HOW DOES THE TENANCY APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?

Dearest reader, This is a relevant post for first time tenants, landlords and anyone who is involved with renting a place to be called home. Renting can be a very exciting thing and it is where the market trends for property management is heading. Metro NZ Property Management knows that renting gives the tenant more flexibility to do as they please when it comes to travelling, choosing a new home and with the current housing situation, the main option for most part of the population. If buying a property isn’t on your priority list just yet, Metro NZ Property Management

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Westpac offers ‘special’ one-year mortgage rate at 3.99%.

Are you planning to apply for a Mortgage loan? This might be a good time. Read further to get information about the current happenings in the loan market.! Metro NZ Property Management would recommend you to first get a professional’s advice. Westpac has introduced one-year mortgage rate “special”. From 18thJan onwards Westpac is providing a one-year fixed term rate of 3.99%, reducing 16 points on its standard rate of 4.15%. The offer is only limited until February 1 and is only applicable for those who have more than 20% equity and have their salary going into a transactional account at the bank. 

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LANDLORDS WARNED BY REINZ TO INSULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES OR FACE FINE OF $4000

As the New year has started and people are steadily returning back to work from their vacation, the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is cautioning landlords that they need to insulate their rental property till 1st July 2019 or else the can face a fine of up to $4000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Chief Executive at REINZ, Bindi Norwell stated, “from 1st July 2019 ceiling and under floor insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes across New Zealand. That deadline is now less than six months away, and MBIE has warned that it

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM 2019 PROPERTY MARKET

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM 2019 PROPERTY MARKET 2018 has been an interesting year for New Zealand’s Property market. With steady volumes and values indicating reliable growth across New Zealand, however notably the market interest mostly concentrated on the recent government policy and measures to curb property conjecture. Below mentioned are the summarized key topics on the property and economic outlook for 2019. LVR Modification: Lightening the restrictions of the LVR from January 2019 onwards will be the initial landmark. However, the effects the changes that might have on the market will be watchful as it is expected that the banks

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The Reserve Bank to relax the speed limits on High Loan to Value Ration Lending and additionally ​more loosening of the rules expected in the future.

The Reserve bank has pronounced to lighten the rules about the high loan to value ratio (LVR) housing lending in an expected move that might encourage the housing market. The development was announced on 27thNov as part of the bank’s latest Financial Stability ReportFrom 1 January 2019: Up to 20% (increased from 15%) of new mortgage loans to owner occupiers can have deposits of less than 20%. Up to 5% of new mortgage loans to property investors can have deposits of less than 30% (lowered from 35%). This is the next lightening of the LVRs, first introduced in the year 2013, which the RBNZ has

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Parliament votes to pass the legislation for BANNING the letting fee.

The Parliament has voted to pass the legislation to ban the letting fee from 12th December onwards. The housing minister Phil Twyford said that letting fees are unfair for the tenants and banning it will be a good initiative in improvising the conditions for tenants, while in the long run, they are still reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act. He stated “Our tenancy laws are antiquated and don’t reflect the fact that renting is now a long-term reality for many of our families. Around half of New Zealanders now live in rented homes. This change could put up to $47 million

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Gluckman’s Meth Standard to be adopted by the Tribunal.

15 micrograms per 100cm2will be accepted by the Tenancy Tribunal as the minimum standard for meth contamination for rental properties. The Chief adjudicator of Tenancy Tribunal, Melissa Poole stated that it will use the 15mg level as recommended in the Gluckman report – as long as the meth was completed after the report was issued on 28thMay 2018. She further explained to the delegates at the NZ Property Investors Federation conference in Dunedin that the Tribunal worked a lot and spoke to numerous people about the standard, including the Housing Minister Phil Twyford. The Tribunal’s hand was pretty much forced

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Best opportunity for First Homebuyers..!!

First homebuyers of Auckland at an advantage by $87 per week compared to 18 months back. Are you planning to fulfill your wish of having a dream house? This would be the best time. Read further to get more information! Metro NZ Property Management would recommend you to get professional’s advices first. Decreasing mortgage interest rates, marginally low house prices and gently increasing wages all are assisting in the dream of Auckland’s first home buyers. According to the Home Loan Affordability Report of Interest.co.nz for the month of September, calculates that mortgage payments for a lower quartile priced home in

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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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