NZ Property News

Student's shock at landlord's question: 'How much are you willing to pay?'

As students flock back to cities in the lead-up to the academic year, landlords are cashing in with innovations which encourage bidding wars among applicants, The Spinoff's Don Rowe writes. The nightmare that is renting in this...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 6:54 pm

700 Housing NZ tenants die during lease - forcing survivors out

Each year the death of around 700 social housing tenants ends the lease on their state house - at times forcing surviving family members to move out. Several of these cases came to light in the media, including one in the Herald...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 5:50 pm

Harcourts data shows steep decline in house auction popularity

Residential house auction's popularity is falling with Wellington numbers down 40 per cent, Auckland down by nearly a third and national numbers down nearly a quarter, according to New Zealand's largest real estate agency chain.Chris...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 9:48 am

Management rights in a coastal Paradise

In the Coromandel resort town of Whitianga, the management rights for the popular The Esplanade tourism apartments are for sale."The complex at 8 Esplanade, has a total of 18 units comprising 12 two-bedroom units, five 3-bedroom...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Mark McGuinness: Modern leaseholds are safe and smart

• Mark McGuinness is managing director of property development company Willis Bond & Co. As councils around the country consider freeing up more prime waterfront land for development it's time to clear up the misperception...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Catherine Masters: Memories cast in stone

When Peter and Dorothy Chaffin's daughter moved to New Zealand from the UK, mum and dad followed.Daughter Fiona and her New Zealand husband settled by the sea in Whitianga so Peter and Dorothy, a retired chief executive and a retired...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Graham Hepburn: Prime position for harbour views

As a builder's wife, Claire Rowe is used to the process of getting a home just right, and then moving on. With their Laingholm house, it was a renovation rather than a new build for Claire and husband Phil."It was looking a bit...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

CBD office vacancy low but Viaduct spikes

Vacancy levels within the Auckland CBD office market remain at a lower level than this time last year despite a significant relocation of tenants to new and upgraded buildings over the past 12 months.Bayleys Research's latest CBD...

Source: - Property | 17 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Diana Clement: Look before you leap

Doing up a near derelict house is something many Kiwis dream of. Turning an ugly duckling into a dream home, or flicking it on for a profit. That's what our forefathers have done for generations.But it takes a special type of...

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2018 | 7:51 pm

Wanaka house in world's four most extraordinary alpine retreats: BBC

A multi-award-winning Central Otago house, designed by two Auckland architects and owned by a pioneering skin specialist, has featured on the BBC as one of the world's four most extraordinary mountain residences.Te Kaitaka is outside...

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2018 | 3:56 pm

Aucklanders' last day to appeal property valuation

Thousands of Aucklanders have objected to the new valuation of their property as the appeal deadline looms for those yet to do so. Auckland ratepayers have until 5pm to object to the new rateable valuation (RV) of their property....

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2018 | 1:31 pm

Bitcoin becoming more popular for real estate sales

Bitcoin fever has hit the real estate market with vendors across the world beginning to accept the cryptocurrency, including in Australia and New Zealand.In America, bitcoin is viewed as offering foreign investors a way to dodge...

Source: - Property | 16 Jan 2018 | 9:38 am

Real estate agent Shalendra Goundar suspended for three months, fined

A real estate agent who was "seriously incompetent and seriously negligent" when selling two properties has copped a three month suspension.Auckland's Shalendra Goundar was also censured by the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal...

Source: - Property | 15 Jan 2018 | 7:45 pm

Students given 24-hour ultimatum to accept rent hike

A group of Wellington students were given 24 hours to accept a rent hike, sign a new lease or face losing their flat.It's one of a number of cases that the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association has heard about recently....

Source: - Property | 15 Jan 2018 | 12:13 pm

Shamed TV host Matt Lauer passed Govt checks

A signed declaration by disgraced NBC news presenter Matt Lauer and an "open source" background check were enough to satisfy the New Zealand Government he was of good character.In November 2016, Lauer convinced the Government he...

Source: - Property | 15 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Office towers sell in biggest property deal Auckland city centre since 2010

Two Queen Street office towers have sold to an overseas buyer in what is being billed as the biggest property deal in Auckland's central business district since 2010.The buildings, at 205 Queen Street, are formerly known as National...

Source: - Property | 14 Jan 2018 | 1:59 pm

Owning 200 properties 'not enough' for Aussie investor

Nathan Birch's mum still lives in his childhood home in Mt Druitt.The Sydney investor, who now owns more than 200 properties and claims a net worth of A$55 million ($60.1m), started with his first purchase at the age of 18, just...

Source: - Property | 14 Jan 2018 | 1:37 pm

Buyers pump extra $56m into HB housing market

Hawke's Bay's housing market grew last year by $56 million, with Baby Boomers from across the North Island increasingly making a beeline for Hawke's Bay.Latest figures supplied to Hawke's Bay Today by the Real Estate Institute...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2018 | 7:00 am

Robyn Welsh: Comfort in soft curves

For Christine Wilkinson and Kevin Cantwell, this double-storey home has been the perfect middle ground for them and their extended family.It's a step down from the five-bedroom home that they lived in for 20 years while raising...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2018 | 6:00 am

Catherine Smith: A special place

Malcolm and Erin Clark recall that they'd only gone across to "get a sniff" of Whangapoua the summer of 1992 when they'd been renting a bach at nearby Matarangi."We saw an old-fashioned beach community," remembers Malcolm. "The...

Source: - Property | 13 Jan 2018 | 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