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What Happened  To The Kiwi Bach? with Michael Botur

What Happened To The Kiwi Bach? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Feb 2018

Just a couple of weeks ago my man-on-the-left-page Frank Newman wrote about baches in this very publication and noted the massive rise in values that a waterfront premium puts on a place, as well as all the money at stake when you turn the family bach over to outsiders, whether renting or selling.

Bright Line Test And Discrimination with Frank Newman

Bright Line Test And Discrimination with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 27, Feb 2018

Last week the Revenue Minister Stuart Nash made good on Labour’s promise to extend the current two-year bright line rule to five years. The change will come into effect once the Tax Bill before Parliament is given the Royal Assent, which is expected by the end of March.

Warning Signs And Social Housing with Frank Newman

Warning Signs And Social Housing with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 21, Feb 2018

Last week the Reserve Bank left the official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 per cent. That was not a surprise, but as is often the case, the commentary was a useful pointer of things to come.

How To Add Value  With A Granny  Flat with Carie Townley

How To Add Value With A Granny Flat with Carie Townley

Our House = Our Home: 21, Feb 2018

Adding a self contained unit, or ‘granny flat’ to your home can be a cost effective way to provide a home for elderly relatives or older children struggling with rising rent.

Can The Census  Solve Cold, Cramped Homes?  with Michael Botur

Can The Census Solve Cold, Cramped Homes?  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Feb 2018

Census 2018 opens two weeks before Census night on March 6. As always, the census is expected to capture plenty of protest comments.

Tenancy  Changes Ahead with Frank Newman

Tenancy Changes Ahead with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 14, Feb 2018

By the end of the year, the new coalition government is likely to have introduced a number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act intended to “fix” the rental market.

Changes To  Investment  Lending with Carie Townley

Changes To Investment Lending with Carie Townley

Our House = Our Home: 14, Feb 2018

From January, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand loosened LVR restrictions on banks trading in New Zealand.

Would You Live  On Elm Street? with Michael Botur

Would You Live On Elm Street? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 14, Feb 2018

I live on Kiripaka Road in Tikipunga, but until last month, though, I never paused to wonder what Kiripaka and Tikipunga mean.

Holiday Homes with Frank Newman

Holiday Homes with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 07, Feb 2018

A recent news report from Stuff had some interesting facts and figures about bachs and coastal property. In the Far North, Homes.co.nz estimates the median value of for all properties in the region to be about $370,000

We Need To Talk  About  Christchurch with Michael Botur

We Need To Talk About Christchurch with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Feb 2018

Christchurch is a city like no other. The population to its outskirts is about 400,000 meaning around one in twelve Kiwis lives there.

Love Thy Neighbour –  It Could Be Good  For Your  House Value with Michael Botur

Love Thy Neighbour –  It Could Be Good For Your House Value with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 31, Jan 2018

How seriously should we take the concepts of neighbours, neighbourhoods and neighbourliness?

One House, Two Meth’ Tests With Frank Newman

One House, Two Meth’ Tests With Frank Newman

Property Investment: 31, Jan 2018

In July last year I wrote about the new standards that had been introduced for methamphetamine testing and decontamination.

Bridging Finance –  What Is It And  How Does It Work?

Bridging Finance –  What Is It And How Does It Work?

Our House = Our Home: 31, Jan 2018

If you’re looking to buy a new home but you still need to sell your existing home, you may need bridging finance.

Killer Trees With Frank Newman

Killer Trees With Frank Newman

Property Investment: 24, Jan 2018

On January 6, a storm brought down a 150 year old English Oak tree in central Rotorua. It crashed onto a nearby office building and on a parked car, killing the sole occupant.

Do Property  Investors and Government Get  Along? with Michael Botur

Do Property Investors and Government Get Along? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 17, Jan 2018

The current government doesn’t seem to impress the NZ Property Investors Federation, but that cuts both ways. The NZPIF, which is the umbrella body for 20 local PIFs around the country and represents 7000 property investors, doesn’t seem to impress the government, either, in my opinion

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