10 key questions first-home buyers should ask real estate agents

Buying your first home can be an overwhelming process at times. It’s a new experience, and it’s understandable that learning how it works can be stressful and confusing. You’ll likely have limited knowledge of the process, who to talk to

What to look for at your first open home

If you’re serious about buying your first home, congratulations! It’s an achievement getting this far. If you’ve clarified and discussed your goals and sorted your finance, the next step is to start attending open homes in the area you’re interested

How do you fund your first home?

Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment most people ever make, so it’s no surprise that saving for one can feel like an impossible task. Buying your first home takes commitment and hard work, but you may also be

Buying your first home? Here’s what you need to know

Tackling anything for the first time is hard, especially when it’s likely to be the biggest financial decision you’ll ever make. It’s not surprising that lots of first home buyers don’t know where – or how – to start thinking

Buying and selling property during the Covid-19 lockdown

New Zealand is in the middle of a unique situation, and it is likely to be stressful for all parties involved in a transaction. Be kind, and consider the needs of others when you’re communicating about a transaction. The Real

What is an ‘as is, where is’ property

More and more New Zealand homes are being sold ‘as is, where is’ after the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes. These properties are often listed at a lower price and can be tempting for first-home buyers with DIY dreams. We take

What is a body corporate?

Understanding the different kinds of home ownership in New Zealand can be confusing. Buying a unit title property, such as an apartment or townhouse, means you automatically become part of a body corporate, but what does this mean for you?

Should I buy a doer-upper?

It’s the Kiwi first-home buyer’s dream: find a rundown house in an up-and-coming neighbourhood, buy it at a low price, renovate it to your heart’s content and truly make it your own. But, is the DIY dream all that it’s

How to make sure your new property checks out

The difficult thing about buying a home is knowing what you don’t know. If you’re a first-home buyer, or it’s been a long time since you were last in the property market, it can be tricky to know what to

Should I buy a house with a group of friends?

Are you considering buying a house with your best mates? While this might seem like an easy way to get on the property ladder, the decision comes with financial and legal implications, so weigh up your options thoroughly before diving

KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant: Buying Your First Home

Is the dream of home ownership within your grasp? It could be more possible than you think! You may be eligible for government support to buy your first home… including a KiwiSaver HomeStart grant. What is KiwiSaver HomeStart? Have you

Tips on buying a bach

Whether you prefer the snow, sun, or riverside rural bliss, owning a place where you can get away from it all is an attractive prospect. But buying a holiday property, whether it’s a bach at the beach or a backblocks