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Do you have a property investment question you want answered? The Ask an Expert section is a free service provided for property investors in conjunction with a panel of selected property experts.

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Property Management
Ask Bernard Parker from Quinovic Property Management questions relating to property panagement

Quinovic's outstanding people and systems provide the most professional, effective and reliable residential property management service in the NZ market for over 30 years.

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Water standards

I understand that as a landlord I am required to provide potable water in the kitchen. I’m curious as to what level of filtration from a tank supply is required by law to meet the potable standard.

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Finance & Strategy
Ask Kris Pederson, director of Kris Pederson Mortgages questions relating to Mortgages, Finance, and Strategy

Kris is a respected commentator on the property and finance markets in New Zealand and overseas. He spends his time working closely with his support team sourcing clients leading edge finance strategies.

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Getting into investing

I have a freehold house in Birkenhead, Auckland. The last RV was $1.51 million. Given current low interest rates and the slowdown of the North Shore market, I'm thinking it might be a good time to look at investing in a rental property. What would be your advice on this?

 

 

 

 

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Apartments
Ask Aaron Tunstall, owner of Impression Real Estate, questions relating to apartments.

Aaron Tunstall is the owner of Impression Real Estate, specialising in sales, building and property management. Impression has been awarded property management company of the year three times.

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Leasehold vs freehold

I'm interested in finding out more about apartments with a view to investing in one. What is the difference between a leasehold and a freehold apartment? And what are the pros and cons with both?

 

 

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Tax/GST/LTC
Ask Mark Withers, director of Withers Tsang & Co questions relating to Tax and Asset Structures

Mark Withers and his team at Withers Tsang & Co specialise in advising on property related transactions, valuation and restructure services and tax planning.

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GST query

I have a fairly straight forward question, but want t make sure i get it right. I have elected to pay GST on a six monthly basis and am wondering whether my GST refund should be the net of GST received in the six months minus any GST paid on expenses / bills. If the answer is no I'm guessing that's because the full expense bill(base expenses & GST component is deductible at the end of the year? What has made me second guess myself here is the fact that when businesses buy cars they purchase at the GST free rate and claim the net expenses over several years. I'd appreciate your help, thanks,

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Tax/GST/LTC
Ask Matthew Gilligan, managing director of Gilligan Rowe + Associates, questions relating to tax, trusts and finance.

Matthew heads GRA's specialist property and asset planning division. He helps clients create optimal tax structures and build wealth through property. He has an extensive buy-to-hold property portfolio, is currently involved in over a dozen developments, and is author of two books - Property 101 and Tax Structures 101.

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GST query

I have a fairly straight forward question, but want t make sure i get it right. I have elected to pay GST on a six monthly basis and am wondering whether my GST refund should be the net of GST received in the six months minus any GST paid on expenses / bills. If the answer is no I'm guessing that's because the full expense bill(base expenses & GST component is deductible at the end of the year? What has made me second guess myself here is the fact that when businesses buy cars they purchase at the GST free rate and claim the net expenses over several years. I'd appreciate your help, thanks,

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Tenancy
Ask Jennifer Sykes, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment questions relating to tenants and landlords

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment provides information and guidance on building law and compliance, services including weathertight homes, and advice for tenants and landlords.

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Costs in ending a fixed term early

If a tenant asks a landloard or their agent to be released early from a fixed term tenancy, and the landloard or their agent agree and will incur costs in doing so, and those costs are agreed by both parties, upon successful termination of the tenancy, can those costs be deducted from the bond if unpaid?

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Insurance
Ask Rene Swindley, CEO of Initio Insurance, questions relating to insurance.

Rene is the founder of digital insurance platform Initio, which is about insuring houses online in real time to provide a faster, smoother and customer-first approach to property insurance.

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Missed inspection cover

I'm going away for an extended period of time over the festive season and I can't commit to my periodic inspection. Every three months is onerous. If I don't organise an inspection will I still be covered?

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