Housing in New Zealand
New Zealand houses are mainly timber based. Many older ones do not have insulation or double glazing. Newer homes are up to modern standards. Efforts are made to get older properties up to standards as well. The government has some insulation and hot water grants for home owners and landlords.
Renting in New Zealand
In the major centres finding unfurnished rental properties is not normally difficult. Although the rental market in Auckland and Christchurch is a bit over heated. The Christchurch rebuild is in full swing and a lot of extra builders are in the city combined with the fewer number of properties that is available after the 2010 earthquakes makes that the rents have gone up in recent years.
Auckland has had a major influx of migrants. The majority of migrants will settle here. This has put a demand on the both the rental and the property market.
New Zealand average rental prices for 5 cities
Buying property in New Zealand
New Zealand median property prices per region
There is a wide variety of houses available. On average they will sell 1 to 2 months after being put on the market. so there is plenty of time to shop around and compare.