financial support

Providing financial support to your parents

Clients are loaning their parents cash. These loans are being secured in one of two ways. A mortgage over the parents’ family home, with repayment expected upon the death of both parents. Or children are being sold a portion of the family home in consideration.

consent - sensitive land

Overseas Investment in Sensitive NZ Land

The Overseas Investment Act 2005 provides that a transaction needs consent when there is an overseas investment in sensitive land. What is sensitive land? What type of property transaction is caught?

Land Transfer Act 2017

A new tool for developers

An act that has underpinned our land transfer system for 60 years was put to bed and the Land Transfer Act 2017 became effective. That change may not impact on you daily, but some things will impact on how you complete your developments in the future.

Overseas Investment Act Amendment

The Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018

From 22 October 2018 (or potentially earlier if we have orders in Council to that effect) the sale of residential land in New Zealand to an overseas person will potentially require consent from the Overseas Investment Office. Denise Marsden looks at the law change from the residential developer’s viewpoint.

Invest with friends

Should you invest with friends?

Are you considering investing in property with friends? In today’s escalating property market it is becoming more common. Good legal advice can help you manage the risk.

auckland property

Bright Line Test extended from 2 to 5 years

The Bright Line Test was introduced as part of the Taxation Act 2015. It requires income tax to be paid on any gains from residential property that is disposed of within two years of acquisition, subject to some exceptions.,,


Settling SugarTree – a large apartment sell down

Time lapse video of our office on settlement day.   Bonnie Warburton’s behind the scenes glimpse at five crazy days.   Attempting to settle 270 apartments on one day is no easy task and not for the faint hearted. Whilst the pressure of the SugarTree settlement at times was enormous, the satisfaction at the end…