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Dwellings growth eases due to lull in apartment consents

Building consents for new dwellings are at a higher level than last year, but growth has eased in recent months, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Report on improving Unit Titles Act welcomed

A report on reform of the Unit Titles Act by a group of professionals involved with bodies corporate has been welcomed by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Record yield for commercial property - Colliers

A two level, freehold building sold at auction has returned the lowest yield on record for an investment sale by Colliers International of 2.96%.

New tenancy laws a step closer

Changes to New Zealand’s tenancy laws requiring all tenanted properties to have smoke alarms and to be insulated passed unanimously through the committee stages of Parliament today.

Artificial boundaries 'work against land supply'

"The Metropolitan Urban Limit and the Rural Urban Boundary are barriers that were introduced to prevent sprawl. Unfortunately, manipulating market behaviour through highly interventionist policies has resulted in the perverse effect of land supply being starved over the years."

Lifestyle market sales volumes srong with prices rising - REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ ("REINZ") shows there were 436 more lifestyle property sales (+22.5%) for the three months ended April 2016 than for the three months ended April 2015.

Kiwi Property ownership in The Base shopping centre to remain at 50%

Kiwi Property advises that its offer to acquire 100% of The Base shopping centre at Te Rapa, Hamilton, has not been accepted and that its investment in The Base will therefore proceed by way of a 50:50 joint venture with Waikato-Tainui.

First homes in Ormiston Town Centre

The first homes in the Ormiston Town Centre development are now complete.

Warmer, safer houses a step closer with Govt bill - Minister

A Government Bill to make homes warmer, drier and safer for New Zealanders who live in rental properties has passed its second reading in Parliament by 107 to 14.

New building law 'to save lives in earthquakes'

A Bill passed by Parliament today by 120 to 1 requiring the upgrade of older buildings will save hundreds of lives in future earthquakes, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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