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Why a ‘tiny home’ may be right for you

This week I chat with journalist Diana Clement about the revolutionary of tiny homes.

Duration: 00:08:26

Homeowners too casual about hiring builders without a written contract

New Zealand homeowners are too laid back when it comes to written contracts for building work and assume being licensed means builders have a higher standard of training, skills and ...

Duration: 00:04:47

Market cools and questions over contaminated building sites

There’s a chill in the air The housing market is expected to cool in the coming months, according to CoreLogic’s Jonno Ingerson — but the chill won’t last. He predicts ...

Duration: 00:07:51

Low mortgage rates may be coming to an end sooner than you think

A former member of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee is questioning wide-spread expectations that interest rates will remain low.

Duration: 00:06:12

The world of home lending is upside down

The mortgage world is in topsy-turvy territory. It used to be that fixed rate deals cost more than the floating rate (borrowers would pay more for the certainty of knowing ...

Duration: 00:05:29

One third of Aucklanders looking to leave city

A third of Aucklanders have considered leaving the city to live elsewhere, according to a survey carried out for The Spinoff and Jennings Murphy by SSI.

Duration: 00:07:24

Historic rate cut and home buyers hit by LVR rules

There were no surprises when Graeme Wheeler, Governor of the Reserve Bank, cut the official cash rate to 2 per cent — yet another historic low for New Zealand.

Duration: 00:08:23

Limits raised for home-buyer grants

Prime Minister John Key regularly says that throwing money at problems is not the solution. Yet at least one of his ministers appears to think differently. Nick Smith who has yet to answer my email seeking assurances to the quality of steel being used in residential properties, has been flashing the cash big time by upping the ante on the HomeStart scheme.

Duration: 00:06:59

New Zealand house-building costs shoot ahead of inflation

Despite the Government’s “comprehensive plan” to address the housing crisis, economists at the ANZ say there is still a whole host of problems across the housing market. These include the usual suspects of...

Duration: 00:10:00

Special report – Shocking news from the ANZ and the Reserve Bank

Shocking news from the CEO of New Zealand's ANZ bank David Hisco where he essentially warns of the New Zealand housing bubble bursting.

Duration: 00:09:09

Auckland home shortage bites hard

When I got home the other night I found a note from a real estate agent saying she had buyers for properties in my street. As any Auckland house-hunter can testify, there are slim pickings at the moment — it’s something I mentioned a few months back when the trend started to emerge. But the shortage of houses for sale has become a lot worse, leaving wannabe buyers starved of choice and at least some real estate agents scratching around for something to sell.

Duration: 00:05:33

Bold plan needed to solve Auckland housing crisis

The Property Council has welcomed Labour’s plan to build 100,000 affordable houses over 10 years and sees it as a game-changer in alleviating the housing affordability crisis. Under the opposition party’s plan, half the homes will be built in Auckland and

Duration: 00:04:38

$1bn loan won’t solve Auckland’s housing crisis

For a man who routinely says that throwing money at problems is not the answer, Prime Minister John Key's $1 billion offer to help solve the country's housing crisis is a huge U-turn.

Duration: 00:04:55

Standards for P tests needed and solar panel owners are penalized

When police were alerted to half a tonne of methamphetamine on a beach last week it highlighted the problem New Zealand has with illegal drugs such as P. It seems the drug is so widespread that anyone seriously contemplating buying a home needs to have it tested for P contamination — even if the property looks pristine.

Duration: 00:06:17