New Zealand Property Investors' Federation, (NZPIF) is the umbrella body for 20 local Property Investors' Associations throughout New Zealand.

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Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014

Call to split interest rates

A two-tier interest rate system, with higher rates for investors, would be a better option than loan-to-value restrictions, one commentator says.

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Friday, Jan 03, 2014

Lifestyle market strengthens further

Lifestyle property turnover has lifted almost 10% on the same time last year, the latest Real Estate Institute rural statistics show.

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Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013

Commercial investors feeling confident

Commercial property investor confidence rose in the December quarter and is now higher than it has ever been, Colliers International says.

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Monday, Dec 30, 2013

Rise can't continue at this rate: Helm

Property prices are likely to continue to rise in Auckland but will have to come off the boil a bit, says commentator Alistair Helm.

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Friday, Dec 27, 2013

Longer due diligence periods better: Whitburn

Auckland Property Investors Association president David Whitburn says he would like to see longer due diligence periods for buyers, after a High Court decision last week that overturned an agent’s charge of negligence.

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Monday, Dec 23, 2013

Property market on hold

New Zealand’s property market is stuck in a hiatus, trapped between strong migration and price expectations on one hand and the introduction of LVR restrictions and an impending hike in the official cash rate on the other, ANZ’s economists say.

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Friday, Dec 20, 2013

Expect a short pause: Newland

Noise about the prospect of increasing interest rates is unlikely to dampen the property market much next year, says commentator Olly Newland. He said it would be “business as usual” no matter what noises were made by politicians.

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Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

NZPIF: WOFs not the best approach

Rental property warrants of fitness aren’t necessary, the New Zealand Property Investors Federation says. It was yesterday revealed that a trial of WOFs for rental properties – both private and council-owned – will start across the country in January. Councils said there were concerns that the housing stock was substandard and contributing to poor health.

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Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

Rentals tested next month

Private rental properties will come under the spotlight in new council “warrant of fitness” testing. From January, 25 rental properties in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will be tested against 31 criteria, including things such as warmth, dryness, mould, dampness, injury risk, sanitation, and living needs.

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Monday, Dec 16, 2013

First-home buyers still absent: Survey

First-home buyers are still noticeably absent from the market, the latest REINZ/BNZ survey of real estate agents shows. A net 77% of agents are seeing fewer of them in the market.

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Saturday, Dec 14, 2013

Focus on insulation and heating rentals, not WOF

A University of Otago study by medical students looked at 106 children admitted to Wellington hospital over winter. It found that the main cause for admission, 38%, was due to the effects of inhalation of second hand smoke.Other reasons were dampness (30%), mould (24%) and overcrowding (21%) in the home. The authors say that these findings support the need for a warrant of fitness on rental properties.

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Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

Housing Accords work expanded

Housing Accords work expanded to Christchurch, Wellington and Tauranga The Government’s work with councils to improve housing affordability has been expanded beyond Auckland with Christchurch City, Wellington City, Hutt City, Upper Hutt City, Porirua, Kapiti, Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty being added to the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act.

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Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

OCR unchanged at 2.5 percent

The Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5 percent. Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler said: “Growth remains moderate but mixed for New Zealand’s main trading partners. Nevertheless, export prices for New Zealand’s main commodities, and especially dairy produce, have continued to increase.

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Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

Sales below expectations: REINZ

Sales turnover in November was weaker than expected, the latest Real Estate Institute figures show. There were 6691 residential sales last month, 6.6% fewer than the same time last year and up just 2.7% on October.

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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

Warm houses key to child health.

Children’s Commissioner, Dr Wills, reports today that, over the last 12 years, the biggest increases in child hospitalisations with poverty-related illnesses have been in asthma and bronchiolitis. He has said that living in crowded, cold and damp houses is what matters.

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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

New two-tier lending system hits low deposit customers

Mortgage brokers say low deposit borrowers will take another hit, after Westpac introduced a two-tier lending system that will further shut them out of the housing market.

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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

Reserve Bank exempts lending for new construction

New residential construction loans will now be exempt from the loan-to-value (LVR) restrictions introduced from 1 October, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Grant Spencer said today.

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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

New homes exempt from LVR rules

A Reserve Bank decision to exempt new construction from the loan-to-value restrictions will be a double benefit, says a broker who has been campaigning for the change.

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Monday, Dec 09, 2013

Early signs of market change: QV

It may not be until March that there are any clear signs of where the real estate market is heading under the new loan-to-value restrictions, QV says. It has released its statistics for November, which show that nationwide values have risen 9.2% over the past year and 2.5% over the past three months.

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Friday, Dec 06, 2013

Alexander: Too early to claim impact on lending

Home loan approvals have reached a new post-LVR restriction high, but BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander says it’s too soon to conclude that the rules have not slowed lending growth.

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Thursday, Dec 05, 2013

Bill to ban foreign investors

It would stop anyone who was not a citizen from buying any existing residential property. The bill still must be drawn from the ballot before it will be given a reading in Parliament.

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Thursday, Dec 05, 2013

More rental properties available in Auckland: Report

Low interest rates may be prompting an increase in the number of rental properties in Auckland, the latest Department of Building and Housing quarterly report says.

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Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013

Barfoot: Rules having no impact yet

Loan-to-value restrictions appear to be slowing the rate of sales under the hammer, Barfoot and Thompson says. The real estate agency says there has been a reduction in the number of homes sold at auction but sales had been occurring later after negotiations between the buyer and seller.

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Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013

Asking prices, listing numbers down.

Asking prices eased slightly in November and the number of new listings entering the market dropped, the latest report from realestate.co.nz shows.

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Monday, Dec 02, 2013

First-timers buy one in five properties

Twenty per cent of properties nationwide have been sold to first-home buyers since 2012, data from PropertyIQ shows.

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