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Ryan Smuts: How much money does it take to become a property investor

We meet clients regularly who are looking at getting into property investment and are wondering how much money they need to get going. There are many answers to this question. Much will depend on your intention and financial position. That said, here are some considerations to help you arrive at the appropriate range. If you are buying properties for the first time, you wil... read more
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Ryan Smuts: 4 things to watch out for when working with 2nd-tier lenders

Second-tier/non-bank lending is not for the faint-hearted. Rules differ widely from traditional property financing. Still, with the banks taking a tough stance on property lending these days, it pays to open up your mind to second-tier lenders to get yourself moving forward. I have been asked to share some not-so-obvious tips with first-time borrowers in the second-tier market: Compari... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Do banks care about overseas income and debts?

Hell yeah! Banks always want to know your full financial position when assessing lending. They want to understand what your commitments are before they proceed in deciding on whether to lend you further funds. Just because you have liabilities overseas for example, this shouldn’t be treated any differently. It is no different to approaching ANZ for a loan, and not telling them about ... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Understanding serviceability

I get asked about bank servicing criteria all the time. Comes with the territory I suppose. The cautiousness I totally get. Imagine putting in all the hard work to get prepped up as the ‘ideal borrower’ only to find that the banks are looking at something else entirely different! Say you are after a home loan. You take your living expenses away from your net income to work out your mont... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to raise money quickly

In certain markets where properties are moving quickly, your ideal scenario would be to aim at being in a position to purchase and move at the same pace as the market, that is being ready should a good deal presents itself. It is always better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and be unprepared for it. Our recommendation would be ... read more
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Ryan Smuts: I’ve just changed jobs, what does my lender need to know?

A little note from us: Though the effects of Covid-19 are being felt acutely across the board at the time of this article being published. We feel that it is important to, as much as possible, keep with our original content schedule to maintain normalcy and provide a balanced range of information to help our readers make better decisions long term. This article was produced before current e... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to finance a deal when you are investing with someone else 

When it comes to investing in properties with a partner*, be it a spouse, a friend or colleague, funding rules can differ from lender to lender and would depend on the nature of the relationship between the parties. The key things to be aware of are outlined below: For the most part, lenders would assess applicants jointly if the partners are also (de facto) spouses. For example, in the c... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What investors need to know about the recent OCR cut

The OCR has been cut recently by 0.5% - a lot higher than many economists were initially expecting. What might this mean for the borrower? Over the last fortnight, we at the Kris Pedersen Mortgages team have seen some key effects come into play: across the market floating rates have dropped and in many cases, as much as 0.5%. Lenders like ASB for example took their floating rate down f... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What can you do if you bought at the top of the market?

This is a question that often troubles people, as they are unsure about how to proceed from here in terms of maintaining and/or growing their property portfolio further. I think some key things need to be considered: What did you actually buy? This is important to know because it will help you determine whether to hold or sell. Did you buy something in a likely high-growth or low-growth a... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What to expect when you use a mortgage broker?

How do you know a broker is going to give you the best advice, and why is it worthwhile going down this path as opposed to going to your own bank? Well, this is a timely topic and definitely is a valid question. Typically the barriers to entry in our market are relatively low, and in terms of qualifications, not too much has to be done to be giving advice in the mortgage in... read more

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Mathieu Holt- Managing Director, The Tenancy Practice Service & TPS Credit Control
Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

Janice Bieleski
I read two articles in the monthly magazine that saved me over $5,000. That is my membership fee for the next 26 years and I am sure I will learn a whole lot more! John Duncan
Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

Thanks to all APIA event organizers and administrators for your brilliant work. 

Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

My APIA membership has become a total success.

Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

Talk about value for money! The discounts I have been getting at Bunnings when I present my APIA membership card have more than paid for my annual subscription!

Tim Duffett, Plan A Investments Limited