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Are new builds still a good investment in the changing market?

New builds can be a great option for investors and first home buyers alike - and if you’re considering buying off plan, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you buy well.

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Stormy seas ahead for property investors: Why diversification is the way to go

Between recent legislative and bank policy changes, and the increasing likelihood of a recession, it looks like we should be hunkering down for a period of pretty significant uncertainty. So, how can property investors protect themselves in the current environment?

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Credit crunch headwinds are blowing, and it could spell trouble for property investors

Caution is advised for property investors, as New Zealand starts to feel the impact of recent legislative and bank policy changes.

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More lending restrictions coming

The Reserve Bank have recently invited people to make submissions on their proposal to introduce debt to income requirements which banks must apply to new borrowers.

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Property spruikers and spin

The cult of personality is alive and well in the New Zealand property market with the next wave of self-styled property gurus. Now they're digital savvy and on social media.

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Time for first home buyers to step up as investors step back

We are now over five weeks down the track from the housing policy announcements of March 23. We still lack some certainty about things and perhaps that uncertainty helps explain some of the things we are seeing in the residential real estate market.

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House price stability and interest rates

In this article I’m focusing on the idea of debt-to-income ratios. It is likely that they will be a key tool used by the Reserve Bank to meet its new house price stability objective.

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Professional property investing when a home loan is no longer a home loan

As a general rule of thumb, any property investor who has at least six rental properties is viewed as a "professional" property investor through the eyes of the bank. And the way these investors are treated by the banks is markedly different to someone whose main income is not from property.

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Investing in property post Covid-19

More than ever, the current economic crisis has highlighted the importance of (1) having a clear investment strategy and (2) managing your risks. What does your risk management strategy look like? What happens if your tenants cannot pay the rent? What happens if you sell a property and the bank keeps all of the sales proceeds?

Financial planning

Property Investment Planning - New Risks on the Horizon

For the last while we’ve been grappling with ever tightening rules on interest-only for investors, and that’s just the beginning of the hurdles. Servicing is getting stricter and investors are having to jump through a few hoops to keep the banks happy.

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Investing in commercial property

Over the last 12 months there has been a huge influx of investors into the Commercial Property market. Those chasing yield are shifting towards it because it historically gives you a better bang for your buck than residential property. We see plenty of investors who don't fully understand the finance side of these investments, so here's our advice.

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What is your investment time frame?

You may be noticing a significant amount of speculation around falling property prices in the press. After an 81% rise between 2008 and 2018, this growth could not continue, but should property investors be concerned? Let's look at the bigger picture and what we can expect further down the track.

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