Dunedin real estate, seriously?

Names. Companies. How long is a piece of string.

### ODT Online Fri, 6 Feb 2015
Business
Fined $17,000; appeal lodged
By Simon Hartley
Three members of Dunedin’s Sievwright real estate family and employer Edinburgh Realty have been censured and collectively fined more than $17,000 for “unsatisfactory conduct” by the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA). The decision, published last week, is under appeal by the Sievwrights and Edinburgh. Barclay Sievwright and sons Lane and Clayton were censured for “unsatisfactory conduct” and fined $3750. Edinburgh Realty was similarly censured and fined $6000. Another real estate agent, Matthew Shepherd, was censured.
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### ODT Online Fri, 6 Feb 2015
Business
Real estate agent fined, censured over commission; decision appealed
By Simon Hartley
Dunedin real estate agent Tim Barnett has been censured and fined by the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) – a decision which is under appeal – over commission on a more than $700,000 commercial building. The decision, released last week, found “unsatisfactory conduct” against Mr Barnett. He was fined $2000 and required to undergo further training. Mr Barnett, of Tim Barnett Realty, declined to comment when contacted because the decision was under appeal.
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3 responses to “Dunedin real estate, seriously?

  1. Elizabeth

    Reserve Bank confirmation of low interest rates holding would continue to stimulate buyer activity. –Colliers

    ### ODT Online Mon, 9 Feb 2015
    Market trending to quality
    By Simon Hartley
    The university investment sector in Dunedin finished the year with a flourish in the fourth quarter, but overall sales volumes were down 13% for the year. The rise of a ”new generation tenant”, demanding better quality flats and prepared to pay for it, has stimulated several developments and triggered renovations being done to a higher standard.
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    • Peter

      I note the student accommodation under construction on page 14 of today’s ODT. Functional, but very uninspiring style wise. Too many of these sterile places as is.

      • Elizabeth

        More of same at https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/george-street-two-new-uglies-thanks-dcc-no-city-architect/ The rule of thumb in a spec builder/investor’s mind surely ought to be if students were replaced as tenants, whether by professionals, retirees, empty-nesters or a family…. how should the buildings look, first up. This example that you cite Peter, wouldn’t be the answer – clearly, no-one in the equation knows much or anything about DESIGN AND COMMUNITY. Lowest common denominators instead, appear to apply for (more) ghettoisation. It’s not like these ugly protuberances are cheap to build, but their value for living arrangements and returns in the longer term ? The most we can hope for is a bulldozer accidentally drops on them soon!

        Whereas, equally tragic, DCC is malingering because it doesn’t want to upset developers [“economic development”] with appropriate design guidelines for the greater campus area, for the avoidance of this unsightly erosion of heritage, townscape and character values. [Despite early character area assessments I carried out at their bidding, not all that long ago. During this exercise (unfinished) I soon learned how insincere or patchy DCC is about heritage, architecture and urban design.]

        The 2GP will result in a proliferation of new build *crap* (like the current examples in George and Great King Sts) in good neighbourhoods and street areas, right up into the City Rise (cowboy style) – because DCC doesn’t know what the hell it’s doing. There’s no architectural design expertise of any use or national reputation within DCC just now, and the local consulting architects they use aren’t knowledgeable on so many levels of design management and planning —it’s totally awfully embarrassing.

        It’ll take a while to search, but I feel a few illustrated posts on leading edge infill design and contemporary residential character coming on ~!!! I’ve been holding off because I really shouldn’t have to volunteer this stuff up – NZIA Southern should be right on top of this as an advocacy body for Architecture, but it’s nowhere to be seen – post 2000, under various chairships, we used to have an active communicative branch committee – but now, it mainly looks inwards at its own navel.

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