Articles tagged Barfoot and Thompson

In today's email for Newsroom Pro subscribers, we look at how the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme could be expanded to include construction and tourism. We also include a fresh estimate that Auckland's housing shortage is headed over 50,000 and the latest on Auckland house prices from QV and Barfoot and Thompson, along with the usual quotes and numbers of the day and a couple of fun things.

The Financial Markets Authority's (FMA) annual KiwiSaver report yesterday revealed a sharp increase in withdrawals and a slump in new member numbers in the wake of the Government's ramped up HomeStart subsidy for first home buyers and its Budget 2015 decision to remove the NZ$1,000 'kick-start' for new members from last May.

For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I argue a land tax and/or targeted rates would change the expectations of unending tax-free capital gains with low holding costs that is driving a frenzy of land-banking in Auckland.