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Where do you think the NZ dollar could end up against the Aussie dollar by the end of the year?

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House prices

Australia toughening foreign investor rules

Labour suggests PM Key takes a leaf out of Abbott's book when it comes to regulating foreign investment 

Bank execs nervous about inflated asset prices

Bank bosses air concerns about foreigners pushing NZ asset prices too high, and they're also worried about house price inflation

AIA launches rental payment protection

Insurer AIA introduces rent insurance as home ownership numbers decline

Devonport auction results surprise

Houses sell for under $1m in Devonport, nudge $2m in Grey Lynn and fetch $500,000 in Huia at latest auctions

The battle over property investment

David Hargreaves looks at the RBNZ's struggle to place new rules around banks' lending to housing investors

Trade Me Property's ave asking price slips for 2nd month

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The average asking price of homes listed for sale on Trade Me Property slips back below $500,000 

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

Taking on the houses

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David Hargreaves looks at the RBNZ's challenge of taming the Auckland housing market - and wonders why it is being left to do the job

Addressing income inequality

ANZ NZ's economics team looks at key themes for 2015; This final section looks at income inequality and in part calls for a capital gains tax, including on the family home

Housing sales take a breather

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REINZ says national median house price dropped 5.3% in January to $426,000; Auckland median down 2.7%; national sales volumes up 2.6% on January 2014