Smart Move – issue #8

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Hi there,

Brrr… we hope you and the family are keeping warm and well this winter. There’s definitely a chill in the air, the familiar sound of winter sniffles, and the undeniable lack of sun that we oh so miss. The good news however, is that we passed the shortest day of the year last month, which marked the beginning of longer days and shorter nights as Summer creeps back!
So how’s the market performing? It's “energised, normalised and sustainable!" confirms Robert Carter, General Manager for Harcourts Cooper & Co. The Auckland residential market leapt back to life in May, with monthly sales volumes up by 22.8% on the previous month, and up 5.4% compared to May 2017. Moving into winter, the Auckland market has stabilised, which bodes well for a positive but stable market during these quieter months of the year. Read more below... 

During these colder months, many think it’s best to hold off selling property. While warmer weather can be a more alluring time for selling and buying, life doesn’t stop for winter! People still need to move, whether it’s for new jobs, family reasons or just itchy feet - so if you’re thinking of selling, now’s a great time. With high buyer demand and a shortage of listings, it's a good idea to consider getting your property onto the market before the traditional influx of listings around October.


  • MAXIMISE YOUR PROPERTY'S EXPOSURE: Looking to sell? It's important to allocate the right marketing budget to help your property stand out from the crowd. Check out our helpful marketing tips below.
  • THE ROLE OF A BUYERS AGENT: Ready to house hunt? It's a jungle out there! We explain the benefits of using a Buyer's Agent and how Mickey Zhu & Team can help you find home.
  • WHO'S WHO: We put the spotlight on my team, including our newest team member, agent Stacey Morman!
  • CITY LIVING AT ITS BEST: Check out the brand new Fiore Wakefield apartments - right in the heart of Auckland CBD. Priced from $380,000 (studio option), these offer great value for money!
Enjoy the read and talk soon,


What's been happening in the Auckland property market?
The latest figures from REINZ show renewed energy and confidence in the Auckland residential property market, and a strong environment for buying and selling.
  • VOLUMES UP: Sales volumes for May 2018 increased 5.4% year-on-year (YOY), from 2,211 in May 2017 to 2,331 in May 2018. This is the fifth best May in 12 years – reflecting an above average market with strong, normal trading conditions. 
  • STABLISED SALE PRICES: Sales prices have plateaued YOY, with just a small drop of 3% indicating no significant decline in prices. "As we head into Winter, the Auckland market appears to have stabilised its median price around the $850,000 mark" says Bindi Normwell, REINZ CEO. "This suggests that the standoff between buyers wanting a bargain and sellers wanting an unrealistic price is coming to an end" she continues. As at May 2018, North Shore City properties were sitting at a higher median price of $987,500.
  • DAYS TO SELL: As at May 2018, the median days to sell in Auckland is 40 days – consistent with May 2017 figures. When comparing Auction vs Priced sale methods, Harcourts Cooper & Co are still seeing Auction as the best way to sell most properties, with our Auction properties on average selling faster and for a higher price than priced properties. Indeed, when you look at the amazing Harcourts Auctioneers on our team, it’s easy to see why. Recently, our own Andrew North took out the 2018 REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneering Championships for the fourth year in a row!
Sources: Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Monthly Property Report (May) - 14 June 2018
Robert Carter Monthly Market Update (May) - 22 June 2018 
Maximise your property's exposure with GREAT marketing!
When it comes to selling your home, the marketing budget you allocate towards promoting it to potential buyers plays a key role in maximising the value of your home.

We share top marketing tips on helping your home stand out from the crowd, as well as how Team MZ can help you deliver a top notch marketing campaign that creates maximum impact with buyers.
Time to find a Buyer's Agent!
Finding and purchasing a home can be stressful and time-consuming.  Which is why having a pro by your side can make all the difference!

True to their name, a Buyer's Agent works closely with a buyer through all the relevant steps of purchasing a property. They're a great source of knowledge, a time-saver, and an invaluable support when negotiating with sellers and managing deadlines. They're also free to the Buyer using their services! Find out more about a Buyer's Agent and how my team can help.
Meet our newest team addition...
The sensational Stacey Morman!
We're super excited that Stacey has joined the team! Having worked as an individual agent out of our office prior to joining the team, Stacey is no stranger to real estate. An intent listener with a warm personality and positivity plus, her enthusiasm and energy is infectious. Customers feel at ease with her and are impressed by her ability to understand their needs and deliver.

"I’m passionate about property and people, and a career in real estate allows me to combine the two. I love what I do. Doing it well, with honesty and genuineness is the core of who I am.”

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Meet the rest of my team...

JO McATEER - Sales & Marketing Consultant

Known for her friendly personality and open manner, Jo has a wealth of house renovation experience, having bought and sold numerous properties in the last 20 years. With a successful styling background, Jo works with clients to provide advice on renovation or home staging options, to help make an impact in the market.

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With a name to match her bubbly disposition, Sunnie is a friendly and outgoing agent who enjoys building relationships with clients. Having overseen the build of her current house, Sunnie is well equipped to give valuable advice to others about to go through the process.

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LIZZIE HOWARTH - Business Development Manager


A friendly ‘people person’ with a can-do attitude and great communication skills, Lizzie is our marketing connoisseur and in charge of business development. A creative and forward thinker, Lizzie is great at coming up with ideas as to how to do things more effectively – helping the team produce fantastic results for our clients.

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LILLIAN MA - Personal Assistant

Queen of all things administrative and operational for the team, Lillian's role is to help the Mickey Zhu ship run smoothly! An excellent multi-tasker with a great eye for details, Lillian is well equipped to hep the team deliver for our clients. She's also super friendly and always willing to help others - a recipe for success.



Spacious Studios & Apartments (one bedroom plus study) available for sale. Superb value for first home buyers & investors! 
Sitting pretty in the heart of Auckland CBD , the Fiore apartment building offers city living at its best. Situated on Wakefield Street, these are priced to sell off-the-plan, with Studios starting from just $380,000 and Apartments from $607,500.
  • Just a stone's throw from AUT and Auckland University, and within Auckland Grammar School zones. Entertainment, restaurants, attraction and shopping all on your doorstep.
  • Carefully designed to maximise space and natural light, as well as stunning views across Auckland's cityscape.
  • Neutral colour schemes complemented by vintage oak timber floors in kitchen and living spaces
  • Modern and well-equipped kitchens that seamlessly open out to dining and living spaces.
  • Generous balconies with non-slip tiles and glass balustrades offering amazing views.
  • High quality, pure wool carpets in the bedrooms.
  • Double-glazed, powder-coated aluminium windows.
  • Internal doors with safety glass and free-rated entry doors.
These are selling FAST - don't miss your opportunity to enjoy city living at its best! Give me a call or drop me an email to find out more.

Development by KNC Construction. Completed projects include Auckland Fiore 1, Yongin GongSe Fiore and Auckland Fiore 2.   
Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA 2008

Harcourts Cooper & Co - North Shore Office
438 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, Auckland
(09) 444 6629

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