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COVID-19: How to stay positive and think clearly during a stressful time

You have heard it all already. COVID-19 has radically shaped the course of nearly all industries. Rents are falling. Governments worldwide are imposing rent freezes, mortgage freezes - the list goes on. Let’s grapple with the truth; this is a hard time for everyone. The hard work and efforts ploughed into establishing your property portfolio may seem fruitless in the current financial clima...
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Kevin Smith: To develop, or not to develop, that is the question

At Keith Hay Homes we get asked this question on a daily basis. In truth, it’s one of the reasons we love this job so much. Don't get me wrong, property is a pretty rewarding game but seeing and being part of taking a property to its full potential is something else. As a member of APIA, you will have had access to great material for how to manage your properties, but may not have tho...
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Tips to navigate the post-letting fee world

*Note that for the purpose of this article we will distinguish ‘letting’ from that of ‘property management’ as understood in the New Zealand context. From 12th December, letting fees will be 'abolished'. By now, you should have received communications from your property manager explaining if and how you will be affected. Many have already advised their new fee structures to help th...
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A landlord's guide to making RTA reform and HHGA submissions (updated)

There are two pieces of law currently in their consultation stages that are simply too important and consequential for landlords to ignore: reform of the Residential Tenancies Act and Healthy Homes Standards. If left to their own devices, these proposals could dramatically shift the landscape of residential tenancy for landlords. Everyone involved in this industry has skin in th...
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How to set rent?

Setting your rent can be a bit of a Goldilocks Paradox: charge too much, you turn off inquiries; charge too little, you compromise the performance of your property. The right amount of rent will not only help you attract the right types of tenants, it also ensures the continued success of your rental portfolio. We asked five APIA investors to share their rent strategies and elab...
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Ryan Smuts: How to Invest your money when you are not a high income earner

I was always taught in relation to saving and investing that it is not the amount that counts, it’s where you put it – it’s allocation. Time is an investor’s best friend, and understanding the power of compounding interest, and other minor tricks can be the difference in turning a little into a lot. The median wage in NZ when annualized ends up being about $49,900, ...
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More investors should do this

It is easy, in the age of multihyphenates, to confuse being your personal best with being the person who is best in everything. Why wouldn't you? Our celebrity culture has a habit of honing in on the person rather than the team and creating the illusion that only the selected few are set on the path to succeed by being good at everything. That is no true. The best bloggers today do no...
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Ryan Smuts: How to survive a market downturn

The key to surviving in a downward market is having a strategy and set of buying rules that you commit to regardless of circumstance. In this, and in any market, the team you have around you will be the key to your success. A good mortgage broker, solicitor, building inspector, insurance broker, real estate agent and property manager will give you the information and professional supp...
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What can investors learn from this ex-FBI agent?

Change is a familiar state for property investors. Tenants churn, the market waits for no one, policy-agenda shifts depending on where we are in an election cycle, lenders' appetite never stays the same - in short, things change. Change is great. Change flushes out new opportunities and gives us space to grow. But not everyone is a happy beneficiary of this perpetual state of ...
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Effective networking tips for property investors

Most investors understand that to become successful, you must network. But so often networking gets cast aside as one of those tedious and dreadful tasks that are somehow less important than buying properties, vetting tenants, and adding value. For the eternally-shy amongst us, networking is daunting, uncomfortable, and inauthentic. For the ever effervescent energy balls, enth...
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