 3 bay shed and a self contained sleep out. A peaceful, attractive property offering income and a relaxed rural lifestyle.

An attractive 19.7 HA in two titles located in the heart of Winchmore. Fertile Lismore soils fully boderdyke irrigated. Well subdivided and sheltered. Good improvements, 4 bay shed with one enclosed for two loose boxes, cattle yards. Property has its own well. An opportunity for an attractive rural lifestyle plus income within minutes of town View By Appointment

$1,200,000 + GST View By Appointment

NEG OVER $1,750,000 AFFORDABLE LIVING

16HA-2 TITLES

WEB ID AR36241 ASHBURTON 779 Winchmore-Dromore Road Well located rural lifestyle with a stylish home of contemporary elegance. Looking for something a little bit special? Classic lines, functional spaces and quality furnishings throughout. The heart of the home is the open plan kitchen/informal dining/everyday living that connects to a sheltered outdoor courtyard. Large formal dining and lounge area. Large master bedroom and sleek ensuite. 3 further spacious bedrooms and 2 further bathrooms. A home full of light and space. Sited in private mature peaceful surrounds. The land is borderdyke irrigated. Neg. over $1,750,000 + GST View By Appointment

$170,000 WEB ID AL36563 MOUNT SOMERS 54 Pattons Road Seldom does a tidy affordable unit such as 2 this become available. This 2 bedroom home has heaps of appeal with its modernised kitchen and bathroom. Great 1 views of Mt Somers. Completely fenced section and large double garage. Currently rented. 2 View By Appointment

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"BALLYMORE" - A PRIME LOCATION

Winchmore

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Aylesbury, Canterbury

1057 Mitcham Road

Deadline Sale

1015 Wards Road

Deadline Sale

This outstanding 51 hectare rural property is well positioned in the heart of the Winchmore area, and has traditionally been used for grazing dairy stock. It is supported by productive lismore soils, border dyke irrigation, good levels of farm infrastructure, specimen trees and a delightful four bedroom homestead set among established grounds. A versatile property in a prime location supported by excellent spray irrigation options, providing a valuable resource for future farming practices on this property.

Offers invited on or before 4pm, Thurs 22 May 2014 3 Deans Avenue, Christchurch www.bayleys.co.nz/517777

John McPhail

M 027 588 0295 B 03 375 4700 john.mcphail@bayleys.co.nz

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

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A top-shelf, productive, lamb and cattle fattening farm 560.9145ha in three Titles (with purchasing options) Extremely well farmed and immaculately presented Existing irrigation from two 60m wells (76L/sec and 45.6L/ sec), 2,000 CPW shares included in the sale Modern infrastructure - large sheds, covered yards and woolshed, two homes, well sheltered, excellent shape, good location, approximately 35km from Christchurch City

All offers on or before 4pm, Thurs 22 May 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517794

Ben Turner

M 027 530 1400 B 03 375 4700 ben.turner@bayleys.co.nz

Mike Adamson M 027 221 1909

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

’LOCHABER DOWNS’

Whitecliffs, Central Canterbury Deadline Sale

550 Whitecliffs Road - Approximately 835ha (subject to survey) Combining excellent infrastructure, good fertility and aesthetic appeal, and being under an hour from Christchurch ensures this well-balanced farm will continue to prosper. It is well subdivided with a high standard of fencing and very good tracking for access to the whole property, two homes, modern facilities including woolshed and covered yards, cattle yards, workshop and hayshed and a very good airstrip. Clean tussock country through to rolling downs and flats winters 4,300 stock units of sheep and beef and a good annual rainfall provides the ability to make large quantities of supplementary feed. Native and exotic tree plantings provides an aesthetically pleasing place to live and work, and good shelter for stock. Lochaber Downs provides great recreation such as hunting, duckshooting and easy walks and is close to several ski fields, lakes and rivers. This is a standout property in a great location.

