Erskine + Owen Quarterly Update September 2021 – Forecast like Federer

August 25, 2021

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A Recent Purchase Story

August 25, 2021

45 Barrington Drive, Hamilton was secured through an auction process in May for $1,027,000 with vacant possession. The owner was downsizing to a retirement unit. This house is a 2006 built low maintenance construction with 2 living areas in open plan configuration and connected outdoor flow, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and double internal access garaging.…

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Covid Crusher: Director Alan Henderson Thought Piece

August 25, 2021

No I don’t have a fail proof vaccine. What I have assembled are a few ideas on ways to deal with this lockdown and the impacts it may have. Hope it helps in some way. 1.      Think exponential – not linear. Times like these interrupt our linear approach to work and life. No point thinking linear…

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Property Prices Set to Rise 5,000%

February 12, 2021

In 1980 my parents bought a property in Mt Eden for about $56,000. No, I didn’t miss a zero off the end. That is what houses were worth back then in central suburbs. It was a big deal for my parents – 5 kids to house and busting a gut to get into good school…

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NZ Property Market – Dead Cat Bounce?

August 25, 2020

We took a view during the level 4 lockdown that property prices would not go down due to the strong demand drivers, but nor would they go up. We were right and wrong. Right because the market didn’t go down. Wrong because we think prices are going up. What’s going on with NZ property? Residential…

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Is Office Property Dead?

June 18, 2020

Every person is unique. What drives our physical uniqueness was not fully understood until scientists proved DNA – the molecules that contain our unique genetic code. Since Watson and Crick proved DNA in the 1950s, we have gained more and more understanding of its incredible complexity. Bill Gates in the Road Ahead says  “DNA is…

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Directors Market Commentary: Churchill on Covid-19

April 16, 2020

Some have likened Covid-19 to this generation’s war. My Grandfather who died in the war, and my Grandmother who had to deal with his death would probably shake their heads and tell me I‘m as soft as an over ripe avocado. That said, it is probably the greatest challenge this generation has faced and that…

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There’s No Place Like Home – Expats Flock to Secure NZ Property Investments

March 6, 2020

New Zealand is once again proving to be a safe port in a storm – especially during this time of political and economic uncertainty.  Expats living in the Asia-Pacific region are at the forefront of those flocking to secure investments back home. The upsurge in interest began in June last year with the rise in…

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Broken Toes & Coronavirus

March 6, 2020

I am writing this as I sit in Auckland’s children’s hospital. My daughter broke her toe doing a backflip on the beam at gymnastics. There were tears when it happened and then a river of tears when she saw the x-ray and faced the harsh reality that she probably won’t be able to compete this…

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Director’s Commentary – No Change to the OCR

November 18, 2019

  A 25 basis point drop in the OCR from the Reserve Bank was largely expected and so we were surprised there was no change. Why did we expect one? Because the NZ economic growth rate is slowing, inflation is at the lower end of the target range and worldwide interest rates continue to recede…

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