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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 05, 2023

Summary: People living in Napier, New Zealand offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Napier? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

How do I find a place to live in Napier?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in Napier involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a single room in a shared house to a fully detached home. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Napier to find one that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Some popular areas include Ahuriri, Taradale, and Marewa. Consider factors such as proximity to work or school, access to public transportation, and the presence of amenities like shops and parks. Once you have a clear idea of what you're looking for, you can start your search. There are several online platforms where you can find rental listings, such as Trade Me Property, realestate.co.nz, and nzflatmates. These websites allow you to filter results based on location, price, and property type. In addition to online listings, you might also want to consider engaging a real estate agent. They can provide valuable local knowledge and help you navigate the rental process. Some real estate agencies in Napier include Tremains, Harcourts, and Property Brokers. When you find a property you're interested in, you'll typically need to fill out an application and provide references. It's also common to pay a bond (usually equivalent to four weeks' rent) and the first week's rent in advance. Finally, before signing a lease, make sure to inspect the property thoroughly. Check for any signs of damage or disrepair, and ensure that all appliances are in working order. If you're not familiar with New Zealand tenancy laws, you might want to seek legal advice to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant," said one person in Napier.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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