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Even before Winston Peters made his announcement that he would form a coalition government with Labour, we were seeing some disturbing trends in the banking sector. You need to be aware of these if you are looking to buy a home or investment property.  There..

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Recent Tax Changes

by John Rowe 26 Apr 17

There have been a number of tax changes ushered in recently with two relatively large tax bills passed into law. Below is a grab bag of some of the changes that may be relevant to you. If you are concerned that any of these changes..

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At GRA we have become concerned at the number of people thinking about buying leaky buildings. This was brought to our attention in our capacity as Professional Trustee, which means we (along with any other trustees) need to sign off on any planned property purchases for..

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One common theme that seems to be on the 'up' this year, is two or more investors coming together to buy property through small private partnerships, LTC's or joint ventures.  Common examples include:- Family members buying an asset from the deceased estate of a relative; Family members..

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There is a lot of talk about the current property boom in Auckland and how prices will continue to rise due to the high demand for housing. There are two ways investors can benefit from those capital gains, one less risky than the other. The first..

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Unitary Plan Tax Surprise

by John Rowe 17 May 13

Part of the Auckland Unitary plan addresses Auckland's housing affordability and supply. You'd need to have been living under a rock or in the far reaches of Siberia not to have heard that Auckland has a desperate shortage of affordable housing, as well as a..

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Watchout For Email Scams

by John Rowe 14 Dec 10

Be careful and watch out, there are two new email phishing scams that have been reported by the IRD do not reply to them, see below for more details. First Scam Email: "We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your fiscal activity..

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With the recent earthquake in Christchurch a lot of our clients have had their properties affected and it  is still is a big issue for Christchurch property owners.  We want to make sure if you live in Christchurch or have property in the area please..

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In these tougher times we have noticed Vendors asking for early release of deposits before actual settlement has taken place.  If you have purchased a property and paid a deposit on the unconditional date, we would recommend you think twice  before agreeing (and don’t) to any..

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