Rating values explained

Auckland Council will update rating values this year, and we often get asked, given the positive market movement since the last rating valuation, will my rates increase?  Well, the answer is complicated, but to put it simply – it depends! Councils...... Read More

Money stressed?

There are many unforeseen events that happen in our everyday lives that can cause money stress, sleepless nights, relationship issues and, in extreme cases, depression or suicide. Usually these are one-off events such as a death in the family, serious...... Read More

Market movements analysed

There is little doubt that residential sales activity has cooled across much of Auckland, including on the Hibiscus Coast, with active buyers enjoying a greater selection of properties to choose from in comparison with 2015 and 2016. Residential sales...... Read More

Signing off

This is my last digital column for Local Matters as I’m about to put the local into global in a physical, not just digital, way. It gives pause for reflection on what has, and hasn’t, changed in digital media and here at Read More

Building your own home

The past two to three years have seen the housing market in Auckland set a whole pile of new records. Record prices, record numbers of days to sell and record low stock levels. If you have had a pre-approved mortgage sitting in place, you, like many,...... Read More