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Auckland housing 'not affordable' since July 2013

Auckland housing has not been affordable for typical first home buyers since July 2013, according to's latest Home Loan Affordability Report.

Certified Builders introduces mandatory building guarantees

Certified Builders Association of New Zealand has gone one step further than recent law changes that enhanced consumer protections for building work, by introducing mandatory building guarantees.

NZ the hardest place in the world to buy a house - Greens

The National Government’s hands-off approach to the housing crisis over the past seven years has led to New Zealand becoming the most unaffordable place in the world to buy a house, the Green Party said today.

Year-end sees Auckland housing market slow, others rise

Nationwide residential property values surged ahead in the year to December 2015 at a rate of more than 10% faster than for the same period the previous year.

Auckland '59% less affordable than rest of NZ'

While there has been a modest improvement in the affordability of housing in most regions, the latest Massey University Home Affordability Report shows Auckland is now 59 per cent less affordable than the rest of the country.

Housing construction hits one billion dollars per month

The growth in residential building hit an all-time record of a billion dollars of work consented in a month for the first time ever, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith noted today in response to Statistics New Zealand building consent data.

New dwelling consents reach 10-year high

The number of new dwellings consented reached a 10-year high in November 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today.

'More realistic property market returns' in 2016

Owner and chairman of Century 21 Australasia, Charles Tarbey, believes the Trans-Tasman property market is returning to what could be defined as 'true real estate’.

Drop in number of Auckland house sales in Dec

In December the sales price of Auckland housing remained stable but there was a significant fall in the number of sales compared to those in November and December 2014.

Central Otago breaks $800,000 barrier in average asking price

Central Otago joins Auckland as one of only two regions in the country where average asking prices of homes for sale now exceed $800,000, according to data from, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated only to property.

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