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Recent updates

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

NZ renters are not more vulnerable

The Auckland Property Investors’ Association (APIA) rejects characterisation by the New Zealand Institute Of Economic Research (NZIER) of New Zealand being ‘one of the least renter-friendly regimes in the OECD’.

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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

Local Government Amendment Pases into Law

Legislation amending councils’ ability to charge development level fees passed into law this evening after the Government completed it Budget’s process for the year.

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Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

Building a better New Zealand Conference in September

Innovative ways to create better communities and improve the performance of existing buildings will be discussed by national and overseas speakers at the Building a Better New Zealand conference in September.

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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

RBNZ raises OCR to 3.5 percent

Statement issued by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler

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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Interest rate rise will hit the regions

The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.

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Saturday, Jul 12, 2014

Government announces more support for Māori housing

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the establishment of a National Māori Housing Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to co-ordinate strategic Māori housing policy across government

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Monday, Jul 07, 2014

June political and regulatory news affecting the residential rental property industry

Thomas Chin has written this summary for the NZPIF.

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Monday, Jul 07, 2014

Tax and politics: Target the black economy not the multi-nationals

This article is the opinion of KPMG Tax Partner Tony Joyce.

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Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014

Rental property owners confirmed as tax payers

Official Information shows that the perception that rental property owners don't pay tax is wrong.

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Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014

The Bank of England’s new approach to mortgage restrictions better targeted than LVR policy

The new Insight from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZEIR) by Shamubeel Eaqub and Kirdan Lees says that the Bank of England's new approach to managing financial stability risks is better targeted than New Zealand's loan-to-value (LVR) restrictions

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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014

Watercare price rise a concern

Property Council is concerned with Watercare’s increase of its Infrastructure Growth Charges (IGC) and consequential impacts on development costs and housing affordability.

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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Dunne welcomes housing relief in Wellington

Ohariu MP and Leader of UnitedFuture Hon Peter Dunne welcomed today’s joint announcement between the Government and Wellington City Council to open up more areas for housing in the Wellington region.

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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

Wellington Housing Accord proposal to facilitate growth

A Wellington Housing Accord has been proposed between the Government and council to facilitate increased supply of housing in the capital, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown announced today.

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Friday, Jun 20, 2014

High levels of insulation in rental properties

A recent survey of the members of property investors’ associations, undertaken by the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF), revealed that a high proportion were insulating and heating their rentals.

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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Reserve Bank raises OCR to 3.25 percent

The Reserve Bank today increased the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent.

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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

IMF report backs NZ's economic progress

New Zealand should expect strong and increasingly broad-based economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest report on New Zealand, published today.

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Thursday, Jun 05, 2014

Property Group has new head

Experienced investor Terry le Grove is the new President of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF).

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Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014

Property Group supports IRD tax education

A commonly held, but incorrect, belief is that rental property owners in New Zealand don't pay tax. This causes confusion for the general public and may lead first time landlords to have wrong information on their tax obligations.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

May Political Report from Thomas Chin

This is a summary of the political and regulatory news affecting the residential rental property industry

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Better growth, rising risks

The New Zealand economy has been recovering from the recession. But slumping house sales are a significant risk to our optimistic outlook for the economy - NZIER Quarterly Predictions, June 2014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OECD housing report shows rents too cheap

The latest OECD Housing report claims that New Zealand house prices are 70% too high compared to rental prices. There are a number of reasons why this is inaccurate.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Housing pressures are easing gradually

Pressures in the New Zealand housing market are easing gradually but risks remain, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, Grant Spencer, said in a speech today.

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Tony Alexander reviews Labour's new Kiwisaver policy

BNZ Economist Tony Alexander looks at Labour's kiwisaver policy in his weekly review

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Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

Rents could go up by 25% under Labour

Among the detail in Labour’s Monetary Policy Upgrade is ring-fencing of losses made in the early years of rental property ownership.

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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014

Capital gains tax part of Labour policy

Alongside a capital gains tax, our KiwiBuild housing policy, universal KiwiSaver and reduced costs to businesses through NZ Power, Labour is offering an alternative that will help Kiwi families and ensure our economy can create better jobs and higher wages,” says David Parker

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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Reserve Bank raises OCR to 3 percent

Statement issued by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler: The Reserve Bank today increased the OCR by 25 basis points to 3 percent.

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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Investors are very confident

Investors are very confident about the future prospects of commercial property investment in New Zealand, delivering another quarter of enthusiastic responses. Confidence is at a net positive 28%, just shy of the record high set at the end of 2013, according to the latest Colliers International investor confidence survey.

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Monday, Apr 14, 2014

Capital Gains Tax not a solution

The association representing Kiwi landlords is disappointed the Labour Party is misleading the public about their proposed capital gains tax, which they plan to apply to all asset classes except the family home.

