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New Auckland Unitary Plan released to the public

After four years in the making, the new-and-hopefully-improved Auckland Unitary Plan has b...

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Crane and building construction

Are we doing enough to improve housing supply?

Investors and first home buyers alike are feeling the price pressure, as the Real Estate I...

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Builder, project manager

New build vs second hand?

“Second hand” properties are continuing to rise in value and of course the 30% deposits re...

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How does population growth affect housing?

Everyone loves a bit of healthy competition - unless it's in the housing market....

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Unitary Plan: The only way is up, right?

Some thoughts on the Unitary Plan: Auckland is a unique city surrounded by so much water a...

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Live and die by the sword

Getting your investment structure right

I have been approached by a number of existing ‘buy and hold’ investors wanting to change ...

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Property development, under construction

Property development - when things don’t go to plan

Here I am almost three and a half years into my first decent size property development. Al...

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Builder on site

House prices and poor productivity

Over the past two and half years I’ve dabbled in property development, and are in the proc...

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Spade stuck in the ground

What's up with Auckland land prices?

I witnessed a transaction recently that sums up the Auckland property market....

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Starting your own business - our Squirrel story

Retail is tough. For every success, there are hundreds of retailers who live precariously ...

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New property exempt from RBNZ LVR rules

The Reserve Bank announced today that new builds will be exempt from the recent LVR restri...

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Buying apartments in NZ off plan

With the “property shortage” in Auckland there has been a spike in apartment development a...

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Family home living room

The buying choice - existing family home or do-up?

As a buyer you have to ask yourself to what extent your head rules your heart or whether y...

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Land speculation and "Pass the Parcel"

We've all read or heard that houses are overvalued and that we are not building enough hou...

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House floor plan

What you need to know about buying off plan

Buying off plan requires a small leap of faith. You're buying something sight unseen with ...

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Auckland city

Auckland property prices - Some initial thoughts for 2013

2013 looks like it is shaping up to be another big year for Auckland property. Prices look...

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Property investor, paperwork

Wanna be a developer?

Pre GFC, property developers had mythical rock star type status. The public face of the in...

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Row of houses in a suburb

Scarcity and productivity

It has been mildly interesting having a skim through the productivity commission report an...

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Lessons on relocatable houses and subdividing land

I've been buying and developing a lot of properties this year either as an investor, or as...

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Waterview Connection | Implications for property

The Waterview Connection will start in early 2012 and take 4 years to complete. It is sche...

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