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Investors FAQs

1. How much money do I need to invest?

If you’ve got $100,000 - $200,000 to invest, then we should talk.

2. How long do I have to invest for?

5 years is the minimum period of time for investment. Beyond 5 years, the investment carries on indefinitely, until either you or the buyer wants to sell.

3. What if I want to withdraw my investment early?

If you’re not confident you are able to invest for at least 5 years, then you should not go ahead with this investment. But we do understand that the unexpected happens. 

The first thing you should do if you want to withdraw early is contact us.

We’ll see if your buyer is willing to sell or take over your share. However, they are under no obligation to agree to this.

Failing that, we can see if there are any investors willing to take over your Co-Ownership Agreement. However, there are no guarantees.

4. What if my buyer wants to sell early?

Your buyer is committed to this investment for a minimum 5 year period. However, circumstances can change.

If this happens, you and the buyer can choose to sell the property. However, you are under no obligation to do this.

Leveridge can also look for another buyer who may be interested in replacing your existing buyer. There are no guarantees and the Co-Ownership Agreement can’t change without your permission.

5. Who owns the investment?

The title of the property will be in the name of the buyer, along with the mortgage. There will be a Co-Ownership agreement, which notes your interests in the property and you will also be registered as a 2nd mortgagee to protect your share.

6. What if my buyer comes into financial hardship?

Contact us as soon as possible. 

We’ll help them go through their options, like applying for a mortgage repayment holiday, claiming on their KiwiSaver under the financial hardship clause, bringing in flatmates or utilising any cash savings they may have. Worst case, we’ll try to find a new buyer to take over their property and obligations.

7. What if my buyer becomes sick?

It is a condition of entering into this investment that the buyer must have medical insurance, income protection and life insurance. They are responsible for paying the premiums for the entirety of the investment.

8. What if my buyer defaults on the mortgage, rates or insurance?

If the buyer defaults on their obligations, you have the right to purchase their share. If you don’t wish to purchase their share Levridge can look for a new buyer to take over the ownership. Of course there are no guarantees.

9. How is the value of the property determined if one party wants to buy the other party out?

If both you and your buyer are unable to agree on the current market value, then you’ll need an independent registered valuer.

If you don’t agree on an independent registered valuer, then you’ll both get your own registered valuation from an independent registered valuer. The property’s value will be the average of the two valuations.

10. How is my investment protected?

A Co-Ownership Agreement will be signed by you and the buyer, which will outline the terms and conditions, and your interest in the property.

In addition, a second mortgage will be registered in your favour against the property, which will prevent the property from being sold without your interests being met and prevents the buyer from increasing bank borrowings as equity against the property when it increases.

11. Who pays the rates?

The buyer is responsible for payment of all rates and council levies.

12. Who pays the insurance?

The buyer is responsible for building insurance, and their own personal medical insurance, income protection and life insurance. This ensures that the property and the buyer’s servicing ability is protected.

13. Who pays for maintenance?

The buyer is responsible for the costs of all non-major repairs and day to day maintenance. This does not include capital expenditure, which is defined as being investment which will improve the value of the property. Capital expenditure is shared equally between you and the buyer. You both must agree to the scope of work and costs before any work begins.

14. What if my buyer wants to do the property up?

If this will increase the value of the property, then you must agree on their plans. The costs will then be shared equally between you. 

If you’re not able to invest, but agree on the work, then the buyer will pay for the renovation upfront, record all the costs in writing and keep all the invoices. You’ll then need to reimburse them once the property is sold or you sell your share to the buyer.

15. What is a Co-Ownership Agreement?

A Co-Ownership Agreement is a legal document between the buyer and investor that confirms all the terms and conditions to this partnership.

16. What if the property value doesn’t increase or worse, goes backward?

The reason there is a minimum 5 year time period to this Co-Ownership, is that this should see you through the normal ups and downs of the property wave. If a recession were to happen, they generally last for 6-18 months, and we tend to see values improve substantially afterwards. However, this can’t be guaranteed. There is always risk of property values remaining stagnant or even going backwards, but hopefully a minimum 5 year period is enough to ride this out.

17. What other costs/fees will I have?

Other costs and fees you’ll need to budget for are legal fees, Levridge fees, and costs for reports such as registered valuation, building report, weather tightness report, LIM report and any other reports that might be appropriate to satisfy due diligence. Please refer to our fees for a full breakdown.

18. What if I’m happy with the outcome of the due diligence reports but my buyer is not? Or vice versa?

If one party approves the property for purchase after all due diligence reports have been received and the other party doesn’t, then either party has the right to pull out of the purchase at that point.

19. What does Levridge charge?

Levridge charges a one-off upfront fee equivalent to 1% inc GST of the property purchase price for facilitation, matching and execution of this investment structure. 

This includes: 

  • Receiving and reviewing your application and making appropriate matches with a buyer.
  • Meeting with you to answer any queries you may have and facilitating the meeting between you and the buyer, should you choose to do so.
  • Legal documentation to confirm all terms, conditions and exit strategy. This is designed to protect both you and the buyer now and in the future. 
  • Managing and guiding you through the entire process.
  • Ensuring that your criteria and preferences are being met.

We also provide ongoing service and advice as and when required, and are dedicated to ensuring that the long term outcome is a success for both parties. Levridge charges a percentage-based success fee for this service which is 5% of the net capital growth. No profit, no fee.

20. What if I have questions or need help down the track?

Levridge is here to provide assistance, not just at the beginning of this investment, but right through to realisation of the asset of your property. You can contact Levridge at any stage for help or advice.

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