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Articles tagged with 'housing market'

Time to stop the finger-pointing on housing

2 December 2020 - New Zealand needs a bipartisan housing accord to fix the nation's skyrocketing prices and supply problems, according to economists at ASB.

Record October mortgage lending

25 November 2020 - Mortgage lending soared to $7.7 billion last month, the highest October figure on record, and further evidence of the red-hot housing market.

Strong market attracting investors

4 November 2020 - There has been a jump in investor demand and activity over the last month, according to the latest REINZ/Tony Alexander survey of real estate agents.

Auckland’s average price now $1million plus

4 November 2020 - New Zealand’s biggest market is booming with Barfoot & Thompson’s latest data revealing that Auckland’s average residential property price is over the $1 million mark for the first time.

Market influencers going forward...

2 November 2020 - Value growth is accelerating and one property expert is picking that Government construction plans and the role of LVRs will dominate market discussion of the trend going forward.

SuperCity property attracting overseas interest

2 November 2020 - International interest in Auckland property has increased recently and that could have helped the region’s average asking price hit a record high in Realestate.co.nz’s latest data.

Most expensive rental region a surprise

30 October 2020 - Think that rents in the Super City or the Capital are the highest in the country? Well, you’d be wrong. It’s Porirua which is the costliest district to rent in.

Dunedin in demand

29 October 2020 - A supply and demand imbalance together with improved housing stock mean Dunedin’s values are on the rise, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Always do your homework

27 October 2020 - With the housing market running hot there’s growing numbers of buyers out there and that’s left the Real Estate Authority (REA) reminding them to do their homework.

Education for landlords by landlords

23 October 2020 - Self-managing landlords are signing up in droves for the NZ Property Investors Federation’s new education programme which aims to help landlords run their properties like professionals.

COMMENT: Dunedin’s slowdown might last

22 October 2020 - Dunedin’s loss of value growth momentum in recent months could be a longer lasting trend, writes CoreLogic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.

What lies ahead for investors

21 October 2020 - Election 2020 is done and dusted – and a red landslide has left the Labour Party firmly in charge of the next government. But what could that mean for property investors?

COMMENT: Is a post-election market surge likely?

20 October 2020 - Will the 2020 post-election period see the usual effect on housing, or will it be another anomaly, asks REINZ chief executive Bindi Norwell.

Negative OCR still needed - Westpac

20 October 2020 - Despite fears of an overheated housing market, Westpac economists believe the Reserve Bank will still need to lower the official cash rate next year.

Something’s gotta give on prices

16 October 2020 - House prices are on a relentless march upwards and BNZ is warning that “over-zealous investors” could push them to non-sustainable levels.

LVR limits will return for investors

16 October 2020 - The odds of LVR restrictions returning for investors next year are "fairly high" due to the strength of the residential property market, according to economist Tony Alexander.

COMMENT: Property investment tax advantages

15 October 2020 - Public opinion has it that there’s lots of tax advantages with property investment. But property accountant Anthony Appleton-Tattersall* is asking people to let him know if they see any, as he hasn’t found them yet.

Market correction? Don’t hold your breath.

14 October 2020 - The economic fallout from Covid-19 was supposed to lead to a housing market correction. It hasn’t – and now ASB says prices are only going to keep climbing.

Sales, prices skyrocket in defiant market

13 October 2020 - It’s official: New Zealand’s housing market is going crazy – and the skyrocketing prices have left economists revising their forecasts and worried it heralds a new bubble.

No sign of investor exodus

8 October 2020 - It looks as though residential landlords are not exiting the market in droves as a result of the Government’s tenancy law reforms and other investor-focused policy changes.

Are returning Kiwis really a market driver?

6 October 2020 - Returning New Zealanders have been touted as a major driver of housing demand going forward, but some think the flood has ended – and that will impact on the market.

Tenancy reforms, tax changes would go under National

5 October 2020 - Getting rid of the Government’s tenancy law reforms and tax changes that impact on rental property owners are a key feature of the National Party’s new housing policy.

Big damage pay-out awarded to landlord

5 October 2020 - Tenant liability for damage has long been a fraught issue but a new Tenancy Tribunal case shows that damage rulings can sometimes favour a landlord.

Labour plans to regulate property managers

2 October 2020 - Property managers will be regulated and subject to a Code of Conduct to ensure they meet professional standards if the Labour Party returns to power after the election.

Booming sales in the Super City

2 October 2020 - Market activity is not letting up in Auckland with the city’s biggest real estate agency announcing that September saw the highest number of sales in a month since 2017.

COMMENT: The true cost to build a house

2 October 2020 - Think price-per-square-metre gives an accurate idea of the cost to build a home? Think again! Landmark Homes’ Warwick Aldridge* explains what’s not included – and what to look out for when comparing quotes.

Values on the rise again - CoreLogic

1 October 2020 - Growth in property values stalled after the first lockdown – but that’s changing with signs of growth emerging in markets nationwide once again.

Low listings boosting prices

1 October 2020 - Auckland’s average asking price passed $1 million for the first time while other regions turned in record highs. The ongoing shortage of listings is a major factor in that.

Resilient consent numbers surprise

30 September 2020 - High numbers of residential dwelling consents are still being issued with Stats NZ’s latest data leaving economists surprised at the ongoing resilience of construction.

Wairarapa on the move

30 September 2020 - A tight rental market and low sales stock mean Wairarapa’s property market is on the up, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Southland is tops for investors

25 September 2020 - It seems you can’t just beat Southland for high performing investment properties, with the region coming up trumps yet again in a new REINZ report.

What the Reserve Bank's latest move means for housing

24 September 2020 - The Reserve Bank’s programme to lend directly to retail banks could be ready soon. If it is, that’s likely to mean lower interest rates on loans – and more support for the housing market.

Growth halts for Capital rents

22 September 2020 - Wellington rents – which have long seen the strongest growth in the country – stalled in August for the first time in five years, new Trade Me Property data reveals.

Call for rent caps after freeze ends

21 September 2020 - Rents are set to go up for many as the Covid-19 prompted freeze on rent increases comes to an end later this week, but tenant advocates are now calling for rents to be capped.

High demand keeps pushing prices up

18 September 2020 - Treasury might be expecting house prices to fall - but market data suggests otherwise, with Trade Me Property’s August data the latest to show rising prices and high demand.

COMMENT: Never a right time to invest – why buyers need to act now

16 September 2020 - New Zealanders who are apprehensive about buying property should be spurred on to take the jump as record low mortgage rates and a lesson from the current world backdrop settle in, argues iConsult’s Satyan Mehra*.

Expect house prices to keep rising - Westpac

14 September 2020 - House prices are set to keep going up rather than down, one of the big banks now says – after reversing its earlier predictions of price declines.

Covid be damned – the market is booming

11 September 2020 - Those who were anticipating a Covid-prompted housing market collapse got it wrong with the latest REINZ data revealing strong growth in prices and sales.

Real estate price-fixing saga ends with big penalty

10 September 2020 - Price-fixing is in the spotlight, once again, after the Auckland High Court ordered two Hamilton real estate agencies to pay $4 million for engaging in it.

Interest rates not bargains driving investors

9 September 2020 - Investors’ hopes of picking up a property bargain in the post-Covid market are fading, the latest joint survey from REINZ and economist Tony Alexander reveals.

Economy performing better-than-expected: ASB

7 September 2020 - The New Zealand economy is faring better than expected despite the second lockdown in Auckland, according to ASB economists.

Where are properties selling most above CVs?

4 September 2020 - Auckland’s residential property prices might be on the rise again, but it’s actually the region where properties are currently selling closest to their CV*.

Super City powers through lockdown 2.0

2 September 2020 - Lockdown 2.0? What lockdown? Auckland’s residential property market sailed through the level three restrictions, according to the city’s largest real estate agency.

Moving rent tech out of the past

2 September 2020 - Recent tenancy law changes mean residential landlords will need to stay firmly on top of their rent collection processes – and a newly launched app aims to help them do that.

High consent issuance not expected to continue

1 September 2020 - Over 10,000 new dwelling consents were issued in the three months to July, a rolling total not seen since the 1970s. But economists don’t expect the trend to continue.

Market holds firm in Covid-19 storm

1 September 2020 - Covid-19 has not led to the bottom dropping out of the housing market, as some predicted. Rather housing values have held pretty firmly, particularly in provincial and rural areas.

Record housing stock lows round NZ

1 September 2020 - The amount of available housing stock for sale nationwide plummeted to record lows in August – and that’s helping keep prices bubbling up.

Consents no longer needed for low-risk work

31 August 2020 - Good news for those wanting to add a sleep-out, shed or carport to a property: today’s the day that consents are no longer needed for low-risk building work.

Steady Southern star

31 August 2020 - Covid-19 and the closure of Tiwai Point might pose some challenges for Invercargill but the southern city’s market still has a lot to offer investors, writes Miriam Bell

Buyer sentiment at eight year high

28 August 2020 - More people now believe that it is a good time to buy a house than at any other time since 2012, ASB’s latest Housing Confidence Survey reveals.

Clouds remain over housing market

27 August 2020 - Falling mortgage rates will provide support to the housing market over the coming year – but a weakening of the market is still on the cards, according to bank economists.

Investors' market share on the rise

20 August 2020 - Concerns about the rising costs of being a landlord aren’t deterring investors with new data showing that mortgaged investors’ share of purchases surged to a four year high in July.

Changes to RTA now in force

19 August 2020 - The Government’s controversial tenancy law reforms are now law after the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2020 received Royal Assent on 11 August 2020.

