The Property Finders New Zealand

The Property Finders New Zealand, working exclusively for you, the property buyer, can be the most effective way to find your property in New Zealand.  Just about everyone today starts their property search on the internet and it is all too easy to be seduced by pretty images, concentrating on properties rather than locations.  Often, buyers think they have found their dream property only to discover when they travel to view that it is located next to an industrial zone or facing a noisy highway.  That’s a big waste of both time and money.  So location should always come first, even more so if you are out of your comfort zone and buying at long distance in an area you don’t know in-depth.  Using Property Finders New Zealand can make a difference in lots of ways:

  • The Property Finders extensive territories allow us to compare locations across an entire region, guiding you to the one that is right for your requirements.  We really listen to what you tell us, asking lots of questions to build up a very detailed brief and our in-depth local knowledge often means we will suggest possible locations that you have not thought about.
  • We tell it like it is, pointing out negatives as well as positives.  If we know a particular location has a problem we will tell you about it.  We don’t disguise a road noise problem by showing a property at the weekend, nor will we hide the lack of afternoon sun by arranging the viewing in the morning.  Selling agents do that, we don’t.  We are property detectives and it is our business to alert you to anything that could adversely affect your property purchase.
  • We defend your interests.  We are property finders acting in your favour all the time.  On the contrary, real estate agents act in the seller’s interest and they will recommend properties that may not be the best for you and of course, they are only concerned with selling in their area, other locations don’t interest them.  We never recommend a property that we would not buy for ourselves.
  • We are very experienced negotiators and thanks to our knowledge of the market we can normally achieve a substantial discount off the asking price of the property, often saving our clients many times the cost of our fee.
  • The Property Finders can locate and help you buy any type of property in New Zealand; on the coasts, in the cities and inland.  If it’s there, we will find it.

New Zealand is the 75th largest country in the world with an area of 270,464 square kms.  It is similar in size to the UK but of course the climate is exactly the opposite way round to the UK in that it is warmest in the north and coldest in the south. New Zealand’s climate is complex and varies from warm subtropical in the far north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas.  Most parts of New Zealand have between 600 and 1600 mm of rainfall, spread throughout the year with a dry period during the summer.  The population is a lot less than the UK’s 60 million plus inhabitants with just 4 million, of which around 75% live in the North Island, 25% in the South Island. The population density of NZ is just 14 people per square kilometre, very small compared to UK with 240, Germany 230 and Japan 330 persons per square km.

The Auckland urban area on the North Island of New Zealand is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population of 1,418,000, around 32% of the country’s population.  It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,529,300 that is governed by the Auckland Council.  Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.

The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean.  It is one of the few cities in the world to have two harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

The 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd in the world on its list, while the Economist’s World’s most liveable cities index of 2011 ranked Auckland in 9th place.  In 2010, Auckland was classified as a Beta World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University.

Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and the world’s southernmost capital city.  It is also the country’s cultural capital and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand. The 2013 census shows the population at 198,000.  The city is home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals, including Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the biennial Festival of the Arts.  Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries, such as film and computer technology, and it is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, and the country’s third most populous urban area. It lies one third of the way down the South Island’s east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula which itself, since 2006, lies within the formal limits of Christchurch.  The population of Christchurch City at the March 2013 census was 341,469.

The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford.  Some early writers called the town Christ Church, but it was recorded as Christchurch in the minutes of the management committee of the association.  Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.

The river that flows through the centre of the city was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers to commemorate the Scottish Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfather’s farm and flows into the Clyde.

Dunedin is the second-largest city on the South Island of New Zealand and the principal city of the Otago Region. While the North island’s Tauranga, Napier-Hastings and Hamilton have eclipsed the city in population in recent years to make it only the seventh largest city in New Zealand, Dunedin is still considered to be one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural, and geographic reasons.

Dunedin was the largest city by territorial land area until superseded by Auckland on the creation of the Auckland Council in November 2010.  Dunedin was the largest city in New Zealand by population until about 1900.  The city population at the 2013 census was 120,246.  The Dunedin urban area lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour. The harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills, onto the isthmus of the Otago Peninsula, and along the shores of the Otago Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.

The city’s largest industry is tertiary education – Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university (1869), and the Otago Polytechnic. Students account for a large proportion of the population; 21.6 percent of the city’s population was aged between 15 and 24 at the 2006 census, compared to the New Zealand average of 14.2 percent.

Given the size of New Zealand it’s not surprising that lots of people find it difficult to know where to start. Please feel free to contact us; we really can help you find the property that matches your requirements and expectations.  There are many and varied reasons for buying a property in New Zealand and we will answer the important questions about immigration, employment, retirement etc.  Our aim is to guide you from the beginning of the search until the moment of the purchase, making the operation easier, safer and problem-free and cheaper.  And we will still be there after purchase if needed, to help with introductions to architects, builders or whatever is necessary to make your property a home.

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