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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10 things people don’t know about property investing

Posted by Pam Hight on May 17, 2021

When it comes to investing in property, there’s no shortage of information about how to do it. Search online and you’ll find thousands of books, podcasts, YouTube videos and ‘gurus’ telling you how to become a property mogul. However, despite much of what you read and hear, no two properties are ever the same, and the journey each property investor goes on is very different. The property portfolio’s age, size, features or even location, can all play an important role in determining the success and stress levels of the investor.

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What do the Reserve Bank changes mean for property investors?

Posted by Pam Hight on Feb 11, 2021

Today’s property market is a lot different from what we experienced only a couple of years ago. Rental properties are more sought after than ever. Just turn on the 6.00 pm news and you’re bound to hear an update on the current housing crisis and as the number of properties available for sale in New Zealand falls to a record low, there’s continuing pressure on house prices as demand outranks supply.

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Using your home's equity to buy an investment property

Posted by Pam Hight on Nov 23, 2020

Investing in property has become a common path to financial success. In 2018, 313,596 taxpayers filed tax returns that declared rental income from property as a source of income. Around 11.6% of the working population of New Zealand are classed as property investors.

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The pros and cons of buying a rental property with friends or family

Posted by Pam Hight on Oct 5, 2020



Buying an investment property can be a smart financial move. As a tenant pays down the debt in the form of rent, you build equity in a property that, all going to plan, will also appreciate in value over time. As house prices continue to increase, those looking to invest in property for future gains are starting to look at investing with family or friends if they can’t make the financial leap solo.

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Long-term vs short-term property investments

Posted by Pam Hight on Aug 13, 2020

Many landlords are starting to explore their options when it comes to renting out their properties. With online platforms such as Airbnb and Bookabach, the number of new opportunities is increasing for property owners to share their homes and make a secondary revenue doing so on a short-term basis. 

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How the rental property market is changing in Taranaki

Posted by Pam Hight on Jun 15, 2020

As more New Zealanders make their way home, the country is witnessing an increased demand on an already strained rental market. This combined with a high number of people unable to afford to buy a home, this has put pressure on the available rental stock in Taranaki. Despite more affordable loans and increased government assistance in purchasing a residence, the simple lack of supply is presenting a unique challenge within the region.

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Taranaki's property rental yield is on the increase

Posted by Pam Hight on Feb 13, 2020

Property investments have many advantages. From the likely value increase as house prices increase to the steady equity gain of paying off the debt via rental income. Focusing on acquiring property and renting it out is a popular choice for investors across New Zealand.

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Is now a good time to invest in property in Taranaki?

Posted by Pam Hight on Oct 16, 2019

Property is a very hot topic at the moment and with a fair amount of reason! From values that are skyrocketing to cooling house prices and record low interest rates combining with increased laws aimed at landlords it seems like anyone and everyone has something to say about the New Zealand property scene. It's important to highlight that none of this article constitutes financial advice and is simply readily available information condensed into one place.

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Investing in Taranaki Real Estate | the smart move

Posted by Pam Hight on Sep 9, 2019

Taranaki is a place typically associated with two main industries; oil & gas and dairy. Labelled locally as 'black and white gold' for the prosperity both bring to the region, there are new updates that may see the fortunes of the region shift towards newer areas.

Thanks to significant government investment through the Provincial Growth Fund, and a local desire to be known as more, there are large changes coming that the savvy investor can seek to capitalise on. In this article we'll highlight some of these new developments and outline why Taranaki is a region on the up!

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