Photos: 20 Of Our Favourite Views

Whether it’s captivating cityscapes or breathtaking vistas, Open2view’s photographers get to work among the best views in New Zealand and Australia.

A great view can really make a property. It’s little wonder the owners of a Wellington apartment, whose sweeping harbour views were blocked by a four-metre-high wooden fence, took the matter to court. They won the battle and were awarded $72,500 this week.

With that in mind, we asked our talented team of photographers to show us some of the best views they’ve spotted from the decks, windows, gardens and skies of the properties they photograph.

Take a look at the stunning results in the gallery below.


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Where do you think the best views can be found in New Zealand and Australia? Let us know in the comments below or on our NZ and AU Facebook pages.

 

Time to say goodbye to Auckland?

Above: This 3 bedroom Mairangi Bay home is sitting just above the current average asking price of $820,016 in Auckland. View the listing here: http://o2v.co/1Zi8

Skyrocketing. Raging. Through the roof. Out of control. INSANE!

All of the above have been used to describe the current Auckland Housing market. It seemed astounding around this time last year talking about the average asking price for Auckland hitting a new all time high record of $732,240.

Now for the first time, that has risen above the $800k mark, with realestate.co.nz reporting that for June 2015 the average asking price of an Auckland home is $820,016. That’s a $164,003 deposit you’ll need, and thats enough to have First Home buyers in Auckland running for the Bombay hills, which buy all accounts seems to be the case, with claims that Aucklanders are making up about 30 percent of attendance at open homes in Hamilton.

The average asking price suddenly seems less surprising once you start seeing stories like this: A West Auckland property which sold for 2.2million, $900k over its CV.

West Auckland Property

Even being able to access KiwiSaver contributions and HomeStart grants do little when the cap for Auckland homebuyers is $550,000 and anyone who has looked at any properties and been to an auction lately can tell you that there are very limited options under that price.

So… why not just leave? With Aucklanders are flocking to buy property in Tauranga, Hamilton and the Western Bay of Plenty, let’s see what the average Auckland house price (or close) might get you in some of those other regions.

Bay of Plenty
A stylish 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom ex-showroom in Papamoa Beach.

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Waikato
A 5 bedroom 3 bathroom lifsetyle property on 2.86 Acres featuring an entertainer’s kitchen with butler’s pantry, formal dining area and two lounges with bush and waterfall views.

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Northland
A 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with pool and spectacular views over Maungakaramea and beyond to The Whangarei Heads and Hen & Chicks sitting on 6.63ha with 250 Avocado trees.

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New Plymouth
Enquiries over $749,00 will get you this fabulous 4 year old, 4 bedroom farmlet on 2.22 Acres.

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So what do you think? Comparable, or much better value? Where do you sit? Are you a disillusioned, Auckland First home buyer? Perhaps a retiree, ready to make the most of the high Auckland prices,cash up and move to the regions? Or are you just a non-Aucklander sick of hearing about Auckland House prices?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

NZ Property: Summer sales keep rolling on……

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O2V ID#335063

Ahhh Summer… it’s been a good one so far. You can tell from all the glorious Summer scenes and vistas our Photographers have been capturing around the country…

Seriously…take a look at these…..

The good summer weather has been great for the sunbathing, but it’s done nothing to cool the heated housing market, particularly in Auckland.

Recent figures from REINZ show that the number of dwellings sold in January (4,841) was up 2.6% on January 2014 with the National median price of $426,000, up $24,000 from the same time in 2014. The national median price rose 6.0% in the 12 months to January 2015, while Auckland’s median price increased by 16.0%

“The continuing strong performance of Auckland prices is vexing commentators and policy makers alike, however the root cause of the problem remains a shortage of property available for sale” says Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) Chief Executive Helen O’Sullivan.

REINZ data shows that Auckland’s median price increased by 16% over the past 12 months, compared to just 1.8% for the rest of the country.

Backing that up are the latest figures from Barfoot & Thompson, where the all-time high pre-Christmas values held throughout January, with the average selling price of $757,319, was only $1572, or 0.2 percent lower than December’s all-time high price.

January sales figures of 859 properties is inline with the previous January figures over the past two years, however the total value of sales in January of $650,537,392 is up $97,822,014 from the same time in 2014.

For full market reports including regional & rural statistics, visit the REINZ website.

Now, if we could just get back to working on that tan…..

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O2V ID#333884

 

Property Report – Spring pace slow…

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Navigating through the various property market statistics released each month can be interesting….especially when they’re all reporting different things. However, for September, they all seem to be agreeing that the NZ Property market has moved on from it’s stall during the elections, with property listings and prices picking up to follow the usual spring trend, albeit at a much slower pace than in the previous year…

NZ Property report
Asking Prices

Unconditional.co.nz figures show the increase in national asking prices has slowed considerably: 3.9%, compared to an 8.7% rise in 2013.

Although the rate of increase in asking prices for properties has slowed, the prices are still moving upwards and remain at a high level with September’s National average asking price of $484,791 very close to the record of $490,550 set in June of this year.

Get the full NZ Property report here

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REINZ
Sales Volumes

REINZ data shows that while there was a noticeable increase in activity towards the end of September, sales volumes were well down on the same time last year. There were 5,911 unconditional residential sales in September, a 7.8% decrease on sales recorded for August, and a 12.0% fall from September 2013.

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Auckland Property Market

Comparing year on year, Auckland sale volumes where down: 1105 properties in Sept 2013, to 959 properties in Sept 2014.