Election not an issue for property buyers & sellers

19 August 2020 - This year’s general election may have been postponed to October 17 but a new survey reveals that the election is not a concern for a vast majority of property buyers and sellers.

Mortgage deferral scheme extended to March

17 August 2020 - The Reserve Bank has confirmed the mortgage deferral scheme will be extended until March next year following the second Covid-19 prompted lockdown in Auckland.

COMMENT: Real estate possible at level three

17 August 2020 - Never fear property buyers and sellers - alert level three is still workable for the Auckland real estate market, according to Century 21 owner Derryn Mayne.

Covid-19 return could derail market boom

14 August 2020 - The housing market was booming in July with price and sales up nationwide, new REINZ data shows, but the return of Covid-19 raises questions of how the market will fare going forward.

The return of Covid-19: what it means for landlords

12 August 2020 - After 102 days, Covid-19 is back and that means Auckland is returning to alert level three, while the rest of New Zealand will go to alert level two, on Wednesday. So what does that mean for landlords?

How elections impact on the market

11 August 2020 - Elections have an impact on property market activity, don’t they? Actually - it depends, new Colliers International research suggests.

Greens propose more landlord regulations

10 August 2020 - Rental Warrants of Fitness. Licensing for landlords and property managers. They are ideas long held dear by the Green Party and, sure enough, they both feature in the Green’s new housing policy.

New rental laws will have unexpected outcomes

6 August 2020 - Watch out – some of the tenancy reforms now set to become law will have unintended consequences and cause more harm than good, REINZ is warning.

Radical tenancy reforms now law

5 August 2020 - Shock and dismay. That’s what landlords around New Zealand are feeling after Parliament passed the Government’s controversial tenancy law reforms into law late Wednesday.

Is the market resurgence coming to an end?

5 August 2020 - Steady declines in value growth are becoming evident – as QV’s latest data reveals – and that suggests the housing market’s resurgence could be coming to an end.

Auckland sees highest sales since 2015

4 August 2020 - The SuperCity turned in its strongest housing sales performance in a July for five years last month, new data from Auckland’s biggest real estate agency reveals.

ANZ eases servicing test

4 August 2020 - ANZ has become the latest bank to ease its servicing test criteria for borrowers, reflecting the lower interest rate environment.

Prices not impacted by new listings surge

3 August 2020 - There was an influx of new listings on to the housing market in July but it is making little impact on the shortage of housing stock around New Zealand.

200 issues: Top Regions Revealed

31 July 2020 - Joanna Jefferies takes a look at the top 12 locations for property price growth and gains across New Zealand since 2003 and discovers previously unknown property hotspots.

Covid-19 fog hangs over consents increase

30 July 2020 - New dwelling consents were up by 20% year-on-year in June. That’s a big increase but it doesn’t allay the concerns of economists going forward.

COMMENT: It’s not all doom & gloom

30 July 2020 - Uncertainty still casts its shadow over the property market but there are factors that could see a brighter outlook than some expect, writes CoreLogic's Kelvin Davidson.*.

Mortgage holidays set for extension

29 July 2020 - Minister of Finance Grant Robertson says the Reserve Bank could extend mortgage holidays for struggling borrowers.

Opposition to RTA overhaul rages

28 July 2020 - The Government’s controversial tenancy law reform proposals look set to hit Parliament today, but opponents say it would be a big mistake for MPs to pass them into law.

Crunch time for tenancy law reforms

27 July 2020 - The Government’s tenancy law reforms are up for their second reading in Parliament this week – and landlord advocates are urging people to contact MPs with their concerns before midday Tuesday.

COMMENT: Extend mortgage holidays

27 July 2020 - The Covid-19 prompted mortgage “holiday” scheme is set to end in September but Century 21 New Zealand owner Derryn Mayne is calling for it to be extended.

Home lending jumps in June

24 July 2020 - New mortgage lending jumped to $5.3 billion in June as the market recovered strongly from the Covid-19 lockdown.

New urban planning rules for Councils

24 July 2020 - Restrictive planning regulations have long been cited as a major contributor to New Zealand’s housing shortage – but new rules mean Councils will have to loosen up their rules in a bid to boost supply.

Demand is keeping prices resilient

23 July 2020 - Stronger than anticipated demand from property buyers is helping to keep prices nationwide buoyant – and solidly up on last year - in the post-Covid housing market.

Covid crisis will impact on market - in time

21 July 2020 - ASB continues to expect a 6% decline in nationwide house prices – even though the Covid-19 prompted economic adjustment to date been less severe than most expected.

Servicing tests hinder home loan market

17 July 2020 - Tough servicing tests continue to hinder the home loan market, leaving borrowers unable to tap into attractive headline interest rates.

Sales, prices surge up - defying expectations

14 July 2020 - The housing market’s post-Covid rebound continued in June with house prices rising further and sales volumes hitting a four year high – but economists are asking if it will last.

COMMENT: Disappointment with the RTA Bill

13 July 2020 - The NZ Property Investors’ Federation is disappointed only minimal changes made to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.

Select Committee green lights tenancy law reforms

10 July 2020 - Extreme disappointment is the response of property professionals to the Select Committee report on the Government’s proposed tenancy law reforms which was released this week.

Investors not rushing to sell

9 July 2020 - There is no rush of investors looking to sell their properties in the post-Covid-19 market, according to the second joint survey from REINZ and economist Tony Alexander.

Why bank changes are good for advisers

8 July 2020 - The days of face-to-face banking may be numbered with the big banks closing branches around the country in the wake of Covid-19, but this change could work out well for advisers.

Values settle into new normal

8 July 2020 - Covid-19’s impact on the residential property market is becoming clearer with QV’s latest data showing the pre-lockdown heat is dissipating as the market begins to settle.

COMMENT: A call to arms

7 July 2020 - Concerned about the Government’s tenancy law reforms? Well, there is now less than a week to speak up about them - so NZ Property Investor editor Miriam Bell urges landlords to make their views heard.

Advisers buoyed by strong property market

6 July 2020 - The New Zealand property market has emerged strongly out of lockdown, according to mortgage advisers, who say they are busy as ever this winter.

Advisers buoyed by strong property market

6 July 2020 - The New Zealand property market has emerged strongly out of lockdown, according to mortgage advisers, who say they are busy as ever this winter. 

Why the future is not bleak for the housing market

3 July 2020 - Uncertainty continues to cast its shadow over the housing market but economist Tony Alexander has put together a list of reasons which offset the negatives and mean the market remains well-supported.

SuperCity sales defy expectations – for now

2 July 2020 - Auckland’s property market defied economic forecasts in June but that doesn’t mean it will continue to do so, according to the city’s largest real estate agency.

Consents rebound likely to be short-lived

1 July 2020 - There was a strong increase in residential building consents in May but economists say the rebound won’t last.

Four new buyers’ markets emerge

1 July 2020 - A surge in new property listings around much of New Zealand has turned four regions into buyers’ markets, new Realestate.co.nz data reveals.

COMMENT: Are Airbnb hosts in breach of the RTA?

30 June 2020 - Landlords could be using short term booking sites like Airbnb in an attempt to contract out of the Residential Tenancies Act, but by doing so they are exposing themselves to substantial risk and possible rent refunds, writes property management consultant David Faulkner.

Signs of confidence but early days yet

30 June 2020 - Tough economic times might be ahead but a new report from REINZ shows there are some early signs of confidence in the housing market post-lockdown.

How housing affects the market for insurance

29 June 2020 - Why would the housing market be a factor in underinsurance? Russell Hutchinson explains.

COMMENT: Don’t discount migration as a demand driver

26 June 2020 - There are reasons why we shouldn’t completely ignore migration as a continued support for property, CoreLogic’s Kelvin Davidson* explains…

Mortgage borrowing rebounds in May

25 June 2020 - New mortgage borrowing rose by roughly $1.6 billion in May as the property market showed signs of recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown.

SuperCity yields improving

25 June 2020 - Investors take note - record low mortgage rates mean the yields on Auckland rental properties are starting to look more attractive.

What’s going on in the rental market

25 June 2020 - There’s been a big increase in rental supply in some of New Zealand’s tourism hotspots, according to Trade Me Property’s latest rental data.

S&P forecast 10% house price fall

24 June 2020 - Global ratings agency Standards & Poors is the latest to join the chorus of predictions around potential house price falls in New Zealand – and they’re picking a 10% drop.

Market outlook: what economists have to say

19 June 2020 - Recent residential housing market data has not looked to bad – but, given the grim economic forecasts, that’s a bit confusing. So here’s a round-up of economists’ latest takes on the market…

Tenancy termination ban lifted

18 June 2020 - The end is nigh for emergency tenancy measures introduced during the Covid-19 lockdown with the Government today confirming the measures won’t be extended.

Huge surge in buyer demand

18 June 2020 - Is it the lure of a bargain? Is it a pent-up demand? Whatever the reason, buyer demand for residential property has soared, according to Trade Me Property.

Southland comes up trumps for investors

17 June 2020 - Investors keen to pick up a good deal should look south as a new REINZ report shows that Southland is, once again, the country’s highest performing region for residential property investors.

New-to-bank lending freeze

17 June 2020 - Banks have stopped taking on new borrowers above 80% LVR, despite the end of loan-to-value ratio restrictions last month.

COMMENT: Allow KiwiSaver for investment properties

16 June 2020 - It’s time to allow KiwiSaver to be used to buy investment properties as well as first homes, argues Century 21 New Zealand owner Derryn Mayne.

Market feels Covid-19 impact

15 June 2020 - Covid-19 is still impacting on New Zealand’s housing market but there’s some positive signs in REINZ’s latest data, with a clear monthly increase in sales.

