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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.

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.

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.

Prefab changes don’t address finance issue

14 October 2019 - Reforms to the Building Act will make it easier to carry out a prefab build - but it will be large scale projects that benefit rather than smaller-scale investor projects.

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.

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.

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.

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.

COMMENT: How much is too much

5 September 2019 - New regulations around rental properties mean that being a landlord is becoming increasingly unattractive. Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis asks how much is too much…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rental stock can’t match demand

29 July 2019 - Pressure continues to build in the rental market as Trade Me Property’s latest rental data shows soaring demand and a decline in available stock.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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: Ditching Accommodation Supplement not the answer

12 June 2019 - Tenant advocates have long claimed the Accommodation Supplement benefits landlords over tenants but those demanding it be scrapped are ignoring some relevant facts, says NZ Property Investors Federation executive officer Andrew King.

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.

What’s up with home building?

30 May 2019 - More new dwellings desperately need to be built but recent construction data and outlook releases leave us asking what is going on in the residential building sector.

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.

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…

Standards set to cost

17 May 2019 - Nearly 60% of Auckland property investors believe they will have to spend money to be compliant with the new Healthy Homes minimum standards, according to new Crockers research.

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…

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.

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.

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.

Warning: don’t overlook consents for property work

7 March 2019 - Undertaking major work on properties without consents in place has come back to bite two Auckland property owners after Auckland Council took them to court for it.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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ANZ 5.19 4.05 3.95 4.49
ANZ Special - 3.55 3.45 3.99
ASB Bank 5.20 4.05 3.95 4.39
ASB Bank Special - 3.55 3.45 3.89
BNZ - Classic - 3.55 3.45 3.99
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.90 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.35 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.30 4.45 4.35 4.55
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.30 - - -
China Construction Bank 5.50 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 3.19 3.19 3.19
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Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 6.15 4.95 4.95 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 3.99 4.49 -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 5.75 4.80 4.95 -
HSBC Premier 5.24 3.35 3.35 3.35
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
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HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.15 3.18 3.18 3.20
Kainga Ora 5.18 4.04 3.95 4.39
Kiwibank 5.80 4.30 4.20 4.64
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.15 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 3.55 3.45 3.89
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 5.70 4.25 4.15 -
Pepper Money Near Prime 5.64 - 5.44 5.44
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Pepper Money Prime 5.18 - 4.98 4.98
Pepper Money Specialist 7.59 - 7.39 7.39
Resimac 4.50 4.86 3.89 3.94
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SBS Bank 5.29 4.85 5.05 5.49
SBS Bank Special - ▼3.55 3.39 3.89
Sovereign 5.30 4.15 4.29 4.55
Sovereign Special - 3.65 3.75 4.05
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 5.15 3.49 3.59 3.89
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 5.15 3.99 4.09 4.39
TSB Bank 6.09 4.35 4.25 4.69
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TSB Special 5.29 3.55 3.45 3.89
Wairarapa Building Society 5.70 4.85 4.99 -
Westpac 5.34 4.15 4.09 4.49
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Median 5.34 4.04 4.09 4.39

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