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Ryan Smuts: Bank funding for new-builds

In many cases, bank lending has changed considerably when it comes to new-builds, and most of these changes have happened only within the last few months. An original advantage of funding new-builds with banks was that they are exempt from LVR rules, so banks could lend what they wanted on them. In most cases, banks would lend up to 80% for investment new-builds properties. This mea... read more
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Ryan Smuts: Can you still get a mortgage after filing for bankruptcy?

    When it comes to mortgage lending, in many circumstances it comes down to deposits/equity and your ability to meet loan affordability criteria, which can be different depending on which lender you approach. However, another key area of mortgage lending is your character, which covers your overall position as a borrower – including for example, credit history ... read more
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Debbie Roberts: My top tips for late starters

  If retirement is right around the corner for you, you might be thinking that it is too late for you to start investing in property, and you might be wishing that you had started 20 years ago. However, it's not necessarily true that you have missed the boat completely. It will depend on how much time you have left until retirement, what your borrowing capacity is, and what your ... read more
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Raewyn Stanaway: Residential property investing - new builds vs existing

  There are lots of options available when looking to invest in residential property and one consideration is whether to buy an existing property or a ‘new build’. With the current RTA and Healthy Homes legislation, there is indeed a lot to think about. Existing Homes Unless you are buying an existing house that is already 100% compliant with current legislation, or wish to do any wo... read more
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Ryan Smuts: I own a Kiwibuild, how do I make a start at investing in property?

If you’ve bought yourself a Kiwibuild property you may find yourself in a position where you’re unable to get additional lending on the property, or rent it out for a certain period of time (often between 2-3 years depending on the development & agreements signed). While things certainly seem rather restrictive, in reality you’ve just bought yourself ample t... read more
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Debbie Roberts: You totally don't need a 6-figure income to invest in property

  In the 10 years we have been helping Kiwis get ahead financially by investing in property, one thing that has become abundantly clear is that there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to purchasing an investment property. You might be surprised that many people launch into property investment without even a basic understanding about rental returns, return on dep... read more
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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 an... read more
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Ryan Smuts: How much money does it take to become a property investor

We meet clients regularly who are looking at getting into property investment and are wondering how much money they need to get going. There are many answers to this question. Much will depend on your intention and financial position. That said, here are some considerations to help you arrive at the appropriate range. If you are buying properties for the first time, you wil... read more
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Kelvin Davidson: Property seems to be off politicians’ radars

  The 2020 General Election is fast approaching and even in normal years elections tend to create some uncertainty in the economy and the property market, with investors often finding themselves staring down the barrel of some kind of new tax or regulatory change. Needless to say, this parliamentary term has seen plenty of these (e.g. extra insulation standards, tenancy law refor... read more
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Ryan Smuts: 4 things to watch out for when working with 2nd-tier lenders

Second-tier/non-bank lending is not for the faint-hearted. Rules differ widely from traditional property financing. Still, with the banks taking a tough stance on property lending these days, it pays to open up your mind to second-tier lenders to get yourself moving forward.  I have been asked to share some not-so-obvious tips with first-time borrowers in the second-tier market:&nbs... read more
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