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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 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.

Demand challenges for commercial sector

31 October 2019 - Vacancy rates in the commercial property sector are set to increase as changing economic conditions dampen demand.

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.

Strong meth suspicions call for testing

21 October 2019 - Panic around the meth contamination of rentals has diminished, but a Tenancy Tribunal decision reinforces that landlords still have an obligation to test properties when contamination is suspected.

[The Wrap] Millennial investors, KiwiSaver and property investment

19 October 2019 - It was a surprise to see the Retirement Commissioner drop a press release suggesting KiwiSaver should be able to be used to buy investment property.

Surge in rental demand in Palmerston North

18 October 2019 - Palmerston North’s rental market is running hot with enquiries about rental properties skyrocketing up by 50% year-on-year in September, new Trade Me Property data shows.

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.

New ring-fencing rules in play

11 October 2019 - Landlords - don’t forget about the Government’s changes to the rules around the ring-fencing of rental losses as they are now in force, Inland Revenue is warning.

Collaboration key to urban development

11 October 2019 - Central and local government and industry must work together to ensure that the Government’s proposed new urban development strategy is successful.

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.

COMMENT: Getting to grips with tenancy disputes

7 October 2019 - Widespread ignorance of tenancy law is behind current representations of residential tenancy disputes which feature tenants as victims, writes Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis…

Airbnb room rental not bylaw violation

4 October 2019 - Renting a spare bedroom on Airbnb was a breach of the tenancy agreement but it did not constitute an unlawful act - under a local body by-law - by the tenant, the Tenancy Tribunal has found.

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.

Govt must regulate property managers - REINZ

25 September 2019 - REINZ has stepped up its campaign to introduce national regulation for property managers with the launch today of a new website devoted to the cause.

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.

PMG closes fund early as oversubscribed

20 September 2019 - PMG Property Funds Management has closed its latest offer ahead of schedule due to unprecedented interest from investors. The Pacific Property offer raised...

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.

NZ proptech start-up scores major investor

17 September 2019 - Auckland-based commercial property disrupter, Jasper, has raised $2.3 million in seed funding following investment from European asset manager M7 Real Estate.

COMMENT: Prospects strong for yielding assets

16 September 2019 - Commercial property can offer investors better options as the search for yields intensifies so NZ Mortgages & Securities director James Kellow provides his rundown on the outlook for the commercial market.

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.

Ronovationz faces $400k fine for price fixing

9 September 2019 - “Super” investor Ron Hoy Fong’s property coaching company, Ronovation Ltd, is staring down the barrel of a hefty $400,000 fine for price fixing.

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.

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…

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.

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.

Gisborne grows up

30 August 2019 - Tairawhiti Gisborne is experiencing growth late in the cycle, and there are still accessible opportunities for investors, writes Joanna Jefferies.

Commercial property focus for new non-bank lender

30 August 2019 - There’s a new commercial property non-bank lender on the block after two New Zealand property and investment heavyweights joined up with an Australian property finance company.

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.

COMMENT: The dangers of neglecting code compliance certificates

28 August 2019 - It’s a legal requirement for commercial buildings to have a Code Compliance Certificate yet many don’t. Building compliance expert Rosie Kilip explains why this is not a good thing...

The staggered rise of big city rents

27 August 2019 - Rents in Auckland and Wellington are up from this time last year – but they have been flatlining in recent months, according to new data from Trade Me Property.

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.

New privacy guidelines welcomed

19 August 2019 - Confusion over what information landlords can ask for when selecting tenants should be eased by a new set of guidelines from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC).

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.

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.

Tenants need to know about insurance

7 August 2019 - Take note landlords – if you are worried about liability for tenant damage, the time to talk to your tenants about insurance is now.

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.

Tribunal fines landlord for insulation fail

7 August 2019 - Failure to install insulation into a rental property by the July 1 deadline has earned a Bay of Plenty landlord a $1,500 penalty and a work order.

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.

Pace of rent growth slows in Super City

31 July 2019 - Auckland rents might be steep but new data from Barfoot & Thompson reveals the rate they are increasing at has been slowing for the last three years.

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.

New tenant damage, meth measures are only partial solutions

26 July 2019 - Changes to the legislation around tenant damage and meth contamination have been years in the making but now they are finally here are they any good for landlords?

Tenants liable for careless damage – to a point

25 July 2019 - Tenants will now have to take some responsibility for careless damage to rental properties after the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No. 2) passed its final reading in Parliament on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Bachcare charged with misleading consumers

16 July 2019 - The Commerce Commission alleges the online holiday rental booking platform has manipulated online user reviews it has received.

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.

Changes to quake prone building system

15 July 2019 - Owners of earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) will now be able to conduct modest building alterations without having to undertake seismic strengthening work at the same time.

