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Ed McKnight: What is the right property strategy for me?

Do you know what gets a bee in my bonnet? When I hear property investors or commentators in our industry trying to convince us that there is one best property investment strategy. Here's the truth. There is no 'one' strategy for everyone. But, there is a 'right' strategy for everyone. And that strategy is going be based on: a) the needs of the individual investor b) what the inve... read more
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Debbie Roberts: What I would do if I had $20K to kickstart my investment journey

Well, I’ll start by saying what I would NOT do. I would NOT start looking for an investment property yet. $20,000 deposit will buy you a rental property up to the value of about $66,000 if it is an existing property (30% deposit requirement), and $100,000 if it is a new build (20% deposit required). Let’s face it, your choices will be extremely limited in those price points. A quick s... read more
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Ryan Smuts: What I would do with $20K

What’s the best return for your $20k? If you have an existing property portfolio I suggest some simple cosmetic work to increase the value of your properties. $20K doesn’t seem like much but it can go a long way if you are prepared to chip in some elbow-grease. Added bonus? If you go about it cleverly, you could achieve a good return in a multitude of ways: ... read more
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Stephen Dallow: How to choose your next property manager

When it comes to looking after yourself, you should always choose a great doctor who is up to date with the latest medical treatments, a fantastic dentist who can make sure your smile looks amazing for as long as possible and often at the top of a list is a hairdresser that you totally trust. Then it is making sure you have the right insurance cover to protect you and your family. So ... read more
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Toby Yorke: How I would renovate with a $20K budget

In this day and age, a $20,000 renovation budget won't get you terribly far. So where should you put your hard-earned dollar? The Goal I’m a big believer in the “goal drives the strategy” approach. What’s your goal? Is it to increase cash flow, increase equity, sell or is it simply maintenance? Once you are clear about your desired outcome, then chat with the respecti... read more
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James Goren: What would I do if I have $20K to spend on my first renovation?

  With a $20K budget, I would recommend cosmetic renovation with a particular focus on the most visible objects. Starting from the cheapest and easiest: 1. Upgrade all the “you touch” items. Old and worn-out items like door and kitchen handles do not look good and are not pleasant to touch. Budget for $200 - $1,000   2. Replace old window dressings with new curtains or roller blind... read more
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Kristine King: Unlawful Premises – Moving Past Anderson v FM Custodians

      Following a review of the law of residential tenancies in New Zealand, the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) gained Royal Assent on 30 July 2019. This bill, now named the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019 (“the Amendment Act”), came into force on the 27th of August 2019. The Amendment Act greatly impacts on the rights and obligations of both landl... read more
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Peter Lewis: On tenancy disputes

Tenant advocates frequently claim that private-sector residential tenants are powerless pawns in the hands of greedy and uncaring landlords. They claim that when a tenant makes a request for their landlord to fix something on the property that they are entitled to have fixed, the landlord either ignores them or terminates the tenancy in retaliation. Some tenants have highlighted their... read more
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Peter Lewis: How much is too much?

Recently we have had a friend call us. She lives in Melbourne but has a rental property in West Auckland. The tenant has just moved out, so the friend had come over to Auckland for a week to see how it was all going. She asked for me to go with her to visit the now-vacant property, carry out a full property inspection, and see what would need to be done to keep the place complian... read more
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Peter Lewis: Selecting a new tenant

  Acquiring a new tenant for a residential rental is always a stressful time, stressful for both those applying for the tenancy and for the landlord. The landlord is generally in the position that he is receiving no rental income from that property, but of course his costs in the form of rates, insurance, and most likely mortgage interest relentlessly continue every day. Thus th... 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