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Debbie Roberts: You totally don't need a 6-figure income to invest in property

In the 10 years we have been helping Kiwis get ahead financially by investing in property, one thing that has become abundantly clear is that there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to purchasing an investment property. You might be surprised that many people launch into property investment without even a basic understanding about rental returns, return on deposit,...
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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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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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Kelvin Davidson: The tax ring-fence is unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour

From April 1st the tax ring-fence for rental property losses needs to be accounted for by investors. It is currently going through the ‘bill to law’ process, which starts with a select committee and then ends up before Parliament for the final stage. In other words, although it’s not law just yet, it looks pretty likely to pass and once approved will apply to the current tax year (end...
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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...
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Peter Lewis: What happened in 2018?

Well, that’s 2018 all wrapped up and stowed away. If I said it was all pretty much dull and boring, you’d know I was lying. Throughout the year property people seemed to have retained their reputation as being down there among used car salesmen, politicians and other assorted undesirable low-lifers among both the general public and the body politic. For some reason it is perfectly Ok...
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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...
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Nick Goodall: Impact of the 2017 Election on Auckland’s property market

As the year draws to a close, we’ve got a good understanding on likely changes to the property market and certainly which buyer groups are under the new Government’s property spotlight. In short, property speculators and foreign buyers are the focus. The Government has been clever in using the Overseas Investment Act to restrict foreign citizens buying existing property, but there’s...
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Failure to lodge bond is no joke

54 Tribunal orders amounting to $38,713.76 in exemplary damages and costs against an Invercargill landlord are reasons enough for all of us refresh our understanding of landlords’ bond duties. After an exhaustive investigation by the Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment brought 54 Tribunal applications ...
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Is banning foreign buyers the answer to our housing crisis?

Per its election promise, Labour is pushing ahead with plans to ban foreign buyers from buying existing residential properties in an effort to calm the housing market to benefit first home buyers. By all indications, the government is working on legislative changes with the expectation that by the end of this year non-citizens and non-residents will not be able to purchase exis...
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