Experts give gung ho crystal ball readings
We asked commercial property leaders for their opinions about prospects for the 2019 market: Mike Bayley Managing Director Bayley Corporation Ltd The flow of investment funds into the commercial property market which reached... More
Nineteen properties to kick off 2019
Commercial property is, and will remain, an excellent investment proposition this year, saysJohn Urlich, commercial manager for Barfoot & Thompson, in launching the agency's firstInsite portfolio for 2019."The Auckland market for... More
Everything on your doorstep
By Donna McIntyre There are a lot of aspects Jenny Son loves about her corner apartment at Marina Park in Fanshawe Park — the central location, the layout, the views and the sunlight. But the two things she has most appreciated... More
Opening the doors of this secret legacy
By Donna Fleming For 23 years, Kirsten MacFarlane has been privileged to live in a home that is a spectacular and — until now — a somewhat secret legacy of an incredibly talented architect.While the late Robert Paterson was known... More
Timeless appeal
By Vicki Holder Three generations of one family lived in this handsome character villa before Judy and Geoff Vaughan moved in as a young couple in 1992. With its huge level garden and its proximity to top schools, it has been... More
Island retreat ticks all the boxes
By Donna McIntyre John Morris reckons the holiday home he, fiancee Kerri and their two children have on the clifftop above Onetangi Beach gives them the best of both worlds.When they're at the home they enjoy the privacy this... More
Art Deco sets the scene
By Robyn Welsh Philip Toohill has a box of paperwork documenting the transformation of this landmark Art Deco home into this grand edition, including a 15-seat cinema.When he leaves here, he'll hand this box to the new owners,... More
Parents dig deep for kids
By Diana Clement Mortgage brokers do a brisk trade in organising home loans for children who have sought help from the bank of mum and dad, says mortgage broker Geoff Bawden of Bawden Consulting. The noticeable change over the... More
Ugly side of Auckland's building boom: walking some of city's worst streets
We all know about dirty dairying. But what about the ugly side of Auckland's rampant building boom? Council officials showed off some of the city's worst streets this week as part of a blitz aimed at cleaning up sites and ending commonplace... More
'30 people in 7-person space': Queenstown rental chaos
Queenstown landlords have been accused of "taking advantage" of the resort's housing crisis after average rental costs skyrocketed to record levels.Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures showed the average weekly... More
Rental squeeze grips Auckland as home viewings attract more than 50 people
A rental squeeze gripping Auckland and Wellington is forcing house-hunters to battle hundreds of other applicants, accept rent increases and even continue living in the same house as their ex-partners.An Auckland agent says more... More
Editorial: Property owners forced to jump unnecessary hurdles
COMMENT: Imagine being a landlord and discovering your property has been occupied by squatters. Even worse, after expecting that the usual remedies of the law would be available to remove the illegal occupants, you find that the... More
Rental squeeze grips Auckland, more people than ever queuing up for flats
A rental squeeze is gripping Auckland and more house-hunters than ever before are flocking to try get into some of the city's cheaper properties. Up to 50 people snaked their way through one rental in the Auckland suburb of Remuera... More
December house sales hit lowest level in 7 years: REINZ
Last year ended on a slow note, with the lowest number of house sales nationally recorded for a December in seven years.Real Estate Institute data showed a 13 per cent annual fall in national house sale numbers, from 6,117 in December... More
Auckland lawyer fears tenants may be targeted with illegal charges after letting fee ban
An Auckland lawyer is warning renters to look out for illegal property management fees after a man was charged for transferring his rental into his niece's name.It comes amid fears property managers are using such charges as a loophole... More
Auckland family whose house is being occupied by Black Power gang members will have to wait for court ruling
An Auckland family whose rental property has been illegally occupied by gang members since May have little choice but to wait for their day in court, legal experts say. Ravina Prasad and Neelesh Chandra have been trying for eight... More
Swanky Auckland suburbs suffer fastest house price fall - QV data
Some of Auckland's swankiest areas suffered the biggest dip in price over the past year, according to new data. While national house values rose 1.2 per cent in the last three months, Quotable Value data shows that the increase... More
Tenants in $1200 per week Auckland 'executive' home win $4k payout, landlord warned
Tenants paying $1200/week for an executive property in an affluent Auckland suburb won $4000 and a reprimand for their absentee, offshore landlord about obligations under New Zealand law.The Tenancy Tribunal awarded St Johns tenant... More
Watch: Parnell upgrade completed in $3.4b Auckland railway revamp
Work to change part of Auckland's railway system finished last week, as KiwiRail prepares the city's network for the $3.4 billion City Rail Link due for completion in 2024.Construction work was done around the Strand railway yard... More
Property manager ordered to repay tenant's $5000 power bill
A property manager must repay more than a year's electricity charges after a landlord only provided one power meter at a two-flat property, making it impossible for tenants to work out how much each of them owed.The Tenancy Tribunal... More