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April '10 Issue

Future Auckland hot spots

Housing around a third of the country's population, Auckland offers a plethora of investment opportunities. We take a look at up-and-coming areas to give investors throughout the country the opportunity to tap into future growth in the largest city in New Zealand.

Commercial 101

In part four of our series, Karen Clark looks at how to make a potential deal stack up and what needs to be taken into consideration when doing the number-crunching.

Illegal renovations

This is one topic that many investors would rather ignore than deal with, but we look at why it's important you know what to do if you find yourself owning unpermitted work.

The debt diaries

This three-part series will look at how investors can go about collecting debt owed by tenants. Our first article covers why prevention is better than cure and who can help in checking potential tenants' history.


Ever considered renovating the kitchen into a bedroom? Oliver Phillips has and it's a renovation strategy that has proven rather lucrative. But wait, there's more to this Christchurch investor's strategy.

Also in the April 2010 issue:

  • News: Property prices picked to fall 13% on govt package; new HNZ scheme to benefit landlords, Reno strategies gaining traction
  • Commercial news: One step behind but in recovery
  • Diary: What's on for property investors this month? Find out where the hottest events are happening around the country.
  • Mortgage commentary: With many lenders cutting fixed rates, what does it mean for investors' borrowing? Should they be fixing rather than float?
  • Housing commentary: The numbers haven't been looking too flash in terms of minimal sales and ample properties for sale, but optimism in the
    property market remains buoyant.

Ask an expert: If a property is under-performing, should you cut your losses or hold on for capital gains and what does PPSR mean?


  • Accounting
  • Mark Withers explores the hidden potential behind possible tax and
  • depreciation changes
  • Mortgages
  • Structuring your bank accounts to minimise fees can have a big impact on loan terms for your investment properties. Jonathan Michell explains how
  • Economics
  • Khoon Goh goes into detail over how and why demand and household size affects the housing market
  • Commercial
  • Now is the perfect time to be on the hunt for commercial property deals, according to Mahesh Ranchhod
  • Valuation
  • Steve McNamara goes into detail on how potential changes to tax and
  • depreciation will affect investors and the value of their properties
  • NZPIF: News from around the regions.