Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Auckland House Prices Reach New High

Auckland House Prices Reach New High
 
News that the average house sale price in Auckland has topped $700,000, according to Barfoot & Thompson for the month of December 2013 comes as no surprise to Affordable Auckland Leader Stephen Berry. “There has been no change to the conditions which are distorting the housing market; therefore there will be no change in how it behaves. The bubble will continue to expand until increased interest rates in a few years’ time make it pop, again.”
 
Berry says, “The fundamentals which are fuelling to continued increase in house prices are the same ones that that started the new bubble. Regulations instituted by Auckland Council dictating land use and limits on urban expansion are the primary reason for the housing bubble.. Basic economics has not changed since the 2013 elections. When supply is artificially restricted, demand does not reduce and price goes up.”
 
Lending restrictions introduced by the unelected Reserve Bank have clearly had no positive effect on house prices. “They’ve had no effect on speculator participation in the market; rather they’ve simply shut out the vulnerable first home buyer who needs to six figured deposit just to get a mortgage. If anything, the LVR restrictions have worsened the acceleration of price inflation by reducing construction of new homes; another artificial restriction on supply!”
 
Mr. Berry says the solutions to the housing crisis are very simple and can be found in any Year 11 Economics textbook. “Remove the limits on supply! Abolish the urban limit and let property owners decide how their property is developed, not economically illiterate politicians and bureaucrats in the town hall.”
 
Stephen Berry was Affordable Auckland’s candidate for Mayor in the 2013 elections, finishing in third place with 4%. He has already confirmed that he will stand again when Len Brown inevitably resigns.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mana Māori: Kawenata Unites Kaupapa Māori Parties

The Māori Party and Mana Party have signed a historic agreement today to unite Māori politically.

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said the kawenata or agreement was a huge step forward for Māori in the lead up to the general elections.

"Today is an important day for the Māori nation because today is when the country's only two kaupapa Māori political parties unite to work tactically together in the best interests of our people," says Mr Morgan. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news