Shining the light on unit titles

12 July 2019 - The unit title sector is one of the most misunderstood areas of property ownership so Tenancy Services has launched a new website to help out those affected.

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.

Mixed post peak value bag - REINZ

10 July 2019 - National property values continue to fall with the rate of annual growth dropping from 3.8% in June 2018 to 1.7% in June 2019, the latest REINZ House Price Index reveals.

COMMENT: Loss ring-fencing ups war on renters & owners

10 July 2019 - New rules around the ring-fencing of rental property losses came into force late in June and Stop the War on Tenancies spokesman Mike Butler believes they’ll have a negative impact on the rental market...

ComCom takes Ronovationz to court

8 July 2019 - Property investment guru Ron Hoy Fong’s company is being prosecuted by the Commerce Commission over allegations of price fixing.

Getting end of tenancy clean ups right

5 July 2019 - Confusion over what leaving a property “reasonably clean and tidy” at the end of a tenancy means has prompted a call for prescriptive guidelines from Tenancy Services.

Those who benefit should pay

5 July 2019 - Property owners who benefit from new public infrastructure projects could end up paying a tax on their gains – if new Productivity Commission recommendations get adopted.

Join the office space revolution

4 July 2019 - Flexible working spaces are more than just a fleeting trend and the launch of a new co-working serviced office franchise programme will open up the market to investors.

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.

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…

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.

Insulation D-Day

1 July 2019 - Today’s the day that all rental properties must have ceiling and underfloor insulation under the Residential Tenancies Act – and it looks like the majority will be compliant.

The takeover: more mortgages for FHBs

28 June 2019 - First home buyers have now taken over from investors in the mortgage lending stakes, new Reserve Bank data reveals.

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.

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...

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.

Transforming commercial investment

18 June 2019 - Many investors are switching from residential to commercial property and now a new platform aims to makes access to the sector easier.

Urgent building law reform needed - Goff

17 June 2019 - Problems with building law have long been rife. Now Auckland’s Mayor is calling for radical reform of the Building Act and Code to deal with the housing crisis.

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.

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.

Call to license landlords

10 June 2019 - There’s a fresh demand for the mandatory licensing of landlords – and this time it comes from property manager representatives.

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.

Serial failure to lodge bonds earns massive fine

6 June 2019 - The importance of lodging tenants’ bond money is demonstrated by a new Tenancy Tribunal ruling which orders an Auckland landlord to pay nearly $180,000.

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.

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.

COMMENT: Tenant selection turned into a lotto draw

1 June 2019 - The Privacy Commissioner has created a lotto draw for tenant selection with the recent release of some ill-conceived guidelines, writes property management consultant David Faulkner.

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.

Don’t wait - get compliant

30 May 2019 - Radical, costly and with issues? Yes. But the new Healthy Homes minimum standards are warranted and will improve New Zealand’s housing stock, according to one property management consultant.

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.

Golden rates age set to last

28 May 2019 - There’s no need to worry about interest rates in connection to mortgage debt for the next few years, according to Kiwibank’s chief economist.

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.

Applying for a tenancy like applying for a job

25 May 2019 - Credit checks should only be conducted after someone becomes the preferred candidate for a tenancy - not in the early stage of the application process, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Credit check ban unreasonable

23 May 2019 - Preventing landlords from running credit checks on prospective tenants - as mandated by new privacy guidelines - is not reasonable, tenancy experts say.

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…

What landlords can't ask tenants

22 May 2019 - Think you know what you can ask a prospective tenant? It might pay to check out the Privacy Commissioner’s new guidelines to see if what you are asking really is acceptable.

Warning: insulation deadline looming

21 May 2019 - Landlords take note: there’s only 40 days left to insulate rental properties before a $4,000 fine from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) comes into play.

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.

Beware unauthorised trades work

8 May 2019 - Property owners are being warned not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct plumbing work on renovation projects.

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…

Tardy repairs earn $2000 fine

3 May 2019 - Slow action on a leaky roof has earned a property management company and an absentee landlord a fine and a reprimand from the Tenancy Tribunal.

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.

Investor lending weak in March

30 April 2019 - The latest Reserve Bank lending data reveals investors borrowed more than $1 billion in March, the highest figure since November, but a 10% fall on the same period last year.

IAG boosts premiums to reflect risks

30 April 2019 - New Zealand’s largest general insurer will be taking more account of risk in its premiums and that means customers in disaster-prone areas will face bigger costs.

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.

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.

Swap keys, save sale costs

17 April 2019 - Swapping house keys could be a way for investors to avoid much of the hefty costs involved in the traditional sale process.

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.

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.

Changing world, changing property market

11 April 2019 - Technology and changes to the way people work are set to transform the commercial property sector and investors need to be attuned to these developments.

Capital gains battle heats up

8 April 2019 - There are now two declared armies in the battle over taxing capital gains, with the launch of a new pro-capital gains tax campaign on Monday.

