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ANZ claims market low 18 mth mortgage rate

New Zealand's biggest home loan lender cuts nearly every fixed rate it offers, matching the market in some terms, going lower in others

Key says deficit forecast possible

Key acknowledges Treasury may forecast budget deficit in December 16 HYEFU, but he remains confident of final surplus; Key confident of China growth and dairy demand

Little picks Robertson for Finance

New Labour Leader Andrew Little chooses Grant Robertson as Finance Spokesman; Little talks up wealth taxes on property investors and KiwiBuild, but talks down Capital Gains Tax

Immigration hits new all time high

Migration adds another 47,684 residents in the year to October, could reach 55,000 next year

Apartment triples in value in 3 years

 Recladding triples the value of an apartment in a  formerly leaky building

BNZ, Kiwibank cut 3-yr home loan rates

Cuts to three-year, fixed-term home loan rates from BNZ and Kiwibank; Kiwibank ends five-year 'special'

Westpac launches new 18 mth home loan 'special'

The Red Bank rejigs its home loan offers; targets 18 month, 3 year and 5 year terms for lower conditional rates

Bernard's Top 10 at 10

Bill Gross' US$290 mln bonus for failing; Russell Brand and the Tory landlord; Taxing carbon and the end of the world; Germany's housing solution; A salmon cannon; Dilbert

Why leasehold can never be too cheap

Even a cheap leasehold unit can be difficult to make money from

Labour elects Little as leader

Labour Party elects Andrew Little as leader; clears way for Labour to drop Capital Gains Tax and later age of eligibility for NZ Super; union support gives Little tight win over Robertson

Migration may not be as high as you think

Most migrants are coming here as students or on working visas rather than to live, new figures show

Concrete output hits all time high

Strong commercial building sector pushes ready mixed concrete output to all time high

Westpac economist supports RBNZ's LVRs

Westpac's chief economist says he 'more than agrees' with the Reserve Bank's decision to keep LVR limits in place

Amazingly disastrous Auckland

Bernard Hickey looks inside the RBNZ's Financial Stability Report & finds out just how much Auckland's housing market dictates NZ's finances

ASB offers NZ's lowest 4 year mortgage rate

A new set of home loan rate offers from ASB & cousins sees a more aggressive and lower position by one of our biggest mortgage banks

Harcourts October sales mixed

Harcourts sales were up in most parts of the country but down in Auckland in October

Bernard's Top 10

Britain's rise of the machines and 10 million missing jobs; Here comes Xi; Just study the ABs; London's sociopathic City bankers; Clarke and Dawe; Dilbert

Another Sandringham house sells for $1.7m

A second house in Auckland's Sandringham sells for $1.7 million as prices head sky high

Auckland house prices to keep rising

BNZ's Tony Alexander thinks Auckland house prices will keep rising and agrees with the Reserve Bank that it's too early to ease LVR restrictions

Housing market gets a 2nd wind

Westpac economist says housing market activity is picking up sooner than expected

House prices, volumes up in October

Spring property surge drives sales up and pushes median house price to a new high in Auckland  

Commercial property sales perk up post election

NAI Harcourts' commercial property sales dipped prior to the election but have since found their second wind

Commercial tenants unaware of earthquake rights

Commercial tenants are seeking safer buildings but many are still unaware of their rights and obligations if there's a major earthquake, Colliers survey shows

Keen bidding for bigger apartments

Bigger units were in hot demand at the latest apartment auction but leasehold units still struggle

RBNZ eyes house price 'speed limit'

RBNZ's Wheeler says wouldn't want to see house price inflation faster than household income growth of around 5%; repeats that NZ house price ratios are 65% above long term averages