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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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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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 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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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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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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