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The Lure Of The Suburbs

While apartments and terrace houses may be a way of alleviating the housing crisis, most New Zealanders still crave the suburban dream of a stand-alone house. According to the New Zealand Herald, residents from medium density developments in three city suburbs were interviewed about their living conditions as part of Auckland University’s ‘Future Intensive: Insights … Continued
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New Real Estate Code

Home buyers and sellers will be better protected from dubious real estate agents under a new code of conduct which comes into effect today. The new Professional Conduct and Client Care Practice Rules (Code of Conduct), which have been developed by the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA), set the minimum standards required of New Zealand’s … Continued
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Education Is A Deal Breaker

For families relocating overseas for work, educating their children is a major concern. According to the Brookfield 2012 Global Relocation Trends report, children’s education ranked third on the list of relocation concerns This follows ‘family adjustment’ in first position and ‘spouse/partner resistance’ in second. Although one could argue that choosing the right school for your … Continued
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Council Address Housing Crisis

The future of housing in Auckland is up for debate with the unveiling of Auckland’s Unitary Plan. Residents will have until May 31 this year to comment on the draft plan which outlines the implementation of the Auckland Plan, the city’s vision for the next 30 years. Speaking at a press conference today, Mayor Len … Continued
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Grace At OZ Jobs Expo

Grace Removals will showcase our relocation services to New Zealanders planning on taking up job opportunities in Australia at Auckland’s OZ Jobs Expo this weekend. This is a great opportunity to meet our relocation experts and ask questions about moving you and your family to Australia. Last year, the expo attracted 6000 people and this … Continued
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To Buy Or Not To Buy In Auckland

Despite many reports claiming it is not a good time to buy in Auckland, the New Zealand Herald is giving locals hope that housing prices are starting to level off. According to propertyIQ’s House Price Index, median house prices across the wider Auckland area rose 10.2 per cent in the past year to the end … Continued
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Keith’s New Role A Blessing

Country Manager, Keith Ellis, moved to New Zealand late last year and has already embraced the Kiwi culture of community. Keith who moved from China to head up Grace Removals in New Zealand recently signed up as a volunteer for the Wellington Coastguard and was fortunate that his first task was at the annual ‘Blessing … Continued
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The Kitchen Is The Deal Breaker

With the new season of MasterChef New Zealand starting last night, more home buyers will be looking for that perfect kitchen. Once just serving as a functional room, the kitchen is now becoming a home’s major selling point. The emphasis is on plenty of storage, lots of bench space for preparation and sleek stainless steel … Continued
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Get More For Your Auckland Home

Real estate agent, Barfoot & Thompson, reported yesterday that the average price of homes sold in Auckland increased by $41,590 or 7.7 percent in 2012 to $584,715 when compared to 2011’s average price. Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson, said December 2012 was one of the best with 920 sales in the month … Continued
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New Zealand Experiences Boom In New Houses

Statistics New Zealand has revealed the number of new houses consented grew 22 per cent in September 2012, compared with September 2011. There were 1520 new houses consented in September, including 186 apartments. Industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said Canterbury experienced the most growth, particularly from Christchurch city as well as Waimakariri and … Continued
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