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House prices in New Zealand fall for the first time since April 2016

Posted by Mike Henderson on Aug 23, 2016 2:10:06 PM

In July the average asking price for houses fell, which has been the first decline for the housing market within a 3-month period.

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Topics: Property News, New Zealand housing market, house prices New Zealand, Auckland housing market

Net migration affects the NZ housing market.                                 [Professionally Speaking Transcript - August 2016.]

Posted by Steve Lovegrove on Aug 23, 2016 1:45:31 PM

This month we're talking about what’s affecting the New Zealand market from both outside of New Zealand, and around the world. And also, what’s happening between the Auckland market and the regional market.

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Topics: New Zealand housing market, Professionally Speaking Transcript

Average asking prices nationwide fall for the first time in months.

Posted by Mike Henderson on Aug 16, 2016 4:08:33 PM

Average asking prices across the country fell by $7.556 (1.3 per cent) in July 2016 — the first decline the NZ housing market has seen in the 3 months since April.

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Topics: Property News, housing market

What are my options after selling my lifestyle property?

Posted by Mike Henderson on Aug 8, 2016 2:40:12 PM

 If you’ve mentally moved on from life on the property, chances are you’ve got a vision for where you want to be. But before you hang up the gumboots completely, here’s a few options you could consider.

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Topics: lifestyle, lifestyle property, lifestyle property new zealand, selling your lifestyle property

Is now the right time to sell your lifestyle property?

Posted by Mike Henderson on Aug 3, 2016 4:31:21 PM

Are you a lifestyle property owner but finding it’s becoming a bit of a stumbling block? 

It’s clear that residential property all across New Zealand is in a seller’s market – but what about lifestyle property?

Do you own a Lifestyle block? If you’re thinking about selling in the near (or distant!) future, our eBook “Life Beyond the Lifestyle Block” . is your must read guide.

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Topics: lifestyle, lifestyle property, lifestyle property new zealand, selling your lifestyle property

Is there life beyond the lifestyle block?

Posted by Mike Henderson on Aug 3, 2016 4:27:08 PM

Are you a lifestyle property owner but finding it’s becoming a bit of a stumbling block? 

Maybe it’s the cost, the upkeep, the commute to work or perhaps you just don’t need all that space anymore – whatever the reason, your lifestyle block is feeling like it isn’t the “lifestyle” for you anymore.

If you’re thinking about selling in the near (or distant!) future, our eBook “Life Beyond the Lifestyle Block”  is your must read guide.
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Topics: lifestyle, lifestyle property, lifestyle property new zealand, selling your lifestyle property

Auckland housing market loses its lustre as buyers begin to look to other regions.

Posted by Mike Henderson on Jul 20, 2016 10:25:02 AM

Interest in the Auckland property market has dropped on the back of ever-increasing house prices and falling returns for investors. Average asking prices rose again to another all-time high of $888,493 in June; but searches on realestate.co.nz for properties in the city has fallen.

It appears Aucklanders still want to stay in relatively close proximity to our biggest city, but in terms of affordability they are forced to move even further afield, or they are making lifestyle changes.

Whangarei Heads is the suburb to watch this month, and further south, Queenstown continues to be a perennial favourite.

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Topics: housing market

Changes to tenancy laws to make homes warmer, drier and safer for New Zealanders.

Posted by Mike Henderson on Jul 1, 2016 2:54:15 PM

What do landlords and tenants need to know about new laws to ensure rental homes are kept warmer, drier and safer to live in? 

Sign up to our new video series Professionally Speaking to get all the latest advice, trends and reports from our experts.

From 1 July 2016, changes to tenancy laws will create new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all residential tenancies.

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Topics: Property News, landlord, investment property, Property Management, New Zealand housing market, rental property owner

Low stock levels nationwide drive up asking prices in NZ housing market

Posted by Mike Henderson on Jun 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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In a classic supply and demand situation, the New Zealand housing market reached record highs and lows for the month of May with low stock levels driving up average asking prices. 

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Topics: Property News, New Zealand housing market, house prices New Zealand

I’m a rental property owner. How does the HSWA apply to me?

Posted by Mike Henderson on Jun 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM

How are you affected by various property laws? Find out by downloading our eBook: My House, Your Castle. A guide for anyone new to running an investment property in New Zealand.  

According to the new Health and Safety Work Act 2015, you are considered a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) if you are a:

  1. Landlord (rental property owner)
  2. Property management business
  3. Self-employed property manager (sole trader)

PCBUs have the primary responsibility to guarantee the health and safety (in respect to the things you can reasonably influence and control) of those using their property for work purposes.

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Topics: landord, rental property owner, investor landlord

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