Property Market Report

Auckland Council fees and charges continue to rise unchecked and is a major contributor to a continued fall in building consent numbers across greater Auckland.

Fewer new homes are being built and the cost of building them keeps rising.

The number of new homes being consented has nose-dived by more than 30% over the last two years, and the cost of building them is still increasing, according to’s latest analysis of Statistics NZ’s residential building consents data.

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Understanding landlord responsibilities

Investing in a new build property can be an exciting venture for landlords, offering the allure of modern amenities and reduced maintenance. However, before finalizing the purchase of such an investment, conducting a pre-settlement inspection is crucial. At The Rent Shop Hobsonville, we understand the significance of this process in ensuring our investor clients make informed decisions and protect their interests.

A pre-settlement inspection is a thorough evaluation of the property conducted shortly before the settlement occurs. Our qualified builder from the Property Services division carries out this assessment and provides a detailed report with photos. This report can be forwarded by our client to the property developer. Additionally, it is shared with the client’s property manager, who can perform a follow-up check during the initial routine inspection after the tenants have moved in. Here’s why these inspections are crucial for investors buying new build properties for rental purposes:

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Clearstone Legal commemorates 10 years

Debra Barron is the Principal of Clearstone Legal which started in June 2014 and is holding an invitation-only party to celebrate. 

“We will also be having specials and giveaways throughout the month of June,” says Debra, inviting people to check out Clearstone Legal’s Facebook page for further details.

She says Clearstone Legal began after many years of working in the legal sector, when an opportunity was seen in the market for a fresh, modern approach. 

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Five must do’s, before you list your home for sale

Investing in certain key areas around your home before selling it can help increase its appeal to potential buyers and potentially fetch a higher selling price. Here are the five most important things to consider:

  1. Curb Appeal: The first impression matters. Enhance your home’s curb appeal by investing in landscaping, exterior painting, and repairs. A well-maintained exterior can attract more buyers and create a positive initial impression.
  2. Interior Updates: Focus on interior upgrades that can add value. Consider fresh paint in neutral colors, modernising fixtures and hardware, repairing any visible damage, and updating outdated appliances. Kitchens and bathrooms are often considered the most critical areas to renovate.

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What are the 6 must-do’s in matrimonial separation

Navigating a matrimonial separation can be a complex and emotionally challenging process. It’s important to approach it methodically and consider various legal, financial, and emotional aspects. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process, including dealing with assets:

Seek Legal Advice: Consult with an attorney who specializes in family law. They will help you understand your rights, responsibilities, and the legal implications of your separation.

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What is a green home loan?

When it comes to Green Home Loans, most of the major banks can offer these as a “Top-up” to your existing home loan.

These Top-ups allow you to borrow additional funds on top of your existing mortgage for the purpose of making sustainable improvements to your home (subject to the banks credit criteria).

Here’s a brief introduction:

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