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Does Your Hood  Harm Your  Health? with Michael Botur

Does Your Hood Harm Your Health? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Mar 2018

I’m not here to suggest living near a McDonald’s will make you fatter. That’s a crusade for the District Health Board.

The Future of Prosperity With Frank Newman

The Future of Prosperity With Frank Newman

Property Investment: 28, Mar 2018

Last week I outlined some of the proposals included in the Future of Tax, a background discussion paper by the Tax Working Group to encourage submissions about how tax should be collected in the future.

Renting In  Northland: A Darwinian  Struggle with Michael Botur

Renting In Northland: A Darwinian Struggle with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Mar 2018

How do we know the situation for house renters in Northland is out of control?

The Future of Tax with Frank Newman

The Future of Tax with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 21, Mar 2018

The Government appointed Tax Working Group has released the Future of Tax, a background paper to assist those wanting to make submissions to the Group. The full report can be seen at taxworkinggroup.govt.nz.

The Science Fiction Of  Pre-Fab’ Homes with Frank Newman

The Science Fiction Of Pre-Fab’ Homes with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 14, Mar 2018

How unsurprising it is to have a new Minister of Housing who says he has the answer to our housing shortage. The solution, he claims, is factory built prefabricated housing.

What Is Walkability  And Why Does It Matter? with Michael Botur

What Is Walkability And Why Does It Matter? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 13, Mar 2018

If you head to http://www.WalkScore.com and type in your address, within a second you’ll get results rating your home according to how easy it is to walk to places you need in life. The most negative scores describe addresses as “car-dependent.”

The State Of  State Houses with Michael Botur

The State Of State Houses with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Mar 2018

Have you come across people acting shocked about state houses being valued highly?

House Prices And Council Rule Changes with Frank Newman

House Prices And Council Rule Changes with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 07, Mar 2018

House prices in Whangarei have had a stellar increase in the last three years. According to Quotable Value, house prices are up 10% in 2017, and the average residential property value is now a touch under $510,000. Last year’s gain comes on top of a 20% gain in 2016 and 14% in 2015. That’s a huge increase in wealth for property owners and a significant investment return when leverage is taken into account.

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.

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