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Impact of Covid on the Property Market

 Matthew Gilligan  06 Jul 20

Matthew Gilligan I have been surprised at the somewhat negative media commentary on property in the last 90 days, with prominence given to many of the usual doomsayer economists predicting a market meltdown. With predictions of 10–20% price drops (and a few keyboard warriors during lockdown saying the market could fall up to 50%), it seemed we were in for something ... 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 

Investing in Auckland

 Salesh Chand  09 Oct 19

Salesh Chand While some people are still concerned about the property market and are cautious about investing, it is my opinion that now is a great time to invest in Auckland. Why do I say that? For a number of reasons, which I outline below.  1. Low interest rates Interest rates are at record lows, and chances are they will stay ... More 

Changes to boarding service rules

 John Heaslip  28 Jun 19

John Heaslip Over the years I have had wide-ranging conversations with clients about boarding services and how to qualify. The reason people wish to  qualify is as providing a boarding service is if the amount of income you receive falls below either the “weekly standard-cost” threshold or the “annual housing standard-cost” threshold, then the income is exempt from tax, i.e. it ... More 

What are all these bank forms? - Global Tax Evasion

 Anthony Strevens  02 Aug 18

Anthony Strevens You will likely have recently been sent a bunch of forms to fill in from your bank or other financial institution asking you to define yourself or your entities by choosing between various unintelligible categories. Once you’ve chosen a category by throwing a dart at the form you’re then asked to advise whether or not you are tax resident ... More 

Unpaid tax on rental income

 Anna Loginova  12 Dec 18

Anna Loginova It is a requirement in New Zealand for parties to provide their IRD numbers when buying or selling real estate (whether as an individual or through another entity such as a company or trust). Normally this does not pose any sort of problem. However, there will be significant issues if you are selling a property that has been generating ... More 

New law that will affect you

 The Professional Trustee Team  28 Aug 18

The Professional Trustee Team Recently New Zealand passed legislation which we are finding is affecting many clients, especially individuals, trusts and companies. For this reason, it's important you are aware of the new law and how it will affect you. Purpose and objective of new legislation  The law recently enacted is called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009, commonly ... More 

Don't expect banks to loosen lending anytime soon

 Kris Pedersen  06 Nov 18

Kris Pedersen As investors become increasingly aware of how much the lending landscape has changed from that of a few years ago, a question I am receiving a lot is, “When will we see the banks relax mortgage lending criteria again?” Whilst we saw the slight relaxing of LVR restrictions at the start of the year, over roughly the same period ... More 

Advantages of new builds

 Mark Honeybone  20 Jun 17

Mark Honeybone At Property Ventures we are increasing our focus on new builds as investments because we see tremendous advantages from a financing perspective. Not only do investors get pristine new and low maintenance properties in better areas, they get the benefit of 80% LVRs and tax advantages from higher chattel depreciation.   These smart tax and finance benefits make investing ... More 

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Investing in residential property?

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If you're investing in residential property, seeking to maximise your ability to succeed and minimise risk, then this is a 'must read'.

Matthew Gilligan provides a fresh look at residential property investment from an experienced investor’s viewpoint. Written in easy to understand language and including many case studies, Matthew explains the ins and outs of successful property investment.

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