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Why you may need property management for your farm accommodation

Posted by Pam Hight on Jun 16, 2022

Many farmers choose to use additional dwellings on their farms either as accommodation for workers or as an investment property. This can add value to the farm, attract the best workers and supplement the farm’s income, but it can also bring unwanted stress. So what is there to consider when renting out your farm housing?

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Heading overseas? Have you thought about renting out your house?

Posted by Pam Hight on Jun 13, 2022



Renting out your home while abroad is a cost-effective way to bring in extra income while making sure your home is being cared for at the same time. Being both an expat and a landlord can be a tricky situation to be in, especially if things were to go pear-shaped.

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Tenancy tribunal: A landlord's guide

Posted by Pam Hight on May 18, 2022

Receiving a tenancy tribunal application is a landlord's nightmare, especially when the prospect of a fine is on the table. When dealing with the tenancy tribunal, there is a lot to know, and not having the expertise to deal with it can not only be stressful for the landlord but can also result in a messy outcome.

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Are property manager’s fees tax-deductible?

Posted by Pam Hight on Apr 19, 2022

Did you know that if you own a rental property, you can deduct a number of expenses when it comes to your end of year tax return? Many landlords are unaware of the savings that they could be making from a tax perspective and this is losing them hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year from not claiming the right expenses.

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Topics: Why use a property manager

7 reasons Taranaki is perfect for out-of-region property investment

Posted by Pam Hight on Mar 22, 2022

Taranaki is a uniquely positioned region with untapped potential. Well-known for its incredible lifestyle, visitors and residents alike enjoy the stunning warm beaches in summer and the snowy mountain in winter. Every aspect of nature is right at your fingertips, and that’s before you explore the local eateries, walks and lifestyle activities on offer. The figures back up the region’s popularity as well and support why it was in the top 5 for investor hotspots in 2021.

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Topics: Property investment insights

Professional vs private property management

Posted by Pam Hight on Feb 15, 2022

Property investment is a lot like living life on a seesaw, on one end sits income and on the other resides cost — with property management the cost is not only the financial cost but also the time and stress costs as well. The constant balancing act is ensuring you get the most value from your investment with the least amount of money spent and stress experienced. 

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How to best maintain your investment property

Posted by Pam Hight on Jan 20, 2022

Buying a property is a big investment, and proper maintenance is vital to the long-term success of any physical asset. Property especially benefits from good ongoing maintenance, as doing so ensures landlords retain good tenants as well as protects the value of the property over time.

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Benefits of investing in rural Taranaki

Posted by Pam Hight on Dec 13, 2021

In early October 2021, it was reported that one of South Taranaki District’s southernmost towns, Waverley, had the cheapest house in New Zealand on the market. The two-bed home was listed for just $89,000. This is less than what many buyers would need for a deposit on a house, proving that the idea of purchasing a house in smaller townships is possible.

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Is mould in a rental property the new meth?

Posted by Pam Hight on Nov 10, 2021

Meth contamination in rental properties has been a hot topic over the past couple of years, but a more pressing health issue is beginning to emerge. Mould can have a devastating effect on a property, a tenant’s health, and the value of an owner's investment. From long-term damage and costly repairs to the temporary relocation of the tenant and potential health risks, mould can be a costly problem for everyone involved. While new builds appear to be the golden standard and exempt from such issues, this is not always the case when dampness is involved. The good news is that you can take a wide variety of proactive steps to avoid the dreaded need for repairs.

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Have the government’s policy changes affected the housing market?

Posted by Pam Hight on Oct 18, 2021

Houses are selling for record prices, and at record pace all over New Zealand. Here in Taranaki, we are seeing no sign of things slowing down. According to REINZ the average house price across the region increased from $452,000 in August 2020 to $565,000 in August 2021. And while New Plymouth has seen the largest spike, from $508,000 to $651,100, during the same period every township in Taranaki is seeing prices increase. In fact, while New Plymouth now sees the highest dollar value median price, Stratford District has seen the highest percentage increase with median prices increasing 67.7% in one year.

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