Property Matters

Bright line test and discrimination

Last week the Revenue Minister Stuart Nash made good on Labour’s promise to extend the current two-year bright line rule to five years. The change will come into effect once the Tax Bill before Parliament is given the Royal Assent, which is... Read more

Warning signs and social housing

Interest rates Last week the Reserve Bank left the official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 per cent. That was not a surprise, but as is often the case, the commentary was a useful pointer of things to come. Acting Governor Grant Spencer said he... Read more

Tenancy changes ahead

By the end of the year, the new coalition government is likely to have introduced a number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act intended to “fix” the rental market. The Minister of Housing said he wanted to introduce laws that... Read more

Holiday homes

A recent news report from Stuff had some interesting facts and figures about bachs and coastal property. In the Far North, estimates the median value of for all properties in the region to be about $370,000 . But within 100 metres of the... Read more

Mini-budget delivers on promises

The new governments’ mini-budget presented to Parliament on 14 December delivered on Labour’s promise to reverse the legislated tax cuts that were to come into effect on 1 April next year, and instead direct that money into welfare. The... Read more

LVR relaxed and mini budget looms

This week the Reserve Bank announced it has loosened its grip on bank lending, making it a little easier for low deposit house buyers. Acting Reserve Bank Governor, Grant Spencer, said, ‘LVR (Loan Value Ratio) policies have been in place... Read more

High standards imposed by insurance companies

It seems insurance companies are requiring landlords and property managers to be much more vigilant in the way rental property is managed. The implications are that if a rental is not managed in a manner that minimises risks to an insurer, then they... Read more

Beware of October

‘October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.’ (Mark Twain.) It’s thirty years since the... Read more

Migration and property prices

In the year to the end of July, a record 72,400 more people arrived to live in New Zealand than left.  That represents an annual population increase of about 1.5%. Few would dispute that this has had a significant impact on house prices in recent... Read more

Election promises and property investors

Promises, promises, promises, seems to be the theme of the election campaign to date. Given the uncertainty of the result, the promises have more relevance. Here’s a quick review of the housing policies of the main players. Labour... Read more