My colleague Jo is writing a story about buying by tender, specifically, the new trend of writing letters to the vendor to explain why they should pick your offer over all the rest.
As the market gets harder and harder to break into, we've been hearing more and more about people trying to make a personal connection with vendors to give their tender offers the edge. We've heard folks will include personal details about their family, why the love the house and what their plans for the property are.
Jo would love to talk to anyone who's written a letter like this to accompany a tender - perhaps it's you, perhaps a relative or friend - or from vendors who've received letters like this, accompanying a tender.
Perhaps you asked for such letters?
We'd love to hear more about that experience for you and how it shaped the way the sale went.
You can reach out to jo here (she'll be joining the Neighbourly neighbourhood soon!) or via our email: email@example.com.
Looking forward to hearing your stories.
Are you happy sharing your opinion?
New Plymouth research 3rd - 6th May.
We are looking for people who have bought a house or re-mortgaged within the last 18 months to take part in a focus group in early May. This can be either a first home, change of home or an investment property, or re-financing your current home with a new bank.
If you are interested, please email Pip@people4info.co.nz with your name, age and date of when you bought the house, and best contact number for more information.
Sessions are two hours long from 6.30pm with each participant receiving $100 as a thank you. Discussions are relaxed and are all about your opinion and feedback on ideas, with no sales at all involved.
Following the closure of submissions for the NPDC 10 year plan several surveys were completed on matters that were considered important to ratepayers.
1. Should a further $11million be spent on the Council offices?
NO - 88.5%.
2. Should the ExPowerCo/Tasman Farm fund be used to mitigate rates?
YES - 94.3%.
3. Should rates increases be limited to the Consumer Price Index?
YES - 58.8%.
4. Do ratepayers (particularly those on relatively fixed or low incomes) want rates to rise by about 100% over the next 10 years plus the proposed water rates? NO - 96.0%.