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Kevin Smith: To develop, or not to develop, that is the question

At Keith Hay Homes we get asked this question on a daily basis. In truth, it’s one of the reasons we love this job so much. Don't get me wrong, property is a pretty rewarding game but seeing and being part of taking a property to its full potential is something else. As a member of APIA, you will have had access to great material for how to manage your properties, but may not have tho...
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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, ...
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Get ready for summer!

We've got together with some of our good friends to bring you a list of summer landlord tips. Take a look: Dean Larritt, Maintain To Profit Minimise the need for emergency repairs over the summer. Check that all of your rentals are secure by giving the door- and window- locks a once-over before you head off on holiday. Ron Goodwin December/January are typically high-churn m...
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Conveyancing Q&A - Vendor demands more money before settlement

In this week's Conveyancing Q&A, Hilary Jenkins talks about property sharing agreements. I am about to settle on a house. The agreement is now unconditional. The vendor is leaving the country immediately after settlement and has now told my solicitor that unless I pay an extra $7,000 to purchase all the chattels off her she will instruct her solicitor not to settle. D...
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Forget about nightmare tenants, what about nightmare neighbours?

It is one thing to deal with nightmare tenants but what about nightmare tenants who are not yours? So often at APIA we get asked by frustrated landlords and tenants what can be done to renting neighbours who are causing significant nuisance in the neighbourhood. This week we put the question to Scotney Williams for his views: A neighbouring tenant is causing some distress to my own tenants...
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New bylaw may mean more than just removing the fireplace

News of the Auckland Council's proposed air quality bylaw has understandably unsettled landlords who own properties that are heated by indoor wood/coal burners. This week's Ask An Expert feature explores the possible legal implications this bylaw has within the framework of the Residential Tenancies Act: Regarding the proposed bylaw to phase out pre-2005 indoor open fire burners, if it is p...
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Hot or not? How seriously should you be following 'property hotspots'?

In this week's Ask An Expert feature, David Whitburn tackles the myth of property hotspots and breaks it down once and for all for investors. What are your thoughts on property hotspots? A lot of times I find people asking at APIA meetings Where is the next Auckland hotspot? But what if somewhere that was flagged, quite legitimately at first, as giving investors good capital growth and yiel...
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How to achieve positive cash-flow

In this week's Ask An Expert feature, David Whitburn talks positive cash-flow. I am a newbie investor and find myself struggling with many investment jargons thrown around at APIA meetings. What is ‘positive cash-flow’? How important is it to have a positive cash flow? How do I achieve it considering I am only on my first property? There is a lot of jargon in property investme...
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Back to basics - Warren Buffett's 5 Investment Fundamentals For Property Investors

Arguably the most successful investor of our age whose name is synonymous with the very act of investing, Warren Buffett is known the world over for his staggering successes as well as folksy demeanour. In his eagerly anticipated annual shareholder letter, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman this week shares some sage but startlingly simple investment advice. Stripping out all the high-browed ...
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How to tell the good from the bad? Your guide to navigating the market of financial advice

It has often been said that all advice is not created equal. An advice that has worked well for me may not be for you at all. For as long as Auckland property market remains buoyant, our mainstream media will always be awash with property mentors and investment advisers. How do you navigate yourself through all the commercials, adverts, testimonials promising the Midas touch? If you are ...
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