Colourful wall of graffiti


Brown St makeover

Extreme makeover: villa edition

Feast your eyes on this transformation of an old Ponsonby villa. Owned by an expert archit...

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Much ado about paint

In the third instalment of first home buyers Alisha & Dom's journey, they're pulling out t...

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Preest Journal 2 - renovations

The Preest Journal: let the renovations begin

In part 2 of this mini-series, the Preests pick apart their new home, and decide on how to...

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The Preests' first home

The Preest Journal: buying our first home

In a world of articles about young couples buying their first home 'on their own' but with...

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Green wall, plant and couch

3 ways to transform your house in the new year

As we welcome 2017, many of us are looking at ways of improving or bettering ourselves. Pe...

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How to lift yield on your rental property

With the Reserve Bank LVR changes (and generally below par rental yields) now is the time ...

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Builder with earphones, sawing

Your home and DIY: When is it time to call in the experts?

Some jobs are best done with the assistance of experts. Here's how you know it's time to g...

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Bench saw

Designing the perfect man cave or woman shed

They have come in all shapes and sizes in the past: Sheds, offices, even literal caves if ...

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Three simple tips to beat the chill this winter

Here are just three simple ways you can take the bite out of the weather and make your hom...

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Elaborate bathroom

What is overcapitalisation?

Adding rooms or features to your home can boost your value when capital gains aren't as st...

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Tradesman stripping wallpaper

What does an effective renovation look like?

If you're buying investment property, sometimes renovations can be a great way to get the ...

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3 tips for a stress-free renovation

Thinking of going DIY? Renovations are one way that a lot of people add value to their pro...

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Tiny wooden house in a forest

Keep an open mind when searching for property

The property searching process has often been likened to a filter funnel. In some ways no ...

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Family home living room

The buying choice - existing family home or do-up?

As a buyer you have to ask yourself to what extent your head rules your heart or whether y...

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Colour books, samples

First Home Makeover | Himikera finished!

We've finally finished the renovation at Himikera. Took us a bit longer than expected but ...

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Lessons on relocatable houses and subdividing land

I've been buying and developing a lot of properties this year either as an investor, or as...

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Himikera Property exterior

Growing your property portfolio

We get to see a number of ambitious young investors looking to rapidly grow their fledglin...

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Pre 1940's house

Risk with houses built before 1945

We’ve had a couple of interesting client problems this week that we’ve solved for them but...

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Paintbrush with white paint, renovating

Our latest makeover

Clients were too afraid to take this one on so we did it ourselves and have now put it on ...

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Paint brush with white paint, renovation

We've finished our first makeover

We did this makeover with a $70,000 budget, which was a mixture of our funding and some cl...

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Leaky, damp house

What to Make of "Leaky Building" Syndrome

As a first time buyer, you should be very wary of purchasing a monolithic/stucco-clad home...

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