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New Zealand Real Estates

New Zealand Real Estates

Very popular with both buyers and sellers in New Zealand are "Open homes". Everyone is allowed to look around during an "open house" without first asking for an appointment.

Attending open homes is a good way to know more about your area’s real estate market.

Another good way to quickly see plenty of houses is to go with a real estate agent on a tour. Agents are normally glad to spend a couple of hours driving around migrants, desiring a sale. Agents make sizeable commissions on sales of houses so many are willing to showcase plenty of houses to you.


When you finally find your dream house and it fits your budget perfectly, you should try making an offer for it. Most property in New Zealand is offered at an asking price which is fixed. Unless the market is much in demand, it is the norm to try to offer less than the selling price. Research well and you will be able to make the right offer.

Another good way of marketing houses is through auctions. Sometimes, banks force an auction whenever borrowers cannot maintain their mortgage payments. Most of the time, auctions are employed when sellers believe buyers will bid up the price.


Extra fees are paid by sellers for auctions. In effect, agents make more profit from auctions versus sales with fixed prices. Even if a house isn’t sold, the auctions fees still have to be paid by the seller. Because of this, agents are frequently keen to encourage homeowners to sell through auction.

If there’s a house you particularly like and you want to make a bid for it, you have to set up all the other parts of the process of buying prior to the auction day. You ate sure to have the property title checked by a solicitor. It is also strongly advised for you to get an independent evaluation of the property and carry out a building inspection. You will gather enough information from these to discourage you from bidding or to change the sum you would be offering.


You are further advised to employ inspection agents and solicitors through personal recommendation; not those recommended by the real-estate agent. Although agents appear friendly, they are not your friends. Their actions are geared towards the interest of the seller and to themselves. This is one more reason not to purchase too soon after having seen a property. By being prudent, you give yourself the chance to meet people whose judgment you have faith in and whose good word you can trust in.

An LIM or Land Information Memorandum is a document you really need to see before you finalize your purchase. This document has information from the local government about a property's boundaries, zoning, building consents, and more. For a transcript of Land Information Memorandum, local councils charge a fee between NZ$100 to NZ$400. This is costly, especially if you do not purchase the property.

There is also a small chance that an LIM might contain inaccurate information. Once you get hold of the LIM, it is good advice to discuss it with the local council. You can request for more information they might have on the property. More often than not, they have more information than what they have put in the LIM.



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