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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, January 7, 2013 --- 11 Maureen Kumar's legacy to her sons was going to be her two- bedroom home nestled in the heart of Pukekohe. But before she could pass it on to them, it ﬁrst needed refreshing. Naturally, the old kitchen had to go. "It was absolutely Draconian and had an electric stove!" Maureen says. "It was very old and worked ﬁne, but it didn't look good at all." Finding someone to do the job was easy as Maureen's son, Mark and his wife Sheree had heard only good things about Jag Kitchens. And that was further reinforced when they and Maureen visited the Jag Kitchens showroom in the Danske Mobler Home Centre in Botany and met Jag Kitchens designer, Angela Purdy. "She was so friendly and very easy to talk to," Maureen says. "She really knew her stuff -- that was obvious." Angela who has had years of experience working with kitchens says listening to Maureen, Mark and Sheree's input was crucial. "Everyone has different opinions and tastes. The challenge was to combine all these elements together in a cohesive way." The outcome was a stunning red and grey kitchen with a black and white chequered ﬂoor – a real feature of the home. “The ﬂoor was a joke initially, but then we realised it would work! We love it," Maureen says. Complete with glossy red, round pendant lights, a red splashback and matching accessories, the new kitchen brightens up the home and is a joy to behold. "I just love coming home and seeing the red of the kitchen," Maureen says. The breakfast bar and its suave red stools serve not only as aesthetic features, but are great from a social aspect as well. "When I have friends over, we sit here all the time. They think the kitchen's delightful too!" Not just a pretty face, the kitchen is not short of practical functions. "I love the gas stove," Maureen says. "But I'm also thrilled with the touch cupboards that shut with the slightest nudge together with the lovely big drawers and cupboards which are so useful for storing large pots and pans." "The sink is beautiful too," she adds. “It’ssobiganddeep–Icanﬁtthe roasting pan in it now!" Add to these a revolving Mondo corner, a rubbish insert and sleek stainless steel appliances, and Maureen's kitchen has become the very epitome of modern day functionality with a touch of retro styling. The happy homeowner says the family is pleasantly surprised with how everything has turned out. "The kitchen looks wonderful and Mark and Sheree absolutely love it. We're very proud of achieving what we all set out to do and Angela's done a marvellous job!" Specialising in custom-sized kitchens designed to exactly ﬁt the room without resorting to ﬁller panels, Jag Kitchens has its own manufacturing plant and also uses a sophisticated 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look. And remember, Jag Kitchens designs and builds to all budgets. Their advice and design service is FREE OF CHARGE. Visit www.jagkitchens.co.nz for more information on a wide range of materials and design options or to see more kitchen examples. Whether you are thinking of a major renovation or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen do contact Jag Kitchens. All designers have years of experience and are happy to discuss your kitchen project free of cost and obligation. Eager to add value to her 1980s' home, a Pukekohe homeowner sought the help of Jag Kitchens and received a stylish, modern kitchen to be proud of. Jag designer Angela, right, with Maureen Kumar. Times photo Wayne Martin 118249 Conveyancing 18 Uxbridge Road, Howick. PO Box 39056, Howick, Auckland 2145 t: 09 535 2150 f: 09 535 2151 web: kelly avell.co.nz The fees shown are indicative for straightforward personal housing transactions from the point of receipt of your signed agreement from your land agent to the date designated for settlement. Fees, disbursements and any additional costs are payable not later than the day of settlement. Buying from Selling from WITH MORTGAGE Buying from Selling from WITHOUT MORTGAGE 1,003.15 703.30 1,166.35 942.00 $$ $$ TgÞpcpekpi htqo &762047 120113 THE super-city remains the strongest housing market in the country with properties in the former Manukau City experiencing the strongest median price lift. Eastern Beaches has recorded another 12 per cent rise in median price, at $641,000 in November compared with $575,000 the same time last year, according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand ﬁgures. Dwelling numbers sold were also up 12 per cent to 239 from 214 in November last year and the time it took to sell a house continued to drop, this time by nine per cent from 34 days in November 2011 to 31 days. House values in Auckland have lifted to a new high-water mark, says Peter Thompson, managing director of real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson. “For much of the year the average price moved between $580,000 and $590,000. But with two consecutive months of trading at an average price well above $600,000, the entire pricing structure has lifted. Telling signs that higher prices have become entrenched are the 146 homes that sold for more than $1 million, a quarter more than we have ever sold in one month previously, and that 43 per cent of homes sold for less than $500,000, whereas on average the number is normally half,” he says. “Listings are being helped with a greater number of home owners making the decision to follow through with their future housing intentions now that higher prices are being achieved.” Auctions continue to dominate the Auckland market, representing 73.7 per cent of national auction sales, REINZ says. High-water mark reached Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2003 $400,000 2009 $573,250 2011 $575,000 2012 $641,000 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +12% Dwelling numbers sold 2003 325 2008 143 2011 214 2012 239 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +12% Median days to sell 2003 22 2004 39 2011 34 2012 31 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 -9% Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2003 $320,000 2011 $490,000 2012 $540,000 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +10% Dwelling sales volumes 2003 3844 2010 1789 2011 2266 2012 2920 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +29% National sales distribution-price band Under $400,000 2010 2996 2011 3389 2012 3920 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +16% $400,000-$599,000 2010 1275 2011 1596 2012 1893 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +19% $600,000-$999,999 2010 663 2011 796 2012 1251 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +57% $1 million and over 2010 204 2011 227 2012 390 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +72% Regional housing market THE past 10 years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance, as at November’s ﬁgures. WHO’S INCLUDED: The Eastern Beaches area includes Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Cockle Bay, Dannemora, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Maraetai Beach, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Pakuranga, Shelly Park, Sunnyhills and Whitford.
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