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May 2018

Autumn Update

Above average temperatures, average rain fall and average soil moisture levels, the early snow that fell around parts of Canterbury in April may have been at odds with these weather predictions but how does or can one accurately predict such an event? From time to time the property market has similar unpredictable volatility and it’s vital as you consider property transactions either as a buyer or seller (or both…) that you receive professional advice. Unfortunately there’s no crystal ball when it come to property and no one can be ever be entirely 100% precise but a skilled agent with the right tools and market knowledge will provide a supported and accurate evidential appraisal of your property based on factual information…not a guestimate.

At Harcourts or Country Partners have developed a reputation as skilled rural lifestyle agents that work and live in the local market, with access to the very latest information and tools that provide them the ability to more accurately appraise rural lifestyle properties. More people are seeing the benefits of working with Harcourts here in Canterbury, Harcourts agents completed nearly one in three of all lifestyle sales within the Canterbury districts of Waimakariri, Hurunui and Selwyn over the last twelve months.

Prices in the lifestyle market are still solid and we currently have strong enquiry in all areas of Canterbury, whilst stock levels may be expected to drop slightly through the winter months we still have some wonderful offerings if your looking for a new opportunity. Many of our Canterbury properties will be looking stunning in the coming months as the late autumn colours of our trees provide a differing aspect that is astatically pleasing.

During Autumn we do however need to undertake our pre winter maintenance, it pays to make sure our drainage is clear, debris is removed from our gutters etc. Often it’s too late to sort this out when a winter event hits us, and be extra careful when up ladders...don’t be too proud to get the experts in when needed.

If you are looking expert help with your lifestyle property or livestock then view list of local Canterbury service providers.

It pays to also again plan for our winter livestock movements, think ahead about rotating stock, feed can get low in the winter, the livestock nutritional requirements can increase with the colder weather, so be prepared with adequate additional feed if necessary.

We have our winter edition of the popular 'We Sell Rural Lifestyle' due out soon, our team of Lifestyle agents can help secure your spot in this now, and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property.


November 2017

Summer Update

It’s been a busy last few months for us with multiple A&P Show attendances in the Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts, and by the time this goes to print we may well have caught up with you at our Canterbury A&P Show stand, where once again in conjunction with STIHL we will have presented some wonderful prizes. Don’t miss us in the New Year when we will again attend the shows starting with the Amuri show on the 3rd of March, and again we’ll give away a STIHL Chainsaw.

Continuing to keep our “Country Partners” up-to-date within the Rural Lifestyle sector with the very latest issues, trends and industry nuances is a key ingredient to our success in delivering the very best possible service levels. We make sure we bring our team of specialist agents together on a regular basis to provide additional education, with a range of great speakers providing guidance in their individual fields of expertise, thus adding to their base of knowledge within our industry.

Our most recent speaker Dave Ashby a local Dairy Farmer and Farm Consultant provided an overview and insight to our team on Farm Environmental Planning. Even our smallest lifestylers’ in Canterbury can benefit from good farm management practices and it’s vital that we all play our part in ensuring our lifestyle, cultural values and more importantly our environment is sustainable for our future generations. It’s assuring to see the great work being done in this field throughout the entire farming industry, something that perhaps goes unrecognised or is sometimes highlighted for all the wrong reasons. Improving the knowledge of our agents in areas such as this will result in good sound advice being provided to our clients when undertaking property transactions.

At the time of our last newsletter the number of lifestyle blocks on the market here in Canterbury had dropped back somewhat, with the wet winter and the then pending election at that stage perhaps influencing people to hold their properties back. However since then the number of listings has bounced back to pre-election levels and there continues to be strong demand. With the latest additions to the Canterbury road networks opening up at the Airport and the Belfast bypass and with the fine spell of warm spring weather that’s taking us into summer we can expect demand to remain strong as more and more Canterbury folk seek to enjoy the wonderful rural life.


October 2017

Lifestyle Market-Spring the season of change

Warm and near normal rainfall. We have been through another general election and we are in the season of change, so what does this mean for our rural lifestyle market here in Canterbury?