Policy king hit

8 April 2019 - Investors have recently been dealt a double whammy with the concurrent release of the Tax Working Group’s recommendations on capital gains and the Healthy Homes minimum standards.

Yields creeping upwards

5 April 2019 - After many years in the wilderness, yields on rental properties are picking up – which should appeal to those trying to adapt to the changing property investment landscape.

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.

COMMENT: Tax deductibility of rental property upgrades

4 April 2019 - Rental property upgrades required by the Healthy Homes minimum standards will make the area of tax deductibility even more thorny, writes Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis…

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.

Investor slump continues in February

27 March 2019 - The latest Reserve Bank figures show investors borrowed just $886 million in February, down on the same month in 2017 and 2018, as first home buyers narrow the gap.

Niche options

25 March 2019 - Investors interested in a property that’s a bit different, but provides good returns, should check out one of the niche sectors on offer in the commercial sphere.

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.

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.

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.

Revealed: Healthy Homes minimum standards

24 February 2019 - The Government’s minimum standards to make rental properties healthier for tenants have finally been released – but landlords will have five years to comply with them.

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.

Capital gains tax on the cards

21 February 2019 - The Tax Working Group (TWG) has recommended that income from capital gains – especially those made on residential rental properties – should be taxed more.

Capital gains tax on the cards

21 February 2019 - The Tax Working Group (TWG) has recommended that income from capital gains – especially those made on residential rental properties – should be taxed more.

War over capital gains tax begins

19 February 2019 - An anti-capital gains tax campaign was launched by ACT on Tuesday – even though the Tax Working Group’s final report is not due to be made public till Thursday.

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.

Confidence in rental property at 4 year low

11 February 2019 - Investors’ belief that rental property is the investment most likely to generate good returns just keeps diminishing, the latest ASB Investor Confidence Report shows.

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.

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.

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.

Office business

29 January 2019 - New Zealand’s office sector is currently shaped by a shortage of supply but, going forward, it’s flexible workspaces which are set to reshape the market.

Tribunal rules for landlord in damage case

24 January 2019 - Damage done to a Porirua rental property by a dozen dogs was intentional and that means the tenants have to pay, the Tenancy Tribunal has found.

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.

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.

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.

December rental stats available now

4 January 2019 - The latest rental data from Tenancy Bond Services is now available. 

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.

Top 5 Tribunal tips for landlords

27 December 2018 - Love it or loathe it, many landlords find they need the Tenancy Tribunal so it pays to know how it works.

Landlords urged to act on insulation

24 December 2018 - Warnings that landlords need to step up and ensure their rental properties meet insulation requirements are coming thick and fast as the year ends.

Mortgage lending to investors plummets

21 December 2018 - Investors may not be selling up en masse but they aren’t buying either – going by new data which shows the amount getting mortgage lending has dropped significantly.

Mortgage lending to investors plummets

20 December 2018 - Investors may not be selling up en masse but they aren’t buying either – going by new data which shows the amount getting mortgage lending has dropped significantly.

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.

Monitoring rental home quality

19 December 2018 - Landlords concerned about whether or not their rental properties qualify as “healthy homes” can now look to new high-tech monitoring tool for help.

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.

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.

COMMENT: Setting policies good practice for landlords

4 December 2018 - Landlords need to establish strict policies around their rental properties rather than just winging it, Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis believes…

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.

Climate change insurance threat

30 November 2018 - Sceptical about climate change? If you own coastal property it would pay not to be, both the Reserve Bank and the Insurance Council are warning.

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.

COMMENT: Embedded networks - what to watch out for

29 November 2018 - Developers are increasingly seeking to maintain control of embedded networks in apartments and that means both buyers and body corporates need to know what to watch out for, Auckland District Law Society president Joanna Pidgeon explains.

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. 

Halt to apartment law reform plan

27 November 2018 - There’ll be no immediate reforms to apartment law after the Housing Minister declined to adopt a new Unit Titles Bill drafted by two National MPs.

CGT would be repealed under National

26 November 2018 - If a capital gains tax is put in place by the Labour-led government, it will be repealed by a National government, National Party leader Simon Bridges says.

Belief in rental investment returns cools

26 November 2018 - New Zealand investors’ love of rental property is waning, with confidence in its potential returns now at its lowest level in four years.

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.

Growth in NZ demand for co-working space

22 November 2018 - Developing co-working and flexible spaces in commercial properties offers big opportunities for landlords, the results of a major new survey suggest.

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.

Insurance essentials

19 November 2018 - Too often investors do a quick once-over on the insurance front. But when it comes to commercial property that’s a mistake – instead it’s worth getting to grips with the fundamentals.

