Look-through companies and property investments – What you should know

April 17, 2014

In New Zealand, commonly used legal structures for holding investment properties include personal name, trusts, and look-through companies. Each have their own benefits and drawbacks, and their usage will vary depending on the user’s circumstances. This article provides background information on the Look-through Company, and the benefits and drawbacks associated with using this legal structure…

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What you must know about investing in New Zealand from overseas

March 18, 2014

You are not a New Zealand resident and you are considering investing in New Zealand property. Does your investment need to be approved by the New Zealand Government’s Overseas Investment Office? Here are some facts you should know in order to avoid potential legal issues associated with your investment in New Zealand. Overview Your property…

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What you Must Know to Negotiate a Great Property Purchase

April 2, 2011

Buying a property is a big purchase. Get it wrong and it could set you back years. Get it right and it could propel you forward.   Know Yourself Before you launch yourself at the sales agent – do a little research so that you don’t waste your time: Buying Power. Know exactly what you…

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Buying in New Zealand from Offshore

October 27, 2010

Hi,  I’m Alan.  I’m a chartered accountant and long time property investor.  I’m mad about property, and love helping people make money from it, live in it, and run their businesses from it. That’s what Erskine + Owen is about, using property to help achieve people’s goals. The great thing about property is that despite what the…

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I’m offshore and I need help!

October 21, 2010

Joshua and Adrienne, New York, USA I had been thinking about purchasing a property for a while but living away from New Zealand made this a daunting task.  Also not being familiar with local conditions did not help.  Having had past experience in looking for an investment property, I also realised how time consuming searching…

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Property Scams and How to Avoid Them

October 18, 2010

The Nature of Property Scams The nature of a really great property scam is that there is usually a lot of truth in the story, but never quite enough to make it work. Salespeople carefully guide us to focus on the hidden secrets, the nuggets of truth, the compelling factors, and subtly convince us to…

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LIM – Land Information Memorandum

October 18, 2010

A LIM is a Land Information Memorandum. A LIM is issued by the relevant city council and contains important council information relating to the property. A LIM is one important component of due diligence helping you make a decision on whether to purchase a property or not.  We recommend obtaining a LIM with every residential…

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Why Chasing Yield Over Capital Growth Could Lose you Money

October 18, 2010

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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Top 9 Tips for Successful Property Investment

October 18, 2010

Property investment is not rocket science. You don’t need a 3 day seminar of theory. When you learn to ski you don’t sit in a class room for 3 days. You get on some skis, get some lessons so you learn quicker, and then head down a hill. Of course you don’t ski out of bounds…

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How to find a great Buyers’ Agent

October 18, 2010

What do Buyers Agents do? A buyer’s agent, or buyer’s advocate, is an agent who you engage to assist you to acquire property. They usually identify suitable properties and negotiate on your behalf. Buyers’ agents are engaged by and act for the buyer. They do not generally (and in our opinion should never) act for…

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