Unitary Plan

The Power of Media

It amazes us how many times the NZ media reports on housing bubbles, crashes or downturns. There are some salient…

It amazes us how many times the NZ media reports on housing bubbles, crashes or downturns. There are some salient points made in a recent Herald article but it fails mainly to consider the number one factor that influences a property market and that is human emotion. There is only one mention of ‘confidence’ in the entire article. In our…

Co-housing or Co-development?

How homeowners can use their land better to upsize and make housing more affordable The idea of co-housing is one…

How homeowners can use their land better to upsize and make housing more affordable The idea of co-housing is one that many people are talking about in Auckland as a way to combat the exorbitant property prices. Co-housing is a model whereby a group of friends and/or family members pool resources to buy a plot of land. They then all…

Hidden Opportunities For Homeowners To Maximise The Value Of Their Properties In Auckland

In the early 2000s, as part of an Eco-Density Initiative, Vancouver homeowners started developing units on top of their laneway…

In the early 2000s, as part of an Eco-Density Initiative, Vancouver homeowners started developing units on top of their laneway garages. These dwellings did not significantly alter the appearance of housing from the street and came to be known as hidden density. Hidden density includes self-contained, smaller units on existing homes. They can either be attached to the primary house,…

Auckland Unitary Plan: Mixed Housing Urban Zone

This video covers the Mixed Housing Urban Zone. In my…

Auckland Unitary Plan: The Terraced House and Apartment Building Zone

The Terraced House and Apartment Building zone is one of…

Is the Unitary Plan Delivering on its Promise to Make Auckland the World’s Most Liveable City?

The Unitary plan has been in effect for a year and Auckland is seeing a record number of large-scale apartments…

The Unitary plan has been in effect for a year and Auckland is seeing a record number of large-scale apartments going up. While this scale of development is addressing Auckland’s housing shortage, the question that needs to be asked is – at what cost?   Are these kinds of large-scale developments going to be socially effective and sustainable in the…

How to Take Advantage of the Auckland Unitary Plan

The AUP is a legislative response by Auckland Council and…

The Real Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis Facing Auckland

The answer lies in freeing up land by offering better living solutions for Baby Boomers There seems to be a…

The answer lies in freeing up land by offering better living solutions for Baby Boomers There seems to be a misconception about how we achieve affordable housing in Auckland. This being that you simply find a bit of land, limit construction costs as much as possible and in doing so, you’ll get the magical sales number of $550,000 to $650,000.…

What Impact Will a Labour Government Have on the Auckland Property Market?

This video looks at the impact the change in political…