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G.J. Gardner Homes Named ‘Most Trusted Brand’ By Reader’s Digest

G.J. Gardner Homes Named ‘Most Trusted Brand’ By Reader’s Digest

Our House = Our Home: 04, Aug 2015

According to independent research commissioned by leading consumer magazine, Reader’s Digest, G.J. Gardner Homes has been named as ‘one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands’.

Changes To Development Contributions with Frank Newman

Changes To Development Contributions with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 04, Aug 2015

Last year parliament made an amendment to the Local Government Act that has forced local councils to make changes to the way they charge development contributions. This is good news for commercial developers, but the benefits are less clear for those developing residential property.

Interest Rates And Changes To  Local Councils with Frank Newman

Interest Rates And Changes To Local Councils with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 28, Jul 2015

As expected, last week the Reserve Bank cut the official cash rate (OCR) a quarter of a percent to 3%. This follows a reduction of the same amount six weeks ago.

Vendors What Are You Waiting For,  Isn’t Now A Good Time?

Law & Finance: 28, Jul 2015

I have been thinking about what I am seeing at the moment in our housing market and wonder if vendors are missing a golden opportunity by waiting for Spring/Summer?

Dairy Prices, Greece, And Ruakaka with Frank Newman

Dairy Prices, Greece, And Ruakaka with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 21, Jul 2015

The prospects of an early revival in dairy prices have taken another hit.

China’s Bubble  Has Burst with Frank Newman

China’s Bubble Has Burst with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 14, Jul 2015

While the Samoan rugby test dominated the news in New Zealand last week, the eyes of the world were on a remarkable economic event taking place in China.

The Economic  Report Card  And Interest  Rates with Frank Newman

The Economic Report Card And Interest Rates with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 07, Jul 2015

This week I draw from two reports: a report by Infometrics presented to the Finance Committee of the Whangarei District Council on the 24 June, and comments about interest rates in the June issue of the ANZ Property Focus.

Large Shopping Centre  Inevitable with Frank Newman

Large Shopping Centre Inevitable with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 30, Jun 2015

The WDC will be happy. It got its 10-year plan through without having to make any tough decisions.

Local Body Amalgamation Off The Table with Frank Newman

Local Body Amalgamation Off The Table with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 23, Jun 2015

The Local Government Commission (LGC) has, finally, withdrawn its proposal to amalgamate Northland’s four councils.

Interest Rates And  Local Property  Prices with Frank Newman

Interest Rates And Local Property Prices with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 16, Jun 2015

There are some pretty seismic things happening in the finance markets at present.

Tax And The Hundertwasser with Frank Newman

Tax And The Hundertwasser with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 09, Jun 2015

The IRD is getting serious about collecting its “fair share” of tax from property investors.

Settlement Day with Thomas Biss

Settlement Day with Thomas Biss

Law & Finance: 09, Jun 2015

One of the more contentious steps in buying a house is the pre settlement inspection. 

Earthquake Rule Changes And  The Two-Year Tax with Frank Newman

Earthquake Rule Changes And The Two-Year Tax with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 02, Jun 2015

Earlier this month the Minister for Building and Housing, Nick Smith,  announced “a more refined approach” to dealing with the problem of earthquake prone buildings.

Northland’s PropertyPlus Information Centre

Northland’s PropertyPlus Information Centre

Tools To Task: 26, May 2015

Northland’s PropertyPlus Information Centre on Property, Leisure and Lifestyle

Budget 2015

Budget 2015

Property Investment: 26, May 2015

E rconomically the 2015 Budget was steady as it goes. Politically it was masterful.

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