Economists predict OCR cut

Economists are unanimously expecting the official cash rate to be cut next week.

Iwi green lights Government’s Auckland land plans

An agreement between an Auckland iwi collective and the Government means a major roadblock in plans to release Crown-owned land for commercial housing development has been overcome.

What is going on with Auckland’s prices?

Auckland house prices fell in August for the first time in six months, according to the latest Barfoot and Thompson data – but other data indicates the situation is not so straightforward.

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NZ ranked 5th in global house price index

Auckland’s skyrocketing house prices have earned New Zealand fifth place in a global house price study....

State house sales move closer

Planned sales of state houses in Tauranga and Invercargill will go ahead but the Government wants the...

Auckland values up 20%+ on last year

Residential property values just keep raising in Auckland – with new QV data showing increases of 20.4%...

Withholding tax planned for overseas sellers

Overseas-based sellers will have to pay a residential land withholding tax if they sell a property within...

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“We are inheriting a house and land. The land is big enough to hold three houses total. We will be freehold with no debt. Do we subdivide and build the two extra houses, or only build one house and market for a higher rental income from both properties? ...”
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“My tenant left a bucket of hot ashes outside on the wooden balcony. The bucket was full to the top. The wind picked up the ashes and set fire to the house. The fire spread to my house which is next door. The insurance won't cover a rebuild. I can't pay the bank because I've lost my income. The tenant has liability...”
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“My partner recently found a property and had a look at it and applied for it to rent. The carpeting was stained and they said it would be cleaned. He paid the letting fee and one weeks rent in advance. At this time I had no time off work to view the property. So he took me along to view it when I had a chance. The...”
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