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Stefan Nikolic: The Auckland short term rental market - Post-COVID recovery so far

As you can imagine, the short term rental market was hit hard by COVID last year when the first lockdown was announced. Zodiak was no exception . Losing half of our clients in a single month was not a pretty sight, and the short-term rental industry was in free-fall for the next few months. Luckily though, we survived! Now the Airbnb market is improving month on month, and this looks t...
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Kelvin Davidson: How has COVID affected the property market

COVID-19 hasn’t significantly undermined the property market so far In this fast-moving COVID environment it’s easy to lose track of everything that’s changed since the end of March and how the property market has been impacted. Recall that since March: The Government has launched a huge fiscal support package, including the wage subsidy, which has kept people in jobs and pay...
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Kelvin Davidson: What lies ahead for property in the rest of 2020?

It’s obviously been an unprecedented year for the economy and property market so far in 2020, but it’s at least been reassuring that the number of appraisals generated by real estate agents, for-sale and for-rent listings, valuations ordered by banks, mortgage lending flows, and agreed sales activity have all rebounded since we left alert level four lockdown in late April. What’s ...
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​COVID-19: Freeze on rent increases explained

Based on the number of inquiries we have received concerning the temporary rules for rent increases (under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Amendment Act), this FAQ feels appropriate: What is being frozen? Rent increases not rents. Landlords are prohibited from increasing rents during the freeze period. What is not being frozen? Rents and rent increase notice...
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Kelvin Davidson: Which property types provide the best rental yields?

In the coming months, there are likely to be some ‘bargains’ on offer for property investors, although a slowdown in value growth may well mean more emphasis on a property’s rental yield. On that point, three-bedroom houses tend to have better yields than four-bedroom, while apartments tend to yield more than houses. Of course, there are other factors to consider – and the knock to th...
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COVID-19 termination rules recap & a reminder for would-be vendors

As investors grapple with the economic effects of COVID-19, some may consider deleveraging by selling off a few under-performing properties. If these properties have tenants in situ then it is advisable for would-be vendors to be well aware of the new tenancy termination rules and plan well in advance. Tenancy termination during COVID-19 We specifically refer to the rules und...
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Mark Withers: What about the plight of the ma-and-pa investors?

As the government continues to roll out relief measures to meet the economic challenges of COVID-19, I ask that it be mindful of the plight of those mum and pa property investors who supply 34% of housing in New Zealand. In addition to the ongoing compliance cost increases associated with owning rental properties and new legislation that surely increases the risk of prolonged periods ...
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Will COVID-19 change the way we invest in properties?

As real estate investors, our operations have come to a standstill. But how long will it take for us to start moving again, and how long will it take us to get back on our feet? The short answer; who knows? The longer answer is that we can assume that the residential property investment market will definitely change. These times are unprecedented - that is a fa...
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COVID-19: How to stay positive and think clearly during a stressful time

You have heard it all already. COVID-19 has radically shaped the course of nearly all industries. Rents are falling. Governments worldwide are imposing rent freezes, mortgage freezes - the list goes on. Let’s grapple with the truth; this is a hard time for everyone. The hard work and efforts ploughed into establishing your property portfolio may seem fruitless in the current financial clima...
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James Goren: Things you can do when you are WFH

Get your home sorted Now that we are all at home, it is a great time to tackle all the home improvement projects that we have been planning for the last two or three years: Working on the garden. Water blasting Cleaning the driveway Cleaning your gutters (be careful) Painting your home Clear out the garage Get rid of all the rubbish and anything else you don't n...
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