Monthly Musings.

Thoughts on the Real Estate market and beyond.

The power of communication

Apr 05 2011

We have to admit it. There are times we struggle to understand some of the complexities of the modern world. We have given up looking under the bonnet of our trusty Toyota except to periodically check the dipstick and the washer water level. The computers under there confuse us. And we have certainly given up trying to program our PC. The days…

The value of utility

Apr 05 2011

Back in the early 90's, I once spent some time visiting in a small town in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It was a pleasant little town, not too far down Interstate 5 from the coffee capital of the USA - Seattle. The town was perhaps the size of Pukekohe. It had the usual (for the USA ) mix of big box stores, a fancy mall, and an old…

There has to be a better way!

Apr 05 2011

We are all familiar with the Pareto Principle - often known as the 80/20 rule - whereby 80% of the outcomes are caused by 20% of the actions. 80% of road accidents are caused by less than 20% of drivers. 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers. Additional to that, 80% of your profits come from just 20% of your transactions.


How hungry are we really?

Apr 05 2011

Last month we posed the question in relation to businesses exhibiting at a trade show:
How many of the 6 businesses were hungry enough for my business to follow up after the show ?

The answer: There were no cigars this month.
No respondent came up with the right answer, but consolation prizes are on the way to Greg Goldfinch…

recession - really?

Apr 05 2011

We managed to talk ourselves into a recession.

Admittedly it was on the back of , and as a somewhat reflex reaction to, some of the most immoral and rapacious behaviour seen in most of our lifetimes. While banks in this part of the world may not have had their snouts firmly implanted in the trough, many of the people running other of…

Our comment on the industrial property market

Apr 05 2011

Whilst the period since Christmas has seen increased levels of activity in the market (certainly greatly increased over last winter), the majority of deals appear to be in leasing and cash flow properties, with very little action in the owner occupier sector.

There is anecdotal evidence of down-sizing in the leasing market as businesses…

Global financial crisis, or Abdication of personal responsibility

Apr 05 2011

Isn't it ironic that in an age when access to information , news and opinion is easier than it has ever been ,most people still seem to have a very cursory knowledge of some of the events that impact on us the greatest? The headlines "Global Financial Crisis" have been used so often that the concept is now accepted as being real. But how real…

State of the market

Apr 05 2011

Compared to 12 months ago it is very obvious that there is currently significantly less activity in the marketplace. With predictions of slowing economic activity many tenants are looking to downsize rather than expand, and prospective owner /occupiers are constrained by tightening funding availability. Just as in boom times when activity begets…

Expedio can assist

Apr 05 2011

With buyers perceptions rapidly changing, and therefore impacting on activity levels, to ensure results we all need to consider alternatives to traditional transactions. In the current environment buyers are increasingly hesitant to commit - primarily as a result of negative media comment. Regrettably, just as the positives over the last few years…

Our view of the marketketplace

Apr 05 2011

There is no doubt that we are in a changing markeplace. Whilst some of the problems are of our own making, especially in the finance industry, the repercussions from the US sub-prime mortgage debacle are not. Yet they illustrate once again that we live in a global village, and that stupidity and greed on the other side of the planet can cause…

Unit 4 at 237-239 Great South Rd Drury now leased

Apr 05 2011

Thanks to David Sylvester of Knight Frank.

Refurbished and Leased: Domain Rd, Panmure

Apr 05 2011

Thanks to Mike Marinkovich of Action Realty.