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Latest house price news – now with references to 2007 pop culture

The latest property price data from QV sure makes for interesting reading. I know ‘data’ and ‘interesting’ is for many an oxymoron, but I’ll do my best to prove that it is worthwhile information. The...

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This is the new news: How our news sites have changed – and what the future...

Back when newspapers were born, mobiles were hung above cradles to put babies to sleep and tablets were what you took for a headache. The only way for mere mortals to be published was by writing a...

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Share frustration: the state of television, and why people illegally download

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or on dial up, you would have heard of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act (2011), aka “that pesky illegal downloading law”. In short, get...

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November property report: it’s not the end of the world; a defence of home...

December 2012 has arrived and, with it, warnings of impending Armageddon. Yes, some real estate commentators are doing their best Mayan impressions as they beat the drums of doom ever louder. We are...

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What matters most in real estate: words or photos?

This New Zealand Herald article trawled through their real estate listings and what words were most successful in drawing in potential buyers. The article starts: “It’s more than just a pretty picture...

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Buying a house doesn’t make you greedy (featuring infographics)

Good blog tip for writers low on ideas: find some infographics and talk about them. This week I’ve stumbled across two very interesting infographics relating to real estate and – something dear to our...

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May Property Report: Auckland’s housing accord, and more bad news for first...

Open homes and cold snaps don’t mix, as this unfortunate house hunter soon discovered. Winter: the season to put on your coat and sit in front of the real estate market until you’re nice and toasty...

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KiwiSaver turns six – and first home buyers are partying

Happy birthday, KiwiSaver! Not since a young Mary-Kate (or was it Ashley?) Olsen stood up and said, “you’re in big trouble, mister” has a six year old been so wildly popular. KiwiSaver gained 200,000...

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July Property Report: big stats, curious theories and Auckland refugees

A new month means new data and a bunch of new questions to ponder. Onwards:   So, how’s it going? The July edition of the NZ Property Report from realestate.co.nz broke a couple of records. The...

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October Property Report: house prices, LVR restrictions, Ireland, and...

A couple of commentators take a close up look at our property market. The fact that everybody has an opinion about the property market is both a blessing and a curse. It’s mostly a pain in the neck...

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