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The following articles are sourced from The New Zealand Herald

Hey, Bill! This is what your budget needs
Fri, 06 May 2016 05:00
THE COMMENTATOR: State houses by the thousand Anne Gibson Doubling the state housing stock from 60,000 to about 120,000 residences is what Shamubeel Eaqub wants from the Budget.But the economic commentator sees that as highly...


BNZ profits fall 16 per cent
Thu, 05 May 2016 13:44
A 16 per cent drop in the Bank of New Zealand's net profit after tax was due mainly to lower gains on financial instruments, affected by the falling kiwi dollar. The local unit of National Australia Bank reported how its $536 million...


How to get an interest-free mortgage
Thu, 05 May 2016 12:14
How do you fancy having the bank pay you to have a mortgage? It is not as silly as it sounds, and is already happening in Europe as interest rates are placed into negative territory.You may have heard about negative interest rates,...


Auckland growth woes: 'quality problem' - Key
Thu, 05 May 2016 11:36
Prime Minister John Key has dismissed Auckland's growth issues as "a sign of success....a quality problem."Citing housing, immigration, transport and hotel capacity, Key challenged a business audience by asking if they would want...


Industry boom raising house values
Thu, 05 May 2016 09:47
Booming industries and an influx of interest from outside the region are being touted as the reasons for the Hawke's Bay housing market's steady growth.The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows the average house price in Hastings...


Buyers 'neglecting checks'
Thu, 05 May 2016 05:00
A "frightening" number of people are racing to buy Auckland homes without doing proper due diligence, a property expert says.Homeowners and Buyers Association president John Gray says there has been a growing trend of people buying...


Vacated stores make for leasing bonanza
Thu, 05 May 2016 05:00
It's hard to imagine many local shopping centres without a Dick Smith store but already rivals are eyeing up the areas: out go the TVs, computers and cellphones and in could soon come the pets, manchester, clothes, car products, food...


Ponsonby house damaged by fire sells for cool $1.5 million
Wed, 04 May 2016 19:12
A 126-year-old Ponsonby property gutted by a fire which killed its owner has sold for $1.55 million at auction this morning.The two-bedroom 1890 villa on Brown St in the central Auckland suburb went up in flames in October 2015.The...


Hamilton lifestyle properties transforming into residential subdivision
Wed, 04 May 2016 08:58
A Hamilton property with potential to carve up the large backyard into more than half a dozen residential sections is going under the hammer.The North Ridge Drive property has a main home, an attached studio and a separate one-...


Housing crisis: NZ-born Chinese teen's letter to Kiwis - 'I no longer feel welcome'
Wed, 04 May 2016 06:16
A New Zealand-born Chinese teenager has blasted the attitudes of some Kiwis towards her, saying they see her as "just another foreigner" here to buy their houses.The 17-year-old student, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she...


Aucklander seeking financier for boat to combat housing crisis
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:26
An Aucklander has come up with a creative solution to combat skyrocketing house prices but he needs someone to foot the bill.Zoltan Buday wants to buy a 78ft yacht but says he is short $300,000 and needs a keen financier or philanthropist...


Brian Rudman: MPs too busy investing to sort out housing crisis
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:11
No wonder our parliamentarians devote so little time to confronting Auckland's housing crisis. They're too busy investing. Over the past year, our 121 MPs seem to have added, between them, nearly 20 more properties to their overall...


Northland land with tourism and residential potential
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00
A stunning Northland farm with significant development potential has come to market for the first time in 110 years, presenting an opportunity for investors, developers, land bankers and tourism industry interests.The 208 hectare...


Buyer beware - or get insurance
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00
Like people, every house title has history. Sometimes there are hidden "title" problems, which mean you've not bought what you thought you had.People often think the "title" is a certificate. The "title" is in effect a bundle of...


Rare, untouched beauty
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00
It is a rare day when Herald Homes meets homeowners who were so happy with the style of the house they bought that they didn't have to do a thing to it. Well, apart from painting and landscaping.But Rob Bree declares that he and...


Step back in time
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00
The grandeur of a striking Te Aroha bungalow caught Anne Udy's eye when it was time for her and husband Noel to retire from their dairy farm.Noel was 91 years old when he died this year, outliving his wife by several years, but...


Taranaki campground has views and development potential
Wed, 04 May 2016 04:59
A popular seafront holiday park, located where many a south-bound Aucklander pauses for an early glimpse of Mt Taranaki, is on the market for sale.Seaview Motor Camp draws positive comments online, uploaded by many extolling friendly...


Big supply drop hits Auckland, Northland house sales
Tue, 03 May 2016 13:41
The number of Auckland and Northland houses for sale has dropped by nearly a quarter in the past year and lack of supply is an issue, according to the country's largest real estate agency business.Harcourts has today released figures...


Barfoot and Thompson: Auckland property sales slump 29pc in April
Tue, 03 May 2016 08:52
As pressure builds on the Government to act on unaffordable Auckland housing, latest data from the city's biggest real estate agency show sales numbers have plunged.Barfoot and Thompson has just reported its lowest April sales figures...


Little's rental bill facing fight
Tue, 03 May 2016 05:00
Labour leader Andrew Little will tomorrow make a bid to raise minimum standards of heating and insulation for rental properties.However, the Government could scuttle his chances by making its own moves to toughen the rules for rental...


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