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Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013

QV predicts activity flurry

QV is expecting a short-term flurry of activity as people who have been preapproved for loans get their housing deals done.

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Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013

Special housing areas announced

The first of Auckland’s “special housing areas” have been announced and more will be revealed by Christmas. Consent applications in those areas will be able to be considered by the council under the fast-tracked mechanisms in the legislation, which require approvals within six months for greenfields developments, compared to the average three years.

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Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013

Supply the issue: Harcourts

Affordability won't improve until there are enough houses built to cater for New Zealand's growing population, real estate group Harcourts says.

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Monday, Oct 07, 2013

LVR move worries investors

Property investors are wary about the possible impact of new loan-to-value restrictions, the latest ANZ Property Investment Survey shows.

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Friday, Oct 04, 2013

Restrictions' impact not sustained: Report

A return to more normal interest rates might have more of an impact on house prices than the new LVR restrictions, says BNZ.

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Friday, Oct 04, 2013

Harcourts, Barfoot at odds

Two major Auckland real estate agencies can’t agree on whether the new LVR restrictions made a difference to the market last month.

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Thursday, Oct 03, 2013

It could take months to see LVR impact: Agency

It could be up to six months before it’s clear whether the Reserve Bank’s new loan-to-value speed limits have made any difference to the Auckland property market, says real estate agency Barfoot and Thompson.

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Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013

LVR restrictions 'could spark complaints'

The Banking Ombudsman is expecting the new loan-to-value speed limits to cause a spike in mortgage-related issues. The restrictions came into force yesterday and require banks to keep their low-deposit lending to no more than 10% of their new loans.

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Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013

Building consents slow

After two years of growth, the trend for new house consents appears to be flattening, Statistics New Zealand says. That's not good news for Auckland, where a lack of supply is being blamed for soaring house prices.

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Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013

Govt gifts deposits to regional buyers

First-home buyers in the regions will be given a 10% deposit from the Government if they buy state houses that are not needed by the Government. The FirstHome initiative has been announced by Housing Minister Nick Smith.

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Monday, Sep 30, 2013

Short-term LVR effect predicted

The housing market will hesitate for a few weeks once the loan-to-value speed limits are introduced tomorrow before getting back into business as usual, property commentator Olly Newland says.

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Monday, Sep 30, 2013

Five months for plan submissions

Auckland’s unitary plan was notified today, giving five months for the public to make formal submissions. The Property Council has already weighed in, saying it supports the council’s measures to simplify the plan and its processes.

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Friday, Sep 27, 2013

LVR moves slowing housing supply

If the heat in the Auckland housing market is largely due to a lack supply, the Reserve Bank may not be pleased to hear reports from the Registered Master Builders Federation that the looming loan-to-value speed limits are slowing construction.

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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013

Returns 'pay off' for green building

Green buildings provide better investment returns to their owners, the World Green Building Council says. Chief executive Jane Henley is in New Zealand to present a report called "The Business Case for Green Building."

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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013

Reserve Bank could target investors

Macroprudential tools could be used to target residential property investors, the Reserve Bank says in its latest Bulletin.

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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013

Mortgages more expensive

Low-deposit mortgages will not only be harder to get from the end of this month, but they will be a lot more expensive. From October 1, banks will be required to keep the amount of new lending to borrowers with a deposit of less than 20 per cent to no more than 10 per cent of their total mortgage lending.

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Monday, Sep 23, 2013

ASB cancels preapprovals

Many home buyers with ASB mortgage preapprovals will not be able to use them from early next month. The bank has announced it is withdrawing its preapprovals for buyers with deposits of less than 20%.

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Monday, Sep 23, 2013

Commission charged on high end of price

Auckland real estate agency The Property Market has launched a new commission structure that means vendors are only charged for the top end of the sale price.

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Friday, Sep 20, 2013

Migration momentum a property driver: ANZ

Migration is now a key source of demand for housing, the latest ANZ Property Focus report says. Of the ten gauges the report uses to indicate the future direction of property prices, that is the only one that is now pointing only up.

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Friday, Sep 20, 2013

Migration momentum a property driver: ANZ

Migration is now a key source of demand for housing, the latest ANZ Property Focus report says. Of the ten gauges the report uses to indicate the future direction of property prices, that is the only one that is now pointing only up.

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Thursday, Sep 19, 2013

Commentator concerned at loss of data

Property commentator Alistair Helm says Kiwis are missing out on valuable real estate data.

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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013

Hamilton renters get warning

Investors could soon squeeze first-home buyers out of the Hamilton market and push rents higher, a local real estate agency says.

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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013

House prices likely to start to cool in November: Westpac

A drop in turnover and a lengthening in the average time it takes a property to sell will be the first signs of a slowdown in the residential housing market, Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens says.

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Monday, Sep 16, 2013

Regional first-home buyers acting fast: REINZ

Activity is picking up in regional New Zealand ahead of the loan-to-value speed limit introduction at the end of the month, the Real Estate Institute says.

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Monday, Sep 16, 2013

Sellers' market, prices rising: Survey

A record proportion of real estate agents say the market they’re operating in favours sellers, the latest BNZ-REINZ Residential Market Survey shows.

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