Wind up emergency tenancy provisions now - REINZ

12 June 2020 - Emergency tenancy provisions introduced because of Covid-19 are now doing more harm than good so it’s time to bring them to an end, the Real Estate Institute says.

Level one: the new normal

11 June 2020 - New Zealand is a few days into alert level one and that means the residential property sector is seeing some changes as we all adjust to the “new normal”.

Investors hunt for bargains

10 June 2020 - One in four real estate agents have reported an increase in investor buying activity, according to a new survey from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and economist Tony Alexander.

$75m on offer for new developments

9 June 2020 - Auckland ’s long-term future is sound as well situated residential developments will always sell and demand for affordable housing remains strong, a leading non-bank property financier says.

Weak sales, resilient prices

3 June 2020 - Auckland’s housing market saw another slump in sales volumes in May but prices are holding steady, according to the city’s largest real estate agency.

Market teeters on cliff edge - QV

3 June 2020 - Signs of fragility might be present in the post-lockdown market yet value growth and demand are currently still going strong.

Compliance statement deadline extended

2 June 2020 - There’s some relief for struggling landlords with the announcement today that the Healthy Homes Compliance Statement deadline has been extended for an additional five months.

Consents fall could have been worse

2 June 2020 - New dwellings consents dropped in April. That didn’t surprise anyone but economists were surprised that the drop wasn’t bigger.

No post-Covid-19 dent in asking prices

2 June 2020 - Covid-19 has not diminished the price expectations of property sellers with new data revealing that average asking prices hit record highs in seven regions in May.

Holiday hotspots: what lies ahead?

29 May 2020 - Tourism has been one of the industries hardest-hit by the Covid-19 crisis, so Miriam Bell looks into what that means for the regional property markets that are reliant on it.

Price expectations spiral down

27 May 2020 - Housing confidence has been dealt a hefty blow by the Covid-19 crisis with house price expectations plummeting to new lows.

Mortgage lending slumps to record low in April

26 May 2020 - Mortgage lending fell to its lowest level on record last month as the property market ground to a halt during the Covid-19 lockdown.

COMMENT: Housing supply increase is being hampered

22 May 2020 - The much-needed increase in housing supply is being hindered by new legislation relating to rental properties, warns NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Sharon Cullwick.

Downward pressures might push investors out

21 May 2020 - There’s a major housing market downturn coming and it’s likely to reduce the number of investors in the market, according to ANZ economists.

Rent increase freeze to change the market

19 May 2020 - Lockdown restrictions made for an inevitable slow down in the rental market in April but Trade Me Property’s new data highlights questions over the future direction of the market.

Navigating level two: what landlords need to know

18 May 2020 - With around 95% of businesses now back at work and children returning to schools today, New Zealand is now fully ensconced in alert level two. So what does that mean for residential landlords?

House sales plummet in lockdown

15 May 2020 - [UPDATED] There was a massive nationwide drop in residential property sales in April while the country was in level four lockdown, new REINZ data reveals.

How Budget 2020 supports the housing market

14 May 2020 - Was Budget 2020 transformational? Experts are debating that now but, whether or not it turns out to be, it does provide some support for the residential property market going forward.

Budget 2020: Social housing boost

14 May 2020 - Rebuilding New Zealand post-Covid-19 was, as promised, the focus of Budget 2020 - and it turns out that includes the roll-out of a big social housing building programme.

COMMENT: Which property markets are most vulnerable?

13 May 2020 - In the coming months, all parts of the country are likely to feel some degree of property pain, but CoreLogic’s Kelvin Davidson* has taken a look at which areas might be hardest hit.

There’s life in the market yet

11 May 2020 - The residential property market might currently be lacking in strength, but those working in the sector don’t see it as suffering from widespread weakness, according to economist Tony Alexander’s latest poll.

Investors expect road ahead to be tougher

8 May 2020 - Most investors believe that conditions will get harder for property investors over the next year but not just because of the Covid-19 crisis, a new survey by NZ Property Investor has found.

Real estate in level two

7 May 2020 - Open homes. Rental viewings. Auctions. They look to be on the cards again soon, with the country heading towards alert level two.

Capital investor calls for commercial rates moratorium

6 May 2020 - Councils should offer a one-year moratorium on rates to commercial landlords who are struggling with the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis, a prominent Wellington property investor argues.

Market enters unknown waters

6 May 2020 - There’s no doubt New Zealand’s housing market was performing strongly heading into lockdown but, as QV’s latest data makes clear, the market has now entered unknown waters.

SuperCity sales fall 50% in lockdown

4 May 2020 - Auckland property sales in April were down by 50% on March but the true effect of the lockdown won’t show up until May’s trading data is compiled, according to Barfoot & Thompson.

Majority of MPs qualify as property investors

1 May 2020 - It’s impossible to ignore New Zealanders’ love for property as an investment – and this is highlighted by the holdings of our MPs, a majority of whom qualify as multiple property owners.

House price drops are short-lived - Alexander

24 April 2020 - Periods of house price decline are rare and "short-lived", says economist Tony Alexander, amid forecasts of a drop of 10%-15% this year.

Private property viewings allowed under level three

23 April 2020 - The property market has received a boost after Housing Minister Megan Woods confirmed that private viewings will be allowed under alert level three.

Share your views on what Covid-19 means for investors

21 April 2020 - We want to know how property investors in New Zealand are responding to the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on the market...

Life at level three for residential landlords

17 April 2020 - It won’t be a full release from lockdown but moving to alert level three will mean businesses that can operate safely will be able to reopen. So what does that mean when it comes to residential property?

[VIDEO] Don’t expect a buyers’ market immediately

15 April 2020 - Listings of properties for sale are likely to lift post-lockdown but CoreLogic’s head of research, Nick Goodall, says that doesn’t mean the housing market will immediately switch into a buyers’ market. [WATCH VIDEO]

Market strong before turbulence to come

15 April 2020 - Strong price growth and solid demand characterised the pre-lockdown housing market, new REINZ data shows – but the time period covered was the calm before the storm.

One in five tenancies could fall into arrears

14 April 2020 - The Covid-19 crisis will result in greater falls in rents and higher default rates in regions, or suburbs, with higher rents, according to property management companies.

Tenancy reform Select Committee hearings to go ahead

7 April 2020 - The Covid-19 lockdown may have put a halt to most Parliamentary business but not, it turns out, to the progress of the Government’s controversial tenancy law reforms.

Life remains in real estate industry

7 April 2020 - Open homes are forbidden and real estate transactions are in hiatus during the lockdown, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible for investors to find a deal.

Lockdown market sentiment

6 April 2020 - Caution might dominate property sector participants’ takes on the market, but independent economist Tony Alexander’s latest polling reveals that not all investors are taking a step back.

How the lockdown is affecting landlords

3 April 2020 - It’s not just tenants who are feeling the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown – residential landlords are too, with a new survey showing that the personal income of 59% of them has been affected.

Supreme Court dismisses price-fixing appeal

2 April 2020 - Two Hamilton real estate agencies have lost their long-running battle with the Commerce Commission over allegations of price-fixing.

COMMENT: Making sense of it all: COVID-19, the economy & property

2 April 2020 - The Covid-19 crisis means everything is changing fast, so CoreLogic’s Kelvin Davidson* has put together his 10 key points on what to be aware of when it comes to the property market.

Auckland market booming before lockdown

2 April 2020 - The Super City’s housing market was in full recovery mode with strong sales and a rise in listings, but the Covid-19 lockdown has stopped it in its tracks.

Uncertainty set to plague 2020’s market

1 April 2020 - New data from both QV and Realestate.co.nz shows the housing market was performing strongly prior to the Covid-19 lockdown – but there’s no escaping the question of what it will do now.

Covid-19 will impact on building activity

31 March 2020 - New dwelling consents hit a 45 year high in the year ending February 2020 – but that was before the Covid-19 crisis hit.

What lies ahead for the housing market

31 March 2020 - As New Zealand begins to settle into the “new normal” of the Covid-19 lockdown, commentators have started releasing their (tentative) outlooks for the housing market. Here’s a summary of some of them...

Housing market negatives; Nelson Building Society rate drop

31 March 2020 - The unprecedented covid-19 outbreak has many economists predicting a short, sharp downturn in the housing market. Tony Alexander weighs up the negatives...

Housing market: the negatives

31 March 2020 - The unprecedented covid-19 outbreak has many economists predicting a short, sharp downturn in the housing market. Tony Alexander weighs up the negatives for homeowners in a post-coronavirus environment.

Landlords’ plea: don’t unfairly target us

27 March 2020 - There are growing concerns among many landlords about unreasonable expectations from tenants, and the Government, in relation to rent during the lockdown.

Emergency rules boost tenant protections

25 March 2020 - Landlords can't raise rents or evict tenants, expect in specific situations, during the Covid-19 lockdown – but tenants do have obligations too.

Covid-19 crisis: what landlords need to know

25 March 2020 - [UPDATED] The Covid-19 crisis means that New Zealand is now in a State of National Emergency and the nationwide lockdown begins tonight.

COMMENT: Property from the trenches

24 March 2020 - Covid-19's major impact on New Zealand's economy means job losses and that has implications for landlords. Veteran investor Debbie Van Den Broek offers some suggestions on how landlords can weather the storm.

Freeze on rent rises introduced - temporarily

23 March 2020 - The Government has introduced a freeze on rent increases on residential rental properties as part of the economic measures announced in the fight against Covid-19 and its impacts.

Put RTA reform proposals on ice

23 March 2020 - Now is not the time for the Government to push through its proposed tenancy law reforms, property market players say.

How to address tenant job loss in the age of coronavirus

20 March 2020 - Compassion should be key to how landlords deal with tenants affected by coronavirus job losses but, ultimately, they are running a business and still need to pay their mortgages.

