NZ Property News

Diana Clement: parking improves safety and value

Buyers and tenants love off-street parking. So much so that the annual Barfoot & Thompson tenant survey late last year found that car parking spaces are the most sought-after extra features for tenants.The word "parking" often features...

Source: - Property | 23 Jan 2018 | 7:58 pm

Watch: Nine-level units by Takapuna home to create 's***hole' - owner

A Takapuna homeowner says his place will be a "s***hole" when a nine-level apartment block rises next door soon but the developer has hit back, complaining about difficulties at the site and a near-miss vehicle incident.John Hill,...

Source: - Property | 23 Jan 2018 | 2:18 pm

Newmarket Countdown shuts for $665m mall build

The Countdown supermarket in Westfield Newmarket's Two Double Seven mall has shut ready for the long-awaited $665 million expansion and upgrade of the entire property by Australian-headquartered Scentre Group.A Countdown spokeswoman...

Source: - Property | 23 Jan 2018 | 1:08 pm

Iwi assets climb from $6b to $7.8b: new report

The asset base of New Zealand's approximately 70 iwi rose by $1.8b in the last year to $7.8b, a new study out today has found.Phil Barry and William Turner of financial and investment business TDB Advisory in Wellington released...

Source: - Property | 23 Jan 2018 | 11:03 am

Renters flee rising rental prices - up 13.2pc in Western Bay, 2.2pc in Tauranga

Some renters are leaving the Bay to escape rising rental prices.Rents rose across both the Tauranga and Western Bay districts over the past year, according to the Trade Me Property Rental Index for December. Western Bay rents...

Source: - Property | 23 Jan 2018 | 8:00 am

Central Hawke's Bay landlords cashing in on rising house prices

A combination of rapidly rising house prices and fears of a possible introduction of a capital gains tax, is pushing Central Hawke's Bay house-owners to sell-up and then re-buy with enough left over to renovate as well.The Real...

Source: - Property | 23 Jan 2018 | 8:00 am

Developer pleads guilty in $50m mortgage fraud case

An Auckland property developer has admitted to his part in a $50 million mortgage fraud case.Kang Huang, 49, pleaded guilty to 10 criminal charges in the High Court at Auckland before Christmas, the Herald can reveal. He was...

Source: - Property | 22 Jan 2018 | 11:09 am

Tauranga now most unaffordable place in New Zealand to buy a home: Global survey

Tauranga has out-ranked Auckland as New Zealand's most unaffordable city to buy a new home, according to a major global study.The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey released todayshowed Tauranga was the...

Source: - Property | 22 Jan 2018 | 6:01 am

Tauranga beats Auckland as NZ's least affordable for housing: Global study

Tauranga has out-ranked Auckland as New Zealand's most unaffordable city, according to a major global study out today which showed Auckland's improving affordability meant the city moved from the world's fourth to the ninth most...

Source: - Property | 22 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Housing shortage likely during America's Cup, property services firm says

Auckland is likely to face a housing shortage when it hosts the America's Cup in 2021, with up to 900 more residential units needed, according to new research.A report by international real estate services company CBRE showed an...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2018 | 12:57 pm

Hamish Fletcher: Be a Yimby and say yes to housing development

I've been woken up recently by the sounds of builders and bulldozers - instead of the usual birdsong from the surrounding bush. A new housing development is in full swing on my Auckland street and construction workers (and their...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

'Spectacular, unspoiled paradise' for sale in the Far North

Forget buying a beach. How about five beaches?A rare and significant coastal farm with more coastline than the famed Kauri Cliffs is on the market in Northland — but wannabe landowners will need deep pockets.The 1439ha property...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Couple in property u-turn case still waiting to move on

An Auckland couple who spent years trying to enforce their purchase of an Otahuhu investment property after the vendors changed their minds have finally got keys to the home- but are still trying to recoup costs from a lengthy court...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

First commercial property portfolio of 2018

Barfoot & Thompson Commercial has kicked off the new year by launching a portfolio of 19 properties on the market.Agency manager John Urlich says the first Insite publication for 2018 contains a spread of properties across the Auckland...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Cafe close to famous Otago Rail Trail

The Stationside Cafe at Lauder in Central Otago trades in a part of New Zealand with air so clear an atmospheric research laboratory has been established based nearby.The closeness of this NIWA facility isn't lost on ABC business...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Sandra Goodwin: lifestyle choice is elementary

An elevated corner site amid residential houses at one of Ellerslie's highest points will deliver sweeping views to a new development of 35 one- and two-bedroom apartments named Element. It will feature a residents' rooftop terrace...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Catherine Smith: crafted to reflect its surroundings

Buying a pair of dated 1960s brick and tile units in the early 2000s was not as mad as it may have seemed to some of Grant Leach's friends. The building was perched on the cliff-top on the Herne Bay edge of Coxs Bay, edged by huge...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Donna McIntyre: up, up and, regretfully, away

