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Tuesday Catch Up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

... cos we simply had to take Monday off to recover from the latest Reserve Bank blow... 1. Before we unleashed the doom-and-gloom, can we please take a moment to marvel at the awesomeness that is Brandon Lipman? 2. Ok so back to business, late Friday afternoon the Reserve Bank served up another wham-bang at the investors community by hiking the cost of borrowing for non-occupying property ...
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Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

1. Giving credence to the saying, all that glitters is not gold, looks like the happy harmony of the Auckland Housing Accord is no more. Tova O'Brien gives his take on the Nick and Len relationship. 2. Perhaps rather unsurprising, the rising prices in the residential market is pushing ma-and-pa investors into the commercial sphere - a market that is usually preserved for the savvy and the e...
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Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

1. Looks like the IRD will be given more resources to crack down on residential property speculators. 2. Auckland's housing crisis is by no means a unique phenomenon according to David Roberton. Much could be learnt from the Canadian experience. 3. Cracks are showing between the central government and the Auckland Council re the city's housing problems. 4. The Aussies are going to star...
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Monday catch up: 7 things we are keeping an eye on this week

Prices seem to be on everyone's mind, yours, mine, the Reserve Bank's... But hey! At least in the myriad of incessant and unending stories about Auckland house prices, there are some meaningful updates on a number of policy fronts. Here are the stories that caught my eyes, take a look: 1. The on-going saga of the Reserve Bank vs Auckland housing market has entered into Act Two. Looking set...
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New bylaw may mean more than just removing the fireplace

News of the Auckland Council's proposed air quality bylaw has understandably unsettled landlords who own properties that are heated by indoor wood/coal burners. This week's Ask An Expert feature explores the possible legal implications this bylaw has within the framework of the Residential Tenancies Act: Regarding the proposed bylaw to phase out pre-2005 indoor open fire burners, if it is p...
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Hot or not? How seriously should you be following 'property hotspots'?

In this week's Ask An Expert feature, David Whitburn tackles the myth of property hotspots and breaks it down once and for all for investors. What are your thoughts on property hotspots? A lot of times I find people asking at APIA meetings Where is the next Auckland hotspot? But what if somewhere that was flagged, quite legitimately at first, as giving investors good capital growth and yiel...
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Alistair Helm: Is NZ in a Housing Bubble?

Last week, we asked the EO of the NZPIF, Andrew King, for his take on whether NZ is in a housing bubble. This week we are pleased to have the founder and CEO of Properazzi, Alistair Helm, sharing with us his views on the housing market. We asked Alistair 1. What are the warning signs of a growing house bubble? 2. Do you believe New Zealand (and in particular, Auckland) to be experiencing a...
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A Message For First Home Buyers - Warning. Reality Check Ahead.

I scratch my head every time a first-home buyer gets into the media and paints her position as nothing more than a Dickensian victim; marginalised by society and grasping at straws. Apparently, if newspapers and televisions are to be believed, half a million dollars will not get anyone a single house in Auckland. Not one jot. Just last week, I sat through a Barfoot auction in the CBD and...
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Understanding The Draft Unitary Plan

Auckland Is Changing Keep Up To improve the future prospects of our city, accommodate population increases, and address housing affordability, the Auckland Council is making some fundamental changes to this city's rule book. The Auckland Unitary Plan is a 7000+ pages document that will be replacing the former regional and district plans and focuses on delivering the vision of the Auckland Pl...
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