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Real estate agents feel the inventory blues

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Auckland housing inventory drops to lowest level in more than 8 years, Realestate.co.nz says. Average asking prices for NZ & Auckland hit fresh record highs in sellers market

Unemployment, employment both rise

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Unemployment rate rises to 5.7% but labour force participation rate reaches record high of 69.7% with 'turbo-charged' increase in labour supply

Fonterra to play Christmas grinch?

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ASB cuts forecast Fonterra milk price payout to $4.70kg MS, ANZ sees pre-Xmas forecast cut from Fonterra

Immigration hits new record

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The number of new migrants settling here is at an all time high with a net gain almost 43,500 in the year to August; Heading to 50k; An RBNZ rethink?

Green shoots in the housing market?

ASB thinks housing market has stabilised, Westpac thinks it's showing new signs of life

ASB sees 'buffer' in agriculture sector

Strong growth in bank deposits from agriculture sector suggests 'good buffer in aggregate' to help with falling incomes

More upbeat on housing

ASB Housing Confidence Survey finds most people still expecting house price rises and fewer now say it is a bad time to buy

'A bad time to buy'

ASB Housing Confidence Survey finds greater numbers of people say now is a bad time to buy a house; expectations of price rises easing

More price pressure on Auckland houses expected

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Barfoot & Thompson reports strong sales in January; median and average prices down; more houses sold in under $500,000 bracket

Kiwi drops as RBA holds

NZ dollar drops below 83 US cents as RBA keeps rates on hold