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Bright-line extension to five years

by Matthew Gilligan 15 Feb 18

There are imminent changes to the bright-line test which will affect you if you are planning to buy or restructure investment property.  You are probably already familiar with the two-year bright-line test that was introduced in October 2015. Under this test, investment property that is..

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Property Market January 2018

by Matthew Gilligan 18 Jan 18

Many property investors are wondering what the property market is doing, and we've had several people ask us what our predictions are for the next year or so.  Being aware of where we are in the cycle, as well as other factors affecting property, helps..

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Change strategy for the market

by Matthew Gilligan 04 Dec 17

Here we are in 2017 and the property lights are dimming again. We have low cash yields in Auckland, values are peaking out at the top of the cycle, sentiment is turning against property in barbecue conversations, with people complaining that property values are astronomically..

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Property Strategy Case Study

by Matthew Gilligan 27 Oct 17

I'd like to share with you the details of a property deal I'm currently doing in Auckland. Before I get into that, however, I invite you to watch the recording of the webinar I ran with Tony Alexander this week, if you didn't manage to..

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Winfiasco: Waiting for Mr Peters to decide

by Matthew Gilligan 24 Sep 17

With election shenanigans in full flight, it appears we will suffer several weeks of grand standing and power playing as Mr Peters lists his demands and weighs his options. I was going to run a webinar with Tony Alexander on 26 September reviewing the outcome..

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DTI and social policy

by Matthew Gilligan 24 Aug 17

I wonder if the Reserve Bank's enthusiasm for introducing debt-to-income ratios has more to do with social agenda than strengthening the economy and protecting the banking system.  In her August blog, GRA's Janet Xuccoa notes that debt-to-income ratios (DTIs) are potentially dangerous and that they..

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Distortion from the AUP

by Matthew Gilligan 18 Jun 17

The new Terrace Housing and Apartment Building (THAB) zone allows for the building of some high-density developments to meet Auckland's starved housing supply. Because of this massive potential density, you can go six-storeys high with no parking, and intensively use the land. This creates an..

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Labour's proposal to ringfence losses

by Matthew Gilligan 18 May 17

Labour has targeted investors in its fresh housing policy released in the last week. Ringfencing tax losses, five-year bright line rules and a tax committee (to mask their desire to bring in capital gains tax) are all on their agenda. Highlights • Ringfenced tax losses..

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Can property prices keep rising indefinitely?

by Matthew Gilligan 31 Jan 17

I was recently asked whether there was an upper limit to the ratio between property price and household income, which in Auckland currently sits at about 10 to 1. In other words, the average property price is worth 10 times the average annual income.  Also..

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