Loans to investors fell to $1.15 billion in February - 35 percent down on a year earlier - following new house lending restrictions.

Rules introduced last October required property investors to have a 40

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There’s a lot of talk – and tangible proof – that money for borrowing is in now in shorter supply.

There are a number of reasons for this. The banks must now hold back more money compared to what

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The Reserve Bank has left the OCR on hold.

It currently sits at 2.25 per cent - a record low for New Zealand. Six weeks ago the Bank surprised many when it cut rates. While another cut is expected

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The Reserve Bank could expand mortgage lending restrictions or take even more radical measures in an effort to head off the housing boom as it rolls down the country, economists say.

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Auckland’s housing market roared back to life in March and the ‘halo’ of the biggest city’s double-digit house price inflation is spreading into the provinces.

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The Green Party wants to spend $100 million on Kiwibank so it can go to battle with the commercial banks and pass interest rate cuts on to mortgages.

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Controversial "granny mortgages" are facing a crackdown by the Reserve Bank.

The loans - also called "reverse mortgages or equity release" - have been criticised for being capable of wiping out the

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The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing as part of efforts to cool the over-heated Auckland property market.

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Auckland house prices have surged 13 per cent annually and are up $83,000, from $637,000 last March to $720,000 last month.

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Mortgage holders can expect an immediate increase in floating mortgage rates, and brace for further rises following a rise in the official cash rate (OCR).

The Reserve Bank has lifted the OCR to 3

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Another rise in the official cash rate, to 3 per cent, on Thursday is seen as a virtual certainty. But the markets will be looking for signs that the Reserve Bank is having second thoughts about the

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Economists say that interest rate rises could see first-home buyers spending two-thirds or more of their household income paying the mortgage. Household debt levels are high by historical standards and

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