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Stefan Nikolic: The Auckland short term rental market - Post-COVID recovery so far

As you can imagine, the short term rental market was hit hard by COVID last year when the first lockdown was announced. Zodiak was no exception . Losing half of our clients in a single month was not a pretty sight, and the short-term rental industry was in free-fall for the next few months. Luckily though, we survived! Now the Airbnb market is improving month on month, and this looks t...
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Kelvin Davidson: The property investment rule changes have probably finished for now

Clearly, the late-March policy changes made by the Government have altered the economics of using a mortgage to buy further investment properties, coming on top of the higher deposit requirements that have already been in play for a few months now. Then in early May, the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) released the latest Financial Stability Report (FSR), which contained even more discussion ar...
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Kelvin Davidson: Our ‘top down’ perspective on the Government’s investor tax policy changes

It’s an understatement to suggest that the content of the Government’s housing policy announcement on 23rd March was a surprise to most. In reality, it was a major surprise to all. However, now that the dust has settled a bit, our perception is that the changes won’t have as much impact as first thought. Sure, some landlords will look to sell properties and/or raise rents sharply, but...
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An open letter to APIA members

Kristin Sutherland gave her maiden speech as APIA President to our members on 9th of February 2020. Below is an excerpt of her speech reformatted as an open letter to all members. Dear members, I would like to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me – I am Kristin Sutherland the newly elected President of APIA. I am thrilled to be able to represent APIA and you, its member...
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Kelvin Davidson: It’s been an unprecedented year – the swings and roundabouts of 2020

Thinking back to the start of 2020, nobody could have anticipated what was about to playout for the economy or the property market. But after a lot of uncertainty and conjecture about what the future might hold, we’re almost at the end of the year and it’s remarkable to see that house sales and prices are on a strong upswing. Indeed, the number of...
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How to enrich your online forum experience

The potential impropriety of comments on various property investor online forums have been picked up by the Commerce Commission recently. So far the examination of this matter has not resulted in any prosecution but the Commission has issued advisory letters to forum administrators and various industry groups* to remind investors of the anti-cartel rule per s30 of the Commerce Act. ...
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Rene Swindley: what does loss of rent insurance actually cover?

If a rental property suffers damage that makes it unliveable, the house will become unoccupied and the landlord will lose rental income until the house can be repaired and re-tenanted. Damage caused by major events like flooding, earthquake or fire could take months to repair, meaning months of no rental income. Loss of rent insurance is designed to put the landlord in the same posi...
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Ed McKnight: You can't just buy and hope

Some property commentators (and investors) look at the data the Real Estate Institute release and proclaim that it doesn’t matter where you buy … properties go up roughly the same amount no matter what the region. One economist released a fantastic piece of analysis that showed over the last 28 years, Gisborne house prices went up at the same rate as Auckland h...
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Kelvin Davidson: What lies ahead for property in the rest of 2020?

It’s obviously been an unprecedented year for the economy and property market so far in 2020, but it’s at least been reassuring that the number of appraisals generated by real estate agents, for-sale and for-rent listings, valuations ordered by banks, mortgage lending flows, and agreed sales activity have all rebounded since we left alert level four lockdown in late April. What’s ...
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Ryan Smuts: Do banks care about overseas income and debts?

Hell yeah! Banks always want to know your full financial position when assessing lending. They want to understand what your commitments are before they proceed in deciding on whether to lend you further funds. Just because you have liabilities overseas for example, this shouldn’t be treated any differently. It is no different to approaching ANZ for a loan, and not telling them about ...
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