Fierce opposition to tenancy proposals

16 November 2018 - Nearly 100% of landlords who completed a simplified tenancy law reform submission form believe it should be possible to buy and sell properties without sitting tenants.

Landlords to bear letting fee costs

15 November 2018 - Growing numbers of property managers are announcing that they will be replacing letting fees with new charges for landlords.

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.

PMG announces new market offer

9 November 2018 - Interested in testing the commercial property waters? Property Managers Group (PMG) has just put its largest retail offer in its diversified, unlisted commercial property fund on to the market.

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.

Auckland yields improving

2 November 2018 - There has been a slight rebound in rental returns for Auckland landlords – but it’s not due to a rapid rise in rents.

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.

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.

Don’t remove 90 day notice - NZPIF

26 October 2018 - If 90 day no cause termination notices are removed, the NZ Property Investors Federation says a “two strike” notice system should be adopted instead.

Making insurance easier

26 October 2018 - Modifying or adding to their rental property insurance has just got a lot easier for landlords – if they have a policy with Initio.

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. 

Is commercial the answer?

23 October 2018 - Investors dreaming of financial freedom should look to commercial property, argues Jeff Brill who is the author of New Zealand’s first book on commercial property investment since the GFC.

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.

Housing affordability improves

18 October 2018 - Falling house prices and historically low mortgage rates have led to an improvement in housing affordability around New Zealand.

COMMENT: Clear the red tape - get 100,000 houses

17 October 2018 - Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford must cut through the red tape if he wants to solve the housing shortage, argues Classic Developments’ Peter Cooney…

Capital price gains

17 October 2018 - Looking for capital gains? Best look to Wellington as the latest Trade Me Property data reveals ongoing strong price growth.

Unlawful tenancies back in Tribunal scope

16 October 2018 - Landlords worried about full rent refunds to tenants due to non-consented work can take hope from a new High Court ruling that challenges the precedent.

Small beginnings, big dreams

15 October 2018 - INVESTOR PROFILE: A Lower Hutt investor couple started small but they are well on the road to investment success – and now they are sharing how they got there.

Tribunal to adopt Gluckman's meth standard

13 October 2018 - The Tenancy Tribunal will, generally, accept 15 micrograms per 100cm2 as the minimum standard for meth contamination in rental properties.

COMMENT: Reform word games

12 October 2018 - Everyone is talking about residential rental reform at the moment - or are they? Here's what Auckland Property Investors Association vice president Peter Lewis has to say about it... 

September sales at 7 year low

11 October 2018 - Sales activity nationwide is down to new lows with new REINZ data showing that September saw the lowest number of properties sold since January.

Calls for property management regulation grow

10 October 2018 - The Government should regulate the property management sector as part of its current reform of the rental market, according to industry insiders.

Harbour homes in on real estate

4 October 2018 - Harbour Asset Management has rolled out a new real estate PIE fund to give investors a defensive investment home.

New venture to drive down construction costs

5 September 2018 - A new business in Christchurch plans to cut the cost of new build homes for developers and buyers, and make it easier for advisers to secure financing.

Property news for brokers

31 August 2018 - It's been another quiet week for rate changes.  As a bit of an FYI we now run more property investment related news on TMMOnline. It sits here in...

An update on meth standards

12 July 2018 - There continues to be confusion in the market on what appropriate standards are for meth contamination, following the bombshell report from the Government's...

Regional rents soar

21 May 2018 - Strong demand for rental properties in the regions means rents broke the seasonal trend and went up in April, new rental price data reveals.

LVR changes impact on lending

27 March 2018 - The slight easing of the LVRs appears to be encouraging investors into mortgages with new Reserve Bank data showing a pick-up in lending to investors.

Acting RBNZ Governor reignites DTI ratio debate

14 March 2018 - Outgoing Grant Spencer calls debt servicing ratios “natural complement” to existing system

Auckland property gains halved in two years

25 January 2018 - A growing number of investors are seeing the sale of their properties result in a loss rather than a profit as the property market slows.

Negative gearing to go...under Labour

15 March 2017 - It’s game over for negative gearing if the Labour Party wins power in this year’s election but an investor advocate says that it is tenants who will...

Auckland house prices down - again

13 March 2017 - Auckland’s market cooldown continued in February with another fall in median house prices but regional markets remained steady, new REINZ data shows...

Bringing clarity to meth drug haze

9 March 2017 - There are no rate changes today but this is an interesting piece on how one insurance group is dealing with meth claims. [Read On] ...

Slow down in investor lending quantified

1 March 2017 -   Reserve Bank's latest mortgage lending data and highlights the housing market's slowdown.

House prices hit new records

1 February 2017 - Asking prices hit new records in markets around the country but the formerly supercharged Auckland market was not among them, according to realestate.co...

No relief in demand pressures

1 February 2017 - Another month, another record: migration levels just keep going up, with new data showing December’s inflow smashing the previous record – which keeps...

