Property Market

New government valuations – what does it mean for you?

New Government valuations are out. What does it mean for your house? Not a lot unless your suburb has moved up in price more quickly than other suburbs. In which case expect a bit more in your rates bill. Does...

Labour – impact on housing market

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Exciting times with a whole new government for the first time in nearly a decade. There will be plenty of opportunities in the new market for the brave. Here are my thoughts on the kinds of shifts we might witness in the...

Capital Gains Tax – What it will do

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My views on some of the things that capital tax will do and some of things it wont. Things it will do It will ensure that the government has in a way some vested interest in asset prices rising. Imagine...

Coalition impact on housing market

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Each party has a different way of approaching the housing market. Today we think about possible coalition combos and the potential impact. All very speculative but interesting to think through. National and NZ First Both are keen to help the...

House prices to soar?

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We have all heard the story about nett migration lately. Interestingly the relationship between increases in house prices and nett migration is very different this time around when compared to the previous boom. This could be due to a couple of...

How was the five billion split?

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Of the more than 5 billion new money lent out, only a quarter went to property investors. The bulk of the new money was to other home owners and approx 14% to first home buyers. This is surprisingly good news...

Staying high – merits of an apartment

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Apartments can still deliver on a couple of fronts. Firstly from an investors perspective tiny apartments can deliver good rent returns if run in a smart way. Secondly as a home, an apartment can deliver safety and a superior location....

Buying under $400,000 in Napier

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Average house prices went up nearly 20% in Napier over the past year. This has a lot to do with interest from Aucklanders forced to look further to get the right rental return. A 6% yield is still possible in...

Good time to buy?

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Looking at the recent stats from the RBNZ about the new money lent, it is apparent that there has been a slowdown over the past twelve months. Interestingly lending has picked up over the past few months. A deeper look...

Median House Prices – calm before the storm

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James Aston waiting for the weather to change With Median house prices showing fairly subdued growth for Auckland, autumn seems to be bringing about a chill. Interestingly the median house price in Papakura showed some of the strongest growth in...