What Owners Should Know About the Planned New Earthquake Legislation in Wellington?

As the Building Act 2004 has regulated and set the definition of an earthquake-prone building, all building constructed prior to 1976 must be at least 34%of the New Building Standard within a given period. But after Wellington was hit badly by the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake on November 14, the council’s disaster planners are looking to speed up the introduction of new building regulations. The council was worried about the resilience of the city and was considering this as an opportunity to improve the city for the future generation. The focus was on homes because it was known that Wellington’s

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How to choose the right property manager

When choosing a property manager, there are a number of things you need to consider before selecting the person who will be caring for perhaps your most valuable asset. Will the property manager: Accurately appraise your rental property to quickly rent your property to quality tenants and keep your vacancy period to a minimum? Conduct appropriate background checks on potential tenants before offering your property to a tenant? Bad tenants can cost you a lot of money in the long run. Understand the importance of ensuring the presentation of the property is maximised to attract the right tenant, who in

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Why Kiwis are losing confidence in NZ housing

With increasing interest rates and soaring median house prices, Kiwis are losing confidence over their ability to fulfil their dream of owning a home. More and more people are being driven away from reaching this dream, according to ASB’s latest housing confidence survey. The average Auckland house was valued at $1,045,207 as shown by data revealed by QV this week. This survey showed 35 per cent of respondents think its a bad time to buy a house with only 10 per cent saying its a good time bringing Kiwi confidence to an all time low. “Since 1996, there has never

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Why Trump win may make renting a better option

New Zealanders can expect higher home loan interest rates, and more pressure on house prices, thanks to Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. Real estate listings website Realestate.co.nz was already reporting large numbers of United States visitors searching for New Zealand property before the result was announced. As it became clear that Trump will be the next president, and take over from Barack Obama within months, that increased further. Realestate.co.nz reported US-based traffic up 432 per cent after the result was revealed, compared to the same time last year. Of those visits, 78 per cent of people had never

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Is your investment property safe from chemical contamination?

New Zealand’s most dangerous drug is often an invisible one. Getting your investment property Meth tested can be extremely crucial in generating maximum returns for your rental property by ensuring a safe and liveable environment for your tenants. It only takes a few months smoking meth, or “P”. for chemical particles that cause breathing problems, headaches and nausea to attach to dust and leach into walls and carpets. In a recent article written by Stuff, it was stated that in 3 months – 44 percent of properties in Nelson that were tested by MethScreen returned positive results. More often that

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Surging migration and Auckland’s property price boom

New Zealand’s population increased by nearly 100,000 people in the year to June, it’s biggest annual increase ever, with most of the rise coming from migration. Statistics New Zealand estimates this country’s population grew by 97,300 in the year to June, taking the total population to an estimated 4,693,000. “The last time we experienced population growth over 2% was in 1974, and before that, at the peak of the baby boom in the 1950s and early 1960s,” Statistics NZ senior manager Jo-Anne Skinner said. There has also been a massive increase in the number of Britons and Americans planning to come

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How to avoid fines and tenancy disputes

Managing a rental property can often be a complicated task – its not quite as simple as sitting back and collecting rent. There are many rules in place for landlords that are there to protect the rights of the tenants. If the landlord fails to comply with these rules, it may result in large fines and even prosecution. Here are some simple tips on how to avoid mistakes when managing a rental property. Discrimination When screening potential tenants for your property you are not able to base your selection on factors such as gender, marital status, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity,

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AUCKLAND – HOTTEST PROPERTY MARKET IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW

Auckland is becoming the hottest property market in the world. A third of the population (1.3 million people) of New Zealand are now living in the city of sails. The QV House Price Index for August saw the average value for homes in the Auckland region reach a new milestone by topping $1 Million – $1,013,632 to be exact. This is a huge increase from the average house price of $500,000 ten years ago. New Zealand has the second highest rate of house price inflation in the world at 11.2%, according to Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index. Only Turkey

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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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Auckland speculators flipping homes on same day of purchase

Auckland speculators flipping homes on same day of purchase Saturday Sep 10, 2016 – NZ Herald Data reveal instant resales as sharp investors ‘flip’ properties for quick riches. Auckland property speculators are on-selling homes on the same day of purchase for huge profits, sometimes without even setting foot inside. Incredibly, one Auckland house was sold three times in a single day with its value surging by nearly $80,000 in less than 24 hours. Other astute buyers have “flipped” their new purchases for instant profits worth tens of thousands of dollars, with one speculator pocketing $100,000 the same day they bought

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Recommended by Big interest in new Auckland housing development

DANIELLE CLENT – Stuff September 6 2016 Half of the 72 units in a new development in the Auckland suburb of Avondale have been sold to investors. Ockham Residential is behind the new Set buildings that are being developed near the Avondale Jockey Club on 26 Racecourse Parade. Ground will be broken on the Avondale project on September 8 with construction to take one year to complete. The price of the apartments range from $430,000 to $820,000 with the smallest being 53sqm. Half of the apartments have already sold. Ockham property developer Mark Todd says that 50 per cent of

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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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Calling All Owners of Property!

Calling all property owners! When you work with us, you are working with Auckland’s best that are investors in New Zealand and throughout Europe! Here’s what you can expect from Metro NZ Property Management. • Competitive rates • Professional Inspection Report • Investors Income Monthly Report • Online diary records every detail communication with Tenants • Professional Key Tag System • High quality service 24/7 • Maximum returns for property owners • Expert renovations, maintenance and repairs • Top quality customer service Call, text or email Frank on 021 642 110 [email protected] for more information Talk with our property managers

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