Important: Trusts Update from Monteck Carter Accountants

Original article HERE

What Trustees need to know

The legislation

The new Trust Act modernises trust law and makes significant changes to the way trusts are currently administered in New Zealand. The Act aims to update trust law and make the law accessible to all (not just lawyers). The Act will come into force on 30 January 2021, and will then apply to all existing written trusts, as well as any new written trusts established. It could also apply to statutory trusts or other types of non-express trusts (such as constructive or equitable trusts) if the Court decides that the Act should apply.

Why the change?

The quality of governance and administration of trusts is often well below the standards of other countries. This new law will be targeted towards those that are poorly governed, but it will result in a higher level of scrutiny on all trusts.

Your obligation as a Trustee

From 2021 your duties will be broken down into two types, Mandatory and Default.

Mandatory trustee duties...

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Students to earn NCEA credits through money education

This looks like a step in the right direction! 

I hope many schools adopt it into their curriculum's and run with it.

It’ll be sanitized to the extreme but it’s a start at least and if the kids can leave school knowing ANYTHING about money, they’ll be a hell of a long way ahead of me!

Very cool.

Original article HERE

 

High school students will now be able to gain NCEA credits by learning about money.

The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) has launched the new resources through the Sorted In Schools free financial capability programme on Tuesday.

The resources are aligned with unit standards and have NZQA accreditation allowing students to gain credits in level 1 and 2, and merit and excellence endorsements.

It is also available in te reo Māori for teaching in kura and Te Reo classes.

Students will learn about money management, saving, debt, goal setting, insurance, investing, KiwiSaver and retirement.

Director of learning Nick Thomson says the...

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LVR Rules & Policy Changes: How Will it Effect Kiwi Home Buyers?

Original article HERE from our partners at Mortgage Supply Company

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You may have noticed in the media a lot of noise lately around the LVR restrictions being removed completely by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand until 1st May 2021, due to the economic fallout from COVID-19. There's a good reason for the media buzz too - this change marks the end of nearly 7 years worth of LVR restrictions, and has the potential to make home-buyers lives a lot easier when it comes to taking out a bank home loan.

However, there's a lot more to the whole picture than a free-for-all of lending for the next 12 months. Just because banks can lend without restriction doesn't mean they will, and taking out a loan with a low deposit still goes hand-in-hand with a significant amount of risk if not properly planned.

We've put together this blog to hopefully clear up any frequently asks questions around the removal of LVR restrictions, and explain what it really means for Kiwi home...

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Battle of the Banks: Insight into NZ's Current Interest Rate Wars: Mortgage Supply Co

Original article Here

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In reaction to the speculation that the official cash rate and OCR may drop below zero in the months to come and the bid to win the business of Kiwi home buyers as the country recovers from COVID-19, we've seen the banks enter what looks like an interest rate war.

In fact, just last week ASB made the move to offer a record-breaking low two-year fixed rate of 2.69%, and Kiwi Bank responded to the forecast change by offering a one-year rate of 2.65%. These rates have literally never been seen before, even considering back in '08 after the GFC when interest rates plummeted by around 3% (from 8.6% to 5.9% fixed) the competitive and reactive environment we're witnessing now is utterly unprecedented.

So what's the reasoning behind the extremely low interest rates and New Zealand Bank wars? Well, ASB executive manager of retail banking, Craig Sims, stated;

"This has been a difficult time for a lot of our customers. While we have put in place a number of support...
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Airbnb: All but dead?: Steve Goodey

Airbnb: All but dead?

I wrote an article about moving my Petone, Lower Hutt 3 bedroom property from a long term rental to a holiday rental on Airbnb a few weeks ago.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/117932670/property-investor-my-house-makes-extra-1100-a-month-on-airbnb

I took the house from being rented at $700 per week ($36,400 pa) to getting $5,500 per mont from airbnb and booking.com ($66,000).

Some what astounding figures when you think about it but you need to consider the reality too that I’ve been paying $1,100 per month in cleaning fees, toilet paper, power and maintenance that’s over a above the previous arrangements.

I’d say in all reality my profitability is probably up by $800 per month or $9,600 pa, which really just makes it boarder line as to being worth doing or not.

 

What you need to consider is the cost of furnishings, the time it takes to...

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The best spend when renovating for profit: Steve Goodey

The best spend when renovating for profit

Quite often, I am asked what my “top 5 tips” are for renovations and where you’d get the most bang for buck. This is a hard question, because it largely depends on what each property needs.

I tried to answer the question the best I could, in an article I wrote for Stuff.co.nz a few months ago.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/117778203/heres-what-to-invest-in-if-you-want-your-renovations-to-put-money-in-your-pocket

Although the market has changed significantly since then, the advice still stands the test of time.

 

 

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Save your short term rental: Steve Goodey

Save your short term rental

Original Article here: https://www.stevegoodey.com/save-your-short-term-rental/

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Statistics show that 1 in 5 guests who visit New Zealand stay in Airbnb accommodation. That amounts to 8.8 million nights or 18 percent of the total short-term accommodation market.

It’s no wonder that the wider short-stay/self-book accommodation market neared $400m in revenue last year in New Zealand Alone.

That was of course until New Zealand closed for business this March, effectively ending the international tourist market for the foreseeable future.

Large numbers of short term accommodation suppliers, myself included, had 100% of their future bookings cancel in a few short days. The only saving grace being that some of us had a fairly robust cancelation policy in place to protect us from last minute cancellations, or so we thought.

Unfortunately for us...

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Which people will be “Most” affected by no LVR?: Steve Goodey

Original Article here: https://www.stevegoodey.com/which-people-will-be-most-affected-by-no-lvr/

The removal of all LVR restrictions is going to be a massive change in the property market mainly for the first home buyers. This is actually a good thing for investors too.

In this quick video I explain why.

 

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Marketing buying and selling in a Covid world: Steve Goodey

Original Article here: https://www.stevegoodey.com/marketing-buying-and-selling-in-a-covid-world/

Today I was lucky enough to have Shane Brockelbank from Professionals Real Estate on a Facebook live talking to me about how to market, buy and sell in the Covid-19 world.

I have great respect for Shane’s skills as a negotiator and agent and his insights at this stage are very timely.

https://www.facebook.com/SteveGoodeyPropertyCoach/videos/232596711281057/

 

 

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Getting Access to Money in the era of Covid-19: Steve Goody

Original Article HERE: https://www.stevegoodey.com/getting-access-to-money-in-the-era-of-covid-19/

It sure looks like there’s going to be some changes in the property market in the next few weeks and months.

Interest rates are round 3% and looking to stay there for at least a year, the restrictions on loan to value ratios are being removed and banks have been told they can relax their lending criteria from the reserve bank.

Add to that consumer confidence levels, unemployment rates and tourism numbers at zero and you can see a lot of uncertainty and equal amounts of opportunity.

I plan to start exploring this and getting my “Ducks in a row”, first thing I need to do is get some funding so I called my mate Dave Windler to see if we can make any sense of it all.

 

 

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