North Shore Times : January 31st 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013 Don't run for nothing. Your registration fee supports charity. Register now! www.roundthebays.co.nz Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 5145949AA ROSEDALE VILLAGE Call Adrienne or on 414 1144 255 Rosedale Road, Albany, Auckland Enjoy a new lease on life living in your own stylish modern apartment or suite, secure in the comfort that you will not have to move again, should you ever need care or assistance SUITES - FROM $180,000 STUDIOS - FROM $245,000 APARTMENTS - FROM $280,000 Brylee Chen team scaled back Mystery case: Police have no fresh leads as to the whereabouts of Cissy Chen. By MARYKE PENMAN THERE are still no clues as to the whereabouts of Torbay woman Cissy Chen almost three months after she went missing. Police say they have exhausted all search areas but have uncovered nothing to shed light on her disap- pearance. Waitemata police Detec- tive Inspector Bruce Scott says the homicide investi- gation has been scaled back to involve just three staff as opposed to the original 20-strong team. Ms Chen s partner has been assisting with the investigation, Mr Scott says. But Mr Scott is not willing to clarify how he is assist- ing for fear of jeopardising the process. A forensic examination of Ms Chen s Waiau St home she shared with her partner in Torbay turned up nothing suspicious, Mr Scott says. Ms Chen was reported missing on November 5 when her partner told police she did not return after an evening walk along Long Bay Beach. Mr Scott says he does not believe Ms Chen ever went for a walk. Immediate search efforts involved the Eagle helicop- ter, the police launch Deodar and officers on foot. Two weeks later the case was elevated to a homicide investigation and the search switched to focus on rural and green belt areas in Long Bay and the wider North Shore area. The police dive team was called in shortly after to search waterways in the vicinity of her home. We have now reached all areas that would be obvious or where you could possibly hide a body and we have come up with nothing. We have since put searches on the backburner until new information comes to light, Mr Scott says. Ms Chen s two brothers Philip and Peter spent a month in New Zealand assisting with the investi- gation but have since returned to China. Ms Chen arrived in New Zealand as an international student 22 years ago and has lived here ever since, work- ing as an accountant at a North Shore firm. She has no other family here but did have a tight group of female friends who have all been in touch with police, Mr Scott says. If you can help call North Shore police on 477 5000 or Crimestoppers 0800 111 555. TODAY Red tape Table tiff Predatory ONLINE Red tape can be the bane of modern day living. But it seems the North Shore Times can hurry things along -- P3 A cafe is told to stop putting out tables on a public reserve for the exclusive use of its patrons -- P5 Cats are great family pets but shouldn't be allowed out at night the North Shore's 'bird lady' says-- P12 Read our top bloggers online. Go to northshore times.co.nz to catch up with the latest from Pat Booth, Willie Jackson and others. Mansion market on the rebound CONTINUED Page 2 Drawcard: The real estate sign shows an aerial view of the glass mansion for sale at Thorne Bay. Golden site: Thorne Bay is one of Auckland's most sought after locations and this sprawling mansion is on the market for $8 million. By MARNIE HALLAHAN Someone who can write a cheque for $3m-$10m hasn't got to that position by being frivolous with your money. -- Jim Mays Estate agent Jim Mays holds the record for North Shore s biggest residential sale price -- $12.78 million for a sprawling Takapuna beachfront mansion. His famous sale was made in 2004 -- amid the glory days of the high-end property market. A downward slide began at the end of 2007, Mr Mays says, and since then there have been some slow years. But the veteran realtor, with 35 years experience under his belt, sees a come- back on the cards. Mr Mays says a buying boom for houses in the $700,000 to $1m market has put the North Shore market for multi-million dollar homes back on track. Properties sold for over $9m last year and statistics from REINZ show 26 properties on the North Shore have sold for more than $3.4m since 2010. And at these prices it s a whole new game. A buyer looking at houses in the $3m-plus market is certainly a different kind of buyer, Mr Mays says. Someone who can write a cheque for three to five to 10 million you hasn t got to that position by being friv- olous with your money. These buyers will pay a fair and realistic price. If it s a property worth $4m, they re not paying $5m for it. Statistics show that of the 26 properties sold the majority went for within 15 per cent of their valuation price.
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