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Residential yields below 6% in most places

Landlords may be cheering capital gains but low rental yields make bargains hard to find

BNZ cuts its 3yr home loan rate

The mortgage rate reductions keep coming with another bank pitching its latest change near the bottom of the range as wholesale rates droop

Vendors holding out for more at apartment auction

Bidders offer top dollar for Auckland CBD apartments but still couldn't clinch deals

Fletcher wins government housing contract

Fletcher to build 237 homes on Crown land at Hornby in Christchurch

OCR seen on hold until Sept 2015

CPI up just 0.3% in Sept qtr and 1.0% for the year; well below economists' forecasts; NZ$ drops half a cent to 78.7 USc; OCR seen firmly on hold until September 2015

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'