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The first home dream

When the owners of a small Masterton house outgrew their property, real estate agent Anneka Billing used her best skills to get them a quick sale.

With an open plan, great indoor-outdoor flow and a picket fence, the house was in near-new condition, but well-loved with a sense of fun and magic.

The vendors, sisters Olivia and Emma Pringle, were keen for their next property investment, so Billing sprang into action with a listing form, open homes and smart online marketing for her clients.

The one-room house offered prospective first home buyers “French windows, sweet planter boxes… and your very own letterbox”, Billing’s property adverting said.

“Two of my youngest vendors have entrusted me to market and sell their treasured first home. Their fondest memories are letters from Santa and hot sunny days playing ice cream shops.”

Billing called on mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grannies, koros and education centres to view the house, which had a condition of removal from its current site.

However, using a smart real estate marketing carrot, Billing – who is a Property Brokers Wairarapa agent – offered free delivery in Wairarapa.

As the deadline sale approached last Friday at 5pm, Billing received buyer enquires such as: “How many bedrooms and bathrooms please?”

Her answer: “One and none.”

The tiny dwelling – a wooden playhouse – attracted nine strong offers. Masterton grandmother Christine was the winner with a cash offer of $350.

Billing said the sale was a breeze: “No builder’s report, no LIM, no finance, no due diligence and not subject to house sale.”

Christine’s young tenants will be in well before Christmas and can look forward to decorating in their own style.


  1. This isn’t journalism , thus reads like an advertising tutorial that should stay in the real estate pages. Honestly it’s just a big write up for the agent .! Free publicity , nothing creative about this story ! WTA midweek your reporting is getting shabby and desperate .

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