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Is this house a building?

Is a transportable home unit in Kaikoura a building? The local council says it is, the government says it isn't

Construction industry revenue rockets

Sales revenue for the construction industry grew at nearly six times the rate of all other sectors in the 2013 financial year

Raising the stakes by lowering the rate

TSB Bank ups home loan ante by launching market leading 2yr rate, raises cash incentive, adds a home makeover draw

Dwelling consents hit six year high

Dwelling consents rose strongly in July, mainly driven by a jump in Auckland

Two tier Wellington office market

Rents are moving up for prime CBD properties in the capital but down around the edges, Bayleys says

Good bidding for apartments

Shoeboxes achieve yields around 9% while an owner-occupied pad makes a good capital gain for its vendor at Ray White auction

Agency to buy properties on investors' behalf

A real estate agency will act for buyers rather than vendors to source investment properties for a 2.875% fee

Roost Home Loan Affordability report for July

NZ home loan affordability improves again in July after more house price falls, Roost Home Loan Affordability Reports show. But Auckland missing out on affordability gains

Fonterra bets big on China formula

Fonterra to invest NZ$615 mln in buying 20% of Chinese infant formula group Beingmate; Keeps milk payout forecast at NZ$6/kg; Will invest NZ$555 mln in new NZ plants

Banks can withhold proceeds of property sales

Banking Ombudsman warns investors to check with their bank before selling properties to release capital

Rents rise faster in Christchurch than Auckland

Rents in some parts of Christchurch have risen more than 60% over five years, leaving Auckland rents in their dust

Two banks cut home loan rates

Kiwibank beats all with market's lowest 2 yr fixed rate; Westpac slices its 3 yr fixed rate

Housing crisis worse than official figures show

NZ Initiative says we need another 113,800 new homes by 2031; 'The greatest crisis facing NZ' with Auckland house prices to potentially top Sydney's

Kiwis wary of reverse equity mortgages

Reverse mortgage market did not grow in New Zealand in 2013, with loan numbers falling for seventh straight year; average loan size grows however

Do first home buyer subsidies work?

National would double first home buyer subisidies; Labour says it would just pump up prices; Labour trims election promises; Labour sets climate, transport policies

$218 million HomeStart package for first home buyers

New package to help about 90,000 lower and middle income first home buyers over the next five years, says Nick Smith

Valuers lose in scrap with banks

 Valuers say it's time to move on in spat with banks and CoreLogic over valuation clearing houses

Annual net migration headed for 50,000

Net migration rises to 41,000 in year to July; highest since August 2003; Just a net 79 NZers left for Australia in July; Westpac, ANZ now sees net migration hitting 50,000

Home asking prices take a dip

Asking prices on dropped 2% nationally & 3.4% in Auckland in July, but the number of new listings was up 7.5%

Hot bidding for apartments but leasehold struggles

Plenty of buyers at City Sales auction of larger style apartments but leasehold units struggle; Parnell unit sells for 1/3 previous sales price

New valuations a pointer to rates pain

New council valuations in Auckland will see some property owners facing bigger rates increases than others

Auckland rating valuations up by 33%

Auckland's new rating valuations are likely to have increased by an average of 33% since 2011

Lifestyle block sales a mixed bag

Sales of lifestyle properties take a dip but prices stay firm, REINZ says

July property market statistics

Alistair Helm examines the July property market statistics and interprets what he finds. He thinks underlying economic strength will win through against the current headwinds. Your view?

Rental yields below 5% in some areas

A new rental yield indicator suggests investors may struggle to find suitable properties in some areas