How to Sell As Is, Where Is, eqc claims.#Eqc #claims


How to sell As Is

One of the team will visit your property

If the offer is acceptable for both parties, we draft a Sale and Purchase Agreement

Move on with your life!

Arete Property was born in 2014 when a group of 5 friends decided to combine expertise to purchase and repair ‘As Is Where Is’ property in Christchurch. An eclectic group with a cross-section of expertise ranging from building to investing, we pride ourselves on our professional, honest and flexible approach to helping people sell their damaged or uninsured property. We have also taken over insurance and EQC claims from those who no longer want to fight the fight.

We pay market rates, which saves expensive real estate fees for our customers and we listen. Flexible settlements, long settlements, quick settlements whichever suits your situation, we can work with almost any request! Feel free to give us a call or drop us an e-mail to find out more.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

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What does Arete Property do after they purchase my ‘As Is’ house?

We repair all of our properties to a very high standard. Some properties are held as rentals, some are sold on the open market depending on suitability for sale or rental.

Will you make me a cash unconditional offer?

Others may offer cash unconditional but because we repair thoroughly we have to engage an engineer to qualify we can repair the dwelling. This translates to a 10-20 day due diligence clause which often equates to a better price for you as we can confirm that our repair methodology is viable.

How long will it take for someone to come and view my property and make me an offer?

We can usually get to your property within 24 hours and turn an offer around in 24-48 hours depending on the property, some are harder than others!

If I choose a long settlement but then find a house I really want to buy, can you bring settlement forward?

Yes. We are very flexible with settlement dates and we often add ‘or earlier by mutual agreement’ to all contracts, giving you plenty of time to find a new property.


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Free Impartial Advice

For the repair or rebuild of your home.

RAS has always evolved to suit the situations of homeowners. We now offer brokered solutions for you. RAS works with you, private insurers and EQC and has legal and technical expertise available to give you opportunities to get to a satisfactory resolution.

If after five years your insurance claim is not settled or you feel anxious about how your claim is progressing. Now is the time to seek support or help or advice.

Make a phone call now

RAS can help you in many ways:

  • Brokers with extensive experience working with homeowners, insurers and EQC
  • Technical experts on hand
  • Legal advice available
  • Access to decision-makers in insurance companies and EQC
  • Constructive conversations to achieve results

Is this the right service for you?

This service has been established to assist home-owners who have yet to finalise their insurance claim/s where they:

If this is you, call RAS on (03) 379 7027 or 0800 777 299 to start the simple three-step process.

How does the service work?

Using RAS involves three steps:

Call the Residential Advisory Service on (03) 379 7027 or 0800 777 299. We’ll ask about your circumstances to find out how we can help and connect you to a broker.

A broker will contact you to discuss your circumstances and will find out more from you about where you are in the repair and rebuild process. Brokers can get specialist support for your situation. Eg technical or legal advice.

If you think it would be helpful brokers can call a round-table meeting with relevant parties to clarify your issues and help find a solution.

Updates

The Residential Advisory Services recommends homeowners with damage from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake seek confirmation from their insurer how the Limitation Act will apply to their specific claim, as many insurers have extended beyond the six-year limitation period.

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is welcoming the extension of the Residential Advisory Service (RAS).


Talc, talcum, and baby powder: What’s the big deal, KOMO, eqc claim.#Eqc #claim


Talc, talcum, and baby powder: What’s the big deal?

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On Tuesday at 6 p.m., KOMO’s Michelle Esteban meets with two local women who allege their ovarian cancer is linked to Johnson Johnson talc-based products. She takes an in-depth look at other cases brought against the company, and finds out what Johnson and Johnson’s believe to be true about their product.

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SEATTLE — Johnson & Johnson and its iconic baby powder have been embroiled in a legal powder keg – some women who used the talc for genital hygiene for decades allege a link between talc and ovarian cancer.

The FDA monitors for potential safety problems and has issued no warnings. Online, the American Cancer Society says if there is an increased risk, the overall increase is likely to very be small.

Talc is a mineral used to make talcum powder. It’s a very soft rock that can be found all over the United States, including in parts of Washington.