However, September’s average house sales price of $738,876 has been the highest on record, due to the relatively low volume, but also, of the 959 homes sold, just over 17% were in excess of $1 million, including this little Grey Lynn gem, which went for $1.075 million. Only in Auckland right?….

Renovation inspiration at the Auckland Home Show.

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Looking for that spark of inspiration for your home renovations? Whether its a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor area, the Auckland Home Show has a little bit of something for everyone.

If you already know what you want and you’re just looking for a good deal, there are plenty of show specials to be snapped up.

It’s worth heading along even if, like me, you just enjoy having a gawk at all the shiny new appliances. I got to take a look around yesterday. There was so much to see, but here are a few things that stood out for me….

Big, Bright & Bold.

Gone are the days where the only choice you had for the kitchen sink was Stainless Steel. Now you can express your individuality through your kitchen sink! Yellow, red, even pink. Personally, I’m a fan of the matt black, which was popping up everywhere from kitchen sinks to taps and fixtures…

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Then, you can colour match it with your oven….

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Get creative with your kitchen splash-back (This one even changed colours!)

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Or brighten up your bathroom with some coloured glass.

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If you’re going to bother having a feature wall, then why not go the whole hog with a bold statement wallpaper like this…

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Reuse, recycle…
Loved the chairs, footstools, baskets and bowls, all made from car, truck and even aeroplane tyres! www.retyredfurniture.com

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Space saving solutions…
 Such a great idea for a kids room or to convert a study into a spare bedroom. www.hiddenbed.co.nz

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Things that were just cool…
Pretty much anything SMEG.

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These Cocoon fires that run on biofuel and don’t need a flu system! www.cocoonfires.co.nz

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Oh….and i wouldn’t mind this set up for my back yard please…

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The show runs until Sunday, so there’s still plenty of time to head along and get inspired!

For more information, check out the Auckland Home Show website or check out more pics from the expo on their Facebook page here.

All in a day’s work..

profilepicIt’s not everyday that you get to dangle 35 meters in the air from a crane. But for Open2view photographer Grant Drummond, it’s just another day at the office.

Grant covers the busy Auckland central area, but took some time out to do a little bit of a Q & A for us, about some of the challenges and highlights of the job, as well as sharing some pics from his recent travels…

Q. How did you get started in real estate photography? | What was your career path?

Before this I managed an apartment building. I was looking for a business and this looked ideal. My technical knowledge of photography was limited but I was confident I had an eye for composition.

Q. Shooting properties in central Auckland must have it’s challenges, but what do you enjoy most about it?

There’s so much variety. St Heliers mansions to shoebox apartments and everything in between. Sometimes I get more satisfaction from making a mediocre place look good than making a beautiful house look great.

Q. What’s the most challenging shoot / photo of a property you’ve had to take?

I was hoisted by a crane to take some ‘view’ shots for a ‘to-be-built’ apartment building. I had to use the camera one-handed at 35m as I wasn’t letting go of the ‘basket’.

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Q. (Apart from your camera) what piece of technology could you not live without when you’re working.
iPad!

Q. In your opinion, what makes a good real estate picture stand out from the rest?
Excellent use of lighting (though I look at the Property Press a bit differently than the average reader).

Apart from real-estate… what other types of photography do you enjoy?
Travel photography, random scenes from the street (though I mostly use my i-phone for these).

You’ve recently been travelling. Where to? What was the highlight?
Brazil. Getting to some World Cup games. Some of the street parties were pretty good too.

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Finally, (very important question)….who’s your favourite to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup?

When I read the question yesterday I was going to say Argentina. After (the first semi-final) it’s hard to look past Germany.

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Cheers Grant! Guess we’ll find out on Monday who’s going to take it out.

Follow this link to view Grant’s portfolio and get in touch about the Open2view services available.

March Property Report – Main centres drive national increase to new highs.

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While always traditionally a busy time of year, March looks to top records for the property calendar in 2014.

Figures released this week by realestate.co.nz. show that  while over half of the country’s regions saw an increase in asking price, it was the major centres of Auckland, Waikato and Wellington that were the driving forces behind the new record national asking price of $484,263, each region reaching their own record level with Auckland jumping up 12% on the previous year.

Auckland: $683,169  – 1% up from previous month, 12% up from same month previous year.

Wellington: $469,487 – 1% up from previous month, 7% up from same month previous year.

Waikato: $393,612 – 3.6% up from previous month, 10% up from same month previous year.

Inventory levels rose slightly to 28 weeks, but still well down on the long term average of 37 weeks of stock.

New listings increased slightly form last month, up 2%, however overall, March listings were lower than expected. 14 regions reported lower new listings than the same time last year with the most significant falls in Coromandel (down 29%) and Nelson (down 25%).

Canterbury reported 3.7% increase in new listings and Auckland 5% up from March 2013, however the buyer demand in Auckland still far outweighing the number of properties available.

Graphic from realestate.co.nz

Graphic from realestate.co.nz

In other Auckland news, Barfoot & Thompson reported an 80% increase in sales from February, with average house prices reaching $725,708 and the marian sales price for the month sitting at $652,000.

March also saw the largest number of premium properties since 2008 to be sold by Barfoot & Thompson in a single month, with homes over the $1 million price bracket accounting for 35% of the total residential sales for the month.

Daunting figures for any potential new home buyer in the Auckland region.

View the full realestate.co.nz property report for March 2014 here

View Barfoot & Thompson’s latest market updates here