For many, Auckland’s North Shore is paradise. White sand beaches, cafes serving eggs benedict and flat whites, and rolling hills contrasting busy streets. It used to be a rural space, but now the North Shore is an urban hub that attracts families, businesses and tourists. It’s also a hot spot for real estate agents in Auckland because of the high demand by home buyers. People are lining across the bridge to get a bit of the North Shore goodness!
According to REINZ, the median house price in the North Shore rose by $12,000 between September and October 2017, and climbed from $1,020,000 in October 2016 to $1,070,000 in October of this year. While the median house price in the Auckland region fell 3% during this period, North Shore, Manukau and Rodney experienced small year on year increases.* Likewise, the average sale price in the Auckland region increased by 4.73% in the past year as at October 2017, with regions like the North Shore buzzing with potential and plenty of buyers in the market prepared to spend on the right property for them.^ So if you’re looking to sell, now’s the time to do it!
Why Do People Love the North Shore?
North Shore suburbs like Northcote, Albany and Devonport are far enough from the city to feel suburban, but close enough to get home from work in time for dinner. Location is a key factor people consider when buying a house, and the North Shore is packed with good schools, top businesses, active sports clubs and much, much more. It’s also a coastal area, making it ideal for anyone who loves the beach!
There’s a lot to love about the North Shore, but it all boils down to location. Historic sites, large malls and wild nature are all within close proximity to one another. It offers a great public transport system, including the Northern Busway – a segregated busway that runs along the eastern side of the Northern Motorway – making it a stress-free way for city workers and University students to easily commute to town. In the weekends, there’s also the popular strip of bars in Takapuna. Safe, beautiful and a little of the old with the new, the North Shore has a lot to offer – it’s a great place to start a family and a great place to retire!
Tips for North Shore Home Owners
If you’re selling a house on the North Shore, here are some ways you can increase the value of your property.
Repair and Renovate
Take care of all the small issues before you put your house on the market. Doors that don’t fully close, missing window latches, peeling wallpaper and leaky taps are some repairs that are easy to fix, won’t cost much, but ill make your house look worth a whole lot more. Big renovations such as bathroom upgrades can increase the value of your property, but make sure you’ll make your money back before investing in major repairs and renovations.
Declutter and Decorate
Make a good first impression by making your house look like a page straight out of a lifestyle magazine. Okay, so you might not have a marble table or towering pot plants, but you can clean up the place and dress it up. If you’re selling a house you’ve been living in, it’s time to reprioritise your possessions before you move on anyway. Donate or sell anything you don’t need and highlight the space you’ve got.
Groom the Garden
Good landscaping increases the value of a house. Prune, trim and water those plants so they look fresh and happy. Pick out the weeds, mow the lawn and throw out those old garden gnomes. If you don’t have a garden to groom, try planting some potted colours along your driveway, or add hanging baskets or pots of herbs around the house to brighten up the place. Plants tend to make people feel at ease – and that’s always good!
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house on the North Shore, Mickey Zhu and his team can help. A top performing agent and client favourite, Mickey’s passionate about getting the best outcome for his clients. Why not get in touch – they’d be happy to help you with your next move, or answer any questions you may have.