Updates on the Proposed changes to the Overseas Investment Act

According to Greg, the Government is likely to water down is proposed ban on foreign investors buying New Zealand residential property (Interest.co.nz, 19 June). Foreign Buyers would be allowed to buy into larger, multi-unit housing development such as apartment, according to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. However, before Where a new development had a minimum of 20 units, overseas investors would be able to buy units off the plans, and retain them as investment properties once construction was complete. However overseas buyers would not be allowed to occupy these units themselves and there would be restrictions on how many

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Relax, Foreign Buyers!

According to Henry from Stuff.co.nz, the proposed foreign property buyers ban has been relaxed for foreign investors looking to buy apartments. “The Government will accept changes suggested by the majority of the Finance and Expenditure Committee in their report on the bill. The major change concerns apartments. Originally the ban would allow foreign buyers to purchase apartments off the plans, but would force them to sell them on once the building was completed. Now the ban will allow foreign buyers to hang on to apartments bought off the plan, as long as they are part of a development that is 20

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THE NEW INSULATION POLICY

Dear Reader, GOOD NEWS FOR ALL AROUND NEW ZEALAND: STARTING ON THE FIST OF JULY NEXT YEAR, INSULATION IS COMPULSORY IN ALL RENTAL HOMES AROUND THE COUNTRY. New Zealand is well known for the fact that most rental homes have minimum care about insulation, specially in the colder regions down south like Dunedin. The government of New Zealand has approved a new insulation policy which says that rental homes will compulsorily have underfloor and ceiling insulation, and it is coming in place on July 2019. Property managers are aware of the new changes and even though the policy will only

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MARKET TRENDS FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Dear Reader,   It is clear that as time goes by, society changes and with time their wants and needs also change. This post will explore what are some relevant global market trends for property management in 2018. The next twelve months will show a few changes in the field and the most relevant ones are as it follows.   Technology orientation According to R. Braun (2018), property management firms should be investing in more technology. Embracing the era of digitalisation and automation will mean that much more will be done faster and things will be done better. The rate

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WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE A PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY?

Dear Reader, As a landlord, managing your own property can be quite tricky. There is a whole lot of factors that need to be met, things that need to be done and or amended. Property managers are very aware of everything that needs to be done with a wide background of experience and a lot of answers and resources. Here at Metro NZ Property Management, we have twenty-one years of experience that will most definitely help home investors, be it your first time or not, to actually get the best value out of your property. In summary, according to R.

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THE NEW FOREIGN BUYER BAN BILL

  Dear Reader, December last year was filled with changes in the New Zealand Government. A bill that would amend the current overseas act was introduced to revise the Overseas Investment Act. The current act applies to  sensitive land, but not residential land. The new bill would fit residential land within the category. According to Housing Minister, Mr. Phil Twyford, the government is determined to make New Zealanders first time buyers able to buy their first home without the competition of foreign buyers. Our property managers have been working hard to make sure our clients get the best out of

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Purchasing property in current market conditions, is it better to wait?

Purchasing property in current market conditions, is it better to wait? Recent research conducted by Goldman Sachs indicated that there is a 40% chance of the NZ housing market going bust. Further insights concluded that NZ’s housing market is over-valued the most amongst the G-10 economies. A housing bust can be described as house prices declining by 5% or more and is calculated through ratio calculations relative to house prices to rents, annual household incomes, and inflation impacting house prices. In Auckland alone, the average house price has increased 91% since 2007. With these escalating figures, the amount of people

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Who’s the winner?

  Hamilton Catches Up with Auckland Area’s property growth rateHamilton house prices have risen faster than Auckland Market since January this year. According to Stuff.co.nz, the price has been slow down for a short period during this year then it starts to head up again. As Hamilton is the most populous city of the Waikato region, it becomes a hot area for investors. With only one hour and half drive from Auckland, it also becomes a good choice for first home buyer to live.   According to the Statistics provided by QV, the growing rate of property market in Hamilton

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Is Buying a House Risky?

According to QV.co.nz, the Average Value in March 2017 is higher comparing to the Average Value in March 2016. In terms of the whole Auckland Area, the Average Value is now $1,045,365 and was $931,061 at the same period last year. It is never too late to buy a house, no matter it is for investment or for your own home. Regarding to Stuff.co.nz, the typical value of a first home on Auckland’s North Shore is now $777,000. In Hamilton, it is $469,750, in Wellington, $592,300 and Christchurch $382,250. That means, even with a 20 per cent deposit, buyers are

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Why Aribnb Becomes an Option for Homeowners?

Airbnb is a crowdsourced accommodation platform that allows people to put up their places, spaces and spare rooms for other users to stay in. In June the global company set up its first New Zealand office in Auckland to keep up with demand for the service. There are now more than 7000 properties in New Zealand listed on Airbnb, up from 6000 just a month ago. A growing number of travellers are taking advantage of a surge in the number of homeowners offering to rent out a place to sleep. The benefits for homeowners to lease their spare room/entire house

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The deadline for insulation and smoke alarm installation is approaching

As the Housing Minister Nick Smith has announced, landlords will be required to insulate and install smoke alarms for their rental properties before mid of 2019 to meet the new standard in Residential Tenancy Act to provide the tenant with a proper living environment. “Overall this package will see the biggest improvement in the quality of New Zealand’s older homes this decade than in any decade and it will see a half million New Zealanders, particularly those on low incomes, having a safer warmer and drier homes,” As Smith announced. The landlord will be fined for breaching the tenancy legislation up

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Are you and your Property Manager ready?

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill was passed into law on 1 July 2016.  From this date Landlords and Property Managers need to beware of their respective responsibilities around rental properties meeting the required standards by the ‘Amendments’ due dates. Two immediate changes that are effective from 1 July 2016 is fire alarms in key areas of the property; and Landlords and Property Managers will need to state the level of insulation in the rental property on new tenancy agreements. Landlords of all other residential rental properties must install the required ceiling and underfloor insulation by 1 July 2019, and meet the

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Why you should hire a Property Manager

If you’ve ever owned a rental property or are planning on investing in one, you know that it can be financially rewarding. At the same time, you may be aware that owning a rental property requires a lot of time, commitment and hard work. You may think it makes sense to manage your property yourself, but for some people this isn’t practical. Owning a rental property brings with it many unique challenges – above and beyond the responsibility of ownership. Here are some reasons why you should hire a Property Manager Knowledge and experience Property Managers deal with managing properties

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Home loan numbers fall ahead of lending restrictions

Home loan numbers fall ahead of lending restrictions The number of home loans and amount being borrowed has dipped ahead of further lending restrictions, but one mortgage broker says it could be six months before full effects are known. Weekly figures released by the Reserve Bank show 5668 home loans were approved in the week ending August 12 – down from 6332 in the week ending July 15 – the week before the latest plans to tighten lending were announced. The amount borrowed also fell from $1.413 billion in the week before the announcement to $1.233 billion in the week

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Hamilton tenant fined for tampering with smoke alarm

  Jul 31, 2016 A Hamilton tenant has been stung $1850 for tampering with a smoke alarm just weeks after a new rule was passed putting more of the responsibility on them. Jade Davies is one of the first tenants to be targeted by the new law which came into effect on July 1 and requires landlords to install smoke alarms and tenants to ensure they are in working order which includes replacing batteries. The Tenancy Tribunal ordered Davies to pay $3864.07 for unpaid rent, cleaning, damage and repairs at the Glenview property she was living in. Of that $1850

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