Monthly Musings.

Thoughts on the Real Estate market and beyond.

Diversity vs Talent

Sep 02 2020

We are learning the advantages of biodiversity in nature and agriculture, and of course the potential dangers of monoculture. Similarly in many organisations people are learning the benefits that diversity can bring. Differing viewpoints, experiences and talents all contribute in different ways. One of the simplest examples in business is that those…

Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing

Sep 02 2020

That’s a quote from Warren Buffett – The Oracle of Omaha. He is famous for having very simple rules for how he amassed his fortune. Many of those rules follow the same principle : Always have great information.
We believe that rule applies equally to property investment as it does to investment in the share market. By having adequate, and quality…

Is Proptech the Real Estate gamechanger?

Aug 02 2020

According to Wikipedia, Proptech, or Property Technology is the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. More generally the term is applied widely to startups who have intentions of disrupting the way business is done in the Real Estate sector.

One of the goals of Proptech is to reduce paperwork…

To Plan, or not to Plan – what is our strategy?

Aug 02 2020

Recently the Greens announced a Robin Hood election policy that is interesting in more ways than one. Taking from the hard-working to channel it to those who have made different choices in life is obviously a blatant attempt to shore up their fading electoral base. But behind the obvious, it illustrates a major problem in government in New Zealand.…

Crystal Ball Gazing

Aug 02 2020

We don’t often engage in crystal ball gazing. Or for that matter tea leaf reading, tarot cards or analyzing the crinkly lines on our hands.

But from time to time it is useful to look at the factors influencing our economy, and try to determine how those factors may shape our future.

What are those factors, and how are they likely…

The redundancy of DD Clauses

Jul 02 2020

A potential buyer is interested in purchasing a property. The property is being auctioned. The expectation is that the potential buyer will do copius amounts of due diligence prior to the auction, as well as arranging finance, so that they are totally  prepared to make an unconditional bid at the auction.

Another  potential buyer is interested…

Market Perspective July 2020

Jul 02 2020

How has the market reacted post Covid lockdown? And where to from here?

There is no doubt that office and retail markets have been badly hit by the economic fallout from Covid 19. But, despite  predictions to the contrary, industrial property has barely been impacted. To date, the industrial market has largely picked up from  where it was…

How did Commercial Landlords come to be whipping boys?

Jun 02 2020

And is it our own fault?

The recent “health” crisis (which has now become a true economic crisis) changed the behaviour of many overnight. The fear of a pandemic turned the majority of the population into a compliant horde who hung off every word of the daily one o’clock talking heads. There were many aspects of the handling of the crisis…

The Big Reset?

May 02 2020

For many there comes a time, or an event, in their lives that makes them stop, look around, take stock, and then perhaps make major changes.

Could this period in our lives be that event that enables us to see with a little more clarity our actions, our lives and the way we interact with the world?  And therefore make changes . Or will we…

What happens next?

Apr 02 2020

Trying to look past the present is difficult at the best of times. And in the current unprecedented environment no one really knows. But let’s give it a try!

At Expedio we will be using the lockdown period to plan as best we can for what the “new normal” is likely to be, and then how we adjust to it.

What is the “new normal” likely…

Is there a looming rent affordability crisis?

Apr 02 2020

It has been a question that has been relevant for several months recently, but with current events becomes somewhat more urgent.

Over the last 3 or so years, many rents have increased by up to 50%.

That impacts in a positive way on a landlord, and more so if the landlord has owned the premises for some time.

And if the landlord…

Ethics, Corruption and Incompetence

Mar 02 2020

Ethics, corruption and incompetence. Quite separate issues you may think. But is there a possible link?

Whilst New Zealand may sit near the top of regular lists of corruption free countries – we know that we experience forms of behavior which are unacceptable, and could be construed as a form of corruption.

There is an argument that…