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Alastair Moore: Bigger isn't always better

Sometimes, bigger is not always better. There has been a noticeable trend of late, with customers looking to build as many homes on their available space as possible, without being aware of the potential tax implications, extended timeframes and lending restrictions which significantly increase the level of risk especially when the post-COVID market is already rife with warinesses. C...
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Kevin Smith: Subdivision + second dwelling

Project Description When developing properties our customers come to us with a variety of wants, needs and goals. When investigating properties for development there is not one way to develop or a cookie cutter approach. We look at what your situation is and how we can then maximise the property to meet your long-term goals. In this scenario, the customer came to us wanting to bu...
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Alastair Moore: Maximising rental returns - a case study

A little note from us: Though the effects of Covid-19 are being felt acutely across the board at the time of this article being published. We feel that it is important to, as much as possible, keep with our original content schedule to maintain normalcy and provide a balanced range of information to help our readers make better decisions long term. This article was produced before current e...
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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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Shaun Peacock: Building consents - a FAQ

In light of recent smack-down of unconsented work being carried out in Auckland, we thought it would be a great opportunity for all of us to learn about building consents, CCCs, inspections and all that fun stuff. Big thank you to Shaun Peacock and the team at Duncan King Law for providing excellent answers to these FAQs. What is a Building Consent? A Building Consent is the ...
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Building Q&A - Building contracts

I am building a home first time and needed advice on the contracts that builders will sign since I hear that builders hardly ever sign much and that contracts are weak in terms of getting good quality / trustworthy service to completion. Can you tell me if they will sign sundowner clauses, a penalty clause for time and cost overrun? Also, will they agree to receive the last 5%...
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Development Q&A: Minor dwelling or subdivision

I have a section that is big enough to either subdivide or build a minor dwelling, how should I decide? What are the pros and cons of a subdivision and a minor dwelling development? As an investor you need to understand what your end goal is and what you want to achieve with any development work. If you are looking at purchasing more properties, then you may consider that it...
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Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

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 star...
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Understanding building guarantees

In this week's Ask An Expert feature, lawyer Adina Thorn shows investors how to understand builder's guarantees. I am about to engage the services of a builder but am overwhelmed by the different building guarantees out there on the market. A couple of friends of mine had trouble in the past enforcing their guarantees,what I should look out for when I assess different contracts? In any bu...
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