Treasury warns of unintended consequences on foreign buyer ban
Treasury has warned the Government that its rush to ban overseas people from buying existing New Zealand homes may have "sub-optimal" or "unintended consequences".And it further questions the benefit to the general public, saying... More
$2b-plus town centre, 2500 residences planned for Drury
A new $2 billion-plus 2500-residence community with an entirely new town centre is being planned near Drury.Charles Ma, the former joint managing director of Auckland's biggest CBD apartment project, Sugartree, is heading the development... More
From distressed home to heritage beauty: A labour of love
A dark and damaged heritage-listed home with no working inside toilet and a leaky roof has been fully restored with such attention to detail it could pass as new.The Auckland home designed and built by renowned architect James Chapman-Taylor... More
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,"... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More
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... More