Time to buy and sell property: Lin Ma

While many people believe winter is not the best time for marketing properties, Lin Ma has a different viewpoint that is well worth considering.

“Yes, spring is a beautiful time to show off a garden, but there is nothing nicer than seeing a crackling fire in a wood burner on a cold wintry day. That grabs attention.” Lin, who won Top Harcourts Grenadier Sales Consultant 2022-2024, says that vendors can take advantage of grey, gloomy weather by playing up the home’s insulation, ventilation and lighting.

“The key selling factors are homes with good heating, double glazing, efficient ventilation and filtration systems, with no signs of damp patches, no moss or mould. These are the things potential buyers will be checking out.”

“Light is so important. Now is the time to tackle problem garden areas to ensure that the house gets the maximum light and that the sun isn’t blocked out by trees or overgrown shrubbery.” Lin also recommends that the vendor has all the necessary financial and legal considerations sorted to ensure a smooth marketing process. With 22 years of real estate experience, clients are assured that whether they are looking to buy or to sell, with Lin they are in the most expert of hands. “I am confident with the market currently; it is steady and feels like it is on the rise. At auction a few weeks ago, 71% went under the hammer. That is a great result for winter.” Based at Harcourts’ Wigram office, Lin is more than familiar with this large and rapidly expanding locale.

“A new Wigram sub-division recently marketed 14 properties, and 13 of those were sold. At this time last year in Wigram, 16 properties were sold; at the same time this year, that figure has increased to 29 properties sold.” Lin says the dedicated team working alongside her make a big contribution in building on the success and good name of the Wigram office. “We are made up of Kiwis, Korean, Indian and Chinese consultants, some who have been with me for up to ten years.”

“We are known for getting the best results for our clients. A huge percentage of the business is now repeat business, so I think that speaks a lot to what we are achieving here.” Make housing dreams a reality, contact Lin on 027 511 7788.


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