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Property Boom or Bust in 2014?

We would all love to have a boom next year and feel fabulously wealthy at the end of 2014. There are certainly signs this is possible. The trouble with booms is, they are very often followed by the pain of the market falling from a height and hitting the floor. So it is worth putting […]

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How the American Economic Recovery can Benefit You

After being deep in the doldrums for so long, the American economy is showing signs of recovery, and this is important news for property investors. Being a massive beast, it will take some time to completely turn the US economy around, but there are strong indications that this is already beginning to happen.   What […]

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May You Live In Interesting Times

Often a polite form of insult, that little phrase nicely sums up the fact that often when it’s getting interesting, it’s getting hairy at the same time! Risk and reward arise out of interesting times.   In this case, we find ourselves in a credit flux which could well lead some people down the wrong […]

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Rents This Low Why Invest?

Would you pay $50 a week rent for a $1 million property?  It would be hard to turn that down if it was offered.  And on the other side of the fence – even the most naive of property owners would expect a better return than that!

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New Funding Rules Apply Today

It’s 1 October 2013 and the new funding rules are in force – did you notice? As many of us know the new rules hit a lot of pre-approved loans prior to today when ASB Bank recently cancelled  pre approved loans that did not meet the new lending criteria.

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Avoiding the One Bank Trap

Kris Pedersen of Kris Pedersen Mortgages recommends New Zealand Property Investors avoid the ‘One Bank Trap’. Kris has years of experience in the finance sector and founded Kris Pedersen Mortgages in 2007.

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The About Time Pool Fencing Review

Hot off the press, yet long awaited is the review of the rules around swimming pool and spa fencing. Although I have heart felt empathy for anyone who may have lost a child to drowning, the rules around pool fencing are old fashioned and way over due review (in my opinion).

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End of year and calendar for 2013

Thinking of you all as most of us are winding down into the pre-Christmas week. What an interesting year 2012 has been. I don’t believe that 22/12/2012 will see the end of the world doomsday style. I believe there have been shifts in our thinking, awareness and choices in 2012 that has either prepared us

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The unspoken truth in the Royal Commission’s Report

There’s a lot of publicity today about the Royal Commission’s Report into the CTV building. While the media have focused on the bad news there is some good news in the report. Sure there are some recommendations for improvement with the hope of preventing such a tragedy again and some of it relates to training.

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Like/ Dislike / and Changes to Building Controls

A simple set of questions for you to ponder: What do you like about the building controls regime? What do you dislike? What would you change of you could? I like that there is a set of rules to keep us safe. For example, the core principal of the Building Warrant of Fitness is sound.

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