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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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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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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: How has COVID affected the property market

COVID-19 hasn’t significantly undermined the property market so far In this fast-moving COVID environment it’s easy to lose track of everything that’s changed since the end of March and how the property market has been impacted. Recall that since March: The Government has launched a huge fiscal support package, including the wage subsidy, which has kept people in jobs and pay...
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Kelvin Davidson: What lies ahead for property in the rest of 2020?

It’s obviously been an unprecedented year for the economy and property market so far in 2020, but it’s at least been reassuring that the number of appraisals generated by real estate agents, for-sale and for-rent listings, valuations ordered by banks, mortgage lending flows, and agreed sales activity have all rebounded since we left alert level four lockdown in late April. What’s ...
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​COVID-19: Freeze on rent increases explained

Based on the number of inquiries we have received concerning the temporary rules for rent increases (under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Amendment Act), this FAQ feels appropriate: What is being frozen? Rent increases not rents. Landlords are prohibited from increasing rents during the freeze period. What is not being frozen? Rents and rent increase notice...
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Kelvin Davidson: Which property types provide the best rental yields?

In the coming months, there are likely to be some ‘bargains’ on offer for property investors, although a slowdown in value growth may well mean more emphasis on a property’s rental yield. On that point, three-bedroom houses tend to have better yields than four-bedroom, while apartments tend to yield more than houses. Of course, there are other factors to consider – and the knock to th...
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COVID-19 termination rules recap & a reminder for would-be vendors

As investors grapple with the economic effects of COVID-19, some may consider deleveraging by selling off a few under-performing properties. If these properties have tenants in situ then it is advisable for would-be vendors to be well aware of the new tenancy termination rules and plan well in advance. Tenancy termination during COVID-19 We specifically refer to the rules und...
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Mark Withers: What about the plight of the ma-and-pa investors?

As the government continues to roll out relief measures to meet the economic challenges of COVID-19, I ask that it be mindful of the plight of those mum and pa property investors who supply 34% of housing in New Zealand. In addition to the ongoing compliance cost increases associated with owning rental properties and new legislation that surely increases the risk of prolonged periods ...
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