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Christmas with the Sentinel family
03 December 2018
.H1 { color:transparent; } Christmas with the Sentinel family Christmas is all about spending time with the family – and at Sentinel Homes, that doesn’t just mean relatives. Part of what makes our company so unique is our strong shared values, and the silly season lets us spen
Charity begins at home
03 December 2018
.H1 { color: transparent; } A big contribution for an amazing cause We’ve got a pretty big Christmas present ready for Parenting Place this year – a brand new house. After buying the land and building a home, we’ll sell the property and hand the profits over to our favourite charity. We s
Built to last
03 December 2018
Meet our Wanaka franchisee, Bob Howden When Bob and Jonwin Howden of Sentinel Homes Wanaka complete a build, they don’t see it as the end of the process. In fact, it’s just the beginning. “We’re here for the long run,” Bob says. “We will be here to do the right thing – not the easy thing if so
Building a winning streak at Auckland House of the Year Awards
31 August 2018
Another golden run Sentinel Homes has once again seen its passion for building great family homes rewarded at the RMB Auckland House of the Year Awards. Sentinel Homes took out six awards, including gold - taking the Auckland team’s gold tally to nine, with 30 awards in total. We also won Gold
New home, new family life
31 August 2018
  Last month our Warkworth/Matakana franchise owner, Brent Gilchrist passed away unexpectedly. The following story is testament to Brent’s legacy of integrity, passion and good will – something Brent’s wife Ursula and her team are committed to as they continue to manage Sentinel H
Spotlight on Maree & Leon van de Water
31 August 2018
SPOTLIGHT ON MAREE & LEON VAN DE WATER, NORTHWEST FRANCHISE OWNERS FOR SENTINEL HOMES We’re all about the people here at Sentinel Homes, and our staff are an integral part of that philosophy. To give you an insight into our awesome team, we’re profiling our people up and down the country. Th
How to build a house from the deck of cruise ship
25 June 2018
The Sentinel App gave Kevan and Michelle visibility and full control from their European holiday When you think about building a house, fun and stress-free are almost certainly not the words that spring to mind. We know that for many people, the excitement of a new home build comes with a few not-so
When builds go bad
25 June 2018
How Sentinel Homes came to the rescue for Viv and John When Viv Burnett and her husband John were planning to build their first home in Auckland, they had a specific design in mind, one they’d come up with themselves. Their first builder told them they had gone over budget, and deci
A strong foundation for families
25 June 2018
Building homes in partnership with Parenting Place Like a house, a family needs a solid foundation. It needs to be strong enough to stand up to tough conditions, with internal support and protection from the outside world. Like a house, a strong family is made of good materials…well, the
Millwater showhome
17 January 2018
Two living areas and a separated bedroom zone make this Sentinel Homes showhome ideal for family and entertaining Millwater is an ideal place to raise children – nestled by the sea, close to estuaries, parks and new schools, and only 35 minutes from Auckland. Sentinel Homes has designed and craf
How to get approved for a mortgage in this market
10 January 2018
It’s no secret that it’s getting harder and harder to get approved as a borrower to purchase property in this market, and there are a number of things driving that. The housing market is a big factor, The Reserve Bank is tightening up on how much banks can lend out and banks are thinking conser
Auckland Couple build their dream home Part 2
10 January 2018
I like the Harry Potter books. Not in a ‘I-have-a-Hufflepuff-tramp-stamp’ crazy-fan kind of way, but I have read each of the books and seen the corresponding movies. I remember watching one of the films with Caitlin once and she said, “I like these movies, but when I read the books, I imagined H
Auckland couple build their dream home
19 September 2017
Thomas and Caitlin Weston are turning a bare piece of dirt into a family home with help from Sentinel Homes. Follow their journey as they turn their quest for a dream home into reality. Thomas and Caitlin Weston are the epitome of a young Kiwi couple. After getting married, they saved as best t
The smallest house in the coolest place
19 September 2017
When Kylie Harcourt typed the wrong word in a real estate search, it sent her down a rabbit hole that ended with her dream; a beautiful cottage in a remote location. Find out how Sentinel Homes turned that dream into a reality.   Kylie Harcourt wanted to buy a house in central Hamilton, but
How to finance your new build
19 September 2017
The building process can be more affordable than most believe, or you may have been told by your bank. With the Reserve Bank exempting all builds from LVR restrictions, Marilize Visser, key account manager for NewBuild advises on the best ways to make financing your new build hassle-free by offe
Spotlight on Sentinel’s first franchise
19 September 2017
When Sentinel made the decision to franchise the company in 2015, Barney Culloty became the company’s first regional managing director. Two years later, he’s loving his new challenge.  Barney Culloty became Sentinel’s first franchise owner in 2015 when he took charge of the Auckland Centra
Sentinel Homes Hamilton wins 4 awards
26 July 2017
  Sentinel Homes Waikato were delighted to pick up a clutch of awards at the annual Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards at the Claudelands Event Centre recently. It was a great achievement given this was the first time they had entered the Awards and they knew they were
Advantages of House & Land Packages
21 November 2016
House and land packages combine the comfort of owning land with the freedom that comes with designing your own home plan. Your customisation possibilities extend beyond the home itself, allowing you to choose both where the windows are and the view they look out to. With lots of exciting land owners
The Tauranga Property Market
21 November 2016
The past year has been an interesting one for the real estate market in the Bay of Plenty, with prices generally rising in response to increased demand in the area. For those planning on purchasing their first home, it’s especially important to pay attention to what the horizon will bring. Rea
5 Questions To Ask Your New Home Builder
21 November 2016
  When you build a new home, you’re making a large financial and emotional investment. You want to find the best possible builder to build your home and asking the right questions can help you do that. The following questions will help you identify whether the builder you're talking with is

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