Articles: Property Investment

Soaring Land Values with Frank Newman

Soaring Land Values with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 02, Aug 2017

Last week a government research agency, the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, released a report confirming what many have been saying for years. The report is called Quantifying the impact of land use regulation: Evidence from New Zealand and is available online. The question it sought to answer was, “What has caused the price of New Zealand houses to soar in recent years?”.

Record Property Prices And A Load Of Rubbish with Frank Newman

Record Property Prices And A Load Of Rubbish with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 26, Jul 2017

The June issue of ANZ Property Focus had a section called “Who’s hot and who’s not”. Northland was included, in the ‘what’s hot’ section. This is what they had to say:

Council Doors Closed To  Public Say with Frank Newman

Council Doors Closed To Public Say with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 18, Jul 2017

This year the Whangarei District Council (WDC) took the unusual step of not consulting the public on its Annual Plan.

No Trust In Landowners with Frank Newman

No Trust In Landowners with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 12, Jul 2017

Last week commissioners began hearing submissions on what is the most significant change in Whangarei District Council planning rules in decades.

Meth, Insulation, And The  Jones Boy with Frank Newman

Meth, Insulation, And The Jones Boy with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 05, Jul 2017

Standards New Zealand has released a new methamphetamine testing and decontamination standard. The new measures will be welcomed by landlords.

The Arrival  of Amazon  with Frank Newman

The Arrival of Amazon with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 28, Jun 2017

There is increasing discussion in the business press about the changing nature of retail spending and the affect this is having on the demand for retail space.

Applause For Hundertwasser Campaigners with Frank Newman

Applause For Hundertwasser Campaigners with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 21, Jun 2017

Well done to the promoters of the Hundertwasser Art Centre project.

Credit Scores And Simplicity with Frank Newman

Credit Scores And Simplicity with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 14, Jun 2017

How good is your credit score? Checking is simple, and free. All you need is some details from a driver’s licence (or passport) and a click on the website creditsimple.co.nz. It literally takes less than a couple of minutes.

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.

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