||Healthy Sales & Listings in the New Year
The Auckland property market has seen a
sharp rise in both sales and new listings since the start of 2020. Overall
market conditions remain confident, with prices holding firm and growing
slightly near recent highs alongside healthy sales and stock numbers. According
to data from Barfoot & Thompson, the median selling price for an Auckland
home was $885,000 in January, and the average selling price was $951,631.
||The Economic Reality of the Coronavirus
The economic consequences of the
coronavirus (COVID-19) could end up being almost as damaging as the infection
itself. While Chinese factories are back at work, and financial markets seem
mostly undeterred, entire Chinese cities remain in lock down and trade has been
severely disrupted across the country. Quarantines aimed at containing the
disease have severely handicapped the Chinese economy, with knock-on effects
already being felt throughout the world.
||Coping & Thiriving in a New School
While it may be the only constant in life,
change can be difficult and stressful for people of all ages. Whether it's
entering high school or relocating to a new city, moving to a new school is a
big deal. However, despite the inherent challenges that always accompany
change, being surrounded by new places and faces also presents an opportunity
for growth and self-discovery. Let's take a look at some valuable tips to help
your kids thrive in a new school environment.
||The Importance of Mental Endurance
While it's not "all in your
head", physical fitness and athletic performance are widely dependent on
mental endurance. Feeling stressed and mentally drained can have a huge effect
on how you perform physically, with mental fatigue likely to decrease your motivation,
increase the time you take to recover, and impact your lifestyle choices.
According to a new University of Queensland study, the brain may play a more
important role in physical fitness than first thought.
||Diagnosing Rare Diseases with "The Crowd"
As crowdsourcing gets more popular as a
sourcing model for goods and services, the world has started to embrace
"the crowd" as a way to divide work and achieve better results. The
power of the collective mind has been tested in a recent experiment, and documented
in a TV series based on a New York Times Magazine column. When local
specialists are unable to diagnose rare medical conditions, cases are turned
over to "the crowd" to amazing results.
||LVR Restrictions Could Tighten
The New Zealand property market is showing
new signs of life, as low interest rates and relatively relaxed loan-to-value
ratio (LVR) limits work their magic across the country. Even Auckland's
struggling market is finally back in the black, with Wellington and select
regional markets forging ahead at great speed. While many people across the
country are welcoming the new normal, according to ANZ, the Reserve Bank could
tighten LVR restrictions if the market shows any real signs of taking off.
||NZ Renters Struggling
Renters continue to struggle across New
Zealand, with limited housing stock and rising prices putting renewed pressure
on the rental market. According to the latest data from Statistics NZ, rental
prices were up 3.4% in December compared to the year before. While renters in
Auckland had a reprieve in 2019 due to the ongoing market slump, rental prices
in Wellington and many regional markets climbed dramatically.
||Are We Ready for a Shorter Working Day
The modern working day almost seems set in
stone, with eight solid hours each day and 40 long hours stretched out over the
week. Some forward-thinking organisations are trying to change the status quo,
however, with time-limited working weeks and shorter days both trialled over
recent years. As workloads shift and lifestyles become increasingly stretched,
it turns out that working less may be the best way to accomplish more.
||Stairs & Hills for Health
When it comes to exercise, the steepness of
the slope has a huge effect on the final outcome. Rather than working out for
hours in a flat and stable environment, fitness lovers are doing more with less
by learning to enjoy the climb. Whether it's taking the stairs to work or
choosing the hilly section for your evening run, the underlying principle of
high intensity interval training (HIIT) can be applied to any situation where
there is a curve.
||Chinese Advances on AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to
shape our future, with everything from workplace productivity to military might
influenced by the intersection of technology and cognition. While the long-term
outcomes of AI remain completely unknown, key advances in smart computing are
already having a profound effect on how we work and play. China is gaining an
edge in this brave new world, with other nations increasingly interested, and
concerned, about the influence of AI beyond national borders and recognised systems
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