Demand for planning change

27 January 2017 - Calls for changes to planning, land supply and infrastructure funding laws have been flowing as public concern over housing issues grows. Read more.  ...

Navigating shaky ground

27 January 2017 - Attention has been focused on the business risks seismic events can pose since last year’s Kaikoura earthquakes – and yet many people are still unclear about what they need to do.

Slow building consent trend concerning

20 January 2017 - Dwelling consents may have just hit a new high, but the trend is slowing – and that’s a worry, particularly for supply-strapped Auckland, economists...

Regional market in spotlight

13 January 2017 - Auckland’s housing market has had its star turn and regional markets are now moving into the spotlight, new Trade Me Property data reveals. Read more...

Further lending restrictions 'not needed'

12 January 2017 - The slower housing market means the latest LVRs are working and no more restrictions are needed, according to one real estate head. Read more.  ...

Rising rates, quieter market

19 December 2016 - Higher mortgage rates will have a more sustained impact on the housing market than the LVR restrictions have, according to Westpac. Read more.  ...

Rising rates, quieter market

16 December 2016 - Higher mortgage rates will have a more sustained impact on the housing market than the LVR restrictions have, according to Westpac.

Tax proposal targets property owners

8 December 2016 - Property investors are firmly in the sights of Gareth Morgan’s new political party’s freshly announced tax reform policy – but a tax specialist says...

Investor success bubbling away

29 November 2016 - Often described in the Bay of Plenty as Tauranga’s poorer cousin, Rotorua is now giving investors reasons to smile. Read more.  ...

Debate rages over foreign buyer data

18 November 2016 - Debate over the presence of foreign buyers in New Zealand’s housing market has flared up once again following the release of new tax residency data....

Insuring houses tougher post quakes

17 November 2016 - Getting house insurance at settlement time has just got harder for property buyers with many insurers placing an embargo on new policies in parts of New Zealand following Sunday night’s earthquakes.

House sales drop nationwide

16 November 2016 - Residential property sales have dropped nationwide and yet median prices have set new records in several regions. Read more.  ...

Drop in mortgage-free properties

15 November 2016 - New Zealand’s hot property market has led to a decline in the number of mortgage-free properties, according to new data from myvalocity.co.nz. Read more...

Pace of growth slows as LVRs impact - QV

2 November 2016 - Less established investors are looking to the regions as the Reserve Bank’s latest set of LVR rules start to impact on the market, QV’s latest data...

Investor activity down

1 November 2016 - The number of investors active in the housing market has declined significantly in recent months, new mortgage registration data shows. Read more.  ...

Green light for Crown land developments

27 October 2016 - It’s full steam ahead for the government’s Crown Land Housing programme in Auckland with two progress announcements from the Housing Minister. Read...

Migration spurs housing demand

25 October 2016 - Pressure on housing demand is set to continue as the latest Statistics New Zealand data shows migration has jumped back up to record highs. Read more. ...

Market in cruise mode

20 October 2016 - Moderate growth continues to mark house prices but the property market is now levelling off, according to the latest Trade Me Property data. Read more...

Watch housing market update

17 October 2016 - CoreLogic head of research Jonno Ingerson says the Reserve Bank's lending restrictions are having an impact on the market but property investors are looking...

The state of the housing market

14 October 2016 - CoreLogic head of research Jonno Ingerson says the Reserve Bank's lending restrictions are having an impact on the market but property investors are looking for ways around them.

Tough times for Kiwi investors

11 October 2016 - Mortgage brokers are warning of steeper funding costs for investors as banks charge higher margins and the lending environment tightens. Read more...

Govt ramps up building programme

10 October 2016 - Auckland’s private housing market looks likely to be the beneficiary of a ramped up government building programme – if signals from the Finance Minister...

MPs urged to heed calls of landlords

6 October 2016 - Political solution to unjust new rules relating to tenant damage of rental properties could be on the cards – if MPs heed the call of landlord advocates...

Fixed rates start rising - slowly

5 October 2016 - This week we have had a number of lenders increase fixed home loan rates including BNZ, The Co-operative Bank, Kiwibank and NZ Home Loans. The key market...

Investors face cancellation of pre-approvals

4 October 2016 - Banks have had to cancel some preapprovals for investors, which were issued before the recent change to loan-to-value restrictions. Read more.  ...

New LVR rules kick in

3 October 2016 - Banks have had to cancel some preapprovals for investors, which were issued before the recent change to loan-to-value restrictions.

The “Affordability” of Unaffordable Homes

30 September 2016 - We all seem to agree. New Zealand home prices look extremely high. But if they are so grossly unaffordable then how come so many people are willing and able to buy them? 

New numbers on real estate activity

28 September 2016 - A report out this morning says that nearly half a million New Zealanders (484,000) are planning to purchase, sell the property they live in, or sell another...

