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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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Friday, Sep 13, 2013

Rent control policy questioned

Rent controls proposed by Labour party leadership hopeful Grant Robertson have been panned by Act leader John Banks. He plans to introduce a private member's bill to get "rent stabilisation" across the city.

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Thursday, Sep 12, 2013

LVR move's effectiveness uncertain: Wheeler

Loan-to-value speed limits won’t be removed until the Reserve Bank is convinced it won't prompt a resurgence in house prices, governor Graeme Wheeler said this morning.

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Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013

Affordability action starts now: Brown

Auckland Council has agreed on a proposed Unitary Plan and mayor Len Brown says it clears the way for action on housing affordability.

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Monday, Sep 09, 2013

QV: LVR move won't slow market

House prices will increase for some time yet despite the introduction of loan-to-value speed limits at the end of the month, QV research director Jonno Ingerson says.

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Friday, Sep 06, 2013

Alexander: Not enough builders

A shortage of builders means that the rate of house construction is not going to lift much, no matter how much land is freed up, says BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander.

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Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013

No upwards price pressure, agency reports

Auckland’s average price is slowly dropping, the city’s biggest real estate agency reports. Barfoot and Thompson’s average sales price in August was $647,647, more than $6700 lower than in July and more than $2200 lower than in June.

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Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013

Buyers getting around restrictions: Broker

Parents are offering their equity as security or increasing their own debt to provide deposits for their first-home buyer children, an Auckland broker says.

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Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013

Landlords need more insurance information

Few Auckland landlords completely understand widespread changes to the way insurance policies work, new research shows.

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Monday, Sep 02, 2013

Property investment beats other asset classes

Office space is driving improving commercial property returns, the latest Property Council New Zealand/IPD New Zealand All Property Index returns show.

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Monday, Sep 02, 2013

Inventory at record lows

Listings are up but not enough to keep pace with buyer demand, the latest property report from Realestate.co.nz shows.

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Sunday, Sep 01, 2013

Pet bonds by the book: Whitburn

Landlords who charge a “pet bond” must make sure it does not equate to more than four weeks’ rent, says Auckland Property Investors Association president David Whitburn.

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Thursday, Aug 29, 2013

LVR limits have limited impact: Westpac

Macroprudential tools, such as loan-to-value restrictions, have modest effects that tend to be short-lived, Westpac economist Michael Gordon says.

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Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013

Price growth not exceptional: Barfoot

Barfoot and Thompson says Auckland property price rises over the past ten years are similar to the returns delivered by other forms of investment over the period.

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Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013

ANZ: How low will sales go?

Whether house sales stall in the face of easing mortgage approvals and higher interest rates will be seen over the next few months, ANZ’s economists say.

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Monday, Aug 26, 2013

Sunset clauses may burn investors

Investors may lose money unless a legal loophole is closed, a property expert says. The loophole allows property developers to exercise a "sunset clause" in property purchase agreements where the agreement is entered before the property’s construction has been completed.

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Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

Alexander: Rules will push up regional house prices

Loan-to-value restrictions may boost other parts of the New Zealand property market as buyers turn their attention away from Auckland, says BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander.

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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013

Cash sales declining: Property IQ

New Zealand's rate of cash sales does not indicate any increasing presence of foreign buyers in the market, Property IQ says. The firm of property analysts said it wanted to tackle the question of how many buyers were from overseas, in response to anecdotal information about people paying over the odds, particularly for Auckland property.

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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013

Property lending restrictions

The New Zealand Property Investors’ Federation believe there are good and bad points about the Reserve Banks restrictions on low equity loans.

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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013

LVR restrictions announced

The Reserve Bank says that from October 1 banks will not be allowed to write more than 10% of their loans above the 80% LVR mark. Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler today announced that from 1 October banks will be subject to restrictions on high loan-to-value ratio (LVR) housing mortgage loans.

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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013

Kiwibank to push investors back in queue

Kiwibank says it will give priority to first-home buyers with small deposits, over investors in the same position. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler announced today that from October 1, banks will only be able to have 10% of their lending to borrowers with equity of less than 20%.

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Monday, Aug 19, 2013

Kiwibank offers energy use check-up

Kiwibank is offering to tell Christchurch buyers how well their homes use energy. It is offering free “energy audits” for people who take out new Kiwibank home loans.Canterbury Growth General Manager Tracey Berry said the bank was working with Community Energy Action to offer the service as a contribution to the rebuild in Canterbury after the earthquakes.

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Friday, Aug 16, 2013

'Cycle may only be half-way through'

Concerns about rising house prices are exaggerated, says Property IQ spokesman Jonno Ingerson. He spoke at the Bankers Association yesterday, where he said price growth of 13% year-on-year in Auckland was muchless than had been seen in previous property booms.

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