After being mined, it’s taken to a facility to be crushed up, or finely ground.

Companies are then able modify or further treat the rock-turned-power before distribution.

WHAT IS TALCUM POWDER USED FOR?

While commonly called baby powder, talc is used in the creation of many common products used in the United States.

Some of the products talc is used in:

  • Plastics – as a filler.
  • Ceramics – like bathroom fixtures, ceramic tile, pottery, and dinnerware.
  • Paint – as an extender and filler.
  • Paper – as a filler.
  • Cosmetics and Antiperspirants – as a powder base.
  • Roofing Materials – added to asphalt materials.

This, and more information on the amount of talc used in products, can be found on geology.com.

WHY IS TALCUM POWDER USED?

Once in powder form, talc is coveted for qualities like its ability to absorb, and act like a lubricant.

The powder is able to absorb things like moisture, oils, and odor. It can prevent friction, and can be easily washed off human skin.

These qualities make it great for bathroom products like antiperspirants, and makeup. And great for commercial products like plastics and paper.

In paper, for example, talc helps absorb ink. On humans, it can help prevent chafing.

WHY DO PEOPLE THINK IT’S LINKED TO CANCER?

On Thursday, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $110 million to a Virginia woman who alleged she developed cancer after decades of using the company’s talc-containing products.

Seattle personal injury attorney Corrie Yackulic points to studies dating back to 1982 that she says document an increased risk for women who consistently use talc for intimate personal hygiene and cites a May of 2016 issue of The Journal of Epidemiology.

Yackulic represents two local women in potential lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. Both women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and claim to be long-time users of the product.

One woman tells KOMO’s Michelle Esteban that she used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder daily for over 60 years.

On it, it says while some studies report an association between talc and ovarian cancer, various government and non-government agencies have analyzed all available data, and none have concluded that talc can cause cancer.


Meet the Team of Solicitors and Support Staff Behind Grant Shand, eqc claim.#Eqc #claim


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Grant Shand

Grant Shand is a litigation lawyer with more than 20 years experience. Grant currently has the most cases of anyone in the High Court earthquake list. His other particular area of expertise is in leaky home/leaky building cases. He is recognised as an expert in the field and obtains excellent results for homewners or building parties in leaky home/leaky building claims in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal or in Courts.

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Victoria Rich

Victoria brings a broad range of legal experience and expertise having worked in the legal industry since 2007, primarily in Litigation. Victoria also has experience in the property sector of Law (both residential & commercial).

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Andrew Ferguson

Andrew has practiced litigation since 2000. Recently he has focused on construction and insurance disputes but has broad experience in all range of commercial litigation. Andrew practiced for 10 years in Melbourne and was an in house lawyer at Auckland Council before joining Grant Shand Barristers and Solicitors. Andrew is also a trained and experienced commercial mediator.

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Paul Biddle

Paul graduated from the University of Waikato in 1999. Prior to working at Grant Shand, Paul worked for an Auckland boutique insurance litigation firm providing advice to both insurer and insured clients. Paul has extensive experience working with construction litigation claims acting for owners of “Leaky Homes”.

Paul has previously worked in the public sector and provided policy and operational advice for over 10 years on building and construction issues. Paul’s current practice primarily focuses on representing insureds in earthquake claim disputes.

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Dana Beissel

Dana graduated with an LLB in 2014 and a MusB in 2015 from the University of Canterbury. She was admitted to the bar in July 2015. Dana joined the team at Grant Shand Barristers and Solicitors in February 2016 and is assisting with Christchurch Earthquake related insurance claims.

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Emily Ferguson

Emily is currently completing the final year of her LLB at the University of Canterbury, and has spent the last two semesters on exchange at the University of Auckland. She will graduate in April 2017. Prior to joining the team at Grant Shand, Emily worked as a law clerk at a boutique commercial law firm in Auckland.

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Aimee Mackey

Aimee graduated with an LLB(Hons)/BA from the University of Auckland in May 2017. She is currently undertaking her professional legal studies and will be admitted to the bar in November 2017.

Aimee worked at a large commercial law firm in the employment team prior to joining the team at Grant Shand.

