What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Dunedin, Otago - South Island NZ
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
Should have brought: Spicy food, summer clothes and computer stuff
Should have left: DVD's, books and winter jacket
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Here in Dunedin, the location of the home with relation to the sun is very important! Take your time choosing a neighborhood and schools for your children. Find an organization to ask questions about everything, as NZ is ahead of other countries in some areas (on-line access to most government agencies) but very behind in other areas (home insulation and internet speed). We formed such an agency for Dunedin, the web site is www.maverickgroup.co.nz
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
We have a 3 bedroom home on about a half acre with mature trees and great views. Most homes have 4 bedrooms, but are smaller and on less land.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
Found a great real estate lady who listened and then worked really hard to find our home! Chose our home for the views, close to town and is on the peninsula!
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
We lived in China before New Zealand, so housing and automobiles are much cheaper, but meat and vegetables are much more expensive!