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Housing In New Zealand.

Here we share some general information about Housing in New Zealand.

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Housing.

Buying a house in New Zealand is a relatively straightforward transaction.

Typically, you would find a suitable property, contact the agent representing the property, and make an offer to the vendor (seller) of the property. It is rare to negotiate directly with the seller.

In New Zealand, the commission on a house sale is paid entirely by the seller. Remember; no matter how friendly, the Agent acts on the seller’s behalf, not the buyer’s.

If you are new to the New Zealand property market, it will pay to talk to a lawyer and bank before you get started. Research the areas you like the look of and try to find out recent sale prices. It may pay to engage a valuer so you pay genuine market value and are not disappointed later. Some tips:

  • Auctions have become an increasingly popular way of selling in a hot market.

  • It is normal (and strongly recommended) to consult a lawyer to represent you in the contractual process, check the property title to avoid any hidden traps and supervise the settlement. You will be responsible for these fees.

  • You would also be advised to obtain building reports from a registered builder and an independent valuation. Your real estate agent will be able to advise you on the process.

  • You need to be a New Zealand resident in order to buy a house.

Useful Information

A big part of settling into New Zealand is owning your home. For some, this dream can become a reality, for others, the market prices will mean renting until savings build-up for a deposit. Housing ranges throughout New Zealand from stand-alone homes to townhouses, apartments and units. Most properties are freehold but in central cities, it is not unusual for a property to be on leasehold land. Take professional advice early on as this is likely your single biggest investment.

Housing Values.

Auckland and Wellington are ranked among the most desirable cities in the world, and values have climbed above those in other cities and regions in New Zealand.

New Zealand housing is not always cheap. Renting and flatting can be seen as the most affordable option in main cities like Auckland and Wellington.

However, pricing and demand may not be in your favour. To reduce living costs, consider housing options in smaller cities.

General Comments.

Some locals feel that lower living costs are a good reason to live outside Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, but the attraction of a city that is absolutely buzzing remains very strong.

Is this a “bubble”? The result of speculation; of offshore buyers? We don’t know, but dealing with the phenomenon of living in one of the most desirable cities in the world is something new arrivals need to factor into their thinking

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

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16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
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Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21

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