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Kevin Smith: Fixed price contracts

A lot has been said of late about construction companies and questioning their ability to produce a Fixed Price Contract. In order to understand whether there is any truth in the matter, we need to first understand what a what a Fixed Price Contract is and how it is compiled. The fact of the matter is that Fixed Price Contracts are becoming a rarity among building compani...
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Stefan Nikolic: Why Auckland investors should not write off short-term rentals just yet (despite the lockdown)

It comes as no surprise that the short-term rental market is heavily affected during lockdowns, and some investors will be put off by the idea of staying in the market, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea altogether. In fact, lockdowns present a massive opportunity for those investors that are looking to adopt a counter-cyclical investment strategy and take a more long-term a...
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Moving between different Alert Levels

In anticipation of the rest of the country moving to Alert Level 3 this Wednesday while Auckland and Northland remain under Alert Level 4, we've produced this easy referencing guide to help tenants and landlords work out the rules of moving across regions that are at different Alert Levels: To region at Alert Level 1 To region at Ale...
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Ryan Smuts: Bank funding for new-builds

In many cases, bank lending has changed considerably when it comes to new-builds, and most of these changes have happened only within the last few months. An original advantage of funding new-builds with banks was that they are exempt from LVR rules, so banks could lend what they wanted on them. In most cases, banks would lend up to 80% for investment new-builds properties. This mea...
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Kelvin Davidson: Time to focus on income

There’s no doubt that the economics of property investment in NZ have changed dramatically in a short space of time since the market unexpectedly surged in the wake of COVID originally hitting our shores. True, mortgage rates fell sharply, and that triggered a wave of renewed property demand – alongside the temporary removal of the loan to value ratio speed limits and a continued la...
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Landlord FAQs for Level 4

Level 4 has caught many of us by surprise. Here are answers to some common day-to-day questions arising out of the latest snap lockdown. Note that these answers are current as of the 19th of August 2021. Should the lockdown be extended and emergency tenancy laws come into effect, our answers to some of these questions may change. Q. My tenant has asked for a rent reduction for the ...
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Ryan Smuts: Interest rates are on the up

Interest rates are starting to track up leading to significant cost implications for property investors. Some specific issues to be mindful of: 1. Why are interest rates going up? Interest rate markets are already pricing in a 90% chance of a rise to the OCR in August! The recent RBNZ comments around the Large Scale Asset Purchase (effectively money printing) are also infl...
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Kelvin Davidson: Inflation and interest rates take centre stage

What a change a few weeks can make. It was only a short time ago that some commentators were predicting that the official cash rate (OCR) wouldn’t start to rise until 2023 or even 2024, and the ‘consensus’ was for a rise in the second half of 2022. But that has all changed very rapidly, and now an OCR increase looks relatively likely for August 18th – i.e. only a few weeks from now....
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Kelvin Davidson: There’s never a dull moment in the property market

Over the past month the property market has remained at the forefront of news headlines, so here’s an important reminder of recent key points: Property values are still rising rapidly – in May they were more than 20% higher than a year ago (on the CoreLogic House Price Index) However, there are hints that sales volumes are starting to cool, due to previous measures s...
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Stefan Nikolic: The Auckland short term rental market - Post-COVID recovery so far

As you can imagine, the short term rental market was hit hard by COVID last year when the first lockdown was announced. Zodiak was no exception . Losing half of our clients in a single month was not a pretty sight, and the short-term rental industry was in free-fall for the next few months. Luckily though, we survived! Now the Airbnb market is improving month on month, and this looks t...
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