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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL email@example.com The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered of ce of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt Now available online at: http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com Our Weekly Top Ten Stories on: upperhuttleader.co.nz Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN email@example.com SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered to 22,226 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 2920501AA Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, I thought I would discuss possible selling strategies for today's market, some vendors may find it interesting, but I doubt there will be a lot here they don't already know. As we know the property market is constantly changing. Sometimes it seems to work in the favour of sellers and sometimes purchasers, there is no doubt that currently it is working for buyers. In the housing market, the concept of supply and demand, the forces of any marketplace, refers to the ratio of the number of buyers in the market at any given time to the number of houses for sale. In a buyers' market there are lots of houses for sale competing for a small number of buyers. This means buyers are at an advantage. Properties tend to stay longer on the market, so purchasers have more time to do the research that makes them knowledgeable about exactly what they can get for their money. They have the time and the confidence to try to negotiate hard for a 'ba rgain'. In this kind of market, buyers tend to be fussy about standards of maintenance, colour schemes and details that during a sellers' market they often have to overlook in the race to actually secure a property before the prices rise even higher. There are two main ways vendors can avoid being stuck with a 'stale' property that has been marketed, inspected and left on the shelf. The first is that attention to presentation and maintenance issues is extremely important as buyers and they will use any perceived flaw as evidence to support lower offers. The second is more important in my opinion. Buyers have time on their side and lots of properties to choose from, vendors should take special care in setting the asking price to that it is competitive rather than off putting. When there are few buyers in the market, vendors can't afford to hold out for unrealistic prices. The property should be priced to allow a small amount of room for negotiation but not too much or purchasers will simply put it in the too hard basket and move on. The thing to remember is that most sellers of one property are buyers of another one at the same time, so that in today's buyers' market, vendors who feel they miss out on the roundabout of the sale should be able to gain on the swings of the next purchase. If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email email@example.com alter nately fill in your details on my website www.steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial 2148529BP FREE * BRAKES * CV JOINTS * TOWBARS * LUBES * WOF * TRAILER HIRE * EXHAUSTS * SHOCKS * CLUTCHES * CAMBELTS Phone 527 8577 29 Queen Street, Upper Hutt MAIDSTONE MUFFLERS your undercar specialists Brake & Exhaust Checks 2761602AA Plan covers all priority areas FROM Page 1 Working alongside Urbanismplus and Mr Mentz were several specialists in areas of employment, landscape architecture, retailing and sustainability. Since the start-up consultation a four-day inquiry-by-design workshop was held with these specialists, more than 30 council officers and a number of key local business experts. The work, and the consultants approach, has identified five priority areas for the planning future: The economy, transport, the city centre, the environment and social/culture. Each of these has an identified specific focus and a number of initiatives which will be detailed at Monday s meeting. Aspects of this work, where we are at already with our new vision if you like, will be incorpor- ated into our long-term plan where, obviously, there will be further important consultation, Mr Guppy says. Library revamp ups numbers By COLIN WILLIAMS ' We are getting close to 1000 people through the door daily and that is phenomenal. ' Upper Hutt chief executive Chris Upton The city s revamped library is going gang busters. Statistics for the library s main performance indicators for March show a sharp increase over the same month a year ago. The statistics are tremendously positive, the city chief executive officer Chris Upton told Wednesday s services committee. The library, which underwent a $4 million redevelopment last year, recorded an overall 9 per cent increase in its door count, up to more than 29,500 for the month. We are getting close to 1000 people through the door daily and that is phenomenal, Mr Upton said. The size of the increase is particu- larly significant, as people returning books are no longer counted, notes to the statistics said. Circulation, including a huge rise in the number of customers using the new self-check system, increased by 13 per cent while inquiries rose a satisfying 42 per cent, Mr Upton said. That s a result of having more staff on the floor with the self- checking, and the library s new lay- out and technology. More than 350 new borrowers were registered for the month, an increase of more than 13 per cent while, overall, the library s revenue for the month increased by 28.7 per cent to more than $4500. All in all, it makes for very posi- tive reading, Mr Upton said. It s taken a wee while for the [new] library to bed in but it s very positive, he told councillors. The library redevelopment included a late design change to one entrance only, at the Fergusson Dr frontage. The issue of the lack of a back entrance was raised by councillor Mary Archibald. Is there any more information about the door? We need to do more work about this but all these people are managing to get in, she said. Mr Upton said the issue was being considered. We are looking at different options and we ll get back to you, he told Cr Archibald. Less positive for the city were the attendance figures for H2OXtream. The March patronage of 13,956 was the lowest for that month in three years. Programme attendance such as Learn to Swim, aqua yoga and Friday nights has increased but cas- ual admissions are down, the report said. Mr Upton said the result was driven by the economy and pretty well reflected throughout the country for similar facilities. All on for World Cup By COLIN WILLIAMS World wide: Liesl Harlen will co-ordinate Upper Hutt's Rugby World Cup activities. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS Liesl Harlen has the rugby world at her feet, right here in Upper Hutt. Ms Harlen has started in the part-time council-appointed job as Upper Hutt s Rugby World Cup co-ordinator. In March the council allocated $50,000 from surplus funds on promotion and activities for the event, concentrating on the weeks from early September to rugby s October 23 D-Day. Ms Harlen, who has a market- ing and project management background, will look to make the most of what Upper Hutt has to offer to its own residents and, hopefully, a number of dom- estic and international visitors. Many of the activities which occur in Upper Hutt over this period will be augmented with a World Cup awareness and pro- motion while there are already plans for several rugby events, particularly at primary school level. We ll try to use local events to communicate what s going on. We want to get a real buzz going and get the word out, to outside Upper Hutt, that there s plenty here on offer and plenty happening, she says. A Main St youth parade is in the planning and Ms Harlen will be working with her city peers, community groups and sporting clubs. In a way, locally, my role is to be a facilitator, to see what is being planned and get people working together. For example, the golf clubs in the area are looking to get involved, including Royal Wel- lington, and that is a good fit for the event and a top attraction for here because we have so many good clubs in wonderful surroundings, she says. One exciting event already planned is the Sporting Legends Dinner at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club on October 7. Rugby greats, and former international opposites John Kirwan and David Campese will be guest speakers at the dinner that promises to be a rugby- loving, fun-filled evening. For more information or if you have an activity planned, con- tact Ms Harlen at liesl. firstname.lastname@example.org In today s sports pages the search for living sporting legends in Upper Hutt is kicked off .
May 18th 2011