Renting

NZ Herald 8 June 2019

Q&As: How 71-year-old renter could use her savings to supplement NZ Super; Reader dislikes ‘free government money’ and KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals; Nobody can predict the share market, so don’t try to time it; Info on KiwiSaver returns is available, but not a lot of use.

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NZ Herald 20 April 2019

Q&As: Don’t try to time your move into a higher-risk fund; ‘Own pocket money’ a secret for matrimonial harmony; Non-earners should raise KiwiSaver contributions if they want a first home grant; A grandma worries about the children’s KiwiSaver accounts …; … But a mother reports her kids are doing fine; Video comparing home buyer and renter is misleading. RIP capital gains tax.

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NZ Herald 2 June 2018

Q&As: The upsides and downsides of renting out space on Airbnb; Tax expert comments on landlord’s letter…; …and on letter from critic of negative gearing; Landlord’s light workload.

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RNZ Radio 22 March 2018

Is home ownership the only way to go?: Decision to rent for life — or at least in the meantime; Weighing up the finances; Need to save big retirement sum; Short-term pluses of renting; Short-term minuses of renting; Longer-term issues; Psychological issues.

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NZ Herald 17 March 2018

Q&As: How did reader get her own home on $38,000? Extraordinary saving; Home ownership costs much more than just mortgage; Selling your home — more than one agent, commission levels, auctions; What’s a profession?

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NZ Herald 9 December 2017

Q&As: Is it terrible to rent all your life rather than buy a home?; Young man wanting to buy a home should make the most of KiwiSaver; A real world example of a house price plunging; Clarification on last week’s letter about sole parent support from WINZ; Sorry, but we’re not getting into matchmaking in the column!

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RNZ Radio 19 October 2017

Why shares are the new houses for Generation Rent: A listener’s letter — well done on debt and saving!; How much should renters be saving?; KiwiSaver’s role; Where to put the savings; Where to get advice — banks? advisers?

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NZ Herald 25 June 2016

Q&As: Don’t count on house price rises — and it may be better to keep renting; Couple need to make up their mind about buying vs renting; KiwiSaver providers occasionally slip up on claiming tax credits.

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NZ Herald 13 February 2016

Q&As: Universality of NZ Super annoys working couple; Reader challenges AMP KiwiSaver funds’ performance; Accountant objects to my comments about landlords; Bad luck with competitions? Keep at it; Pluses of onboard life include decluttering.

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