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Planners not a handbrake on developments

Town planners blow their own trumpet on processing resource consents

Krukziener link to plans for NZ's tallest office building

Andrew Krukziener, Bruce Sheppard and the plans for the country's tallest office building

Gen Ys becoming property orphans

Gen Ys giving up on buying a house and loading up on credit card debt says Veda

'Classic snake oil tactics'

Alistair Helm despairs at the re-emergence of a particularly dodgy type of real estate advertisement, one that spruiks the supposed benefits of "extra income in retirement"

Wellington office rents set to rise

Looming shortage of prime office space in the capital, says Colliers

Fletcher changes plans for Three Kings quarry

Fletcher Building hopes for a more extensive redevelopment of the former Three Kings quarry site and surrounding area

Another spring mortgage rate reduction

Kiwibank slices 20 bps off its standard one year fixed home loan rate, reducing it to 5.79%

Roost Home Loan Affordability report for August

NZ home loan affordability improved in August as interest rates & mortgage payments fell; Affordability worsens for 1st home buyers

Don't expect a flood of property listings

The election is unlikely to turn the housing market's spring surge into a king tide

Auckland Council's earthquake prone building notice overturned

Auckland Council may face legal action over "incorrect" earthquake notice on building being converted to upmarket apartments

Mortgagee sale achieves 7% yield

A Weymouth house in need of TLC gets plenty of bids at mortgagee auction

5.75% is the new benchmark

HSBC sets the spring mortgage season tone with three new market leading home loan rates

Melbourne syndicate for NZ investors

Trilogy offers a new Melbourne property syndicate returning 8% for NZ investors

Rents not keeping pace with house prices

Rents lag property values in Auckland, but in Wellington and Christchurch the reverse was true

Harcourts sales a mixed bag in August

Harcourts sales and listings were up in Auckland and the central North Island in August, but down around the rest of the country

Follow the money in the real estate industry

Alistair Helm inspects the revenue the residential real estate industry generates from selling houses and shows who gets what

Office rents heading higher

Colliers says CBD office rents on the rise in Auckland and Christchurch, not yet in Wellington

17 new Auckland special housing areas

Len Brown, Nick Smith unveil 17 new special housing areas they say have potential for 8,000 new homes in Auckland

The farmer election

William Rolleston sees farming seems under attack from most political parties in this election, with claims aimed at a gullible urban audience but disconnected from the facts on the land

House sales volumes drop 7% month-on-month

The REINZ says median house prices kept rising in August but the volume of sales is in decline

Proportionate scheme directors fined $35k

The Jones boys fined $35,000 each for failing to meet financial reporting obligations on two of their proportionate ownership schemes 

Bell Tea sells four buildings for $18.65m

Bell Tea's head office building sells for $10.8 million achieving a 5.8% yield

Apartments outsell houses and land

Apartments sell at gross yields above 7% while houses in investor friendly Ranui and sections on the Coromandel go begging

How to think about fixed vs floating

Bernard Hickey looks at how to think about whether to fix or float and what bank economists are saying about interest rates now the RBNZ is 'on pause'

What the RBNZ decision means

Bernard Hickey looks at what the RBNZ's decision to pause OCR hikes (maybe until mid-2015) means for mortgage rates & house prices