Monthly Musings.

Thoughts on the Real Estate market and beyond.

Is Proptech the Real Estate gamechanger?

Aug 01 2020

According to Wikipedia, Proptech, or Property Technology is the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. More generally the term is applied widely to startups who have intentions of disrupting the way business is done in the Real Estate sector.


Crystal Ball Gazing

Aug 01 2020

We don’t often engage in crystal ball gazing. Or for that matter tea leaf reading, tarot cards or analyzing the crinkly lines on our hands.

But from time to time it is useful to look at the factors influencing our economy, and try to determine how those factors may shape our future.


To Plan, or not to Plan – what is our strategy?

Aug 01 2020

Recently the Greens announced a Robin Hood election policy that is interesting in more ways than one. Taking from the hard-working to channel it to those who have made different choices in life is obviously a blatant attempt to shore up their fading electoral base. But behind the obvious, it illustrates…

The redundancy of DD Clauses

Jul 01 2020

A potential buyer is interested in purchasing a property. The property is being auctioned. The expectation is that the potential buyer will do copius amounts of due diligence prior to the auction, as well as arranging finance, so that they are totally  prepared to make an unconditional bid at the…

Market Perspective July 2020

Jul 01 2020

How has the market reacted post Covid lockdown? And where to from here?

There is no doubt that office and retail markets have been badly hit by the economic fallout from Covid 19. But, despite  predictions to the contrary, industrial property has barely been impacted. To date, the industrial…

How did Commercial Landlords come to be whipping boys?

Jun 01 2020

And is it our own fault?

The recent “health” crisis (which has now become a true economic crisis) changed the behaviour of many overnight. The fear of a pandemic turned the majority of the population into a compliant horde who hung off every word of the daily one o’clock talking heads. There…

The Big Reset?

May 01 2020

For many there comes a time, or an event, in their lives that makes them stop, look around, take stock, and then perhaps make major changes.

Could this period in our lives be that event that enables us to see with a little more clarity our actions, our lives and the way we interact with the…

What happens next?

Apr 01 2020

Trying to look past the present is difficult at the best of times. And in the current unprecedented environment no one really knows. But let’s give it a try!

At Expedio we will be using the lockdown period to plan as best we can for what the “new normal” is likely to be, and then how we adjust…

Is there a looming rent affordability crisis?

Apr 01 2020

It has been a question that has been relevant for several months recently, but with current events becomes somewhat more urgent.

Over the last 3 or so years, many rents have increased by up to 50%.

That impacts in a positive way on a landlord, and more so if the landlord has owned…

Ethics, Corruption and Incompetence

Mar 01 2020

Ethics, corruption and incompetence. Quite separate issues you may think. But is there a possible link?

Whilst New Zealand may sit near the top of regular lists of corruption free countries – we know that we experience forms of behavior which are unacceptable, and could be construed as a form…

Know your customer

Mar 01 2020

Here at Expedio we talk a lot about qualifying the customer; and the times we see a lack of it. Qualifying your customer is simply finding out who they are, and what their needs and wants are. What is the problem that they need to solve?

The first touchpoint an agent will have with a new potential…

Crystal Ball Gazing

Feb 01 2020

I am always intrigued by the amount and type  of training and education that goes into preparation for various occupations. We know that different occupations require different skills and training.

I have always thought that part of the training to become a hairdresser was a basic course in…