Why can’t all Auckland residents benefit from the proposed new urban development authority?
I applaud the Government’s plan to override Auckland Council by establishing a new urban development authority that will enable it
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Why can’t all Auckland residents benefit from the proposed new urban development authority?
I applaud the Government’s plan to override Auckland Council by establishing a new urban development authority that will enable it
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Shifting sands - Current Property Market
Shifting sands – the current residential property market
By Lochore’s guest blogger and sales agent Chris Gemmell The residential property market is currently undergoing change – I refer
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Online Property Research - Do your homework.
Home Pricing Websites – Are They Accurate Or Even Relevant?
We think it’s a case of buyer beware. Do your homework – and make sure that your real estate sales
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Licensing of property managers is an urgent requirement
The Government is proposing changes to the Residential Tenancies Act. But its list of changes doesn’t include the elephant in
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To auction or not to auction? That’s the question
By Lochore’s guest blogger Chris Gemmell Going the auction route is not always the right solution for every property. However,
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Being accountable matters
What does it mean to be truly accountable? It means being responsible for your actions. It means fronting up, being
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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,
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Auckland real estate market is self-correcting
June 2017 Auckland real estate market is self-correcting The North Shore real estate market is slowing down considerably. This doesn’t
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Lateral thinking required to increase housing stock
May 2017 Lateral thinking required to increase housing stock We’re in a crisis situation, people. Do the maths. Buying a
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Gradual stabilisation of residential property market
April 2017 Gradual stabilisation of residential property market The number of sales has dropped dramatically and this has been happening
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Banks tightening their lending criteria
March 2017 Banks tightening their lending criteria We’re finding banks are getting tougher on lending to home buyers. This has
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Residential property market taking a breather
February 2017 Residential property market taking a breather It’s still a buyers’ market, and auctions have now become pointless. Most
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Our new normal
January 2017 Our new normal  Just as I predicted in my blog in September Auckland has become a buyers’ market.
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More bank loan interference on its way?
December 2016 More bank loan interference on its way?  What was the Reserve Bank thinking when it asked the Government
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Compromise and sacrifice a key to home ownership
November 2016 Compromise and sacrifice a key to home ownership Tired of listening to people saying housing is unaffordable? Well,
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Apartment projects in freefall
October 2016 Apartment projects in freefall The NZ Herald reported on 11 October that ‘thirty-five Auckland multi-unit residential developments have been cancelled
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Has Auckland changed from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market?
September 2016 Has Auckland changed from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market? In my view, the Auckland market is turning
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Council needs to get its own house in order to deliver the Unitary Plan objectives
August 2016 Council needs to get its own house in order to deliver the Unitary Plan objectives The Auckland Unitary
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Private landlords and homebuyers need to be vigilant about potential P-contamination
July 2016 Private landlords and homebuyers need to be vigilant about potential P-contamination Private landlords pay a high price if
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Is Paula Bennett’s $5000 offer to struggling or homeless families a life saver or a potential can of worms?
June 2016 Is Paula Bennett’s $5000 offer to struggling or homeless families a life saver or a potential can of
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More robust tenant selection processes are needed for Housing NZ eligibility
June 2016 More robust tenant selection processes are needed for Housing NZ eligibility Why does Housing NZ continue to rent
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Cut your cloth to get ahead
Cut your cloth to get ahead. It’s always been hard for first-home buyers. And it may well be the hardest
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The Chinese are back in the market
April 2016 The Chinese are back in the market Asian investors are starting to invest in our market again after
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