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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 2148529BX Talking Real Estate with Steve Slicker Hi folks, When buying a home or property most purchasers will have to undertake some form of negotiation when they find it. How much or how little they can afford to negotiate depends on the market, negotiating too hard in a sellers' market is never worth it as there will be many other buyers keen to pay more just to secure a property. It is worth considering the strategy of negotiating from the asking price to an acceptable selling price and realising that there are many things that inexperienced buyers say in the stress of the moment that might make them miss out. Many so-called experts say that buyers should hide their interest in a property. While it is foolish to tell a selling agent that you are so keen that you will do whatever it takes to secure the home, it is equally foolish to denigrate the home to try and hide your growing attachment to it. Most agents can tell stories of vendors who have chosen to take less for a property in order to sell to someone they think will love it and look after it, and will turn down purchasers who appear not to be 'suitable' especially if they have two sets of purchasers willing to pay the same price. After all, if you have lived in your home for ten years, planted the garden and painstakingly renovated the house yourself, who would you rather sell to? A nice young married couple who have admired your garden layout and want somewhere for their toddler to play and have made a realistic offer, or a brash buyer who has come up with a list of faults in order to justify a low offer? Furthermore, comments such as 'I've seen other properties that are better than yours and cheaper' rarely work. Sellers are human too and some will even cut off their nose to spite their face if they are riled by comments made by purchasers they think a mercenary or insensitive. Business is business, but it is carried out by human beings who a re often motivated as much by their emotions as by logic -- and if there are more buyers that houses for sale, vendors can afford to indulge their spleen and not lose any sales dollars over it. Ultimatums also rarely work. A buyer who says: "That's my final offer.' will very rarely get a vendor to reduce the price while a buyer who nibbles away, going up a little at a time will often bring a vendor down lower than they initially planned to go. If you are thinking of selling your home please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org alter nately fill in your details on my website www. steveslicker.com Kind regards, Steve Slicker (04) 212 6787 0275 661 949 Advertorial 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: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz EDITOR: ROSEMARY MCLENNAN email@example.com SPORTS EDITOR: COLIN WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards 3874157AA OPEN THE DOORS on a great selection BUILDING? RENOVATING? • Doors replaced / installed • Interior or Exterior • Pre-Hung Doors • Cavity Sliders • Locks, Latches & Handles • Houselots catered for 25A Wilford Street • Ph 527 8305 customer car parking easily accessed off Lane Street Email all inquiries to email@example.com 3426837AP School goes for gold St Brendan's School in Heretaunga will celebrate its 50th jubilee in October. Past pupils and staff will be coming together to celebrate their shared heritage and reawaken old friendships over the weekend of October 28 to 30. Key events include a powhiri and welcome mass on the Friday followed by an opportunity to see the school as it is now. In the evening there will be a mix and mingle' where former students will have the opportunity to view those items they buried in the 1986 time capsule and to look through images from former years. A formal dinner at Trentham Racecourse will be held on the Saturday evening. The jubilee will end with mass celebrated by Archbishop John Dew and the former parish priests of Our Lady of Grace Church, fol- lowed by lunch. Our Lady of Grace Church will be celebrating its 60th jubilee dur- ing this time. All past students, parents, staff members, PTA members and boards of trustees members are invited to register by downloading a registration form from stbrendans.school.nz. Or email stbrendans50thJubilee@gmail.com for further information about the jubilee. Graveyard tour a crowd pleaser Almost 60 people joined Sunday's tour of St John's graveyard with John Harrison and Paul Lambert. Because of the response, two more tours are planned. One will be of military graves and held near Anzac Day, the other early next year will focus on 13 or 14 people buried in the his- toric cemetery. That tour will coincide with the parish's 150-year celebrations. Research for the graveyard tour was done by John Harrison, not Paul Lambert as stated last week. Defence force welcomed Let them eat cake: Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy and Defence Force HR Service Centre director Toni Janes, cut the celebratory cake that was shared with staff at the centre of the former Hazel- woods site on Main St and, right, operations manager Major Rik Anderson shows the newly refurbished workplace to Mr Guppy and city council chief executive officer Chris Upton. Photos: COLIN WILLIAMS 100 workers expected By COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt's mayor and chief executive officer formally welcomed its new central business district tenants, the New Zealand Defence Force, last week. Mayor Wayne Guppy and Toni Janes, HR service centre director, helped cut the traditional cake supplied by Go Cake Yourself, in the refurbished offices meeting and lunchroom area. The human resources adminis- tration and payroll services base will, when fully staffed, carry 110 workers. Welcome and information packs organised by Experience Upper Hutt and carrying details about the city's services and discount offers from local businesses were handed out to the centre's enlisted and civilian staff. A short tour of the refurbished building followed and Major Rik Anderson explained the centre's work is structured to meet the demands of servicing the army, navy and airforce streams of the more than 15,000 joint forces staff. The building, accessed from the Logan St carpark, includes specialist training and video conferencing rooms and a security entrance foyer which, Mr Ander- son said, will soon be discretely branded. The refurbished building, on the former Hazelwoods site, is of a premier standard'' and has been well-received as a comfortable and state-of-the-art place to work by staff, Mr Anderson says. The opening of the human resources service centre is the beginning of a new era for our Main St and the defence forces,'' Mr Guppy says. It continues the close associ- ation and history between the city and the forces, particularly the army. We are delighted you have chosen to base your offices on the Main St, which will bring vibrancy and people to our CBD. You will quickly realise the lifestyle that Upper Hutt residents enjoy and we hope you will soon be participating in the many opportunities that Upper Hutt has to offer.''
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