Property Council AlexanderDorrington Regatta 2018

We are pleased to announce the Property Council AlexanderDorrington Regatta is back!  The last time we were on the water for this Regatta was 10 years ago. Either bring along your own boat, or borrow one of the boats along with the skipper from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.  The afternoon will include a…

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Why you need to get your Will right

Holiday season and a new year gets many of us thinking about those important jobs we need to get to. If you haven’t already made a Will; you may want to add this near the top of your list.   A Will is one of the most important legal documents you ever put in place. However, many people…

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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…

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Easing the way for drones

Commercial uses for drones   Dr Catherine Ball, is a world leader in the non-military application of drone technology. She highlighted some really important issues for property owners at The Property Council New Zealand National Conference in Melbourne13-15 September.   Firstly it’s important to note that there are all sorts of drone use beyond delivery…

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Future-proofing the legal design of subdivisions

There is a lot of discussion around the physical design of subdivisions and how that impacts the community that is created and the ultimate owners’ use and enjoyment of the land. The legal design is just as important.   Recent agreements I have reviewed for some new developments cause me concern as to what we…

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Is a 10% deposit reasonable ?

A deposit amount is a matter for negotiation between the parties. Whilst the customary figure is 10%, it need not always be the rule.   The Auckland District Law Society and Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Agreement for Sale and Purchase template (ADLS Agreement) provides that a vendor can retain a maximum 10% deposit…

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First steps towards resolving Auckland’s housing crisis

Auckland’s housing crisis is arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time. In response, a group of 130 public and private sector industry stakeholders met at a not-for-profit gathering, on 1 August 2017 – the first Auckland Housing Summit.  The Summit was organized by a group of five key players: Leonie Freeman –…

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Unit Titles Review 2017

Just before Christmas MBIE announced a review of the Unit Titles Act 2010 and published a discussion document. Submissions on the proposals were due 5pm Friday, 3 March 2017.  Many submissions have been made, including one from us that looks at the changes predominantly from the developer’s perspective. The items subject to review include the…

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