Mortgage Holidays

What you need to know - Banks have begun taking applications for mortgage holidays from consumers affected by Covid-19. So, Consumer NZ looks at the pros and cons of deferring mortgage repayments.

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Red Rock Lane

Nestled into a terraced hillside site, this two-bedroom house has been positioned to enjoy panoramic views east to the Southern Alps. All living spaces are accommodated on the first floor within two dark stained cedar box forms.

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The right price

5 tips for house-price negotiations Whether through auction, or increasingly, through negotiation or sealed bid, buying or selling a home is a seriously big deal and negotiating transactions of such high value is not something we are often exposed to.

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Post – pandemic property

Where does the housing market go from here? The latest QV House Price Index data for March provides us with a view of the housing market as New Zealand headed into lockdown on 25th March.

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Getting ready to entertain

Preparing your home for the resumption of festivities As our world gradually returns to normal following the Coronavirus pandemic and its associated lockdowns, isolation and social distancing, it’s as good a time as any to start thinking about entertaining at home… because we can and many of us will have missed social interaction.

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Beach babe

This home, which won the National Builders Own Home Award in the 2019 RMB House of the Year Awards, gazes over the sand dunes towards the Pacific, making the most of days by the sea, just south of Dunedin. Built by Third Little Pig Construction, masses of glass frame the superb outlook while well-positioned decks create alfresco living platforms that are immersed in nature.

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Renovating your home is a great way to enhance your lifestyle, comfort and health, plus it can be a smart way to increase the value of your home on re-sale. If you want to maintain the original look of your home and/or retain its character, then you can retrofit modern systems into the home in such a way that they are not noticeable, and retain your home’s original charm.

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Lifting the lid on hidden costs

Ensuring there are no surprises in your new home build. One of the requirements for designers is to prepare clients on their home building journey. The advantages of building a home are numerous, which is why people across Christchurch, Canterbury and the rest of New Zealand are looking to build. Benefits like customisation and the latest in-home technology are only a few of the perks when building a home that’s perfect for you and your family.

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Dark Mastery

Designer Annika Rowson of Rowson Kitchens was asked to create a bold, dark and unique kitchen, incorporating innovative materials, but to not detract from or obstruct the view. The space needed to be functional for a family that entertains frequently. A custom rangehood was designed to not only make a statement and enhance the high stud of the space, but to also offer storage in the way of open shelving.

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