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    Smile Anyone in Dunedin?

    If there is anyone in the forum who has moved to Dunedin, that's a city that we(husband, self and 2 kids) are seriously considering. My husband is Australian and we used to live in Australia(1994-2000), but lived in USA for the past 9 years. We don't know anyone in New Zealand. Dunedin sounds like an affordable place to live. What's the scoop?

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    Yep, been here for two years.
    We love it ( apart from the continuous rain for the last FIVE DAYS!)
    Property good value and land coming down all the time.
    Not too big and hardly any traffic.
    Great beaches wildlife.
    20,000 students make it interesting.

    Very local and friendly.
    66 cruise ships came in this year.
    Ok, it needs to promote and expand in time but still.
    A new harbour wharf with bars and cafes planned in the future.

    Ok not much work and wages not high, but quality of life good.

    A Great Vegetarian Cafe!!

    What would you like to know..

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    Hi Macfod,

    Dunedin must be small. I had already read about your cafe while researching the city. We're not vegetarian, but love vegetarian food. The place sounds great, but a lot of work.

    I have been reading and absorbing as many threads as I could in the last 24 hours and was disappointed to find that you are selling the cafe.

    I keep reading that jobs are hard to come by in Dunedin. Yet you found it hard to keep people? Is it just the low-end jobs with all the turnover-or was it just your cafe with all of the turn-over?

    Sounds like you've done your time with your LTBV. We're lucky, husband and kids are Aussie citizens and I can renew my permanent residency and can just waltz into NZ. Are house prices still falling in Dunedin? and are there short term rentals available and easy to find?

    Thanks for being so willing to answer my questions...where do you find the time?

    Annette

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    Question Landlease?

    Can someone explain landlease vs freehold? I want to understand the differences if we decide to buy a house in New Zealand.

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    Freehold
    This means you own your land and buildings with few restrictions on what you do with them. Freehold can also mean you don't owe any money on your property.

    Leasehold
    Means someone else owns the land under your property and that you rent it from them. The risk of leasehold is that your rent for the land could go up. You can get a Certificate of Title for your leasehold interest and will need to notify the landowner when you sell your property.
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    Hi Annette,
    Any questions fire away..
    We are keeping the cafe now....just having a winter break..
    If you want local news look up ODT online for whats happening and jobs.
    Cheers
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    Question Where do we go, temporarily?

    One of the conundrums we face is where do you go on DAY ONE when we arrive in New Zealand. We had the same problem in 1994 when we arrived in Australia, but then it was just the 2 of us. Now we have the kids and want to know that we will be able to find short term accomodation until we buy a home.

    The first day/week will have to be in a hotel or B&B or the like.
    My biggest question is, how easy is it to find short term rentals in Dunedin?


    (Mark-glad to hear you're keeping the cafe. I read that your pakoras are DELISH! Hope we get to try them one day.)

    Annette

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    Question Landlease under a post 'n beam house?

    Thanks for explaining the difference between freehold and landlease, Mother Bear.

    Are there solid build, permanent homes on leased land? I have heard of 100 year leases on properties in the UK, is it the same sort of system?

    Here in the states they only put trailers(like big caravans) on leased land and that's almost always in a trailer park with dozens of trailers and dozens of families.

    Annette

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOANKEEM View Post
    Are there solid build, permanent homes on leased land? I have heard of 100 year leases on properties in the UK, is it the same sort of system?
    Errr.... I'm not sure you could call most NZ houses 'solid build' as they are wood-framed and can tend to be a bit on the flimsy side although some modern ones have a brick veneer. Having said that, I've heard that houses in some parts of the US are built in a similar way so you may already be familiar with this. I think I know what you mean though and the answer is yes, proper homes can stand on leasehold land. However, I think you'll find that most houses appear to be freehold in NZ, which may account for the lack of information on leasehold ones. To be honest, I'm not sure what the situation is with the length of leases and you may have to rely on each individual house advert to notify you of this.
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