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Daikin: How to get the most out of your heat pump this winter

Not all heat pumps are created equal and given the harsh weather conditions in parts of New Zealand, it is important for landlords to be able to choose the most efficient and reliable model to install to keep their tenants and rental properties nice and warm. We speak to Gary Felstead, Deputy General Manager of Sales at Daikin to find out more.  Q. In addition to the minimum ki... read more
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The Renovation Team: Renovation during COVID-19

Some would say that with the challenges we face, comes creativity, and unknown situations can bring blessings. This is the story of The Renovation Team under Lockdown. In the past couple of months, we have faced the COVID-19 Pandemic which had a huge impact on the Real Estate arena. This includes home renovations, home sales, home purchases, residential and commercial development projects.... read more
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Steve Hegh: Tips for Getting a Healthy Homes Assessment of Your Rental Property

  It’s time to make sure your rental properties are up to the Healthy Homes Standards. There were rumours that the Healthy Homes deadlines might be changed, but that hasn’t happened. So, the deadline is still 1 July for including a statement of your property’s current level of compliance with the Healthy Homes Standards in any new, renewed or varied tenancy agreement... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to raise money quickly

In certain markets where properties are moving quickly, your ideal scenario would be to aim at being in a position to purchase and move at the same pace as the market, that is being ready should a good deal presents itself. It is always better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and be unprepared for it.    Our recommendation... read more
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Steve Hegh: I have $20K to spend on Healthy Homes, how do I get the most bang out of my buck?

  The Healthy Home Standards became law last year, and the first deadline is coming up on 1 July – where you must include a statement of your current level of compliance in any new, varied or renewed tenancy agreement. Then, by 1 July 2021, you must be compliant within 90 days for any new tenancies. So, if you have a budget of $20k to spend on making your property a healthy home, how... read more
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Ed McKnight: What hosting the #1 business podcast has taught me about NZ Property Investment

5 months ago, I was working out at the gym, earphones in, listening to my favourite podcast. It's a daily show featuring 2 digital geeks talk about what's happening in the digital industry ... I'm secretly a nerd. It got me thinking that a similar format could work for property investment in New Zealand. Fast forward 5 months and the Property Academy Podcast has over... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Making sense of the RBNZ Nov 2019 FSR

The RBNZ publishes its Financial Stability Report every May and November outlining the key areas of interest relating to the NZ economy, with a snapshot of where things sit today and things to be aware of moving forward. As property investors, we operate in a market which is strongly influenced by the financial system, due to the need for capital and the benefit of leverage when ... read more
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Stephen Hegh: Methamphetamine – where are we now?

The 2019 Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (RTAA) moved things forward… a bit. Landlords can now access the property to test for meth contamination. But the elephant in the room remains: what is the acceptable maximum level of meth presence at a rental property? Standards New Zealand says it is 1.5µg/100cm2, Sir Peter Gluckman says 15µg/100cm2, The Residential Tenancies ... read more
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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 r... read more
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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 mortga... read more
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