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Yields hit 3.6% at Bayleys' commercial auction

The yields had more spread than Marmite at the latest Bayleys commercial property auction

Mortgage competition heats up

Two major banks come late to the mortgage rate reduction party but bring some of the lowest rates with them, boosted by falling swap rates

How to think about fixed vs floating

Now that banks are cutting fixed rates again, Bernard Hickey looks at how to think about whether to fix or float, and how long bank economists think the RBNZ is 'on pause'

Key details Government's plans

Key lists Governments plans for reforms of social housing, social welfare, RMA, first home buyer rules, labour laws and trade agreements in third term

There are 17,592 more rented homes than a year ago

The number of rented dwellings increased by 17,592 in the year to September with 7821 of them in Auckland

Auckland property no one-way bet - Key

Key says first home buyers in Auckland should look at buying apartments to get on the ladder; Govt's focus on growing supply; blames land rules

English eyes more state house sales

New Housing NZ Minister Bill English plans to ramp up Housing NZ sales to accelerate social housing reforms and boost affordable housing supply

'Loopy' property rules taskforce starts

Paula Bennett names heads of Rules Reduction Taskforce aimed at rooting out 'loopy' council property rules; complaints website launched

ASB reduces rates then Kiwibank trumps them

Bank's vie for lowest-rate claim in rapid-fire mortgage rate reductions in the key one and two year terms, following wholesale rates down

Most property investors unaffected by LVR limits

ANZ residential investor survey shows most expect property values to keep rising faster than rents

Apartment price up 63% in 2 years

The price of a one bedroom apartment increases by 25% in four months

Mortgagee sales snapped up

Investors compete for do ups at mortgagee auction

Owner-occupied apartments to the fore

Investors and owner-occupiers waltzed off with apartments at the latest auction but a leasehold unit was a wallflower

Smith blames RMA for land price escalation

New Environment Minister and Housing Minister Nick Smith argues for RMA reform to focus on housing affordability; says RMA responsible for Auckland land price surge

Harcourts' sales up as spring takes hold

 A spring in Harcourts' step with sales and new listings on the rise 

BNZ cuts its Classic 2yr mortgage rate

A second bank cuts home loan rates as wholesale benchmarks fall; BNZ follows Co-operative Bank as margins open up for more reductions

Mortgage rates chopped

The Co-operative Bank grabs the mantle of having the lowest four and five year home loan rate offers

Investors chase capital gain on rentals

Westpac says investors need capital gains to justify buying rental properties

House prices flattening

REINZ says house sales volumes were up but prices flat in September, listings hard to come by

Same data, different story

Alistair Helm shows how to look behind the vested interest of real estate industry stories based on 'statistics'

Ex-state house sells for $1.125 mln

The changing face of Auckland's million dollar-plus homes

Apartments show price gains

A mix of investors and owner-occupiers were active at the latest Auckland apartment auction

Auckland house prices up again

Harcourts says Auckland house prices and sales numbers were both up in September and expects them to go even higher

Capitalising poor productivity into house values

John Bolton shows what a property developer is up against when constructing houses. The costs of system inefficiencies get priced into the properties

Plenty of affordable homes in Auckland

An Auckland Council report finds almost 40% of Auckland homes sold last year were affordable for first home buyers