All offers on or before 4pm, Wed 28 May 2014 View by appointment www.bayleys.co.nz/517854

Ben Turner

M 027 530 1400 B 03 375 4700 ben.turner@bayleys.co.nz

Mike Adamson M 027 221 1909

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

HOLIDAY AT HOME

Lake Hood

GOLDEN YEAR’S

Tinwald

15 Ludlow Drive

For Sale $560,000

16 Johnstone Street

Situated at popular Lake Hood this three bedroom property is unlike any other. Interconnecting living spaces they flow seamlessly to the outdoor entertaining area. Upstairs is the master bedroom, walk in wardrobe and ensuite. Attached double garage which is drive through to house your boat or trailer.

Mick Hydes

We have the perfect situation for your golden year´s right here in this package. Full sized (160m²) house consisting of three bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen/dining and separate living with hide away office plus a double garage. All of this on a level street front section of 462m².Close to full shopping centre in Tinwald, Ashburton.

For Sale $410,000 www.bayleys.co.nz/517680

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

www.bayleys.co.nz/517813

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377 mick.hydes@bayleys.co.nz

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377 debbie.boon@bayleys.co.nz

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377 mick.hydes@bayleys.co.nz

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377 debbie.boon@bayleys.co.nz

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY

Allenton Deadline Sale

46 Lane Street Charm and character are combined with modern living in this four bedroom warm and inviting home. Two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs with second bathroom and two more bedrooms downstairs. The large living area flows outdoors to the spacious decking area. Double garage and easy care section in this popular Allenton location.

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $410,000 on or before 3pm, Tues 20 May View Sat 10.45-11.15 www.bayleys.co.nz/517862

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

ONE UP

Allenton

70 Alford Forest Road

Price by Negotiation

This property will suit the growing family. It comprises one bedroom and a large games room on the first floor and three bedrooms, a living, kitchen/dining plus bathroom and garage on ground floor. The interior has just been painted and exterior timber areas painted about a year ago.

The Vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $338,000 www.bayleys.co.nz/517590

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

DON’T MISS OUT

Allenton

8 Pages Road

Deadline Sale

Fantastic opportunity here for first home buyers or investors alike. Generous open plan dining and kitchen. Situated in popular Westside of Ashburton on a tidy 724m² flat section. Current tenants are keen to stay on if purchased by an investor. Add a garage and add value to this very tidy property. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $319,000 on or before 2pm, Tues 20 May 2014 View Sat 10-10.30am www.bayleys.co.nz/517848

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

Mick Hydes

M 027 430 7041

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY

Hampstead

13A Wellington Street

Price by Negotiation

Looking to add to your rental portfolio? With a good tenant in place this two storied townhouse is extremely tidy. Two bedrooms, open plan kitchen/ dining/living with gas fire and internal access garaging. A stones throw from town.

Debbie Boon Mick Hydes

Tinwald

Tinwald

A LITTLE CRACKER

70A Tarbottons Road

Price by Negotiation

139 Harland Street

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $840,000 View Sat 10.45-11.15am www.bayleys.co.nz/517694

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE Architecturally designed with your lifestyle in mind this stunning new 289m² home will appeal to those seeking luxurious open layout, where ease of living on one level is apparent. This fantastic property features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate media/lounge room, study or fifth bedroom and attached double garage.

The Vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $239,000 View Sat 10-10.30am www.bayleys.co.nz/517802

This extremely tidy bungalow is well insulated with a fabulous Tinwald location. Three bedrooms, open plan living with new log burner. Easy-care section with great fencing. WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008.

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Price by Negotiation

The vendor invites offers in the vicinity of $235,000 www.bayleys.co.nz/517460

Mick Hydes

M 027 437 9696 B 03 307 7377

Debbie Boon

M 027 448 4006 B 03 307 7377

www.bayleys.co.nz


Real Estate Sales

Slight cooling in April Real Estate sales Auckland residential property prices cooled slightly during April with sales down approximately 15 per cent over the same time last year, returning to 2012 levels. 1. anzac easter affect sales

Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director, Peter Thompson, said this was customary due to the Easter, Anzac Day and school holiday period, but a higher than normal number of listings (3623) was also adding to market competiveness. “Undoubtedly, the loan-to-value ratio and interest rates were also keeping prices in check.” Barfoot & Thompson sold 811 properties during April for an average price of $708,603. “This average is higher than those achieved last year but more aligned to 2012 numbers. It shows ongoing support in the Auckland property market, but more listings creates more choice, and that ultimately softens prices. “Sellers need to stay pragmatic about their property prices and not overprice them if they want them sold.”

