Articles: Property Investment

Call For Development  Fees To Be Scrapped with Frank Newman

Call For Development Fees To Be Scrapped with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 08, Sep 2015

The Whangarei District Council is coming under fire for its Development Contributions levy. Calls are growing for it to be removed, and there are good reasons why it should.

The Auckland  Effect with Frank Newman

The Auckland Effect with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 01, Sep 2015

It is often said by locals that property prices in Northland lag Auckland by two or three years.

Tourism Shines In Nervous Times with Frank Newman

Tourism Shines In Nervous Times with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 25, Aug 2015

It’s been a tough week internationally and these are nervous times for those with their life savings in the share market. The main problem is China.

Council Infighting Stops Progress with Frank Newman

Council Infighting Stops Progress with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 18, Aug 2015

Readers don’t need to be reminded that the dairy industry is going through tough times.

Dairy By The  Numbers with Frank Newman

Dairy By The Numbers with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 11, Aug 2015

The latest fall in dairy prices has raised the level of concern about the sector and more generally about the economy.

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.

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.

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.

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