Small cities see big rise in property prices

Small cities see big rise in property prices

Property prices in New Zealand have been growing steadily in rural areas, while the bigger cities are going through more of a correction. Hastings and Whanganui remain firm favourites among buyers, with demand causing a leap of over 20% in prices. Meanwhile, in the South Island, Dunedin is also seeing a boost in house prices.
Building your own, part 3: finding a builder

Building your own, part 3: finding a builder

Now that you’ve sourced the perfect plot of land and found the architect who is going to bring all your property daydreams to life, there is one final – rather essential – step: finding a builder. In Part three of our series, we’re looking at where to find a decent builder and the steps involved in getting your house built when you move to New Zealand.
Building your home, part 2: architects and planning permission

Building your home, part 2: architects and planning permission

For part two of our ‘Building your own Home’ series, we’re taking a closer look at how to find a reputable architect in New Zealand and what steps you need to take to obtain planning permission before you can build your dream home. And, if you missed part one, on buying the land, make sure to have a read!
Where are the best places to live in New Zealand’s South Island?

Where are the best places to live in New Zealand’s South Island?

New Zealand’s South Island is known the world over for its incredible beauty, from snowy mountains and glaciers, to tropical peninsulas and lakes so blue you won’t believe your eyes. Basing yourself here means a relaxed pace of life, outdoor adventures, a decent climate and – in some places – affordable living. So, what viable options does the South Island have for people looking to move to New Zealand?
How do taxes in New Zealand work?

How do taxes in New Zealand work?

Just when you thought you’d heard every ranking New Zealand tops, here’s another one: the world’s best personal tax system! Even moving to the other side of the world might not free you from paying up, but, luckily, the tax system that you will be greeted with is incredibly easy to navigate and is focused on fairness and predictability.

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