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GRA Blogs: Latest Posts

Busting Trust Myths

 Matthew Gilligan  21 Aug 20

Matthew Gilligan “Trust busting” is the term often used to describe instances where a court finds in favour of a claimant trying to access trust assets. Here, though, I do not want to talk about “trust busting”. Instead I want to bust some trust myths. There has been a lot of media coverage recently as a result of the new Trusts ... More 

Business Borrowing

 John Rowe  10 Dec 19

John Rowe Often business owners need to approach the bank for money, for example to put into their business. This is a perfectly normal part of running a business. However, there is something that many business owners are unaware of, which could jeopardise their relationship with the bank and therefore their chances of borrowing any more money in the future.  When ... More 

Impact of bank capital requirements on funding

 Salesh Chand  13 Dec 19

Salesh Chand As many investors will already know, banks have been steadily tightening their lending criteria, making it more challenging to borrow. And soon, when the new capital requirement rules for banks come into effect next year, this is only going to get harder.  Capital requirements for the major banks will be increased from 10% to 18% over the next seven ... More 

Residential rental property and depreciation

 John Heaslip  30 Jul 19

John Heaslip Depreciation is the reduction in value of an asset over time due to wear and tear. In New Zealand, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) allows depreciation on certain items to be claimed as a type of expense for income tax, so it is beneficial to understand what it can be applied to.  In accountancy, depreciation refers to two aspects ... More 

Why are Professional Trustees so annoying?

 Anthony Strevens  09 May 19

Anthony Strevens Ever have a property settlement about to go through and at the last minute your professional trustee has held up the game by asking pesky questions like “Why are you buying this?” or “Is this the right entity to be buying it in?”  What about those times when you’re arranging a simple re-finance and just when everything seems to ... More 

Preparing for the end of financial year

 Anna Loginova  24 Jan 19

Anna Loginova The end of the financial year is approaching very fast and there are a number of things that business owners should attend to before then.  No, I am not referring to going to end of season sales or getting the last bits of your body tanned. I am referring to matters that you may not particularly relish dealing with, ... More 

Coping with the new compliance rules

 The Professional Trustee Team  13 Dec 18

The Professional Trustee Team New legal and regulatory requirements are slowing things down and costing people time and money, especially if they leave things to the last minute before involving their professional advisers. The following story illustrates.    Recently, a client faced the problem of failing to obtain bank funding from a registered bank. They did not contact us in advance of their ... More 

Are you locked out of the property finance market?

 Kris Pedersen  15 May 19

Kris Pedersen Over the last few years it has become harder for property investors and developers to obtain the funding they need. In spite of low interest rates, some good opportunities in the property market and a high demand for new housing (especially in Auckland), it has become more and more difficult to get funding from the main banks. So is ... More 

Using a Real Estate Agent

 Mark Honeybone  11 Dec 17

Mark Honeybone Choosing the right real estate agent can make a big difference to your selling experience, and to your bottom line. A knowledgeable real estate agent can make you a lot of money. On the other hand, if you don't have a good agent, you can unnecessarily lose a lot of money. I am frustrated to have heard stories about ... More 

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