Articles: Property Investment

Well-Beings And Oil Wells with Frank Newman

Well-Beings And Oil Wells with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 18, Apr 2018

It’s been a big week in politics. Last week saw the first reading in Parliament of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill.

Nice-To-Haves Drive Rates And Debt Increases with Frank Newman

Nice-To-Haves Drive Rates And Debt Increases with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 11, Apr 2018

The Whangarei District Council (WDC) is currently going through a “Have your say” process about its Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP). Submissions to the plan closed on the 8th of this month.

Letting  Fees To Go with Frank Newman

Letting Fees To Go with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 04, Apr 2018

On 22 March, the Government introduced the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill to Parliament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Beaches Becoming A Battleground with Frank Newman

Beaches Becoming A Battleground with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 17, Jan 2018

IIn the 13 December issue of PropertyPlus I referred to rahui being placed on a number of beaches, and mentioned it is used to restricted or prohibit access - normally temporary - to allow replenishment.

Investment Analysis A Waste Of Time? with Frank Newman

Investment Analysis A Waste Of Time? with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 10, Jan 2018

Most property investors undertake some form of analysis before they make an investment decision.

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