Residential Property

Perceptions of real estate agents improving

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) believes further improvements in the positive rating of agents will come as individual property sellers and buyers become more familiar with their rights and knowledge of how transactions work.

Real estate agents are more professional - and more trustworthy, a new survey shows.

Trade Me buys shares in Wellington start-up

Trade Me

A Wellington start-up is being backed by one of New Zealand's largest online marketplaces, with Trade Me taking a 13 per cent stake in the company.

Secret deal over leaky home

The Newlands property which was at the centre of a leaky homes dispute between Wellington City Council and developer Colin Dallas.

A deal between Wellington City Council and a developer could be setting a precedent for other leaky home cases.

NZ meth scourge rising

New Zealand state homes are increasingly being treated after P use.

'It's not like a mini Breaking Bad lab', NZ state home boss says.

'People think it's dodgy. It's not'

Guy and Juliette Davis, with their 7-week-old daughter Poppy, at their Berhampore home.

Once part of a seedy urban corridor, homes from Mt Cook to Berhampore are on the rise.

House values soaring - QV

The average New Zealand house price is $550,000 - up 14 per cent year on year.

With a typical Auckland apartment heading towards $1m, there's hope for house sellers further south too.

Auckland house price slips

There are more houses on the market and prices levelled off in October.

The average house price in Auckland fell to $832,713 last month after hitting a record high in September.

Breaking down the barriers to providing more affordable housing

Special housing areas are one way to tackle housing shortages, but the Productivity Commission says tougher action may be needed.

OPINION: There has been a timely call for action over the country's housing shortages, writes Lawrence Yule.

It's Lower Hutt's Downton gallery

The Kelson house is set to sell for more than $2 million.

Thinking of getting into the property market? This could be for you.

Apartment sold after fish tank flood

The one bedroom apartment at 3/212 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay in Wellington once sold for $1.85 million. Now it's going to auction starting at just $550,000.

Million-dollar Wellington waterfront apartment wrecked in an accidental flooding sold for a "steal".

Luxury pad up for grabs

The main house features a grand entrance, walk-in safe, storage and a three-car garage.

A 67-hectare Hawke's Bay property which includes a helipad, tennis court, lake, and stabling, could all be yours for a small fortune.

Te Aro Pa development underway

Te Aro Pa trustee Leo Buchanan, left, Basil Tapuke, general manager of Te Tumu Paeroa, which is responsible for Te Aro Pa Trust, and trustee Holden Hohaia are pleased the project is getting off the ground.

Work has begun on a housing development for descendants of Te Aro Pa iwi.

Property firm out of liquidation

Lodge In The City accommodation on Taranaki St is owned by Portfolio Property Management director Craig Relph and managed by Portfolio.

High Court ends liquidation of Wellington property management company Portfolio Property Management.

Council buys historic reserve

The hidden inner-city park that Wellington City Council have recently purchased at Flagstaff Hill.

Wellington City Council has bought Flagstaff Hill, an inner-city green space many Wellingtonians probably haven't heard off.

Fewer homes for sale

There are fewer houses on the market now than in about 10 years according to

Higher turnover and demand lead to the lowest number of houses on the market since at least 2006.

'Walled-in' couple speaks out

A bare wooden fence can be seen which now completely blocks Peter Aitchison's view.

A couple walled in by a 4m-high playground will seek $100,000 from Wellington City Council.

Manawatu property market spikes

Tha Manawatu property market has shown signs of strong growth.

Increasing numbers of property sales in Manawatu/Whanganui could mean price rises.

$4.3m slice of luxury

An aerial view of Longwood estate near Featherston, where some buildings date back to 1857.

Historic Wairarapa homestead on the market for first time in 20 years.

Grand mansion back on the block gallery

Balgownie House in Naenae, Lower Hutt. It has 11 bedrooms and is a category two historic building.

One of Wellington's grandest old ladies is back on the market.

Big changes to quake building rules

The scene on Colombo St in Christchurch after buildings collapsed on to two buses during the February 2011 earthquake. Ann Brower was the sole survivor in one bus.

Government halves timeframe to make the most earthquake-prone buildings safer.

More houses on the way

The increase in building consents follows a disappointing flat patch.

Surging building consent numbers should please home buyers and the Reserve Bank.

Curtis St redevelopment win

Karori homeowner Wayne Newman and other members of the Creswick Valley Residents Association have been fighting council re-zoning plans of the Curtis St site for years.

Controversial re-zoning of land and earthworks in the Wellington suburb of Karori are set to go ahead.

Good news for renters

Rents have stalled nationally for five months in a row, Trade Me says.

Welcome news for tenants as rent rises slow down.

Insurance policy offered for home buying pitfalls

You can now get insurance to cover hidden title problems when buying a house.

New insurance policy covers home buyers for unexpected pitfalls

Seatoun home crowned Wellington's best gallery

This Roseneath home was judged the best renovation in Wellington and Wairarapa at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition.

A Seatoun home has been voted the best house in Wellington and Wairarapa.

Developers go for heritage look

Kelly Field is proud of the Kensington St apartments which were built to look like a refurbished heritage building.

There is not an aluminium window to be seen at No 3 Kensington Ave in Petone.

The real cost of a home

The costs of keeping the roof over your head in good nick have risen dramatically.

House prices are high in cities, but the costs after you buy are also through the roof.

A Roman garden in Wellington gallery

Nicola Koptisch has a passion for creating vignettes.

Pour a glass of prosecco and toast the glorious excess of this garden in Wellington.

Wellington house prices stable

Latest REINZ figures show

Wellington region house prices gained 1 per cent in June compared to a year ago to a median of $390,000.

Apartment tenants left in the dark

About half the 140 apartments in the Century City complex in Tory St have lost power for the night.

About 70 apartments in the Century City block face a night without power.

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