Investors look to commercial market

23 September 2016 - Restrictions and pressure on residential property investors keeps growing and many investors are looking for possible solutions: commercial property is...

Top five rental hot spots

21 September 2016 - Landlords with a focus on cash flow might want to look out of Auckland and towards one of the five regional markets experiencing stellar rental growth...

Aussie property fund open to NZ

20 September 2016 - Australian commercial property fund manager Charter Hall Group has offered its unlisted Direct Office Fund (DOF) to New Zealand investors for the first time.

Severe lack of supply pushing house prices

15 September 2016 - Decline in investor activity has had a limited impact on the booming housing market – yet in Auckland prices are at a record high, new REINZ data shows...

Apartment appeal on the rise

14 September 2016 - Auckland apartments are gaining in popularity as Trade Me Property’s latest data records a spring surge in average asking prices around New Zealand....

Impact of RBNZ's latest restrictions about to be revealed

13 September 2016 - There is still little happening with home loan rate changes at the moment. A lot of focus is on the next set of REINZ data, which should be out tomorrow...

Restrict investors to new builds?

12 September 2016 - Investors could face further lending restrictions if a new plan being touted by the Property Institute gains traction. Read more.  ...

Urgent housing debate derailed

8 September 2016 - The government’s efforts to extend Special Housing Area (SHA) legislation under urgency this week have been disrupted by the Opposition. Read more.  ...

The truth behind multiple property owners

7 September 2016 - Investors’ share of Auckland property sales may have gone up recently, but the truth behind new data on multiple property owners is more complex than...

Latest Auckland house price data out

5 September 2016 - This week expect to hear lots about the housing market with monthly data being released. Out this morning ins Barfoot and Thompson's latest Auckland update...

Speculators, land banking - election hot topics

30 August 2016 - Property speculators and land-banking will be targeted if former Labour Party leader Phil Goff becomes Auckland’s mayor in October. Read more.  ...

Developers flocking to non-bank finance

26 August 2016 - Housing supply shortage and tighter bank lending requirements mean small-scale property developers are flocking to non-bank alternatives to secure finance...

LVRs to impact on mortgage lending

25 August 2016 - New LVR restrictions seem to be affecting mortgage demand already, with the Reserve Bank’s latest residential lending data showing a big dip in mortgage...

Finding solutions to investor LVR

18 August 2016 - The Reserve Bank’s new investor-targeted LVR rules come into effect on 1 October, but there are solutions to the restrictions for investors willing to...

QV: Prices still running hot

3 August 2016 - Reports of waning interest in the Auckland market – due to sky-high prices and increased investor restrictions – may be premature with the latest QV...

BNZ moves rates; Foreign buyer report called misleading

2 August 2016 - BNZ has tweaked its one and two year Special Rates, increasing them. Meanwhile, the second report on the tax residency of people buying property in New...

No looming price crash

27 July 2016 - House prices may start to taper off in the coming years as supply finally starts to meet demand - but no one should be holding out for a huge price correction...

New lending rules shuts young people out

20 July 2016 - New Reserve Bank rules to limit lending to property investors will stop young people becoming landlords, but won’t do anything to stop those who have...

Crackdown on investor lending

19 July 2016 - The Reserve Bank has today released a consultation paper proposing changes to loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) in the midst of the current property boom...

Reserve Bank targets investor lending

19 July 2016 - The Reserve Bank has today released a consultation paper proposing changes to loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) to further reduce risks to financial stability arising from the current boom in house prices.

Interest rates key to affordability

15 July 2016 - Housing affordability remains at the forefront of public consciousness, but Massey University’s new affordability data shows there has been a year-on-year...

Investors boost small home prices

14 July 2016 - Investors are snapping up units and smaller houses around the country, new data from Trade Me Property shows. Read more. ...

Investors a target in tax proposals

12 July 2016 - Labour’s new property tax proposals target rental property owners not traders and speculators, the NZ Property Investors Federation says. Read more. ...

Warnings fly following RBNZ proposal

8 July 2016 - Frantic investor buying and increased squeeze on the rental market could be the end-result of further LVRs, investor advocates are warning.

Frozen funds raise concern

8 July 2016 - British open-ended property funds are the latest to feel the impact of Brexit and there are fears that Kiwi investors could be exposed to some of the fallout.

Brush up on your 2008 playbook

7 July 2016 - ANZ economists provided a saluatory reminder to investors in property funds. They said, in a recent email, "investors are starting to learn the hard way...

Key tells RBNZ to target property investors

6 July 2016 - The one little rate change today is overshadowed by Prime Minister John Key's comments that the Reserve Bank should target property investors. Here is...

Rents spike in regions

23 June 2016 - Auckland’s average weekly rents might be the highest, but new data reveals rental growth in other parts of the country is far stronger. Read more.  ...