Well if the first seven months of this year are an indicator we may be in for a period of “normality” in our local rural property market, sure the volume of sales* is down ever so slightly in the combined districts of Selwyn, Hurunui and Waimakariri. But this can be a result of several influencing factors; land availability, there isn’t the large volume of new land remaining for lifestyle blocks, our weather through winter was very wet and we all know how this makes us feel, and a few people will have been holding the trigger on property decisions until after the election.

Regardless, there has been a further lift in the price of local lifestyle properties values year ending 31 st July, indicating the demand is still strong. And with the improving motorway network into Christchurch from both South and North one of the major issues identified with country living (time spent travelling) is being mitigated. Our weather experts tell us we’ll probably be slightly warmer during the next few months with around normal rain fall, so maybe the same can be said of our lifestyle market, near normal conditions. (*Reinz sales data for Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and Banks Pininsula District Councils).

Our Canterbury lifestyle properties will be stunning in the coming months as spring growth takes off, and of course this is the busy time of the year when the warmer and longer days provide an impetus for interest in Lifestyle Real Estate. Look out for our spring edition of the popular “We Sell Rural Lifestyle” due out late October, our team of Rural Lifestyle experts can help secure your spot in this now, and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property.


June 2017

Canterbury Lifestyle Market Outlook

Last winter we enjoyed what could be regarded as very mild conditions for Canterbury, the extended outlook this winter is for temperature and rainfall to be near normal, soil moisture levels and river flows are about equally likely to be in the above normal or near normal range. So perhaps we should expect slightly cooler temperatures and a bit more rainfall than last year.

Can the same be said about the rural lifestyle market, should we expect normal conditions to prevail? In the 12 months to the end of April 588 lifestyle properties changed hands in the Waimakariri, Hurunui and Selwyn districts, over the same period to end of April 2016 there were 587 lifestyle property sales so yes based on this almost identical outcome we could expect the strong conditions to continue in our local lifestyle market with business as usual.

The property market doesn’t stop regardless of what winter may bring and currently we have a significant number of buyers looking for rural lifestyle opportunities throughout Canterbury. So if you’re considering selling we have our winter edition of the popular publication “We Sell Rural Lifestyle” due out late June and now would be a great time to talk to one of our team of Lifestyle agents whom can help secure your spot in this. We’re happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property and take you through the process of selling and preparing your property.

Of course our normal winter conditions means we should expect the odd storm to come through that’ll bring challenges to our rural lifestyle community here in Canterbury...It always pays to be prepared, to plan for our winter livestock movements, think ahead about rotating stock, feed can get low in the winter, the livestock nutritional requirements can increase with the colder weather, so be prepared with adequate additional feed if necessary. Undertake that maintenance to drains, gutters etc you’ve been putting off before it’s too late.

And if your thinking about buying a rural lifestyle property then one of our consultants would be happy to guide you on the path to achieving your real state dreams.

We enjoy everything about our rural lifestyle here in Canterbury and so should you ...

Your Country Partner


February 2017

Canterbury rural lifestyle market is strong leading into Autumn

After the relatively mild winter we enjoyed here last year, our summer weather as we perhaps could have expected has been somewhat up and down, however the same can’t be said of the local rural lifestyle market with consistency the name of the game. Market prices for Lifestyle properties throughout Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui have continued to show steady growth with an increase in the volume of completed sales transactions for 2016 as compared to 2015.

Many of our Canterbury properties will be looking stunning with the long summer days providing that little extra time to spend in our gardens. In the coming months the early autumn colours of our trees will provide a differing aspect that is also aesthetically pleasing. During this period we do however need to undertake our pre winter maintenance, who can forget the big wet just a few years back, so it pays to make sure our drainage is clear, debris is removed from our gutters etc. Often it’s too late to sort this out when a winter event hits us, and be extra careful when up ladders...don’t be too proud to get the experts in when needed.

If you are looking for expert help with your lifestyle property or livestock then visit our website www.rurallifestyle.kiwi where you will find an extensive list of local Canterbury service providers.

