Directors Commentary -My Love Hate Relationship With My Rowing Machine

June 10, 2019

I have a love-hate relationship with my indoor rowing machine. I love it because I can stare at the monitor and precisely track my pace stroke by stroke and watch the metres tick down. And then at the end, the utter feeling of exhaustion – almost falling off the seat, but knowing I’ve just got…

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What Does The 2019 Budget Mean For Property Investment?

June 6, 2019

From a property perspective what was relevant in this years budget was the noticeable absence of anything specific for property. Certainly, Kiwibuild was not mentioned at all. Perhaps they think the job has been done to some extent: • The % of houses being sold to first home buyers is increasing – have first home…

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Regional Profile: Is Hawke’s Bay The Next Key Growth Area?

June 5, 2019

Recent articles on the property market have begun to turn their attention to Hawke’s Bay as a region of growing potential – and has even referred to it as ‘the new Tauranga’. It’s backed up by the stats:  Hawke’s Bay is experiencing higher-than-anticipated population growth.   “The region is experiencing some of the strongest house…

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OCR Rate Cut – What Does it Mean for the Housing Market and Interest Rates

May 9, 2019

Our last interest rate article discussed the long term historical average rate sitting below 5%. We now have an OCR rate cut of 25 basis points, providing more evidence that rates will not be rising beyond 5% for the foreseeable future. What is perhaps more interesting is there is a widely held view that we…

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Buying In New Zealand From Offshore

May 8, 2019

We know what it is like trying to get things done here in New Zealand while sitting on the other side of the world. Fortunately these days we have the internet and that makes business conducted remotely so much easier. The internet is particularly good for property acquisitions – it’s graphic, you can see what…

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No Capital Gains Tax

May 1, 2019

Three weeks ago, people were hesitating to make property investment decisions pending the government’s announcement on a Capital Gains Tax. I think most of us were expecting a CGT, at least on residential property – but there was nothing. Political genius, opportunism, planned? Call it what you want – Capital Gains Tax is essentially off…

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Should I Prioritise Yield Or Capital Growth?

April 18, 2019

One of the most common property portfolio flaws we see is chasing yield at the cost of capital growth. As long term investors we believe the goal should be to maximize capital growth, because capital growth is what carries us to our wealth goals. Yield is absolutely critical to the survival of the portfolio, but…

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The Current Outlook For Interest Rates

March 20, 2019

Apparently, the average interest rate, going back to Egyptian days, is below 5%, and that all the massive spikes in interest rates since 1900 have been due to massive population growth spikes. World population growth rates are slowing and are not expected to spike again, so if you believe that, you can safely forecast interest…

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What Do Meghan Markle and NZ Property Prices Have In Common

January 17, 2019

I like to think I am immune to those Woman’s Weekly articles about Meghan and Harry. The truth is I secretly have a quick read. Does Meghan really love Harry or is she just in it for the power. And even if she is just a very good actor, does that mean the marriage will…

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No letting fees – For You Or The Tenant

January 14, 2019

The Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Act has now been passed, As of 12 December 2018, tenants cannot be charged letting fees. Letting fees are normally the equivalent of one week’s rent (excl. GST) and paid at the beginning of a tenancy as an upfront cost to the property manager. As you can imagine,…

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