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First home buyers back in game: NSW govt

The NSW government insists first home buyers are "back in the game" as a result of increased stamp duty relief introduced in mid-2017.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday said she was "thrilled" by figures which suggest more than 19,000 people accessed stamp duty concessions since the more generous regime was introduced in July.

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Conventional wisdom on housing 'wrong'

The "conventional wisdom" that low income earners don't stand to benefit from building more housing has been tackled head-on in a new report.

The Grattan Institute, a public policy think tank, has railed against a view it believes is shared by many affordable housing advocates about who stands to gain by boosting the supply of market-rent housing.

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Massive' demand for Wellington rentals and shortage won't ease soon, Trade Me says

Wellington is bearing the brunt of fierce demand for rentals, and there is no relief on the horizon.

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How to stand out from the crowd and secure a rental in Wellington

Some turn up to flat viewings in suits, others arrive with professionally designed rental CVs, all in the hope of standing out from the crowds that gather for flat viewings.

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Great Australian backyard 'romantic' ideal

The great Australian backyard appears to be a "romantic" dream that's fading as more people eschew a lawnmower and move into apartments.

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New Zealand home consents hit 13-year high

The number of new homes consented in New Zealand hit a 13-year high in November 2017, boosted by apartments in Auckland.

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Sellers yet to catch up with a cooling Hamilton housing market, developers say

Frankton man Brian Burne has been fending off developers with million-dollar pitches for his property.

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Landlords unconcerned about looming changes

Landlords' fears about looming changes to the property investment market look to have subsided.

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Wellington City Council social housing shakeup starts with sale of 13 properties

Thirteen homes for Wellington's most needy are going on the private market, and more are expected to follow as the city council faces "commercial realities".

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Prices up but sales plummet through 2017

2017 was the year New Zealand's housing market slowed, new data from QV shows.

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