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Moving from the U.S. to New Zealand.

Our First Auckland Rental Got Sold

Nine months after you settle into a new city, you think “whew, don’t need to move for a while…” NOPE.

The Kiwi and I are renters. Renters in Washington, renters in Auckland. A couple of months ago, our property manager had told us that our unit was up for sale. It was advertised with the line “tenants want to stay”. So we thought that it would be sold and the new owners would want to keep the rental income flowing.

That didn’t happen. The unit was sold, and we were given our vacate notice, roughly 45 days to move out. So hence a mad dash to figure out where to go next. While we were looking for a new place, the new owner already had people looking at the unit to buy it after he did some renovations and flipped it.

Luckily, we found a place within a week in one of Auckland’s coastal suburbs, It wasn’t fun to schlep two bedrooms worth of stuff across town in one weekend, but we’re settled and enjoying the new area.

On the left, our old backyard (which I liked to squint and make believe we lived on farmland). On the right, the road our new home is on, going down toward Mission Bay.

oldhousenewhouse

This whole moving scenario is an example, to me, of what exactly Auckland housing market is like.

The market was and still is too hot to buy into: Kiwi home ownership is as ingrained into the psyche as is American home ownership is, so demand for a home and a yard is high. Plus: migrants (*cough* hi) want to buy for the lifestyle and or the good education system (if kids are an issue).

Now, you could buy a home in a number of different spots in New Zealand for lifestyle and education reasons. Fly into Wellington on a clear day, and it looks like a Mediterranean city that happens to be a capital with lots of good coffee shops. But Auckland has the airport offering direct flights to almost any Pacific Rim country, including the U.S.

Jobs, airport, lifestyle, education system: All of these can explain why the average house price in Auckland is almost $800,000 NZD, or over half a million USD.

This month, the government instituted a new laws requiring 30% down payment on homes, which may be cooling the market a bit. It’s too soon to tell, at least in my opinion.

Where does that leave us? Still renting, which is fine. We’re locked in to a few-months contract. Hopefully we will stay put for a while.

Moving to New Zealand Because Hillary Clinton Is Running?

Over on Reddit’s New Zealand channel [subreddit], user Story_Time noted that there are people on Twitter saying they’ll move to New Zealand if Hillary Clinton is elected.

Usually, most Americans say they’re moving to Canada if their presidential candidate doesn’t win office. Americans would rather live in Canada than live under the leadership of a fellow American with a different set of priorities and values.

And I would venture it is crazy unlikely that any country would take in an American as a refugee just because they don’t like the new Bush or Clinton in office.

Now, what follows is based on an assumption that people who say they are going to move if Hillary wins are Republicans, but I won’t discount Democrats or Independents who may not like her either. But chances are high that people who say they’re moving if Hillary wins are leaning to the right.

If you are a Republican and it so happens that a Democrat wins in 2016, moving to Canada or New Zealand (New Zanada) won’t be a perfect solution. Yes, currently New Zealand has a center-right government: One article by Cameron Stewart in The Weekend Australian Magazine (discovered via a a New Zealand Herald article) even called New Zealand’s government “the most successful and stable centre-right government in the world.” Republicans might like some Kiwi fiscal policies if and when the policy pendulum is swinging to the right.

And yet, even Prime Minister John Key, leader of the center-right National party, said Hillary would be good for future U.S.-NZ relations, according to the Herald. Key has not said that about Rand Paul, to my knowledge.

I just can’t see how a move to New Zealand would satisfy an American conservative values voter. Kiwis’ religious affiliations are dropping, they shake their head at U.S. gun policy, and they are quite happy with their health care system.

Oh. And Kiwis threw a fit when the government agreed to send troops to fight ISIS. Hawks might feel funny here.

If you’re a Democrat and a Democrat wins in 2016, and you don’t like that particular Democrat, I don’t know what to tell you. Now is probably the time to start donating to some PACs.

Edited this afternoon: This post ended up on Reddit, and I should have credited who started the thread instead of calling him or her “a user.” Apologies, Story_Time. I should have used your name instead of “a user” in the first place.

Gonna move abroad if a Bush or a Clinton wins in 2016? Tell me where in the comments.

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