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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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Ryan Smuts: Buying off the plan

Buying off the plan can be an exciting proposal, it has many benefits which can be capitalised on if purchasing correctly and with enough due diligence put into practice, however, every rose has its thorns, and it is important to be aware of the risks that can be associated to this method of purchasing property. Risks The cautious buyer will understand first, the... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to Invest your money when you are not a high income earner

I was always taught in relation to saving and investing that it is not the amount that counts, it’s where you put it – it’s allocation. Time is an investor’s best friend, and understanding the power of compounding interest, and other minor tricks can be the difference in turning a little into a lot. The median wage in NZ when annualized ends up being about $49,900, ... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to survive a market downturn

The key to surviving in a downward market is having a strategy and set of buying rules that you commit to regardless of circumstance. In this, and in any market, the team you have around you will be the key to your success. A good mortgage broker, solicitor, building inspector, insurance broker, real estate agent and property manager will give you the information and professional supp... read more
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Financial risks when you buy off-the-plan

Over the course of the last few years, investors had made a lot of money buying properties off-the-plan. The overall idea is simple enough: an off-the-plan buyer can enjoy capital gains before having to service any interest costs. That was particularly the case in Auckland where settlements often got pushed out by lengthy council delays without any increase in purchase prices... read more
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Peter Lewis: DTI is but a band-aid solution to the bigger housing crisis

Reserve bank Governor Graham Wheeler has been working for some time to reduce the risk that he sees in the New Zealand banking system, mainly centred on house price inflation and low dairy product returns. Now that the milk market has turned up again, property prices and the related mortgage lending seem to be his main target. He has already attempted to restrain the demand for h... read more
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Get ready for interest rate hikes

With interest rates having remained suppressed for as long as they have, chances are many investors are not entirely prepared for the coming rate rises. And rise they will. There is nothing sinister or extraordinary happening. The same economic entropy that has been pushing the rates down for so long is also responsible for nudging them upwards in recent months. And it is ha... read more

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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.  

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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