NZ Property News

Tauranga and Auckland among world's least affordable cities, but Govt is fixing it: study

Tauranga and Auckland might be among the world's 10 most expensive housing markets when measured against income, but the Government is taking the right steps to ease the crisis, a global study's author says.The 15th annual Demographia...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2019 | 11:34 am

Creditor claims swell $10.5m in construction business collapse

The financial position of several businesses associated with what had been New Zealand's second-largest construction company has worsened by $10.5 million, according to a new report.Andrew Grenfell of McGrathNicol in Auckland is...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2019 | 11:06 am

Quinovic investigating whether glowing reviews on its Facebook page are fake

Quinovic property management group has courted controversy again after being accused of using fake reviews on their Facebook site.The company's Te Aro franchise has a "5 out of 5" rating on Facebook, despite its positive reviews...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2019 | 8:52 am

Tauranga outstrips London - 8th least affordable housing market: Global study

Tauranga is ranked the eighth most expensive housing market in the world when measured against income, heading off cities like London and San Francisco, according to a global study out today. The 15th annual Demographia International...

Source: - Property | 21 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

New Zealand's most isolated bach up for sale

If Waiheke Island is becoming a tad crowded for you these days, then you might want to consider buying one of New Zealand's most isolated baches.The two-bedroom cottage Kidney Fern is now for sale on remote Stewart Island, located...

Source: - Property | 20 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 5:33 pm

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 5:22 pm

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,...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

Ugly side of Auckland's building boom: walking some of city's worst streets

Auckland 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 filthy environmental practices. James Yang glides his white tradie's van onto...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 19 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

'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...

Source: - Property | 18 Jan 2019 | 9:13 am

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...

Source: - Property | 18 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 18 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

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...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2019 | 12:21 pm

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...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2019 | 9:21 am

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...

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2019 | 11:19 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