Tag Archives: auckland property


How to Buy a House in New Zealand – essential tips for first home buyers

Are you a first home buyer? Have you just moved to New Zealand? Do you know what a ‘conditional’ agreement is or an ‘unconditional’ agreement is? Do you know what the difference is between buying a house at auction or by negotiation? In an ideal world, you would seek legal advice before you sign a […]

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The simple things when buying or selling a property

While watching another border security documentary recently, a man was seen arguing with security that his partner completed the document for him which he then signed. Good luck with that as a defence. The question is whether we really know what we are signing (and whether we realise the consequences)? One of the largest transactions […]


Auckland is the fourth most expensive city in the world

The latest survey, using data from 2015, shows houses in Auckland cost 9.7 times the median income, compared to 8.2 times the median income a year earlier.That puts the city at the fourth most unaffordable along with level with Melbourne and San Jose, California, behind only Hong Kong, Sydney and Vancouver. Auckland is up from […]


Restrained Summer Selling

A windy cool summer this year has been the backdrop to the summer selling season in the Auckland property market. Overall the market has been very restrained with auction success rates in Auckland dropping below 50% in late December 2015. Slowly seller expectations are starting to change. Are house prices heading lower? Many are expecting […]


Biggest house sales of the year

The NZ Herald on Sunday recently ran a list of the top ten properties sold in NZ in 2015. The country’s 10 priciest house sales of the year were all in Auckland and their collective worth ­tallies more than $100 million. The 10 properties have a combined price tag of $105.8m, equivalent to that of 138 […]


Granny Flat or Home & Income?

With the growing number of property transactions in 2015, we have noticed frequent reference to “granny flat or home & income” from property advertisements and agreements that have been sent to our office. With the growing shortage of suitable property and escalating property prices, home buyers and investors have preferred the option of purchasing a […]

Facade Changes to 203 Queen Street

Auckland is always changing sometimes at frenetic pace. You may have observed the facade around 203 Queen Street has been under an extensive renovation program. Most of that renovation is coming to completion and British retail giant Topshop has opened below us in Auckland’s city centre. Famed for the hysteria created when stores have opened in […]

Asian Auckland – A new report from the Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation has released a very interesting new report which reveals the increasing diversity of Auckland’s Asian communities. “Asian Auckland: The multiple meanings of diversity” details the history and trends of Asian migration to Auckland, especially since 2006. It was commissioned by the Asia New Zealand Foundation as part of a series of reports […]

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Queen City Law – Property Developments.

Queen City Law are pleased to announce some changes in how we list our properties for sale and how we present our off market listings. We are currently migrating listings and property tools and information to a new website exclusively dedicated to the Queen City law property team. Follow our lawyers here as they present, […]

What $1 million buys in Auckland: Mt Eden

Auckland is one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a home – an Economist report found that the average house price in Tāmaki Makaurau exceeds annual household incomes by eight times (the recommended ratio is three times a family’s earnings). In a recent series of articles in Stuff every week they take an in depth […]