Housing market: 6 factors to consider

20 March 2020 - It looks as though New Zealand is headed towards an unexpected recession. While house prices are expected to drop in the near term, economist Tony Alexander points out six factors to think about in the current market.

Battle against RTA reforms continues

18 March 2020 - Coronavirus might be dominating the headlines but investor advocates are urging landlords not to forget about the threat posed by the proposed reforms to tenancy law.

ASB slashes house price forecasts

17 March 2020 - House price growth will drop away to zero over the coming year, according to ASB who have cut their forecasts in response to the coronavirus crisis.

What coronavirus means for property investors

16 March 2020 - Welcome to Fortress New Zealand. The coronavirus crisis means that strict travel bans are now in force and a recession is expected. So what does that mean for property investors going forward?

Housing market powers on – for now

12 March 2020 - New Zealand’s housing market resurgence is showcased in new REINZ data which has the national median price at a new record and sales at a four-year high.

Affordability under pressure - ASB

12 March 2020 - Expectations that house prices will rise are at a three-year high but that means less people think now is a good time to buy a house.

Get on top of boarding house rules

11 March 2020 - There’s a fair bit of uncertainty around boarding houses and Tenancy Services is warning landlords they need to know the law around this area.

National would ditch proposed rental regulations

9 March 2020 - The Government’s controversial tenancy law reforms would be among the first regulations National would throw on to the regulations “bonfire” it is planning if elected.

Will mortgage rates fall much further?

9 March 2020 - An official cash rate cut looks increasing likely amid the Covid-19 outbreak, but economists doubt mortgage rates will drop much further than current levels.

Failure to lodge bonds earns major penalty

6 March 2020 - A Tauranga property management company has been ordered to pay $16,417 for failing to lodge bonds within the required timeframe on multiple occasions.

SuperCity sales soar up

4 March 2020 - Auckland sales activity soared back to life in February with Barfoot & Thompson recording its highest number of sales in five years.

Values escape coronavirus contagion

4 March 2020 - There’s no escaping the spectre of coronavirus right now but it hasn’t had an impact on the property market with new QV data showing it continues to strengthen.

On the brink of a crisis

3 March 2020 - Proposed tenancy law changes, which come in an environment of rental shortage, are on the brink of creating a low socioeconomic rental crisis.

Removal of no-cause notice opposed by 45% of tenants

2 March 2020 - It’s not just landlords who are opposed to the removal of the no-cause 90-day notice: a new REINZ survey reveals that close to half of tenants are too.

Drop the quarter-acre dream to address supply shortage

2 March 2020 - There’s been no change to the shortage of houses for sale nationwide and that’s keeping asking prices high in markets around New Zealand, the latest Realestate.co.nz data shows.

COMMENT: Act against radical tenancy changes

2 March 2020 - New Zealand’s 290,000 rental property owners should resist radical changes to the Residential Tenancies Act both by submission and by their vote in this year’s election, argues Tenancies War spokesman Mike Butler.

Manawatu on the move

28 February 2020 - Skyrocketing values and a serious supply shortage characterise the Palmerston North and Feilding markets, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Tenancy reform submissions due March 25

26 February 2020 - Worried about the government’s tenancy law reforms? You’d better speak up soon because there’s under a month to make a submission on the legislation.

The cost of overstaying tenants

26 February 2020 - Getting tenants to leave a rental property at the end of a tenancy can be problematic. Here’s a new Tenancy Tribunal ruling which serves as yet another example.

RTA reforms pile pressure on landlords

24 February 2020 - Less rental properties and higher rents could result from the reforms contained in the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, both Opposition MPs and government officials are warning.

Regions lead the price growth pack

24 February 2020 - Provincial markets stole the asking price spotlight from the main centres in January, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index.

Full steam ahead for tenancy reforms

21 February 2020 - Landlords won’t have long to have their say on the government’s tenancy law reform proposals after Parliament voted that the Select Committee dealing with the legislation should report back by 22 June.

The new face of the NZPIF

20 February 2020 - There’s been a changing of the guard fronting the NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF), with the current president taking over as executive officer from Andrew King.

Strong start for market in 2020

18 February 2020 - Auckland’s housing market has surged back into the game with its busiest January in four years, new REINZ data reveals.

Tenancy reform bill hits Parliament

17 February 2020 - Controversial tenancy law reforms, in the form of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, were introduced into Parliament on Monday and property industry players are not happy about it.

REINZ & NZPIF join up to battle RTA changes

16 February 2020 - Concerns about the government’s proposed tenancy law changes are running high and this has prompted REINZ and the NZPIF to join forces to fight them.

Government brokers to match landlords with tenants

14 February 2020 - A newly established housing broker service will be reaching out to private landlords to get them on board to support the government’s $300 million homelessness action plan.

Rising house prices glossed over in MPS

13 February 2020 - New Zealand’s housing market is rebounding strongly but the Reserve Bank barely mentioned it in Wednesday’s Monetary Policy Statement (MPS). That’s left one economist asking why.

Steady demand makes for rising values

5 February 2020 - The property market recovery just keeps stepping up the pace, with QV’s latest data revealing that all sixteen of the major cities they monitor saw quarterly value growth in January.

New growth cycle for Auckland

4 February 2020 - It’s confirmed: Auckland’s housing market is entering a new growth cycle with Barfoot & Thompson’s latest data revealing a stellar start to the year.

Don't use KiwiSaver for investment property - yet

4 February 2020 - The Interim Retirement Commissioner’s proposal to allow KiwiSaver first-home withdrawals to be used for investment properties came tantalisingly close but didn’t quite make it to the recommendation phase.

Could a shift in the listings shortage be coming?

3 February 2020 - More properties are coming on to the housing market but there’s still a nationwide shortage with the number of homes for sale down by over 20% year-on-year.

SuperCity rents moving up - slowly

31 January 2020 - Auckland rents may be high but they’re not going up at the rate often suggested, with new data showing rental prices rose more slowly in 2019 than in previous years.

New Plymouth possibilities

31 January 2020 - Despite the proposed regulation of short-term rentals, New Plymouth still has great opportunities for investors.

Could the coronavirus hit the housing market?

30 January 2020 - The coronavirus outbreak in China could impact tourism and economic growth in New Zealand, having a knock-on effect on the official cash rate, according to one economist.

Confidence in rental returns at new low

29 January 2020 - Belief that rental property will provide the best investment returns has fallen to a 15 plus year low, the latest ASB Investor Confidence Survey reveals.

Why house price growth will continue

28 January 2020 - House price inflation is unlikely to radically slow this year after a strong end to 2019, according to leading economist Tony Alexander.

A decade of property price growth

23 January 2020 - Recent years have seen some spectacular house price growth around New Zealand but just how much have asking prices gone up in different markets over the last 10 years?

Upping the ante on price growth

22 January 2020 - ANZ economists have become the latest commentators to revise up their house price inflation predictions and are now picking 8% growth by mid-2020.

Call for apartment law reform petition support

17 January 2020 - The campaign to reform apartment law is heating up once again with National MPs urging property owners to sign a petition calling for changes to the law.

Highest sales in December for three years

16 January 2020 - New Zealand’s property market ended the decade on a high with new REINZ data putting sales at their highest volume in years and median prices up around the country.

Book excerpt: Financial Freedom - 5 Steps 5 Years

6 January 2020 - Property investment is the way to financial freedom, argues property investment mentor Lucia Xiao* in her new book which aims to help people take control of their lives. Here’s an excerpt from her book…

COMMENT: What lies ahead in 2020?

3 January 2020 - It’s that time of year when we are all contemplating what the year ahead has in store… So here’s GRA managing director Matthew Gilligan’s property market predictions for 2020.

Hot demand in Hawke’s Bay

31 December 2019 - A severe housing shortage in Napier and Hastings means house values and rents are on the rise, writes Joanna Jefferies.

COMMENT: Off-the-plan investing in 2020

27 December 2019 - Interested in the idea of investing off-the-plan? Propellor Property Investments founder Nikki Conners* explains what you need to know about off-the-plan investing going into 2020.

Strong market upturn picked for 2020

18 December 2019 - Expect price growth to hit 7% by April 2020 as the housing market continues its emphatic upturn, Westpac’s chief economist says.

New infrastructure funding tool announced

16 December 2019 - Funding for infrastructure in new developments has long been a bottleneck in the drive to boosting housing supply so the Government is introducing a new tool to address the problem.

Record prices see upturn gathering pace

13 December 2019 - New Zealand’s housing market resurgence continues to gain momentum with the latest REINZ data showing record prices around the country.

Who loves apartments the most

12 December 2019 - New Zealanders may have finally started to embrace apartments as homes but it is investors who buy them the most, according to new analysis from CoreLogic.

Buyer sentiment at seven year high

9 December 2019 - Housing market expectations have improved significantly in ASB’s latest Housing Confidence Survey – and record low interest rates are playing a major part in that.

Values pick up the pace

4 December 2019 - There’s a more upbeat feel to the property market and it’s obvious in this month’s QV data which has values firmly on the rise.

Auckland’s November sales at four year high

3 December 2019 - Sales activity continues to improve in Auckland with new Barfoot & Thompson data revealing their best November sales numbers since 2015.

Finance clause change to hit home buyers: REINZ

2 December 2019 - Home buyers will no longer be able to use a finance clause to pull out of a property purchase without proof, REINZ has warned.

Supply remains tight nationwide

2 December 2019 - Many regional markets hit record high asking prices in November but that’s not deterring property-seeking Aucklanders, Realestate.co.nz’s latest data shows.

