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Mortgage stress: Young Sydney couple's eye-watering household debt

A young Sydney couple with an eye-watering level of debt have given a shocking insight into just how Australians have come to carry the second-highest level of household debt in the world.Roy Palleson and Rowena Ebona have racked...

Source: - Property | 22 Aug 2017 | 11:22 am

Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy: Relaxing LVRs will not make housing affordable again

• Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Auckland business school. There is a growing chorus for the Reserve Bank to lift its loan-to-value restrictions on the property market, with the...

Source: - Property | 22 Aug 2017 | 5:00 am

'Luck and love', or years on the social housing register

Kiwis in need of a home have waited up to 4.4 years on the Government's social housing register - for those with a disability the wait has been up to 3.2 years. The numbers come amid growing concerns about the levels of homelessness...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 3:28 pm

Police called after chainsaw incident at historic tree at Snells beach

Police have been called after a protest against a historic tree being felled turned nasty at Snells Beach north of Auckland.The protest erupted early today when contractors arrived to chop down a 25-metre Norfolk pine said to have...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 12:06 pm

How a solo mum of four purchased a home in Auckland

Jackie Harrison says she is one of the lucky ones. She is a solo mother of four who owns a house in Auckland.But her path to home ownership was bumpy, and she only made the leap with some innovative support.Harrison, a public...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 10:50 am

NZ's tallest apartment block: deposits taken on $14.5m penthouses

Initial deposits have been paid for three penthouses, sold for $14.5 million, in the proposed and yet-to-be-built 57-level Pacifica Auckland apartment tower.Gavin Lloyd, residential projects national director of sole agent CBRE,...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 7:09 am

From $700/week in Auckland to $420/week in Dunedin

Dunedin is the place to be.At least that seems to be the case for out-of-towners buying houses in the city.Linda and Casper Barnard, who live with their grand­daughter, are two of those people.Previously living on Auckland's...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 6:09 am

Election 2017: Labour and National appeal to first home buyers

Today we launch a series on the big election policies. We start with an area that has become one of the hot button campaign issues - housing affordability. At a glance, voters might see little difference between National and Labour's...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 5:00 am

John Hawkes: Paradise lost for Kiwis can be paradise regained

• John Hawkes is a writer in retirement During my 1950s sport-obsessed youth, I had no idea we were the world's third-wealthiest country. Nor did I know we had a trove of natural resources, including the world's fourth-largest...

Source: - Property | 21 Aug 2017 | 5:00 am

Dream home horror: Buyer stuck with $100k in damage

By Frank Chung A Sydney homeowner who bought a house only to discover more than A$100,000 (NZ$108,000) worth of damage has warned property-hunters to pay closer attention to their pre-purchase inspection reports.The buyer, who...

Source: - Property | 20 Aug 2017 | 10:26 am

Ingham family sell luxury beach-pad

A stunning waterfront home owned by the Auckland based Ingham family is on the market in Australia.Greg and Barbara Ingham, who made their fortune in chicken farming and horse racing, are selling their beachfront holiday home in...

Source: - Property | 20 Aug 2017 | 5:00 am

Auckland apartments, rest home wired with fire risk cable

By Carla Penman An Auckland apartment block and a retirement village under construction are the latest buildings to be discovered fitted with potentially dangerous electric cabling.Worksafe is investigating Lyon Electrical Limited...

Source: - Property | 19 Aug 2017 | 10:41 am

Pre-Christmas CBD mall opening plans flop: Precinct delays opening

Plans to open Auckland's biggest new CBD shopping mall before next Christmas have flopped and most of the shops will not now open until after the festive season in 2019, according to the developer.In its annual result presentation...

Source: - Property | 19 Aug 2017 | 9:09 am

Auckland, Wellington in top 10 global retail rent rise chart

If you thought online retailing was killing the mall, think again - two New Zealand cities have featured on a new list of the world's top 10 areas for retail rent growth.Consultants and agents CBRE said Auckland and Wellington had...

Source: - Property | 19 Aug 2017 | 9:05 am

Wellington to get country's first rental housing Warrant of Fitness

A voluntary rental housing Warrant of Fitness scheme is being introduced in Wellington, but campaigners hope it's the first step towards a mandatory scheme. The Herald understands Wellington Mayor Justin Lester will announce the...

Source: - Property | 17 Aug 2017 | 8:40 pm

Wet and mouldy: Southern Cross Campus

Ten years after leaking buildings were identified on Auckland's Southern Cross Campus students are still studying in damp, mouldy classrooms. Meanwhile the Government's partial redevelopment of the composite school could see junior...

Source: - Property | 17 Aug 2017 | 4:58 pm

A piece of Japan for sale in Hokianga

Looming in the misty sky above a secluded peak in Hokianga rose a red apparition that paid homage to traditional Japanese architecture It was this view of the five-storey house reminiscent of the traditional Japanese-style rural...

Source: - Property | 17 Aug 2017 | 3:49 pm

Auckland's amazing apartment boom: Who's behind it?

The businesses behind thousands of new Auckland CBD and suburban apartments have been identified in a new study.John Polkinghorne, an associate director of Auckland property consultants RCG, compiled the list of businesses for web...

Source: - Property | 17 Aug 2017 | 2:08 pm

Precinct Properties lifts FY profit 17pc, upbeat on development pipeline for 2018

Precinct Properties New Zealand, the listed commercial property investor, increased annual profit 17 per cent and was positive about the current financial year as it completes its development pipeline. It's also considering issuing...

Source: - Property | 17 Aug 2017 | 11:35 am

Mortgage broker says bridging finance 'impossible' to get

An Auckland mortgage broker says lending restrictions are making it "impossible" to get bridging finance through banks, making it harder for people to move houses.Bridging finance is typically used to fund a higher amount of debt...

Source: - Property | 16 Aug 2017 | 9:09 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

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