Growing grass and baling to supplement our winter (and dry summers) feed can be at times problematic, again often as a result of our changeable weather, this year however seems to have been one out of the box for lifestyle property owners here in Canterbury with many of us currently inundated with what perhaps seems an abundance of stored grass feed, however if things continue to dry out over the remaining summer months and feed becomes sparse or a decent snow storm hits in Winter it won’t take long before we appreciate this current growth.

We have our Autumn edition of the popular “We Sell Rural Lifestyle” due out late March in time for the South Island Field Days to be held at Kirwee, with a featured section on agricultural properties from throughout the South Island, our team of Rural Lifestyle agents can help secure your spot in this now, and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property.


December 2016

Rural Lifestyle Living in Selwyn

Lifestyle properties continue to be in strong demand within Selwyn, New Zealand’s fastest growing district, the old adage of “they aren’t making any more of it” well and truly applies here. We all want what’s best for our families and Selwyn is a great place to live, work and play. With many of our lifestyle properties affording close proximity to the city and access to the ever increasing array of local amenities buyers are constantly on the lookout for opportunities.

With regular farmers markets in Leeston, Lincoln and Darfield, and so many community events filling the country calendar in our district it’s not hard to see why so many people are making the move west to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. And with the Southern Alps as a backdrop a lifestyle block in Selwyn is only a small commute to the numerous Ski Fields on offer, the abundance of walking, biking and hiking tracks, fantastic country golf and sporting clubs...or simply a country cafe, store, restaurant or garden...

Rural Lifestyle Living North of the City

If you’re thinking ten acre blocks and the simple life then your mind may automatically take you to the vast number of small farms north of the Waimak Bridge, perhaps the holy grail of lifestyle farming in New Zealand. North Canterbury has always been a favourite for those seeking some respite from city living and looking for incredible value. It’s not uncommon for a family to sell up in the city and venture just that little further out where there dollar can and does go so much further...

You’re never far from our next small township in this scenic countryside and never far from the next country school gala, farmers market or country sporting event... and the reward of growing your own food, managing a small life stock herd or having our next olympian show jump in your front paddock is unparalleled.

And yet there is more... The wonderful braided rivers that cut their path through the plains offering swimming, fishing and jet-boating, the wide open beaches that offer countless days of fun, the trails that have evolved over time to offer walking, running and biking to the more active. And if that is all too much for your lifestyle, then relaxing at one of the many vineyards within the Waipara wine growing region maybe your calling.


October 2016

The Season of promise

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

It’s expected to be a warm dry spring here in Canterbury and the local lifestyle market is certainly heating up with sales continuing to climb, there were over *600 lifestyle sales in the local market for the 12 months (ended in August), this is a growth of near 10% compared to the same period last year, with pricing for quality stock continuing to bestrong. (*Reinz sales data for Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and Banks Peninsula District Councils)

Our Canterbury lifestyle properties will be stunning in the coming months as the spring growth takes off, and of course this means we’re moving into the busy time of the year when the warmer and longer days provide an impetus for interest in Lifestyle Real Estate. We’ve noticed more new entrants to the market as people look to enjoy the country life and accordingly there’s been an increase in listings recently as people prepare to move on, often seeking an upgrade within the lifestyle market.

For some of us we’ll have the usual spring activity of balancing our daily duties with the additional requirements of lambing, calving etc... and for some of us this may be the first time we’ve experienced this wonderful time of the year on a small farm.

Be prepared, take the time to seek guidance, talk to your vet and seek help from the experts when needed, you’re not alone.

Nature of course has her box of tricks, and when you least expect it she’ll throw a curve ball at you, so be prepared as best you can, in particular we shouldn’t assume the spring grass growth will take care of any feeding issues we endured over the winter months. Continue to manage your stock movements carefully (be mindful of lambing requirements), perhaps it’s time to talk to the local soil management experts about maximising the opportunities on your small holding, you may benefit from applying some additional nutrients.

We have our spring edition of the popular “We Sell Rural Lifestyle” due out late October, our team of Lifestyle experts can help secure your spot in this now, and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property.


May 2016

Lifestyle Living with Jan Green

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

As a member of the Rural Lifestyle Team, I appreciate the trust placed by both buyers and sellers in us when conducting real estate transactions. Providing honest, reliable and experienced assessments of your proposed purchase or sale is paramount to our success and on-going business opportunities in the fast growing Selwyn District.

