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How to negotiate the minefield of buying a home in New Zealand today.

How to negotiate the minefield of buying a home in New Zealand today.
Property prices going through the stratosphere, leaky buildings, P contamination, bullying body corporates - purchasing a house today can feel akin to entering a minefield. Written by a news journalist who has covered many of the horror stories, this book takes a no-holds-barred look at the challenges facing home buyers and offers savvy advice on how to navigate that minefield. It will appeal to all home buyers, from first-timers hoping for a small apartment to older people looking to downsize and everyone in between.

With chapters on the search, mortgages and legal aspects, types of title, buying at auction, buying off plans, checks and warning signs, bodies corporate and the special problems to be found in Christchurch, there is plenty of information for everyone.


So where do you start when you set out to buy a slice of New Zealand real estate? This book has just been launched so it is up to date and a great companion to help you through the buying process. Chapters cover the search, mortgages, legal aspects, buying at auction or off plans, and checks to cover in earthquake zones. This will help you navigate modern risks including leaky building history, P contamination and constraints in Body Corporate agreements. There are great books around that cover mortgages along with ideas to manage or eliminate mortgages, but this book offers a wide variety of credible advice. The perfect handbook to help you through.

NZME Regional Press

Helpful, lucid and understandable.

Graeme Barrow, Northern Advocate

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 30, 2017

    Penguin (NZ Adult)

    208 pages

    RRP $30.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook


    January 30, 2017

    Penguin eBooks (NZ Adult)

    208 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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