Still want to move to New Zealand? Think againNew Zealand is now the most expensive country in the world to buy a house when prices are compared to income (By Fitch Ratings' Report "Global Housing and Mortgage Outlook - 2016").

"House is traditionally called affordable when a house cost no more than three times your annual income."

"In 15 years house prices have tripled while income have increased by 66%"

More statistics:

  • A typical house in Auckland costs 10 times a typical household income.
  • Prices have tripled in the past 15 years whereas incomes have risen by only two-thirds.
  • It would take a typical couple aged 25-29 seven years to save a deposit for a $630,000 "affordable" house in Auckland.
  • Assuming they had a bank loan for a smaller amount, they would spend almost half their take-home pay in mortgage repayments. Single people on a regular income simply can't afford to buy.
  • If you don't own a home in Auckland by the time you're 40, you're unlikely to get one.

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