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'Been there, done that' caution on houses

NZ Herald, Fri 4 May 07 5:00 AM

An economist has warned politicians against quick-fix solutions to the housing price boom, saying first home buyers should look to other countries and earlier generations who faced similar problems.Westpac chief economist Brendan...

$5000 extra for hot homes

NZ Herald, Fri 4 May 07 5:00 AM

Insulation rules for new homes will add up to $5000 to the cost of a house - but the Government says that will be offset by savings on power bills.From November new houses in the South Island and the North Island's Central Plateau...

Government may buy land to stop resort

NZ Herald, Fri 4 May 07 5:00 AM

The Government may buy back a multimillion-dollar coastal property at Te Arai Beach in Northland to stop an 850-home development.Conservation Minister Chris Carter is seeking a market valuation for the land, south of Mangawhai...

Councils to lift building consent fee

NZ Herald, Thu 3 May 07 5:00 AM

The cost of getting a building consent in Auckland is rising this year because of extra work required by the Government's new building regulations.City councils are proposing fees to cover the cost of processing and inspections.Auckland...

Government boost for homebuyers

NZ Herald, Tue 1 May 07 7:00 AM

The Government has confirmed plans to unveil a shared equity scheme to help people buy their first homes. Housing Minister Chris Carter said last night it would be a way to give direct financial assistance to buyers faced with prices...