Tackling money laundering

Anti-Money-Laundering

To improve New Zealand’s ability to tackle money laundering and terrorism financing, the Government has made law changes that affect various businesses and professions.   Each year about $1.35 billion from the proceeds of fraud and illegal drugs is laundered through everyday New Zealand businesses. These law changes – put in place practical measures to protect […]

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New restrictions for overseas buyers

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The Overseas Investment Amendment Act comes into force on October 22nd 2018 and will impact every residential property transaction. The bill amendments aim to ensure that investments made by overseas persons in New Zealand will have genuine benefits for the country. Queenstown Law kindly answered some of the most asked questions regarding the new amendments. […]

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Can I use KiwiSaver to buy my first home?

Buying-Home-KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver is a work-based savings initiative where regular contributions are made from your pay and employer. Designed to be a hassle-free way to save for your retirement, you may also be able to withdraw your savings to put towards purchasing your first home. The rules and regulations regarding KiwiSaver were changed this year, so stay […]

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The key benefits of buying off-the-plans

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Buying off-the-plans is sometimes portrayed as a ‘risky’ investment but buying before the property has been built can hold many benefits from financial gains to peace of mind. Here are our top five benefits of buying off the plan:   You get your pick of the properties! Buying off the plans means more selection as […]

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2018 Market Report – Edition 2

Our latest Harcourts Otago Market Report is out now. We discuss the factors influencing the property market and our outlook for the rest of 2018 for Otago.

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Harcourts scoop Most Trusted award for sixth year in a row

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Reader’s Digest has announced its Most Trusted brands for 2018, and Harcourts, New Zealand’s largest real estate brand has come out on top. Meaning that for the sixth consecutive year, New Zealanders have voted Harcourts their Most Trusted real estate brand and making Harcourts the only real estate brand to have held this honour for this […]

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How to bid at an auction

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Auctions are popular with both vendors and buyers. For buyers, it provides more transparency to the value of the home and the competition you’re facing. For some, they can be daunting but auctions provide many benefits and will have agents present to offer advice when needed. Here are a few tips on how to succeed […]

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Buying in a millennial market

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As the millennial generation step on to the property ladder, we see different trends emerging and more caution being taken when buying first homes. Deemed by some as the ‘pickiest home buyers’, Generation Y are turning the tides of real estate. Where generations before had limited resources when buying property and considered their first purchase […]

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Insulation Regulations For Rentals

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Landlords are now obligated to provide warmer, drier and safer homes for their tenants. Any new, replacement or top-up insulation installed after 1 July 2016 in a rental home must meet the regulations that will apply to all rental homes from 1 July 2019. A landlord who fails to comply with the regulations is committing […]

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Apple recognises Harcourts custom apps across global web network

New Zealand Real Estate group Harcourts, has been selected from a world-wide category to be the first real estate company to be featured across Apple’s global web network with a case study showing how they have used Apple’s iOS technology to transform their business. In recognition of their innovation and use of the iPad and […]

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