2. median price $615,550 The April median price was $619,550. Mr Thompson said sales of homes over $500,000 continued to trade well with 547 homes sold in this price range during April, echoing the sort of figures achieved over summer. This was reinforced in the higher price echelons with 286 homes sold over $750,000 and 120 sales realised over the one million dollar mark. These were consistent with figures achieved from December 2013, through February 2014. Mr Thompson said the market still showed buoyancy and will continue to hold its own over the cooler months. “The economy is strong, and there’s a lot to choose from which is great for home buyers. But there’s realism in the market and prices are being pulled back into line. As experienced in seasonal trends, we can expect some price retraction over winter.” Released on behalf of Barfoot & Thompson by Network Communication (Antonios Papaspiropoulos),

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Industry Comment

Mortgage rates

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Open home presentation

6.60

6. Driveways free of dirt, stains and rubbish. 7. House number prominently displayed. 8. Fencing and gate should be in good order. 9. Sheds and garage to be neat and tidy.

Presentation can make the difference between a sale or not and for what price.

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1. Street appeal - how does your house look from outside? 2. Front door and entranceway N TIO could have flowering potted G C N U I T plants. A S I L NEW 3. Lawns and gardens, mowed, raked and groomed. 4. Prune trees to let in natural light. 5. Clear spider webs.

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With just a small amount of effort and a few tips from your agent you can make your home shine.

When putting your home on the market it is always important to prepare the house for viewings and open homes.

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The goal is to make your home the most appealing home in the market at your price range.

OJ – Martin Dodson

P.A.

De-clutter and remove unnecessary furniture (create space) Do a very deep clean and remove excessive knick-knacks and valuables. Remove the objections or huddles like carpet stains, poor paintwork, any other obvious damage. Remove signs of pets and deodorise entire house Get the kids to help put their toys away. (yeah, right) Make sure everything works correctly, door handles, switches, light bulbs, locks and latches.

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LISTINGS NEEDED

ASKING PRICE $315,000

15 Pattons Road, Mt Somers 1 acre dream - Country weatherboard cottage set on one acre in the rural Mt Somers township. Three bedroom home with good heating. Currently two bedrooms and an office. Large workshop 70m2 currently used as a cattery. Buy as a home with workshop and sheds OR home and continue the cattery business, (conditions and price apply, + GST if any). HRV heat recovery system. Lovely country garden with mature fruit trees and room for vegie patch and paddock for the hobby farm - sheep, calves, pony or horse.

Free market or rental appraisals now.

ASKING PRICE $320,000

92 Mayfield Klondyke Road, Mayfield Saturday, May 10: 10:00am to 11:00 am Rural outlook Mayfield - This is your opportunity to own a great quality country home. Located on the outskirts of the Mayfield township with rural outlook. Three bedroom home on ¾ acre (3364m2). Two car garaging and an enclosed lockable workshop with concrete floor incorporating a separate office and three bay shed. Off street parking for at least six cars. House has underfloor insulation and roof insulation. Recently carpeted throughout. Logburner with safety fireguard. Sizable gardens, veggie patch and mature trees.

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Renovations

The golden rules of renovating If there are three golden rules about renovating, says property consultant Jane Eyles-Bennett, they are: Buy well, don’t spend too much money and renovate wisely. Sound simple? She says you’d be surprised how many times she has seen renovations go badly wrong. Eyles-Bennett runs a business called Hotspace, helping people to maximise financial returns from renovations, through services such as online Renovation Action Plans. And she says there are some common rookie mistakes that are essential to avoid.

1. crunch the numbers Before you begin a project, you really need to know your numbers. What is the property worth now? What could it be expected to be worth once it’s renovated? How much can you afford to spend on renovations? You can get an idea of what a property could potentially be worth by talking to real estate agents or property valuers. Local real estate agents can also advise on who will likely be interested in your property and what kind of work will appeal to them. For example, if you’re in an area that is popular with young families, paving a lawn to make an entertaining space is unlikely to be a good option. Eyles-Bennett says: “I start by identifying my target audience and thinking about the sorts of things they place value on. Families value homes with a yard and fences and perhaps a bath and areas for children to play in and outside the home, young professional couples might value mod-cons, a double shower and great entertaining spaces. I also think about the end use of the property. Does it need to last a long time because it is being held and rented out or is the owner selling ASAP?”

