Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Jennian Comes Out in Support of Master Builders Proposal

Jennian Comes Out Swinging in Support of Master Builders Proposal

The mortgage lending restrictions implemented by the Reserve Bank are causing a dramatic reduction in enquiry for new houses that will eventually lead to fewer homes built, says leading residential new-home builder Jennian Homes. “We predicted this and now it is happening” says Jennian Homes Director, Richard Carver. “The Reserve Bank must act before it is too late.”

Jennian Homes has come out in strong support of the proposal put forward to the Reserve Bank by the Registered Master Builders Federation, calling to exempt new homes from the damaging loan-to-value ratio (LVR) restrictions.

Mr Carver is pleased to see that the Reserve Bank is finally starting to listen to the industry and may review the LVR scheme, especially in relation to first home owners. “We strongly encourage the Reserve Bank to act swiftly and exempt new house construction from the LVR regulations as this will increase the supply of new houses that are desperately needed.”

“We believe that new home construction should have been excluded from the LVR rules in the first place.”

Housing Minster Dr Nick Smith says consent numbers are not showing any major reductions but he fails to see that a significant drop in enquiry today will not be fully realised in consent numbers until April 2014.

Up to 30 per cent of new building enquiry is being negatively impacted by the new restrictions. This equates to thousands of new houses on current consent forecasts.

The actions from the Reserve Bank greatly alienates young New Zealanders from entering the new home market and further places the kiwi dream of owning their own home on the backburner. This will benefit property investors at the expense of would be home owners.

As the government hides behind the Reserve Banks neutrality, the Kiwi dream of home ownership slips further from the grasp of those without a 20 per cent deposit.

Further to this handbrake being applied to the new housing industry, some economists are now predicting the first interest rate hike to be as early as January 2014. If this comes to fruition it would be nothing short of the Government continuing to kick the industry while it’s down.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Sky City : Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out. The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill.
More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: Mediation Between Lyttelton Port And Union Fails

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. More>>

Earlier:

Science Policy: Callaghan, NSC Funding Knocked In Submissions

Callaghan Innovation, which was last year allocated a budget of $566 million over four years to dish out research and development grants, and the National Science Challenges attracted criticism in submissions on the government’s draft national statement of science investment, with science funding largely seen as too fragmented. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

More:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news