Jack Vale

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2019 The Year Of The Rent Rise?

Posted by Jack Vale on January 24, 2019 12:27:02 PM NZDT

Christmas and New Year breaks never seem to be long enough. 😔


Of course, we are glad to have you back and hope that you and your families all had an enjoyable and safe break. If there is one thing that can be said of 2018, it’s that there seemed to be no respite for the property market.

Countless media articles aimed at poor landlord behaviour shone a spotlight brightly on the poor landlord-ship experienced by some. Other media articles shone the spotlight on shocking tenant behaviour.

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How To Survive The Christmas Period As A Landlord

Posted by Jack Vale on December 12, 2018 6:31:00 PM NZDT

There’s no denying it, this year has been a busy one. 😫

Landlords have been hit with the impact of a new government, changing legislation, and all while trying to keep track of a busy market.

The reality of it is, being a landlord is an evolving trade and keeping up with the Jones’ is easier said than done.

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Interior Design Tips For Renters

Posted by Jack Vale on December 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM NZDT

With real estate prices rising, renting a home is more common than ever.

If you are one of the many living in a rental it can feel like a daunting task to personalise your home, but just because you don’t own the house you live in doesn’t mean that space can’t feel like your very own.

Here are a few affordable tips for making a space feel like home, no matter how temporary.

Stephanie Bruce from Wall St Designs has taken the time to show us her top tips to make any house a home.

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Topics: home decoration, interior design

Understanding The Numbers Behind Wellington's Summer Rentals!

Posted by Jack Vale on November 27, 2018 3:36:03 PM NZDT

To say that Wellington’s rental market feels the heat in Summer could potentially be one of the biggest understatements of the year. 🚀


Last years hectic market was one of the busiest we have seen, with rents continuing to rise and the competition for quality property fiercer than ever.

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How To Move Stress Free

Posted by Jack Vale on November 7, 2018 3:59:47 PM NZDT

Moving house can be a pretty stressful time. Hauling box after box out the back of your car and up the stairs, only to find that the bed doesn’t fit through the stairwell or you can’t fit everything into the new property is the stuff of nightmares. 😱

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Let it soak in

Posted by Jack Vale on October 30, 2018 5:52:00 PM NZDT

Bathroom renovations can always be a difficult decision. To tile or not tile? Colours or neutrals? The reality of it is, like with any renovation there are countless questions to answer and plenty to prepare for. But when you renovate your bathroom you really can increase not only the value of your home but also it’s attractiveness to tenants.


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Topics: renovations, bathrooms

Sink time into your Rental Kitchen Renovation

Posted by Jack Vale on October 8, 2018 12:03:00 PM NZDT

The kitchen is the heart of any home. As cooking shows a rise in popularity and as tenants inevitably rent for longer as the cost of houses rise, tenants are becoming more and more focussed on the quality of the property they are renting.

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Topics: property maintenance, renovations

How to garden your way to success in your rental property

Posted by Jack Vale on September 18, 2018 10:35:38 AM NZST

When it comes to gardening, it would be safe to say that my skills lie elsewhere. I think I’ve mown a lawn once or twice, but beyond that my abilities in the garden leave a lot to be desired. I would be confident to say that most people would lie in the same boat as me. Stunning landscaped gardens though is a sure fire way to enhance the presentation of your property, raising its value. But with such a garden comes great responsibility, either for the tenant or for the landlord.


Do you spend time, effort and money on maintaining the garden yourself so that it will continue to attract new tenants when the time comes or do you take the risk of finding a tenant with a similar gardening pedigree to myself and see your beautifully landscaped grounds become barren within their tenancy? 🌵


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Topics: gardens, property maintenance

The best relationships aren't one sided

Posted by Jack Vale on August 21, 2018 10:21:40 AM NZST

The American psychologist Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.” 


To a property manager with the wrong approach, every tenant is a problem. No matter what you do in life, it is your attitude, not the issue that is the real problem. Property investment is a great example. There is always a way to overcome whatever issue may stand in front of you.


Recently, a series of adverts was published by a property management company which clearly indicated their opinions of tenants. It painted them as a necessary evil to property investment; a nail if you will. What followed was inevitable. 🔨

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Topics: tenants, regulations, media

Shaking Things Up — The Tommy's Way

Posted by Jack Vale on August 8, 2018 10:31:00 AM NZST

Warning: This post contains strong elements of self-promotion. 🔊


Tommy’s has always been an innovator. When our real estate parents came into the market in 1999, they arrived at the door ready to shake things up. If you ask me, they did a pretty good job, cementing themselves as one of the premier brands in Wellington Real Estate.

Now in 2018, there is a reputation for results associated with Tommy’s Real Estate – something we’ve now replicated at Tommy’s Property Management. Property management has been somewhat of a hotly contested industry for years.

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Topics: property management, tommys