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No Surprises in Lakeview Cabin Tenancies

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:28:46 +1300 | Queenstown Lakes District Council

In 2002, the Queenstown Lakes District Council made a considerable investment and some tough decisions to resolve ongoing issues around the then campground site. More >>

NZ building consents fall for a second month in January

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:22:27 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand residential building consents declined for a second month in January, with new housing permits falling at their sharpest pace since August.More >>

Auckland densification as popular as Ebola, English says

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:09:25 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) - Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be.More >>

Tamaki Redevelopment has key role in Auckland housing

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:34:23 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand government is looking at ways Tamaki Redevelopment Co can help boost the supply of affordable housing, which forms part of its focus on the nation's "unbalanced" property market, Finance Minister Bill English ...More >>

Auckland inner-city height restrictions weighing on supply

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:12:17 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 25 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's government has taken a number of good steps to improve housing supply in Auckland, where prices have soared on a lack of new stock, but could take a look at height restrictions in the inner-city to address ...More >>

AMP360 Home Loan Affordability report

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:43:10 +1300 |

A fall in prices and interest rates saw housing affordability improve an overall 4% in January More >>

Trebling of ANZ KiwiSaver first home withdrawals

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:00:41 +1300 | ANZ Bank

KiwiSaver is fast becoming an important part of the home buying mix with a trebling in the number of ANZ KiwiSaver members making a first home withdrawal in the past two years.More >>

Auckland Rents Increase In Line with Doctor Visits and Beer

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:53:54 +1300 | Barfoot and Thompson

The average weekly rent in Auckland over the past five years has increased less than the price of petrol, and increased only marginally more than a glass of beer or a visit to the doctor.More >>

New Year kicks off with big jump in rents

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:06:53 +1300 | Trade Me Property

Weekly rents leapt 9 per cent in January compared to a year ago and the national median rent rose to $420 per week, according to the Trade Me Property Rental Price Index out today.More >>

Thought for the Day: Contribution through Innovation

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:36:57 +1300 | Keith Rankin

A few days ago I noted these stories ( Biggest house prefabricator in hands of receivers and House builder owes $17.5m to creditors ) in the NZ Herald relating to the receivership of eHome. If the housing problem that we face was just about the cost of building ...More >>

Thought for the Day: Chinese Investment Worldwide

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:18:13 +1300 | Keith Rankin

We are in the habit of calling asset purchases 'investment'. And a big issue around the world is how the beneficiaries of China's rapid economic growth are placing the savings generated by this growth. It's clear that one of the most significant destinations ...More >>

Property Institute wants LVRs scrapped in Provinces

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:40:26 +1300 | New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, is calling for the Reserve Banks Loan-to-value mortgage restrictions to be scrapped in the regions claiming that they are having an ‘unreasonable and adverse impact’ on first home ...More >>

House price expectations continue to soar

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:00:17 +1300 | ASB Bank

• House price expectations have lifted further, with a net 59% of respondents expecting house prices to increase over the year ahead. More >>

A message to gardeners wanting the perfect lawn

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:55:41 +1300 | Agcarm

Home gardeners attending to pesky weeds in their lawns need to be mindful of what they are spraying them with, especially when composting lawn clippings. More >>

2015 begins with subdued selling price expectations

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:09:18 +1300 | Trade Me Property

Property sellers were cautious about their selling price expectations according to Trade Me Property’s analysis of new listings in the three months ended January 2015. Asking prices slipped by 1.1 per cent between December and January, following ...More >>

Heat Pump Company to Help Homeowners Left In The Lurch

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:45:44 +1300 | Heat Pumps Now

Following the liquidation of energy efficiency and insulation business Right House, Christchurch based company Heat Pumps Now has decided to help those customers left stranded by honouring Right House’s original quotes.More >>

National MarketWatch Analysis February 2015

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:15:55 +1300 | Harcourts

The latest residential housing figures from New Zealand’s largest real estate group, Harcourts shows that inventory is down in all regions except Christchurch, where property-on-hand was up a massive 25% compared to last year. Sales activity ...More >>

Kiwibank cuts longer-term mortgage rates

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:37:30 +1300 | Kiwibank

Kiwibank is cutting its three, four and five-year mortgage rates effective on Monday February 16, 2015. The three-year rate drops 34 points to 5.55% p.a.; four years down 40 points to 5.99% and five years down 10 points to 5.79%.More >>

Student wins halls scholarship with satirical video

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:55:42 +1300 | University of Canterbury

First year University of Canterbury student Louise Woolhouse has been awarded a $5000 accommodation scholarship after making a satirical video. More >>

Child poverty: Little to celebrate in Salvation Army report

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:24:05 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says there is not much to celebrate in the Salvation Army's 8th State of the Nation report released yesterday. More >>


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