After the relatively mild winter we enjoyed here last year, our summer weather as we perhaps could have expected has been somewhat up and down, however the same can’t be said of the local rural lifestyle market with consistency the name of the game. Market prices for Lifestyle properties throughout Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui have continued to show steady growth with an increase in the volume of completed sales transactions for 2016 as compared to 2015.

Many of our Canterbury properties will be looking stunning with the long summer days providing that little extra time to spend in our gardens. In the coming months the early autumn colours of our trees will provide a differing aspect that is also aesthetically pleasing. During this period we do however need to undertake our pre winter maintenance, who can forget the big wet just a few years back, so it pays to make sure our drainage is clear, debris is removed from our gutters etc. Often it’s too late to sort this out when a winter event hits us, and be extra careful when up ladders…don’t be too proud to get the experts in when needed.

If you are looking for expert help with your lifestyle property or livestock then visit our website www.rurallifestyle.kiwi where you will find an extensive list of local Canterbury service providers.

Growing grass and baling to supplement our winter (and dry summers) feed can be at times problematic, again often as a result of our changeable weather, this year however seems to have been one out of the box for lifestyle property owners here in Canterbury with many of us currently inundated with what perhaps seems an abundance of stored grass feed, however if things continue to dry out over the remaining summer months and feed becomes sparse or a decent snow storm hits in Winter it won’t take long before we appreciate this current growth.

We have our Autumn edition of the popular “We Sell Rural Lifestyle” due out late March in time for the South Island Field Days to be held at Kirwee, with a featured section on agricultural properties from throughout the South Island, our team of Rural Lifestyle agents can help secure your spot in this now, and are happy to undertake a free no obligation appraisal of your lifestyle property.