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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014

Landlord and tenant alarm at healthy homes bill

Landlords and tenants should be alarmed at Labour MP Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that would immediately impose stringent requirements upon rental properties without defining those requirements, Mike Butler of NZCPR said today.

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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Investors are very confident

Investors are very confident about the future prospects of commercial property investment in New Zealand, delivering another quarter of enthusiastic responses. Confidence is at a net positive 28%, just shy of the record high set at the end of 2013, according to the latest Colliers International investor confidence survey.

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Monday, Apr 14, 2014

Capital Gains Tax not a solution

The association representing Kiwi landlords is disappointed the Labour Party is misleading the public about their proposed capital gains tax, which they plan to apply to all asset classes except the family home.

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Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014

$9700 per property WOF cost for landlords?

Property investors should be very alarmed that the amount each landlord could be expected to pay for upgrades associated with a proposed warrant-of-fitness scheme is $9700 for each property, Mike Butler of NZCPR said today.

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Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014

March 2014 Political report

The following is a summary of political developments and regulatory risks affecting the residential rental property industry.

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Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Reserve Bank Bulletin released

The Reserve Bank today released the March 2014 edition of the Reserve Bank Bulletin.

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Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Rental property owners not to blame

Kiwi landlords are not to blame for a decrease in Kiwi home-ownership.

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Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

Report shows investor gains in cities around NZ

The Westpac Investment Report released today highlights in which cities gains are being made

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Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

Investors support focus on insulation and heating

The NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF) supports the focus on heating and Insulation in Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill.

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Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

Electricity use for home heating increases

More New Zealanders are using electricity to heat their homes and fewer are using gas, wood, or coal, according to census results released by Statistics New Zealand today.

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Monday, Mar 17, 2014

WOF an insult not a protection

The national federation representing Kiwi landlords is warning against progressing with the flawed rental WOF scheme, claiming its trialed roll-out is raising serious concerns for both tenants and landlords.

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Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

Reserve Bank raises OCR to 2.75 percent

Statement by the Governor of the Reserve Bank today

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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014

Buyers and investors leave market

The REINZ information shows that property investors as well as first home buyers have left the market.

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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014

Easing tone to sales volumes, although prices firming in February Market

REINZ, the most up to date source of real estate data in New Zealand, announced today that there were 6,125 dwelling sales in the month of February, down 7.6% on February last year, but up 29.8% compared to January

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Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014

LVR rules not working: Harcourts

Provisional data from New Zealand’s largest real estate group Harcourts for the month of February shows there is continued pressure on the housing market in Auckland and Northland. The group said its average sales price had reached $644,613 – up 13% on the same time last year.

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Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014

Positive economy not LVRs drives interest in rental investment

The Bank of New Zealand’s Nine Rewards Consumer Trends Survey indicates that interest in buying residential rental property has almost doubled since the LVRs were introduced

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Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014

Investing becoming more popular

More people are interested in buying investment properties since the loan-to-value rules kicked in, the latest BNZ Consumer Confidence survey shows. It found a net 45% of the respondents are confident that the economy will improve over the next year.

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Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014

Asking prices up, listing numbers down

Sellers were asking more for their properties than ever before in February, according to real estate listing website Realestate.co.nz. The site reported a national, seasonally-adjusted mean asking price of $483,099.

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Sunday, Mar 02, 2014

Low rents deter home buyers

Low rents are discouraging people from buying their own homes, according to the New Zealand Property Investors Federation (NZPIF). NZPIF executive officer Andrew King said the cost of owning an average home was about $138 a week more than the cost of renting a similar property.

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Friday, Feb 28, 2014

Building consent drop less than expected

A drop in building consents in January wasn’t enough to reverse a trend of increasing construction activity, Statistics NZ said today. “The trend for new dwellings has doubled since the historic low point in March 2011, but is still 28% below the peak in January 2004,” industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.

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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

Migration hits 10-year high

Immigration has hit its highest pace in more than 10 years, and that is expected to put further pressure on house prices. There was a net gain of 3090 people in January, taking the annual total to more than 25,000 – the highest rate since 2004. ANZ’s economists said the influx of people was pushing up demand for housing and supply was still tight.

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Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

Fees hurt landlords

Trade Me has increased its charges for rental property listings, and landlords are not happy about it. It still costs $99 to list a rental property with an asking rent of less than $400 per week. But the fee to list a property that will rent for between $400 and $799 a week has increased to $129, and a property with an asking rent of $800 or more now costs $149 to advertise.

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Monday, Feb 24, 2014

Impact of rules revealed

Napier and Wellington have experienced the biggest drops in first-home buyer numbers since the loan-to-value restrictions kicked in, Property IQ data shows. Both have reported a drop of 5.4% in first-home buyers since the rules took hold.

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Sunday, Feb 23, 2014

Will rental WOFs make the grade?

On paper it sounds like a great idea. A checklist for rental properties which, if mandatory, would ensure that the 31 per cent of the population who rent are in liveable homes. Increasingly, though, there are murmurs from landlords and real estate agents about whether the rental "warrant of fitness" idea being proposed at council level will improve the tenant's lot.

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Friday, Feb 21, 2014

Auckland rents increase

Almost all areas of Auckland and sizes of properties reported rent increases in January, according to Crockers’ latest report. The biggest rental increase for three-bedroom properties was seen in the Birkenhead/Northcote Point area. Their average weekly rent increased 11% compared to the year before.

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Thursday, Feb 20, 2014

Interest rates drive prices down: Westpac

New Zealand’s housing market is firmly in slowdown mode, Westpac’s chief economist says. Dominick Stephens said data from QV and REINZ confirmed the beginning of a trend. He said the fall in sales was most noticeable in the cheaper end of the market and had hit all regions except Queenstown.

