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Upper Hutt Leader : June 22nd 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 22, 2011 NEWS 2148529BS Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, I thought it was time for a review of the property market in Upper Hutt having not done one for a while and yet again the sales statistics make for interesting reading. There are still very negative media reports about the property market almost everywhere in New Zealand with the possible exception of Auckland but you have to take into account a considerably larger population in Auckland that seems to be growing in contrast to much of the rest of the country. Since January 1st 2011 until May 31st there have been 278 property sales in Upper Hutt, a big difference from the same time last year when the number of sales was only 236, a substantial difference of 42 sales. So does this mean the market has changed? I wish it was as simple as saying yes or no but unfortunately not. The market does appear to be finding its feet in terms of sale numbers, in fact when the figures are extrapolated towards the end of December we find we are more at the numbers of 2008 and 2009, however these are still a considerable distance away from the figures of2007. One major change on last year is the median number of days it takes a property to sell, in May 2010 it was 44, in May 11 it is 52. This shows properties are on the market longer ensuring buyers may have more time to make a choice in what they purchase. I should also mention that for the same time periods the median sale price is vastly different with a figure of $330,000 this year compared with $296,500 last year, although this is explained by a larger number of higher priced properties selling distorting the figures somewhat. So on reflection, my thoughts are "same old, same old." There are still around 550 properties for sale in Upper Hutt although I expect this number will decrease going further into winter, buyers still have the luxury of choice and well priced properties sell pretty quickly, exactly as they would in a stronger market. The uplift in sales is good to see and I expect this year to finish stronger than last which I'm relieved to say as I'm not sure I would have thought that on the first day of 2011. If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email email@example.com alternately fill in your details on my website www.steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS email@example.com Delivered to 22,226 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 2920501AA 3222878AT Telephone (04) 527 7977 Mobile 027 211 4007 Fax (04) 527 7978 Email firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 40-728, Upper Hutt 5140 3 Jupiter Grove, Trentham, Upper Hutt 5018 Always make sure you use a Licensed Plumber, Gasftter and Drainlayer Winter Heating ... We service and install gas appliances PLUS We install heatpumps CALL US FOR A COMPETITIVE PRICE TODAY Brave new world: A vision for Maymorn's shopping area, the central area of the development, and a ''bird's eye'' view of the total proposed village project. Maymorn's future full of promise FROM Page 2 Upper Hutt is a city of opportunities, with plenty of leisure attractions, lifestyle options and a rich natural environment. It also has a strong and inclusive com- munity and an effective transport network. And it also offers a choice of rural and urban property opportunities. Really this planning work, to be at the stage we are and able to take it in detail to the community, is a landmark initiative from a council which believes in tangible long-term planning, Mr Guppy says. It s a dynamic concept and far reaching . . . within the Maymorn community there has been a lot of positive information sharing and consultation already. This is a community initiative and we are looking for community outcomes, Mr Guppy says. The draft Maymorn Structure Plan will be before the policy committee today at 4.30pm. Armed hold-up in home By JIMMY NESS Police are appealing to Chatsworth Rd residents and locals in the area for information about an armed hold-up on Sunday evening when well-known couple Yvonne and Malcolm Wiffen were robbed at gunpoint in their home about 6pm. Upper Hutt area commander Inspector Mike Hill says it was not a random attack. Three men took more than $50,000 in $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes and jewellery from a safe in the home of the couple, who run a commer- cial cleaning business. The Wiffens live at the southern end of Chatsworth Rd and decor- ate their garden every Christmas. Before the offenders fled though, they bound the elderly couple and covered their heads. This has left the victims extremely shaken in what was a very, very scary incident, Mr Hill says. The offenders left about 6.20pm. Police are unsure how they trav- elled to the address. They are described as either Maori, Polynesian or African, all wearing dark blue or black clothing, and all were of athletic build, Mr Hill says. We urgently need to hear from anyone in the Chatsworth Rd, Silver- stream area, who witnessed anything suspicious between 6 and 6.30pm [on Sunday] night. We also appeal to any- one who may know who these offenders are. Contact Upper Hutt police on 527 2300 or Crime- stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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