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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Central Otago’s Bright Future For Investment

September 3, 2018

With a high-performing tourism sector and solid year-on-year growth, Central Otago may well be the golden egg for astute investors. Most of us are familiar with the gold rush history of Central Otago. Heroic stories of boom and bust and wayward fortune hunters are part of the region’s charm. These days, Otago has out-grown its…

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Big Air and Broken Bones

May 11, 2018

At the moment we don’t seem to be hearing much talk about property busts, not in NZ or many other countries. Are property markets maturing, is the age of a boom bust cycle at an end? It reminds me a bit of my bike riding age when I was about 10….bear with me… As kids we…

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Lifting the bonnet on the property markets current stability

April 23, 2018

What were we thinking! My last update was just after the election with a summary of what I thought the impact on the property market would be from the new Labour government.  Now we are 4 months in we thought it about time we did a review…and then of course look forward again. Our overall…

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The Labour Factor – what will the impact be on property prices in New Zealand?

November 1, 2017

NB: Since writing this article the RBNZ (as predicted) has announced easing of LVR rules effective 1 January 2018. Our analysis of this will be published next week. We have a new government in NZ, finally a decision, and now the burning question is what will the Labour impact be in general and specifically on…

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Interview with Tony Alexander, BNZ Chief Economist

September 19, 2017

Podcasts from The Property Pod – Expert insight into New Zealand’s property market Brought to you by Erskine + Owen and Point Property Management In this wide ranging interview we hear from Tony about his personal journey to becoming BNZ Chief Economist, and of course in true Tony style – his thoughts on the economy and…

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Housing – and the cost of it – is one of New Zealand’s hottest political issues.

June 23, 2017

Housing – and the cost of it – is one of New Zealand’s hottest political issues. Despite the hyperbole, the fundamentals are sound and it remains one of the best long-term investments according to Alan Henderson, Director of property investment experts Erskine + Owen. As a property investment expert, as well as an experienced residential…

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When Will The Dam Burst?

May 22, 2017

In property, as in all forms of investment, it’s important to have a long-term view and bear in mind lessons from the cycles we’ve been through before. The voices of alarm we’re hearing from some pundits now, takes me back to 2011. Then, we were four years into the life of Erskine + Owen and…

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Will it be champagne on tap – or soggy oats?

February 24, 2017

Alan Henderson of Erskine + Owen answers the tough questions about retirement As I write this, it’s Saturday morning. I’m watching my son swim; I’ve just dropped my other son at cross fit. I’m negotiating to not have to drop my daughter at gym, but I know in an hour or so I’ll be picking…

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40% deposit requirement, what’s the impact… and what are your options?

December 7, 2016

Should investors be scared off by the Reserve Bank’s increasingly hands-on approach to the property market? Not necessarily, as there are upsides – it creates a safety valve against potential overheating, and gives rise to some innovative investment vehicles. As investors, we Kiwis are used to a relatively unregulated property market. We’re renowned for favouring…

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