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Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014

March 2014 Political report

The following is a summary of political developments and regulatory risks affecting the residential rental property industry.

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Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Reserve Bank Bulletin released

The Reserve Bank today released the March 2014 edition of the Reserve Bank Bulletin.

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Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Rental property owners not to blame

Kiwi landlords are not to blame for a decrease in Kiwi home-ownership.

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Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

Report shows investor gains in cities around NZ

The Westpac Investment Report released today highlights in which cities gains are being made

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Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

Investors support focus on insulation and heating

The NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF) supports the focus on heating and Insulation in Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill.

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Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

Electricity use for home heating increases

More New Zealanders are using electricity to heat their homes and fewer are using gas, wood, or coal, according to census results released by Statistics New Zealand today.

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Monday, Mar 17, 2014

WOF an insult not a protection

The national federation representing Kiwi landlords is warning against progressing with the flawed rental WOF scheme, claiming its trialed roll-out is raising serious concerns for both tenants and landlords.

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Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

Reserve Bank raises OCR to 2.75 percent

Statement by the Governor of the Reserve Bank today

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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014

Buyers and investors leave market

The REINZ information shows that property investors as well as first home buyers have left the market.

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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014

Easing tone to sales volumes, although prices firming in February Market

REINZ, the most up to date source of real estate data in New Zealand, announced today that there were 6,125 dwelling sales in the month of February, down 7.6% on February last year, but up 29.8% compared to January

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Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014

LVR rules not working: Harcourts

Provisional data from New Zealand’s largest real estate group Harcourts for the month of February shows there is continued pressure on the housing market in Auckland and Northland. The group said its average sales price had reached $644,613 – up 13% on the same time last year.

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Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014

Positive economy not LVRs drives interest in rental investment

The Bank of New Zealand’s Nine Rewards Consumer Trends Survey indicates that interest in buying residential rental property has almost doubled since the LVRs were introduced

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Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014

Investing becoming more popular

More people are interested in buying investment properties since the loan-to-value rules kicked in, the latest BNZ Consumer Confidence survey shows. It found a net 45% of the respondents are confident that the economy will improve over the next year.

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Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014

Asking prices up, listing numbers down

Sellers were asking more for their properties than ever before in February, according to real estate listing website Realestate.co.nz. The site reported a national, seasonally-adjusted mean asking price of $483,099.

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Sunday, Mar 02, 2014

Low rents deter home buyers

Low rents are discouraging people from buying their own homes, according to the New Zealand Property Investors Federation (NZPIF). NZPIF executive officer Andrew King said the cost of owning an average home was about $138 a week more than the cost of renting a similar property.

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Friday, Feb 28, 2014

Building consent drop less than expected

A drop in building consents in January wasn’t enough to reverse a trend of increasing construction activity, Statistics NZ said today. “The trend for new dwellings has doubled since the historic low point in March 2011, but is still 28% below the peak in January 2004,” industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.

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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

Migration hits 10-year high

Immigration has hit its highest pace in more than 10 years, and that is expected to put further pressure on house prices. There was a net gain of 3090 people in January, taking the annual total to more than 25,000 – the highest rate since 2004. ANZ’s economists said the influx of people was pushing up demand for housing and supply was still tight.

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Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

Fees hurt landlords

Trade Me has increased its charges for rental property listings, and landlords are not happy about it. It still costs $99 to list a rental property with an asking rent of less than $400 per week. But the fee to list a property that will rent for between $400 and $799 a week has increased to $129, and a property with an asking rent of $800 or more now costs $149 to advertise.

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Monday, Feb 24, 2014

Impact of rules revealed

Napier and Wellington have experienced the biggest drops in first-home buyer numbers since the loan-to-value restrictions kicked in, Property IQ data shows. Both have reported a drop of 5.4% in first-home buyers since the rules took hold.

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Sunday, Feb 23, 2014

Will rental WOFs make the grade?

On paper it sounds like a great idea. A checklist for rental properties which, if mandatory, would ensure that the 31 per cent of the population who rent are in liveable homes. Increasingly, though, there are murmurs from landlords and real estate agents about whether the rental "warrant of fitness" idea being proposed at council level will improve the tenant's lot.

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Friday, Feb 21, 2014

Auckland rents increase

Almost all areas of Auckland and sizes of properties reported rent increases in January, according to Crockers’ latest report. The biggest rental increase for three-bedroom properties was seen in the Birkenhead/Northcote Point area. Their average weekly rent increased 11% compared to the year before.

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Thursday, Feb 20, 2014

Interest rates drive prices down: Westpac

New Zealand’s housing market is firmly in slowdown mode, Westpac’s chief economist says. Dominick Stephens said data from QV and REINZ confirmed the beginning of a trend. He said the fall in sales was most noticeable in the cheaper end of the market and had hit all regions except Queenstown.

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