2. crunch the numbers Once you know how much you can afford to spend, break your budget down into percentages. Allocate 20 per cent of your total budget to the exterior, 10 to 15 per cent to the bathroom, 20 per cent to the kitchen and so on. “This means the whole of the property can be renovated without running out of money.”

REUSE, RECYCLE

3. reuse, recycle

Don’t take the wrecking ball to the property just yet. Eyles-Bennett recommends maximising returns by keeping as much of the property as you can.“Some renos you can pull the whole house apart and start again but this doesn’t happen very often. Whatever is in good condition try to re-use it. Look for anything that can be easily renovated - but be aware of

false economy. “Also be aware of compromising the look of a space by re-using. It’s a fine line. What you do to a particular area will depend on the budget you have allocated to that particular area. If you have $10,000 for a bathroom, you could most likely gut it and start again. However if you only have $2,000 then you’ll need to be super savvy with what you chose to do to it.”

You can then work out what can be done for the amount of money you have to spend in each area. Eyles-Bennett says: “Obviously $6,000 is not going to buy a whole new kitchen, so you need to figure out what you can do to your particular kitchen for $6,000. What are the priorities? This is where one needs to stay unemotional .”

As long as the numbers work and a solid renovation process is followed, then I believe money from property is definitely there to be made.

Don’t just assume you know how much everything will cost - work it out to the finest detail. If the costs don’t stack up, go back and do the budget again. Eyles-Bennett says renovators need to do this over and over again until they are sure of each price tag. Talk to contractors about how long each bit of work will take and let them know about your plans for the property as a whole.

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Things like just replacing tap fittings or door handles can make a big difference - and a fresh coat of paint will help rooms to look crisp and modern. MIND THE GAP 4. mind the gap Watch out for hidden costs. EylesBennett says: “Where something wasn’t accounted for at the beginning of the job, tradies often will charge an arm and a leg to get it done on the spot. I always suggest having a contingency. Surprise costs usually hit inexperienced renovators hardest.” She gives the example of a bathroom. An inexperienced renovator might budget for a new bath and a plumber to install it. “In fact, you need to factor in 1) a plumber to disconnect the existing bath, 2) removal and disposal of the existing bath, 3) installation of the bath itself, 4) plumbing the new bath (and taps/ spout etc) in, 5) re-tiling the walls, side of the bath and the most probably floor. All of a sudden a $300 bath and a $150 plumber turns into a $1,000

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If you are renovating a property to sell or rent, put your own tastes aside. Keep things as neutral as possible to appeal to a wide audience. Newbie renovators often spend too little or too much on a renovation cheap materials in an otherwise good job, or splashing out on a house in an area where prices aren’t at the level where the renovation will pay for itself. “Also spending money on things that do not add value to the property or spending money in the wrong areas. For instance, spending $4,000 on a laundry storage unit where (say) the overall budget is only $30,000. Or spending $15,000 on the exterior of the property where $4,000 would have worked just as well.” And that old adage about buying the worst house in the street? Not true if you’re looking to renovate for profit, Eyles-Bennett says. Be realis-

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DIY

Tiling your hearth SHANE WOODS If you need to replace your logburner before the winter chill really sets in, you may want to tile the hearth. Tiles are inherently fireproof, which makes them suitable for covering a hearth, protecting the surrounding floor area from heat damage and making an attractive addition to your home. While tiling a fireplace hearth may seem like a job best left to the professionals, with a little patience and know-how, it is an achievable DIY job. Tiles let you create patterns and intricate designs in your hearth, or you can use plain tiles to make a more subdued statement. Any floor tile is suitable for use on a hearth, and they are installed just like you would on any other floor surface.

