NZ Property News

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

Auckland family whose house is being occupied by Black Power gang members will have to wait for court ruling

An Auckland family whose rental property has been illegally occupied by gang members since May have little choice but to wait for their day in court, legal experts say. Ravina Prasad and Neelesh Chandra have been trying for eight...

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

Swanky Auckland suburbs suffer fastest house price fall - QV data

Some of Auckland's swankiest areas suffered the biggest dip in price over the past year, according to new data. While national house values rose 1.2 per cent in the last three months, Quotable Value data shows that the increase...

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

Tenants in $1200 per week Auckland 'executive' home win $4k payout, landlord warned

Tenants paying $1200/week for an executive property in an affluent Auckland suburb won $4000 and a reprimand for their absentee, offshore landlord about obligations under New Zealand law.The Tenancy Tribunal awarded St Johns tenant...

Source: - Property | 15 Jan 2019 | 9:04 am

Watch: Parnell upgrade completed in $3.4b Auckland railway revamp

Work to change part of Auckland's railway system finished last week, as KiwiRail prepares the city's network for the $3.4 billion City Rail Link due for completion in 2024.Construction work was done around the Strand railway yard...

Source: - Property | 15 Jan 2019 | 7:41 am

Property manager ordered to repay tenant's $5000 power bill

A property manager must repay more than a year's electricity charges after a landlord only provided one power meter at a two-flat property, making it impossible for tenants to work out how much each of them owed.The Tenancy Tribunal...

Source: - Property | 14 Jan 2019 | 2:41 pm

Time to think big in Warkworth

It had nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a dining room like a restaurant and no lounge, but the house between Warkworth and Matakana that Greg and Penny Boakes bought for their family had exactly what they needed.With nine children,...

Source: - Property | 14 Jan 2019 | 8:56 am

$200m Milford plans reignited: Application lodged for 9-level apartment block

Long-delayed plans for the first of a $200 million apartment scheme at the North Shore's Milford have been reignited, with the developer preparing a building consent application for the first $100m-plus block.Campbell Barbour, NZ...

Source: - Property | 14 Jan 2019 | 8:01 am

Banks paying closer attention to home loan affordability

Mortgage brokers say banks are taking a closer look at whether borrowers can afford to meet home loan repayments, with one bank now asking for a written declaration that the lending is responsible.Lenders have had to adhere to a...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2019 | 7:00 pm

Chance to glimpse breathtaking homes on Wonderful Waiheke House Tour

Some of Waiheke's most beautiful houses are opening their doors to raise funds for the island's art gallery.The Wonderful Waiheke House Tour is in its seventh year and this year's properties have been chosen for their impressive...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2019 | 6:21 pm

Property plummet: Australian cities where house prices are set to fall this year

The worst is still to come for the weakening Sydney and Melbourne property markets, with new data predicting tightened lending and the abolishment of negative gearing will drag prices down further.Despite those forecasts,'s...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2019 | 12:53 pm

What the housing downturn in Australia could mean for New Zealand

Sydney real estate agent Peter McGuinn has witnessed first-hand the recent dramatic shift in the local property market."Fifteen months, two years ago, selling was easy. You could sell a dog kennel for a fortune," he says.But offloading...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2019 | 9:16 am

Keep New York, we're staying in Auckland

Ruth and James Blair bought this transitional bungalow thinking they'd start a family here before jetting off to live in New York — but their plans evolved along with the property.Ruth says: "This was our first home, bought before...

Source: - Property | 12 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

Large $4.1m vacant block along Mount Maunganui beachfront set to go under the hammer

One of the last undeveloped beachfront blocks left near Mount Maunganui is set to go under the hammer.Bayleys selling agent Janelle Ganley said she expected developers or richlisters looking to build a dream home to pay millions...

Source: - Property | 12 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

River of gold: Marlborough mining claim, with hut, up for grabs for $75,000

A licence for a remote gold mining claim located at the tip of the South Island has been listed for sale on Trade Me for a starting price of $75,000.The mining licence comes with a hut and 5km of river located in Marlborough - most...

Source: - Property | 10 Jan 2019 | 10:39 am

Selling your home without a real estate agent - can you get a good price?

There are only two ways to sell your home - get the help of a real estate agent or sell it yourself. Yet it can be hard to know which is best for you. To shed more light on both processes, Auckland's Batu and Pellett families have...

Source: - Property | 10 Jan 2019 | 6:00 am

The Ex-Files: Why should an 'unreliable' husband get half my assets?

Question: My husband and I are separating after 10 years of marriage. For most of the time we've been together, my husband has been unreliable, and I've always contributed the most to the mortgage and bills etc.This has worsened...

Source: - Property | 9 Jan 2019 | 4:25 pm

Magic of major makeover

Proximity to both the city and coastal bays with a north-facing orientation assures properties in Herne Bay's Argyle Street typically sell for well over $5 million.So when developer John Parker found two old houses in original condition...

Source: - Property | 9 Jan 2019 | 3:23 pm

Tenants Protection Association fears property managers have found a letting-fee loophole

There are fears property managers have found a loophole in the new ban on letting fees after a man was charged for transferring his rental into his niece's name.The Government last month banned the charging of letting fees to new...

Source: - Property | 9 Jan 2019 | 11:34 am

Expert picks IKEA NZ format, examines location pros and cons

A retail expert predicts IKEA might launch a smaller format store for its New Zealand debut and has picked two areas away from northwest Auckland as possible locations.Chris Wilkinson of First Retail Group says the world's largest...

Source: - Property | 9 Jan 2019 | 6:00 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