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Find your perfect property. If you need help finding the perfect property or want to try before you buy, fill out The Overseas Guides Company property resource form. You’ll be able to get information about properties (to rent and/or buy) from a variety of estate agents or request The Overseas Guides Company Resource Team to help you out.

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Letting your second home

If you have a home in New Zealand that you’d like to let out in the holidays there are a few things to keep in mind. Whilst it’s a good way to generate a little bit of income if the property is going to be left empty, it’s not without its challenges. Firstly, peak season here is late November to the end of January. That’s the height of summer and it’s when you are most likely to be able to let your place out. Depending on the location of your  More...


What to expect from an agent in New Zealand

I didn’t have a great view of estate agents when I moved from the UK.  My impressions had been shaped by my experience of buying my first flat in London some ten years ago.  At the time the profession seemed to be entirely staffed by adolescents chiefly concerned with waxing their hair whilst properties sold themselves for silly prices.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I first had to deal with a New Zealand real estate  More...


Tips for viewing property in New Zealand

If you’re planning a recce visit to New Zealand and want to get an idea of the property market, then you can start the groundwork before you get on the plane. There’s an excellent range of on-line sites that pull together properties from the main real estate agents all over the country. So you can view properties on-line, create a shortlist of those you’d like to see and contact agents on the web. A good starting point is  More...


Buying land to build in NZ

Over here buying a plot of land and getting a house built is a very common approach. But before you start, you need to choose your land or ‘section’ as kiwis say. Things to consider vary depending on whether you are buying in a new sub-division in a town or looking at a bare 4 hectares in the country. But there are some general points that apply regardless. Firstly consider the local elements. Here in Christchurch, for example, we get some howling winds and if your  More...


Estate agents in New Zealand – how they work

All agents who operate in New Zealand are required by law to be licensed and registered with the Real Estate Agents Licensing Board. Only those who meet required standards can register, so make sure you done deal with anybody who isn’t as this probably means they will not meet other standards either. You can check whether an agent is registered by contacting the board at PO Box 1247, Wellington (Tel. 04-520 6949). It is also important that you do not hire an agent simply  More...


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