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Regulations a risk for property owners

The ANZ Bank and the New Zealand Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) have released the findings of their annual property investors’ survey. It’s an interesting insight into the thinking of residential property investors and how... Read more

Interest rates and rental yields

The loan-to-value ratio (LVR) policy introduced by the Reserve Bank on 1 October is beginning to bite. The NZ Herald reports, ‘Of the $4.47 billion of new mortgage lending last month 12.8 per cent was at a loan-to-value ratio (LVR) of more... Read more

Oil, gas, cheese and scones

This week I had the good fortune to spend a few days in New Plymouth. It’s a fairly long trip so I had plenty of time to contemplate what I would find on arrival. It’s an oil town, of course – right in the heart of the oil and gas... Read more

Property investor insights

The ANZ Bank and the New Zealand Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF) have released the findings of their annual property investors’ survey. It’s an interesting insight into the thinking of residential property investors and how... Read more

Payday loans

Central government is currently reviewing consumer credit law. That has awakened media interest in the scandalous Payday Loan industry, which has grown exponentially in recent years with the arrival of overseas companies setting up shop (quite... Read more

Heritage hassles

A decision by the Environment Court has blocked the demolition of an earthquake prone building in Wellington. That has reignited the debate about how much of the past should be preserved and who should bear the cost of protecting items of heritage... Read more

Interest rate rises and Meridian

It should come as no surprise that interest rates are likely to start rising from about April next year. Last week the Governor of the Reserve Bank, Graeme Wheeler, reaffirmed that outlook but was more specific about the size and speed of interest... Read more

The politics of housing and building

It’s a sad state of affairs when politics crowd out common sense. There are a couple of ¬†matters of interest that have reawakened my affections for politicians. The first is the policy announcement by the Labour Party regarding non-residents... Read more