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Starting A Tenancy: A Guide for Tenants

April 5, 2017
If you’ve never rented a property before, you may be wondering where to start. By following the process recommended by Tenancy Services, you can find a great property and enjoy living in it happily for many years. We have written today’s post to break down the process so it’s easy to understand for anyone who is getting ready to rent a property for the first time. 1. Find a suitable flat or house First things first – it’s time to find...

Starting A Tenancy: A Guide for Landlords

March 6, 2017
Starting A Tenancy: A Guide for Landlords According to New Zealand’s 2013 census, over 30% of Christchurch households live in a rented home, a number that matches the nationwide average. With the large number of people renting homes each year, it’s important that certain processes are followed to ensure a fair arrangement for tenants and landlords alike. The laws that protect landlords and tenants are set forth in the Residential Tenancies Act. At First Avenue we have worked with many clients...

Infographic - The Impact of the Quake

February 22, 2017
On this day six years ago at 12.51pm, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred in Christchurch, causing widespread devastation and loss of life. The event had both immediate and gradual impacts to both the people, housing and businesses within the Canterbury region. To mark today's significance, we have created an infographic that visualises just some of the many ways the Christchurch earthquake impacted the communities within Canterbury. We hope you find it interesting as we all reflect on the events that...

Our Top 5 Property Management Tips for Summer

January 17, 2017
Summer is finally here, but the change of seasons brings a new set of challenges for landlords. In general, landlords can expect their tenants to have fewer problems in the summer than in the winter – there are no leaky roofs or heating problems to contend with, for example. That being said, we’ve noticed that a few problems can crop up when the weather gets warmer. To help you prepare for a successful and happy summer, we’ve put together our top...

Monthly Christchurch Property Market Commentary - 15/12/16

January 13, 2017
Is staging your property worth the cost? and is this time of year a good time to consider buying or selling property? View Melissa's latest interview with Spotlight on Canterbury.
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Buying or Selling a Home After an Earthquake

December 1, 2016
Given the recent shakes and rumbles, you may be wondering how an earthquake in your area could affect your ability to buy or sell a property. If you have had plans to buy or sell in North Canterbury, you need to be especially aware of how recent events could affect you. In today’s article, we’re going to discuss some of the aspects that you may need to consider. How the Kaikoura earthquake will affect the property market In comparison to...

Monthly Christchurch Property Market Commentary - 17th Nov 2016

November 18, 2016
View Melissa's latest property market commentary in her latest interview on Spotlight on Canterbury.

Monthly Christchurch Property Market Commentary - 20/10/2016

November 18, 2016
View Melissa's latest interview on Spotlight on Canterbury.

KiwiSaver Is Making It Easier To Get Into A New Home

November 1, 2016
This year, the Government introduced a number of changes to make it easier for certain homebuyers to purchase a home. Perhaps the most important of these changes is in how KiwiSaver accounts can be leveraged to pull together a deposit and contribute towards the overall settlement. At First Avenue Property we have noticed a dramatic increase in interest from first-time homebuyers this year, which we attribute largely to these rule changes. Changes to KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme In July 2016, changes to...

Solving Tenancy Disputes Through Mediation

October 3, 2016
As a landlord, you are bound to encounter issues with a tenant at some point or another. In the majority of cases, these problems can be resolved amicably through a simple conversation. Sometimes, however, you might need the help of a mediator to resolve the issue and/or make the resolution legally binding. In today’s post we’re going to describe the benefits of mediation and explain how the mediation process works. Resolving tenancy issues Tenancy issues can range from very small to...
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