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Chief Scientist’s meth findings spot on, says Lodge City Rentals manager

By David Kneebone: 2018-06-19

The Government says we should no longer do composite methamphetamine testing in rental properties, and Lodge City Rentals General Manager David Kneebone says they’re completely right. He talks us through the decision and why it couldn’t have come soon enough.

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How to get building consent in Hamilton

Topics: New builds

Every council has a slightly different process when it comes to obtaining building consent for a new residential home. Here’s how to go about it in Hamilton.

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No deposit to build a new house? Get a loan with your existing home’s equity

Topics: New builds

Using the equity of a currently owned property in the place of a deposit is a popular option for many homeowners who are thinking of building their dream home. However, there are a few key considerations to make if you choose to go down this path.

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5 reasons why building a new house makes good sense

Topics: New builds

Know what you want, but can’t find it? Instead of hunting day-in-day-out for your dream home, perhaps it’s time to consider a new build. However, if you’re still on the fence about whether to buy or build your next home, these five key benefits should convince you.

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Is there a best time to sell when you’re building a new house?

Building a new home is a stressful process. There are plans to consider, materials to choose and of course, the sale of your current home to navigate. Unfortunately, planning the sale of their existing home is something many homeowners overlook or leave to the last minute.

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Have you checked your new home build insurance?

Topics: New builds

Before you begin building a new house, it’s critical that you check that it will be properly covered during its construction. It’s not just about protecting your asset, but also about reducing your financial risk too.

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Financing your new build: what home construction loans are out there?

Topics: New builds

Home loans, construction loans and line of credit loans are similar in some ways and vastly different in others. Before you decide how you want to finance your new build, it’s important to understand the key differences between them.

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Can you use the property cycle to time your home sales and purchases?

You’ve likely heard the term property cycle mentioned—Boom, Slowdown, Slump, Recovery—but how much can we rely on it to forecast where the Hamilton property market is headed? Let’s take a look.

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The no. 1 oversight sellers make in their property market research

These days home sellers have a wealth of data to call upon to evaluate the Hamilton property market. From recent house sales to auction clearance rates and median sales prices, there’s a lot of information to process. 

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2 numbers to check before you invest in Hamilton property

Whether you’re marketing your Hamilton property to investors or planning to invest yourself, there are two vital pieces of information you should investigate as part of your market research: rental yield and loan-to-value ratios. Here’s why.

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