Buying a Home in New Zealand, 2nd Edition: A Survival Handbook

Buying a Home in New Zealand, 2nd Edition: A Survival Handbook

by David Hampshire

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781905303182
Publisher: Survival Books, Ltd
Publication date: 05/25/2008
Series: Buying a Home in New Zealand Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Why New Zealand?     15
Climate     20
Purchase Restrictions     22
Cost of Property     22
Buying for Investment     23
Economy     25
Standard & Cost of Living     28
Permits & Visas     28
Retirement     31
Language     32
Health     32
Pets     34
The Best Place to Live     37
Geography     37
Cities     40
Regions     50
Location     57
Getting There     66
Getting Around     69
Your Dream Home     85
Research     85
Avoiding Problems     86
Types of Property     90
Renting Before Buying     95
Estate Agents     102
Property Prices     105
Negotiating the Price     106
Buying at Auction     108
Fees     109
Buying Off Plan     110
Buying Without Land     112
Resale Homes     113
Community Properties     114
Retirement Homes & Sheltered Housing     117
Inspections & Surveys     118
Septic Tanks     122
Swimming Pools     123
Renovation, Restoration & Building     124
Money Matters     129
Currency     130
Importing & Exporting Money     131
Banks & Building Societies     134
Mortgages     142
The Purchase Procedure     149
Conveyance     149
Contract     151
Final Checks     153
Moving House     155
Shipping Your Belongings     155
Pre-Departure Health Check     158
Immigration     158
Customs     159
Embassy Registration     162
Finding Help     162
Moving In     164
Checklists     165
Taxation     169
Income Tax     170
Property Tax     174
Gift Duty     175
Fringe Benefit Tax     175
Goods & Services Tax     175
Insurance     179
Insurance Providers     179
Insurance Contracts     181
Claims     182
Home Insurance     183
Health Insurance     188
Accident Compensation Scheme     192
Holiday & Travel Insurance     193
Letting     199
Location     199
Swimming Pool     201
Letting Rates     201
Costs     201
Furnishings     201
Contracts     202
Keys     202
Using an Agent     203
Doing Your Own Letting     204
Information Packs     207
Security     209
Miscellaneous Matters     213
Crime     213
Heating & Air-Conditioning     216
Home Security     217
Postal Services     219
Shopping for Furniture & Household Goods     220
Telephone Services     223
Time Difference     232
Utilities     237
Wills     241
Appendices     245
Useful Addresses     245
Further Reading     250
Useful Websites     256
Weights & Measures     261
Communications Map     265
Glossary     266
Index     275

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