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Ryan Smuts: I own a Kiwibuild, how do I make a start at investing in property?

If you’ve bought yourself a Kiwibuild property you may find yourself in a position where you’re unable to get additional lending on the property, or rent it out for a certain period of time (often between 2-3 years depending on the development & agreements signed). While things certainly seem rather restrictive, in reality you’ve just bought yourself ample t...
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Ryan Smuts: How much money does it take to become a property investor

We meet clients regularly who are looking at getting into property investment and are wondering how much money they need to get going. There are many answers to this question. Much will depend on your intention and financial position. That said, here are some considerations to help you arrive at the appropriate range. If you are buying properties for the first time, you wil...
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Ryan Smuts: 4 things to watch out for when working with 2nd-tier lenders

Second-tier/non-bank lending is not for the faint-hearted. Rules differ widely from traditional property financing. Still, with the banks taking a tough stance on property lending these days, it pays to open up your mind to second-tier lenders to get yourself moving forward. I have been asked to share some not-so-obvious tips with first-time borrowers in the second-tier market: Compari...
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Ryan Smuts: Understanding serviceability

I get asked about bank servicing criteria all the time. Comes with the territory I suppose. The cautiousness I totally get. Imagine putting in all the hard work to get prepped up as the ‘ideal borrower’ only to find that the banks are looking at something else entirely different! Say you are after a home loan. You take your living expenses away from your net income to work out your mont...
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OCR predictions - should they be taken seriously?

This week's question comes from Pat (paraphrased): The Internet is riddled with OCR predictions. Every commentator sounds just as learned and trustworthy as the next. How seriously should property investors take these predictions? To answer this question, we've turned to Ryan Smuts from Kris Pedersen Mortgages & Insurance. Ryan, take it away! 'While ...
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Ryan Smuts: What investors need to know about the recent OCR cut

The OCR has been cut recently by 0.5% - a lot higher than many economists were initially expecting. What might this mean for the borrower? Over the last fortnight, we at the Kris Pedersen Mortgages team have seen some key effects come into play: across the market floating rates have dropped and in many cases, as much as 0.5%. Lenders like ASB for example took their floating rate down f...
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Ryan Smuts: What to expect when you use a mortgage broker?

How do you know a broker is going to give you the best advice, and why is it worthwhile going down this path as opposed to going to your own bank? Well, this is a timely topic and definitely is a valid question. Typically the barriers to entry in our market are relatively low, and in terms of qualifications, not too much has to be done to be giving advice in the mortgage in...
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Ryan Smuts: Buying off the plan

Buying off the plan can be an exciting proposal, it has many benefits which can be capitalised on if purchasing correctly and with enough due diligence put into practice, however, every rose has its thorns, and it is important to be aware of the risks that can be associated to this method of purchasing property. Risks The cautious buyer will understand first, the...
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Ryan Smuts: 5 Non-negotiable habits of a top property investor

Understanding that property investment is a business and treating it as such is the foundation for becoming a successful property investor. Like any business, you will need to first determine what goals you have for your ventures, what your desired end position looks like so that you can ensure you get there. Having no goals when you invest is like driving around in your ...
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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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