Extra rates for investors?

21 June 2016 - Auckland landlords with empty houses, land and commercial properties may face extra rates if one mayoral candidate wins in October. Read more.  ...

Westpac revises house price forecasts

20 June 2016 - Westpac says it has revised upwards its forecast for house price growth. It is now predicting a 14% increase in house prices nationwide this year. That...

What's the home for direct-owned and listed property in a portfolio?

20 June 2016 - Investors seeking exposure to property should consider listed as well as direct property given the returns, diversification and volatility of the asset classes are very similar over the long term, AMP Capital says.

Regions hot, Auckland cooling

16 June 2016 - Auckland’s housing market slowed for the second consecutive month in May – in stark contrast to many regional markets, new REINZ data reveals. Read...

LVR restrictions stopped $20 bill of lending

9 June 2016 - The Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler says the LVR restrictions introduced by the bank have been "very successful".

'Drastic' lending changes to challenge investors

8 June 2016 - ANZ surprised mortgage advisers recently when it announced a raft of changes to its lending policy which will make it even harder for property investors...

ANZ's lending changes surprise mortgage advisers

7 June 2016 - ANZ surprised mortgage advisers on Friday when it announced a raft of changes to its lending policy which will make it even harder for property investors.

Don't believe all the hype about property flipping

2 June 2016 - You will, no doubt, heard stories about properties being flipped multiple times for big profits. Apparently it doesn't actually happen that often.  Here's...

Investors dominating housing market

27 May 2016 - New Reserve Bank lending data leaves little doubt that investors are busy in the current market. Read more. ...

Investors brace for higher interest rates

24 May 2016 - Property investors need to be prepared to pay higher interest rates on their loans in response to changes made by the Reserve Bank. Read more.  ...

Investors under fire

10 May 2016 - All eyes are on the Reserve Bank’s upcoming Financial Stability Review (FSR) as rising house prices and the minimum rental standards debate have left...

OCR guessing game - what economists think

26 April 2016 - An OCR cut this week is a live call, but most economists think the Reserve Bank will wait a bit longer before cutting again. Read more.  ...

New technology to streamline property deals

22 April 2016 - Cutting edge technology is set to make property transactions easier, according to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). Read here.  ...

Capitalising on the capital

21 April 2016 - It is Wellington, not Auckland, which is set to offer some of the best house price prospects in New Zealand, an economist has suggested. Read here.  ...

More restrictions on the way?

20 April 2016 - Auckland’s reinvigorated housing market, along with the ongoing strength of regional markets, has left economists suggesting further Reserve Bank restrictions...

Sellers' confidence soaring high

13 April 2016 - Property sellers’ confidence returned in March and the average asking price for a property in New Zealand increased to a new record of $573,000, according...

Property market reignites

13 April 2016 - Property sellers’ confidence returned in March and the average asking price for a property in New Zealand increased to a new record of $573,000, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index.

The rise of renters

12 April 2016 - Growing numbers of renters nationwide only add to the demand for rental properties, but there are questions about what it all means. Read more.  ...

Perils of dodging due diligence

8 April 2016 - Mortgage brokers are among a large body of professionals who regularly see the fallout from poor or non-existent due diligence. Read here. ...

End of Super City's downward trend?

7 April 2016 - While Super City values went against the national grain of rising values in March, that trend is unlikely to last, Quotable Value (QV) suggests. Read more...

Fund manager to lose PIE status

24 March 2016 - Property investor Augusta Capital may lose its PIE tax status due to an increase in the market value of its funds management business. This loss of PIE...

Big falls in days to sell in regions

25 February 2016 - Markets around New Zealand are experiencing big drops in number of days to sell and property for sale, new data reveals. Read here. ...

Rent loss set to drop

22 February 2016 - Landlords lose five weeks of rent per year on average - but those losses are set to decline, a tenancy debt specialist has said. Read more.  ...

Tax could stifle housing development

10 February 2016 - Warnings about the negative impact a new property tax could have on housing supply come as the submission period on the Bill ends. Read here.  ...

Record high prices in regions

3 February 2016 - Ongoing house price strength in regions sees Central Otago overtaking Auckland in the latest realestate.co.nz data. Read here.    ...

Halo effect caution

29 January 2016 - Investors looking out of Auckland, due to the 'halo effect', should tread carefully. Read here.  ...

Record highs for regions

20 January 2016 - Slowing Auckland market contrasts with strength in regional markets, reveals new Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data. Read here.    Also,...

Red tape hurdles

19 January 2016 - Claims that residential construction regulations are to blame for Auckland’s housing crisis are making waves again. Read here.  ...

Bay of Plenty picking up heat

14 January 2016 - Auckland’s property market might be cooling, but the Bay of Plenty’s is booming, reveals the latest Trade Me Property data. Read here.  ...

