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The End of an Era

May 22, 2019


Last weekend my father died. He was 92 and ready to go. In spite of all our preparations, I feel that a link to my identity has now slipped away. He was a man of principles and service. Peter Cox was born into the large, busy household of Clarence and Delia Cox in 1927. He […]

Mother's Day Reflections

May 13, 2019


Even though it’s evolved into a marketing event, I see Mother’s Day as an opportunity to appreciate one of the most important women in my life. My mother is not one for grand gestures – a big hug, handwritten card, tea and scones mean as much as something fancier. And I was remembering my colleagues […]

When is the best time to sell?

May 6, 2019


All homeowners want to know the best time to put their house on the market. There are two answers. One answer is obvious, the other isn’t. The first, is that you should sell when you get the right offer, regardless of how long your property has been on the market. Obvious, right? But a lot […]

Market Review, April 2019

April 26, 2019

Buying Market Selling

According to the latest data from The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) the overall direction in the number of sales appears to be trending downward. This is explained by three primary influences: the raft of legislative changes impacting the housing market at present; increasing difficulty in obtaining finance (despite a record low OCR […]

ANZAC Day contemplations

April 24, 2019


It’s ANZAC day tomorrow – 25th April – which marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers (the ANZACs) on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Even though generations may have passed, this loss of life and innocence continues to be felt by families and friends. My father lost his older brother, […]

Disaster Preparations

April 16, 2019


Our business is about caring for people – usually when significant transitions are occurring. With that in mind, we want to remind the people we care for how to keep yourself, your family and your property safe. Are you and your family prepared for a major disaster? Now is a good time to give some […]

A Professional Career - not just a Job

April 8, 2019


We’re expanding our team of results-focused people – skilled in sales, customer care, and ethics. We teach these skills to the right people who want a professional career, not merely a job. With the right people and the right training, our aim is to improve the real estate industry; not only for our agency, but […]

Daylight Saving Ends

March 31, 2019


New Zealand daylight saving ends on Sunday, 7th April 2019. When you turn your clocks back, you may enjoy an extra hour of sleep. A little more shut-eye (and the threat of being an hour early to work) isn’t the only thing daylight saving time can signal. You’ll also have an opportunity to take care […]

Market Review, March 2019

March 25, 2019


Housing activity picks up, while prices stabilise. During February children went back to school and people returned from their holidays and (as it often does) housing activity in Napier picked up after two sluggish months. However, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), the overall direction in the […]

The Trust Formula

March 11, 2019


Trust is what makes society work. When we drive, we trust that other drivers will respect the rules of the road, staying on the left side of the road, and travelling at a safe speed. So many other parts of our life depend on trust to work. Personal and professional services also work on trust. […]

The Price of Success

March 4, 2019


One of the most important tasks for sellers is to determine a realistic value for their home. Many elements combine to create unrealistic expectations – sometimes it’s uninformed opinions; the need to recover the cost for improvements made; or the need to fund future plans. To help understand some of the key principles of correct […]

Should You Rent or Buy?

February 27, 2019


When considering whether to rent or buy a property the most important consideration is AFFORDABILITY. In spite of recent price rises in our area, home affordability in Hawke’s Bay is amongst the best in the country. This is helped by the low cost of borrowing at present. The latest data (from interest.co.nz) shows that rent […]

Capital Gains Tax

February 27, 2019

Buying General Selling

The Tax Working Group has recommended the Government implement a Capital Gains Tax and use the money earned to lower the personal tax rate and to target polluters. The proposed Capital Gains Tax would affect assets such as land, shares, investment properties, business assets and intellectual property. Gains from the sale of these assets would […]

AML Identity Checks Now Required

February 10, 2019

Buying Market

With the next phase of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Amendment Act 2017 the New Zealand Government has broadened the requirement to verify clients to include the real estate industry. These measures are designed to prevent property transactions as a means for laundering money. Most people are familiar with the identification […]

Another Solid Year

January 17, 2019


Welcome to 2019. Our crystal ball prediction is for another solid year ahead, without any major upheavals. As you’d expect there was a slowing of activity during the holiday weeks. However, during the Spring months as more homes came onto the market, the number of sales in Napier recovered significantly with 134 sales during November. […]

The Obstacle to Real Estate Reform

January 14, 2019

Buying Selling

It breaks my heart to see real estate agents continuing to rank amongst the bottom five least trusted professionals (along with politicians, car salesmen and sex workers!). Ten years ago, after decades of mounting pressure from real estate consumers, the Real Estate Authority (REA) was established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008. Their job […]

Real Estate Industry Ethics

January 7, 2019


After decades of mounting pressure from real estate consumers, the Real Estate Authority was established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008. Their job is to improve the standard of service and professionalism of the real estate industry and help protect buyers and sellers of property. Until this reform, meaningful change was resisted by an […]

Geoff Sewell performs for Christmas at the Park

November 19, 2018


Geoff Sewell is confirmed as the headline act for Cox Partners Christmas at the Park 2018. We are thrilled to have an international performer of Geoff’s calibre involved in this popular celebration on Saturday, 15th December 2018. Although Sewell is based in London, he has a personal connection with Hawkes Bay having attended High School […]

Hawkes Bay volumes drop while prices continue to rise

November 8, 2018


The number of sales fell by almost 20% in September as the Hawkes Bay market continues to struggle with low listing numbers – there was only a 1% increase in new properties coming to market since August. As a result, the number of unsatisfied buyers remains high. This excess demand has pushed the median price […]

New rules for Real Estate

October 18, 2018


Next year real estate agents will be asking seller and buyers to show them their driver’s license and power bill to prove their identity. When this happens please don’t be offended. They are abiding by new rules to combat money-laundering. Up to now it has been up to the likes of banks, lawyers and more […]