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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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Ryan Smuts: What I would do with $20K

What’s the best return for your $20k? If you have an existing property portfolio I suggest some simple cosmetic work to increase the value of your properties. $20K doesn’t seem like much but it can go a long way if you are prepared to chip in some elbow-grease. Added bonus? If you go about it cleverly, you could achieve a good return in a multitude of ways: ...
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Steve Hegh: I have $20K to spend on Healthy Homes, how do I get the most bang out of my buck?

The Healthy Home Standards became law last year, and the first deadline is coming up on 1 July – where you must include a statement of your current level of compliance in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement. Then, by 1 July 2021, you must be compliant within 90 days for any new tenancies. So, if you have a budget of $20k to spend on making your property a healthy home, how shou...
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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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Get ready for summer!

We've got together with some of our good friends to bring you a list of summer landlord tips. Take a look: Dean Larritt, Maintain To Profit Minimise the need for emergency repairs over the summer. Check that all of your rentals are secure by giving the door- and window- locks a once-over before you head off on holiday. Ron Goodwin December/January are typically high-churn m...
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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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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...
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5 minutes with Jimmy Ho

Seven years ago a quietly spoken Jimmy Ho reached out to us. He had just signed up for an APIA membership and heard that we were looking for a volunteer to run one of our meeting groups. At 22, he had just left uni and entered into a career in traffic engineering. He was also, at the time, a fresh new investor. The rest, as it has often been said, was history. Over the last ...
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Tuesday Catch Up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

... cos we simply had to take Monday off to recover from the latest Reserve Bank blow... 1. Before we unleashed the doom-and-gloom, can we please take a moment to marvel at the awesomeness that is Brandon Lipman? 2. Ok so back to business, late Friday afternoon the Reserve Bank served up another wham-bang at the investors community by hiking the cost of borrowing for non-occupying property ...
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Hot or not? How seriously should you be following 'property hotspots'?

In this week's Ask An Expert feature, David Whitburn tackles the myth of property hotspots and breaks it down once and for all for investors. What are your thoughts on property hotspots? A lot of times I find people asking at APIA meetings Where is the next Auckland hotspot? But what if somewhere that was flagged, quite legitimately at first, as giving investors good capital growth and yiel...
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