Return to reality for market

12 January 2016 - Property market growth is set to return to more normal levels in 2016, predicts one major agency. Read here.  Also read how building consents are...

Forums to discuss 'contentious' FAA overhaul

9 January 2016 - Forums on the Financial Advisers Act being held next month are likely to be dominated by questions about potential licensing of entities, rather than individual...

Listings fall, prices hold firm

7 January 2016 - Auckland's biggest real estate agency says prices are holding firm but there is a shortage of listings going into 2016. Read here.  ...

Rezoning windfall?

23 December 2015 - Auckland property investors may find the value of their portfolios increases sharply due to the city’s proposed zoning changes. Read here. Also keep...

Times are changing

21 December 2015 - There's still time to catch up on the New Zealand Property Investor magazine's annual lending survey results. Read how here. ...

Rents on the rise

17 December 2015 - Good news for landlords as new data shows rents in a number of markets – including Auckland - are on the rise again. Full story.  Also, the Block...

What tenants want

16 December 2015 - “Periodic tenancies” are the most popular rental arrangement, new Barfoot & Thompson data shows. Read here.  ...

Momentum shifting

11 December 2015 - Prices are flattening as some of the heat evaporates from the Auckland property market, Real Estate Institute figures show.  But around the country,...

End of an era for Fidelity Life chief

7 December 2015 - Fidelity Life chief executive Milton Jennings is stepping down from the role next year, after being with the company almost three decades. Read here, Also,...

Market softening in the Super City

2 December 2015 - Values are still increasing in Auckland but the rate is noticeably slower, QV data reveals. See full story. Also, read how the FMA wants more clarity for...

'Clear mistakes' in MJW report

24 November 2015 -    

KiwiSaver advisers 'pushing products'

18 November 2015 - KiwiSaver providers are focusing more on pushing products than providing advice to ensure their members are in the right funds, the Financial Markets Authority...

Rental WOF still on the cards

16 November 2015 - The Green Party has not let Labour's failed attempt to pass rental WOF legislation deter them with their Residential Tenancies (Warm, Safe and Secure Rentals)...

New law may sting landlords dodging capital gains tax

13 November 2015 - The 'bright-line test' was passed into law yesterday sending a strong message to landlords to no longer expect to avoid capital gains tax just by holding...

Labour cuts CGT from party policies

9 November 2015 - The Labour Party will not be campaigning on a Capital Gains Tax in the 2017 election.  Its elimination from the party's policies was decided at Labour's...

Confidence in rising house prices dwindling

6 November 2015 - Fewer people expect house prices to rise, ASB's latest survey shows.

More OCR cuts likely – despite housing concerns

14 October 2015 - Global economic concerns mean more “easing” of the OCR is likely, even though this could further fuel the already-hot housing market, the Reserve Bank Governor has said.

Lending up but profits flat

7 September 2015 - New Zealand’s five major banks* profits flattened in the second quarter of 2015, although lending growth continued, according to a new analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

Investors increasing Auckland price pressure – RBNZ

24 August 2015 - Growing investor demand for Auckland property has exacerbated the price pressures arising from the underlying supply shortage, the Reserve Bank says.

Banks net interest income falls - PwC

24 June 2015 - A decrease in the net interest income of New Zealand’s major banks reflects the current highly competitive lending environment.

Auckland landlords face new lending restrictions

13 May 2015 - Auckland property investors now have to have a 30% deposit to buy a rental under new rules proposed by the Reserve Bank. Here is what the bank said.

Property borrowing to get easier with arrival of LendMe

12 May 2015 - New Zealand’s residential property borrowing environment is set to blow wide open with the news that LendMe has received New Zealand’s second peer to peer (P2P) lending license.

SPI directors fined for breaching financial reporting rules

30 April 2015 - The two directors of SPI Property Fund Limited have today been fined $25,312 each for breaches of the Financial Reporting Act in the Auckland District...

CGT for property investors would create interesting possibilities

16 April 2015 - Fund manager Harbour Asset Management has waded into the debate on a capital gains tax for property investors. 

Property prices impact on S&P’s assessment of NZ banking sector

27 March 2015 - A plunge in property prices is a key risk factor for banks in New Zealand, according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s.

Reserve Bank comes up with new definition for property investors

5 March 2015 - Property investors are the target of a new Reserve Bank lending restriction, but the bank says it’s not a macro-prudential tool.

Simple and better: RESIMAC's new loan offerings

2 March 2015 - Greater flexibility for investors is contained in a raft of new offerings from non-bank lender RESIMAC Home Loans.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
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
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
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% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
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
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
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
RESIMAC Special - - - -
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
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
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
Westpac - Offset 5.34 - - -
Westpac Special - 3.55 3.45 3.99
Median 5.34 4.04 4.09 4.39

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