The housing crisis continues in New Zealand and attitudes on smaller abodes are evolving. Now there’s a new style of ‘apartment’ called a “micro-flat” and it’s all the rage in the UK and Europe. What are micro-flats and will they also be the housing of the future in our more populated cities like Auckland?
Landlords with rental property in Auckland have shown their restraint over the past couple years according to Trade Me’s Rent Price Index. This is big news but don’t expect it to be broadcasted in mainstream media any time soon. Bad news not only travels fast, it also gets more reads, clicks and comments so why pay a Journalist to write a feel good story for our Landlords? Therefore you’re probably hearing this news from us first! Most landlords are not greedy and they’re not hiking up rents.
The countdown is on for landlords and their rental properties compliance with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016. Insulation is compulsory in all rental properties by 1 July 2019. Landlords have been working closely with their property managers over the past couple of year stating the condition of insulation in their properties on every new tenancy agreement and properties that are under-insulated will need a top up within the next couple of years.
Compliance with the Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 required Landlords declare the state of the insulation in their rental properties and now the countdown is on to make sure their properties comply with the new insulation requirements by July 2019.
Investing in residential property in New Zealand can be a big winner and there’s less to worry about than you might believe especially when you focus on the right requirements to firstly get the property and then how to manage it so it’s adding value i.e. equity and cashflow as a rental property.
Properties which are orientated to maximise sunlight are at the top of priority list for home buyers, according to NZGBC.co.nz. So investing in an attractive, liveable outdoor space, with good flow between indoors and outdoors, is money well spent. Not only will it make your home feel more expansive, but it will also pay dividends should you decide to sell.
Formerly a long weekend getaway destination for Auckland City residents the town of Warkworth and surrounding communities – Matakana, Omaha, Snells Beach, are rapidly expanding into what will likely become Auckland’s next satellite town. Situated a mere 45 minute drive from downtown Auckland, the greater Warkworth region has been earmarked in the Auckland Council’s ten year plan as the area of greatest residential growth.
Investing in Auckland apartments is a great way to get on the property ladder says a couple of property experts. Dave Windler of Mortgage Supply and long time apartment investor and mentor Grant Hoey agree there’s a lot more demand for Auckland apartments from first home buyers and it’s not just investors signing on for inner city apartments mentoring. Grant Hoey has provided his Auckland apartments mentoring service for over 10 years and says many of his clients are first-time buyers seeking support and guidance with the ever-growing apartment market.
Firing your property manager is a Landlord’s right and many do it without a second thought. Landlords have the power to do it and for some there’s joy of taking the action with a sense of accomplishment i.e. increasing in cashflow by getting rid of the property management fee. However as we know good times don’t last and this is when property managers come into their own and landlords using them breathe a sigh of relief.
It’s official the Auckland apartments market is the latest to compared to house and land packages in the regions and it’s thanks to growing demand and more options available many not just in the heart of the city.
New Zealand will soon see the rise of a new auction site for renters. Just in on stuff.co.nz Rentberry has confirmed they will be launching here and in Australia. The online service offers renters the opportunity to bid for rental properties. Landlords set the ‘reserve’ or rent level they hope will generate lots of prospective tenants interest and then the bidding war takes off.
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.