How lucky are we in Taranaki. The 2nd most desirable area in the world to visit – and we escaped any damage from the massive earthquake on the 14th. Harcourts Foundation has donated $50,000 to the earthquake affected rebuild effort, which is pleasing. A small clip on every sale here goes to the Foundation who support relief, charities, schools, welfare and sporting organizations both locally and internationally. Our real estate market has also dodged the real slowdown and price correction happening in greater Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty. We didn’t have the massive surge, so we’re not experiencing the brakes on to the same extent either. The new LVR regulations have had some affect, but not to the same extent as up north. As always, treat offers with respect and due consideration. The noose may tighten here soon too.