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Auckland Must Change to Adapt to the Population Growth that’s Essential to its Prosperity

May 31, 2013 - 4:56 am

With only days remaining before submissions close on Auckland’s draft Unitary Plan, we should all take a deep breath and try not to panic. Hasty decisions and fear of change will not help our city’s future.
Discussion must turn to a realistic, evidence-based conversation. We cannot place a glass bubble over the city and guard it [...]

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Tim Manning Recognizes Property Values Still Climbing – Especially in Auckland

May 14, 2013 - 3:17 am

New Zealand property values continued to rise in April to be 4 percent above their peak of late 2007 as Auckland again recorded strong gains, according to state valuer Quotable Value.
National property values increased 1.3 percent in the three months ended April 30 to $431,967, the same pace as in the three months through March. [...]

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Auckland Council “Loot Sharing” Plan Slammed

May 7, 2013 - 2:31 am

A property developer has spoken out against Auckland Council’s plan to tax increases in the value of land from rezoning or redevelopment. The council’s proposal for “shared land value uplift,” buried in an addendum to the mammoth Auckland unitary plan, is a tool the council is considering for “enabling affordable neighbourhoods,” the document says.
“A number [...]

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Singapore Wins Hands Down When It Comes to Being a Good Place to Live

March 30, 2013 - 1:02 am

All up, for me Singapore wins hands down when it comes to being a good place to live while working as an expat servicing the Asian region. But choice of location will very much be a function of what your target markets are. If China then you will find Hong Kong the better location. If [...]

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Offshore Buying of NZ Property is Only Going to Grow and a National Debate on Rules Regarding Foreign Purchases

March 30, 2013 - 12:59 am

HOUSING MARKET UPDATE: Offshore buying of NZ property is only going to grow and a national debate on rules regarding foreign purchases would seem useful.
I have received a good number of emails from people who have either read my survey of real estate agents or saw it reported in the newspaper. Almost all expressed incredulity [...]

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Dark Forces at Work in Auckland Plan

March 30, 2013 - 12:56 am

The unitary plan, which gives effect to the non-statutory Auckland Plan, is akin to a laundry-type list of goals and “feel good” aspirations. The government has every right to feel that the Auckland Council is being less than honest with the people of Auckland. Mayor Len Brown has been forced to admit that he got [...]

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Developer Bankruptcies Leave Hole in the Property Sector

March 28, 2011 - 11:42 am

Article by Niko Kloeten
The bankruptcies of several high profile developers will change the way the sector operates in New Zealand, one of the few developers left standing says.
Tim Manning, who is currently involved in a village for over-35s in Avondale, told NBR it would be difficult to replace the experience of bankrupt developers such as [...]

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Opinion: Residential Property Investors Can Relax Post-Budget

June 18, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Residential Property Investors Can Relax Post-Budget

Ak/NZ rents to rise 10-20% over next two years
Property investors will chase areas and housing types with good capital gain prospects
Market turnover to increase over next 12 months

Markets hate uncertainty and New Zealand’s residential property market all but stalled for three months leading up to this year’s budget. Activity will [...]

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Investment in Property Must Remain Certain – By Tim Manning

February 22, 2010 - 9:43 am

 
Close to 70% of New Zealand households own their own homes; Australia has a similar rate of ownership, while the UK is at around 69%, the United States at 65%, France 55% and Germany is below 40%.
So New Zealand has relatively high rates of home ownership. That’s a good thing. Studies have shown that home [...]

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Tropical Splendour

November 19, 2009 - 3:19 pm

One of the world’s top financial investment advisers and newsletter editors, Martin Spring and his wife, Liz, have spent the past few weeks moving into what he says in his Afrodyn newsletter will [...]

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