It was the amazing city and harbour views that hooked this couple into apartment living at the Stamford Residences. Reyhan and Erdal Demiray had been renting an apartment in the building's 15th floor for two years. One day Erdal...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Donna McIntyre: animal lovers strike gold

A love of horses attracted Raewyn Yovich and her husband to this lifestyle property at Kaipaki in the Waikato.And it's likely the land, with its fenced paddocks, stables and loose boxes, will also appeal to other people with horses...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Diana Clement: six is good but 10 is best

Kiwis are constantly setting their sights higher when it comes to having the best of everything in their new builds and renovated homes. These days that could mean increasingly innovative products and to-die-for solutions ranging...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

What Auckland's cooling housing market means for contestants on The Block

A slowing Auckland housing market could cause problems for this year's contestants on The Block: Side by Side.

Source: - Home & Property | 23 Jun 2017 | 4:29 pm

Airbnb headache for long-term renters as Marlborough landlords pull properties

Marlborough landlords fed up with dodgy tenants are jumping ship and saturating the Airbnb market.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 1:01 pm

At home with Jess Daniell, of Jess' Underground Kitchen deli

Jess Daniell, deli owner, caterer and food writer, lives in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, with her partner Jono, a social worker, and their dog Macy.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

One of New Zealand's oldest and most remote holiday homes up for sale

The last time this remote South Island bach was on the market, New Zealand troops were fighting in World War II.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

From house of worship to family home: Take a look at these church conversions

Once the foundations of urban life, over the last century thousands of factories, warehouses and churches were abandoned as city residents moved out to suburban neighbourhoods.

Source: - Home & Property | 15 Jun 2017 | 12:22 pm

Unrealistic market brought under control

Property pros are keeping a sharp eye on policy direction as the market stabilises in an election year.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 Jun 2017 | 8:51 pm

Fruit trees for small garden spaces

If you think you haven't got space for your own fruit trees, think again. New varieties and new ideas mean there are now great options for small garden owners or even renters to grow their own fruit and harvest nearly all year round.

Source: - Home & Property | 10 Jun 2017 | 12:00 am

'Major implications' for hillside houses after Wellington City Council loses appeal over view-blocking Roseneath fence

Wellington City Council might have to rip up the planning rule book after the High Court rejected its appeal against an Environment Court ruling sparked by Roseneath's "fence-gate" saga.

Source: - Home & Property | 9 Jun 2017 | 8:43 pm

New Zealand properties star in British TV series about 'extraordinary homes'

Watching the first episode of a show about spectacular homes, you can't help but feel a stab of envy. 

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 8:01 pm

7 cheap and cheerful kitchen updates

When it comes to getting a new look, our budgets doesn't always match our aspirations.

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 12:55 pm

Why I am over the tiny house movement

OPINION: At first it seemed like a cool idea. A tiny house with everything you need to make a home, at a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 11:41 am

Kapiti Coast District Council moves in with 'rapid sneak attack' on macrocarpa hedge at centre of dispute

A giant sculpted hedge has been cut back to wood along its base in a "rapid sneak attack" from the council battling its owners.

Source: - Home & Property | 7 Jun 2017 | 2:16 pm

New ways to think pink

Riding the wave out of the pink, white and grey equation of the last 18 months, the pairing of pink enters an earthy, more 1970s aligned state.

Source: - Home & Property | 6 Jun 2017 | 9:16 pm

Our 25 greatest fictional girl characters

Ours is a book household.

Source: - Home & Property | 29 May 2017 | 5:12 pm

Why roses fail to grow - and how to fix them

I'm a greedy gardener who lusts after every pretty flower face, which is fine in spring and summer but results in a monumental mess when they have had their day.

Source: - Home & Property | 29 May 2017 | 3:00 pm

At home with Waikato artist Angus Walker

Angus Walker, artist and festival worker, lives in Waipukurau.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

How to create a workable home office in a small space

Many people spend an increasing amount of time on home-based work. Even if you're not actually working from home, you'll probably need an area for a computer, somewhere for paying bills, a place for kids to do homework or a space for hobbies or creative pastimes.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

At my place: Interior designer Tina Stephen

Tina Stephen, head interior designer and founder of online styling service, lives in an apartment-style new build in Titirangi with her husband Mark, daughter, Mathilde, and Poppy the cat. 

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

5 minute gardener: this weekend's garden tasks

Remove moss (and liverwort, lichen and algae) from where it is not wanted. While it gives charm and character to timber, stone and concrete walls, statues and sculpture, it can make paths slippery. Moss most commonly appears on damp, shady spots.

Source: - Home & Property | 13 May 2017 | 5:00 am

Box clever: The scientific research being done to save our buxus hedges

The future of treasured box hedges and parterres at historic gardens such as those of the National Trust in Britain and at the likes of Versailles may be assured thanks in part to the work of a New Zealand scientist.

Source: - Home & Property | 1 May 2017 | 12:15 am