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Housing Affordability

First home affordability improves a smidgen

Affordability improved slightly for first home buyers in Auckland and Christchurch last month, but worsened in Wellington according to the Roost Home Buyer Affordability Report

The housing crisis has nothing to do with the RMA

'While the politicans go chasing ghosts, you should do as I do – buy lots of houses and farms', says Gareth Morgan

What would Mr Lee do?

Bernard Hickey questions the timidity of the Government's social housing plans. He suggests Mr Key take a leaf out of Mr Lee's book to launch a Houses of National Significance program

Proposed RMA changes to benefit vulnerable

Insurers pleased the Government plans to recognise natural hazards in revamped RMA

Nick Smith vs the Knights who say Ni!

Bernard Hickey welcomes Nick Smith's RMA reforms aimed at stripping the NIMBYs and BANANAs of their magical power to make housing unaffordable

Smith plans big RMA re-write

Smith proposes 10 part re-write of RMA focused on increasing housing supply; says RMA responsible for extra $30 bln of housing cost and 40,000 fewer homes

Planners say housing affordability not just about land supply

Just opening up more land for housing won't solve affordability problems, NZ Planning Institute says

Roost Home Loan Affordability report for October

Home loan affordability worsened in much of the country in October, but improved slightly in central Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown

Friday's guest Top 10

David Whitburn on the RMA & housing affordability; Why state house sales are good; Is the Labour Party in terminal decline? Why CGT's a lemon; Luxembourg tax dodging; Dilbert & more

Roost Home Loan Affordability report for September

NZ home loan affordability flat as house prices stagnate