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'A social housing state of the nation'

PM John Key to focus on social housing in State of the Nation address; scale of state house sales, size of rent subsidies and use of NGOs key issues

Property investment; Why bother?

Elizabeth Kerr gets down and dirty by talking property investment and your money machine

Lifestyle blocks set price record in Auckland

The median price of Auckland lifestyle blocks rose 17.2% last year to hit an all time high of $958,000

Auckland apartment price up 55% in less than 3yrs

A 45 square metre apartment in Parnell increases in value by 55% in less than three years

Double digit rent increases for many in December

Rental housing market tightens as rents rise and the number of new lettings declines

Bernard's Top 10

Good deflation or bad deflation?; Did MTV cut America's teen pregnancy rate?; National's new tax hike; John Oliver and New Year's Eve; Dilbert

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

Real estate agency commissions top $1 billion

Real estate agencies earned an estimated $1.234 billion from residential sales commissions last year but on average each agent only earned $44,713

$551,689 house, $1 million in mortgage repayments

Even lower priced homes are now likely to require total mortgage payments of $1 million or more for many buyers in the main centres

Christchurch housing market regaining balance

Christchurch's housing market is returning to normal as more homes are repaired, more new homes being built

Fitch predicts lower house price growth

Fitch picks lower NZ house price growth but is confused about our flag

Housing sales surge in December

Housing market finished 2014 with highest volume of December sales since 2006 & a new Auckland price record; Auckland accounted for 98% of 2014 national increase

UK, Phillipines main sources of Canterbury migrants

Engineers and bricklayers from the UK and Philippines replace teachers and hospitality workers as main types of migrants to Canterbury 

Auckland housing values up almost 10% last year

Auckland housing values rose at twice the national rate in 2014, with QV's average house value in the region now at $761,858

Property prices on Trade Me take a breather

Asking prices on Trade Me Property dipped by almost 1% last month but were up 12.8% for the year

Herald Homes,'s ads misleading

Herald Homes and found to have have promoted themselves with misleading advertising

New round of mortgage competition starts

Kiwibank kicks off 2015 mortgage campaign with 20 basis points cut to 2-year fixed home loan interest rate

Building consent levels in November reach a 7 year high

Auckland and Canterbury drive a substantial increase in building consents. In fact, many of the approvals concentrated on Auckland isthmus

Lowest in 14 months

House sellers benefit further as inventory of homes for sale falls while asking prices remain high, says

Weathertight Homes Resolution Service claims

Here are the latest statistics for leaky building claims in New Zealand as at the end of 2014

Auckland housing market's 'strong finish'

Barfoot's median sales price breaks through $700,000 for first time, 2014 volumes rise but listings available very tight

Rental market squeezed by higher rents and fewer new tenancies

Rents on new tenancies rise 4.5% nationally and 13.7% in Auckland as the residential property market tightens

Home unit sells for $730,000

Home unit at Eastern Beach gets $730,000 but lakefront property at Gulf Harbour sells for just $345,000 at latest Bayleys auctions

Apartments sell for well below original purchase price

There were plenty of buyers for apartments that sold below their original purchase price at latest Ray White City Apartments auction