Why the future is not bleak for the housing market

Uncertainty continues to cast its shadow over the housing market but economist Tony Alexander has put together a list of reasons which offset the negatives and mean the market remains well-supported.

SuperCity sales defy expectations – for now

Auckland’s property market defied economic forecasts in June but that doesn’t mean it will continue to do so, according to the city’s largest real estate agency.

Consents rebound likely to be short-lived

There was a strong increase in residential building consents in May but economists say the rebound won’t last.


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Four new buyers’ markets emerge

A surge in new property listings around much of New Zealand has turned four regions into buyers’...

COMMENT: Are Airbnb hosts in breach of the RTA?

Landlords could be using short term booking sites like Airbnb in an attempt to contract out of the...

Signs of confidence but early days yet

Tough economic times might be ahead but a new report from REINZ shows there are some early signs of...

Survey reveals lending concerns

Mortgage advisers are concerned about tightening lending criteria and tough servicing tests, despite...

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