Auckland can not bring new apartments online fast enough. Demand for the smaller abode is coming from everywhere. Migrants, offshore buyers, empty nesters downsizing, first home buyers and property investors are all vying for new or newly renovated apartments. The older apartments however are ignored by these buyers and picked up by Grant Hoey’s investor clients whom have enjoyed a profitable 2016 renovating these apartments for on-sale and often achieving the end to end deal in as little as four weeks.
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Property experts say investors need to push back when they get a ‘no’ from their bank and keep going until they get a ‘yes’. Investors shouldn’t give up at the first hurdle says Dave Windler of Mortgage Supply Company, as there are funding options available to them and there’s also plenty of property experts keen to assist with strategies that work in today’s market.
Cranes are taking over the skyline suggesting Auckland is sitting pretty for thousands of new apartments to meet demand. However a renown local apartment investor and mentor says what’s going up now is already sold and with some developments canned in 2016 supply of new stock is falling short of demand.
The clamp down on investor borrowing has landlords diverting their attention from purchases to seeking better returns from their existing property portfolios. Trade Me Rental Price Index confirms recent increases in weekly rent; particularly in Wellington, which is up 7.7 percent for the year to October 2016.
Property Investors have had a lot on their minds recently and now many of them have jitters of a different kind. Mother nature in all her fury.
It’s been a full on year for property investors. First challenge was the introduction of LVR restrictions and the Government’s two year capital gains rule.
Ten year tenancies are back in the news and also in the discussion on PropertyTalk.com. On the news site stuff.co.nz an article reports Auckland Property Investors Association (APIA) have called for a change in the fixed term tenancy agreements offered to residential tenants.
Increases in property sales prices have flatlined and property types preferred by investors are taking the biggest hit. Trade Me Sales Price Index reports sales prices are down for units and apartments while large homes of five beds or more are very strong particularly in Wellington. Does the RBNZ or Government need to take further action to curb property investors appetite?
Property Investors like to be forewarned so they can be forearmed when the property market moves into the ‘slump phase of the property cycle. The property cycle has a few phases – three most notable for change are: Boom, Slump, Recovery.
Property investors are buying fewer properties therefore there is less new rental stock in the market. While this will be pleasing the orchestrators of the recent LVR rule changes competition among property managers is now much tighter.
Property investors are part of the solution of making Auckland great again and their opportunities to invest locally are alive and well. However right now it’s only the Investors who have adapted well to the revised LVR restrictions who are active locally in Auckland.
Property investors say it’s always a good time to invest in property. Property values rise and fall and buying conditions change. However property investors continue to do well in any market when they focus on the core investing fundamentals. Property investor mentors from PropertyTutors say their investor clients are risk averse and only invest in properties with strong numbers (yield & equity).
Weekly rents rose just 4.8 percent in the twelve months to July 2016 according to Trade Me Rent Price Index. Tenants will be relieved Landlords are being realistic and not keen on hiking rents arbitrarily. Property sales have slowed and the average asking price has dropped significantly up ten percent since July 2015.