Having lived on farms and lifestyle blocks for 33 years, I know only too well why so many seek the rural life. Being able to leave the hustle and bustle of the city with its traffic issues and return home to the peace and quiet of the country is indeed a blessing. Relaxing out on the deck, listening to the birds – not the neighbours, watching the kids play on the expansive lawn - not the street. What more could you wish for?

Raising a family on a lifestyle block in West Melton has meant we could provide our three boys with a fantastic learning environment. Raising and caring for livestock, building and fencing, riding motorbikes, planting trees and growing vegetables has given them a broad knowledge of all things rural. This lifestyle, coupled with the schooling in West Melton and Christchurch at our door step, really brings meaning to the phrase ‘having the best of both worlds’.

Growth in the Selwyn District since the 2010/11 earthquakes has highlighted many of the attributes and advantages of rural life. Our own West Melton village has seen a huge change over the last 10 years with 4 subdivisions adding around 800 sections to the original 42. The Jewel in the Crown for the current and future wider West Melton community will be the new Community and Recreation Centre due to commence in June of this year.


May 2016

Canterbury lifestyle market strong leading into winter

Whilst many may think like bears and hibernate inside during the coming winter months, many more Canterbury folk are still out and about in the market looking for their dream lifestyle property. Our local lifestyle market surrounding Christchurch continues to be strong. Last financial year the market had a nearly *10% increase in volume of lifestyle property transactions compared with the prior year. The continued improvements to our roading network surrounding Christchurch will only further enhance the desirability of living in the country, so as these improvements come on stream we may see demand continue to grow. (*REINZ sales data for Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and Banks Pininsula District Councils).

Many of our Canterbury properties will be looking stunning in the coming months as the late autumn colours of our trees provide a differing aspect that is aesthetically pleasing. During this period we do however need to undertake our pre- winter maintenance, who can forget the big wet of two years ago, so it pays to make sure our drainage is clear, debris are removed from our gutters etc. Often it’s too late to sort this out when a winter event hits us, and be extra careful when up ladders...don’t be too proud to get the experts in when needed.

If you are looking for expert help with your lifestyle property or livestock, visit our website www.rurallifestyle.kiwi where you find an extensive list of local Canterbury service providers. It pays to also plan for winter livestock movements and think ahead about rotating stock. Feed can get low in the winter, the livestock nutritional requirements do increase with the colder weather, so be prepared with adequate additional feed if necessary.

We have our winter edition of the popular “We Sell Rural Lifestyle” due out mid June, our team of Lifestyle agents can help secure your spot in this now, and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property.


January 2016

Making hay while the sun shines

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

The El Nino weather pattern we are currently in seems to be bringing a mixed bag of weather treats for us...Pre-Christmas hail storms followed by some incredibly hot days lead into the festive season which were at the extreme ends of the spectrum. And while many rural lifestyle block owners will be busy dealing with matters at hand such as some last minute maintenance before a family summer get together or mowing the cricket pitch on the front paddock for the backyard test many others are in fact busy preparing their properties for the reason of selling. No matter if it’s moving down the road to a new larger lifestyle block, a shift in location for a new job that results in the need to move on, the reasons vary, but from time to time we need to sell our property and the best time to do so is when things are looking their best.

So to boost the profile of our lifestyle properties we have coordinated two Canterbury Country Auction Days specifically for local properties, the 24th of February and the 23rd of March. Exclusive to rural lifestyle properties, our Country Partners have developed a valuable marketing package, your “Partner Pack” with incredible savings in the cost of promoting your property to prospective buyers. Remember is hard to sell a secret so professional marketing of your property will result in the best result. And you’ll get the benefit of being part of this unique Canterbury Auction Day where buyers interested in lifestyle property are exposed to multiple properties at one event.

So if you are selling then why not contact one of our Harcourts Rural Lifestyle Consultants to take you through the process and find out about the savings available with our partner pack, we’re happy to provide a free no obligation appraisal of your property, our team is committed to achieving the best possible result and once again Harcourts has been voted New Zealand’s most trusted Real Estate brand by Readers Digest.


