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Tuesday Catch Up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

... cos we simply had to take Monday off to recover from the latest Reserve Bank blow... 

1. Before we unleashed the doom-and-gloom, can we please take a moment to marvel at the awesomeness that is Brandon Lipman?  

2. Ok so back to business, late Friday afternoon the Reserve Bank served up another wham-bang at the investors community by hiking the cost of borrowing for non-occupying property owners.  Is it a knee-jerk reaction to how unfazed and financial and investment communities are towards the 30% deposit rule?  Only Graeme knows.  Sneaky sneaky.  Yes, a blow to investor no doubt but the ultimate losers are still the tenants.  

3. Aucklands disproportionate growth is once again in the spotlight.  Economist Ganesh Nana paints a grim picture of the future awaiting us. 

4. Hey, looks like Nick has found some land in Auckland!

5. The oracles at the NZIER have spoken.  Looks like rates are going to hold for as long as 2017.  

6. Is there a housing bubble?  You be the judge.  

7. A light hearted wrap up to this week's list: entry level?  My foot!

What have you been keeping an eye on?  Comment and share below! 

Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Monday, May 25, 2015

After what can only be described as an action-packed two weeks for property investors, this week's calming respite has been much welcomed.  Much needed, some may even say as we start getting introspective on the coming changes.  

1. Not entirely unexpected, but Bill English just threw a bucket of cold water over CGT.    

2. Uh oh!  Looks like more people are expected to flock into New Zealand in June.  Great for APIA members if they are renters, not so flash if they are here to buy...

3. Meanwhile, Shamubeel Eaqub has dubbed the new term 'Generation Rent' to describe the 30-somethings who are increasingly stuck in the rental cycle.  Not that you will hear him complaining anytime soon.  

4. More pressure still for Gen Rent, Trademe just reported an increase of $25 a week over a year to April in rent.  By the way, are you charging market rent?  

5. What do you think of the Budget?  Bernard Hickey shares his thoughts.

6. Now that the Kiwi dollar has calmed down a little, looks like interest rates may take a tumble shortly.  

7. The CE of the NZ Council Of Infrastructure Development is publicly supporting the release of public land to address the supply side of the housing crisis.  Finally!  

What have you been keeping an eye on?  Comment and share below! 

Monday catch up: 2 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Monday, May 18, 2015

Yes, you read that right.  Two things only this week.  Lets be honest, two major changes to investors' cash-flow are going to be enough to drown out most other headlines for weeks to come!

1. From October onwards if you want to buy an Auckland investment property, you will need to come up with 30% deposit says the Reserve Bank.  Straight off the bat the bank bosses are showing the new rule no love.  Especially when it is not even based on hard science.  Andrew King from the NZPIF also points out that the ultimate losers in all of this are the tenants not the landlords.  Well, somebody has to... 

5. Meanwhile the Prime Minister spent Sunday announcing a bright line test for property speculators. With a very limited number of exceptions, if you buy and sell within two years you will be charged an income tax on your gains.  Hey!  We have no problems with that.  

What have you been keeping an eye on?  Comment and share below! 

Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Monday, May 11, 2015

1. Giving credence to the saying, all that glitters is not gold, looks like the happy harmony of the Auckland Housing Accord is no more.  Tova O'Brien gives his take on the Nick and Len relationship.  

2. Perhaps rather unsurprising, the rising prices in the residential market is pushing ma-and-pa investors into the commercial sphere - a market that is usually preserved for the savvy and the elite. 

3. The Auckland housing crisis is gathering so much speed even the Americans are weighing in now.  

4. Property is on everyone's lips these days, which is more a reason why we need educated and informed opinions on how we can solve the Auckland housing crisis.  

5. Sweeping changes to the Building Act are to be expected says Nick Smith.  

6. What bubble?  BNZ says that while there is an affordability issue, we are not in bubble territory at all.  

7. Finally, one for the nay-sayers.  Landlords are insulating rental properties after all!  

What have you been keeping an eye on?  Comment and share below! 

Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Monday, May 04, 2015

1. Looks like the IRD will be given more resources to crack down on residential property speculators.    

2. Auckland's housing crisis is by no means a unique phenomenon according to David Roberton.  Much could be learnt from the Canadian experience.

3. Cracks are showing between the central government and the Auckland Council re the city's housing problems.  

4. The Aussies are going to start charging foreigners new taxes in an effort to cool its housing market.  Perhaps a lesson for us Kiwis? 

5. Looks like the surging Auckland prices is pushing prices up elsewhere in the country.  

6. Meth labs are a serious and real problem in New Zealand, especially in rental properties.  If you are buying an ex-rental, you would be silly not to test it first.  

7. Annual building consent now top 25,000 - highest number in 9 years.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  

What have you been keeping an eye on?  Comment and share below! 

Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Monday, April 27, 2015

1. Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Grant Spencer expresses a preference for a demand-side intervention to the growing housing crisis much to the irk of his ex-economist Michael Reddell who has made his views loud and clear here, here, and here.     

2. Keeping a close eye on the value of the dollar, the Reserve Bank has hinted that rates are not likely to rise anytime soon.  

3. Taking a pause from this questionable advert as well as the growing rhetoric of foreign buyers and the effect they have on our housing market.  Has anyone ever wondered who these people are?  Where they are from?  How many there really are and what real effects do they have?  Surely it is time to find out.  

4. Landowners who own properties in SHA could now be compelled to respond to please-explain letters or risk losing their fast-track status.

5. Speaking of Nick Smith, a Rental WOF is looking more and more likely... 

6. The Reserve Bank's latest suggestion of a CGT to solve Auckland's housing crisis is understandably not getting much support.  

7. As affordability worsens so do returns to investors.  Auckland investors, keep a close eye on the numbers!  

What have you been keeping an eye on?  Comment and share below! 

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