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New Zealand property downturn as banks pull funding

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No. 2) will set the standard for all homes when it comes to heating, ventilation and drainage. But the change is far from becoming law as it is yet to pass a third reading.

Duration: 00:12:15

New Zealand real estate hits the wall

Real estate prices in new Zealand are dropping, sales turnover has dived, interest rates are going up and discretionary spending is down.

Duration: 00:07:16

Auckland property prices stumble

Real estate prices in Auckland have been stagnant since the start of the year says ASB economist Kim Mundy. She writes this week that prices in the SuperCity have “stopped ...

Duration: 00:07:48

Auckland property prices hit soft spot

Sales are down across the country by almost 15 per cent compared to this time last year, demonstrating Auckland’s cooling property market is spreading, says Chris Kennedy, CEO of Harcourts.

Duration: 00:04:30

Property Podcast 82

Due to my host being hacked dozens of previous podcast posts have been lost. But here is the most recent one I can lay my hands on from March 2017. ...

Duration: 00:07:02

How to improve your home’s street appeal

With summer fast approaching and the real estate market heating up, Diana Clement has some great ideas on how sellers can smarten up their home's street appeal.

Duration: 00:05:41

Youi insurance pinged by Commerce Commission

Business and personal finance reporter Diana Clement was stung by insurance company Youi when the firm took more than $500 from her account after she asked for an insurance quote.

Duration: 00:09:25

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

More homes in Auckland means more road congestion

While there has been talk of congestion charging for Auckland’s motorists, it seems the idea will not see the light of day for a 10 years, having been put on ...

Duration: 00:04:32

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

Interest rate race to the bottom

As the Reserve Bank races to the bottom by cutting the official cash rate - now at 2 per cent and likely to drop to 1.5 per cent by the year end - I am starting to wonder if this is the best course of action for the country and society.

Duration: 00:04:57

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

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