September 2015

Canterbury Lifestyle Spring Property Update

Forecasters tell us that we can expect El Nino weather patterns to continue through the next few months, so temperatures and rainfall can be expected to be about or below average here in Canterbury. So what’s the forecast in the Lifestyle Property market?

After a sustained period of strong price rises in the Selwyn district we have noticed more recently a settling in these rises, however particular strong demand still exists especially for those properties well located to the city or community amenities. In the Waimakariri District prices have returned to where they were in summer after a slight easing through the winter period and in Hurunui a similar position with prices generally about where they were towards the end of last summer.

We’re moving into the busy time of the year when the warmer and longer days provide an impetus for interest in Lifestyle Real Estate. We’ve noticed more new entrants to the market as people look to enjoy the country life and accordingly there’s been an increase in listings recently as people prepare to move on, often seeking an upgrade within the lifestyle market.

Canterbury Communities: Country vs City with Sue Roberts

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

New Zealand isdefinitely a paradise and as a nation we are lucky in so many ways. The fortunate who live in the South Island are able to drive from one side of the island to the other in less than three hours. Recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, skiing and bush walks are just over an hour from Christchurch and Country living in Canterbury can be half an hour away from the CBD, if not less.

Astonishingly few consider the alternative of purchasing a lifestyle block, the benefits and value you can achieve when purchasing a lifestyle property compared with city dwelling. Us wise ones, realise the joy of once out of the city limits, the drive up the country roads on our destination home, the shoulders start to go down, the radio goes up a notch, we relax, and as each kilometre goes by we take in the scenery, notice the willows are starting to have a bit of a green tinge; the joy of seeing the new spring lambs chasing each other around the paddock - the mountain views, either covered in snow in the winter months, or that fantastic hue they have in the summer time, with that big north west arch framing them.

Home, space and yes we do spend more time mowing the lawns, but hey ... remember the joy of the 1st time you drove shiny new ride on mower? Driving down your drive way and pinching yourself, because not only have you secured a fantastic slice of heaven; where you can have and grow your own animals, veggies etc. (you’re the provider, you can hunt and gather on your own block)! Your family gets to thrive and go to the local country school - in most cases a large country school would be 250 children and most decile 8 plus.

Let’s compare what your you could have brought for 600k - 750k in the city, is a 3 or 4 bedroom older home, great size section 650m2, yes in a reasonable zoned school with huge school roll, coffee shop a stroll up the road (let’s face it who strolls in town) yeh you maybe home in 15-25 minutes from work, still wound up like a time bomb, to a family equally wound up, as those children haven’t had the pleasure of running wild around a few ha of land; the city kids are confined to a bean bag playing xbox. City dwelling not only cost you more for your dollars to buy a house, they also come with higher rates for a lot less land... Maybe I am bias but it seems to me a no brainer...it’s country hands down for me!


August 2015

Winter Property Update

The dry summer weather has rolled through autumn into the early part of winter with what seems like only a handful of stormy wet days breaking the long fine spells. We’ll no doubt pay for it at some stage during the coming months, but it’s a long way from last year’s big wet underfoot. In line with this settled weather the number of lifestyle properties on the market and indeed those that have sold picked up over autumn compared to last year, rebounding from a slightly sluggish start to this year. And whilst the overall volume of lifestyle sales for the past year has dropped slightly from the highs of 2013/2014 the average sale price has shown steady growth. There continues to be a strong demand for quality properties, particularly with those well located enjoying good access to amenities. We expect as it does traditionally, the volume of available stock will drop off slightly in the colder winter months, we also anticipate that prices will continue to hold and volumes take off again in the spring. But certainly buyers are still in the market looking for lifestyle properties.

Canterbury Communities: Living in Weedons with Frank Dowle

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

Being your country partner is incredibly important to Harcourts Rural Lifestyle consultants and our Canterbury team recognise the trust placed in them by both buyers and sellers when conducting Real Estate transactions. To provide the very best in valued advice for all concerned they appreciate the importance of being part of a local community and having a thorough understanding of the aspects of a rural lifestyle here in Canterbury. Frank Dowle an experienced consultant from Harcourts Four Seasons, serving the Selwyn district explains the significance of his local community.

