Being accountable matters
What does it mean to be truly accountable? It means being responsible for your actions. It means fronting up, being
Read more.
Where will the extra construction workers come from?
How can we build more houses when there aren’t enough builders and materials for this extra work? How long can
Read more.
Co-ownership a potential option for single first-home buyers
In my view, owning a house – or, even better, several houses – is still the best form of investment.
Read more.
Baby boomers hit the wall with property maintenance
Many baby boomers reaching their seventies are hitting some major walls as they move through retirement. One is the ability
Read more.
Looking forward with your property goals
The year has not begun auspiciously for wannabe house buyers – or for real estate salespeople. It seems to me
Read more.
A watch and wait game
There has been a necessary correction in the price of properties and the market has temporarily flattened. This tends to
Read more.
A fresh approach required to increasing housing stock
I’m looking forward to seeing the fresh approach of the new coalition New Zealand Government. But while there are many
Read more.
A plea for a common sense approach to a rental housing warrant of fitness 
Do I think that all tenants are entitled to live in warm, dry homes, rather than the alternative – mouldy,
Read more.
Are basic home renovations now unaffordable?
Ask any developer, builder or architect what they think of Auckland Council’s competence in processing resource consents and you’ll get
Read more.
When is consent not consent?
In the real estate industry it’s easy to become complacent about the way we obtain consent from customers to be
Read more.
Urgent solution needed to help finance leaky building repairs
Houses are still leaking – how are owners expected to fund the repairs? With houses constructed of untreated timber framing,
Read more.
Paul’s Update
June 2017 Auckland real estate market is self-correcting The North Shore real estate market is slowing down considerably. This doesn’t
Read more.
Paul’s Update
May 2017 Lateral thinking required to increase housing stock We’re in a crisis situation, people. Do the maths. Buying a
Read more.
Paul’s Update
April 2017 Gradual stabilisation of residential property market The number of sales has dropped dramatically and this has been happening
Read more.
Paul’s Update
March 2017 Banks tightening their lending criteria We’re finding banks are getting tougher on lending to home buyers. This has
Read more.
Paul’s Update
February 2017 Residential property market taking a breather It’s still a buyers’ market, and auctions have now become pointless. Most
Read more.
Paul’s Update
January 2017 Our new normal  Just as I predicted in my blog in September Auckland has become a buyers’ market.
Read more.
Paul’s Update
December 2016 More bank loan interference on its way?  What was the Reserve Bank thinking when it asked the Government
Read more.
Paul’s Update
November 2016 Compromise and sacrifice a key to home ownership Tired of listening to people saying housing is unaffordable? Well,
Read more.
Paul’s Update
October 2016 Apartment projects in freefall The NZ Herald reported on 11 October that ‘thirty-five Auckland multi-unit residential developments have been cancelled
Read more.
Paul’s Update
September 2016 Has Auckland changed from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market? In my view, the Auckland market is turning
Read more.
Paul’s Update
August 2016 Council needs to get its own house in order to deliver the Unitary Plan objectives The Auckland Unitary
Read more.
Paul’s Update
July 2016 Private landlords and homebuyers need to be vigilant about potential P-contamination Private landlords pay a high price if
Read more.
Paul’s Update
June 2016 Is Paula Bennett’s $5000 offer to struggling or homeless families a life saver or a potential can of
Read more.
Paul’s Update
June 2016 More robust tenant selection processes are needed for Housing NZ eligibility Why does Housing NZ continue to rent
Read more.
Paul’s Update
Cut your cloth to get ahead. It’s always been hard for first-home buyers. And it may well be the hardest
Read more.
Paul’s Update
April 2016 The Chinese are back in the market Asian investors are starting to invest in our market again after
Read more.