Welcome to this week’s property report.
More auctions were held last Friday and some cracking properties viewed. Last week has seen us chase our tails a bit, dealing with a late rush of international buyers because from the 22nd of October new legislation is in place which limits overseas ownership here in NZ.
This has been a political talking point so it will be interesting to see whether the new foreign buyer legislation will achieve the government’s objectives of reducing homelessness, cooling the property market, enabling more Kiwis to buy their own home and ensuring investments by foreigner buyers genuinely benefit the country.
We had Sarah Ogilvie from Aspiring Law
speak with us this week talking through the ramifications of this law change. Her comments were as follows:
What’s important to note is that the new laws will not play to contracts entered before the new law comes in force. Nor will it stop those residents in New Zealand from buying residential property, provided that they can show they call New Zealand home, which means the person:
- Holds a resident class visa
- Has resided in New Zealand for the last 12 months
- Has been physically present in New Zealand for 183 days of the 12 months period; and
- Is a tax resident of New Zealand.
Australian and Singaporeans have slightly different rules due to fair trade agreements, and this means consent is not required for Australian or Singaporean citizens who are buying residential land. Those with Australian or Singaporean permanent resident visas do not require consent either, provided that they call New Zealand home and comply with the above bullet points.
In the auction room on Friday we had two properties up for auction:
First up was 10 Warbler Lane
, a great family home in Albert Town this sold for $750,000 under the hammer with four active bidders.
Second up was a really interesting property on 4.5 Hectares in Kennels Lane
lots of conditional interest but one bidder making the most of their unconditional position and secured this property for $1,950,000.
We viewed some great new properties coming onto the market:
- First we viewed a large home with real wow factor at 34 Beacon Point Road. With 5 large bedrooms this Mason & Wales designed property is a stunner.
- Second up was a really tidy 3 bedroom home on Plantation Road. Super close to town – there is lots to like with this perfect lock up and leave. A short marketing period so please get in quick.
- We then headed to Lake Hawea to visit a beautiful lake front section on Flora Dora Parade. This is spectacular, well worth checking out. (Featured image).
- The final property is a family home in Hawea with copious amounts of space, great location on top of the hill too.
If any of these properties are of interest please let me know.
My parents are arriving down from Taranaki tomorrow – these days it is not so much about me anymore but all about our two children, so the wife and I may get a welcome break!
If you’re in town and want to view something, please don’t hesitate to call. I am around and very happy to help if you need anything.