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The following articles are sourced from The New Zealand Herald

Plans for new Auckland hotel unveiled
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:02
Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to build an 86-room property in central Auckland, part of a big expansion by the company in this country.The $50 million Wyndham Garden Hobson Street will offer a mix of studio rooms and one,...


Getting informed on consent
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:51
Adding an extra bedroom or standalone flat with a garage conversion is a great way to add value to a property.Chucking up some gib and a bit of insulation isn't hard. But getting it through council is another story.Your garage...


Home loan timebombs
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:18
Statistics from the Reserve Bank show more people are opting for an interest-only loan when buying a home.In January, 30 per cent of loans to owner-occupiers were interest-only, but by May it had drifted up to 33 per cent. Listen...


Residential consents hit record levels
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:17
The national residential building sector is at its strongest level this decade, with a record 28,387 new consents granted worth $11.4 billion.Statistics NZ has released new data showing a big upturn in the sector for work planned.The...


Exclusive: So what's an Auckland sea view worth?
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:14
A glimpse of water from Remuera can slap a further 130 per cent on a house price while at Takapuna, seeing the glittering Waitemata can add 125 per cent to the price.An in-depth analysis of water view effects on house prices by...


Reserve Bank sets out biggest challenges
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00
Dealing with house price risks, low inflation and the dairy downturn are among the major challenges and goals outlined by the Reserve Bank in its Statement of Intent for the next three years.Housing market imbalances feature as...


Agent knew couple's sea views would be blocked
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00
A couple who bought a house based on stunning sea views were shocked when they found out their neighbours were building a two-storey unit which would partially block their view.Now the real estate agent who sold them the house has...


Michael Barnett: New chapter opens in the Penlink saga
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00
Michael Barnett is chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With a lot more houses likely to be built on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula over the next 10 years one thing is certain - the already huge congestion...


Businessman fights order to pay ex $5.5m
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:39
A businessman is fighting a court order to pay his former partner more than $5.5 million.The man was this afternoon given the chance to appeal the order provided he pays all outstanding legal costs to his ex and $524,000 to the...


Meet the couple raffling off their tropical oasis
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:54
An Australian couple who spent their life savings building a resort on an idyllic Pacific island is giving their tropical oasis away - through a raffle.Doug and Sally Beitz moved their young family from the Gold Coast to the Micronesian...


RECENT DEALS for June 29
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:18
Otahuhu warehouse and office A 3850sq m office and warehouse facility on a 8487sqm site at 198 James Fletcher Drive, Otahuhu, has been sold by Andrew Hooper and Dwayne Warby of Colliers International for $5.1 million representing...


Papakura and Takapuna shops up for auction
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:17
Two significant suburban retail premises with longstanding anchor tenants are among 12 properties included in Bayleys' Total Property portfolio auction in Auckland next week.The properties, both with sites likely to favour future...


A roundabout Panmure opportunity
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:10
A big freehold land site occupied by four buildings with a long frontage to the busy Panmure roundabout is for sale in southeast Auckland."This property on the corners of Ireland Road and Lagoon Drive is exposed to over 50,000 vehicles...


Risks of meth contamination
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:00
No one wants to buy a methamphetamine-contaminated home. Meth (aka P) use has become a scourge of New Zealand society.More and more homes are testing positive for residues of the drug and/or toxic chemicals used to produce it.The...


Perfect for the busy family
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:00
It's fair to say Andrea and Mike Beuvink are mad-keen about skiing. They like to hit the slopes as often as they can. Mike works as a ski instructor from time to time and they even have snow-related personalised plates on their cars.In...


Sights to elevate your spirits
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:00
It doesn't matter where you sit or stand in Wayne and Sheryl Davis' spacious, four-bedroom elevated family home, there's almost always a view and it's absolutely panoramic, taking in the Manukau Heads, Auckland's sprawling suburbs...


New data reveals 5.2pc households owe more than they own
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:45
A new government data set shows about 5.2 per cent of New Zealand households owe more than they own at a time when low interest rates have made borrowing more attractive. As at June 30, 2015, 4.6 per cent of the country's 1.67 million...


Garden tips: Mistakes people make and how to avoid them
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:18
MISTAKE #1: NOT PREPARING FOR GROWTH One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make, said our experts, is buying trees and shrubs that grow too large.Rotorua landscaper Rowan Smith said he even warned his parents about their...


House crisis? Bunk with nana
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00
Parents and their adult children are pooling finances to buy houses that allow them to live separately but under the same roof as a solution to the housing affordability crisis.Purpose-built "dual residences" with separate dwellings...


Humble two-bedroom cottage in Mangere Bridge sells for staggering $1.7 million
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00
A humble 80sq m cottage has sold for $1.72 million - more than $700,000 over its current council valuation.The two-bedroom waterfront home in Mangere Bridge, Auckland, sold at a heated auction attended by 200 people and is seen...


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