Articles: Property Investment

Credit Ratings And Self-Congratulations with Frank Newman

Credit Ratings And Self-Congratulations with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 07, Jun 2017

A recent reaffirmation of the Whangarei District Council’s AA credit rating by Standard & Poors (S&P) has been trumpeted by the Council as good news.

Budget 2017 - Key Points with Frank Newman

Budget 2017 - Key Points with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 31, May 2017

The National Government has produced a measured and politically clever Budget. Where this budget differs from its previous budgets is that it has opened its wallet and distributed the benefits of eight years of conservative management and the increased tax revenue derived from a very strong domestic economy.

Closing The Speculation Tax Loophole with Frank Newman

Closing The Speculation Tax Loophole with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 24, May 2017

Last week Labour announced further measures to crack down on property speculators. Their latest measure is to close the “loop-hole” on negative gearing, and is the third policy statement targeting residential property investors. The other two previously announced policies would ban overseas investors buying existing homes, and extend the capital gains tax (bright-line test) on rental houses from two years to five.

Interest Rates And MP Houses with Frank Newman

Interest Rates And MP Houses with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 17, May 2017

As expected, last week Reserve Bank Governor Graeme left the official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75%.

Co-Governance  And Rates with Frank Newman

Co-Governance And Rates with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 10, May 2017

Last week I made mention of a supplementary agenda item tabled at the 18 April meeting of the Northland Regional Council that was seeking co-governance of Council’s four working committees. The recommendation was that two of the four councillors on those committees be replaced with two members appointed by the Te Tai Tokerau Maori Advisory Committee, with equal status as councillors.

Property Drivers And Local Co-Governance with Frank Newman

Property Drivers And Local Co-Governance with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 03, May 2017

The April issue of Property Focus published by the ANZ has some interesting comments about immigration, lending, and mortgage borrowing.

Positive  Property Lessons with Frank Newman

Positive Property Lessons with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 26, Apr 2017

The NZ Herald recently ran a story about two under 30 year olds who had managed to buy their own homes in Auckland – something that most wingers and whiners and opposition politicians would have you believe is Mission Impossible.

Memorandum Of Understanding And Confidentiality with Frank Newman

Memorandum Of Understanding And Confidentiality with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 19, Apr 2017

Last week the Northland Regional Council (NRC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with a Chinese state-controlled company to investigate infrastructure investment opportunities.

RMA Reforms  Pass Into Law with Frank Newman

RMA Reforms Pass Into Law with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 12, Apr 2017

Last week the National and Maori parties passed their Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms though Parliament.

Property Market On The Turn with Frank Newman

Property Market On The Turn with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 05, Apr 2017

The latest issue of Property Focus by the ANZ has some interesting, if somewhat sober, commentary about the current state of the property market.

Interest Rates And AgentAuction with Frank Newman

Interest Rates And AgentAuction with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 29, Mar 2017

Last Thursday Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler left the official cash rate at 1.75%.

The Ransom Management Act with Frank Newman

The Ransom Management Act with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 22, Mar 2017

During the 2014 election, National campaigned on RMA reform.

Disruptive Opportunities with Frank Newman

Disruptive Opportunities with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 15, Mar 2017

Technology based companies are having a significant impact on the way people do business.

Roading Will Boost Prosperity And Property with Frank Newman

Roading Will Boost Prosperity And Property with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 08, Mar 2017

The announcement last week by the Transport Minister Simon Bridges that the State Highway 1 between Whangarei and the Marsden Port turnoff will be upgraded to four lanes is more good news for our region.

Auckland Effect Positive For Regions with Frank Newman

Auckland Effect Positive For Regions with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 01, Mar 2017

The February issue of Property Focus published by the ANZ Bank has some interesting insights into the residential property market, particularly in Auckland and how it is affecting the regions. Here are some highlights, with my comments added.

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