COMMENT: Unlawful premises – moving past Anderson v FM Custodians

26 November 2019 - Curious about the law around the use of non-residential property for residential purposes? Auckland Property Investors Association member Kristine King* explains the situation now that there’s new legislation in place.

Pre-summer pick up for rental market

22 November 2019 - The rental market is heating up for summer with both tenant demand and rents on the rise around the country, new Trade Me data suggests.

COMMENT: Removing 90-day notices - the impacts

20 November 2019 - Being a successful landlord is all about managing risk but getting rid of “no cause” 90-day’ notices means risk will skyrocket, argues NZ Property Investor Federation executive member Brian Kerr.

Mortgage rates may be at cycle low: ASB

20 November 2019 - Take note, investors: It is "quite possible" fixed rate mortgages have hit their lowest point in this cycle, according to economists at ASB.

Key reform will only protect bad tenants

18 November 2019 - Getting rid of “no cause” termination notices only serves to protect bad tenants and will have a negative impact on the broader community, not just landlords, according to landlord advocates.

Changes to RTA announced

17 November 2019 - The Government announced its long awaited tenancy law reforms on Sunday and they mean that landlords will no longer be able to get rid of tenants without reason.

ComCom warning for property trader

15 November 2019 - A property trader, who has attracted unfavourable media attention in recent years, has received a formal warning from the Commerce Commission.

Record prices round NZ

14 November 2019 - It looks like the sleeping giant of New Zealand’s housing market could be stirring, with new REINZ data showing that both sales and prices in Auckland are up.

More than fair “wear and tear”

12 November 2019 - Proving tenant liability for damage has long been a major worry for landlords but a recent Tenancy Tribunal ruling shows that it can be done.

Southland “standout” region for investors

11 November 2019 - Investors looking for both strong capital gains and good rental yields should head to Southland – if they heed the results of new REINZ research.

The getting of wisdom

11 November 2019 - Landlords concerned about the increasing amount of rules and regulations it’s necessary to comply with can now get training to help them out.

Low property expectations

7 November 2019 - Confidence in investments across the board has fallen to a three and a half year low – and a decline in sentiment about housing has played a big part in this.

Record low rates fuel market resurgence

6 November 2019 - A widespread resurgence in value growth of late means that all eyes are now on the Reserve Bank’s next OCR call which could give the market another push.

COMMENT: The truth about tenancy terminations

5 November 2019 - The Government wants to get rid of “no-cause” tenancy terminations. Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis explains why that is a bad idea.

SuperCity on the rise?

4 November 2019 - Auckland’s housing market saw a noticeable increase in sales in October – and it’s due to an increase in listings, according to Barfoot & Thompson’s managing director.

Tight supply, rising prices

1 November 2019 - A significant year-on-year drop in the total number of houses on the market nationwide could start to drive up asking prices going forward, new Realestate.co.nz data suggests.

Strong growth in multi-unit dwelling consents

31 October 2019 - The number of dwelling consents being issued just keeps going up, with September seeing the highest number in any 12-month period since the year to October 1974.

Boiling Hot Property

31 October 2019 - A supply shortage and accessible price points mean demand for investment properties in Rotorua is red hot, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Smaller properties, better rent growth

29 October 2019 - Two-bedroom properties and central city apartments are seeing the strongest growth in rents in the Auckland region, new Barfoot & Thompson data reveals.

LVR loosening likely - ANZ

23 October 2019 - LVR restrictions were never meant to be a permanent feature of New Zealand’s housing market and ANZ economists argue that some further relaxing of them could soon be on the cards.

COMMENT: Sign of changing times

17 October 2019 - Fletcher Building opened a flash, new, high tech, prefabricated house building factory yesterday. Great things are expected of it, but Miriam Bell ponders what it means for your average investor.

Return to market form

15 October 2019 - There’s been a rallying of the market with the latest REINZ data showing both sales volumes and median house prices noticeably up with the onset of Spring.

Allow KiwiSaver withdrawals for investment properties

15 October 2019 - KiwiSaver rules should be relaxed so that first home withdrawals can include investment properties, the Interim Retirement Commissioner is proposing.

Green light for property investment crowdfunding

9 October 2019 - The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has approved a secondary market for The Property Crowd and that enables the residential property crowd funder to relaunch its trading platform.

Spring bounce in Auckland market

2 October 2019 - There was an increase in activity in the Auckland housing market over September with both new listings and sales up, according to Barfoot & Thompson.

Signs of life in market

2 October 2019 - They might be tentative but there are signs the property market is strengthening with new QV data showing that most main urban areas have seen a lift in values.

New listings remain limited

1 October 2019 - There was no uptick in market activity in the first full month after the Reserve Bank’s big OCR cut, with listings still at low levels, realestate.co.nz’s latest data shows.

COMMENT: Let the buyer beware! But what about the seller?

1 October 2019 - Where would you stand if a property you have contracted to buy or sell is damaged on or before the settlement day? Buddle Findlay* partner John Buchan and senior associate Julia Gabrielle explain.

Consents up again in August

30 September 2019 - Ongoing growth in the number of new dwellings being consented demonstrates an increasing focus on densification particularly in Auckland.

Bad behaviour behind most 90-day notices

27 September 2019 - Getting rid of “no cause” terminations won’t benefit good tenants but it will help bad tenants - as most 90-day notices are due to poor tenant behaviour, landlords are warning.

LVR limits slow down investors

26 September 2019 - LVR speed limits continue to have a "strong effect" on investors, according to CoreLogic, after the latest Reserve Bank data showed a drop in investor borrowing.

Rents ramp up in Capital’s tight market

25 September 2019 - Limited supply and strong demand mean that Wellington rents are, once again, on a par with Auckland’s rents, according to Trade Me Property’s new rental data.

No stopping Capital price rises

23 September 2019 - There’s no sign of a slow-down in Wellington’s property prices with Trade Me Property’s latest data showing that asking prices continue to rise solidly.

New Government housing agency established

20 September 2019 - It’s official: the Government’s new urban development and housing authority, Kāinga Ora, has been given the go-ahead after the necessary legislation passed its third reading in Parliament this week.

The truth about flipping

19 September 2019 - Claims about the sky-high gains generated by property flippers ignore the costs and taxes that come with trading properties – and that means the profit assumptions are wrong, property experts say.

Price fixing earns Ronovationz $400k penalty

18 September 2019 - Property investment guru, Ron Hoy Fong’s, company has been handed down a $400,000 penalty by the High Court after admitting to price fixing in Auckland’s real estate market.

Home loan complaints rise

18 September 2019 - Complaints against banks by home loan borrowers rose by 12.3% last year amid a rising number of declined applications, according to the Banking Ombudsman Scheme. 

Sales fall highlights sluggish market

13 September 2019 - The Reserve Bank’s dramatic OCR cut in August was meant to prompt a pick-up in the housing market but new REINZ data shows sales have slumped again.

Changing the game

11 September 2019 - Investors keen to minimise the costs that come with selling properties might want to look to a new real estate agency which is aiming to disrupt the industry.

Reset policies will prompt price rises - Westpac

10 September 2019 - KiwiBuild “reset” policies will boost demand, rather than supply, and that will lead to house price rises, Westpac’s economists are predicting.

What Aucklanders value in property

6 September 2019 - Properties with more permissive zoning have clearly higher values, according to new research from Auckland Council’s Chief Economist’s Unit.

Expect three more OCR cuts – ANZ

6 September 2019 - Ongoing deterioration of the growth and inflation outlook means that ANZ is predicting that the Reserve Bank will cut the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 0.25% by May next year.

Rent-to-buy scheme key to KiwiBuild II

4 September 2019 - It’s still KiwiBuild but not as we know it after the Government announced that it was scrapping the 100,000 homes target and introducing new home ownership initiatives.

Decline in value growth slows

4 September 2019 - Property value growth nationwide has been waning for months. But now QV’s latest data suggests the rate of decline is starting to ease up.

No momentum in Auckland sales

3 September 2019 - Auckland prices remain strong but sales are down and the market is suffering from a lack of momentum, according to the city’s biggest real estate agent.

Hints of market resurgence

3 September 2019 - Lower interest rates are prompting renewed interest in the property market with Realestate.co.nz reporting a surge of activity in August.

Mortgage servicing rate cuts

2 September 2019 - Several banks have cut their servicing rates recently, with more expected to follow, and advisers believe such changes will mean more for borrowers than low rates do.

Build-to-rent momentum grows

29 August 2019 - The Government needs to better enable the growth of New Zealand’s fledgling build-to-rent sector if it wants to alleviate the country’s housing shortage.

Slashing OCR has worked, economist says

28 August 2019 - The OCR is low and poised to get lower but Westpac’s chief economist doesn’t believe that means concerns about a negative OCR are warranted.

Are property investors returning to the market?

26 August 2019 - Property investors are said to be returning to the housing market, CoreLogic says but, if they are, it’s not evident in the Reserve Bank’s latest mortgage lending data.

Housing market confidence growing

26 August 2019 - The housing market could be turning a corner as a new ASB survey shows that price expectations and buyer confidence are both on the rise.

New policy to address “failing” cities

21 August 2019 - Restrictive planning laws mean New Zealand cities are “failing” so the Government has announced a new urban development initiative to tackle the problem.

Low rates boost NZ’s housing affordability

21 August 2019 - Declining house prices and low interest rates have improved housing affordability across New Zealand over the first half of 2019, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service shows.

A tale of two cities prices

20 August 2019 - Asking prices in Auckland continue to decline while Wellington’s asking prices are still running hot, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index.

