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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. Prices in the Auckland region continue to flat line, according to the real estate agency’s January data. Both the average sales price ($927,181) and the median sale price ($827,500) were down […]

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This might be about as busy as the New Zealand construction industry gets, economists say. There were 32,996 new homes consented for in the year to December. The number of consents that went to central government agencies hit a 40-year high. Those departments, including Housing New Zealand, were responsible for 1999 new home consents in […]

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A ban on letting fees has come into effect, meaning the cost of renting is about to become cheaper – right? Wrong… living costs are likely to go up and it’s likely the letting fee will now just be built into rents. The Government was universally warned this would happen, not just by the industry […]

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The majority of New Zealanders believe they need to be saving more for retirement, according to ASB’s latest KiwiSaver survey. ASB’s Q3 2018 survey revealed that almost 60% of respondents believe KiwiSaver should be made a compulsory scheme,  62% believe they need to be saving more for retirement,  21% were comfortable that they did not need […]

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The AA has launched a new tradie callout service called AA Home, which will send home help to fix burst pipes, blocked toilets or electrical failures at any hour of the day and will aim to get a qualified tradesperson to domestic emergencies within an hour. AA membership and brand general manager Dougal Swift said […]

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In a report Stats NZ looks at Canterbury’s rebuild seven years since the earthquake. Tens of thousands of new homes have been consented in Canterbury since the 22 February 2011 earthquakes, Stats NZ said today. Canterbury’s building costs and rents have risen faster than in other parts of the country. In the seven years to […]

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Latest data from QV shows that the housing market has made a strong start to the year and is likely to gradually get stronger over the next 12 months. House price growth remained steady at 6.4% in the year ended January, with a national average price of $671,500. Prices in Auckland grew at their strongest […]

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Within 10 years of giving up work most retirees will use up their savings and be reliant on national superannuation, according to new research. The Financial Services Council said the study showed senior New Zealanders were not well updated, and would rely on property and superannuation in retirement. The Council said on average, retirees thought they […]

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Property managers and landlords can access a score assessing a prospective tenant’s potential risk. Tenancy Information New Zealand (TINZ) has launched a Tenancy Risk Score, which ranks individuals and companies from 0 to 1,000. A good score is 600-1,000 and a poor score is 500 or below. The average score across the database is 630. […]

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The Reserve Bank’s dropping fairly firm hints that it might be about to start removing the restrictions on high loan to value lending (LVRs), with a decision possibly set to be announced late this month. The LVR restrictions, one of the RBNZ’s ‘macro-prudential’ tools, fall under the gamut of the bank’s financial stability role. The […]

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