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John Priest: Being a successful landlord, my way

Firstly, be careful who you accept as a tenant. Sorry property managers, but I insist on managing my own properties and I consider the most important aspect of this to be tenant selection. I want to meet prospective tenants and see if I have a good feeling about them. Whatever your instinct tells you it must be backed up with research. Once when I had had a shortage of... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Buying off the plan

Buying off the plan can be an exciting proposal, it has many benefits which can be capitalised on if purchasing correctly and with enough due diligence put into practice, however, every rose has its thorns, and it is important to be aware of the risks that can be associated to this method of purchasing property. Risks The cautious buyer will understand first, the... read more
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How to set rent?

Setting your rent can be a bit of a Goldilocks Paradox: charge too much, you turn off inquiries; charge too little, you compromise the performance of your property. The right amount of rent will not only help you attract the right types of tenants, it also ensures the continued success of your rental portfolio. We asked five APIA investors to share their rent strategies and elab... read more
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Ryan Smuts: 5 Non-negotiable habits of a top property investor

Understanding that property investment is a business and treating it as such is the foundation for becoming a successful property investor. Like any business, you will need to first determine what goals you have for your ventures, what your desired end position looks like so that you can ensure you get there. Having no goals when you invest is like driving around in your ... read more
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Amanda Watt: Removal of negative gearing

I have delayed writing about the removal of the negative gearing, so I could spend more time thinking about what it will mean for property investors. The Government’s issues paper addressing negative gearing came out earlier this year and asked for submissions. Both the NZPIF and APIA made submissions on behalf of members. The proposal outlined in the issues paper is that negative ... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to Invest your money when you are not a high income earner

I was always taught in relation to saving and investing that it is not the amount that counts, it’s where you put it – it’s allocation. Time is an investor’s best friend, and understanding the power of compounding interest, and other minor tricks can be the difference in turning a little into a lot. The median wage in NZ when annualized ends up being about $49,900, ... read more
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John Paynter: Some thoughts on ring-fencing rental losses from the landlord's perspective

There is the widespread belief that residential landlords make large profits with minimal effort and negligible risk. This is quite untrue. My gross income from investments is probably about the same I would get if I was once again employed in the corporate world. I typically work more than a forty hour week but, unlike corporate employment, I get no paid holidays or other benefits. There... read more
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Read this before you buy your first property

Buying your first ever property, be it a home or a rental, is as exciting as it is intimidating. Chances are this is the biggest financial commitment you've ever had to make. Feeling anxious is part of the process but that doesn't mean your nerves should get to you. Before you dive into the world of property, familiarise yourself with these commonly used terms courtesy of our good fri... read more
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15 tips to save money on repair and maintenance in between tenancies

Most landlords have a natural aversion to the idea of vacancy. No wonder. The property is sitting idle while rent has stopped coming in - what's to like?! Still, you mustn't be too downbeat. These downtimes are excellent opportunities for you to carry out vital repair and maintenance work and get your property to tip-top shape for the next tenant. Here are some clever and budget-frien... read more
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Bad investment habits you should toss right now

Let's be honest, even the most prolific investors get into the occasional funk and stuck on some pretty bad habits. Don't worry. Good practices are just as easily habit-forming as bad. Start by doing a quick stocktake on how you have been investing to identify any areas of weakness or poor practices that can be improved on. We have got together with some good friends of ours to ... read more

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Mathieu Holt- Managing Director, The Tenancy Practice Service & TPS Credit Control
Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

Janice Bieleski
I read two articles in the monthly magazine that saved me over $5,000. That is my membership fee for the next 26 years and I am sure I will learn a whole lot more! John Duncan
Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

Thanks to all APIA event organizers and administrators for your brilliant work. 

Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

My APIA membership has become a total success.

Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

Talk about value for money! The discounts I have been getting at Bunnings when I present my APIA membership card have more than paid for my annual subscription!

Tim Duffett, Plan A Investments Limited