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  • Is it Time to Regulate the Property Management Industry?

    You may have heard the recent news about the government’s decision to undertake a review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. Housing Minister Phil Twyford has indicated that the ultimate goal of the review is to improve the life of renters while also protecting landlords’ interests. A significant first step … Read more

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  • Top Tips for Shading Outdoor Areas

    Spring is a great time for planning and planting outdoor areas and, with many Kiwis understanding the importance of keeping sun smart, it’s worthwhile considering how you might go about shading these outdoor areas — both to protect skin and eyes and also to protect your property from the high … Read more

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  • 9 Ways to Make your Home Tip-Top in Spring

    With spring upon us now is the perfect time to put winter to bed with a little spring cleaning and house maintenance. Whether you’re a renter, a landlord or an owner/occupier, here are nine ways you can welcome the warmer weather and get your place looking and feeling tip-top. Start … Read more

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  • Dealing with Damp and Condensation in Kiwi Homes

    There is no question there’s an abundance of damp, poorly insulated and poorly ventilated homes in New Zealand. These houses are hard to heat, prime for condensation and can be a breeding ground for mould and dust mites. Let’s look at how damp conditions and condensation are created, how the … Read more

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  • Talk of Compulsory Heating in Rental Properties Worries Landlords

    The government has said it will begin moving towards new rules requiring fixed form heating being installed in nearly half a million New Zealand rental homes. The news has landlords fearing legislation that will see them forced to fit their rental properties with heat pumps, which critics say will lead … Read more

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  • Property Investors: Evil Villains or Pillars of Society?

    There’s been plenty of discussion of late regarding the impact property investors have on the housing market and how to fix the rental market; both from the renter’s perspective and the property investor/landlord’s. The issue is a very complex one as it’s a social issue that pits our basic human … Read more

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  • What Makes a Good Property Manager: Five Things to Look For

    Saying the title ‘Property Manager’ out loud often raises eyebrows amongst vexed renters. Landlords who have had bad experiences may boo and hiss, too. The audience from which you’ll hear the nicest things said about property managers is one full of landlords who have been down the stressful road of … Read more

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  • How to Prevent Fire in the Home

    House fires can turn from a small flame into a burning inferno in less than 30 seconds. As with many things, prevention is key when it comes to reducing the risk of fire in rental properties and family homes alike. It’s of the utmost importance for landlords and property managers … Read more

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  • How to Increase your Property Value Through Landscaping

    When selling or renting a house, it’s important to consider how your house is presented, before and after viewers head inside. If your house is the main course, your yard and gardens are a prospective buyer or renter’s entrée and dessert. Here’s how you can put the icing on the … Read more

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  • Real Estate Negotiation 101: How to Talk Turkey When Investing or Renting

    Unlike everyday retail transactions, the purchase and rental of investment properties features a great deal of negotiation in the search for common ground and agreement. The better informed and the friendlier you are, the further you will get, regardless of which part of the tenancy agreement you sign. But here … Read more

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