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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The Power Of Airbnb -Wellington’s rental squeeze could worsen as homeowners choose Airbnb over Renting

According to stuff.co.nz, Airbnb’s growing popularity could see the already scarce number of rental properties in Wellington diminish even further over the next five years, and industry insider says. Airbnb is poised to become even more of a factor in the capital’s rental crises as more and more landlords turn over their flats and apartments exclusively to Airbnb management companies, rather than renting them out the traditional way. Airbnb is taking away rental stock from traditional long-term tenants. We all need rentals but as this catches on and tourism increases it’s going to be a problem. How Does Airbnb Work?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Auckland ranked 8th most liveable city in the world

Despite its record high property prices and traffic issues, Auckland has been ranked the world’s eighth best city in the latest 2016 liveability rankings released by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Auckland improved one spot from last year, and is now ranked ahead of Helsinki and Hamburg. Melbourne remains the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed, followed by the Austrian capital Vienna. The global liveability survey gave cities a rating which represents the challenges they present to lifestyle of people living there. The unit scored each city across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Worldwide

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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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