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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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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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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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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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Kelvin Davidson: The property investment rule changes have probably finished for now

Clearly, the late-March policy changes made by the Government have altered the economics of using a mortgage to buy further investment properties, coming on top of the higher deposit requirements that have already been in play for a few months now. Then in early May, the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) released the latest Financial Stability Report (FSR), which contained even more discussion ar...
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Kelvin Davidson: Our ‘top down’ perspective on the Government’s investor tax policy changes

It’s an understatement to suggest that the content of the Government’s housing policy announcement on 23rd March was a surprise to most. In reality, it was a major surprise to all. However, now that the dust has settled a bit, our perception is that the changes won’t have as much impact as first thought. Sure, some landlords will look to sell properties and/or raise rents sharply, but...
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An open letter to APIA members

Kristin Sutherland gave her maiden speech as APIA President to our members on 9th of February 2020. Below is an excerpt of her speech reformatted as an open letter to all members. Dear members, I would like to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me – I am Kristin Sutherland the newly elected President of APIA. I am thrilled to be able to represent APIA and you, its member...
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Kelvin Davidson: It’s been an unprecedented year – the swings and roundabouts of 2020

Thinking back to the start of 2020, nobody could have anticipated what was about to playout for the economy or the property market. But after a lot of uncertainty and conjecture about what the future might hold, we’re almost at the end of the year and it’s remarkable to see that house sales and prices are on a strong upswing. Indeed, the number of...
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How to enrich your online forum experience

The potential impropriety of comments on various property investor online forums have been picked up by the Commerce Commission recently. So far the examination of this matter has not resulted in any prosecution but the Commission has issued advisory letters to forum administrators and various industry groups* to remind investors of the anti-cartel rule per s30 of the Commerce Act. ...
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Rene Swindley: what does loss of rent insurance actually cover?

If a rental property suffers damage that makes it unliveable, the house will become unoccupied and the landlord will lose rental income until the house can be repaired and re-tenanted. Damage caused by major events like flooding, earthquake or fire could take months to repair, meaning months of no rental income. Loss of rent insurance is designed to put the landlord in the same posi...
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