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RBNZ Bulletin looks at divergence in house prices between Auckland and regions

The Reserve Bank today published a Bulletin article, ‘New Zealand house prices: a historical perspective’ that provides historical context to the current divergence between house price inflation in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand.

Dwelling consents grow in 2015

Building consents for new dwellings continued to increase in 2015, although not as strongly as in the previous three years, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The complete answer for warm dry homes

Community Housing Aotearoa says that insulation is only half the answer in improving rental housing and that you still need to heat the house.

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.

First home buyers better off in some regions, worse off in others

There was good and bad news for first home buyers in November with housing affordability worsening in some regions and improving in others, according to's Home Loan Affordability Report.

Lifestyle market performing well across NZ - REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ ("REINZ") shows there were 568 more lifestyle property sales (+34.8%) for the three months ended November 2015 than for the three months ended November 2014.

Spring rural market showing strength - REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ ("REINZ") shows there were 42 more farm sales (+11.2%) for the three months ended November 2015 than for the three months ended November 2014.

Rent hikes 'will see more Aucklanders look to buy this summer'

"With the average weekly rent across the Auckland region now in excess of $500 and some interest rates falling below 4.5%, many renters will contemplate becoming buyers and for some it will make much more sense," says Geoff Barnett, National Manager of Century 21 New Zealand.

Nov the highest month in 2015 for million dollar house sales in Hamilton

Lodge Real Estate’s managing director Jeremy O’Rourke, today said six (6) houses sold above the million dollar mark in Hamilton during the month of November 2015. This was a record month for sales at this level for 2015.

Auction figures 'reflect an adjustment period'

Any softening of the property auction market in Auckland is likely to be merely a temporary, cautious reaction as new financial restrictions come into play, says Harcourts NZ CEO Chris Kennedy.

'Measures having effect' on Auckland housing market

"If specific Government and Reserve Bank control measures hadn’t been taken, Auckland’s latest house prices would’ve probably been even steeper," says Century 21 New Zealand National Manager Geoff Barnett.

New rules take heat out of Auckland market; boost regions

The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for November have increased 15.0% over the past year which is the fastest rate since February 2006. Values rose 4.0% over the past three months and are now 34.1% above the previous market peak of late 2007.

Dwelling consents up in Auckland but down in Canterbury

The number of new dwellings consented rose in Auckland, but decreased in Canterbury, in October 2015 compared with October 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Drop in lower quartile house prices improve housing affordability

Life became slightly easier for first home buyers in many regions last month thanks to a small drop in the lower quartile selling price and the ongoing slide in mortgage interest rates, according to the Home Loan Affordability Report.

500th home at Hobsonville completed

The Government today marked the 500th completed home at Hobsonville Point and the launch of a new precinct at the Auckland housing development with a visit by the Prime Minister and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Heritage buildings get funding for seismic strengthening

Ten heritage building owners will benefit from the latest round of Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive fund after their applications were approved today.

Former quarry site now available for housing

The decision by a panel of commissioners appointed by Auckland Council to allow new houses to be built on a disused quarry site in Mount Eden has been welcomed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Bay of Plenty asking prices benefit from 'the Auckland effect'

The phenomenon known as the ‘Auckland effect’ has infiltrated the Bay of Plenty property for sale market and it has become the second most expensive region to buy a house, according to October’s Trade Me Property Price Index.

Time to give up on CBD?

A Lincoln University expert says new figures are making it clearer investing in more central business district (CBD) office space makes no financial sense for developers.

Property Council optimistic about Labour's housing proposals

Property Council is optimistic about Labour’s housing reforms announcement made by Housing spokesman Phil Twyford. Property council chief executive Connal Townsend believes the annoucemnet paves the way to lateral thinking about addressing New Zealand’s housing problem.

New Labour policy 'to make homes cheaper'

Labour’s ground-breaking new policy on reforming planning rules will make housing more affordable, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

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