(Above) Preparing the hearth pad (Left) Laying out the tiles in the finished patter before applying adhesive

If you are wishing to tile a hearth before installing your new, council approved logburner, you will need to check the specifications before you start to make sure the hearth will be the right size. Then, as long as you have a good foundation and layout, the job should be relatively straight forward. 1. Ensure that the hearth pad is level and has an adequate surface for adhering the tiles. If the existing hearth pad is concrete, apply an arcylic bonding agent before tiling. If the existing floor is wooden, coat it with adhesive and screw a sheet of cement or tile underlay on top. Allow to dry for 24 hours. 2. Lay out the tiles you intend to install right on top of the hearth pad without any adhesive. Use this dry layout of the tiles to determine the pattern of the tiles as well as the layout. Begin your layout in the front, center of the hearth and move out evenly to each side for a balanced layout. If installing the tiles using an offset pattern, adjust the layout accordingly until you get tiles of equal size on each side. Use tile spacers to ensure straight tile lines.

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3. Cut the tiles to fit the perimeter of the hearth on a tile wet saw and return them to the dry layout to double check their fit.

Tiling - with a little patience and know-how, it is an achievable DIY job.

4. Remove the tiles from the hearth in the opposite order you laid them down in and set them nearby.

termined in your layout, twisting the tiles and pushing down any high tiles to ensure they are even.

5. Spread a small amount of tile adhesive onto the hearth pad with a trowel. Spread the mortar with the flat edge of the trowel, then comb the mortar with the trowel notches until it is uniform in thickness.

7. Allow the mortar to cure for 24 hours, then grout the hearth. Spread the grout over the tiles with a grout float held at a 45-degree angle to the hearth. Turn the float closer to 90 degrees to scrape off any excess grout from the surface of the tiles.

6. Press tiles into the mortar adhesive in the same order you de-

8. Allow the grout to set up for half and hour, then wash down the surface of the tiles with a slightly damp grout sponge. Rinse and wring out the sponge thoroughly every few passes over the tiles to ensure you remove any excess grout. Use the corners of the sponge to help shape the grout lines if necessary. Allow the grout to dry for 24 hours. (Below) The finished hearth

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Grass

No mowing, no watering no bugs - sound good? In the last few years, a lot of synthetic grasses have come on to the market and for those who struggle with their lawn, fake grass can be tempting.

the environmental benefits of an organic lawn can't be beaten.

But what are the pros and cons? And which one is better for the environment?

"The natural product is a filter for the environment, it cools the house, it's a nice soft playing area and it doesn't have a use-by date."

1. The pro's Most importantly, artificial grass doesn't need watering. Not only does this conserve precious water, it can save you money. Fake grass is also clean, always green and can be a great solution for areas of the garden that don't get enough sun, get too much sun, or have runoff or erosion issues. Representatives from the artificial grass industry promote the eco-friendly credentials of synthetic grass- it requires no fertilising, no petrolpowered mowing and very little watering.

2. The con's Natural lawn experts, such as Turf Australia president John Keleher, say

"As a turf grower, of course we love natural grass," he says.

While natural grass is an "infinite" product, artificial grass needs replacing every 10 years or so, Keleher says. "Natural grass keeps growing and regenerating it just takes a little care and maintenance." But Keleher says he would highly recommend putting in fake grass where the natural product simply cannot be grown, or in areas such as verandas, patios and rooftops. On online gardening forum Seabreeze, many artificial grass owners complain about how their lawn gets hot in summer, while others note their lawn looks unusual in summer when natural lawns brown and theirs maintains a "fresh spring look". Pet-owners say they have problems with their dogs digging around the borders of their fake grass, and some

say a pungent smell emanates from the lawn because their furry friend has urinated on it. Artificial grass does heat up in summer because it's made from synthetic plastic, but there are ways to combat excess heat pick-up. The softer and more dense the turf filaments, the more heat will be absorbed. Ways to keep the heat under control include keeping the turf filaments brushed upright to reduce heat absorption, installing a sprinkler to partially cover an area if used on a hot day, or choosing a product with a firmer yarn.

Nigel Ruck, a lawn care consultant, says there are many arguments in favour of traditional lawns in the back yard, but the most compelling relates to heat. On a hot day, a turf lawn will be 20 degrees cooler than synthetic grass, he says. He also says fake grass does not act as a filter to prevent pollutants getting into waterways, and it won't absorb carbon or produce oxygen like a natural lawn will. There is a time and a place for synthetic grass, Ruck says, but "natural grass is much better.

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