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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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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What property owners and property managers need to know about smoke alarms

As a property owner, you should know that a correctly installed smoke alarm in your rental property is the best way to protect your investment and your tenants in the event of a fire. From 1 July 2016, new proposed regulations will make landlords responsible for ensuring operational smoke alarms and detectors are installed in their rental properties, and tenants will be responsible for replacing batteries or notifying landlords of defects. According to the New Zealand Fire Service, every year there are more than 3,500 house fires. Furthermore, in 80% of the fatal fires they attend, smoke alarms are either

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Tips to ensure you always get your rent

Renting out your property can be a complicated task, especially if you are having trouble collecting rent from your tenants. This article is to help property owners without property managers to avoid any complications and ensure they always get their rent in time. The first step is to prevent any unreliable tenants from renting out your property. Don’t rent to a tenant who you believe will struggle to pay despite what they tell you. A rule to stick to is the 33% rule – if the rent is more than 33% of the total household income then it will be

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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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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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