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17 Tips For Buying A First Home

Buying a first home (or even your second or third home) can be a big learning curve. Getting finance approved, hiring a lawyer, obtaining and reading building reports, ordering LIM,s and placing an offer are just some of the challenges […]

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Auckland House Sales Drop

Auckland house sales dropped in April to their lowest level for the month since the 2008 global financial crisis , as the average house price slipped from a record high according to realtor Barfoot & Thompson. There were 664 house […]

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Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation. What’s required? Firstly when doing a  Bathroom Renovation its critical to do them correctly as it is proven that the two biggest selling points of a home are Bathrooms and Kitchens. Firstly all the bathroom fixtures and fittings […]

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The wallet burning cost of Auckland and wellington has been highlighted once again as they jointly ranked the 16th most expensive cities in the world to live in.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide cost of living survey covered 150 cities, with Wellington climbing 26 places since last year’s survey and Auckland jumped 22 places.

They now rank equal with Shanghai, China’s most expensive city , and just behind Sydney and Melbourne in 14th and 15th respectively.

“The rise of Australian and New Zealand cities up the ranking is to be expected, given that both countries currencies have appreciated in value in the last year or so ” survey editor Jon Copestake said.

“This movement is in sync with a number of other Asian cities, which have come to dominate at the top of the ranking”.

Auckland and Wellington’s dramatic jump up the rankings was behind only Brazil’s Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, which jumped 29 and 27 rankings each.

While Brisbane and Adelaide also climbed higher up the list , Aussie rankings are still lower than five years ago when Sydney and Melbourne were among the world’s top 10 most expensive cities.

Singapore heads the list for the fourth year running , while Hong Kong and Zurich were the second and third most expensive cities.

Auckland and Wellington are swiftly becoming more and more expensive places to live.

10 Most Expensive cities to live are

1/ Singapore

2/ Hong Kong

3/ Zurich

4/ Tokyo

5/ Osaka

6/ Seoul

7/ Geneva

8/ Paris

9/ New York

10/ Copenhagen

10 Cheapest Cities to live in are



3/ Bangalore

4/ Karachi

5/ Algiers

6/ Chennai

7/ Mumbai

8/ Kiev

9/ Bucharest

10/ New Delhi

Seems New Zealand is becoming a highly attractive place to live and immigration into this country continues to grow meaning higher demand for housing.


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Home Prices Jump 3.7%

For those who are considering moving to Australia to live , home prices in Australia’s biggest cities have jumped 3.7% since the start of the year with the proportion of settled auctions on the rise as well. Sydney has led […]

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Central Otago Least Affordable Region

Central Otago Lakes is now less affordable to live in than Auckland according to a report. The report , by Massey University, shows that Central Otago Lakes is 68% less affordable than the rest of New Zealand, while Auckland is […]

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Auckland’s Average House Price

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State House Sale Goes Through

The sale of more than 1100 state houses in Tauranga has been completed and the buyer, Accessible Properties, has promised to build another 153 in the area. The government announced in August it had chosen the charity , a registered […]

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House Prices Firm, Volumes Down

Median house prices firmed slightly across New Zealand during February , with regions outpacing the nation’s largest city of Auckland according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. The national median house price increased to $495,000 in February , […]

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Downer Agrees To Buy Hawkins

Australian based infrastructure and mining firm downer EDI has agreed to buy construction company Hawkins , in a further sign of consolidation in the industry. No price was given for the acquisition , which would be debt funded, Downer said […]

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