Development focus for new Hamilton-Auckland partnership

16 August 2019 - Investors looking for future growth hotspots should keep an eye on the “Hamilton-Auckland Corridor” after New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership was signed on Thursday.

Stronger market on the cards

13 August 2019 - Those predicting a property market crash might have to reconsider as the latest REINZ data reveals signs of an improving market nationwide, including an increase in sales activity.

DTIs still on the Reserve Bank’s radar

12 August 2019 - Almost half of Auckland first home buyers have mortgages that are over five times their annual income – and that makes debt-to-income (DTI) ratios a hot topic again.

Improvements in affordability nationwide

9 August 2019 - Lack of affordability has long been a problem for New Zealand’s housing market, but a new report suggests the tide could be turning.

OCR cut could prompt housing market upturn

8 August 2019 - The Reserve Bank’s decision to slash the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 0.5% to a historic low of 1.0% has shocked the financial community, but what could it mean for the housing market?

Affordability key to value growth

7 August 2019 - Whether values are going up or down in markets around the country, new QV data highlights that affordability – or the lack of – is a key determinant.

Investor confidence in property softens

5 August 2019 - There have been some positive housing market developments of late but they haven’t served to boost investor confidence about residential rental property.

Greens renew call for tougher tenancy laws

4 August 2019 - Getting rid of no cause rental terminations and the introduction of a Warrant of Fitness for rentals are critical parts of the Green Party’s renewed focus on housing announced at their Annual Conference over the weekend.

Lower prices driving Auckland sales

2 August 2019 - The Auckland market may be down but it’s not out: the city’s largest real estate agency is reporting a surge in sales volumes in July.

Pushing up the national average price

1 August 2019 - The main centres used to drive New Zealand’s market but it was strong provincial markets that contributed to the national average asking price’s rise in July.

Auckland consents hit all time high

30 July 2019 - The Super City has seen the number of new dwelling consents being issued surge to a record high - but economists believe house building activity is nearing its peak.

COMMENT: The coming rental housing crisis

30 July 2019 - Failure of government to reverse policies will result in a calamitous fall in houses to rent and escalating rents in a crisis unseen since the 1930’s, writes veteran property investor Jonathan Bidmead.

The costs of rental policy changes

24 July 2019 - The deluge of policy changes to the regulations governing rental property are a key headwind for the housing market, according to ANZ economists.

Govt opts for sweeping review of 'underperforming' RMA

24 July 2019 - A sweeping review of the Resource Management Act opens the way to splitting the law relating to environmental protection and urban development back into two separate pieces of legislation as Environment Minister David Parker concedes the 28-year-old law needs a total overhaul.

Asking prices defy winter odds

22 July 2019 - There’s little sign of the traditional winter slowdown in Trade Me Property’s new data with strong demand pushing asking prices up in many markets around the country.

A world of declining yields

21 July 2019 - There was gold in regional rental yields in recent years but that’s changing as property prices in smaller markets go up and their yields go down.

It’s all about supply

19 July 2019 - New Zealand’s housing shortage is getting worse, not better, and that’s why huge price falls are unlikely going forward, according to Kiwibank economists.

Mum & Dad investors on the rise

18 July 2019 - Tax and housing policy changes seemed likely to deter smaller investors but new CoreLogic research shows their market share is actually increasing.

Super City changes enabled by Unitary Plan

16 July 2019 - Investors – take note: Auckland’s housing stock is changing with nearly two thirds of the new dwelling consents in May for apartments and townhouses.

Five year low for sales

12 July 2019 - Sales volumes nationwide tumbled to a five year low in June’s REINZ data, highlighting that the heady days of the property market’s boom are winding down.

Values on the edge of town

3 July 2019 - It’s best to look to the outskirts of the main centres for value increases these days as value growth continues to slow around the country.

Consents at 45 year high

2 July 2019 - KiwiBuild production may have struggled to get off the ground but the wider construction industry is powering on with new data revealing that consents hit a 45 year high in May.

Limited stock makes for muted market

2 July 2019 - It has the lowest amount houses available to sell in nearly a year, but Auckland’s biggest real estate agency sees positive trends in the market.

COMMENT: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

2 July 2019 - Two of our Lords and Masters have recently been laid low yet landlords are still treated as the problem rather than part of the solution, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis…

LVR rules could be permanent

1 July 2019 - LVR restrictions on mortgage lending could be a "permanent setting", according to Reserve Bank deputy governor Geoff Bascand.

Prices under pressure

1 July 2019 - Supply squeeze is continuing to put pressure on asking prices with new Realestate.co.nz data showing four regions hitting record high prices.

Up, up, up for regional rents

28 June 2019 - Rental demand is outpacing tight rental supply around the country and that has made for record rent rises in many markets, according to Trade Me Property.

10 market predictions for the rest of 2019

28 June 2019 - It’s been an eventful year for the residential property market so far but now’s a good time to look at what might be in store for the rest of 2019, declares Core Logic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.

Housing team takes over from Twyford

27 June 2019 - Housing is fraught, complex and – as the Cabinet reshuffle reveals – a portfolio that is no longer considered suitable for a single minister.

No monolithic cladding, no price stigma

27 June 2019 - Investors worried about the value of a leaky home they own can take heart from new research showing there’s no price stigma when it comes to tactically remediated properties.

Foreign buyer ban impacts Queenstown Lakes

27 June 2019 - The foreign buyer ban impact was felt the most in Queenstown Lakes, but despite slowing growth, the market has attractive features for buyers, writes Joanna Jefferies.

COMMENT: The compliance struggle

26 June 2019 - For many property investors, the end goal is setting themselves up for retirement – but new requirements are making that harder. Investor Dale Young explains how his retirement project is turning into a compliance nightmare...

Housing market risks for NZ - OECD

25 June 2019 - The steep rise in New Zealand’s house prices is a major risk to the country’s economic success, a new report from the OECD warns.

It’s not just about mortgage rates

24 June 2019 - Historically low mortgage rates might boost the housing market but they are not the only factor at play in the market, according to ASB economists.

Homesellers required to provide IRD number

19 June 2019 - Investors who flip properties are currently subject to the bright line test, but owner-occupiers are not. That is now set to change.

Regional markets step up the pace

14 June 2019 - [UPDATED] Price growth in regional housing markets has stepped it up again with Gisborne accelerating at the front of the pack, new REINZ data shows.

Market rebound coming - Westpac

13 June 2019 - The cancellation of a capital gains tax combined with lower mortgage rates will be game changing for the housing market, believes Westpac’s chief economist.

Super City sales down 20% on last May

6 June 2019 - Residential sales activity in the Auckland region remains subdued, with Barfoot & Thompson revealing that its sales fell by 20% year-on-year in May.

Manage your value expectations

6 June 2019 - Property owners thinking of selling up are being told to manage their expectations as the latest QV data highlights that New Zealand’s housing market is slowing, but steady.

Auckland exodus benefits regions

5 June 2019 - It’s true: regional housing markets are seeing the impact of the Super City’s expensive housing as it has prompted an exodus of Aucklanders to other parts of New Zealand.

Tale of two halves

4 June 2019 - Over half of the North Island’s regions registered falls in their average asking price in May – in contrast to the South Island, the latest Realestate.co.nz data reveals.

Riding out the cycle

29 May 2019 - Fasten your seatbelts – the market is heading to the bottom of the cycle, but one property expert says that serious investors shouldn’t panic if prices fall.

Gloomy expectations around Super City

27 May 2019 - Auckland house price expectations have turned negative for the first time since 2009 with a new ASB survey turning in a gloomy outlook on the market.

COMMENT: Why the new standards are not the answer

23 May 2019 - The final version of the Government’s new Healthy Homes minimum standards came out last week. Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler tells us what he thinks about them…

Wellington City price glow spreads

20 May 2019 - Remember Auckland’s “halo effect”? Well, it’s happening again but this time it’s at play in the Wellington region as the capital’s market powers along.

Don’t count on a market upturn

17 May 2019 - It’s been a spectacular run for the market but this property cycle has done its dash and recent positive developments aren’t likely to cause a major upturn, one top economist says.

Rental property confidence dims

15 May 2019 - Confidence in rental property as an investment option is flatlining nationwide – thanks to the uncertainty surrounding the housing market.

NZ sales on downbound train

14 May 2019 - There’s no escaping the downward trend in sales exposed by new REINZ data but some commentators believe last week’s OCR cut could counter the fall.

It’s the law: Healthy Homes standards

13 May 2019 - The Government’s Healthy Homes minimum standards will be law from 1 July 2019 – even though their final form won’t be released until later this week.

COMMENT: Ring-fencing impact likely to be limited

13 May 2019 - The new rules around the ring-fencing of rental losses are unlikely to cause a sea-change in investor behaviour, according to CoreLogic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson.

Who loves property the most?

11 May 2019 - New Zealanders love buying property – despite popular hostility to investors – and so too do our elected representatives. This year’s register of MP’s pecuniary interests reveals how much.

Opportunity in Auckland bitcoin house sale

10 May 2019 - Investors keen to convert some digital currency into a hard asset should check out New Zealand’s first official bitcoin house sale

OCR cut to boost market

9 May 2019 - New Zealand has never seen the Official Cash Rate (OCR) go so low. Now commentators are saying it will reignite the cooling embers of the property market.

No let-up in Kiwis love for property

7 May 2019 - Property investors get a bad rap and yet nearly half of New Zealanders believe property is the best way to generate wealth for retirement.

COMMENT: Punishing landlords won’t solve crisis

6 May 2019 - The capital gains tax debate is over, but landlords are still being scapegoated as the focus turns to Healthy Homes, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis…

Gone: foreign buyers leave market

2 May 2019 - Overseas buyers have dropped out of the market with new Stats NZ data revealing that the number of property transfers they are responsible for has plummeted this year.