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Thursday, Feb 20, 2014

Construction costs increase

Rising housing construction costs will underpin the prices of existing homes, BNZ’s chief economist says. Average residential construction costs rose 1.1% in the December quarter to sit 4.5% higher than a year earlier.

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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

Property investors provide a service and fill the gap

The census document NZ in Profile 2014 and the findings of the BNZ/REINZ Residential Market Survey hint at a disturbing trend regarding home ownership in this country. Overall the residential market is improving compared with the findings of the previous BNZ/REINZ survey.

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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

Housing WOF trial gets underway

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the start of a trial Warrant of Fitness scheme on Housing New Zealand homes.

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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

State house WOF

Housing New Zealand properties are paid for by taxpayers and it is these taxpayers who will end up paying for any cost increases in providing HNZ tenants with accommodation.

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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

WOFs kick off

A Warrant of Fitness scheme for Housing New Zealand homes will target 500 houses between now and July, Housing Minister Nick Smith announced today. He said the system needed to be practical so it could be applied to thousands of houses across New Zealand. “We need to be cautious of removing houses from the rental market when there is a shortage. We also need to ensure that the benefits of the Warrant of Fitness standard exceed the costs, because housing affordability is a significant issue.”

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Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014

Property developer jailed

A property developer was today sentenced to six years in prison for a $47 million mortgage fraud. Malcolm Duncan Mayer was found guilty in December of 16 charges of dishonestly using a document and 10 charges of using forged documents.

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Monday, Feb 17, 2014

First-home buyers missing out: Survey

Reserve Bank loan-to-value (LVR) rules have had a big impact on first-home buyers, but not made much difference to investors, the latest BNZ/REINZ survey of real-estate agents shows.

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Friday, Feb 14, 2014

Cheaper power not a general WOF achieves warm homes

According to the report by Sapere Research Group released on Monday, the NZ Power proposal of the Labour and Green Parties does little to address the issue of fuel poverty.

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Friday, Feb 14, 2014

NZ property sales fall 4.3% in January, median price slips from record high

New Zealand property sales fell 4.3 percent in January from a year earlier while the median price slipped from the record high set in December, which may reflect high loan-to-value lending restrictions and seasonal factors, the Real Estate Institute says,.

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Friday, Feb 14, 2014

Parents back first-home buyers

More first-home buyers are turning up to open homes with a representative of “the bank of mum and dad”, says Real Estate Institute chief executive Helen O’Sullivan.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Money laundering risk flagged

New legislation may make criminals more likely to launder money through property transactions, real estate agents have been warned. In its latest newsletter, the Real Estate Agents Authority said that property had previously been considered a complicated way to launder money.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Community housing development opens

Twenty-two new rental properties were opened in Mangere today, as part of the Government’s programme of expanding the community housing sector. It follows legislation passed last year that allowed the Government to partner with community housing providers to extend the variety of social housing.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

LVR rules affecting FHBs most: Alexander

First-home buyers may be edging back into the market but are still bearing the brunt of the Reserve Bank’s loan-to-value restrictions, a new survey shows. BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander said the results of the first BNZ/REINZ survey of real estate agents for the year would be released next week.

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Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014

Dunn: No tax to pay

Martin Dunn says he has been advised that returns from the sale of houses bought by his new investment company will not be taxable. That's despite the fact that the houses have been bought with the expressed intention of eventual sale.

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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Sir Robert Jones says "Proposed housing fund sure recipe for failure"

It's certainly a sign of the times when something called the Dunn Housing Fund is being flogged to the public to "invest" in Auckland houses, he says.

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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Harcourts picks rising prices

Harcourts agents have noticed increased interest in the market from property investors, the company’s latest MarketWatch report says. The real estate agency reported an average sale price of $665,726 for residential property in the Auckland and Northland region in January.

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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Westpac: Market past peak

New Zealand's housing market has definitely passed its peak, Westpac's economists say. The bank has issued its latest Quarterly Economic Overview. In it, it says there is no doubt that the market has started to slow.

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Monday, Feb 10, 2014

QV blames LVR rules for slowing growth

Growth in property values slowed considerably in January, QV says, pointing the finger and loan-to-value restrictions and rising interest rates. It has released its latest statistics, which show nationwide values have increased 9.6% over the past year and 2.2% over the past three months.

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Friday, Feb 07, 2014

Mayor: Bumper year for housing

Auckland’s mayor claims the city is entering a growth phase for home building. He was speaking at an event to mark the start of construction of Brickworks, the city’s latest apartment development, at Hobsonville Point.

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Friday, Feb 07, 2014

Vendors treated as pawns: Helm

Vendors are losing out as agents battle Trade Me over fees, one commentator says. Groups of agents in some parts of the country have boycotted Trade Me after the company announced price rises. It has stopped charging a fixed fee to list all their properties to a fee of $159, plus GST, per listing.

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Thursday, Feb 06, 2014

Trial underway for Warrant of Fitness for rental homes

Jackie Thomas-Teague President of the Wellington Property Investors' Association is interviewed regarding an assessment of one of her rental properties.

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Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014

Cheaper sales pick up: Barfoot

Barfoot and Thompson has reported renewed interest in the cheaper end of the market. The Auckland real estate agency has released its statistics for January. During the month, 334 homes were sold for less than $500,000 or 39.1% of all the homes sold.

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Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014

Interest rates don't dull appetite

Property owners expect interest rates to rise by at least 1% by the end of this year but most are not expecting that to have any effect on their property portfolios.

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Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014

Listings pick up

Realestate.co.nz reported a lift in new listings last month, helping inventory levels to recover to a level not seen since April. It followed December’s seven-year low of just 8010 new properties on the site. Thirteen of the 19 regions reported a year-on-year increase in listings.

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