Eastern Courier : December 10th 2010
8 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) WIN 10 prizes of $2000 to be won - just in time for Christmas. See this week's Sunday Star-Times for details CASH FOR CHRISTMAS The Grey District Council is deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded in the wake of the Pike River Mine explosion. Now more than ever is the time for the community to stand behind these families so deeply affected. Council is assisting in setting up the PIKE RIVER MINERS RELIEF FUND TRUST in order to offer the financial support required now and going forward. The Trust will have representation from multiple support agencies involved in the response. Donations can be made at any Westpac or BNZ branch, or sent care of the Grey District Council. PO Box 382, 105 Tainui St, Greymouth 7840 Telecom, Vodafone and 2 Degrees customers can text 306 to make an automatic $3 donation. Children --- please check with the bill payer first. You can also include text messages of support. Messages will be collected and shared with the families of the miners. PIKE RIVER MINERS RELIEF FUND This space kindly donated by Suburban Newspapers Auckland and Fairfax Media THIS SATURDAY And every Saturday afterwards 6PM - MIDNIGHT Free live entertainment, 200 stalls, 50 food stalls, Xmas bargains, arts n crafts, fashionware, antiques, electronic games, rides. All weather, in the carpark under The Warehouse, Westfield Pakuranga Plaza Phone 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 High value sales help to boost weak market High value property sales in well established locations pushed up the average sale price for Auck- land homes in November to $553,743. Figures from Auckland real estate company Barfoot and Thompson also show house sale volumes were up 19.1 percent on those for October at 668 but still down on the numbers tradition- ally sold at this time of year. It s the highest average monthly price for nearly three years, managing director Peter Thompson says. It is attributable to a greater level of high value sales in the inner ring of suburbs around the central business district and along the eastern coastal suburbs. In November we sold 55 homes valued at more than $1 million and 122 homes valued at more than $750,000. More than a quarter of their sales were at the high value end which is more than usual, Mr Thompson says. The volume of sales across the region has started to build. Part of this is through vendors and buyers reaching agreement as to what is market value and also through the lift which normally occurs as we move through spring into summer. But he says sales are not as strong as in past years. For the past six months the number of homes sold each month has moved from a high of 689 to a low of 561. It is unusual for the number of homes sold to move in such a nar- row band over such a long period. While sales numbers are down on last year they demonstrate that the market is stable. During November the company listed 1639 properties for sale.
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