Market uncertainty thumps Auckland sales

2 May 2019 - Uncertainty around prices and the spectre of a capital gains tax had a hefty impact on Auckland sales volumes in April.

Gateway to returns

2 May 2019 - Upper Hutt has long been overlooked as an investment option but its affordable prices, strong yields and tight rental market mean it is now attracting attention, reports Miriam Bell.

SuperCity back to “old normal”

1 May 2019 - The Auckland region’s average asking price dropped to its lowest level since 2016 in April, according to the latest Realestate.co.nz figures.

Regional value stars in slow market

1 May 2019 - Looking for growth areas in a modest market? New QV data shows that smaller, regional markets like Gisborne and Horowhenua are turning in the best performances.

High demand makes for rent rises

29 April 2019 - Strong demand for rental properties nationwide means Trade Me Property’s latest data shows year-on-year rent rises in every region.

COMMENT: Why Takapuna is worth a look

27 April 2019 - It’s no surprise that new REINZ data shows Takapuna’s median house price has climbed 30% over the past year, writes Takapuna Beach Association chief executive Terence Harpur.

Revealed: Auckland hotspots

24 April 2019 - Auckland’s price growth might be flatlining overall but new data shows the SuperCity still has some hot spots where prices are on the rise.

New flames to fan housing market

18 April 2019 - The demise of the capital gains tax proposal and record low mortgage rates will led to a pick-up in housing demand and boost the market, ASB economists say.

Ditching CGT a win for common sense

17 April 2019 - Celebration is the name of the game for property investors nationwide after the Government announced that it won’t be introducing a capital gains tax.

CGT reprieve

17 April 2019 - New Zealand will not see the introduction of a capital gains tax after the Coalition Government was unable to reach a consensus on the issue.

Super City rental market star

16 April 2019 - Two-bedroom rental properties are the clear best performer across the Auckland market, new Barfoot & Thompson rental data reveals.

Low mortgage rates vs CGT

16 April 2019 - Plunging mortgage rates will stimulate the housing market but it is the prospect of tax change that will have the bigger market impact, Westpac’s chief economist says.

Rising from the ashes

15 April 2019 - INVESTOR PROFILE: Lorraine Rishworth’s marriage breakup was the catalyst for a property investment journey that’s yielded great results and allowed her to be mortgage free in her own home.

Downward migration trend halts

12 April 2019 - New Zealand’s declining migration trend appears to have been arrested – and even reversed - but economists are urging caution on that reading of Stats NZ figures.

Auckland sales at lowest since 2008

12 April 2019 - Sales in Auckland plummeted by nearly 20% to the lowest number in a March month for eleven years, new REINZ data reveals - but sales activity nationwide also took a fall.

Auckland a “buyers market”

4 April 2019 - Prices remain high in the Auckland region but new data from two real estate websites indicates the market has shifted to favour buyers.

Realism needed in Auckland market

3 April 2019 - Auckland house prices remain stable despite muted sales activity, according to the city’s biggest real estate agency.

Brakes on value growth

3 April 2019 - Affordability constraints are applying the brakes to value growth nationwide but QV’s new data proves values are not plummeting at the rate of those across the Tasman.

Top yields in City of Sales

1 April 2019 - Investor-style apartment sale prices have taken a hit recently: does this represent an opportunity for investors? Joanna Jefferies investigates.

Decline in new investor mortgages

22 March 2019 - New mortgage registrations for investors have continued to slide over the past year, according to the latest Property Institute/Valocity Regional Insights Report.

Investors hold properties for longer

20 March 2019 - Public perception has it that investors spend their time flipping properties on a regular basis but new analysis shows they hold properties for longer than other buyers.

On the property beat

18 March 2019 - INVESTOR PROFILE: From the police academy to a property academy, Tua Saseve’s property journey is one with a difference and now he’s teaching others how to build a successful portfolio.

Migration confusion

15 March 2019 - Is migration into New Zealand going up or down? Stats NZ’s new migration measuring system is making it hard to tell.

CGT threat barely dents market confidence

15 March 2019 - Confidence in the market remains solid among both residential and commercial property owners – despite the threat of a capital gains tax.

Boom time in student rental market

14 March 2019 - Landlords who are active in the student rental market are reaping the benefits as the academic year kicks off, according to Trade Me Property.

Sales plunge by nearly 10%

13 March 2019 - Residential property sales nationwide took a big tumble in February – but capital gains tax related uncertainty could be to blame.

COMMENT: Capital gain vs cash flow

12 March 2019 - There are two very different types of property investors and the introduction of a capital gains tax would affect one far more than the other, explains veteran property investor Graeme Fowler.

Revisiting apartments

11 March 2019 - Kiwis are traditionally resistant when it comes to buying and living in apartments but the time is right for investors to take a fresh look at them as an investment option.

Regions driving value growth

6 March 2019 - Values continue to bubble up in New Zealand’s more affordable regions but the latest QV data shows just how much heat has come out of the broader market.

COMMENT: Property reno - where are the tradies?

5 March 2019 - What seemed like a straight-forward renovation job on a rental property left Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis wondering where all the tradies have gone when we need them so much…

Auckland sales lowest in 10 years

4 March 2019 - Property sales in Auckland reached new lows in February while prices were also down, according to Barfoot & Thompson’s latest data.

Garden City gears up

4 March 2019 - A plateau in values and rents has been a feature of the southwest Christchurch market for some time, but this year the market looks on the up, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Consents at 44 year high

1 March 2019 - New dwelling consents are now at the highest level since 1975 but economists say that it’s likely they have reached their peak.

NZ market more secure than Australia’s

1 March 2019 - Stability reigns in New Zealand’s property market which leaves it in a much better place than Australia’s, new data from Realestate.co.nz shows.

FHB continue to outpace investors

28 February 2019 - January lending data from the Reserve Bank reveals first home buyers continue to grow their market share, closing the gap on property investors. [READ...

Scope of CGT likely to narrow

26 February 2019 - Government assurances that they are not bound by the Tax Working Group’s recommendations are increasing concerns that a capital gains tax will be applied to rental properties alone.

What you need to know about body corporates

26 February 2019 - Body corporate issues regularly turn up in court. So Auckland District Law Society president Joanna Pidgeon explains what investors need to know about them to avoid ending up in a legal battle.

Cost of standards will hit tenants

25 February 2019 - Parts of the Government’s new Healthy Homes minimum standards are not cost-effective and that will impact on tenants, according to investor advocates.

Outrage over CGT recommendation

21 February 2019 - Introducing a capital gains tax on rental properties will have a detrimental effect on both the rental market and house prices in the long-term, property investors warn.

The DIY landlords

18 February 2019 - INVESTOR PROFILE: One young Masterton couple have amassed a portfolio with 13 income streams in four years and their story proves that the DIY route is a strategy to seriously consider.

A good time to buy?

15 February 2019 - There’s slowing price growth and subdued sales nationwide – and yet a new survey shows the number of people who think it’s a good time to buy a house is at a five and a half year high.

Auckland prices at 35 month low

14 February 2019 - The City of Sails’ median price has fallen to its lowest point in over three years although there are still pockets of price growth around the region.

Song of subdued values remains the same

13 February 2019 - New data from QV leaves little doubt that property value growth is slowing around the country, but that doesn’t mean a major decline is coming.

No let-up in affordability issues

12 February 2019 - Housing affordability has improved in New Zealand’s most expensive regions but it’s deteriorating on a nationwide basis.

COMMENT: Ring-fencing rules could mean 116,000 less rentals

12 February 2019 - Ring-fencing of rental losses on rental properties could end up resulting in 116,000 fewer rentals, Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler cautions.

Altered landscape for investors

7 February 2019 - This year’s Squirrel property investors’ survey reveals that uncertainty over government policy changes reigns supreme and that’s impacting on how investors go about their business.

Super City sales up, prices down

5 February 2019 - Acceptance that Auckland is now a buyer’s market has set in as Barfoot & Thompson’s latest data reveals a modest start to the year.

Consents reach peak level

4 February 2019 - New dwelling consents have hit a 14 year high and one economist believes they are now at the level required to keep pace with population growth.

Harbourside metropolis

4 February 2019 - Strong economic and population growth and a tight rental market mean Tauranga remains an appealing option for investors, writes Miriam Bell.

Regional prices hit record highs

1 February 2019 - A lack of housing stock on the market is the driving force behind a slew of record high asking prices in markets around the country.

NZ market out of step with Australia’s slump

31 January 2019 - New Zealand’s housing market might be cooling but it’s in sync with global trends – unlike the Australian market’s dramatic decline, according to a major bank.

It’s a capital gains waiting game

30 January 2019 - Introduction of a capital gains tax might be closer than ever before but many in the property investment sector have made sure to strongly voice their opposition.

Migration lower than previous estimates

25 January 2019 - A new migration measuring system means that annual net migration over recent years has been lower than previously thought.

Wellington rents highest in NZ

23 January 2019 - There’s been a changing of the guard in the rent stakes with Wellington overtaking Auckland as the city with the highest rents in the country.

Slow Auckland rent growth unlikely to go on

22 January 2019 - Auckland is seeing the slowest rate of rent increases in years, the city’s biggest property manager has revealed – but don’t expect it to continue.

Strategies for new investors

21 January 2019 - Whether you want to dip your toe into the market or jump right in, it pays to find out all about the top strategies for new investors.

Foreign buyer ban bites

18 January 2019 - Recent housing market data suggests the foreign buyers ban is biting – although the price impact remains uncertain, according to Westpac’s chief economist.

