A Guide To Buying Property 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. The internet is particularly good for property acquisitions – it’s graphic, you can see what you are buying, you can find plenty of information, and email is great for communication. However…

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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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Who Is Afraid Of A Capital Gains Tax

March 20, 2019

For years people have asked me, as a financial advisor and co-director of Erskine + Owen, if I thought a capital gains tax would come in at any point. I’ve always said it’s possible, but it would have zero to minimal impact on house prices, certainly in the medium to long term. And here we…

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