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Home buying ambitions high among Auckland renters

In a survey of Auckland renters living in properties managed by Barfoot & Thompson, a strong majority maintained their ambition to own a home of their own - with fifty-nine percent saying they intended to buy in the next two-to-five years. The response surprised even Barfoot & Thompson, Auckland’s leading real estate company. “We were taken by surprise by the positive response… Read full post

Danielle Cormack returns from Africa

Kiwi-born actress Danielle Cormack, most well-known for her roles in Shortland Street, Wentworth and Rake , has returned from a 10-day tour of some of Africa’s most impoverished nations, where she saw first-hand the positive effects of ChildFund New Zealand-funded programmes to improve self-sufficiency in communities stricken by drought and poverty. She also met with the child she has sponsored… Read full post

New World's nationwide sausage sizzle for Starship

New World stores around the country are getting ready to cook thousands of sausages for a stellar cause: the country’s national children’s hospital, Starship. This Saturday, September 2nd, staff at more than 130 New World stores across New Zealand will fire up their barbecues and fry some sausages for their shoppers to enjoy for a gold coin donation. All funds raised are destined… Read full post

Four Square Ellerslie named Foodstuffs North Island's Store of the Year

A small Four Square store in suburban Auckland has pipped its bigger brand brothers to win Foodstuffs North Island’s 2017 Store of the Year. Four Square Ellerslie won top honours at the cooperative’s annual awards dinner at Auckland Museum on Friday, 11 August. Around 200 owner-operators, support staff and partners attended the awards, after the cooperative’s annual meeting earlier… Read full post

Keeping NZ’s tiniest hearts warm

In the past 5 years, Peninsula Club, a thriving retirement village located in Whangaparaoa, has donated over 4,000 knitted garments to Starship, Waitakere and North Shore hospitals helping to keep some of our smallest Kiwis warm. The Peninsula Club’s knitting group has been knitting for charities for a total of 10 years and currently has 42 members aged from 53 to 93 years old. They meet… Read full post

Quarterly Auckland rental update: Rental yields back on the upswing

Auckland's average rental yield rises for the first time in three years Rental yields climb in roughly half the city’s suburbs, with an average return of 3.04% Across Auckland, average rent for Q2 2017 was 4.9% more than the same time last year Rental yields back on the upswing Returns for Auckland rental property owners look to be on the up, with gross rental… Read full post

Mid-Winter chill keeps Auckland vendors and buyers at home

A combination of winter blues, school holidays, and the impending election has resulted in fewer sales and new listings throughout Auckland during July. “Winter traditionally sees a slowing in the market and this winter has been no different,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “It can be hard to make even the best attributes of your home shine… Read full post

Auckland’s real estate hot spots – short- and long-term winners

Beachlands takes out top spot for first half of 2017 – 64% growth in median sales price Top 20 hot spots median sale prices up 12-64% (1H 2017 vs 1H 2016) Six of the top 20 also stand out for their long-term growth, measured at 5 and 10 years The picturesque beachside suburb of Beachlands has taken out the top spot in Barfoot & Thompson’s list of ‘Top… Read full post