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First home buyers can just whistle - Cunliffe

This budget does nothing to address New Zealand’s acute housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. "There is nothing here for first home buyers. "Nothing to build a single new home. "Nothing to make rentals warm and dry.

Housing WOF trial results released

The results of a nationwide rental housing "warrant of fitness" (WOF) field trial have been released. The trial is the first step in a collaborative project aimed at making rental housing safer, healthier and more energy-efficient.

LVR restrictions 'having small impact on Hamilton market'

Lodge Real Estate’s managing director, Jeremy O’Rourke, said long-term data is showing the Reserve Bank’s loan-to-value (LVR) restrictions are not impacting residential housing prices in Hamilton as much as previously suspected.

Prices continue to rise in the Northern Region - Harcourts

Residential data from New Zealand’s largest real estate group Harcourts shows prices continue to rise in the Northern Region, with the average sale price at $697, 392, which is a 10% jump on the same time last year.

Continued pressure on housing market - Harcourts

Provisional residential data from New Zealand’s largest real estate group Harcourts for the month of April shows there is continued pressure on the housing market, with the average sales price now sitting at a record high of $700,793.

National property asking prices ease

According to the latest NZ Property Report, compiled by, national residential property asking prices eased, while inventory levels continued to recover.

Dwelling consents trend continues to rise

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented continues to rise, Statistics New Zealand said today. "The trend for new dwellings has almost doubled since March 2011, but is still 28 percent below the series peak in January 2004," business indicators manager Neil Kelly said.

Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers - Twyford

Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Tw

Christchurch Housing Accord announced

The acute shortage of affordable housing in Christchurch will only be solved by the Christchurch City Council and the Government working together, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says.

Affordable Housing a couple of decades away - Minister

Housing Minister Nick Smith told TVNZ’s Q+A programme today that it will take up to 20 years to address the imbalance between incomes and house prices.