NZ Property News

Donna McIntyre: Convenience and lifestyle

Toni Abrahams and Michelle Matthews love their "sprawling, handsome country house" at Hatfields Beach, and the sea and rural views it proffers.But more importantly, it has been a place where they can offer refuge to ageing or maltreated...

Source: - Property | 16 Dec 2017 | 6:00 am

Catherine Smith: Heritage in safe hands

If a little old Devonport house needed a loving restoration, it could do no better than be bought by a heritage expert and an engineer. Associate professor of engineering Joe Deans had been living in the stucco Arts and Crafts bungalow...

Source: - Property | 16 Dec 2017 | 6:00 am

Graham Hepburn: Out with the old, in with the new

Having grown up in a modernist house, Suzie Thomson immediately felt at ease with the simple lines and generous open-plan spaces of this home."I'm a Westie girl and I grew up in Massey in a house that Bill Moller did for my mum,"...

Source: - Property | 16 Dec 2017 | 6:00 am

Commerce Commission probes property trader Peter Lee over house purchase

The Commerce Commission has launched a formal investigation into an Auckland property trader accused of targeting vulnerable homeowners in 'no commission, no fees' private house buying deals.It can also be revealed that the Companies...

Source: - Property | 16 Dec 2017 | 6:00 am

KiwiSaver law change needed after fraudster Joanne Harrison's KiwiSaver protected - expert

The Government will likely look at changing the Proceeds of Crime Act to allow police to seize KiwiSaver funds of those who have financially benefited from their crimes, a legal expert says.Criminal Bar Association president Len...

Source: - Property | 16 Dec 2017 | 12:40 am

Steve Hart: Dig deep and do it right

The Labour-led Government is to build 100,000 new homes over the next 10 years; a bold promise given the party is up for re-election in less than three years' time.In my book, that means 30,000 homes will need to have been built...

Source: - Property | 15 Dec 2017 | 9:25 pm

Diana Clement: Get ready for a fresh start

If you've made the decision to sell then it's time to knuckle down and get ready for the New Year. It always brings in fresh buyers. Sometimes says Marie-Dominique Lennan of LJ Hooker Warkworth, that's expat Kiwis who are home for...

Source: - Property | 15 Dec 2017 | 9:19 pm

Herne Bay residents wanted say in helicopter landing

Herne Bay residents say Auckland Council should have given them the chance to object to helicopter landing rights at the Sentinel Beach property of businessman Rod Duke and wife Patricia.But the council says it did not notify the...

Source: - Property | 15 Dec 2017 | 8:20 am

Luxury Queenstown resort Milbrook's $45m expansion

Queenstown's high-end Millbrook Resort has won planning approval to add nine golf holes and 42 home sites on neighbouring farmland.Millbrook's $45 million expansion – expected to start early next year – is hailed as a game-changer...

Source: - Property | 14 Dec 2017 | 11:27 am

New Sylvia Park restaurants opening in expanded dining lane

Auckland foodies get an expanded multimillion-dollar dining precinct from today when four out of six new restaurants open in a suburban shopping mall.And the two that aren't quite ready are expected to be open by Christmas.NZX-listed...

Source: - Property | 14 Dec 2017 | 11:00 am

Real estate firm reaches financial settlement with family who bought house next to drug rehab centre

The country's biggest real estate firm has reached a settlement with a young family who unwittingly bought a home next door to a drug and alcohol rehab centre housing recovering addicts and former inmates.The family sued Harcourts...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 8:10 pm

Legislation to ban foreigners from buying existing homes will be introduced tomorrow

Legislation to ban foreigners from buying existing homes will be introduced tomorrow - although some non-residents and citizens will be allowed to buy property.Housing Minister Phil Twyford and Land Information Minister Eugenie...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 6:00 pm

Jailed Crafar farms bidder defaults on mortgage

A man jailed for his part in fraudulently trying to buy the Crafar farms has defaulted on a mortgage of a south Auckland property he owns and risks losing it.In a High Court order published earlier this month, Ke En Chen, also known...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 11:34 am

House sales hit 6-year record with November rebound: REINZ

National house sale volumes hit a six-year record with a big November rebound, according to the Real Estate Institute which announced a rise of almost 18 per cent in the number of properties traded last month compared with October."The...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 10:05 am

Herne Bay residents fear Rod Duke helicopter to 'blast' sand, sea

Residents of Auckland's wealthiest suburb fear a prominent businessman's proposed helicopter flights from his new residence and the effects on their precious beach.Dirk Hudig of the Herne Bay Residents Association said his organisation...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 8:22 am

Academy known in Otago and beyond

Harrington\Vaughan Academy of Hairdressing is up for sale having delivered high-quality training for more than 20 years.ABC business broker Ricky Cockerill says owners of the well-known Dunedin business are ready to move on, having...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 6:00 am

Upscale boarding house is back

Dramatic changes in the market over the last five years have impacted on commercial property in Auckland's city fringe, says Barfoot and Thompson sales manager Cam Paterson.The Unitary Plan and increasing cost of housing in the...

Source: - Property | 13 Dec 2017 | 6:00 am

Christchurch woman fed up living next door to an overgrown property

A Christchurch woman fed up with living next door to an overgrown property has been told it will finally be dealt with.Maree Ross, living in Avondale, Christchurch, has tried for more than 18 months to get some action on the mess...

Source: - Property | 12 Dec 2017 | 6:36 pm

Rod and Patricia Duke to build new helicopter landing pad boat shed in Herne Bay - with James Bond touch

An old boatshed in New Zealand's most expensive suburb can be demolished and a new one built so multimillionaire businessman Rod Duke can use it as a helicopter landing pad to get to his golf course north of Auckland.And in a nod...

Source: - Property | 12 Dec 2017 | 8:13 am

Auckland realtor Preet Grewal gives up licence

The Real Estate Agents Authority is investigating apparent "abnormalities" in the trust account of a big Auckland real estate business which trades as Harcourts.Kevin Lampen-Smith, authority chief executive, said today his organisation...

Source: - Property | 11 Dec 2017 | 6:22 pm

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