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What happened Thursday

A review of things you need to know before you go home on Thursday; online retail spending strengthens, housing affordable everywhere but Auckland, Winston favourite in Northland by-election

Friday's guest Top 10

Elizabeth Davies on financial literacy for felons, stock rustling, organs and cash, financial abuse, KiwiSaver and pocket money, the Sallies and housing, Dilbert & more

Housing affordable for first home buyers everywhere but Auckland

First home buyers should have no trouble being able to afford a house anywhere but Auckland - AMP360 Home Loan Affordability report

Graeme Wheeler's petrol can

Everyone thinks Graeme Wheeler is afraid of cutting rates because it would pour petrol on Auckland's housing market. Everyone except Graeme Wheeler

Harcourts average Auckland price hits $767,254

Harcourts chief predicts house prices could rise further, says more needs to be done to create affordable housing

Friday's guest Top 10

David Whitburn on NIMBYs, Brian Gaynor's house price fears, Demographia & toilet paper, what's different about Auckland, Dilbert & more

Fletcher's 'massive' land bank

Construction giant Fletcher Building spends a further $57 million on land purchases for housing development; sees future profits from housing as much higher

Housing sales take a breather

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

Tackling 'the grit in the gears of the housing market'

The NZ Initiative's Jason Krupp argues the RMA is central to the housing crisis, critiques Gareth Morgan's stance

First home affordability improves a smidgen in AMP360 report

Affordability improved slightly for first home buyers in Auckland and Christchurch last month, but worsened in Wellington according to the AMP360 Home Buyer Affordability Report