Articles by Amy Baker

Is it time you moved to “hipsturbia”?

Is it time you moved to “hipsturbia”?

We may not notice it at first, because the trends can be so slow. But people are moving. Where are they going and what are they buying? Well one group, the hipsters, are moving out to the suburbs, priced out of the city centres. So where are the top hipsturbs in our favourite emigration destinations? From the UK to USA, Australia to New Zealand, Canada and others, this is where you can find style, friendship and affordability.

Top spots for beachfront living in New Zealand

Are daydreams of living beside the beach when you move to New Zealand keeping you going right now? Just imagine waking up in the first part of the world to see the sun each morning, enjoying more than 2,000 hours of glorious sunshine every year, and making the most of it by taking up the hobbies you’ve always liked the sound of – surfing, hiking…lazing in a hammock. To help you decide on your New Zealand beachside paradise of choice, we’re running through 10 of the best…

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

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.

Slow but steady growth in Irish property prices

The Irish property market has been a tale of two halves for some time now, with prices in Dublin shooting up during the tech boom, while the rest of the country saw more measured growth. Now, however, the two seem to be coming into step, with slow but steady growth reported nationwide. Could this be the perfect time for overseas buyers?