Like many of my Harcourts lifestyle and rural colleagues, in addition to working in the country I also live there. I am fortunate to reside on a lifestyle property with my family in Weedons. If you’re not familiar with Weedons it is a lovely lifestyle area situated between West Melton and Rolleston. Weedons is in the very heart of Harness Racing in New Zealand and was also known for an Air Force base that operated until the 1990’s. We have a primary school, Weedons Country Club golf course and one of the oldest cricket clubs in New Zealand.

Being an active member of my local community includes my role as Chair of Weedons School Board of Trustees. I have been on the board for nearly 10 years and it has been a very rewarding experience. There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child and I firmly believe that. Being on the board of trustees is a way I can give back to the local community that has supported me in real estate for the past 10 years.

Frank Dowle is a Harcourts Rural Lifestyle Sales Consultant at Harcourts Four Seasons. Visit www.rurallifestyle.kiwi to find your local country partner.


April 2015

Autumn Catch-up

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

Well we’ve just experienced one of the driest and warmest summers here in Canterbury for a number of years and whilst the BBQs have been great these conditions mean we have a number of issues leading into the colder and traditionally wetter months. Early rain fall in autumn has been minimal with the dry conditions remaining, this will result in limited grass and feed growth before the ground gets too cold, it’s an important time to be talking with soil consultants about fertilizer application etc. If it’s looking like you will have feed issues during winter the better to make plans now than wait to it’s a major problem, especially on our lifestyle properties that may not have the additional land area to rotate stock effectively as the larger farms.

If you visited the South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee you would have had the chance to catch up with some of our rural team at our stand, each day we gave away a fantastic Stihl Chainsaw pack in conjunction with Fosters Outdoor Power Equipment. This event is a must visit for everyone involved in the rural sector here in Canterbury, so if you didn’t make it this year make sure you pencil this event onto your calendar in the future.

Lifestyle property activity continues to be strong in Canterbury, although the growth in pricing seems to have tapered off slightly in the early part of this year. We’ve recently published our seasonal publication “We sell Rural Lifestyle”. Look out for our winter addition, to have your property included contact one of our lifestyle specialists today. Remember if your selling first impressions are just as important with Lifestyle residences as they are in the city, consider you’re landscaping, entranceway and driveway, enhancements here can add much value to your saleability.


Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

December 2014

Summer is Upon Us

It’s a great time to be enjoying everything rural in Canterbury with the warmer and longer evenings affording us a wonderful lifestyle. We've had our share of mixed weather in the tail of spring so there has been plenty of rain to ensure good growth for life-stylers and farmers alike, although that extended dry period may just be around the corner so it’s a great time to be thinking about your feed needs for the new year and if you’re looking for some expert help with a rural matter then look through our extensive list of service providers on www.rurallifestyle.kiwi.

Over the summer weekends or indeed week days in some instances take the opportunity to get about to one of the farmers markets that exist throughout Canterbury, you’ll find fantastic produce, fine fares and what’s more it’s a great day out for the family.

The appeal of rural living is as strong as ever with more and more people appreciating the benefits a country life can bring. If you are thinking about selling then why not contact one of our Harcourts Rural Lifestyle Consultants to take you through the process, we’re happy to provide a free no obligation appraisal of your property, our team is committed to achieving the best possible result, once again Harcourts has been voted New Zealand’s most trusted Real Estate brand by Readers Digest. And if you’re buying then take the opportunity to talk through the many options with one of our rural lifestyle specialists.

We had a big few days at the recent Canterbury A&P Show, culminating in the prize draw in conjunction with Stihl Shop Fosters for a magnificent Club Cadet ride on, our lucky winner was Jacki Jenkins of North Canterbury. Jackie can be seen here enjoying her prize.

If you’re out and about at one of the remaining A&P shows then pop in and say hello at our stand, once again we’ll be giving away some wonderful prizes in conjunction Stihl Shop Fosters.

Pictured: Canterbury A&P Show Winner of a STIHL Ride on Mower, Jackie Jenkins of Kaiapoi.


Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

September 2014

Spring is in the Air

We are over the winter blues and blossom is aplenty as we enter the warmer months of spring here in Canterbury, although as typical of this time of year we should expect a few reminders of the chilly weather to pass through from time to time.

If you’re in the process of lambing or have younger livestock it is wise to keep up-to-date with the forecasters predictions to ensure you can cater for the welfare of your stock when a blast comes through. Of course we all like to get out in our gardens after winter so take advice when necessary on the suitability of planting and the care needed. It’s a real shame when we loose some plants to a late frost.

We had quite a wet start to winter and many parts of Canterbury were extremely wet underfoot for much of winter, consequently the number of lifestyle properties listed for sale in Canterbury dropped away right across the market. However, we’ve noticed in the last few weeks that many vendors that may have been holding back waiting for the better weather have presented their property to the market, taking advantage of the spring enthusiasm. So if you’re looking to sell or buy a rural lifestyle property then now is a great time to get out and about to view what is on offer.

If you are selling then why not contact one of our Harcourts Rural Lifestyle Consultants to take you through the process, we’re happy to provide a free no obligation appraisal of your property, our team is committed to achieving the best possible result and once again Harcourts has been voted New Zealand’s most trusted Real Estate brand by Readers Digest.

We’ve now had three monthly prize winners who have taken home a great Stihl prize from Fosters, register online to receive our newsletter and this could be you with one draw remaining in October. If you happen to be at one of this season’s A&P shows through Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui then keep an eye out for the Harcourts tent where we will be showcasing some of the great properties available here in Canterbury and again, we’ll giving away some wonderful Stihl prizes.

Pictured: Fosters Outdoor Power Equipment August winner, Mark Tutty with Harcourts Four Seasons Realty Ltd Lifestyle Agent Frank Dowle.

PS. Look out for our Harcourts Rural Lifestyle stand at the Canterbury A&P Show November 12-14, if you live on a lifestyle property in Canterbury and have lawns to mow then you’ll need to pop in and visit us …


July 2014

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

Canterbury Winter Rural Lifestyle Update

Our first prize draw has been undertaken and we are pleased to announce the lucky winner, Trevor Keats. Trevor lives in North Canterbury and also runs a lifestyle contracting business. Trevor can be seen her accepting his STIHL prize from Harcourts manager Greg Roberts.

Prices continue to rise for Rural Lifestyle properties in the Canterbury region albeit a slightly slower rise than previous months, with the median price rising 0.1% in the three months to $545,000.

Volumes of sales have eased as typically happens through winter and as a lack of available stock prevails, if your thinking about a possible spring change then now is a great time to be talking to your Rural Lifestyle Consultant about marketing your property.

Canterbury lifestyle properties on average (for the three months end May) are taking 52 days to sell as compared to then national average of 71 days, demonstrating the appeal of Canterbury’s lifestyle.

If you have a rural event here in Canterbury and would like us to include this in our events calendar then simply contact your local Rural Lifestyle Consultant who can help with this.


April 2014

Welcome to the Harcourts Rural Lifestyle Website

Harcourts Rural Lifestyle

At Harcourt’s 'Four Seasons' and 'Twiss Keir Realty' Franchises we have for many years helped both buyers and sellers of Rural Lifestyle properties throughout Canterbury, providing a trusted service ensuring the very best outcome for all concerned. We have now combined our resources to provide an even better level of service under the umbrella of Harcourts Rural Lifestyle.

On numerous occasions lifestyle block owners have asked us where they can find a specialist contractor or service provider to help with their farming issues, or where do they find out about rural events, well they need no longer wonder because we are pleased to bring you this uniquely Canterbury lifestyle website where we’re keeping all things rural. We’ve even secured the service of a leading vet to provide guidance on your stock health issues.

To keep up to date with happenings in the Canterbury Rural Lifestyle community and property market our team invite you to register to receive our quarterly Harcourt’s Canterbury Rural Lifestyle Newsletter, by registering you’ll also go in the monthly draw to win one our great rural lifestyle prizes in conjunction with STIHL Shop Fosters. So why don’t you… keep in touch with all things rural in Canterbury.

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