Auckland sales at 10 year low

17 January 2019 - Sales volumes around the country slumped to long time lows in December in the latest REINZ data, providing more evidence of how the market has changed.

Drama absent from market

16 January 2019 - There’s been no dramatic changes to property values of late and the traditional holiday season slowdown is likely to be one of the reasons.

Time of change: 2019 forecast

15 January 2019 - New Zealand’s property market might be in a better place than Australia’s but investors still need to brace themselves for major change in 2019.

Strong growth in provinces

14 January 2019 - Property prices in provincial markets ended 2018 strongly – in stark contrast to the main centres where stabilisation is the name of the game.

COMMENT: How to fix the housing crisis

10 January 2019 - Dealing with the housing “crisis” doesn’t need rocket science, just a clearly articulated set of steps and fast action, argues property commentator Ashley Church.

Time for a sea change

7 January 2019 - Nelson-Tasman is famed for its lifestyle attractions but its solid price growth and tight rental market make it a good option for investors too, writes Miriam Bell.

The outlook for 2019

3 January 2019 - 2019 is set to be a year of massive change as the Government’s suite of housing and tax policies start to bed in. Here’s what property market commentators have to say on the coming year…

2018 – a year of uncertainty

31 December 2018 - If last year was a year of disruption, this year was one in which the movement towards change took off – and many investors were left floundering and uncertain.

2018 an “interesting” year - REINZ

22 December 2018 - Median prices and sales activity turned in a healthy performance around the country over the course of 2018 in an “interesting” year for real estate, according to REINZ.

2018’s best performing suburbs

20 December 2018 - Curious to know which of New Zealand’s suburbs has turned in the top results in measures like value growth and rental yields? A new report tells all.

Healthy Homes benefits overstated - economist

17 December 2018 - Claims made about the benefits of ensuring New Zealand’s rental properties meet the Government’s Healthy Homes minimum standards are exaggerated, according to a new report.

Landlording like a parent

17 December 2018 - INVESTOR PROFILE: NZPIF 2018 landlord of the year Leilani Driessen says landlording has parallels to parenting and being a landlord has enabled her to be present for her kids.

Summer bounce means record prices

14 December 2018 - House prices hit record highs around the country – apart from in Auckland where they are flat-lining, the November data from REINZ shows.

Static Auckland rents suggest underlying problem

13 December 2018 - Overcrowding could be the real reason that Auckland rents haven’t budged for months while Wellington rents have rocketed up to match those in the SuperCity.

What lies ahead in 2019

12 December 2018 - Wondering what is in store for residential and commercial property across the spectrum in the coming year? Here’s what Colliers International New Zealand’s have to say in their annual predictions…

Has the sun set on holiday rentals?

11 December 2018 - With all the talk of increased council rates and compliance for short term rentals, do they still make investment sense? This month NZ Property Investor magazine investigates.

New record for Wellington prices

10 December 2018 - Wellington asking prices hit a new high in November – for the third month in a row, according to new Trade Me Property data.

Ring-fencing Bill hits Parliament

7 December 2018 - [UPDATED] The Bill which will put an end to the practice of negative gearing on investment properties has now been introduced into Parliament.

Sales surge up in Super City

5 December 2018 - Concerns that Auckland might soon follow the Sydney and Melbourne markets in their downward spiral should be alleviated by new Barfoot & Thompson data.

Strong value growth in affordable centres

5 December 2018 - Affordability is the critical factor in the ongoing strong value growth seen in a number of markets around the country, notably Dunedin and Wellington.

Queenstown price chill post-ban

3 December 2018 - The Central Otago-Lakes District could be feeling the effects of the foreign buyer ban with new data showing a sharp drop in the region’s average asking price.

Boom times for Auckland consents

30 November 2018 - Residential building activity is hitting new heights in Auckland with the city now seeing the highest level of new dwelling consents being issued since the early 1970s.

Late Cycle Growth in Kapiti Coast & Horowhenua

30 November 2018 - In the south west of the North Island, property prices and rents are experiencing late-cycle growth, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Wellington rents riding high

29 November 2018 - Rents are on the rise in markets around the country – but it is Wellington’s rental market which is running red hot, new Trade Me Property data shows.

LVR easing will prompt modest growth

28 November 2018 - Don’t expect the housing market to take off at a runaway pace following the Reserve Bank’s announcement that the LVR restrictions will be eased from early next year.

LVR restrictions eased for investors

28 November 2018 - The Reserve Bank has today loosened the LVR restrictions for both investors and owners-occupiers, with changes coming into effect in January. 

Migration at lowest since 2015

22 November 2018 - The number of people moving to New Zealand is at lowest level in three years but economists say that doesn’t mean a rapid fall in migration is coming.

COMMENT: War on tenancies should stop

21 November 2018 - Life for rental property owners may become tougher as Labour’s newbie Housing Minister Phil Twyford tries to “make life better for renters”, Stop the War on Tenancies founder Mike Butler warns.

Spring magic makes for price rises

20 November 2018 - Prices are on the rise around the country with every region seeing a year-on-year increase in October, Trade Me Property’s latest data reveals.

Rates fall boosting housing market - Westpac

15 November 2018 - Mortgage rates have fallen to record lows recently and the housing market is perking up as result – but it won’t last, Westpac’s chief economist says.

Sales activity bounces back to life

14 November 2018 - The number of sales nationwide was up by 15.5% year-on-year to reach the highest level in five months in October, according to the latest REINZ data.

Infrastructure “tax” for buyers in new development

13 November 2018 - Additional infrastructure rates will be paid by people who buy properties in a newly announced housing development in Wainui, north of Auckland.

Taking the plunge

13 November 2018 - INVESTOR PROFILE: Kids TV presenter Walter Neilands had a fear of diving into property investment, but with the help of key mentors he’s built a portfolio of high-yielding properties.

House buyer sentiment hits 5 year high

12 November 2018 - Growing numbers of New Zealanders think the times are improving for those wanting to buy a house, ASB’s latest Housing Confidence Survey shows.

Defiant Wellington values keep rising

7 November 2018 - The Capital City’s property values have been on the rise again in recent months – even though they have already increased by 45% in the last three years.

COMMENT: Landlording is a business

6 November 2018 - Governments from both sides of the political equation have failed to recognise residential landlording as a business - but it is, argues Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis.

Auckland market wakes from slumber

5 November 2018 - Higher sales volumes and prices characterised Auckland’s market in October, according to Barfoot & Thompson’s latest data.

Investor exodus unlikely

2 November 2018 - Disappointment is on the cards for the Government as their policy changes are unlikely to cause a mass exodus of investors from the housing market, experts believe.

Letting fees banned

1 November 2018 - It is no longer legal to charge tenants letting fees after Parliament today voted to pass legislation banning them from 12 December.

SuperCity now a buyers market

1 November 2018 - Take note, investors - Auckland is now a buyers’ market for the first time since 2011, Realestate.co.nz’s October data reveals.

Growth cycle not over yet

1 November 2018 - It seems there is some life in the market yet with property values springing back to life in the latest QV data.

Changing consent landscape

31 October 2018 - Record levels of new dwelling consents are still being issued but commentators say trends within the consents data reveal the changing face of residential building in New Zealand.

COMMENT: Reforms would increase rental shortage

31 October 2018 - Feelings on tenancy law reform continue to run high as MBIE considers submissions on the Government’s proposals. Here’s a summary of what landlord Naveen Goel had to say in his…

Stately southern star

30 October 2018 - Dunedin is a market of two distinct parts but its affordable prices and healthy returns make it attractive for investors, discovers Miriam Bell.

Tight supply means rent rises

29 October 2018 - A further decline in available rental properties leads Trade Me Property to warn tenants there are “ominous signs” that rent rises are on the horizon.

COMMENT: Have we hit the bottom?

25 October 2018 - It looks like New Zealand's property market may have reached a floor, and the worst could be over for property market activity, argues CoreLogic's head of research Nick Goodall. 

Time to ease LVRs - ANZ

24 October 2018 - The Reserve Bank’s criteria for relaxing the existing LVRs have been sufficiently met to justify easing them further, according to ANZ economists.

Cooling migration pressure

19 October 2018 - Migration flows into New Zealand continue to ease and that should help to ease some housing market demand pressure.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 2.55 2.69 2.79
ANZ 4.44 3.09 3.25 3.39
ANZ Special - 2.49 2.69 2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 2.49 2.59 2.65
Bluestone 3.49 ▼3.34 ▼2.99 ▼3.34
BNZ - Classic - 2.49 2.69 2.79
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.09 3.29 3.39
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 4.95 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.45 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
Credit Union South 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 2.95 3.45 -
Heartland 3.95 2.89 2.97 3.39
Heartland Bank - Online 2.50 1.99 2.35 2.45
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 3.50 3.40 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.25 2.35 2.65
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.69 2.45 2.45 2.65
Kainga Ora 4.43 2.93 3.07 3.24
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - 2.25 - -
Kiwibank 3.40 3.30 3.50 3.50
Kiwibank - Offset 3.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.55 2.65 2.65
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.45 3.49 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac 3.39 3.35 2.99 3.35
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank 4.54 2.99 ▼3.09 ▼3.15
SBS Bank Special - 2.49 ▼2.59 ▼2.65
Select Home Loans 3.49 3.34 2.99 3.34
The Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - - - -
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.49 2.69 2.79
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 2.99 3.19 3.29
TSB Bank 5.34 3.29 3.29 3.59
TSB Special 4.54 2.49 2.49 2.79
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.55 3.49 -
Westpac 4.59 3.09 3.29 3.39
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac Special - 2.49 2.69 2.79
Median 4.54 2.95 2.99 2.97

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