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Ryan Smuts: Do banks care about overseas income and debts?

Hell yeah!  Banks always want to know your full financial position when assessing lending. They want to understand what your commitments are before they proceed in deciding on whether to lend you further funds. Just because you have liabilities overseas for example, this shouldn’t be treated any differently. It is no different to approaching ANZ for a loan, and not telling them a... read more
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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 ... read more
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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 ... read more
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Will COVID-19 change the way we invest in properties?

  As real estate investors, our operations have come to a standstill. But how long will it take for us to start moving again, and how long will it take us to get back on our feet? The short answer; who knows? The longer answer is that we can assume that the residential property investment market will definitely change. These times are unprecedented - that is... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How to finance a deal when you are investing with someone else 

When it comes to investing in properties with a partner*, be it a spouse, a friend or colleague, funding rules can differ from lender to lender and would depend on the nature of the relationship between the parties. The key things to be aware of are outlined below: For the most part, lenders would assess applicants jointly if the partners are also (de facto) spouses. For example, in the c... read more
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Dear Finance & Expenditure Committee,

  It is 6 pm and I start work at my second job, the one I am doing to make sure I can provide for my own retirement and I’m not solely reliant on the government to support me. I am a painter, kitchen builder, curtain hanger, and cleaner also known as - property investor. I continue working until about midnight, then go home and get a few hours’ sleep to do it all again t... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Why it is never too late to start investing in property

  Starting early definitely helps – when it comes to any kind of investing. Time is an investor’s best friend. Remember what Einstein said about compounding? That being said, it’s never too late to start today. There is a Chinese Proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Investing is much the same. Focussing on what you didn’t do... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What can you do if you bought at the top of the market?

This is a question that often troubles people, as they are unsure about how to proceed from here in terms of maintaining and/or growing their property portfolio further. I think some key things need to be considered: What did you actually buy? This is important to know because it will help you determine whether to hold or sell. Did you buy something in a likely high-growth or low-growth a... 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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Duncan King Law: Investment Property and the Property (Relationships) Act 1976

The Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“PRA”) sets out the rules for how couple’s property is dealt with. The PRA applies to couples who are married, or in a civil union, or de facto relationship, a category which includes couples who don’t live together. The PRA divides property (which includes assets and liabilities) into relationship property, which is most often shared equally b... read more
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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