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Nina Lala

Nina graduated with a BA from the University of Auckland in May 2017 and an LLB from Auckland University of Technology in July 2017.

She will be admitted to the bar in August 2017. Prior to joining the team at Grant Shand, Nina worked at a boutique civil litigation firm in Auckland.


How to Sell As Is, Where Is, eqc claims.#Eqc #claims


How to sell As Is

One of the team will visit your property

If the offer is acceptable for both parties, we draft a Sale and Purchase Agreement

Move on with your life!

Arete Property was born in 2014 when a group of 5 friends decided to combine expertise to purchase and repair ‘As Is Where Is’ property in Christchurch. An eclectic group with a cross-section of expertise ranging from building to investing, we pride ourselves on our professional, honest and flexible approach to helping people sell their damaged or uninsured property. We have also taken over insurance and EQC claims from those who no longer want to fight the fight.

We pay market rates, which saves expensive real estate fees for our customers and we listen. Flexible settlements, long settlements, quick settlements whichever suits your situation, we can work with almost any request! Feel free to give us a call or drop us an e-mail to find out more.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Don t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

What does Arete Property do after they purchase my ‘As Is’ house?

We repair all of our properties to a very high standard. Some properties are held as rentals, some are sold on the open market depending on suitability for sale or rental.

Will you make me a cash unconditional offer?

Others may offer cash unconditional but because we repair thoroughly we have to engage an engineer to qualify we can repair the dwelling. This translates to a 10-20 day due diligence clause which often equates to a better price for you as we can confirm that our repair methodology is viable.

How long will it take for someone to come and view my property and make me an offer?

We can usually get to your property within 24 hours and turn an offer around in 24-48 hours depending on the property, some are harder than others!

If I choose a long settlement but then find a house I really want to buy, can you bring settlement forward?

Yes. We are very flexible with settlement dates and we often add ‘or earlier by mutual agreement’ to all contracts, giving you plenty of time to find a new property.


Dozens of EQC claims made after Wellington slips, Radio New Zealand News, eqc claims.#Eqc #claims


Dozens of EQC claims made after Wellington slips

The Earthquake Commission has received 82 insurance claims for flooding and landslip damage in Wellington this month alone, it says.

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The slip on Evans Bay Parade near Point Jerningham, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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The slip below a house on Evans Bay Parade, as viewed from the house’s balcony. Photo: RNZ / Jacob McSweeney

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The slip on Evans Bay Parade near Point Jerningham, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Jacob McSweeney

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The slip on Evans Bay Parade near Point Jerningham, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Jacob McSweeney

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A house above Devon Street, Aro Valley, was evacuated after a large slip. Photo : RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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Clearing a slip at Devon Street, Aro Valley. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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The slip in Devon Street.

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Devon Street, Aro Valley, was closed due to a slip. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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Clearing a slip at Devon Street, Aro Valley. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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The slip in Devon Street.

There have been about 460 slips in the capital in July, as sodden ground is further destabilised by regular heavy rain.

Insurance Council chief executive Tim Grafton said landslip damage was deemed a natural disaster and was covered by the Earthquake Commission.

He said EQC covers damage to both houses and land up to $100,000.

“The Earthquake Commission coverage will be confined to land damage within an 8m parameter of the house. If the land damage is affecting damage to the house as well, there’ll be damage for that too.

It said there were 59 claims from Dunedin after last week’s floods.

Mr Grafton said those looking to make a claim should contact EQC.

Further slips overnight

Wellington’s Ngaio Gorge Road is expected to be closed all weekend, following a land slip.

Wellington City Council said there were loose rocks in the area that needed to be cleared.

The road links the central city with the Ngaio and Khandallah area.

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Contractors claim bizarre events at home where killer Ted Bundy grew up, KOMO, eqc claim.#Eqc


Contractors claim bizarre events at home where killer Ted Bundy grew up

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Workers for Extreme Contracting claim there have been a series of bizarre events at the home they’re renovating in Tacoma. It’s the home where killer Ted Bundy grew up. (Photo: KOMO News)

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TACOMA, Wash. (KOMO) – It feels ridiculous introducing a ghost story, but Casey Clopton has no other explanation.

