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Borrowing against commercial property – an update

In October 2016 we warned about a much tougher borrowing environment for commercial property investors and developers in our article Borrowing against commercial property - be prepared for tougher banking practices.

In this article we look at where things are at now: Is it easier to secure finance, and if not ...

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Danger Lurking Underground - buying land with contamination issues

Much of the land in New Zealand has been used for more than one purpose. Previous uses can have unanticipated consequences for prospective owners. For example:
• Sites of early dry cleaning operations which used various chemicals, have now become the sites of central city office buildings.
• Rural land may now ...

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Review of Property (Relationships) Act 1976

On 1 February 2002 the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 heralded in new rules regarding parties’ rights to property on the breakdown of a relationship, or on death. After 15 years of operation it is now being reviewed.

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Thinking of buying rural property in New Zealand?

New Zealand is a great place to live and recent world events are making many overseas residents consider moving to “Godzone”. However, if you are not a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may require consent under the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to purchase land.

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Common issues in Commercial Property Transactions

Typically most transactions go smoothly as both parties have a mutual goal of the sale and purchase of the property and work together to get it achieved. Often, however, issues arise during the transaction that neither party expected.

This article is the first of a series that examines various case ...

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