WRE Insights

Want more money in your pocket? Depreciation could be the answer

Want more money in your pocket? Depreciation could be the answer

Depreciation is often misunderstood and consequently not claimed by many property investors.

At Waikato Real Estate we are huge advocates of claiming depreciation.

Here’s why.

Hamilton house prices before/after Lockdown – what the stats say

Hamilton house prices before/after Lockdown  what the stats say
The rumours are true. Yes, the REINZ's May house price index stats are out.

Comparing May's house prices to April’s is a waste of time. The country and property market were effectively shut in April.

But, there's some noteworthy data elsewhere in the report...

12 Important Questions to ask when Choosing your Property Manager

12 Important Questions to ask when Choosing your Property Manager

As a property investor you have the choice of managing your investment properties yourself or delegating the day-to-day management to a Property Manager.

Engaging a Property Manager is the preferred option for many investors in today’s more complex property market.

However, it is critical that you choose your Property Manager wisely as proactive and effective property management will considerably increase the return from your investment property.

What's been the effect of Covid-19 on the Hamilton rental market?

What's been the effect of Covid-19 on the Hamilton rental market?

At Waikato Real Estate we manage over 1,000 rental properties for our investors. A portfolio of that size gives us a valuable insight into the state of the rental market here in Hamilton.

Let’s carry out a health check on our portfolio, and see how everyone’s getting on.

Potential tax saving on work done to get your rental property compliant with Healthy Homes Standards

Potential tax saving on work done to get your rental property compliant with Healthy Homes Standards

The Covid-19 Response Act created a window of opportunity to make your rental property compliant with the Healthy Homes Standards, in a more tax efficient way… but you’ll need to get your skates on!

Everything you ever wanted to know about the OCR and your home loan rate, but were too scared to ask!

Everything you ever wanted to know about the OCR and your home loan rate, but were too scared to ask!

The OCR, home loan interest rates, break fees, the RBNZ (what's up with all these acronymns?) - we break down and explain everything to do with home loans and the ever changing rates.

What do Property Managers do?

What do Property Managers do?
In the broadest terms, a property manager is “the landlord’s agent who looks after their investment” but there is much more to it than that!

How do I switch my AirBNB holiday home to a long term rental property?

How do I switch my AirBNB holiday home to a long term rental property?
AirBnB style short-term rentals have been a fantastic investment for many property owners over the last decade but when a global pandemic is thrown into the mix, we need to take a step back and re-evaluate the bigger picture.