Mortgage News October 21, 2018
Housing Confidence Across NZ

Kiwis are losing confidence in property market growth, at least in the North Island. According to the latest ASB Housing Confidence Survey, price growth expectations are at an eight year low in Auckland, with a sharp divide found between the North and South Island in terms of confidence going forward. Despite increased confidence in Canterbury, pessimism in the north has led to national house price expectations at a six and a half year low. While most survey respondents still think it's a bad time to buy property, people are more positive than they've been in nearly two years.


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House Sales Rise

The New Zealand housing market may be down - but it's certainly not out. The number of property sales across the country rose in January for the first time in one and a half years according to figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). Despite news of dropping prices and low levels of activity, 11 out of 16 regions experienced sales increases when compared to the same time last year. While house prices are holding without making much new ground and regulators remain rightfully concerned about risks to financial stability, it looks like there's a lot of life left in the property market yet. 


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Benefits of Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has become extremely popular over the last few years, with this low-carb diet also known as the keto diet, low carb diet, and low carb high fat (LCHF) diet among other names. While this diet is used in medicine primarily for the treatment of difficult-to-treat epilepsy in children, it has also become widely associated with weight loss and disease prevention. According to a new study published in the journal Science, the ketogenic diet could even be used to slow down the ageing process.


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Maximalism in the Modern Home

The days of minimalism in interior design may finally be coming to an end, with home-owners demanding more colour, extra vibrancy, and a greater degree of individuality in their living spaces. Maximalism can be defined as decorating with lots of stuff, with designers in 2018 getting excited again about things like colour combinations, mismatching styles, and good old-fashioned personality. Let's take a look at the state of maximalism in the modern home and see how you can spice up your interiors in 2018.


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The Future of Flying

The aviation industry is expanding around the world, as advancements in technology continue to push air travel into exciting new directions. Because new planes are expensive to build and designed to stand the tests of time, the pace of innovation we are witnessing today is only seen once every couple of decades. From electric propulsion and satellite navigation through to long-haul services and supersonic aircraft, let's take a look at some of the trends likely to dominate the aviation industry over the next few years.   


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> In This Issue...
1. Housing Confidence Across NZ
2. House Sales Rise
3. Benefits of Ketogenic Diet
4. Maximalism in the Modern Home
5. The Future of Flying

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