Entries by Connect Realty

First-home buyers borrowing deposit from parents

  According to figures out from Australia this week, in 2017 over 55 percent of first home buyers sought help from their parents to fund their mortgage.  This is a huge leap from 3.3. percent in 2010, and experts say that New Zealand is likely to be the same or even higher. One mortgage lender […]

Top 4 Questions Landlords Ask Property Managers

  We have been in the Property Management business for many years, and over these years there have been some key questions that we get asked regularly by landlords and property investors.  So to make it easy for any potential investor or new Landlord, here are the top four questions we get asked: 1. What […]

Predictions for Tauranga Rental Prices For 2018

  A question we often get asked, by both tenants and landlords, is will rents rise in the coming year?  The simple answer is yes, they will.  Here are some of the reasons why: As you would have read over summer, Tauranga, just like Auckland, has a serious rental shortage, especially quality rental homes. The […]

October 2017 Property Report From Realestate.co.nz

RealEstate.co.nz have released their October property report.  An interesting facts to note: In October 2007 approx. 47,958 homes were available for sale in New Zealand. In 2017 ten years on, the total numbers of homes listed was only 24,307. As has been discussed in many articles recently, the trend in New Zealand seems to be a […]

Intensification is back for Tauranga Suburbs

Tauranga City Council have once again put intensification of existing neighbourhoods back on the council’s agenda. The Council’s urban strategy manager explained to councillors that it is “about reshaping communities… and not just about the numbers.” In developing a new Urban Strategy for the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan, council staff have been investigating how to get […]

Landlord Frequently Asked Questions

  New landlords and property investors come to us on a regular basis, both for advice about investing in Tauranga but also with questions about the services we provide and the fees associated with that service.  As a result of the many enquiries we receive we set up a Frequently Asked Questions page on our […]

Trade Me Property Investment Advice

  In case you weren’t aware, Trade Me provide regular market insights giving you both the latest real estate and rental statistics for New Zealand as well as property advice & news.  In one of the blogs on their site they provide simple tips on getting started in property investment.  A copy of the top 10 questions […]

New Insulation Requirements For Rental Properties

New legislation, introduced by the Government in July 2016, requires all residential rental properties in New Zealand to have insulation by July 2019. The new Residential Tenancy Act regulations will require landlords to install insulation in accordance with the insulation standard NZS 4246.  There will be exemptions, such as where it is physically impractical to […]

Rental Property Insurance – What Cover You Need

  Property Insurance has been a hot topic in the news recently.  The conversation has mostly centred around flooding and meth related damage, but over the last few years we have also heard stories relating to earthquake damaged homes in New Zealand.  A report released by Treasury last year stated that 85% of New Zealand […]