Clopton and his company, Extreme Contracting, were hired in September to renovate the Tacoma home where serial killer Ted Bundy grew up. The owner planned to flip the house afterward.

Clopton says he quickly noticed red flags as they began work.

On his second visit, he brought his 11-year-old daughter to see the house. As they walked upstairs, she told her father she didn’t feel right, that something was wrong. Then she started crying and asked to leave.

“I just chalked it up to a little girl being scared of the dark,” he said.

But, it only got weirder from there.

Clopton’s crew claims they spent months hearing jiggling doorknobs and phantom footsteps as they worked. One worker claims he heard a knock at the door, then it opened to reveal no one on the other side.

He also claims some mornings they’d arrive to find several drawers and cabinets opened up. But, Clopton says nothing was taken, and the exterior doors were still locked with the alarm activated.

Then one day a dresser that was wedged into the wall inexplicably fell.

“To take that out, it takes you two people,” he said. “It was tipped over, moved over across the hall a little bit, and on its face.”

“I couldn’t figure it out,” he said. At first he thought someone might be pranking him, but when the incidents continued got worried.

Even the real estate broker, James Pitts, claims he had a spooky moment when he tried to record a Facebook Live video in the basement.

“My phone kept resetting, and kept resetting until it wouldn’t turn itself back on anymore,” Pitts said. “It just crashed pretty much.”

In the seven months they worked on the house, Clopton says his crew experienced about 30 odd incidents.

None were more bizarre than two notes they found written in the home.

Clopton’s crew member says he found the word “Leave” written in sawdust in one of the bedrooms. He snapped a photo of it for evidence. He also says he found “Help Me” written in dirt on the inside of a window in the basement.

After so many incidents, Clopton’s crew penciled Bible verses on the walls of the home. They brought in pastors from a church in Puyallup to bless the house. He says they walked through, reading bible verses, trying to clear any spirits. Clopton also instituted a rule that Christian music had to be playing at all times inside the house.

He says after that things calmed down. The project took four months longer than expected, eventually finishing up in April just before the house was sold. Clopton is happy the project is over. He says the whole ordeal made him a believer.

“That there’s something else out there, man. That’s what I think it is,” he said. “That we are not alone out here.”

According to the Puget Sound Regional Archives, the Bundy family bought the home in 1955, when Ted Bundy was 8-years-old. They sold it in 1965.

KOMO News tried to reach the new owners of the home Monday, but was unable to connect with them.

This story was originally reported in The Olympian.


Executive Leadership Team, EQC Earthquake Commission, eqc claims.#Eqc #claims


Executive Leadership Team

EQC s Executive Leadership Team is based in Wellington.

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Sid Miller, Chief Executive

Our Chief Executive works with our Board and managers to provide strategic direction to the business. He reports to Ministers and the public on EQC s work.

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Bryan Dunne, General Manager Strategy Policy

Bryan s team works with our Board and Executive Leadership team to provide strategic direction for the organisation particularly around the design and implementation of the future EQC.

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Gillian Dudgeon, General Manager Internal Partners

Internal Partners encompasses the Finance, Legal, Procurement, Facilities, Risk Assurance and Information Technology portfolios.

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Hugh Cowan, General Manager Reinsurance, Research and Education

The Reinsurance, Research and Education team facilitates the placement of EQC s reinsurance programme with global reinsurers. The team also guides EQC s investment in research and education about natural hazards, and its application to improved monitoring, assessment and risk reduction.

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Suzanne Carter, General Manager Communications Public Education

The primary role of this team is two-fold. Firstly the team helps ensure our staff, stakeholders and customers have information about EQC s role and our ongoing work in a natural disaster event, and secondly we work to grow awareness and to support people to take action to prepare their homes and reduce the impacts when a natural disaster occurs.

We work with a variety of partners, including government, local government, NGO and community support groups, and use digital and traditional channels, sponsorship and events to inform and engage those groups we are working with across New Zealand.

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Trish Keith, General Manager Customer and Claims

This group oversees all levels of customer interaction either through the call centre, meetings and/or email and also the entire claims process from the lodgement through to processing. The Canterbury Home Repair Programme also sits in this group.